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THE BLOOD BROTHERS @ THE OBSERVATORY

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande It was worth getting stuck on the 405N after an intense The Blood Brothers show at The Observatory. Thinking we would only see them at FYF, we were oh so wrong as the hardcore band tore up the venue and fans made sure they felt appreciated. Set times for @ObservatoryOC tonight: @DunesLA: 8:30-9:00 The Blood Brothers: 9:30-Jordan wants to watch Dateline #thebloodbrothers #dunes — The Blood Brothers (@1900USANAILS) November 22, 2014 . Setlist: Guitarmy Trash Flavored Trash Fucking’s Greatest Hits Laser Life Ambulance vs. Ambulance Burn, Piano Island, Burn Mutiny on the Ark of The Blood Brothers Crimes Beautiful Horses Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers Camouflage, Camouflage Teen Heat We Ride Skeletal Lightning Vital Beach 1,2 ,3 4 Guitars Love Rhymes with…

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FUTURE ISLANDS + ROSE QUARTZ + SPEAK @ THE WILTERN THEATRE

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday For a long time, Future Islands was indie rock’s best kept secret. That is, until the release of this year’s Singles, rightfully skyrocketing the Baltimore group to the recognition they deserve. Earlier this year, they kicked off touring with an appearance at the tiny-by-comparison Center for Arts in Eagle Rock, playing to an intimate 250. Now they rounded out the year by packing The Wiltern Theatre at Red Bull Sound Selects: 30 Days in LA. Frontman Samuel Herring has become notable for his animated on-stage personality, intense growl, and unexpectedly provocative dance moves. And even with the quick rise, Herring was able to scale up his persona to fill the entire 1,850 person venue. His foils, flanking him…

COLD WAR KIDS + AVID DANCER @ THE REGENT THEATRE

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande As much touring as the Cold War Kids does all over the world, it is always a special treat when they play in their hometown to fans who have been with them since the beginning. The Regent Theatre was slam packed as the guys busted out songs from their entire catalog, including songs from their very first baby Robbers & Cowards to their latest creation Hold My Home. There is a special chemistry the CWK have on stage. Matt Maust (bass guitar) is constantly touching someone and checking in, whether it be with a bandmate or fans in the front row. And it was fascinating that his guitar cord never tripped Nathan Willett (vox/piano). Maust is smooth.…

REAL ESTATE + PURE BATHING CULTURE + BEACH PARTY @ THE BELASCO THEATRE

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The 18th installment of the Red Bull Sound Select: 30 Days in LA took us to The Belasco Theatre for three bands and a special surprise guest. Thankfully a lot of people were there early for local band Beach Party because they really did get things moving. They might not be able to surf, but they play good, grooving music. Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture took the beats down as we were now swaying and swirling our drinks. Before taking off to Brazil, Real Estate played a few tunes, including one with that special guest. It wasn’t Johnny Depp. It wasn’t Perry Farrell. It was Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo who came out for “No Other One!” Real Estate continued…

MR LITTLE JEANS + WE ARE TWIN @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage Monica Birkenes, aka Mr Little Jeans, stepped onto the stage with her long blonde locks loosely tied in a braid. Her all black outfit draped on her petite frame, complemented her free spirit as she danced. Quickly, her hair was rapidly shed from its bonds, and like her new album Pocketknife, Mr Little Jeans let loose all the folding knives from her arsenal. The song “Mercy” “…is about a friend that lies, a lot – even when she doesn’t need to.” The pint-sized Nordic songstress was larger then life as she put the crowd at the sold out Troubadour under her spell and who cried for more. We Are Twin opened the night and lead singer Gabi Christine…

DEERHOOF + CRYSTAL SKULLS @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande An incredible realization may happen to a musician while playing at a show. This realization happening after many years of playing. Take for instance, Greg Saunier (drums/bass/vox/damn fine comedian) of Deerhoof , who realized after borrowing Crystal Skull’s “drum rug” (complete with a block of wood nailed through the carpet to prevent the bass drum sliding forward) that he was, in fact, sliding backwards all this time instead of the drum sliding forwards. This might be life changing for Saunier. Saunier was not only sliding back from his drums, he was up front and center playing guitar, belting out tunes and letting us in on the real stresses of being in Deerhoof. Some bandmates stress over water…

DUM DUM GIRLS + TAPIOCA AND THE FLEA + LOWELL @ THE WELL

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Kelsey Heng It’s Sunday night and night no. 16 of the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA, where somewhere in downtown LA a store-back warehouse opens to a small crowd gathered for what has been promised to be a show like you’d never see again. The Dum Dum Girls, nearing the end of what has been a year of touring, has hung their neon glowing sign over a tiny corner stage and joined some lucky few for a night only possible in a city like LA. Guests were greeted at The Well doors with a Redbull, giveaway cards, lipstick pens, and free pizza. Toronto duo Lowell opened the night with screaming enthusiasm, climbing equipment, diving off stage…

DANIEL LANOIS + LONNIE HOLLEY @ THE EL REY THEATRE

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage “From the studio to the stage” Daniel Lanois explained, his decision to let us peek into the cauldron of music toiling in his studio was pretty epic. We recently caught a glimpse of the master in his home studio here. Along with drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson, Lanois worked a magic box that emitted electronic cries that echoed his mentor Brian Eno. Later into the set, Lanois began playing the slide guitar and finally rocked out singing and playing the guitar. His music spanned many genres and was held together by the cohesive thread of his new album Flesh And Machine which embodies the idea of a total artistic rebirth and chasing the hope that with…

LUCERO @ THE ECHO

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday “Now I’m getting a little less nervous,” declared Ben Nichols of Lucero as he looked into his glass, followed by another swig. The Memphis, Tennessee alt-country group performed to a sold out crowd for the first of three special nights at The Echo. Trying something new, they are opening for themselves, first performing an acoustic set followed by their regular set. Diehard fans were in good spirits, as the acoustic set was chock full of older tunes that the band doesn’t play often. They heartily sang along and raised their drinks to the sky in salute of Lucero’s songs of heartache and woes. Nichols exclaimed “whoo, we made it,” off mic as they wrapped up the first set.…

OLIVIA JEAN @ SCION AV INSTALLATION

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage Art has no boundaries and Olivia Jean (TheBlack Belles) embodies everything that one would find in a masterpiece of art work. The multi-instrumentalist, that also happens to come in the form of a devastatingly beautiful woman, was on exhibit for the opening night of Scion AV’s art installation space on Melrose. Celebrating her debut release of Bathtub Love Killings on Third Man Records, Jean rocked out and appeased her devoted fans that managed to squeeze into a tiny pink hallway where she played. Others in attendance were treated to a beautiful night in back where the show was also projected on a wall outside. For three weeks, visitors can pay homage to the installation sans Jean, but can…