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Debi Del Grande

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…

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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…

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THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS + THE LEMONHEADS + ROYSTON LANGDON @ THE FONDA THEATRE

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The Psychedelic Furs were back in LA to play The Fonda and once again, it was packed with fans old and new who sang along to the many many hits. But along with the hits like “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way” and more, songs like “India” and “Little Miss World” are true gems and could easily slide into today’s music world. Brothers Richard (vox) and Tim Butler (bass) are pros on stage who constantly move around, smile and make eye contact with fans in the front. The Furs are simply timeless. Oh Evan Dando. You still have fans rooting for you. The singer/songwriter/guitarist wears his heart on his sleeve as he took the stage solo before…

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DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 + HUSTLE AND DRONE + WHITE MYSTERY @ THE REGENT

November 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande When Death from Above 1979 reunited at Coachella in 2011, we had no idea if a second album was in the works or the reunion would really last. With Jesse F. Keeler (bass/synths/backing vox) in MSTRKRFT and Sebastien Grainger (drums/vox) in Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains, the guys seemed to be in completely different music worlds. But thankfully, they wanted to make more music together and The Physical World was born in September of this year. DFA 1979 debuted these new songs at The Troubadour a few months ago, but returned for the Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in LA installment no. 14. Held at the newly designed Regent in Downtown LA, the sold out show…

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REIGNWOLF + THE TONTONS + THE GRIZZLED MIGHTY @ THE MINT

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The Mint is a very small, cozy and friendly bar/restaurant with a tiny stage. On its 12th day of 30 days in LA, The Red Bull Sound Select team chose this venue for a bluesy rock n’ roll evening. Early patrons were given a stratcher ticket (a win for a pair of ear plugs was much needed this night), appetizers, and a drink ticket. But the best part – a free Reignwolf army jacket with a big wolf patch on the back that is usually sold at the merch table. Leave it to Red Bull for smart marketing to get people to shows early. Many of us wore them and gathered in front of the stage as…

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WARPAINT + AVID DANCER + SON OF STAN @ THE ECHOPLEX

November 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was only the 7th show of the Redbull Sound Select Series (30 Days in LA) and this evening brought us to The Echoplex where diehard fans lined up early for heavenly Warpaint who announced this will be their last show for awhile. So we kind of knew this would be a special one and it was. Before they took the stage, 3D-type glasses were handed out as the lights on the stage were formed as hearts when you wore them. All members shone brightly as screams of “adopt me!” and “I love you” were heard throughout the night from overzealous fans. With their lush vocals and strong chemistry, Emily, Jenny Lee, Theresa and Stella created a…

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KING TUFF + LA SERA + COLLEEN GREEN @ THE EL REY THEATRE

November 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Subpop Records has an outstanding roster and on that roster, King Tuff. And King Tuffy played the El Rey Theatre last night to many fans who already knew some songs off the new album Black Moon Spell. As Carson Daly’s crew tried to film in the pit, they quickly learned that you can’t stand still while main man/lead singer/guitarist Kyle Thomas, Magic Jake (bass/had his own set of fans yelling his name in the front), Garett Goddard (drums) are up on stage. With Sean from Burger Records DJing before and between sets, Colleen Green doing her thing and Katy Goodman’s project La Sera all bringing us feel-good music, no one wanted to walk out the door when…

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COURTNEY BARNETT + SAN FERMIN + PHOX @ THE EL REY THEATRE

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in LA keeps getting better. Day 4 brought us to the El Rey Theatre. The first 200 people received free parking, appetizers, a guy was making key chains with San Fermin on them, and someone was making limited editions of Courtney Barnett’s screen printed poster featuring Courtney Barnett’s drawing “A Brief Study Of Australian Fauna.” Courtney Barnett may have celebrated her actual birthday the day beforehand, but the party continued as music fans embraced the witty singer/songwriter/guitarist. Hopefully, her debut album will be out soon. ‘Let’s start an anonymous club, I’ll make us name badges with question marks. Come round to mine, we can swap clothes and drink wine all…

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THE PREATURES + ASTR + NIGHT DRIVE @ THE SAYERS CLUB

November 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Night 2 of the Red Bull Sound Select 30 days in LA brought us to The Sayers Club. There were scratcher tickets handed out, appetizers, free Red Bull, and cookies on the way out. It was quite the intimate affair with many couches around the stage so you could sit and sip and watch the bands. Of course, many chose to stand because who wants to sit while you can dance? The Sydney band The Preatures have been playing many shows here in the U.S. this year. Isabella Manfredi is a bona fide rockstar. She has quite the vocal chops and stage presence. Along with Manfredi, Jack Moffitt (guitar), Gideon Bensen (guitar/vocals), J Thomas Champion (bass) and…

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND + GARY CLARK, JR. + GREYHOUNDS @ THE GREEK THEATRE

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a chilly evening as The Greek Theatre hosted its final show of the 2014 season with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark, Jr., and the Greyhounds. The husband/wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their extremely large and talented band kept us warm with their blues rock and funky jammin beats. Gary Clark, Jr. had fans there early just to catch his performance. Clark makes his guitar sing. “No re-entry” was overheard by security as many left after his set. The Greyhounds had the daunting task of opening up very early and few were there to hear them, but the band was definitely worth the extra effort to get there to catch the…

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