L.A. RECORD!

Debi Del Grande

PHOTOS: KING TUFF + SONNY AND THE SUNSETS @ MACK SENNETT STUDIOS

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande People don’t mind spilling beer in a mosh pit when it’s free! The Lagunitas Brewing Company presented CouchTrippin’ with King Tuff and Sonny & the Sunsets at the beautiful Mark Sennett Studios. There was Live Art by Raudiel Sanudo, and O+ FESTIVAL along with the always surprising Freaktacular Entertainment and free beer. Lots of it. Sonny & the Sunsets kicked off the live music and played a brand new tune about filling out “Applications.” See the jam-in-the-van vid below. Although most were grooving to the surfing beats, one guy in the very front felt the need to look at down at his phone through most of the set. Until Sonny took it from him and put it…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: THE BLACK RYDER + VINYL WILLIAMS + SLOW WHITE @ THE ECHO

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a big tease to hear Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper play at George Fest last year. It has been so long. Luckily, The Black Ryder are now officially back on tour with their brand new album The Door Behind the Door that is filled with ethereal soundscapes one can get completely lost in. For their second night celebrating its release – fans, friends and a few fellow “Black” musicians packed The Echo. Although Nash and Von Ryper are the two official members, Nash mentioned Nicole Emery is the secret weapon as she plays bass, guitar and sings like an angel. Graham Roby keeps it all together on drums. The artwork on the projections was…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: BILLY IDOL + BRONCHO @ THE OBSERVATORY

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande They can finally sleep in their own beds. Billy Idol and his partners-in-crime, which include the extraordinary guitarist Steve Stevens and local favorite Billy Morrison, played their final evening of the Kings and Queens of the Underground American/Canadian tour, winding up at the sold out Observatory. After two sold out nights at The Wiltern and a Vegas trip, the guys held nothing back in Santa Ana. Things really kicked into high gear when Stevens lit a cigarette and strolled to the edge of the stage to start those memorable sounds for “Flesh for Fantasy.” Noodles of Offspring made a special appearance for “Ready Steady Go,” and Idol really shined on acoustic for “Sweet Sixteen.” The mega hits…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: BEST COAST + SAD GIRL @ THE ECHO

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was hot and sweaty inside the packed Echo last night as LA’s own Best Coast played some brand new songs from their third album California Nights. Even in the heat, Bethany Cosentino kept her cool while playing guitar and belting out several tunes, including one they rarely play, “Honey.” Glad to see Bob Bruno with his metal hair back as he shredded with his eyes closed and snuck in a smile or two. However, the duo wasn’t alone on stage. Three additional musicians helped enhance the live sounds of the new tunes, including “Feeling OK” – a song about being happy, kind of. Cosentino and Bruno played the same stage six years ago and we thank…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: THE GROWLERS @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

February 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande They did it! The Growlers sold out The Hollywood Palladium and on Valentine’s Day. And if you know The Growlers from their Beach Goth soirees, they go all out on detailed decorations. They made it a special V-Day for lovers, singles and swingers alike. Greeting concert attendees were Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Dorothy and Toto. Two huge cutout hearts bookended the stage where DJ Jim cranked his vintage record player and gathered fans of his own. Introducing the band, was Howard Cosell complete with his Wide World of Sports jacket. When the band took the stage, everyone started moving and grooving and never stopped throughout the set. Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: JOYCE MANOR + THE GARDEN @ THE GLASSHOUSE

February 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The love for Joyce Manor continues as fans smashed up against the rail for the first of two sold out shows at The Glasshouse in Pomona. Last night was packed with gems from their first album. The crowd sometimes drowned out Barry Johnson’s vocals as they came together in unison to sing. It was just too short of a set. But the guys will be back for a few shows in April and of course, Coachella. You really never know what you are going to get when you catch The Garden live. And that’s the beauty of them. They always have fun changing their looks and their sound continues to grow and evolve. This time around, there…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: FATHER JOHN MISTY + GUY BLAKESLEE @ THE ROXY

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande In a world full of lyrics that you just can’t relate to or don’t make any sense or are just about big butts, here comes Father John Misty to save you from despair. On the eve of the official release of I Love You, Honeybear, FJM and his extremely talented band (including guitarist David Vandervelde) had patrons at the Roxy hanging on every word. And that’s the key to his songs. You need to listen. Mr. Tillman kept the chit chat to a minimum – he had a lot of songs to play. The love J. Tillman shares with his wife is all over the new songs and it’s almost like she’s up there on stage with…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: WARPAINT + VS COLOUR @ THE ROXY

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Just when we thought it would be awhile before we heard Warpaint live after the mesmerizing Echoplex show back in early November, we were bestowed with another live show at The Roxy. Diehards were lined up early to be up close to their favorite band once more. The set was strong as Emily, Jenny Lee, Theresa and Stella blended their musical talents to form sounds the crowd swayed to. Fans in the front screamed and professed their love. Early in the set, Theresa Wayman did a quick crowd surf and it became like a big family party. Warpaint created an atmosphere with dreamy and vibey beats under the hazy lights. The crowd, of course, threw back as…

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: SO MANY WIZARDS + TULIPS + BLOODY DEATH SKULL @ THE ECHO

February 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Dum Dum Zine kicked off L.A. Zine week with a celebration of the zine’s Issue No. 5! This all went down at The Echo as patrons were treated to intriguing readings and three charming bands, including So Many Wizards, TÜLIPS, and Bloody Death Skull.

[Read more →]

PHOTOS: HOZIER @ THE FONDA THEATRE

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Andrew Hozier-Byrne known mononymously as Hozier, is having quite the year already. With the huge hit “Take Me to Church,” most know his name by now. Pretty girls adorned the front rail waiting for the Irishman to appear at the sold out Fonda Theatre. Hozier brought a little taste of Bray, County Wicklow with him as he and his talented band serenaded us with beautiful music throughout the evening. The venue was at full capacity and the fans made Hozier blush as the applause was deafening. He appeared a bit overwhelmed by all the excitement, even during “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene,” a song about death. It was invigorating to hear him sing live,…

[Read more →]