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Debi Del Grande

25TH ANNUAL KROQ ALMOST ACOUSTIC XMAS (NIGHT 2) @ THE FORUM

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande The 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas (Night 2) was headlined by No Doubt stepping in for U2 (as Bono recovers). Other musical performances by The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Tears for Fears, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Imagine Dragons, Alt-J and Vance Joy kept everyone warm and in the spirit. The big news of the night wasn’t a special guest – it was Bean from Kevin & Bean’s morning show falling of the stage. Luckily, he’s ok.

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DEAR BOY + NIGHTMARE AIR + HALFBLUUD @ BOOTLEG HIFI

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was an evening of fine local talent as Dear Boy threw a little holiday event where the first 10 people who asked – received an autographed private demo for the new xmas song “Cold Spell” which also features artwork by guitarist Austin Hayman. Nicolas Perez of Sad Robot joined on guitar for a few songs. The intimate Bootleg Hifi was packed as the local band played a short, but memorable set as their final show for the year. Nightmare Air blasted everyone away with their sounds from another planet. As Swaan Miller glided across the stage, sang like an angel and kept the deep bass grooves, Dave Dupuis was busy doing all kinds of things with…

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PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT + EL TEN ELEVEN @ THE ROXY

November 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande Last year Peter Hook & The Light played at The Fonda and made many fans happy as New Order and Joy Division songs were played. These fans, including myself, had never dreamed of hearing any album by either band live in their entirety by an original member. Leave it to Hooky to make this dream come true for the few lucky fans in Southern California who scored ticket(s) for one or all of three incredible shows. Peter Hook & The Light played both New Order’s Low Life and Brotherhood at The Fonda Theatre and New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption And Lies at The Glasshouse. These shows included an opening set of Joy Division songs. But it…

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MINUS THE BEAR + PLAGUE VENDOR @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 27th, 2014 · Comments Off

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a special treat for fans of Seattle’s Minus the Bear as they wrapped up their Lost Loves & Beer Commercials 10th anniversary tour with a sold out show at the Troubadour. We were treated to the EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This in its entirety along with songs from their latest Lost Loves, which is a compilation of unreleased, buried treasures. A few other gems made the setlist as the rocking sounds of Jake Snider (vox/guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar/pedal god), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths/vox) left most of us a little hot and sweaty. Drummer Erin Tate was not able to make this tour due to personal reasons, but Kiefer Matthias knows…

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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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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.…

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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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