Friday, August 30, 2013

Mind The Gap Release Catchy "Hero"/Play The Roxy

The next great (currently below the radar) LA quartet that I think is going to pop off in a SUPERGOOD way is Mind The Gap. As evidenced by their new single "Hero" - they capture the fusion of electronic dance in a way that feels like an indie ballad is being mashed up with a slamming house track by your favorite DJ. Hero even feels like A-Trak's remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll"...except its an original composition. And a catchy one at that. With recently landed synchs in "You're Next" and a forthcoming documentary tentatively titled "Generation Iron" - plus spots on Lifetime and other reality programming - it appears they have a penchant for songwriting and it's possible you may have even already been exposed to MTG. 

 If you haven't - August 30th at The Roxy is your chance. With a set scheduled for 9 p.m. in a supporting slot for Work Drugs - I can promise they'll unleash at least a half hour of power that will probably leave your feet sore, your heart racing and have you chanting at least one of their hooks. If you haven't heard or seen this train coming - make sure you Mind The Gap, because they've arrived. Get your tickets for tonight's show here!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Moderat + Tokimonsta = Thursday Turn Up

Club Nokia and Los Angelenos get a special treat tonight when Moderat - the esteemed collaboration of Modoselektor and Apparat - unleashes that good sort of filth as Thursday turns to Friday.  The collab does not tour often - so electronic music aficionados take note.

The late addition of Tokimonsta only makes the bill significantly better --- and makes the decision to not go that much more ignorant.  Don't miss the queen of electronic beats (TOKiMONSTA), where she is likely to perform a handful of tracks from her Ultra release "Half Shadows."  It's rare that such high quality musicianship and production skills packs a bill in Los Angeles and tickets are still available day of --- but they are, and for all ages.  

Doors are at 9 and Patricio will be first to the decks.   Follow this link if you want to ensure you're in the building when the music drops.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tonight in L.A. (August 27, 2013)

Concerts galore hit the streets of Los Angeles tonight - but the best ones are just East of Vine St. at Hollywood Palladium (ALT-J) and Fonda Theatre (Purity Ring and Jon Hopkins).  If you can chase down tickets to either one of those performances - you won't regret it.  O.C. residents get a visit from Icona Pop at The Observatory.  Full list of shows for Tuesday August 27, 2013 below the videos.

  • Majical Cloudz, Moon King, My Hawaii @ The Echo
  • ALT-J @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Russian Masterworks @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Purity Ring, Jon Hopkins @ Fonda Theatre
  • Truckfighters, Fatso Jetson, Last Days of Ancient Sunlight, Hellbeast of the Night @ The Satellite
  • The Electric Sons @ The Viper Room
  • Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Brothers Comatose @ Troubadour
  • Pete Holmes Living @ Largo
  • The Bluffs, Duncan McKnight @ Detroit Bar (FREE)
  • The Ten Thousand, DECORATOR @ Bootleg Bar
  • Tasuni-Mak World Series feat. Mandeep Sethi, Garbriel Taren @ Del Monte Speakeasy
  • Horizon, Sarah Pigion, Ella Kromah @ WitZend
  • Within Reason @ Constellation Room
  • Icona Pop @ The Observatory
  • Ana Lunoe, Fashen, Special Guests @ Dim Mak Studios
  • Shauna Brittenham, La Marche, Cali Rivlin @ Room 5 Lounge
  • Light FM, Fascination w/ Josef Cristofer, Yvonne Black, Kelly Divan, Angel SPade, Erick Amas @ Los Globos
  • Nicole Atkins, The Brother Sal, Nick Africano, Kieran Leonard @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Chainsaw Brotheres, Dizzy Bats, Grumpus, Three Trees @ TRiP
  • The Walcotts @ Harvard & Stone 
  • The Jeff Miley World Jazz Quartet @ El Cid (FREE)
  • Washing Machines, LA Witch, Cobalt Cranes, Corners, tRAPS Ps @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Black Sparrows, Press, Wide Streets, Mateo Katsu @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Marcel Carmago and The Brazil You Never Heard @ blue whale
  • Hunter & The Dirty Jacks @ Harvelle's
  • Heart, Jason Bonham @ Santa Barbara Bowl
  • The Cartel, Trophy Wife @ IO West Theater
  • Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis, Starkill @ House of Blues - Anaheim
  • The Bluffs, Duncan McKnight @ Detroit Bar

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nick Waterhouse Takes Over SaMo Pier

Tonight is not your average twilight series performance down by Santa Monica Pier.  The Santa Ana born, Huntington Beach raised Nick Waterhouse brings his bluesy and soulful vocals and guitar right by the beach.

Making his recording debut in 2010 with the release of "Some Place" and "That Place" - the storied musical journeyman has been on a wild ride ever since.  In May 2012, he released his first full length album, Times All Gone, via Stones Throw imprint Innovative Leisure Records.  He continues to maintain a strong working relationship with the Allah-Las and is contributing to production of their sophomore record as well as his own.

Catch the Cali crooner tonight at Santa Monica Pier for FREE.  Boogaloo Assassins open.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kiev Residency at Bootleg

Quasi-local (OC and Long Beach) act Kiev enjoy the third night of their stellar residency this Monday night at Bootleg. Their Radiohead meets My Morning Jacket meets Medeski Martin & Wood sound recalls all things that are good about music, without any of the pop, begging to be discovered, drivel. These guys make music they like - and they appear to have fun doing it too. Celebrate their latest projects at Bootleg tonight with Miya Folick, The Steelwells, MYPET and DJ Kat Corbett! And, its FREE! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

LocAl fLAvor: Breakfast "True Love Waits"

Fierce, beautiful, well-orchestrated all aptly describe Breakfast's "True Love Waits" - but nothing does it justice like the song itself.  The deeply emotional ballad belted by the beautiful Andrea Adolph is enhanced by dramatic accordion and perfectly peppered ivory and ebony.

The clap breakdown is charming and cute, as is these seemingly young artists opining about how true love waits.  Does it?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Guitar Center's Get Out of the Garage Contest

GOOTG Launch Artwork

Guitar Center launched an amazing artist discovery program, Get Out of the Garage, a few weeks ago – complete with the opportunity of a lifetime. What’s that opportunity exactly?

In exchange for submitting your music and videos and engaging your fan base – an artist or band can win the opportunity to record an EP at Converse Rubber Tracks Studios, collaborate with writer/producer Dev Hynes (Florence and the Machine, Chemical Brothers, Solange Knowles, etc.) and take stage at The Fader Fort during SXSW 2014! Did I mention the $25,000 in cash, gear from Fender, Vox and Martin Shure, and digital distribution through Tunecore too?

In tune with Guitar Center’s service of supporting artists worldwide, the new discovery program will provide one lucky unsigned artist with a giant platform for growth and development. “Guitar Center’s mission is to support musicians – whether by outfitting artists with top-of-the-line gear and impeccable style or providing a platform to share their music with large and influential audiences,” said Maria Brown, Manager of Music and Entertainment Marketing for Guitar Center. “We are excited to have a unique and fresh talent like Dev on board who has so much to offer artists in the independent music space. We couldn’t be happier with the collaborative aspect of this program.”

Guitar Center’s unique approach to engaging the artist community not only benefits artists, but also probably contributes to Guitar Center being the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments.  By collaborating with Converse and Rubber Tracks Studios – this program affords the winner the chance to record at a state of the art recording facility at no cost where their creative spirit will hopefully shine.

So what are you waiting for? To Submit Your Music for Get Out of the Garage visit:
More Details on How to Enter

Unsigned artists nationwide can submit a recorded live performance or music video to the official Get Out of the Garage website. Submissions will be ranked based on social media interaction and the top bands from each week will be reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dev Hynes and editorial staff members from respected music publication The Fader. Five finalists will be hand-picked to perform live at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn where one winner will be chosen.
The Prize Package Includes

• A 3 Song EP produced by Dev Hynes at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY.
• $25,000 Cash
• Live performance at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse in Austin
• New gear from top music instrument brands – Fender, Shure, Martin, Ernie Ball, Evans, Pro-Mark, Dunlop, Gretsch, Zildjian, Vox
• Free worldwide digital distribution from TuneCore
• Feature on an AT: GC Podcast with Nic Harcourt.