Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tonight's Top Shows in LA - Thursday October 28th

A few choice shows in town tonight as Halloween weekend basically begins.

First on my list would have to be Orgone and Corinne Bailey Rae at Avalon. Why? Because it is always funky if Orgone is involved and why wouldn't you want a funky introduction to a festive weekend? With funk inspirations finally catching on in LA's ever important indie-rock culture (see success of Fitz and The Tantrums if you question my judgment), hopefully Orgone will finally make the leap from best funk band that not enough people have heard about to the an indie culture relevant name on par with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. For those of you who don't see the parallels already - Orgone's lead, Fanny Franklin, has done back up vocals for the esteemed Sharon Jones before. My advice - see the show.

Troy This breaks out his glam electro rock at the Green Door that will certainly have you doing double takes to question if it were the 80s even WITHOUT people in costume. I caught his show a few weeks back and it was a lot of fun.

Foxy Shazam and Free Energy (DFA) is definitely an indie head's dream line-up. Expect an adrenaline fueled high energy rock party at The Troubadour. The native Minnesota boys turned Philadelphia residents tore up The Viper Room in early September - and considering they share the stage with another formidable midwestern talent, Foxy Shazam - I expect them to provide an even more inspired performance. The 6 piece Cincinnatti outfit Foxy Shazam have been killing shows and turning heads since "Unstoppable" played during Super Bowl XLIV. Their last show at The Troubadour sold out and rocked proper - so take notice and arrive early if you want to get in!

And, obviously, I wouldn't really be being festive if I did not suggest seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Wiltern.

Here are the rest of acts playing in town:

Black Cobra, Ancestors, Black Math Horseman, Lantvrn @ Spaceland

Bilal, J*Davey, Quadron (unplugged) @ Echoplex

Raw Power Rangers, Insect Surfers @ Echo

Breathe Owl Breathe, Little Wings, The Migrant, Give Me Motion @ Bootleg Theater

The Broken Column, Act As If, Hello Vegas @ Silverlake Lounge

Fun., Steel Train, Jarrod Gorbel @ The Music Box

Lucha Va Voom @ Mayan Theatre

Sarah Silverman & Friends @ Largo

Movimiento Alterado feat: El Komandeer, El R.M., Los Buchones de Culiacan and more @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip

Built To Spill, Revolt Revolt, Finn Riggins @ El Rey Theatre

Fear, Harmful If Swallowed, The Feisty Piranhas, D.R.A. @ Key Club

Petty Crux, Inglorious Girl Band, Roswick @ On The Rox

The Damned Things, Walk The Rio @ The Roxy

Foxy Shazam, Free Energy, Hollerado @ The Troubadour

KROQ Presents: Moving Picture Show, The Suicide Denial, Modern Time Machines, The Dares, The Nervous Wreckords @ The Viper Room

Bruce Beacom @ The Mint

Dave Schulz's Halloween All-Star Jam w/ Dave Schulz, Tommy Peacock and the Feathers, raDIOTEQUE(Radiohead Tribute) @ The Mint

Mike Pinto, Kat, Remedy for Kill @ Saint Rocke

The Lowrider Band, Delta Nove @ Brixton South Bay

Whiteboy Comedy Showcase @ Room 5

Warren Charles Band, Justin Kalk Orchestra, David Serby, Tennessee Squires @ Molly Malones

Starfucker @ Detroit Bar

Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ Danny Devito & Jack Nicholson @ The Wiltern

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


DJ collective and dance chart toppers, Swedish House Mafia, stop in LA today (actually within the hour) to screen their documentary Take One. The premier comes amidst a very exciting week for the superstar DJ collective, who also released their album, Until One, which serves as a soundtrack to the film, just yesterday.

I'm anxious to see the film that MTV callsone of the most ambitious documentary film undertakings with a dance music focus," and the times calls "Spinal Tap for the Acid House generation." With great buzz surrounding the film and release, I can only hope the premier it as epic as their dance tracks.

Playing in LA - Wednesday October 27th

Here is what is going down in LA tonight. Recommendations in bold.

Reigning Sound, The Ettes @ Spaceland

Dub Club @ Echoplex

The Nervous Wreckords, Taylor Locke & The Roughs, Hunting For Wolves @ Bordello

All Spots To Black, Welldiggers Banquet, Woolen, Drunk on Crutches @ Silverlake Lounge

Bullet For My Valentine @ Hollywood Palladium

Neil Sedaka @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

Hunnypot @ Highland (Billboard Film & TV Music Conference After Party)

Lucha Va Voom @ Mayan Theatre

w00tstock: An evening of Geeks + Music w/ Paul and Storm @ Largo

Lotus, Mux Mool @ House of Blues

Gorillaz, N.E.R.D. @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Goodbye Elliott, Lido Beach, The McGrath Project, Kristeen Young, Ka Crash @ The Roxy

VersaEmerge, Anarbor, The Dangerous Summer, Conditions, Inheritance @ The Troubadour

Tab The Band, Joel Stein Band, The Harm, James Mulvey @ The Viper Room

Halloween Conflict @ The Central SAPC (LA Motorcycle Themed Halloween Party)

Dinah Steward @ The Mint

Wax Poetics Presents: Sauce ft. Adrian Younge & The Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra, Dj Smiles Davis, Alfred Hawkins, Niko Noir @ The Mint

Koko Powell (bassist for Edgar Winter) @ Saint Rocke

Father's Day, The McDaniels, Laco$te, clipping @ The Smell

Ash and Snow, David Avram, Joel Alpers, Justin Avery, Jeremy Bieber, Martin Estrada, Brett Farkas, Annette Frank, Derek Frank, John Sosin @ Molly Malones

Good Wednesdays @ Detroit Bar

Justin Beiber @ The Honda Center

Hot Bed of Hip-Hop: The Sunset Strip & L.A. at Large

Lyrics Born

For the last few weeks, greater Los Angeles has been a breeding ground for great hip-hop shows both big and small. Not only did LA show love for Lyrics Born (pictured above), Charli 2na (pictured below) and Rakaa (not pictured) at The Roxy on Thursday night - but within the last week LA hosted Atmosphere, Nas, Cypress HIll, Living Legends, ?uestlove, YG, 50 Cent, Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa, Yela Wolf, and P. Diddy.

Charli 2na

L.A.'s hip-hop calendar has just been on fire - and with Cut Chemist performing multiple times this weekend, DJ Shadow on Halloween, along with three Kosha Dillz performances, Snoop Dogg at the Gibson Amphitheatre and Freddie Gibbs at Key Club, that heat is not going away any time soon.

This picture gallery comes courtesy of Charli 2na and Lyrics Born's captivating performance at The Roxy on Thursday night. With doors opening at 10:30 - it was truly for the heads and late nighters. Rakaa from Dilated Peoples opened for the cast of veterans - dropping personal cuts as well as essential Dilated joints.

Rakaa was followed by Jurassic 5 bass vocalist, Charli 2na, and his guest MC who I believe was his cousin. 2na performed J5 classics like "Quality Control" - as well as a handful of solo material. 2na's rich vocals and animated stage presence energized the two hundred plus person crowd.

After a classic, fifteen minutes too long intermission - headliner Lyrics Born finally took the stage somewhere after midnight. Complete with an entourage band, including a stylish keyboardist and female vocalist Joyo Velarde, Lyrics ripped off more than 20 of his hits and reminded those with heavy eyes why they'd endured until the end.

Lyrics' complex rap patterns and verbal linguistics were appreciated by all of those who stayed late enough to see him. Spitting high pitched hot fire, Lyrics connected with the thinning crowd on classics from Later That Day and earned some new fans with recently penned crowd pleasers from the 2010 album As U Were.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dinner at the Taste of AK....Today Is A Good Day

In the Concert Blast this week we remarked that there wasn't too much great music in town tonight and today. Although the DO Over is always a Sunday afternoon activity of choice, this week I am heading to the Taste of Abbot Kinney. Despite not attending for any reason other than food - I've just come to learn that there is a significant music component featuring a handful of artists, including a grammy nominee (Bird York).

SO, if you are seeking some delightful Sunday afternoon entertainment and activities, look no further than today's Taste of Abbot Kinney festival. The event not only hosts a handsome lot of delicious food trucks, but apparently a handful of recording artists too.

Although I've never really heard of any of these artists and am not necessarily saying that their live performance(s) are "SUPERGOOD" - I know the food is going to be the whip and I wouldn't doubt that the music has been appropriately paired with the nosh.

Taste of Abbot Kinney commences today at 3 pm, but the music doesn't start until 3:30. Below is the schedule of artists and links to a few downloads that the artists provided.


3:30 - 4:00 KAI BROWN
4:15 - 4:45 NINA STOREY
5:00 - 5:45 HOPEKNOTS
6:00 - 6:15 BIRD YORK
6:30 - 7:00 SWEET TALK RADIO


5:30 - 6:30 ADAM STERN & FRIENDS -


4:00 - 5:30 THELONIOUS DUB

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday October 22nd

Tonight Los Angeles is treated to a handful of noteworthy performers from a variety of genres.

Long touring jamband staple Widespread Panic brings their southern-fried jam rock to Greek Theatre with Big Organ Trio slated to open.

Wiz Khalifa continues to smoke his competition lyrically on stage at The Music Box for the second night in a row, although guest Yela Wolf can certainly hold his own too. Yela also performs at an after party at Bardot.

Downstairs from Bardot, Alex Metric will be jumping things off at Avalon.

Minus The Bear brews their rock blend at The Wiltern - their set starts at 9:30ish because it is apparently a longer one for an indie act. Other rock in town includes Krashakarma and The Ruse at The Viper Room and songwriter Mark Sultan at Spaceland.

A full list of tonight's concerts from over 30 venues in Los Angeles is below.


Mark Sultan, Kelley Stoltz, My Pet Saddle @ Spaceland

Owen Pallett, Little Scream, Woom @ Echoplex

Club Underground @ Echo

Widespread Panic, Big Organ Trio @ Greek Theatre

Jail Weddings, Sweaters, Amanda Jo Williams @ Bootleg Theater

Minus The Bear, Tim Kasher, The Globes @ The Wiltern

Dutoit Conducts Romeo and Juliet @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

Alex Metric, Sound of Stereo @ Avalon

Vince Gill, Gary Mule Deer @ Club Nokia

Vieux Farka Toure, Taj Mahal @ Royce Hall (UCLA)

Wiz Khalifa, Yela Wolf & Dj Bionic @ The Music Box

Four Year Strong, Comeback Kid, The Wonder Years, American Fangs @ House of Blues

RECOIL w/ Conjure One, Architect, Sonoio @ El Rey Theatre

Electric Six, The Constellations, Deathrow Romeos @ Key Club

KROQ Locals Only: The Darlings, Death Punch, New Year’s Day, Majority Lost @ The Roxy

Azure Ray, Time Fite, Whispertown (Solo) @ The Troubadour

The Ruse, Krashkarma, Prohibition Rose, The Southerners, Melia @ The Viper Room

An evening w/ MarchFourth Marching Band @ The Central SAPC

Ryan Montbleua Band, Jason Spooner, Nala Kete @ The Mint

Fishtank @ Saint Rocke

Captain Ahab, The Slaves, Kevin Shields, tik///tik @ The Smell

Black Elephant, Dirt Dress, Deaf @ Pehrspace

Neo Soulounge, Q. Dixon @ Brixton (Dive)

DJ Icey @ Vanguard

Vintage Trouble, Jessie Payo @ Harvelles

UK Subs, Total Chaos, Blood Penny, Informal Society, License to Kill @ Brixton South Bay

All On Seven, Rich Pagano and the Sugarcane Cups, Jason Liebman, Samantha Behymer, Kristin Flammio @ Room 5

The Round Table Band does “Revolver”, Ben Kolarcik, The Blaggers @ Molly Malones

Static Fridays @ Detroit Bar (Free before 10:30)

Yelawolf @ Bardot

Dreamweaver...more like Nightmareweaver

It is with much frustration that I cannot post The Concert Blast under the "Blast" link above. Unfortunately my Dreamweaver is locked in some other program's dream and it is turning into a nightmare because my newsletter isn't posting to the site.

Since I've got no idea how to post it from scratch - this link to a version that lives somewhere in cyberspace is the next best thing. My apologies. In lieu of this we will post daily updates and recommendations...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saint Motel: Contest, Tour & More

Cinematically inclined local indie-rockers, Saint Motel, recently announced a handful of exciting news to their fans - a short west coast tour with Nico Vega and Imagine Dragons that includes a stop over Halloween weekend at The Roxy, a huge performance at LA Weekly's LA 101 Fest at Gibson Amphitheatre on November 7th and a fan-inspired music video contest.

We're here to remind you exactly why you should go see one of their performances and break down the details on all three offerings...

If you've seen the rising and rocking quartet, than you certainly understand why a show of theirs should not be missed - they are epic, different every night and infectiously fun. The band's concerts are extremely fluid displays of raw talent packaged in a high energy, visually intoxicating performance.

The visual stimulation comes in the form of a sequenced stream of live video (of the band members and the crowd) that is intermittently spliced with stock footage and other film which gets projected behind the artists on stage. Fans not only can enjoy the band's audible creativity, but they get to see their visual artistry skills too (several band members studied film in college). And, if you're dancing at the right moment, you may even see yourself caught on camera on stage or on stage itself (fans rush the stage during their encores).

The band's musical talents are also worthy of note. Front-man/Singer and guitarist AJ has matured considerably - his vocals are much improved from their Spaceland residency a year ago. Lead guitarist Aaron Sharp rifles off rock riffs with apparent ease, styling them with great guitar faces and occasional fancy footwork. Greg Erwin, the band's drummer, and Dak, their bassist, hold down the rhythm section with beautiful chemistry - seemingly intuitively tuned into each other's personal frequency.

AJ on Vocals

The exceptional musicianship combined with the DIY tech-savvy visual presentation combines for an amazing you certainly should not miss. AND, L.A. is offering you two chances to have that experience - one a week from Friday on October 29th at The Roxy for Witch Hunt with Nico Vega and opener Imagine Dragons (buy tickets HERE) and then less than two weeks later at The Gibson Amphitheatre on November 7th where they will perform on the same bill as Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack, amongst others (buy tickets HERE).

Not only do these guys play for their fans - they also engage with them too. Just recently Saint Motel announced a music video contest on their facebook fan page. We've included a few details of the contest below - but basically, they are giving you free reign to synch a song of theirs with your home-made video and share it with them - all you need is a youtube account, a facebook account and the ability to create a video.

Saint Motel loves the art of the music video, as we have made a music video for every one of our songs, and we want to see what you can come up with!


1. You have from now to November 30th to submit.
2. You can do a music video for any Saint Motel song off our EP ForPlay.
3. Just upload your finished music video to your own YouTube account and embed on our Facebook page.
4. Get creative!

Everyone who enters gets a free CD, but there for the winner...


1. (4) tickets to any SM show present or future. The four can also be split up amongst various show. (certain festivals or concerts may be excluded)
2. A SM T-shirt
3. A SM CD
4. A SM Necklace
5. You will be in Saint Motel's next music video. (subject to your availabity at the time of filming)
6. Secret Surprise Gift
7. We will feature your music video on all of our websites!

There are more details about the contest here - - it closes November 30th.

For those of you outside of Los Angeles, you can still participate in the video contest and, if you live in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Portland, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Santa Cruz or Fresno - you could see Saint Motel on their tour when they come into your town!

Check out their music videos and some behind the scenes footage from their Dear Dictator (Sam Sparro Remix) video shoot here:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Behind The Lyrics - Toot It & Boot It by YG

The frequently quoted radio hit "Toot It and Boot It" has been around for quite some time now - long enough to elevate it into the realm of hit hip-hop song, and long enough to warrant a closer look at what the song is really talking about.

Like many chart toppers, the song popularized a catchphrase - this one "toot it and boot it" which DOES NOT mean farted and vomited. Those down with street culture know the reference and probably understand the song - but not everyone is so I'm here to break down the song for you...

The easy going hipster-hop anthem tells a tale of a man meeting a woman on the first night, taking her home for intercourse and asking her to leave afterward.

The song introduces the protagonist, presumably YG, in the opening chorus. He is at the club trying to meet women. After successfully meeting said woman, he convinces her to go to his abode ("crib") by saying hello ("wassup"). Rather than leave something to the imagination, the protagonist confidently lets us know that he successfully got laid ("know I fucked" or, for the radio version, "know I f...d"). After fornicating or "toot(ing) it" the protagonist than kicks the female out or "boot(s) it."

If you were wondering how the story man conquered the booty, YG quickly tell us in the first verse that it was because the female found him attractive and desired to copulate. Our confident protagonist believes he is superior, but is nonetheless willing to engage in sexual relations with this woman. After the female expresses her desire to have the protagonist engage in intercourse with her, he accepts the invitation by giving the female permission to "run it."

YG reminds his audience that he is able to get women easily ("yo I'm a pimp bitch straight game never no sipping"). He also illustrates the size of his genitals through verbal imagery and recollections of the female having difficulty walking post coitus ("and after we did it she was walking with a limp.") Apparently he wants us to know that the intercourse was unprotected and that he is ready for another woman as well. ("bust it open, leave it wet, you know i leave it soakin'/who next I don't ever close, I stay open")

After again reminding listeners of the circumstances under which he met the female, YG opines that the promiscuous female fell in love with him and felt stupid when he asked her to leave his house once the sex was over. It is clear at this point that the protagonist likes to kick women out of his home after intercourse.

In the second verse, our protagonist presumably speaks to a new female having booted the previous one. He advances requests to have sex and tells the potential female mate that she should acquiesce to his requests to have sex with her and make her leave afterward. He tells her she should do this because of his status that she is aware of. He insists she knows where she can find him in the aforementioned club.

The protagonist expresses his delight at the potential female finding him attractive and contemplating their future sexual intercourse. This female has invited several of her friends to join the protagonist's entourage. Once both parties exit the establishment, this new female proceeds to engage in sex, apparently in the position of doggy style. The female involved makes her buttocks cheeks clap together. She and YG engage in intercourse multiple times. But, "only for one night" and then she's "gotta go."

The chorus resumes followed by a short banter third verse that reminds us that the protagonist's female sexual partner(s) had sex with him and was(were) forced to leave his house which resulted in her(their) feeling stupid.

YG performs at Key Club this Wednesday, October 20th. E-mail with subject heading "Behind The Lyrics" for a shot at winning a pair of tickets.


Toot It And Boot It lyrics
I met her in the club
then I said wassup
I took her to the crib
and you know I fucked
yea toot it and boot it
toot it and boot it
toot it and boot it
thats why I toot and boot it

She think im cute, she wanna have Sex
girl knock it off you know you cant have this

and she told me run that, i told her run it
and she never seen a chick until she met my magic stick
yo im a pimp bitch straight game never no sippin
And after we did it she was walking with a limp
bust it open leave it wet you know i leave it soakin
who next I don't ever close, I stay open
i met her in the club, you know i was drunk
i asked her name and then i said i wanna fuck
and im YG and you know I fucked
and she fucked back like a little slut
and she fell in love ya
and she felt stupid cuz you know
i toot it and boot it

girl let me toot that boot that stop actin stupid
acting like you dont know me like who that
walked in the club but ill fly things
im in the back girl you know where to find me
and I love how she think im cute
and she dont even wanna tell me what she wanna do
its me and my crew her and her friends
and they all trying to leave with us when the club ends
and she toot it from the back and you know she made it clap
and you know I run it back like
only for one night and she know im on like a switch on light
hey girl I can have you feelin right
I can supply the pipe
just make sure its tight
we can do it all day only for one night
and after that you gotta go

i toot it to the left i toot it to the right
fuck with me we gonna do it all night
i seen a bad bitch i swing my hat back
and after i hit its on my back
cuz i toot it and boot it
and made her feel stupid

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jesca Hoops Brings Sunshine

(Dani Canto - Wiki Commons)

American singer/songwriter turned Manchester resident Jesca Hoop brought smiles and sunshine to the faces of many music supervisors and industry heads at the Go Music Supervision mimosa breakfast earlier this morning.

Hot off of her opening performance for The Eels at The Music Box last night, Hoop impressed the crowd with her delicate guitar strumming and beautiful voice. In the intimate home setting, she even shared some charming stories behind her songs too. The brief 5 or 6 song set was mostly Hoop originals, including a couple songs from Hunting My Dress and a quick "Happy Birthday" in honor of host Gary Calamar.

I missed her at The Music Box, but heard it was great and today she was marvelous. I don't know when she'll return, but keep her on your radar.

10.15.10 = Too Many Options

10.15.10 = Too Many Options
Are Promoters & Talent Buyers Nervous?

Although 10.15 doesn't fall within the boundaries of this week's Concert Blast, I feel it necessary to draw attention to the overwhelming amount of hipster indie-electro and electronic music in town next Friday. Specifically, I'm talking about the following shows:

LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip & Sleigh Bells at The Hollywood Bowl

Miike Snow and Mark Ronson's Business International at The Wiltern

Fourtet and Jon Hopkins at The Music Box

Kruder & Dorfmeister, Jason Bentley, J-Boogie at Club Nokia

Grum and Acid Girls at Avalon

Jamaica, Nightwaves, French Horn Rebellion, Parallels @ Echoplex (Tilt 3 Year Anniversary)

LTJ Bukem and Deco at House of Blues

Paul Oakenfold, Chuckie @ The Music Box

I even heard a rumor that the members of LCD Soundsystem will be spinning an after party somewhere too.

Much of the talent performing that night is making the almost mandatory stop in Los Angeles prior to heading North for the Treasure Island Music Festival, although not all of the talent is (Grum, Acid Girls, Nightwaves, French Horn Rebellion, Parallels are not on TI).

Now, you can't fault any of the acts for routing themselves through Los Angeles. Of course they WANT to play here. Of course their agents, management, publicists and fans want them to play here. We are the most important city for music in America these days so it behooves these artists to play here. AND there certainly is an audience to support any one of these acts individually on any given Friday night BUT FOR the immense amount of competition.

There are six different shows that all have some indie electro flavor. Sure some are bands and some are DJs/beatmakers - some more rocker and some more electronicized, some foreign and some domestic. I will accept that there are niche markets each artist attracts. However, I just think the presence of so much market competition will draw away from the crowd at some of these amazing shows and at the very least cause hard decisions. I myself want to go to every show, and yet, I can only physically be at Hollywood Bowl and then maybe Avalon or Echoplex (because those shows will probably go later).

Had the promoters or talent buyers strategically planned for the competition, they may have captured a repeat offender like myself. Friday clearly was not the only night available night. Die Antwoord is coming from Treasure Island Festival to LA for a performance on Sunday. Miike Snow is playing at Club Nokia Thursday too. I'm hitting up Miike Snow at Club Nokia on Thursday night, but that show was announced after their Friday show at The Wiltern. (How those two shows are working from a contractual stand point is absolutely beyond this lawyer (me). At least one of those venues (Wiltern in particular - who announced it first) should have some Radius clause that would, at the very least, prohibit a show within one day within a ten mile radius at a COMPETITOR's venue no less! (If either venue does not have that clause - feel free to contact me about revising your contracts, I have experience in that department).

In addition to the tough decisions next Friday, for any potential attendee that might go to the above shows, if they had already elected to make the jaunt to San Francisco for Treasure Island and are on an indie hipster's budget, there is probably no reason they would go to Hollywood Bowl, The Wiltern, Club Nokia or The Music Box if they had to pay for it. Ticket fees alone might be prohibitively high. Even if they are not on a budget, some fans aren't necessarily down to see the same act twice in back to back days, especially when they are liable to play close to the exact same set (did someone just cough LCD Soundsystem?).

What bothers me the most about 10.15.10 is that, as a former talent buyer myself I feel like some of these venues and/or their talent buyers should have seen the potential conflict and pushed for the shows to be a day or two earlier or Sunday or Monday or Tuesday.

For all I know, maybe these venues got exceptional discounts on the talent on the basis of the market competition. Maybe the buyers got a deal on some of them - like LCD and Miike Snow - because of the fact that they both played the market multiple times in June. However, I'm going to go ahead and assume that didn't happen.

Rather than have the venues suffer at the door, the bar staff suffer from less patrons, and each act and venue overall make less money - it looks like a little more strategic planning may have helped everyone's bottom line.

All that said Tickets are still available for the Hollywood Bowl, The Wiltern, The Music Box, Avalon, Club Nokia and Echoplex.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Concert Blast PROBLEMS - Link on This Page For 10/8 - 10/14 Concert Blast

Our Dreamweaver is not loading our most recent concert blast to our webpage and my webguy is out of town for the next week. SO, with much regret, I am here to inform you that the "Blast" link at the top of the page is for last week's blast.

Follow this link to read this week's SUPERGOODMUSIC news...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Theophilus Keeps Culture Collide Cool

Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Festival kicked off cooler than the middle of a freshly opened ice cream sandwich with a good-looking crowd, tasty (and free) hors douvres (sp?) and overpriced Standard drinks. You might never guess it from the beads of sweat dripping off Theophilus London in the above picture, but he was performing.

Mingling with the international crowd from about 10 pm - 2 am, I met some cool visitors from Australia, Caroline and Ben, who knew all about the Australian electro scene and were surprised at my knowledge of Miami Horrors, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun and others. (I reminded them that they shouldn't be too impressed because they were visiting LA, where the music loving hipsters live).

I ran into Cedar and Mario from A Big City Died, who also marveled at the choice crowd and well executed commencement event, and I even saw a few artists, including Josh from Risers, who open at Spaceland at 9 pm tonight.

The real treat was Theophilus, whose electro hipster-hop music is easy to dance to, pleasing to the ear and honestly, fun to watch. On stage alone, Theophilus played percussion, triggered beats and all the while maintained his cues for singing and/or rapping. He received the largest crowd response and feedback from "Hum Drum Town," the FutureCop produced track that Theophilus is most well known for. The crowd erupted with a few people who knew the lyrics and anyone in close proximity getting their boogie on. The rest of the set was enjoyable but not as recognizable, although some die hards, myself included, were familiar with "Sorry to Interrupt" and a few other cuts.

Its a shame Theophilus isn't performing for more of the crowd at the event because he brought a welcomed change to the mostly indie rock line-up. BUT, he is off to Stockholm to work on some more recording. We wish him well and can only hope that the rest of Culture Collide Festival is as good as opening night :D

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guide to Collide

Filter's Culture Collide Festival officially kicks off tonight at The Standard with an intimate lobby performance from Theophilus London amongst others. But, the true festivities get going in the early evening on Thursday when six different venues open their doors to Filter's festival badge bearers.

You could get confused with all the different options presented to you - so we're giving you a little pointers in this friendly GUIDE TO COLLIDE.

With Echoplex, Echo, 826 and Taix all within legitimate walking distance of one another, it is hard not to gravitate towards the events at those four venues. Thursday offers artists at all 4 with notable performances from Black Lips, City Riots, Kamp! and LexiconDon at Echoplex, CasioKids from Norway at Echo, rising LA act Gamble House at 826 and the European sounds of The Black Atlantic (Netherlands), Gold Lake (Spain), Laleh (Sweden) and Nive Neilsen & The Deer Children (Greenland) at Taix. In audition to the aural pleasureas, Taix also offers some internationally themed happy hours that are likely to please the palate.

However, to draw some of the crowd away from a massive collision of people, Filter made sure the line-ups at Spaceland and Standard were super strong on opening night. I'm heading to Spaceland - which boasts Risers, a young band out of Los Angeles already making a statement with well crafted, somewhat epic songwriting, opening for Finaland's K-X-P and Zebra and Snake. For those with an international appetite for DJs, Standard hosts El Guincho (Spain), The Witness Protection Programme (Ireland) and Sebastian Tellier (France), along with a live performance from Voxhaul Broadcast.


Friday, your Collision Decisions get a little bit easier as only four venues play host. If you want to go to festival center - you'll have easy access to Klaxons, Land of Talk, The Besnard Lakes, Suuns and Baby Monster at Echoplex if you prefer music from North America. If you love the blokes from over the pond, The Boxer Rebellion, White Lies (Dj set), Amusement Parks on Fire and Witness Protection Programme at Echo is probably for you. Taix hosts artists fromt ehr est of the world - with Battle Circus (New Zealand), City Riot (guide says AUS - not sure if thats Australian or Austrian - reminds me of DUMB & DUMBER - put another shrimp on the barbie, mate!), Harrys Gym (Norway) and L. Stadt (Poland). We'd guide you to those three venues over Spain inspired Spaceland's line-up of El Guincho, Gold Lake, Capsula, The Outline and Two Sheds.

Saturday is the last "venue day" and also the last day of beer gardens and Happy Hours at Taix. I think I'm going to invest some time in the tribes culture by visiting Taix from 2-4 pm to check out the happy hour and special guest performance presented by the Israel Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Wonder if that special guest might be Pink Noise or Monotonix, both Israeli acts performing later at Spaceland where they will be joined by Mariachi El Bronx, The Franks and Jacuzzi Hi-Dive.

Also performing Saturday night are White Lies, Voxhaul Broadcast, Battle Circus + others at Echoplex; Cass McCombs, Laleh, The Black Atlantic at 826LA and Bambi Kino, Capsula, Two Sheds and Hello Saferide at Taix.

Sunday is the culmination, the climax, the entree course - as most of the above mentioned acts pour out into the streets and flood Sunset Blvd. with indie tunes galore. The Toyota Antics sponsored Block Party begins around 2:30 p.m. with Glaciers, followed by The Tender Box and a special guest. Things don't get going with multiple acts until around 5 pm - which leaves enough time to recover from a wild Saturday and poke your head in at the start of the Do Over (only 3 Sundays left after this one).

But, once 5 rolls around - acts multiply - Monotonix, Amusment Parks on Fire and White Lies all take the stage within that hour, followed shortly after by Phantogram, Cass McCombs and The Boxer Rebellion, who headline stage 2. The festival closes out with headline spots from Tokyo Police Club on the Main Stage at 8 and Seal Wolf and Fran Healy's respective acoustic performances at the Church.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Funktober First Round Up

Los Angeles' autumn concert season opened on a high note this past Friday when Funktober First took over The Roxy. An intimate crowd of funk, soul and boogie enthusiasts gathered at 9009 Sunset Blvd. for what became a memorable, enjoyable and highly dance-able evening.

Things got started and were kept moving all night by KCRW's Jeremy Sole, who was performing in the DJ booth upstairs just above the SUPERGOODMUSIC banner. Playing a smattering of old school soul, including some choice Sly & The Family Stone, he had the crowd vibing out before Tha Boogie even stepped on stage.

Shortly after 9, the only act I had not yet seen on the bill, Tha Boogie, made their presence known. The group, led by two male and one female vocalist, entered with choreographed movements and extremely loud clothing.

Playing for about thirty minutes, Tha Boogie made sure the crowd did just that. The energy of the band seemed to leach into the crowd, as the band drew nearly all of the VIP section onto the dance floor to enjoy the rising band's set. Toe-tapping and butt-bumping with strangers before 10 pm signified that this night was just the music I was looking for.

Sadly, Tha Boogie did not play longer as I truly enjoyed their lively performance and exciting stage theatrics. Once Tha Boogie had wrapped up their set, Jeremy Sole resumed his duties as the nights mixmaster of ceremonies. I would love a copy of his playlist because he was spinning nothing but supergoodness as the not to sizeable crowd barely budged from the dance-floor.

Next up was The Soul of John Black - who confidently took to his guitar almost immediately. While the music was very enjoyable, TSJB lacked the driving rhythms and energy of his predecessor. The pleasant melodies emanating from the accomplished musician's guitar kept the mood right, but the slowed pace led many patrons to the bar for re-hydration.

John Black ripped his urban bluesy rock soul for a good half hour before retiring backstage and letting the funk take over the room again. Sole kept the crowd's ears saturated with funktober's finest beats for at least a half hour while the stage crew repositioned instruments and prepared for the 9 piece extravaganza that is Orgone.

The band opened with a nice dirty funk jam that again got almost the entire crowd to join them on the dance floor. The crowd, which had grown considerably between the end of TSJB and Orgone, definitely were ready to get down....and so was the band.

Running through a handful of original tracks from Killion Floor, Bacando and their latest release, Cali Fever, Orgone and Fanny Franklin reminded the crowd why they are not only the best funk band to ever come out of Los Angeles, but also the perfect act to headline Funktober First.

Fanny (pictured above and below), got absolutely wicked on the microphone. Her voice has so much range and her soul is so deep that she occasionally reminds me of Sharon Jones - just a very petite one. She killed on "Who Knows Who," amongst other originals, and as always, nailed vocals on some of my favorite covers - including "Ain't No Use," "Brothers on the Slide," and their P-Funk closer "Cosmic Slop."

The rest of the band, including Stewart Killen (pictured below), backed up Fanny quite nicely. Holding down a very heavy rhythm for about 90 minutes, Stewart and crew kept the crowds feet moving almost as quickly as Sergio's (guitarist) hands.

As the night wound down around 1 a.m., I couldn't help but be pleased with the enthusiasm the acts brought and the seeming delight of the intimate crowd. Although the venue was not packed full, Funktober First was a good step in the right direction for not only all the bands that performed, but SUPERGOODMUSIC as well. Couldn't be happier with the quality of sound(s) at our very first event at The Roxy.

Monday, October 4, 2010


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