Monday, April 26, 2010
Hotel St. George, whom hail from San Diego, are making the drive up tonight for a FREE performance on the heels of their recent video release which features outdoor wizard back rubs and robots with guns and whiskey. As of this writing, it has been viewed a mere 41 times, but with that sort of ridiculousness, it ought to be viewed more.
You can see Hotel St. George (and maybe even the robot?) play tonight at Silverlake Lounge.
Chasing Kings reign on the stage tomorrow night at 10 pm. The quartet plays cool, classic-rock, indie-rock and surf-rock inspired grooves with stellar vocals that will have you pining for more at the end of their show. I had the privilege of catching up with the band in their living/rehearsal space a few weeks back where we talked about everything from first dates to music festivals to Stop Making Sense. Any questions? Just check out some of the footage from our hilarious conversations here...
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Monday, April 12, 2010
The 2010 Coachella Music Festival is less than a week away, and with a lineup that boasts of some of the biggest players in all genres of music, but for me Friday April 16th is all about one band, Ra Ra Riot.
To think that I had never even heard of this band a year ago is astonishing to me because once I discovered them, they quickly became one of my favorite bands. They originated in Syracuse, New York and after forming began playing at venues in the area which soon resulted in an appearance at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. After a rave review from SPIN Magazine, opening spots for Art Brut, Bow Wow Wow and Tokyo Police Club soon followed.
After a string of incredible things happened to Ra Ra Riot, tragedy came there way. After a show in Providence, John Ryan Pike, the bands original drummer went missing and weeks later his body was discovered. The band mourned the loss of one of its original members but promised fans to continue on despite the loss.
Ra Ra Riot released their debut LP The Rhumb Line on August 19, 2008, and, in my opinion, it’s a great representation of contemporary music and I fully stand by opinion of calling them one of the best live bands around right now. I have only seen them live at the 2009 Lollapalooza Festival and the 2010 SXSW Festival, but I can pretty much guarantee that I will be waiting at their stage on Friday to see them live for the third time.
If you don’t know anything about them then head over to the bands official MySpace page to hear some of their music.
Stay tuned for more Coachella recommendations from SUPERGOODRCA.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Walking into Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe, at the very least, I know I'm in for musicians of hunger and genuine love for the music they play. The double doors open and the blonde, twangy chick belting on stage is plain fucking cute. The crowd is generous and seems to be getting excited for the next round of sound. A quiet steadies over the scene and it's only inevitable that I notice the red hue practically screaming from the cut out bulbs hanging from wires -- and I finally see the man I've come for.
Mister Rob Laufer enters, quiet and serene. He instantly reminds me of some wearied fisherman. Sad. Sweet. Just wanting to be heard. He begins to tune his guitar on stage, and out come the other two members of his band -- and here my excitement builds as Scott Babcock pulls out an enormous viola. Ummm, YES, PLEASE. Drummer, Carl Sealove, takes a seat, and with that, Rob gives the audience a definite look of "Shhhh," and the show begins.
This bass beat comes in from their first song choice, "Broken Record," and I immediately think I can place pieces of it in some feel good Crowe flick like "Singles"... You know, something that's true and is there to teach you something. Laufer croons, "They'll always beat you til you change." Amen to that.
Laufer, a mixture of Dave Matthews' mellow tones-Eric Clapton-"Secret Garden"-style-meets the 90's, speaks: "Now we're going to get into the Excruciating Bliss part of the program," Rob's way of announcing his new album's release. To this, those in attendance give a loud and pronounced "WOO!!!," which warmed my heart to know that they were, indeed, there to support.
I hear an opening like the ocean...waves and distortion and smoothness just like I like it. "Under the sheet of ice / there's a deep blue sea...she's a child of the moon." Rob strums that guitar like his child, Babcock's drums kick into steady gear, Sealove's bass of the grandest stature hums, all in unison, to the tune of, "That's the thing about angels, they don't give a fuck really."
All ends on a marching, upbeat note:
"Sunlight / baby / it's gonna happen / ... / everything's gonna come 'round"
There's something simple and honest about this and about him, and it makes me want to put this record on in the background and type that letter that I've been meaning to send for years. And even though love is the last thing I wanna be in right now, this stuff makes it seem pretty damn appealing.
Where to check Rob out:
Post by Samantha Ray
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Deadmau5 is definitely one artist that we think you should check out on Friday. Not only do we love the dude's funky fresh Mickey Mouse-ish logo, but the guys beats are spectacular. His 2008 Coachella performance was off the chain and there is no reason to suspect that Joel Thomas Zimmerman (the man behind the Mouse mask) won't bring it again.
From his original tracks like "All U Ever Want", "Strobe" and "Ghosts N Stuff" to mash-ups featuring his music like "Hi Fatmau5" to DJs just blending his stuff at the club - you've probably already heard and enjoyed Deadmau5 even if you didn't know it. If you're gonna be at Coachella - make the conscious decision to see him. I promise you won't regret it.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Go early and stay late - cause alcohol is free for 5 minutes every half hour!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Fri, April 2nd - Movie Party - Creedence cover set by Paddy and The Poor Boys + special guests Peter Stormare (Uli The Nihilist/Karl Hungus), Jack Kehler (Dude's Landlord), Philip Moon (Woo The Carpet Pisser), Jim Hoosier (Liam), Jeff Dowd (inspiration for The Dude), Peter Exline (inspiration for the story), Robin Jones (Ralph's Girl), Andrea Nunn (Julianne Moore/Maude's Stand-in for the carpet flying scene) and possibly others followed by a screening of The Big Lebowski. Doors 8:30 / Show 9:00 / Movie 10:00 @ The Wiltern - All Ages - $19.99
Sat, April 3rd - Bowling Party - Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Special guests Mike Gomez ("Leads" Cop!), Jim Hoosier (Liam), Jeff "The Dude" Dowd and Robin Jones (Ralph's Girl). Bowling and shoe rental included. Bowling is general admission and not guaranteed. 9 pm @ The Cal Bowl - All Ages - $25 adv / $30 day of. RSVP on Facebook