Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Check out his gear in the video too. Its pretty crisp. So are the puppets.
Don't miss him at Bonnaroo...
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Is there a live drummer? What goes down?
Twin Shadow's tingly cool retro wave pop is hot. The melodic poetic lyrics on "Forget" ad a beautiful arc to Lewis' compositions.
I can only imagine what beauty Lewis will unleash in the heat in Manchester in less than 3 weeks. Will you be there to see it?
Pretty Lights is ubiquitous - he is just about anywhere and everywhere these days. Popping up at festivals worldwide, with free downloads all day on www.prettylightmusic.com and just recently announcing a series of Amphitheater style shows with Bassnectar that have them commanding a reported $150,000 a night for the duo.
Some of the festivals he's performing at include Southern California's very own Lightning in A Bottle coming up this weekend with Mr. Derek Vincent Smith playing on Saturday night as the headliner on the Lightning Stage at 12:30 a.m. PL's line-up topping status won't be lost on the committed electro fans that attend LIB, nor will it be lost on the 100,000+ expected to descend onto Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo X a few weeks later.
Having played the festival in 2009 for an intimate late night set, the beat-maestro returns to deliver some whomp, thump and bump to the swampy, sticky, over-heated 'Roo crew.
If you're not hip to Pretty Lights - he is at the top of the digital sampling, glitch-hop game. His production crosses a variety of genre barriers, sampling from a plethora of styles to create something uniquely new that has the flavors of old school hip-hop and soul. PL generates his beat compositions using the monome and the AKAI MPD32, and runs those through Ableton.
Although traditionally touring with a drummer (most recently Adam Deitch and originally Corey Eberhard), rumor has it that his summer festival run will be just Mr. Smith on the computer and machinery with no accompanying live drummer.
While I definitely prefer the live drummer status, either way - Pretty Lights is an artist definitely worth catching.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Not only are their live shows highly entertaining (and occasionally reminiscent of Jethro Tull), but their recordings are solid. I really dig "Black Hills" for which they made a music video
The band hits the road with L.A.'s latest breakout, Foster The People, but I'm thinking that Gardens and Villa could steal the thunder. The lead vocalists voice is a bit more polished and less annoying. Plus, it feels more indie wholesome.
And, unlike Foster The People, who have many songs that unfold into similar jungle jams that have Foster playing one drum rather poorly (i.e. "Broken Jaw", "Helena Beat", etc.) - Gardens and Villa's jam sessions have real chemistry and don't all sound the same.
You can catch these cool cats with a bunch of other indie all-stars tonight at Bootleg Bar. They are joined by White Arrows, Milo Greene and Dangerbird Records' Eulogies. Should be awesome. And it is FREE!!!!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Check it out...and check him out on Saturday where he is joined by Doorly!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Brothers Floyd and Jeremy Daniels clearly have the hotness. And here they're joined by Coco, Breezy and Angela Wolff. Peep it for yourself...
The minimal, deliberately lo-fi jangly surf pop sound of Best Coast is good for nostalgia and backdrop music - and perfect for a beachtime chill session. That latter thought may be a result of having watched the "When I'm With You" video one to many times...depends who you ask.
What is certain is that their sound has caught hold nationwide. With some Beach Boys influences and a sound that can be compared to other newcomers like Tennis - their deliberately indie surf sound is a fun summer soundscape. You can catch a good handful of their worthy compositions at Bonnaroo 2011 as well as several other festivals, including Sasquatch and Outside Lands stateside and End of The Road Festival and Electric Picnic Festival across the pond. They are also playing in Los Angeles this weekend at Largo on Sunday May 15th as part of a benefit for the Littlest Humor Foundation.
Best Coast has a storied history despite not being that old of a band. The brainchild behind Best Coast, Bethany Cosentino, found her chemistry counterpart in Bobb Bruno, an L.A. musician who'd assisted the great Jon Brion, amongst others. After hearing Bethany's "Sun Was High" demo - Bruno was sold and Best Coast as we know it was born.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Get tickets to the show by mentioning @supergoodmusic @theroxy and @saintmotel in a tweet (you must follow @supergoodmusic to win). See what's contained in that special Travel Kit here:
Check out other cool promo videos for the event here:
Saturday, May 14, 2011
With clear influences from Outkast and The Pharcyde, and a style that embraces a little bit of a rocker's swagger, it surprises me that The Knux didn't explode more off of "Remind Me in 3 Days..." Honestly, it was one of my favorite records of 2008. From "Bang, Bang!" - the Entourage trailer track to "Cappuccino" to "Powder Room" there were a bunch of bangers touching on subjects not often visited by rappers toeing a line close to pop-hop.
"Daddy's Little Girl" and "Powder Room" survived several years in my i-pod and made a return in 2011 when the duo dropped a leak from their second LP, "She's So Up", on Consequence of Sound in early February. The new material definitely has much more of a rock underpinning to it as heard in the driving guitar riff, but still possesses a catchy hook and their creative flow.
Check out the first of the below videos. It has close to 10 million hits. Who knows what he is capable of writing, but he clearly has an audience already. At the very least, a significant online presence. He has a strong vocabulary. He uses good diction. He delivers his rhymes well.
Something is wrong with this business when a guy with close to 10 million hits on one video is not even getting an offer. He has talent. He can rap fast, faster than most, and that is worth something. Even if the offers were bad ones, someone should have offered him something. Its not every day you meet someone who can rap like this....
Check him out on twitter at @gwatsky
Friday, May 13, 2011
He also just dropped this dope video for "Everyday" that was shot in the California desert by the Salton Sea.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
A few days ago we heard the good news that a new festival event was coming to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the line-up was decently dope. Dope in the sense that it has grammy award winners and multiple acts that could sell out Hollywood Palladium.
The creme de la creme of the line-up has to be Rage Against The Machine who return to play their first show in LA since their benefit concert expressing their distaste for the legislation concerning non citizens in Arizona. The crowd would be amped for them anyway, but with rage inducing Immortal Technique and exceptional rockers Muse oiling the crowd up, the volume is probably going up to 11.
Rounding out the announced line-up so far are Ms. Lauryn Hill, Rise Against and El Gran Silencio. The event takes place on July 30th and tickets go on sale Friday, May 13th, at 10 a.m. PST for $69.00 and $99.00 respectively, plus fees. If you're too eager to wait, KROQ is hosting an exclusive presale today beginning at 10 a.m. The password is KROQLARISING.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
With just under a month to go until the tenth anniversary of Bonnaroo, we’re finally getting into our countdown and what better place to start than a band that is also doing a residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles this month?
That band is Alberta Cross and their contagious indie blues Americana rock album Broken Side of Time has infected my headphones and car stereo for the last week. The five piece are based in New York, but original formers Petter Ericson Stakee and Terry Wolfers were bred from a European rock background.
A listen to their full length, Broken Side of Time, which was released in September 2009, invites comparisons to groups like The Raconteurs and The Band – although I’d say Cross sits in a slightly edgier, rougher space. Understandably, the band has shared stages with acts like Ben Harper & The Relentless 7, Them Crooked Vultures, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as a result.
Check out songs like “Song 3Three Blues” to get a taste – and then buy their record directly from them at their webstore. Unfortunately the 180 Gram Vinyl and the Deluxe Edition are both sold out…but the CD or digital download are well worth it. If you’re going to the ‘Roo, you’re going to want to be familiar with these songs. And if you're not going, you may want to be familiar with them for Sasquatch Music Festival or the traveling Dave Matthews Band event.
If you’re in Los Angeles, get familiar in person ever Tuesday this May at The Satellite. Coming up on the 17th they share stage with local westsiders Chasing Kings as well as Sunny War. And for their final installment on the 24th they are joined by Rumspringa, Last American Buffalo and Catwalk. Tickets for The Satellite shows are $10 and tickets for Bonnaroo X are still available through Bonnaroo’s website for $249.50 + applicable fees.
Like any supergood professional organization should, Filter Magazine is bringing their music celebration party crashing back. Culture Collide returns to Los Angeles for its second annual installment with another banging 4 day internationally flavored extravaganza taking place October 6th - 9th.
With Mr. Kool Aid like energy, current headliner CSS makes everyone move their feet. Without insulting last years event (because it was good), Cansei De Ser Sexy is a step above. Those are some wild women who are representing for all of South America (as of now).
Representing for the U.S. are a favorite of mine - Rainbow Arabia. Check out "Without You" if you've been sleeping on this pot of sonic colors. I also really dig Holiday In Congo (Mexicans With Guns Remix)...amazeballs, but hey, that's me. I like a little womp with my indie at times. Jason Falkner, He's My Brother/She's My Sister, Handshakes, Young Liars and Spain also bear the badge of our U.S. steeze. Buck 65 and Snowblink hold it down for the provinces up North of U.S.
At this point, the fact that their are early bird $20 wristbands available should have you salivating...and then there is Europe.
Europe has already confirmed a gang of artists - Lindstrom for one. I also like Martin Clancy & The Witness Protection Programme. Switzerland's Kassette,Disco Doom and The Awkwards. Indigo Tree, Paula i Karol, Ginga, Isobel Campbell, My bubba & Mi, Please The Trees, and BrainStorm too.
New Zealand's Liam Finn - whom I've dug since I heard "Second Chance" is going to be there. And I'll be there too. At whichever venue they're putting him at on the East Side of Los Angeles.
The Yellow Dogs from Iran round out the lot of confirmations thus far. But rest assured, Filter will have more.
Wonder who will be this years Theophilus London? Will it be Chicago's Keith Masters with England's Futurecop!? Or Plan B? Or both? Who knows? Those FIlter people do. Stay tuned to Filter Magazine's site and twitter for updates to the line-up and the latest deets. But - you could just keep it simple and buy a ticket now. It's $20, it's already worth it.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Somehow the full length video of "Backin Up" by The Gregory's escaped me for about half a year. I'd only seen like the 1 minute 30 second version. This full length is that much better. Hope your daddy taught you good too...
The original news broadcast precedes it just in case you missed it.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Matisyahu just recently announced a grip of summer tour dates and has a pretty cool merch promo going on at MatisyahuWorld.com right now....
Every ticket bought on MatisyahuWorld.com includes an instant download of "Beat Box" from "Live at Stubbs, Vol. II", plus a mystery item from the merch table at the show you attend.....FREE! Additionally, you can get all of the above plus your choice of a new tour t-shirt for $20 -- that's 20% off the price at the show! All you have to do is present your receipt at the venue on the night of the show and you will be able to redeem your items!
Head over to MatisyahuWorld.com to get your tickets and tees, and check out the full tour schedule below. For an extra special deal, try and hit up Gilt Groupe to see if you can still get in on their VIP package for August 3rd at Club Nokia which is sure to sell out - http://www.giltcity.com/los-angeles/matisyahula
SUN 6/26/11 - Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock
MON 6/27/11 - Cleveland OH @ House of Blues
WED 6/29/11 - Milwaukee WI @ Summerfest
THU 6/30/11 - Minneapolis MN @ The Zoo
SAT 7/2/11 - Aspen CO @ Belly Up
SUN 7/3/11 - Colorado Springs CO @ Black Sheep
MON 7/4/11 - Morrison CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
WED 7/6/11 - Des Moines IA @ Simon Estes Amphitheatre^
THU 7/7/11 - Kansas City MO @ Crossroads^
SAT 7/9/11 - St. Louis MO @ Pageant
SUN 7/10/11 - Detroit MI @ St. Andrews Hall+
MON 7/11/11 - Columbus OH @ Newport Music Hall+
TUE 7/12/11 - Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection+
WED 7/13/11 - Indianapolis IN @ Egyptian Theatre+
THU 7/14/11 - Chicago IL @ Congress Theatre^^
SAT 7/16/11 - Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE
SUN 7/17/11 - Baltimore MD @ Artscape- Balt. Fest of the Arts
MON 7/18/11 - Providence RI @ Lupo's
WED 7/20/11 - Cincinnati OH @ Bogart's
THU 7/21/11 - Louisville KY @ Headliner's
SUN 7/24/11 - Salt Lake City UT @ The Complex
MON 7/25/11 - Boise ID @ Knitting Factory
TUE 7/26/11 - Spokane WA @ Knitting Factory+
WED 7/27/11 - Vancouver BC @ Commodore Ballroom+
THU 7/28/11 - Portland OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+
SAT 7/30/11 - Seattle WA @ Neptune+
TUE 8/2/11 - San Francisco CA @ Regency Ballroom
WED 8/3/11 - Los Angeles CA @ Club Nokia+
THU 8/4/11 - Ventura CA @ Ventura Theatre+
SAT 8/6/11 - Las Vegas NV @ Hard Rock Pool+
SUN 8/7/11 - San Diego CA @ Humphrey's+
TUE 8/9/11 - Anaheim CA @ The Grove+
WED 8/10/11 - Phoenix AZ @ The Marquee+
SAT 8/13/11 - Omaha NE @ Maha Music Festival
SUN 8/14/11 - Tulsa OK @ Cain's Ballroom
MON 8/15/11 - Dallas TX @ House of Blues
TUE 8/16/11 - Houston TX @ House of Blues
THU 8/18/11 - Helotes TX @ Josabi's
SAT 8/20/11 - Taos NM @ Taos Mountain Music Festival
SUN 8/21/11 - New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
MON 8/22/11 - Atlanta GA @ Center Stage
TUE 8/23/11 - Ponte Vedra Beach FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
WED 8/24/11 - Orlando FL @ Hard Rock
THU 8/25/11 - Miami FL @ The Fillmore
SUN 8/28/11 - Birmingham AL @ Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
MON 8/29/11 - Charleston SC @ The Music Farm
TUE 8/30/11 - Charlotte NC @ Amos' Southland
WED 8/31/11 - Norfolk VA @ The Norva
THU 9/1/11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata
SAT 9/3/11 - Lowell MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series
SUN 9/4/11 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place-
TUE 9/6/11 - Montreal QC @ Club Soda
WED 9/7/11 - Toronto ON @ The Phoenix
* - Supporting Blues Traveler
^ - With The Wailers
^^ - Co-headlining with Toots & the Maytals, Lukas Nelson supporting
+ - Tea Leaf Green supporting
Kosha Dillz dropped a cool Yom Hashoah freestyle on his youtube page earlier today. It pays homage to those that fell in the Holocaust, including non-jews, and is pretty street and wicked. Check out the link below: