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.

Los Angeles Tonight (August 15, 2013)


Its a summer Thursday - which means FREE shows at the Santa Monica Pier (The English Beat w/ Maxwell Smart) and Levitt Pavilion's (Christian Scott at McArthur Park, New Found Road in Pasadena).  Locals The Neighbourhood pack Fonda Theatre and Lakers hero Kobe celebrates the release of Kobe Up Close at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

A list of more entertainment options is below the videos.

  • Pancho & Sancho, The Kepler Mission, Selina Zakaria, Indigo Child @ Troubadour

  • The Neighbourhood, Big Black Delta, DJ Skee @ Fonda THeatre

  • Kobe Up Close @ Nokia Theatre LA Live

  • Dudamel Conducts Verdi’s Requiem @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Lauren Waller (early showcase) @ The Mint (7 pm)

  • We Poppin’ feat The Lockwest, B.Y.G., Shye Eaze, Cocc Pistol Cree @ The Mint

  • The English Beat, Maxwell Smart, Troup @ Santa Monica Pier (FREE)

  • Southern Culture on the Skids, Kitchen Hips @ The Echo

  • Alex Bleeker & The Freeks, Matt Kivel @ Bootleg Bar

  • Sango, Atlantic Connection, Nikko Gray, ESTA, Jarell Perry @ Bootleg Gallery

  • Goldensun, Polytype, The Subtle Knife @ Silverlake Lounge

  • Buyepongo @ Los Globos

  • Hobart W. Fink, Blackfeet Braves, Jeffertiti’s Nile @ Grand Park

  • Overeasy, Western Bells, Guardian Ghost, Professor Possessor, Tijuana Cartel @ Hotel Café

  • The Messengers @ Harvard & Stone

  • New Found Road @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

  • Christian Scott @ Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park

  • Brevet, Caxiton, Pacific, Dylan Emmet, Steps of Doe, Courtney Randall, Sarah Kaplan @ Roxy Theatre

  • Derrick Hodge, TS and the Vines @ The Viper Room

  • LNGWKND @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • David Gordoni @ House of Blues – Foundation Room

  • Tera Naomi, Ben Carroll @ WitZend

  • Spaceship, Merciless Jive, Pompous Highmen @ Saint Rocke

  • Cherokee, JNL Cinemafunk, Chronic Mncher @ Detroit Bar

  • Goddamn Gallows, Restavrant, Delaney Davidson @ Alex’s Bar

  • Yellow Red Sparks @ Constellation Room

  • Foreign Beggars @ Constellation Room (late Show)

  • Cash & Freedman @ House of Blues – Anaheim

  • Michael Bolton @ City National Grove of Anaheim

  • GTA @ Yost Theater

  • The Reckoning, St. Clair, Morris @ IO West Theater

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 14, 2013)

Hump day goes boss tonight when Rick Ross takes over Club Nokia backed by the infamous 1500 or Nothin' Band and with guest appearances from French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill and Teedra Moses.

Indie rockers get a visit from Kopecky Family Band at The Echo, TheBlack & TheWhite's release party at The Satellite and free tunes from Magic Wands at Harvard & Stone.  For some legend status vocals - Natalie Cole joins LA Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.  And like every other Wednesday - Dub Club goes down at Echoplex and Low End Theory takes over The Airliner.

More shows listed below.

  • Kopecky Family Band, Said the Whale, the Melodic @ Echo

  • TheBlack & TheWhite, Dead Times, DJ Tobi Lynn (98.7) @ Satellite

  • Magic Wands, Galaxy of Tar @ Harvard & Stone (FREE)

  • Jamie N Commons, Nightmare & the Cat @ Troubadour

  • Nicholas David, Amber Rubarth, MacKenzie Bourg @ El Rey Theatre

  • Rick Ross & the 1500 or Nothin’ Band w/ French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill, Teedra Moses @ Club Nokia

  • Tournament of Hearts, Armada, Dekades, Daniel Bedingfield @ Silverlake Lounge

  • Dub Club w/ Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus @ Echoplex ‘

  • Sharks From Mars @ Origami Vinyl

  • Natalie Cole, LA Philharmonic, Chucho Valdes @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Head Hunters, juN, Shy Town and Mick Frisco @ Los Globos

  • The Goat Face Experience @ Virgil

  • Fort King, Pony Boy @ Malo

  • Max Collins, Emily Kinney, Dust on the Radio, Jonathan Seldat, Sun Looks Down @ The Hotel Café

  • Katrina and Dom Liberati @ Mint

  • The Goddamn Gallows and Calamity Cubes @ On the Rox

  • Cats Who Will Eat Planets @ HOB Foundation Room

  • Storey & the Tellers @HOB Voodoo Lounge

  • Alfa and Grey Eastern @ WitZend

  • AJ and Sara @ Saint Rocke (Happy Hour)

  • Tyra Juliette and Keesha @ Saint Rocke

  • Taylor Collins, Rory Rodriguez, Red, Red Woods @ the Observatory

  • The Federal Affair @ Federal Bar

  • My Hollow Drum @ The Airliner – Low End Theory

  • The God*Amn Gallows, The Calamity Cubes, The Curly Wolf, JD Bend @ The Roxy

  • Molotov, Cool Arrows, Venum Rush @ Ventura Theater

Monday, August 12, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 13, 2013)


Go deep with new indie at Echoplex with San Cisco, Smallpools and Avid Dancer.  Smallpools have hardly played even a handful of shows - but are already the talk of the town with their fresh single "Dreaming."  Recently signed to RCA - they're the perfect warm up to Australia's San Cisco.  We are giving away a pair of tickets - so email us at to get in on the action.  Deap Vally comes off their Outside Lands performance to rock Troubadour with JJUUJJUU, and plenty of more shows the hilarities of Nick Swardson and other Heavy Hitters of Comedy at The Mint.

  • Madi Diaz, Carousel, Sun Rai, Ghost Beach @ Bootleg Bar

  • Deap Vally, JJUUJJUU @ Troubadour

  • Washing Machines, the Lost Years, Les Becasses, Toys That Kill, Signals @ Silverlake Lounge

  • San Cisco, Smallpools, Avid Dancer @ Echoplex

  • Aftergloam, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Froth and the Kabbs @ Satellite

  • Fascination, Josef Cristofer, Yvonne Black @ Los Globos

  • The Withers, Sibling Rivalry, Get Mom @ Lot 1 Café

  • The Jeff Miley World Jazz Quartet @ El Cid

  • Noah Peters, Eric Dash, Winklereed, John & Jacob @ Hotel Café

  • Heavy Hitters of Comedy w/ Nick Swardson @ The Mint

  • Young Adults, Grenier, Sodapop @ Dim Mak Studios

  • The Walcotts @ Harvard & Stone

  • Natalie Cressman, Secret Garden @ Mint

  • Davey Suicide, Bunny the Bear @ Whisky A Go Go

  • Vegan Boss @ Roxy Theatre

  • Los Feliz Quartet @ HOB Voodoo Lounge

  • Mother Falcon @ Largo at the Coronet

  • Jameel Bruner Quartet @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • Terminal A, Sashcloth & Axes, Nicker Jones @ Detroit Bar

  • Mike Stud @ Constellation Room

  • Hunter & the Dirty Jacks @ Harvelle’s

  • Tower, Metrik, Divine Elements, Scooba and Werd @ Yost Theater

  • Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 10, 2013)

Enjoy an excellent Saturday and find some good music to check out live in this list below.   We like Cloud Control and Tapioca & The Flea at Bootleg Bar if you want to be on the next tip, Hardwell at Palladium to dance your ass off, Mark De Clive Lowe presents Church at Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park if you want some FREE entertainment and The National with Daughter to rock out under the twilight sky at Greek Theatre.

Check out a more complete list below!

  • The National, Daughter @ Greek Theatre

  • Emeli Sande @ Club Nokia

  • Smith Westerns, Wampire @ El Rey Theatre

  • Chicano Batman @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

  • White Fence, Jessica Pratt and Jonathan Rado @ Trouabadour

  • Mark de Clive Lowe presents CHURCH @ Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park

  • One Direction a@ Staples Center

  • Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Ivete Sangalo @ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

  • Hardwell @ Hollywood Palladium

  • Cloud Control and Tapioca & the Flea @ Bootleg Bar

  • The Shadow Principle, Odd Owl, the Verm and Adam’s Breakfast @ Silverlake Lounge

  • The Obsessed, Hirax, From Ashes Rise and Final Conflict @ Echoplex

  • Plus, Smiles, V-3P0 and Dust & Chrome @ Satellite

  • Star & Dagger, Boots Electric and Purple @ Los Globos

  • Turbo Lightning, Zebroids, Dirty Few and Heller Keller @ the Smell

  • Shivering Windows, Nicole Kidman, Filardo, Eyes Seas and the Cthulhus @ Lot 1 Café

  • The Bluebonnets, Upset and EZ Tiger @ El Cid

  • Derek Rogers, Good Willsmith, l’eternebre and Black Hat @ pehrspace

  • Animal Cloud, NTNT, Science Fiction Theater, Darren Frank and Robb Benson & the Sheik @ the Hotel Café

  • Taro Hart and Melvin Seals & JGB @ the Mint

  • Dilana and Bleck @ Roxy Theatre

  • Original Sinner, Opus Dai, Thick as Thieves, Day Above Ground, Kraterface and Sunset Cannons @ House of Blues

  • Brad Kay’s Regressive Jazz Quartet @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • Free Moral Agents, Stab City, Plague Vendor, Ghostnerd and SoCal Tennis Pros @ Alex’s Bar

  • Jessie Ware @ Observatory

  • Passafire and Stick Figure @ Constellation Room

Friday, August 9, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 9, 2013)

The weekend commences with a healthy dosage of great music.  A handful of OLF bound acts including Grizzly Bear, Foals and Willie Nelson swing through Los Angeles, Matisyahu and Rebelution bring some earthy reggae vibes to Pacific Amphitheatre and UZ and Photek throw down drops at Avalon.  Whatever type of music you fancy - we bet you can find something likely to entertain you in the list below.  Enjoy your Friday!

  • Grizzly Bear @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • Kid Ink @ Observatory

  • A House For Lions, Sierra Swan, Javier Dunn, Fire at Sea @ The Hotel Cafe

  • The Bolts @ Amplyfi

  • The Black Watch @ Taix

  • Rebelution, Matisyahu @ Pacific Amphitheatre

  • Detour 91 @ House of Blues - Anaheim

  • The Simpkin Project, Stranger @ The Constellation Room

  • Peter Bradley Adams @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

  • Barry Zweig Trio @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • Foals @ Wiltern

  • Superhumanoids, Vanaprasta, Mister Goodnite @ Troubadour

  • Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ Hollywood Bowl

  • One Direction @ Staples Center

  • Mia Doi Todd, Dexter Story @ Levitt Pavilion Pasaadena

  • Double G's String Quartet @ Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park

  • UZ, Photek @ Avalon

  • Black Breath, Early Graves, Obliterations @ The Echo

  • The Standells @ THe Satellite

  • Passafire, Stick Figure, Tatanka, Mr. Goodday @ The Roxy

  • Rokimera, Before Now, 4 Billion Souls, Our Hospitality, Paula Franceschi Band @ The Viper Room

  • Moses Campbell, Surf Curse, The Garden @ The Smell

  • P.O.D., Flyleaf, Stars in Stereo @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip

  • Orkester Meze, Orange Tulip, Conspiracy, Bubbeleh @ El Cid

  • Barrows, Lightsystem, Starving Daughters @ Pehrspace

  • The Melodic, Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman @ THe Mint

  • Sum @ The Mint (LATE Show)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 8, 2013)

Some Los Angelenos begin their trek North for Outside Lands Festival - but if you are in L.A. tonight there is plenty of great music to make you feel like you won't be missing much.  You could catch OLF bound Daryl Hall and John Oates at Pacific Amphitheatre for starters.  New Zealand teen sensation Lorde plays to a sold out crowd at Echoplex.  Local act Breakfast, which includes another emerging female vocalist in Andrea Adolph, takes over El Cid with some help from News of the Fire and Ladyheat.  Close by - funky British rock act The Heavy hit Hollywood Blvd's Fonda Theatre with support from Silent Comedy.

To be skilled in the art of jazz is no small feat and Nicholas Payton has conquered and then some.  Watch his talent on display at The Mint.  We have some tickets to give away too - so just email if you want in.

FREE options include Hanni El Khatib and Bombino at the Santa Monica Pier and Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars at Skirball Center.  Find a list of more concerts below the videos...

  • Lorde, Until The Ribbon Breaks @ The Echoplex

  • One Direction @ Staples Center

  • Don Passman @ Club Nokia

  • Subsuelo @ Grand Park

  • The Heavy, Silent Comedy @ Fonda Theatre

  • Hanni El Khatib, Bombino @ Santa Monica Pier

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars @ Skirball Center

  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

  • News of the Fire, Breakfast, Ladyheat, Molino @ El Cid

  • Lightning Dust, Louise Burns, Glow Marrow @ The Echo

  • Sweet Bump @ Bootleg Bar

  • Nicholas Payton @ The Mint

  • The Veils, Beach Party @ Troubadour

  • Bang Sugar Bang, Midway, Get Set Go, The Dollyrots, The Randies, Silver Needle @ The Satellite

  • Nightmute, Fire In The Hamptons, Clear Black, Banshee Bones @ THe Viper Room

  • The Hooligans, Down Town, Stay Tuned, IWXO @ The Roxy

  • MC Chris, Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously, Tribe One @ Constellation Room

  • P.O.D., Flyleaf @ House of Blues - ANaheim

  • Hello Gravity, This Time WIth Feeling, Sami @ Detroit Bar

  • Names in Vain, Plastic Parade, THe Short Term Melody, Dryspell, Justin Soileau @ Alex's Bar

  • Eric Sardinas, THe Bruce Pied Blues Band, Bulldawg Blues Band @ Saint Rocke

  • Deorro @ Yost Theater

  • Daryl Hall and John Oates @ Pacific Amphitheatre

  • John Pizzarelli @ Catalina Bar & Grill

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 7, 2013)

It's a night for the left of center concert bills and line-ups - with some special bills at Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood Bowl and The Roxy.

First and foremost, Mac Miller brings his traveling party to Hollywood Palladium along with Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, The Internet and Vince Staples. If acid rap is your thing, or you can't get enough of Mac and Action's east coast flavor - the Sunset Blvd. venue is where you should be.

If rock is whats moves you - head further west to The Roxy for Grimy Goods party featuring The Dead Ships, Death Hymn Number 9, Death Valley Girls and a DJ Set from adult film star April O'Neil. It's only $5 at the door - and we also have some tickets to give away, so hit us up at

The weirdest show of the night though probably will be MC Chris at Troubadour. The artist also known as MC Pee Pants and famous for high-pitched Aqua Teen Hunger Force raps brings Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously and Tribe One along with him to drop some serious nerdcore rhymes and backpacker raps.

Other notable shows include Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at Hollywood Bowl along with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Madeliene Peyroux. I also like the weekly Dub Club at Echoplex with Tribe of Kings and Low End Theory at Airliner, which gets a visit from Exile, Fashawn and Matthewdavid.

  • Yellowbirds, Eric D. Johnson @ Bootleg Bar

  • Steve Martin, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Madeleine Peyroux @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Whiskey Shivers, Moonsville Collective, Sam Outlaw, Wild Child @ Detroit Bar

  • Savoir Adore, Only You, Fever The Ghost @ The Echo

  • Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples @ Hollywood Palladium

  • Cayucas @ Space 15 Twenty (FREE)

  • MC Chris, Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously, Tribe One @ Troubadour

  • Dub Club w/ Tribe of Kings @ Echoplex

  • The Dead Ships, Death Hymn Number 9, Death Valley Girls, April O'Neil (DJ Set) @ The Roxy

  • Lightning Dust @ Constellation Room

  • Exile, Fashawn, Matthewdavid, Kyo Sakurai @ Low End Theory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 6, 2013)

The first Tuesday of August brings sunshine, indie music and Mac Miller to the greater Los Angeles region. You can join Mac and his Most Dope family, along with Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, The Internet and Vince Staples at The Observatory, and next door the vibes of The Heavy and The Silent Comedy will consume Constellation Room.

Up in LA proper - Madi Diaz and Carousel host a show at Bootleg Bar, Light FM performs at Los Globos and Death and Taxes rock The Viper Room.  Other notables include Jon Brion at Largo and Jakwob at Dim Mak Studios.  A more full list of concerts is below.

  • LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

  • The Heavy, The Silent Comedy @ Constellation Room

  • Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, The Internet @ The Observatory

  • Hunter & The Dirty Jacks @ Harvelle's

  • Os Zaguieros @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • The Walcotts @ Harvard & Stone

  • Jon Brion @ Largo

  • Jakwob @ Dim Mak Studios

  • The Sir Sultry Quintet @ El Cid

  • Chris Joyner, Courtney Jaye, The Sunset Drifters, Emily Elbert @ The Hotel Cafe

  • The Epic Spectacle @ The Echo

  • Washing Machines, Bastidas, Kat Kong, Hobart W. Fink @ Silverlake Lounge

  • Madi Diaz, Carousel, Z Berg @ Bootleg Bar

  • Light FM, Moons of Mars, El Elle @ Los Globos

  • Cimorelli, Dave Days @ El Rey Theatre

  • Palma Violets, Twin Peaks @ The Echoplex

  • 5 Seconds to Summer @ The Roxy

  • Randy Emata @ Federal Bar

  • C.C. Valentine @ Detroit Bar

  • The Meters Experience feat. Leo Nocentelli @ Hollywood & Highland

  • Stefani Scovolo @ WitZend

  • The Deadly Gentlemen, Whiskey Shivers, Wild Child @ THe Mint

  • Save The Swim Team @ Slidebar

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cuz's Corner Ep. 4 - The Mowglis

As spud says, these dudes are "the homies." For about a year, unbeknownst to the Mowglis and myself, we were neighbors. Like, I knew they were people, and I knew they lived down the block. I just didn't know that they were The Mowglis and they didn't know that I had a Jam Van.

They had a robot statue in their front yard made out of guitars and a small television. It was recently removed. Shame on the new tenant for that. When The Mowglis lived their they used to hang signs from a tree branch that jutted out onto Broadway Ave. and alerted folks to their backyard performances. So I'd stumbled upon parties at their pad, unfortunately never caught any music. I did however know a chick that fell off of their porch at one of the shindigs. Maybe they saw her fall, I dunno, she claimed she snuck out of there real quick-like and wasn't seen. My dog, The RZA, played with their dog, Abby, in the street one day. He's white and fluffy, she's black and fluffy. On one of these fluff-head encounters guitarist Josh Hogan and I introduced ourselves. My take away from that meeting was that he was a nice dude, that's it, never occurred that we'd be seeing eachother again in a parking lot about a year later and he'd be with seven of his friends, and I'd be with a few of mine, and we'd hang out, and I'd finally get to hear them play their "love rock."

That's all to say that they are indeed the homies. They kicked it again with us at Bonnaroo, even filmed another Jam Van session in between beers. That's coming out tomorrow.  For now we have this memory from the Roxy, the first time they ever met Spud. He's now the hood's biggest Mowglis fan, and they're now touring the country relentlessly spreading the love. I just hope they still have time to make robot statues.

Los Angeles Tonight (August 5, 2013)

It's a Monday for psychedelic rock fans as Phish takes over Hollywood Bowl and locals Kiev launch their residency at Bootleg Theater. Kiev will be joined by Psychic Rites and The Fling - and the show is FREE. Other FREE options include Cotillon and Tropical Popsicle at The Echo, The Janks at The Satellite and Rudimental at Bardot for School Night.   Check out the list of shows below!

  • Phish @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Kiev, Psychic Rites, The Fling @ Bootleg Bar (FREE)

  • Cotillon, Tropical Popsicle, The Shivers, Crown Plaza @ The Echo (FREE)

  • Rudimental, Grizfolk, Mother Falcon, The Melodic, Gorgon City (DJ Set), Roosevelt (DJ Set) @ Bardot (Its A School Night)

  • The Janks, King Washington, The Herbert Bail Orchestra, Lucky Lonely @ The Satellite (FREE)

  • Jason Joseph & The Spectacular, Tamara Jaber, Twin, Kimie Miner @ THe Hotel Cafe

  • Cary Brtohers, Daniel Ahearn & The Jones @ Room 5 Lounge

  • Xavier Rudd, Nahko, Medicine For The People @ Coach House

  • Dylan Ryan Sand, The Holloys @ Del Monte Speakeasy

  • Steel Panther @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip

  • Lady Sinatra, The BRave Ones, The Public Trust, Made in America @ The Viper Room

  • Bixby, Boo Detch, Belle Cardinale, Malcolm @ The Mint

  • Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dawn of Sequins, Trippy Nasty, Midnight Cities @ Pehrspace

  • Jamstain @ Howl at The Moon

  • White Wizzard @ The Joint

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 4, 2013)

Today would be a day to go HARD if you like EDM, to enjoy Do Over at Lure if you want some hip-hop flavor under the sun, go "Home" to the Hollywood Bowl for some Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or get a little indie funky with French Horn Rebellion at Los Globos.   Whatever you do - enjoy it.

  • Empire of the Sun, Flosstradamus, Azealia Banks, Crystal Castles, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis, Baauer, Justice (DJ Set), Claude Vonstroke, Busy P + More @ HARD Summer Festival

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Oliver Mtukudzi @ Hollywood Bowl

  • Warren Haynes @ Greek Theatre

  • French Horn Rebellion @ Los Globos

  • The Both, Upset @ Troubadour

  • So Many Wizards, Parade of Lights, Naive Thieves @ Wilmore 9 Festival (Long Beach)

  • HFL, The Decline, Transistor @ Alex's Bar

  • Reason, FICO, Walt Grizzly, Nathan Haskill @ Saint Rocke

  • Tom McDermott, Ruthan Friedman @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

  • Griffin House, Megan Slankard @ Largo

  • Do Over @ LURE

  • Nicole Lexi Davis @ House of Blues - Voodoo Lounge

  • Lady Sinatra, The Brave Ones, The Public Trust, American Made @ The Viper Room

  • Kieran Leonard, Jack Berry @ Bootleg Bar

  • Tony Gilkyson, Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst @ The Echo

Friday, August 2, 2013

Blurred Lines Gets Re-Worked by The Roots on Jimmy Fallon

The Roots hold a soft place in founder Brandon Dorsky's SUPERGOOD heart.  Having seen them upwards of 40 times - they capture a special place a top the list of bands he's seen most.  Their acceptance of a spot on Jimmy Fallon's late night program meant less touring than their former 200+ shows a year - but hey, the world now gets the treat of seeing them every night - and that is a net positive.

Earlier this week, they really impressed when Robin Thicke joined the legendary Roots crew and Mr. Fallon for a special rendition of "Blurred Lines" with classroom instruments.   Which version do you prefer?  The video might not be as sexy as the scandalous original, but check it out and decide for yourself.

Los Angeles Tonight (August 2, 2013)

It's First Friday in Los Angeles and music is abundant.   If you're feeling extreme - check out the X Games downtown and then enjoy The Presets, Tanlines and Robert DeLong at Club Nokia.  If you're feeling festy - consider going to the Sunset Strip region for the likes of Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts at The Viper Room, Hoobastank at Whisky A Go Go, and The Icarus Line and Wake Up Lucid at The Roxy.

Fans of hip-hop and funk would be wise to go to Echoplex for Blackalicious, Orgone and Busdriver --- and we have tickets to give away so chime in by emailing or shouting us out on twitter, facebook or in the comments of this post.   Also on the eastside is the soulful KING at Bootleg Theater - and for more funk and fun consider Pimps of Joytime opening for JJ Grey and Mofro at El Rey Theatre.

Other notables include Viceroy at LURE for the return of Private Label Fridays, The Soul Rebels at Saint Rocke and Killer Mike and El-P at Observatory.  More concerts are listed below the videos.

  • The Presets, Tanlines, Robert DeLong, FMLYBND @ Club Nokia

  • Kitten, Dear Boy, Nightmare & The Cat @ Troubadour

  • Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin @ House of Blues – Sunset Strip

  • Hoobastank @ Whisky A Go Go

  • Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Hillbilly Herald @ The Viper Room

  • The Icarus Line, Lido Beach, Retox, Gateway Drugs, Wake Up Lucid, Cherri Bomb, Badflower @ The Roxy

  • KING, Moses Sumney @ Bootleg Theater

  • Blackalicious, Orgone, Busdriver @ Echoplex

  • Viceroy @ LURE

  • Daughn Gibson, William Tyler, Matt Kivel @ The Echo

  • Jose James, Carolyn Malachi @ Fig at 7th – Downtown Festival

  • Young Light, Great Northern, Light FM, TS & The Past Haunts @ The Satellite

  • JJ Grey, Mofro, Pimps of Joytime @ El Rey Theatre

  • Kula, Stonefeather, Fine and Wirewalker @ El Cid

  • Dustin & Explosion @ Pehrspace

  • Foxhollow, Noyes @ Lot 1 Café

  • The Waking Hours, Ingenue, Trainwrecks @ Fais Do-Do

  • Siddhartha @ Los Globos

  • Black Mahal @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

  • White Dog, Annie Hardy & The Psychos, Babies on Acid @ Taix

  • The Blind Pets @ Bootleg Bar

  • Chicago @ Greek Theatre

  • The Honey Trees, You Me & Apollo, Paper Goods @ The Hotel Café

  • The Get Down Boys, Turnpike Troubadours @ The Mint

  • John Hammond @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop

  • Raw Geronimo @ La Cita

  • L.A. Witch, Babylon Honey, Babylon Sweethearts @ 5 Star Bar

  • John Bigham (of the Soul of John Black) @ Genghis Cohen

  • The Soul Rebels, A Certain Groove, Rat Soup @ Saint Rocke

  • Kevin Sousa @ Saint Rocke (Early Show)

  • El-P, Killer Mike, Despot, Kool A.D. @ The Observatory

  • Owen, Lauran Stevenson @ Constellation Room

  • Redlight King, Icon For Hire @ House of Blues – Anaheim

  • Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers @ City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Eric Sardinas, Tinsley Ellis, KK Martin, Double Barrel @ Coach House

  • 311, Cypress Hill, G. Love & Special Sauce @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

  • Scotter and Lavelle @ Yost Theater

  • Styx @ Pacific Amphitheatre

  • Tony Bennett @ Hollywood Bowl

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Los Angeles Tonight (August 1, 2013)

Wake up, wake up, it's the first of the month...and there is definitely some hip-hop in town tonight.   Emerging acts Casey Veggies and Travi$ Scott take over El Rey Theatre for a sure-to-be raucous night of fun and rhymes.  Across town - the epic duo of El-P and Killer Mike ride their Run The Jewels tour to the eastside with a special invitation only beer tasting of the Run The Jewels brew from Goose Island followed by a performance at Echoplex.

We have tickets to give away to that show - plus extras for the esteemed Donna The Buffalo at The Mint where she is supported by supergood bluesy throwback rockers Ivory Deville.   One of the members of ID even has a beard reminiscent of ZZ Top, who coincidentally plays the Pacific Amphitheater tonight.   Another rock legend, Joan Jett, will be celebrated on the Sunset Strip as Sunset Strip Music Festival 2013 kicks off at House of Blues.

Outdoor concerts are in abundance too - with Xavier Rudd at Santa Monica Pier, Boogaloo Assassins at Mile Square Regional Park, Jeffrey Broussard at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena and The Rebel Light rocking Grand Park downtown.  For more shows - see the list below!  To win tickets to one of our contests email or check out our giveaways page for other ways to win.

  • Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott @ El Rey Theatre

  • El-P & Killer Mike @ The Echoplex ***

  • The Rebel Light, Holly Conlan, The Young Romans @ Grand Park

  • Boogaloo Assassins @ Mile Square Regional Park

  • Jeffrey Broussard @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

  • Nomadic Massive @ Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park

  • Xavier Rudd @ Santa Monica Pier

  • LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

  • ZZ Top @ Pacific Amphitheater

  • We The Kings, Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Keep it Cute @ House of Blues – Anaheim

  • Hunter Ackerman and the Dirty Jacks @ House of Blues Anaheim (Late Show)

  • Hell or Highwater, Mammoth Thunderpower @ Alex’s Bar

  • The Sword, Castle, American Sharks @ Observatory

  • Dieselboy, Helicopter Showdown @ Yost Theater

  • Great Dane, Gken-E, Plenny P, Raskal, Jesta, THEAXIS, DaVoid @ Detroit Bar

  • Dane Drewis @ Saint Rocke (Early Show)

  • Palaya Royale, TB5, The Black Marquee, Badwater @ The Viper Room

  • Ours, Luna Arcade, Dreamers Dose, Oona @ The Roxy Theatre

  • Enuff Znuff, Bang Tango @ Whisky A Go Go

  • Tribute to Joan Jett @ House of Blues – Sunset Strip (Part of SSMF)

  • Donna The Buffalo, Ivory Deville @ The Mint ***

  • Levels, Cigarette Barbies, Dylan Starrs @ El Cid

  • Taylor Greenwood, Welshly Arms, Joel Eckels & The Wreckards, Broken Man, Bogen Via, Best of Friends @ The Hotel Café

  • Ramshackle Glory, Sledding with Tigers, Moon Bandits, Alexander The Grape @ The Smell

  • The Decoders @ Hammer Museum

  • Olmeca @ Los Globos

  • Haunted Summer, Tashaki Miyaki, yOya, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers @ The Satellite

  • Insect Surfers @ The Echo

  • Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Troubadour

  • The Zermatts, Zigtebra, Creeps, Night Control @ Silverlake Lounge

  • Wrabel, Tyler Lyle @ Bootleg Bar