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[LIVE] Vacationer, Wild Party, Hellogoodbye // 5.22.2014

I dont know about you, but I feel like its a rare treat to go to a show where you are genuinely stoked for all 3 bands on the lineup (well, except for Blind Date shows but I organize those so…). Well that was the story of my awesome night. The amazing Vacationer sandwiched between up and coming Wild Party (remember them!?) and old school favorites Hellogoodbye.

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Vacationer absolutely slayed. They played all the classics from Gone and a bunch of fantastic new tracks. Standouts for me were “Shining” off the upcoming LP Relief and “Warmer” available only on “The Wild Life” 7″.

Now I haven’t listened to Hellogoodbye in forever but after seeing them last night I need to catch up! So much energy and the crowd was locked in!

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[LIVE] Broods & Strange Talk @ The Echo 5.14.14

Last night was an awesome one-two punch of down-under goodness with New Zealand’s Broods and Australia’s Strange Talk. The room was packed for Broods’ first proper LA show and they fed off the crowd, pumping tons of energy into their jams. There was even a new song or two that sound great.

Then Strange Talk came on and celebrated the long awaited US release of Cast Away by absolutely slaying their set. Great times all around! I have some video of some killer guitar solos but they seem to have blown out the mic on my camera. Too hot!

As usual, dive into the show through the eyes and ears of the sexy people that were there! Then catch all my photos here, you stalker.

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[LIVE] Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ KCRW’s Apogee Sessions

Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I’d been hearing their names for years and probably like many of you, dismissed them thinking that instrumental acoustic guitar music wasn’t quite my thing. Then last week, upon my return from a 50 mile bike ride in Mexico (and mere hours before whatever was in that water caught up with me…) and in the perfect Cinco de Mayo mood, I got to see them live. And it changed everything I thought I knew about instrumental acoustic guitar music.

KCRW hosts these “Apogee Sessions” in recording studio in Santa Monica and it is an amazingly intimate setting to see music. I’d been lucky enough to see Vampire Weekend, Cold Ward Kids and Airborne Toxic Event there so wasn’t going to risk missing another great show. It was everything that the hype had promised.

Rodrigo and Gabriela are long time friends from growing up in Mexico and their guitars spoke and danced between each other like nothing I’d ever seen. The music itself is endlessly restless, shifting gears and genres multiple times in a song. They touch on all their influences, even giving their acoustic guitars some serious metal thrashing. Bt watching their fingers make all those sounds up close it something truly magical. I would highly recommend their live to show anyone. Although, you may not get the very special cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” that we got as encore. And you certainly wont get me singing along from the back of the room! (Relax, everyone else was singing too…)

Catch the whole set and interview tomorrow morning May 14th on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s new album 9 Dead Alive is out now.

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[LIVE] Breton @ Echo 4/29/2014

The UK’s Breton came to LA last night and rocked the damn house for a sadly under-filled room. A lot of people missed out on a killer show as they ripped and romped through their offbeat indie favorites like “Envy” and “Got Well Soon”. Those of us who were there know whats up…

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[LIVE] Tove Lo // Los Angeles 4.22.2014

I finally got to see Tove Lo live last night at Popshop and it was everything awesome I could have imagined. Her voice holds up, the production was killer, and most importantly, everyone was stoked to be there.

But what did other people think!?

Bonus jams. Get down.

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10 Reasons Why Lighting In A Bottle is The Festival to Be At This Year

Blah blah blah Coachella. Thats all anyone can talk about this time of year but frankly that festival is not for everyone… In looking for an alternative to 3 days walking the desert runway (and 3 weeks fishing dust out of my nose) I saw that Lightning In A Bottle has a killer lineup this year. The festival takes place on a forest and by a lake. That is exactly the kind of setting I want for my music festivals! Keep your sand storms! I’m climbing tree, going swimming, and laying  in the shade while listening to these rad bands that you wont find is the dustbowl of Indio this weekend…

1. Moby

Call him a legacy act if you have to but besides being one of the finest (and biggest) acts of the 90s, Moby is still kicking out jams. And unlike the unfortunate Fatboy Slim set at Coachella, I bet you he wont be pandering to contemporary EDM trash with his set.

2. Phantogram

Now this is a festival band! Big sound and perfect for rocking out with hundreds of strangers who all know the words!

3. Gold Panda

Festivals are all about getting a bit weird and Gold Panda is the perfect soundtrack to any adventure deep into the forest/mind/someone else’s tent…

4. The Polish Ambassador

All the music this killer beat-smith releases is available for “name your price” which means he wont break your bank when you fall in love with his jams and need all him music after the fest.

5. Ryan Hemsworth

Time for another trip…

6. Chet Faker

Soulful and oh so damn sexual. Chet Faker is probably my favorite voice these days. Also best beard. I’m looking forward to catching both live.

7. Kraak & Smaak

8. Marley Carroll

You have no idea how excited I am for Marley Carroll! These two jams below are enough that he should be top of the bill yet somehow he hasn’t blown up yet. So damn groovy and addictive!

9. Story Of The Running Wolf

A lot of people like to enjoy mind altering substances at festivals but you may want to keep your dosage low before watching Story Of The Running Wolf perform… Just a heads up…

10. Slow Magic

Watching this music lie in a forrest will either be totally cool or totally haunting but either way its gonna feel crazy.

If that linuep doesn’t get you jazzed then check out the full lineup here! Even more awesomeness like Little Dragon and The Gaslamp Killer.

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[PARTY] FMLYBND, Scouts, Troubadour Parade (+secret guest) 3/29 @ The Satellite

Good thing you weren’t that into your Saturday night plans anyway because now you can drop em like cold fries and come rock out with The Burning Ear at the FMLYBND show tomorrow night! Special guests include Scouts and Troubadour Parade and one that I cant even mention…

FACEBOOK EVENT

Get into the mooood for love/fun/dancing.

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SXSW Recap – March 11 & 12

[tps_header] SXSW has been too crazy to give you guys a proper recap but here are the highlights from The Burning Ear Instagram from the first 2 days. I’ve partnered with the awesome guys at California Limited and been down here cooking up some really cool stuff for you guys. I caught some great shows and had some awesome breakfasts. Stay tuned for the full interviews coming soon and make sure you are following The Burning Ear on Instagram for all the action!

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Tuesday – 3/11

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[LA EVENT] The Burning Ear @ The Spare Room Hollywood

If you are in Los Angeles this Thursday night then you know that the place to be is The Spare Room in Hollywood. This week I’ve got some great music lined up from TBE favorites and new comers. AJ Jackson from Saint Motel will be Djing sweet jams between sets. Nicky Blitz will be playing live and we will be hearing his latest killer song “Alex” which is awesome. And newcomer Jerome Holloway will be starting things off slow and soulful. Come out and hang with some great music and fantastic cocktails. And remember, its free!

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The Burning Ear 5th Birthday Party // Feb 1 @ The Satellite // Bands – DJs – FUN

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY TO TBE!

February marks the 5 year anniversary of The Burning Ear. 5 years ago I started this music blog with a mission to Read more

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[TBE PRESENTS] Scavenger Hunt & Kid Cadaver @ The Spare Room 1.9.2014

As my holiday gift to Los Angeles, The Burning Ear is proud to present a night of cocktails, bowling, and live music with two of my favorite LA bands! Come celebrate the beginning of a new year of live music! The Spare Room is an awesome bar in Hollywood that has fine cocktails, a bunch of cool games, AND a bowling lane! On Thursday January 9th they will also have the sweet sounds of Scavenger Hunt and Kid Cadaver!

Join the Facebook event page.

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[LIVE] Vampire Weekend – Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW

Vampire Weekend are an institution. Or at least they feel that way to me. Looking at their name on my invitation to see them live at KCRW’s Apogee Berkeley Street Sessions brought back so many memories. The 2008 Los Angeles live show that left few concrete memories in it’s wake of dancing and fun. Two months later in Berlin they showed up to play ping pong at my all time favorite bar. (Ezra is pretty ace). There was the time a year an a half later when I pecked out my disappointed Contra review from the freezing winter hallway of Jagiellonian University in Kraków. More than most other bands, my Read more

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[LIVE] The Cold War Kids – “Miracle Mile” + KCRW Berkeley St. Sessions

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The Cold War Kids haven’t given me much to write about since their awesome 3rd LP Mine Is Yours came out over 2 years ago. Thank goodness then for their new single “Miracle Mile,” a raucous piano-led ode their hometown of LA that gets stuck right in your head. Get acquainted above and then dive into the fantastic Berkeley St Session they did with KCRW that aired this morning. I was privileged enough to be there and it was a damn pleasure to watch these pros tear up the intimate stage setting.

If you have never caught one of KCRW’s intimate Berkeley St Sessions then this is a great time to start. Recorded live at Apogee’s exquisite Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, bands are given an intimate setting to showcase new work as well as sit down for some conversation with a KCRW DJ. Jason Bentley did his best to get some stories out of the guys but frontman Nate’s mind was clearly more focused on the music. I think its always fascinating when such a powerful stage presence doesn’t translate to interview persona. But never mind all that because it’s immediately forgotten when the band is tearing through old favorites like “Audience” and new hits like “Tuxedo” or “Miracle Mile.” Watch the whole video here, catch some great photos here, and then get excited for new LP Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, out April 2.

The Ranch Party

[WIN] 2 tickets to The Ranch Party – SAT 3/2 Los Angeles [Goldroom, Kisses, Mansions on the Moon, Zak Waters, Mystery Skulls, & more!]

The Ranch Party

Anyone within a days drive of LA should be aware of the 1 day Ranch Party festival kicking off this Saturday. As if the eclectic lineup stacked with TBE faves (see below) isn’t enough, its set on a 20 acre ranch in the Santa Monica mountains. Just look at it! Anyway, you should all come out and join me on Saturday for a day and night of dancing, revelry, and probably a lot of comments on how beautiful the view is. Get into it! Only $40 and you can also camp overnight. I’m sold! So is the LA Times!

One lucky person can win 2 tickets to The Ranch Party right here! Read more

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[LIVE] Jessie Ware @ The Bootleg 12.13.12

Jessie Ware’s “Wildest Moments” is one of my top songs of the year. But I’m not fully sold on the rest of Devotion. Beautiful? Sure. But worthy standing for in a crowded venue? I wasn’t sure. But I was damn curious. Ware took the stage a little hesitantly for her Los Angeles debut (and only 2nd US solo show ever) but by the end of the first song she was breaking into stage banter about misplaced “trousers” that had the whole crowd laughing in the palm of her hand. She continued unleashing her stunning voice and witty chat (see video below) throughout the whole set. The room was transfixed. And the music? Every song was a winner. Anything soft or dull on the record was Read more