[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

[LIVE] Flux Pavillion (secret show) @ Hangar 8, Santa Monica, CA – 11.13.12

Text/top-photo : Alexander Bogayevicz

This past Tuesday Flux Pavilion shook the foundations at Hangar 8, a real airplane hangar in the small Santa Monica Airport. The hangar was decked out with black lights, an impressive 4-sided visual display, and a great party vibe! Steady was up first and dropped dubstep jams while those inclined grooved out. Tokimonsta followed with what I called lounge-dub and then Flux came on to steal the show. I was never a zealous follower of Flux but he completely took me by surprise, dropping a balanced yet satisfyingly dirty set of dub, electro and moombahton. I was dancing my pants off while girls everywhere were climbing on guys shoulders. Despite Flux’s set being cut short I am now firmly sold on the magic of his fingers and would come back to watch him do his thing any time.

 

[LIVE] Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, St. Lucia @ The Palladium 10.25.12

Words: Danny Coviello || Pictures: Russ Ramos

♫ St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong

Thursday night at The Palladium was awesome. Three distinctly different acts yet three distinctly great sets. First to the stage was the ever so atmospheric St. Lucia lead by front man Jean-Philip Grobler. This was by far the biggest venue I’ve ever seen St. Lucia perform in yet there wasn’t an inch of space in the place that the their dreamy jams didn’t reach. From the opening piano note on “Before The Dive” to the outro chants on their new single “September”, St. Lucia was on point. While Read more

[LIVE] Carousel, Ghost Beach + Goldroom, Two Door Cinema Club DJ sets @ The Echoplex 10.25.12

♫ Ghost Beach – Tear Us Apart

Carousel opened up the night (below) and brought an awesome performance. They rocked the house. However, the softer nature of their jams do not lend themselves to face melting and thats exactly what Ghost Beach did when they took the stage (above). Having last seen them at the TBE SXSW showcases where technical difficulties were many but they still raged through it was fantastic to see them with all cylinders firing and working up a sweat for all in the room. New jam “Tear Us Apart” was a highlight with its Read more

[LP/LIVE] Dragonette – BODYPARTS + The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 09/25/12

Dragonete have done a lot of awesome things since they last dropped the solid Fixin To Thrill three years ago, becoming a unique crossover creature and “underground pop” gem. My feeling on Dragonette is that they always have 2-3 amazing songs per album and the rest fall flat. I kinda had that expectation again as I covered new single “Rocket Ship” but then I got into the album and am slowly realizing that Bodyparts is something else. Seeing songs like massive first single “Let It Go” live on Tuesday made me realize that these 3 Canadians are getting bigger and tighter with each pass.

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[EVENT] Join The Burning Ear, Y Luv, Mind The Gap, Act As If & more to raise money for Charity Water

♫ Odd Us – Pray

♫ Mind The Gap – Find My Way

♫ Act As If – Oh My My

♫ Y LUV – Keep It Rollin

♫ Elevaters – Take Me Out

Do you love live music, good times, cold drinks, new people, any of the bands above, and helping a great cause? Of course you do! If you live anywhere near Los Angeles you can roll all that goodness into one night this Saturday to help us raise money for Charity Water! (& celebrate my birthday!) Charity: Water is a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. This charity is unique as 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects.

1 billion people on this planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s 1 in 8 of us. Tackling other issues like health, education, hunger, and civil rights is almost impossible in countries where something as fundamental as clean water is unavailable.

Your $20 admission to this event will provide clean water to another Read more

[LIVE] Frank + Derol, DWNTWN, Wildcat! Wildcat!, & Magic Hands @ The Echo, August 27, 2012

♫ Frank + Derol – Barely Love You Too

I was apprehensive about how these newcomers would pull off their delicate grooves but they absolutely impressed. Solid musicianship cracked up to “rock.” Songs I heard for first time sounded like instant favorites. Plus a Smashing Pumpkins cover never hurts. Catch them on tour with Wolf Gang this fall!

♫ DWNTWN – Alamo Square

I’ve seen DWNTWN a bunch this past year and this crowd was definitely the biggest dance party I’ve seen rocking out. (Well, aside from Read more

[LIVE/MP3] The Royal Concept @ The Troubadour, August 19, 2012 (w/ “Naked & Dumb”)

♫ The Royal Concept – Naked & Dumb

The band recently known as The Concept get a lot of flack for sounding so much like Phoenix but until those Frenchies release something new I’m more than pleased with their Swedish colleagues in epic hook-rock crime. These guys are already big back home but only have a handful of songs out Stateside. It’s just a matter of time. Their set rocked through TBE faves “D-D-Dance” & “Gimme Twice,” delivering precision, enthusiasm, and a stage presence that betrays their pro experience in other bands. Frontman David Larson’s stage banter was seven funny, open, and enjoyable. Weird…

Get all up in new jam “Naked & Dumb”, bask in the bouncy strings, and then catch these guys live. If only to be able to someday say you saw them back when. Or just cause you want one of the most fun rock shows ever.

Current US tour shows: HERE