[LIVE] Kitten & Charli XCX @ The Troubadour, August 17, 2012

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Both Kitten and Charli XCX on the same lineup!? Each has one song I adore and neither played that song. Interestingly, that recipe for concert disaster turned out half OK. Kitten’s roaring set delivered so much else that I couldn’t help but be stoked about every second of it. Singer Chloe is 16 and performs like she has spent every one of those years preparing for it. A frantic barefoot motorized dervish, the stage is her playground and the music her fuel source. Every song is consumed by her body, only to be reborn bigger and more fierce through her Read more

[LIVE] Meg Myers @ The Bootleg, Los Angeles, Aug. 13, 2012

 

♫ Meg Myers – Adelaide

Army Navy opened. Tribes after that. The room was pretty full for both and people watched. Then Meg Myers came on and I realized that nobody had really been watching the previous bands because now they were really watching. Listening. Entranced. Myers’ diminutive frame held the audience through fantastic renditions of the songs off her great debut EP and a few others. With her on stage, her body taken hostage by the music and it’s emotions, its clear she is a talent here to stay. Well, not on stages this small but you know what I mean. Anyone in LA would be wise to catch her at one of her 2 remaining residency dates. They are free. Its a no brainer.

Upcoming shows:

  Aug 20 Bootleg Bar Los Angeles, CA
  Aug 27 Bootleg Bar Los Angeles, CA

[LP/LIVE] Alt-J – AN AWESOME WAVE (w/ “Fitzpleasure”) + Live @ The Echo 8/1/12

tall woman, pull the pylons down, and wrap them around the necks of all the feckless men that queue to be next

♫ Alt-J – Fitzpleasure

After falling hard for “Breezeblocks” a few weeks back it’s been pretty much non-stop Alt-J around TBE HQ. Their debut album An Awesome Wave is clocking highly regular rotation and few people escape close proximity to me without having something played for them. “Tesselate,” “Fitzpleasure” and now “Matilda” are all growing on me strong. Even the interludes are magical. Needless to say, I was excited for their show on Tuesday. Excited but Read more

[LIVE] The xx & Haim @ Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA – July 23, 2012

Walking into The Henry Fonda I was more than pleasantly surprised to see Haim on stage as a surprise replacement opening act. The 3 sisters ripped through the 3 songs we know and they were good. The real surprise was the electricity they blasted through their new stuff. They ended the stellar set with each of them on a drum kit pounding away in a rumbling group drum solo that had every eye and ear in the room locked in. Truly stunning.

An opening act this good would be a worry for any headliner and having never seen The xx before, I have to say I was a Read more

The Burning Ear Presents: Saint Motel @ The El Rey in Los Angeles, Saturday July 14

♫ Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces

Any regular reader of The Burning Ear should know Saint Motel and their infectious jams, stellar music videos, and ass kicking live shows. The Burning Ear couldn’t be prouder to be presenting 2 out of those 3 things next weekend at the beautiful El Rey theater in Los Angeles. Saint Motel releasing their debut album Voyeur by playing with fellow TBE alums Chasing Kings and Princeton so it’s sure to be a damn good show. Grab your tickets on the cheap here (you can even get the album+ticket bundle for a steal!) and then come for a night of rollicking fun! Also head here to grab their new single “Benny Goodman” for free!

Enter to WIN a pair of tickets here! 

[LIVE] Young Empires & Humans @ Bootleg, LA, CA – 7/5/2012

♫ Young Empires – Against The Wall (Demo)

When I booked Humans and Young Empires back-to-back at Day 1 of The Burning Ear SXSW parties I knew it would be a good pairing but never knew that the two bands would vibe so hard they would end up touring together. Thursday night I felt like a proud father. Two band’s from my motherland of Canada rocking socks in my hometown. Humans kicked off the fun with Robbie’s awesome vocals wrapping around the surging grooves as the room started moving. Young Empires followed up with a rocking set of their tropical “haute rock” that was about as tight as they come. These guys deliver the goods every time. Just watching Read more

[LIVE] Icona Pop & DWNTWN @ School Night, Hollywood, CA – 6/25/12

♫ Icona Pop – Nights Like This

What’s better that one of your favorite girl-fronted indie electro pop bands playing live right in front of you? Well, TWO of them! Last night Icona Pop brought that Swedish mega-pop magic to LA and got the whole room moving to epic jams “Manners,” Some new tracks, and of course the song of the summer “I Love It.” They didn’t play my other favorite “Nights Like This” so I’ll be cranking it up and continuing the dance party right now.

♫ DWNTWN – Alamo Square

DWNTWN followed and debuted a keyboard player who added some nice oomph to their live sound. The room kept dancing as they mixed older jams with newer stuff off their just released EP. I talked to at least 2 people who had never heard of either band before the night and is now a big fan of both. Sweetness.

[LIVE] Y Luv @ The Roxy, Hollywood, CA – 6/23/12

♫ Y Luv – Earthquakes

Hey remember when you read an article about Guns N Roses or some other big 80s Hollywood band and they talked about how the LA scene revolved around The Roxy? Yeah that aint true anymore. Epic rockers Y Luv were invited to play a KROQ locals only show there on Saturday night and besides their awkward set time of 8:30, they were rushed with a 10 minute set up time. Not ideal. However they obviously killed it, rocking some new faces and pleasing some old ones. A couple new tracks debuted and I’m stoked to hear them recorded. Oh, and did I mention that bands should not play The Roxy in LA? And can someone please buy me a new concert camera already? I’m sick of looking at my crap iPhone pictures.