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Weekly Roundup: Kelela, So Many Wizards, Tony Molina, Teebs, Tashaki Miyaki, Gallant

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “The High” [Prod. by Gifted & Blessed]

kelelaWe’re nuts about L.A.-based underground R&B songstress Kelela around these parts. Her debut mixtape, CUT 4 ME, was an all-around highlight of last year’s releases, featuring Kelela’s silky vocals and ace production work by a number of L.A. underground artists. Well she’s got a couple of tour dates announced, including an April 2 show at The Echo (tickets on sale Thursday at noon), and a new song with “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. “I’d do anything for the high,” she sings passionately, breaking out her cocoon of chill without losing an ounce of cool. Great stuff.

 

So Many Wizards – “Daydream” video

so many wizardsAn L.A. band who’ve been bouncing around for a while and keep getting better and better, So Many Wizards latest songs have a cool, mysterious air to them without sacrificing the songwriting intricacies they debuted early on. “Daydream” lives up to its name musically, floating pensively along like a cloud, while its video is cute yet slightly nightmarish, staring frontman Nima Kazerouni’s grandmother alongside a lot of pretty young things with scary eyes. They’re at The Echoplex Sunday night with SISU, Tennis System, Heaven and Nightmare Air for Part Time PunksMy Bloody Valentine night, you besta be there!

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents FIDLAR, Curated by Amoeba Music

Posted by Billy Gil, February 5, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment

fidlar red bull sound select amoebaL.A.-based garage rockers FIDLAR headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles at The Echoplex on Thursday, Feb. 27.

The all-ages show is curated by Amoeba Music and is $3 with RSVP or $12 at the door.

Red Bull Sound Select presents mothly shows in 11 cities featuring local acts, curated by local tastemakers. The last L.A. show featured Mac DeMarco. You can find out more about Red Bull Sound Select here.

See a performance from FIDLAR at Amoeba Hollywood below. You can read my interview with FIDLAR from last year here.

Opening the show will be Cheatahs and Cherry Glazerr, who recently released their debut album, Haxel Princess, full of sugary, dreamy songs of teenage-girl longing. Also on the bill is Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, featuring Isaac Rother, who recently moved to L.A. from Olympia, Wash., and reformed his band, who play a mean rock 'n' roll inspired by blues and novelty monster songs of the '60s. Check out songs by both bands below.

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Album Picks: Xiu Xiu, Juan Wauters, Marissa Nadler

Posted by Billy Gil, February 4, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Xiu XiuAngel Guts: Red Classroom (CD or LP)

xiu xiu angel guts: red classroomXiu Xiu’s best album in years harkens back to their darkest early days with an uncompromising sound. Trading in the pop tones of  his last couple of albums for a palette of grays and blacks, aided by harsh (in the best way) analog synths, Angel Guts gets Jamie Stewart back into his most confrontational mode, though there are still unmistakable pop hooks (something Stewart hasn’t quite ever gotten credit for) lurking beneath songs like “Stupid in the Dark.”

 

 

Juan Wauters N.A.P. North American Poetry (CD, LP or Download)

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Show Recap: Crystal Antlers at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, February 3, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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Crystal AntlersNothing Is Real was a bit of a dark horse, released last year without as much fanfare as it could have had, given that it’s maybe the L.A. band’s best full-length to date. So it was great to see them play songs from it at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 31, showing off a focus on melodic, dynamic rock songs that crystal antlers nothing is real lp amoebafold in some of their psych tendencies in favor of directly tunneling into a listener’s ear. They sounded particularly strong on single “Rattlesnake,” with its ascendant riffs, cool tempo changes and great shout-along chorus. I hadn’t seen the band since their Long Beach days, and it made me nostalgic on a song like “Licorice Pizza,” which features blown-out sax in a call back to their earlier, freakier days. The Sonic Youth-y song “We All Gotta Die,” more of a ballad on the album, sounded full and terrific onstage. “Andrew,” from 2009’s Tentacles, sounded great amongst the new tunes, hurling forth through a washy end and into their last song, which rode a “Heroes”-style Bowie riff while singer Jonny Bell unleashed his best screams.

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Where to Celebrate Black History Month 2014 in Los Angeles

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2014 07:12pm | Post a Comment

February is Black History Month, and we’re celebrating with events around town. Below is a list of events taking place around Los Angeles this February.

 

eyes on the prizeSaturday Feb. 1 - Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 – AC Bilbrew Library (150 E. El Segundo Blvd.) - 1 p.m.

The AC Bilbrew Library  has a number of Black History events this month, starting with this film screening of Eyes on the Prize.

 

Sunday Feb. 2 – Target Sundays at CAAM 600 State Dr. - 1-5 p.m.

If you haven’t yet been to the Contempoary African American Museum, this might be a good reason to go. CAAM, as it is also known, kicks off BHM with a celebration of achievements in history, art and culture with live performances and an art workshop.

 

moses sumneyMonday Feb. 3 – Moses Sumney – Bardot Hollywood – 9 p.m.

Experimental soul-folk artist Moses Sumney takes the stage at Bardot Hollywood.

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