You need to struggle for your art. At the end of the day, you forget the haters, the 'critics' and you write music only as you know how. This is the only way that you as a performer, singer, songwriter, and overall person can contribute to the universe. You have to be yourself. Amanda Zelina recently emailed us with her story. And after working on her album for nearly two years, she was kind enough to pass along her beautiful music. So without a doubt, we just had to mention it.
With a maturity and presence to her music way beyond her age, Amanda Zelina deserves to be playing to sold out venues across the US. To say that the delicacy of her sweet, touching voice and lyrics leaves me longing for more is an understatement. In Amanda Zelina we have a performer that deserves to be listened to. Over and over again. She will be touring in support of her album, "Love me 'Til I'm Me Again" up and down the left coast in November. Amanda Zelina is a rare, huge talent that will be blossoming and making essential music for all of us to enjoy for a long, long time.
We are so spoiled in LA. We think we know everything about music, if it's happening, we just assume it is happening in our own city and by our own bands and friends. So as the conversation grew as we waited for a band to set up at Pehrspace the other night, there was a lot of, "who is this" buzz in between bands. All I could say to anyone asking, was give it a minute and you will know. Within a few minutes, the audience was given a powerful intro and performance and no one else asked me, "who is this" and it became, wow, this guy is amazing. I am talking about Paleface.
As far as I am concerned there is nothing better then when a band comes into LA and owns the stage. Complete with a sing along and a kinetic and fun energy, Paleface devoured their set at Pehrspace. In the same breath, he converted a room of skeptics and showed this LA crowd why he is who he is. Complete with a quick background story on how became who he is, Paleface stunned a crowd that included a buzz filled with a stomp your feet and clap your hands in a procession of sound that was simply, amazing.
Accompanied by Monica Samaloton on drums, this duo held the audience in a musical haze through a spellbound hypntoic aura of touching and rocking songs. Set to the powerful lyrics that fuel Paleface's passion and story telling, the tiny walls of Pehrpsace captured an incredible night of music that will be hard to replicate any time soon. Paleface is currently on tour right now in support of their new album "The Show is On The Road" and trust me when I say, Paleface will dazzle you and delivers a show like no one else can.
As always, the folks behind FYF are putting on another stellar show on September 20th. All tickets and additional information is located here: FYF Fest
If there was ever a show not to miss, this is it!
The 2009 Lineup includes:
Lightning Bolt (first U.S. Festival performance), Black Lips, Tim and Eric (comedy duo from Adult Swim), F***ed Up, Lucero, Converge, Glass Candy, Wavves, Times New Viking, No Age, Crystal Antlers, Telepathe, Mika Miko, Cold Cave, The Thermals, Japanther, Ninjasonik, AA Bondy, Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), Carbonas, The Strange Boys, Har Mar Superstar, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kurt Vile, Eat Skull, Katie Stelmanis, Nobunny, Darker My Love, Avi Buffalo, Dios
The lead singer has just enough of that insanity in his stare when he performs that makes me believe he has the creativity to continue making stellar music for a while. The drummer and keyboardist have just enough of the cool factor, as if in a zone all their own. When you combine the chemistry these three have on stage, you are sure to be dazzled by stellar music. The band is Horse Thieves and I have a feeling that they will be setting the LA music scene a blaze and creating a buzz all their own. Dam, what a band!
Whether it was the sauna-like heat from The Unknown Theater or the positive vibe to The Cowboy Show the other night, it all converged nicely and Horse Thieves delivered a set that drenched us in much more then the heat that emanated from this cozy venue. For those of us lucky enough to see them, they left us with a feeling of a cowboy infused rock energy that made us all bigger fans. Original to the core, and really solid on stage, the band builds momentum with every song during their set. There were plenty of smiles among the band as they played this night and it was obvious they were having a good time on stage. This trio, stripped down to just to talent and a desire to perform, delivered a pulsating set that had me stomping my legs and needing just a little more of them.
Horse Thieves are Alex Maslansky, Brie Turner O'Banion and Nick Murray. The band has three upcoming shows in LA this month, including shows at The American Legion Hall and The Hotel Cafe and let me tell you this is definitely one band checking out more than once!
Four venues - Alex's Bar, The Prospector, The Cellar, Que Sera.
Sixteen bands - Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Slippers, Greater California, Thinking Aloud, The Paperplanes, Forcefield ON, Los Mysteriosos, Stab City, The Soft Hands, Bella Novela, Telomere Repair, Kiev, UV Lights, Juanita and the Rabbit, Fat Dukes of Fuck + one more band!
Two Big Red Busses to transport you from venue to venue. One compilation cd featuring songs from every act on the venue!
Click here to purchase your advance tickets! 21 and over w/i.d. Wristbands will be utilized to gain entrance to each venue. You can go to any venue to start your night, however, if you are on will call list you must go to Alex's Bar to pick up your wristband.
Get ready to enjoy another two days of incredible live music. Sunset Junction is here and loaded with some great bands. The festival is On August 22nd and August 23rd. Four stages, dj sets and live performances by:
Please come out and support this great event. It's an all day/night live music show with the best in LA local music! 10 Bands, 8 Artists, 3 Fashion Shows Benefiting Avenue 50 Studio Inc.
This is a FREE event that will be benefiting Avenue 50 Studios Inc. in Highland Park, a non-profit arts presentation organization grounded in Latin@ Chican@ culture. This event will feature music from Coco O’Connor, The Undead M, Push to Transmit, Evita Freaks, What’s Their Name?, For Blocks, and Hollywood Kill among others. There will also be displayed art from Sebastian Zelepin, Johnny Taylor, Steve Seleska, Hestin Lostwood and other local artists.
The events is at Juanita’s Restaurant and Bar, located at 5930 York Blvd. Highland Park, CA 90042.
Hmmm. Granola night @ The Echo. Did I misread this occurrence or should I put aside all my own biases' and just become part of the experience? Considering I had this night marked in my "calendar" for a while, I had to be here. I try to support as many bands as I possibly can and a while back I mentioned Megafaun on the newsletter as a band to check out. Something off their new album captivated me. And so really who cares, if I felt I was about to be part of a Phish show. I was here and I was going to let Megafaun take me along for the ride tonight.
And so my conversion to straight up Megafaun fan began. A stoney intro of reverb and bow being strung across a drum stand set to a banjo and guitar and some power book concoction of sound set the mood for the night. And while I had no idea where the band was going to take us, I was on board and willing to just be part of it. After a really energetic greeting to the la peeps, their set started with a CSN style folk melody of soothing folk vocals setting the tone for the night's performance.
This band is just good and hits you over the head with a hillbilly rock and roll sound, mixed in with some freaky improvisation riffs and undertones that leaves you scratching your head but wanting just a bit more. The performance tonight was ripe with a sing along with the audience totally eating it up. The band's music powers through an audience with a pure revival whiff to it as if leading us on some spiritual procession. These guys bring energy and its contagious. Ultimately Megafaun is making stellar, stomp your feet, get your ass moving tunes that will leave you feeling as though you are part of something special.
When the band pledged to us that the "night is to let you in," they so succeeded. Megafaun could teach all of us a thing about opening up and just relaxing. Their happiness and overall presence was so refreshing, so real. The show ended with an acoustic melody and set to an accordion. As the three guys performed, it was serene and surreal and the true power of Megafaun eminated throughout a hushed Echo. Wow! An amazing night with the band and yes, they did let us in into their world and I know we are better because of it.