Sometimes you need to just slow it down. And I mean everything, make absolutely no plans and see where the night takes you. All it takes many times, is a few tickets, no expectations, a cup of coffee and a willingness to let the warm LA night dictate where it takes you. What more can you say? When on a Friday night you walk into a packed Wiltern to an amped up crowd and you are luckily invited on a musical journey and some funny story-telling with Bon Iver? You should start with a huge smile on your face.
Performing with his band and in town for what was to be a magical night of incredibly touching music, Bon Iver delivered a set that will surely have him in LA again, and shortly, playing to a bigger and even nosier crowd. The thing about watching a band kill it on stage is that the word will travel, more people will be converted, making their friends new targets for conversion as well. And it is so easy to continuously fall in love with the music of Bon Iver and to want to spread the uplifting gospel of redemption and rebirth that his music seems to awaken in so many of us.
So I decided to just sit back and be consumed by the softness and richness of his music to the point of goose bumps. When the band hits it's stride, it was simply four buddies on stage performing for a crowd that could not get enough. That, and the fact that the band itself was so gracious, appreciative of being welcomed so lovingly to Los Angeles this night, it was a nice change to being at a bigger venue and having a band being so engaged with its audience. There is an easiness to these fella's on stage and the fans picked up on it.
Through a performance that spanned songs from his ep to his latest album, the night, at least for me was etched as one of the great shows I have ever witnessed when the band performed "Flume." The song was delivered to a thunderous and honestly beautiful synergy by two drummers, totally dazzling as the vocals resonated through an astonished Wiltern. As if to tease the fans a bit more, Bon Iver brought out the opening band, Megafaun for their encore that let us leave this performance knowing that we had all personally witnessed something so wonderful, so healing, so powerful, that in the words of the jam session at the end, we could do nothing "but ease our minds."
The Idyllists, a group of local indie rock musicians have announced that all proceeds from their Friday, October 2nd, 2009 show at Hotel Cafe will be donated to the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Fund. Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 34, of Palmdale, died August 30th when their truck fell 800 feet into a ravine during their battle against the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest. Both men were trying to find an escape route for fellow firefighters.
Ever have one of those days...where you feel annoyed, as if ants are crawling on you and you feel helpless? Where you just want to yell and let it all out?
Well I was having that very day a few days back and then I just had to check myself. It happened and I mellowed out as some very unfamiliar music popped up on my iPod. Something about this band just captured me, took me away and made me feel better. Forget pills, I have started listening to Foxes! whenever I get blue. Foxes!, are a really delightful three piece indie band from Brighton, UK and they changed my entire day and brought a smile to my face.
After that it was simple, I just listened to them another fifteen times, and each time I felt a little better. Foxes! music is flavored filled pop treats and their music could help anyone forget all the bs and simply smile again. Foxes! litter's its three minute gems with heartfelt sweetness and lyrics that could light up any room. This band is catchy, fun and really worth checking out. Give yourselves a treat and listen to them today, tomorrow and forever.
This is for a great cause. The line up includes Darlings of the Day, Julie The Band, Fiction Nation, Elemenopy, Dizzylilacs and Joe Con.
Event takes place at Boardners, located at 1652 N. Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the first band is scheduled to go on promptly at 8:00pm, with the last band estimated to take the stage at 11:00pm.Tickets are on sale now for $20 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets Ticket purchases are tax deductible.
Expectations can be tough to match. Leave the past in the past. Let the new expression breath freely. Accept the wonderful gifts you will receive and let them guide you where they will. That is never truer then when one of the artist's you follow closely and appreciate releases new music. I often think back to great singers/songwriters of generation's past. And I wonder about the impact Langhorne Slim would have had in those previous eras? Where would he have ranked or compared with some of the greats? Then I realize it just does not matter. For we are in the presence with his new album, as with his previous work, of a musician that gives us all so much, we have to give it to others. His work is beyond comparisons and stands on its own. His music and its contribution will be here, long after many of us are not.
The music on his new album "Be Set Free" continues the tradition of impeccable sounds and lyrics that we have come to a expect from this wonderful artist. The music, the performances, and other overall uplifting power of his lyrics trounces whatever came before. A musician on a mission, Langhorne catches us up on his life with surrendering, honest glimpses through his personal song writing that lets us believe in something greater then ourselves. His is a powerful, candid, storyteller's art that opens us up to a touching, deeply personal world. When I think about the greats, whether in times past or in the very present, I definitely have to put his music on the top of any list. For if you are about great music, his music belongs with the greats.
At some point in my life, where my own legacy will be discussed, through the contributions I made to the lives of others, I want it set to a soundtrack narrated by the music of Langhorne. On the song "For A little While," Langhorne sings about having a cast spell over him. But when listening to this new album, it is we who are are the ones left in a wonderful, out of this world-spellbound feeling. His music belongs to all of us and for all of us to share.
To say, that I fall in love with his music more deeply every time I hear it, is all I want to say about Langhorne Slim along with this- Music, like wine, needs to be opened and allowed to breath. You must let it sit and resonate, so it finds its boldness and texture, color and inspires you. Ultimately, great wine, like great music takes you where it wants, not where you want it! You have to be open to its richness and accept it. There is nothing else needed, but to just enjoy it. The same is so true about the music of Langhorne Slim.
Slim will be on tour:10/15 - Bell House - Brooklyn, NY 10/17 - TT The Bears - Cambridge, MA 10/21 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH 10/22 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI 10/24 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI 10/25 - 400 Bar - Minneapolis, MN 10/26 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 10/28 - Jackpot - Lawrence, KS 10/29 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO 10/30 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT 11/02 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA 11/03 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC 11/06 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA 11/08 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA 11/09 - Rhythm Room - Tempe, AZ 11/11 - Mohawk Outside - Austin, TX 11/13 - The Basement - Nashville, TN 11/15 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC 11/16 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA 11/17 - Rock N Roll Hotel - DC 11/19 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
Electrifying. Dynamic. Energetic. Killer. Powerful. Talented. Determined. Playful.Gifted. And overall bad asses. I guess you get what I am trying to say, the Vivian Girls, Brooklyn's own graced our city the other night and blew away the audience at The Echo.
On a tour that luckily brought their sounds to the west coast, an eagerly and hyped up crowd waited for these girls to take the stage. And of course, when you build up something so much in your mind, you could be disappointed. But not tonight as the Vivian Girls delivered a set that will leave LA abuzz for a quite a while.
We rarely mention a band twice on this site, but after having seen them perform a few months back on the east coast, you can imagine how excited we were to have them in Los Angeles. In a nutshell, you have a pint sized singer that will dazzle you, a bassist that can drink beer while playing and a drummer that will bash the drums into submission and when you combine it all together, the girls make take it back, free yourself, bone crushing music that could bring you back from the dead. Their performances are inspiring. They are as one when they perform on stage and will light a fire under you to riot or mosh or simply to let loose...and yes all are good options!
I was spoiled by this magnificent performance. I will probably will not be able to go to a show for a while since these girls set the bar so high. If you are not listening to the Vivian Girls, get on it.