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November 30th, 2009
Its vibrant. It captures you from the first steely strumming accompanied by a man confessing something of real substance. It is moving and leaves you levitating in a wonderful melodic swirl of acoustic and southern rock. Hush Arbors leaves you enchanted and simply thanking them for making the delicious sounds that will emanate from your speakers when you blast them. Deeply felt, strong and with a surreal pulse of beautifully radiant lyrics, Hush Arbors is like that incredible first kiss you replay in your mind over and over and over. And like that first kiss that is replayed again and again, Hush Arbors get better and better with every play.
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Hush Arbors is Keith Wood, Leon Dufficy, Jack Brenan, Greg Hughes, Lizzie Oswell, Jason Ajemian and Ryan Sawyer. The band has a new album out now, "Yankee Reality" and surely worth checking out.
November 24th, 2009
What. You do not know who Casper Bangs is? How is that possible? Remember as a kid not being able to keep up with all the stuff the cool kids knew about before anyone else. Like Bands! Well this is your chance to act really cool with your friends when you start dropping the name Casper Bangs.
If you have not heard of this guy...you will and you will start to hear his name all over the place shortly. Call it a hunch. Or call it for what is it, the guy is just simply talented. Like a pint size espresso that will surely jack you up, Casper Bangs combines a catchy poppy rock and indie flavored pleasure pill of sounds that leaves you tingling all over. The Washington D.C artist is starting to make his voice heard with this new project and it is obvious there is something remarkable about it.
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Casper Bangs is the recording project of DC based vocalist and guitarist Rob Pierangeli. On stage Rob is joined by Rishi Chakrabarty, Thomas Collier, Dennis Manuel, Chaim Rubenstein. He has a rich indie rock pedigree but with this new sound, his harmonies and intensity are so wonderfully let free through a delectable fusion of psychedelic rock and romantic vocals that it will add a pep to your step as you listen to the music. Casper Bangs has an EP coming out on December 1st and its worth listening to and passing along to your friends.
November 20th, 2009
There is something precious about a woman's voice. But not any voice. It has to be inspired, have substance and stand for strength. Set this combination just right and you have a charged, sexy sound that resonates with you long after the first play is over. Enter Nneka and you have an emerging, exciting artist that fuses a wonderful realness and sensitivity, laced over African and hip hop beats. She creates a sound that rises like a powerful swell and takes you for a ride. There is something about this girl that captures you. There is just the right combination of vulnerability, angst and sheer power in her lyrics that makes you want to take up whatever struggle she is singing about as your own. And there you have the true brilliance of this artist; she inspires you to take up her voice as your own, increasing the volume of her message with every play.
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Nneka is an artist that is to followed and cherished for she is going to set many a night ablaze with her dazzling music. This girl is a bad ass and this generation has a new, powerful voice whose music will unite crowds with its frenzied energy. She's already well known in Europe and Africa, but she's releasing her first US album, "Concrete Jungle" and we are really behind what she is trying to do. Be on the look out for her upcoming shows in a city near you.
November 17th, 2009
Freaky, seductive folk music...boy I cannot get enough of the sultry sounding music that is Polka Dot Dot Dot. The sweetness that is the band gives me goose bumps and leaves me simply smiling.
There is a graceful elegance to the band's sound and simplicity. Ushered in with the surreal power of a cappella sounds sweetly caressing their unique folk sounds, the band leaves you as relaxed as a rainy Saturday morning. What was born out of an inspired and impromptu set a little while back by three truly gifted musicians, now has blossomed into the beauty that is Polka Dot Dot Dot. Their second album, "Syzygy" will leave you feeling as if you are completely enveloped by a cloud of soft and beautiful harmonies that tickle the soul.
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are on tour right now. Be sure to check them out at one of these nights:
Nov. 17 (TU): Arcata, CA @ The Green House w/THE CULLENS
Nov. 18 (WE): Sacramento, CA@ the HUB
Nov. 19 (TH): Davis, CA @ Elisa's House w/RICKY BERGER and HOT DAMN
Nov. 20 (FR): Bay Area @ TBA
Nov. 21 (SA): Santa Cruz, CA @ the Crystal Palace w/MAPLE RABBIT
Nov. 22 (SU): Isla Vista, CA @ the Biko CO-OP Garage w/BROTHER MITYA and WHITMORE
Nov. 23 (MO): LA, CA @ Historical Marker 157
Nov. 24 (TU): Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space w/ANDREW JACKSON JIHADd
Nov. 25 (WE): Tucson, AZ @ The Dry River Collective w/GREAT JOB!
Nov. 28 (SA): Albuquerque, NM @ Winnings Coffee Co.
Nov. 29 (SU): Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf Collective
Nov. 30 (MO): Lubbock, TX @ Bash's
Dec. 3 (TH): Austin, TX @ Annie StreetArts Collective w/SOME SAY LELAND
Dec. 4 (FR): Denton, TX @ ArtSix Coffee
Dec. 5 (SA): Norman, OK @ Universe City
Dec. 6 (SU): Oklahoma City, OK @ Scissortail Social Space
Dec. 7 (MO): Lawrence, KS @ TBA
Dec. 10 (TH): Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/IAN COOKE and LITTLES PAIA
Dec. 11 (FR): Provo, UT @ Muse Music w/DREW DANBURRY, THE AWFUL TRUTH, and OKAY OKAY
Dec. 12 (SA): Boise, ID @ Pengilly's
Dec. 13 (SU): Portland, OR @ TBA
Dec. 14 (MO): Langley, WA @ TBA
November 13th, 2009
The Counterparts have an album release on November 20th at The Dakota Lounge. Dakota Lounge is located at 1026 Wilshire, Santa Monica.
November 10th, 2009
We recently received this neat little package in our in box. It was the EP by Wake Up Lucid, a trio of Mojave Desert transplants to Los Angeles. They were excited to let us know that their EP would be coming out shortly and we were definitely going to listen to it. We've known this band for a while because we wrote up one of their live shows a while back. And we never forget bands that leave us asking for more! But we had to give them a quick shout out because Wake Up Lucid's EP is solid and sure to ignite a throng of loyal fans that will come up to see them tear up the stage wherever they decide to play. Their sets are inspired and so is their music.
With the trio bashing it up on stage with a guitar infused, rock and roll and blues infested energy, their music will leave you in haze that feels like you just got dropped kicked in the gut...and yes we actually love that feeling. Wake Up Lucid are cousins Ryan Baca(guitars/vocals), Ian Baca(bass) and drummer Jamie Baca.
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We have seen these guys live and we would say if you get a chance to go see them, you should because you will not be disappointed. The band has a few upcoming shows:
Nov 10 2009 8:30PM, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - EP RELEASE SHOW, Silverlake, CA
Nov 23 2009 9:00 PM, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE with Mississippi Man, Silverlake, CA
Dec 2 2009 9:00PM, Boardners, Hollywood, CA
November 7th, 2009
It does not get any better then this. King Khan & BBQ Show and Those Darlins. Come out on November 17th at The Troubadour to witness two stellar bands in what will truly be great night of music. Tickets are available here. If you cannot make this show, here are the tour dates in a city near you!
SAT 11/7 Batton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
TUE 11/10 MEMPHIS, TN Hi Tone
WED 11/11 NASHVILLE, TN Exit/In
THUR 11/12 ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
FRI 11/13 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
SAT 11/14 DENVER, CO Bluebird
MON 11/16 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room
TUE 11/17 LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour
WED 11/18 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent
FRI 11/20 PORTLAND, OR Dante's
SAT 11/21 SEATTLE, WA Chop Suey
SUN 11/22 BELLINGHAM, WA The Nightlight
MON 11/23 VANCOUVER, BC The Red Room
WED 11/25 CALGARY, AB Warehouse
THUR 11/26 EDMONTON, AB Pawn Shop
FRI 11/27 SASKATOON, SK Amigos
SAT 11/28 WINNIPEG, MB Royal Albert
SUN 11/29 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock
TUE 12/1 MILWAUKE, WI Mad Planet
WED 12/2 CHICAGO, IL Logan Square
THUR 12/3 CINCINNATI, OH Northside Tavern
November 6th, 2009
Funny thing happened the other night in Hollywood. I was a kid again. Not cool enough to have seen truly one of the greatest and most influential bands when they were first hitting the scenes all those years back, life granted me a second chance this wonderful night.
Set to the raucous and beautiful music that is The Pixies, I watched and listened to them tear up the Palladium stage as I had so many other bands in my youth at this very same spot. But never The Pixies. To be here on this night, way older made me appreciate life’s journey and how so often, we think we do not get what we deserve or work towards. Yet nearly twenty years after the fact, here I was, feeling like a kid listening to one of my favorite bands and just soaking it all in. Not as an older person, but through the simplicity and eyes of a man feeling way younger then he had in a long, long time. The beauty of listening to The Pixies live made me feel like I did all those years ago when friends and I would sneak out to Hollywood and see all types of shows. The rush was back and this night it was set to The Pixies!
Life, like music, is all about reliving what makes us happy. And listening to The Pixies do a set to a sold out crowd in Los Angeles, consisting of “Doolittle” and lesser known b-sides, inspired me to reflect on my own life. Surrounded by a crowd of enthusiasts, there was something surreal for many of us. But ultimately, the sense I picked up from the crowd, was that this night was an opportunity for so many of us to finally experience something we had never before.
We all change, we grow. We get a bit slower, we wage our struggles and hopefully we are triumphant in our return to happier times. The Pixies, all their drama behind them and themselves humbler and changed for the better, reached out to an audience on the first night of their tour that touched so many of us. Funny thing, life. Just when you think you are not getting what you need, you get what you wanted and desired for so long. The wait and the people that come along for it were way better then anything you could have had before this experience!
Reflections of all the time past from the first Pixies show I missed to present time, made me appreciate all the travels and experiences I have had in my life. People have come and gone. Changing cities have been my canvases were I have created my own life. Yet one constant is the awe-inspiring power that music has always played in my life. And that power was evident on this night when The Pixies made me, and so many others in the audience, reminisce on a time past, and made us all smile for the journey it took to get us, like them, to this moment where we could all be enveloped in the love and energy that only The Pixies could have brought. The sheer joy at hearing this band will stay with me; even it is another twenty years until I see them again!
November 5th, 2009
Show happens at The Rhythm Lounge, 245 Pine Avenue, Long Beach!
November 4th, 2009
Remember discovering velcro as a child? You were so fascinated by it, you simply could not get enough and the next thing you knew, you were looking for any opportunity to play with it. I feel the same about the deliriously guilty laden pop gems created by the one and only Netherfriends.
Pop. It can blow so many times. Unless it inspires you to put your own biases aside and get you to that happy place where you can just play it for all your friends. After all, you just need to be yourself, nothing else matters. Never was this truer then when listening to the inspired and crazily arranged concoctions that is Netherfreinds. We are very thankful to our friends at Daffodil for sending along this gem our way. And while the creative force that is Netherfriends has been gaining a lot of fans since 2007, the new stuff is sticky and wont leave you alone until you have played it a few hundred times! Netherfriends has that catchy pop thing laced to some freakishly modest mouse sounding undertones that takes you on a radiant musical trip every time you listen to it.
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Netherfreinds makes inspired music and is truly a great creative musical presence. Netherfriends is on tour right and not to be missed.
Fall-Winter Tour Dates
Nov 5 - Ottoman Empire - Chicago, IL
Nov 13 - Beauty Shop - Fairfield, IA
Nov 14 - The Progressive - Ames, IA
Nov 16 - 8th St. Taproom - Lawrence, KS
Nov 18 - Sonny's Vintage - Austin, TX
Nov 18 - Hole In the Wall - Austin, TX
Nov 20 - The Smoke & Barrel - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 26 - Skully's - Columbus, OH
Dec 11 - Weirder Park - Chicago, IL
Dec 12 - Fort Pie - Columbus, OH
Dec 13 - The OX - Philadelphia, PA
Dec 14 - Cake Shop - NY, NY
Dec 15 - Glass Door - Brooklyn, NY
Dec 21 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL