What’s Going on This Weekend LA?

28 08 2009

Two AWESOME music festivals going on this weekend. One in So Cal and one in Nor Cal. I decided to skip out on San Deigo’s Street-Scene this year and hit up San Francisco’s Outside Lands! If you’re not going to either, you’re def missing out. But here’s some cool shit to do in LA, while we’re away.

= Top picks

Friday, Aug. 28

Shows:
Os Mutantes, DJ Nobody @ Echoplex
Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink @ Troubadour
Pete Yorn, Juliette Commagere, J.D. King @ Henry Fonda Music Box
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Jeff The Brotherhood @ The Echo
Hecuba, Lucky Dragons, Eat Tapes, Beast Cop @ The Smell
The Warlocks, The Morning After Girls, Gliss @ Spaceland
Junior Boys (DJ Set), Virgin Tears, Mr. White @ Avalon
The Frequency, Pollyn, Free the Robots, Big Moves @ The Mint
Jim Bianco, Common Rotation vs. The Dustbowl Cavaliers record release, etc. @ The Hotel Café
Tenacious D @ Largo at the Coronet
Great White @ House of Blues Sunset
The Ruse, Golden State, Deccatree, Middle Distance Runner @ The Viper Room
Tom Freund, Matt the Electrician, Jess Klein @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
Billy Corgan @ (open) (2226 East 4th Street, Long Beach)

Film:
Bike Film Festival @ Downtown Independent

Saturday, Aug. 29

Shows:
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Club Nokia
Katy Perry, The Bird and The Bee @ Hollywood Palladium
The National, Cass McCombs @ The Wiltern
Band of Horses @ Pomona Fox Theater
Carl Cox @ The Vanguard
Akron/Family, Howlin’ Rain, Lucky Dragons @ El Rey Theatre
Box Elders, Audacity, Tijuana Panthers @ The Echo
The Warlocks, The Useless Keys, The Black Apples @ Spaceland
Maia Sharp, Michelle Featherstone, The Dirty Diamond, Rusty Anderson, etc. @ The Hotel Café
Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain of Salvation, Beardfish @ Greek Theatre
Beethoven Billy Bragg Ninth @ The Broad Stage (1310 11th St., Santa Monica)
Thee Makeout Party, Mannequin Men, Davila 666, Slab City, Gestapo Khazi @ Alex’s Bar
Modest Mouse, The Night Marchers @ The Grove of Anaheim
Rocco Deluca & the Burden @ Saint Rocke

Film:
Bike Film Festival @ Downtown Independent

Art:
“Bipolar” w/ Black Veil Brides @ Exhibit A Gallery

Sunday, Aug. 30

Shows:
The Mars Volta @ Hollywood Palladium
Dredg, RX Bandits, As Tall As Lions @ El Rey Theatre
The Faint, Moving Units @ Club Nokia
Fun. @ Fingerprints (4612 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach)
Grand Ole Echo w/ Ted Russell Kamp, Gina Villalobos, Paperplanes @ The Echo
Mark Burgess @ The Echo
The Hereafter, “Songwriters Sunday”, Tongue and Groove @ The Hotel Café
Def Leppard, Poison, Cheap Trick @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
The Parson Red Heads, Francisco the Man, Terry Prine @ Alex’s Bar
The Duke Spirit @ Detroit Bar
Zee Avi @ Saint Rocke

Film:
Bicycle Film Festival ANNUAL STREET PARTY @ N. Heliotrope Dr. at Melrose Ave. East Hollywood

Skate:
Analog Skate Daze Mini Ramp Jam/BBQ @ Burton LA Store





“East of Sunset” Documentary on the Silverlake and Echo Park Music Scene

27 08 2009

No release date yet and still in post production, but this sweet documentary is gonna be pretty fuckin’ rad. I’m sure us LA’ers savvy to the local music scene here will see a lot of familiar faces. But then again, being that LA turns out so many successful bands, people all over the world will see many familiar faces in the documentary “East of Sunset.”

East of Sunset chronicles the lives and music of the bands and people that comprise the indie rock music scene on the eastside of L.A.

For more info:

EASTOFSUNSETFILM.COM AND THRILLHOUSEPRODUCTIONS.COM.






Sunset Junction Stragglers

27 08 2009

We found a few more Sunset Junction stragglers. Check out more photos here!

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Get down on it!

Sexy Nicholas Thorburn

Sexy Nicholas Thorburn





TONY ALVA AND RICHARD VILLA III PRESENT AN EXHIBIT A GALLERY EVENT, “BIPOLAR.”

27 08 2009

There’s always awesome art exhibits at Tony Alva’s infamous Exhibit A Gallery. Come swing by the “Bipolar” opening reception this Saturday, Aug. 29 from 7-11p.m. With live music by Black Veil Brides and DJ Howie Pyro, enjoy some complementary cocktails provided by Transphusion and some tasty eats from Sandwich Shop LA. If that ain’t enough, the first 50 peeps in line (who RSVP’d) receive a gift bag and the chance to win a Black Veil Brides Fender Strat!

Be sure to RSVP! These events always hit capacity. Peep the flyer for featured artists and location:

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Bridezilla EP – Album Review

26 08 2009

bridezilla-bandDelivering beautiful music filled with luscious breathy vocals and a delicate yet powerful orchestration of sound, Australian quintet Bridezilla, is set to release their EP in September. Already nearing completion of their highly anticipated LP, Bridezilla has played alongside Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three and Sia.

In the emotionally powerful track “St. Francine,” front-woman Holiday Carmen-Sparks, radiates such an intense sound similar to that of Bjork. The saxophone reels in a jazz feel, while strangely enough, the violin adds some pleasing chaos. It’s quite the an enamoring blend of sound.

Bridezilla fuses a unique instrumentation of saxophone, violin, guitar, and drums to perfectly weave into the dark melodic vocals of Sparks. The music the four girls and their solo male drummer create, is truly beautiful and one of the most remarkable debuts of 2009—a solid incantation of measure that has the power to enchant with their aural gifts.

US Tour Datesbridezilla-ep

9/10 – Club NME – The Annex, NYC
9/12 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – New York
9/14 – Bowery Ballroom w/ Sleepy Sun & Autolux – NYC
9/17 – The Echo W/The Drones – LA

Listen to Bridezilla here.





Bicycel Film Festival Starts Today!

26 08 2009

The Bicycel Film Festival starts today in Los Angeles! There’s a whole lot of cool events going on Aug. 26-30 through out the great city of Angels, so grab you bike and pedal on down to some fun.

Wednesday, Aug. 26BFF-DEERHUNTER
“BIKES ROCK” Featuring Deerhunter and Blank Blue
Doors at 8:00PM
Center For the Arts, Eagle Rock – 2225 Colorado Blvd
Buy Tickets!

Thursday, Aug. 27
“Joyride” Art Show
6-10 p.m.
BFF Storefront Gallery – 4316 Melrose Ave. near N. Heliotrope
Afterparty – 10PM @ R Bar – 3331 W 8th St

Friday, Aug. 28
Bike Film Festival @ Downtown Independent
“Where are you go”
“Fun Bike Shorts”
Afterparty 10PM @ Charlie O’s

Saturday, Aug. 29
Bike Film Festival @ Downtown Independent
“The Third Wheel”
“Keirin Queen/Onna Keirin Oh”
“I Love my Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes”
“Urban Bike Shorts”
Afterparty 10PM @ The Short Stop

Sunday, Aug. 30
BFF ANNUAL STREET PARTY
12-8 p.m.
N. Heliotrope Dr. at Melrose Ave. East Hollywood

For more information visit www.bicyclefilmfestival.com.





Bicycle Film Festival Announces “Joyride,” Los Angeles

26 08 2009

joyride“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike …”

Bicycle Film Festival is pleased to announce “Joy Ride” (Los Angeles), a group exhibition in collaboration with Anonymous Gallery and New Image Art. Curated by Brendt Barbur, Joseph Ian Henrikson, and Tanya Arakawa Rosenstein, this exhibition brings together a select group of internationally established and emerging artists all who share a passion for the bicycle. Joy Ride is a visual manifestation of one of the most powerful and culturally relevant movements of this decade: the urban bike movement.

Featured Artists: Kenny Scharf, Jonas Mekas, Martha Cooper, Agathe Snow, Kelsey Brookes, Cheryl Dunn, Maya Hayuk, Ryan Humphrey, Kenzo Minami, James Jean, , Scott Campbell, Erik Foss, Peter Sutherland, Mike Giant, Leo Fitzpatrick, Chiara Clemente, Julia Chiang, and MORE!

When: Thursday, Aug. 27 6-10p.m
Where: BFF Storefront Gallery – 4316 Melrose Ave.
Afterparty: 10-2am R Bar – 3331 W 8th St w/ DJs – C-TOWN and Daniel L’Amour (PASSWORD – Joyride)