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Defining the bottom left corner of LA's music scene.



Updated: 2016-09-07T04:10:53.824-07:00

 



Javelin w/ Maus Haus and 60-Watt Kid - Sunday, April 25th at Bootleg Theater

2010-04-09T14:49:30.149-07:00

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JAVELIN

“Javelin, comprised of New York City crate-rats George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk, certainly do their share of jumping around, never letting their listener get too close to an idea or a groove for very long… a curiously sly concoction of found sounds and nautically dizzying loops and breaks that reference everything from beach-psych to diet-dub, all outfitted with delightfully strange ticks, grumbles, and seagull squawks.” – Pitchfork

(image) “Leave it to the weirdo mecca of San Francisco to produce a smart psych rock band in Maus Haus that practices the biggest rock perversion of them all - complete lack of guitars. Hailing from the Bay Area, Maus Haus combine a paranoid insomniac vibe with playful pop lines and cleverly cinematic lyrics that make them out to be the bastard child of Kraftwerk hanging with Captain Beefheart that would obviously have a video starring Simon Le Bon and the boys. That is an admittedly nutso sentence, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what Maus Haus is - other than totally rad.” – RCRD LBL



Three Great Shows Tonight - Bootleg, Bordello, Silverlake Lounge

2010-03-23T14:21:37.263-07:00

We are very excited about tonight's events...

At Bootleg, Titus Andronicus performs w/ Let's Wrestle (U.K.) and local favorite Slang Chickens. Advance tickets are still available ($10 adv/$12 day of show), but not for long. If advance tickets appear to be sold out, a limited amount of walk-up tix will be available.

At Bordello, Taylor Locke & The Roughs (featuring members of Rooney and The Like) is celebrating the release of their new album 'Grain and Grape.' White Arrows and Paper Zoo will open the show. Tickets are $8. Please note: there will be balloons.

At Silverlake Lounge, San Francisco's LoveLikeFire perform w/ Denmark's Kashmir. This show is very close to selling out, so purchase tix in advance if you wish to attend. Red Tide and Space Waves are also on the bill... making it a can't-miss sorta night.





First Aid Kit (Sweden) covering Fleet Foxes

2010-03-08T15:04:57.253-08:00

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First Aid Kit performs at Bootleg this summer - June 1st. Advance tickets are currently on sale via InTicketing. Click here.



Black Prairie (feat. members of The Decemberists) - April 24th at Bootleg

2010-03-08T15:00:07.601-08:00

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BLACK PRAIRIE
Featuring three-fifths of The Decemberists and two of Portland’s finest folk stylists, Black Prairie - whose debut was released by Sugar Hill Records, and produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie) - embodies the rich sonic landscape of the Portland music scene while integrating the diverse backgrounds of its members. As described by dobroist Chris Funk, the band’s sound “bridges the music of Clarence White and Ennio Morricone” in a way that defies genre characterization.

Advance tickets are $12, and day-of-show tickets are $14. Click here to get tix.



Eluvium - May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) at Bootleg

2010-03-08T15:01:11.501-08:00

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ELUVIUM
Born in Tennessee and raised in Louisville, KY, Matthew Cooper relocated to Portland, OR several years back and has since spent many a night holed up in his house transforming the vibrations in his brain into sweeping walls of elegant noise. With a depth ranging from fragile to glacial, he takes dense layers of guitars and pianos and builds them into an awe-inspiring fortress around himself. Resting comfortably and confidently in the spirits of Brian Eno's most accomplished ambient pieces, Eluvium is a freakishly beautiful affair. If it was ever possible for a warm gust of wind to send chills through every bone in your body, then Eluvium is that warm wind.

“Eluvium's ambient music is music first and ambient second; it leans forward, asks for consideration, and has no desire to slip into the background. As "cinematic" music goes, these pieces tend toward widescreen pictures with big budgets… sounds like something that would waft out of the ballroom in The Shining during one of Jack Nicholson's breaks away from the typewriter.” – Pitchfork



Holly Miranda - March 12 at Bootleg

2010-02-26T14:42:55.310-08:00

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HOLLY MIRANDA
“She's a bona-fide singer-songwriter who can and will simply sell a song around just her voice and the sound of an acoustic guitar… Miranda's mature, world-weary inflections bring everything-- nightmares, hopes, loss-- to the fore. Her crackling vocals lend themselves to murkiness and intrigue.” – Pitchfork



Shows Just Added...

2010-02-23T13:21:00.758-08:00

We've just confirmed Holly Miranda for March 12th at Bootleg; Priestbird for May 8th at Bootleg; Uh Huh Her for March 31st at Bordello; Horse Feathers for May 19th at Bootleg; Phantogram w/ Love Grenades for March 4th at Bordello...

Also, we recently added Great Northern to the Choir of Young Believers show on March 13th at Bootleg. Advance tickets for all of these shows are available via InTicketing.com





Broken Bells' First Show Ever - at Bootleg TONIGHT (n' Sold Out!)

2010-02-19T15:05:20.084-08:00

Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse are now a duo called Broken Bells, and they'll drop their debut album on March 9 via Columbia. At this exact moment, the duo have played exactly zero shows. But fast-acting Los Angelenos can witness the band's very first show real, real soon. Tonight, they'll make their onstage debut at L.A.'s Bootleg Theater.

If you miss that one, Mercer and Danger have three other live shows planned. At the beginning of March, they'll hit Paris and London. And on March 17, they'll play NPR Music's SXSW showcase at the Austin venue Stubb's, joining a stacked lineup that includes Spoon, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Walkmen, and Visqueen. The line to get into that one is going to be nuts. All the band's tour dates are below.

Broken Bells:

02-19 Los Angeles, California - Bootleg Theater
03-01 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
03-03 London, England - ICA
03-17 Austin, TX - Stubb's (NPR Music showcase) *

-Pitchfork



Titus Andronicus - March 23 at Bootleg

2010-03-08T15:01:50.639-08:00

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TITUS ANDRONICUS
“Titus Andronicus' The Airing Of Grievances brooks no bullshit. The disc is the sound of lusty youth ripping a gaping hole in the fabric of reality: Throughout The Airing's nine sawed-off anthems, the Jersey collective comes off like a clunky, blood-knuckled Arcade Fire that just doesn't have time for all that respectable crap. Because, you know, the world is falling apart around their heads, and they only have this one shot at eating, fighting, and fucking the entire universe." - The Onion AV Club

"None of these highfalutin' shout-outs will grab your ear as powerfully as the demonic E Street Band arrangements, rife with constant builds and breakneck rhythms... they've studied their philosophy and found that life actually is pointless, so why not go down swinging?" - Pitchforkmedia

"This fivesome of suburban punks are proud nerds. But they know when to kick ass... and the sizzling, storage-locker production makes it all sound like a cage match. Which it is — between a band and a damaged world." - Rolling Stone

"It's a cliche, but Titus Andronicus has got to be one of the hardest working bands around." – Brooklynvegan

"Not since the Replacements raised a pint glass in the name of punk has a gang of hood rats so rousingly resurrected the legend of the American bar band." - Entertainment Weekly



The Watson Twins - 2/17 at Bootleg w/ Deep Sea Diver and Daisy McCrackin

2010-02-10T15:21:04.006-08:00

THE WATSON TWINS
"Their soulful harmonies are at the center of a sparkling pop sound that has a Memphis-meets-L.A. texture and hooks that work their charms on you instantly." Elle Magazine

"As sisters Chandra and Leigh's harmonies wrap around hissing cymbals and jazzy guitar, this languorous, closing-time cabaret song builds into a long slow good-night kiss to melt all your late-winter blues." – Marie Claire Magazine

“A dark yet mellow record in which the sultry vocals of Chandra and Leigh Watson stand out enough without overshadowing the retro guitar and organ parts they accompany. The sisters Watson manage to transcend eras, at times sonically resembling 1960s female pop and soul, other times Pink Floyd.” – Spinner



Delta Spirit - People C'Mon

2010-02-05T12:45:18.664-08:00

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If you haven't purchased tickets for the upcoming Delta Spirit show at Bootleg, get on it. This event is close to selling out!

Get tix here.



Just Announced...

2010-02-03T15:36:52.170-08:00

We have confirmed some great shows this week...

Aqualung - April 26th at Bootleg
The Watson Twins - February 17th at Bootleg
Field Music - March 27th at Bootleg

More to come!



Red Cortez - Feb. 3 - w/ The VLA, Alex Kemp and Shane Walsh at Bootleg

2010-01-27T15:23:10.958-08:00

RED CORTEZ
"They are cut from a cloth that embraces the free-thinking spirit of 60s, via San Francisco and Woodstock. They tap into the liberating sense of possibility and scoff at any kinds of limitations imposed on the people of this country. They gravitate toward the melancholic dimension of the war – or any war – that’s being waged and chronicle it with a new song about a wife continuing to receive letters from her soldier husband though he’s already dead. She chooses to think of him still as a living person and the letters are all the indication she needs. Red Cortez tap into the souls of the folks they make up or relay to us, giving a warm display that feels like betterment." – Daytrotter

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Eleni Mandell at Bootleg - "Don't Let it Happen"

2010-01-25T16:03:55.141-08:00

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Timber Timbre Will Support The Low Anthem on March 25th at Bootleg

2010-01-22T14:39:42.428-08:00

(image) Curious about Timber Timbre?

The elements are deceptively simple: a confident, but hushed voice, understated guitar, strings and keyboard flourishes, and a subtle percussive beat. Timber Timbre front man Taylor Kirk is making pop as if it was meant to sound haunted. Something grounded in a strange place where genre descriptions like blues, country, and folk intersect becoming secondary to the precision of the moods being conjured.

89.9 KCRW, When You Awake, and Rollo & Grady will present the show - March 25th at Bootleg. Advance tix are $15!



Maus Haus at Silverlake Lounge Tonight

2010-01-21T16:39:55.155-08:00

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MAUS HAUS
“Leave it to the weirdo mecca of San Francisco to produce a smart psych rock band in Maus Haus that practices the biggest rock perversion of them all - complete lack of guitars. Hailing from the Bay Area, Maus Haus combine a paranoid insomniac vibe with playful pop lines and cleverly cinematic lyrics that make them out to be the bastard child of Kraftwerk hanging with Captain Beefheart that would obviously have a video starring Simon Le Bon and the boys. That is an admittedly nutso sentence, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what Maus Haus is - other than totally rad.” – RCRD LBL

We've listened to MH's full roster of Myspace songs at least 6 times today. The band will be direct support for Chk Chk Chk (!!!) during Noise Pop in San Fran this February. Maus Haus plays tonight at Silverlake Lounge w/ Pomegranate (also from NorCal - Oakland), The Californian and Melanoid.



Bo-Peep and Black Tales tear down Bordello - Monday 3/16

2009-03-10T17:52:23.979-07:00

Bo-Peep, Tokyo’s overadorably happy 3-piece girl rock collective makes their LA debut at Bordello on this Monday, March 16. Their fast, short, and catchy tunes will have you dancing. Deerhoof, beware. Bo-Peep’s vocals & harmonies are reminiscent of the good punk rock from the 80’s, ie. Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys, with a little bit of the Ramones and Sonic Youth thrown in just for giggles.

"It's hard to imagine the extent of this 3-piece girl band's dense, intense sound piercing the world as it does". – BOUNCE Magazine, Tower Records, Japan.

Check out this fan video of a live performance from 2007.
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Alaska in Winter w/ Juliette Commagere - March 26 @ Bordello

2009-03-10T17:37:21.978-07:00

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Brandon Bethancourt, AKA Alaska in Winter, is a one man production who sings, plays piano, accordion, melodica, synthesizer, electro drums & programming. Think Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Crystal Castles or Goldfrapp with male vocals. Since the inception of Alaska in Winter, Bethancourt has released a handful of music including “Holiday,” his 2nd full length album. Bethancourt's high school buddy Zach Condon of Beirut, contributes his trumpet and ukulele efforts, while Heather Trost from A Hawk & A Hacksaw plays the violin.

Alaska in Winter is joined by Juliette Commagere, New Villager and Dr. Rosen Rosen on Thursday, March 26 at Bordello. This will probably be the last chance to catch Ms. Commagere (whose jawdropping rendition of "Every Time You Say Goodbye" floored me a few weeks ago at Home) before she hits the road with The Bird and the Bee and then Ry Cooder.



Sara Lov Live at Home Fri Feb 20 - Freeee

2009-02-18T13:34:48.054-08:00

(image) Our songstress of choice Sara Lov performs at HOME - 2500 Riverside Drive this coming Friday evening the 20th February at 10pm. This event is Free! Joining her on the night are Manuok from S.D. and Toby Burke of Horse Stories. DJ Melissa Renee Hernanadez of Lo and Behold! opens festivities at 9p and spins into the night.


Also Thanks to Kevin Bronson for pointing the way to this little gem that Sara Lov recently posted to the web.

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Hot girl on Girls action.

2009-01-26T17:47:48.501-08:00

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Doods dig Girls, girls dig Girls - the scraggly SF white boy (not girl) band. This is a show you do not want to miss. Girls will journey down to the Southland and play a long awaited Los Angeles show on February 26th at the Silverlake Lounge with Wounded Lion.

Christopher Owens and Chet JR White perform pop songs that contain aggressive dramatic guitar playing with bright catchy hooks. Think Jesus & Mary Chain, MBV, and Glasvegas. Last year, their limited edition 7” entitled “Lust for Life,” sold out in just a week. The song is not a tribute to or an Iggy Pop cover, but a fun happy song that will have you singing along and dancing to after a few listens. The band has received rave reviews and accolades from SF Bay Area press (as well as our pals at Pitchfork Media and Gorilla vs Bear) and are currently working on new material for their forthcoming debut full-length.

Check out their video for “Lust For Life” here:

GIRLS - LUST FOR LIFE
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Free at Home Restaurant - Viewing Party for Manu Chao on ACL

2009-01-15T18:06:53.102-08:00

Saturday, January 24th - Home Restaurant - 2500 Riverside at Fletcher in Silverlake - Free
Nacional Records presents...
Viewing Party for MANU CHAO's performance at Austin City Limits - 8pm - 2am

Episode airs at 8pm
DJ Mexican Dubwiser spins from 9p into the night
Including a special live performance from LA SANTA CECILIA at 11pm

“The Spanish-French singer’s U.S. performances are rare, and his American television appearances even rarer. Everyone in the room for the intimate taping seemed to recognize it was a special evening and the entire audience was on its feet well before Manu Chao took the stage. And we remained standing, dancing for the bulk of the show. The performance was an exhilarating journey as the defiantly political artist sang with raw heart that transcended any language barrier. It was also an exercise in audio whiplash as the pace of the show vacillated between easy skank and breakneck, moshable ska.” - Austin360.com



Mothers, hide your daughters!

2008-12-15T16:50:34.302-08:00

This is the least pornographic video available on Van Stone's myspace. They rape and pillage Silverlake Lounge on January 22 joined by SD's avant-jazz-punk-art-damaged Creedle.

We're Van Stone
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 - SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - $10
VAN STONE 11:30p
CREEDLE (S.D. -feat. Devon Goldberg and Rob Crow) 10:30p
EL TEN ELEVEN 9:30p
FALSETTO TEETH 8:30p

VAN STONE
“After an ill-fated attempt to start a mercenary group in the same vein as TV's "A-Team," the Van Stone brothers (Randy and Lonnie) decided to do the next best thing: form Van Stone: the band! The brothers recruited Cliff Steinberger on lead guitar and Kurt Gibson on lead, lead guitar, threw irreverent and mostly unprintable song titles (Show Us Yer T***, 25 Dollar Blow***) on some killer '80s metal riffs, and quickly skyrocketed to self-proclaimed "3rd Best Rock Band" of Palmdale, Calif., status.” - SignOn San Diego



NYC's Amazing Baby - December 18 at Bordello

2008-12-05T17:34:24.646-08:00

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 - BORDELLO - $10
AMAZING BABY
DJ Sam James Velde

AMAZING BABY
“These Brooklyn scenesters (and MGMT confreres) pile layers of noisy, cascading guitar onto an “aohw aohw” chorus like wayward glam refugees munching ‘shrooms.” - Spin

“We've been known to enjoy music that sounds like it either comes from outer space or the bottom of a bong, so when we were presented with New York's Amazing Baby, who sound like Bongs In Space, it didn't take long to decide that they were pretty great.” - Fader



Local Natives invade Silverlake Lounge - Every Monday in February - Free

2008-12-05T17:37:14.013-08:00

February 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Amongst the myriad of musicians that call Los Angeles home, Local Natives, a band favoring a new breed of energetic, percussion driven indie rock, have come to fruition. This clan of five gentleman craft songs reminiscent of a musical tribe, singing and dancing in harmony. Imagine if Beirut and Sufjan Stevens decided to join the eccentricity of Talking Heads and the aura of Broken Social Scene for lunch in Columbia and you’ve pinpointed what is Local Natives. In the age of auto tune and vocoders, Local Natives is one of those rare bands who is defined by their ability to deliver live. In fact, it has been more of challenge for the group to translate the vibrant and exciting nature of their performances to a recording than vice versa. But blessed with the charisma to tempt even the most despondent hipsters and shy concert goers into dance machines, Local Natives have honed their skills in both recording and performing the past few years.

Here they are doing a righteous cover of S&G's Cecilia... if that doesn't put a smile on your face, you're a vampire.
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Sam Sparro gets a Grammy nod for our fave dance track - Black & Gold

2008-12-05T17:15:18.692-08:00

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This one comes straight from the Told-You-So department. Mr. Sam Sparro, patterned sparkle leggings dance pop soul singer extraordinaire, has nabbed a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. It seems like it was only last year that we were shaking our bodies and swaying to his ode to the Big Guy down the street at Silverlake Lounge. Oh wait, it was and a year later, the train keeps speeding on...

Warmest congrats to Sam and Jesse from the Fold family!