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LA's new Teragram Ballroom is set to open this spring with shows by Delta Spirit, Palma Violets, Jaga Jazzist, Nick Waterhouse and more already on the schedule. The long-rumored new "Bowery Presents Los Angeles" venue is in fact associated with NYC-based Bowery Presents, but not completely:
New York City music impresario Michael Swier and the Bowery Ballroom / Mercury Lounge team (Michael Winsch / Brian Swier) have joined forces with LA business owner, Joe Baxley (Broadway Bar), to launch the Teragram Ballroom, a mid-sized live music venue located on the fringes of burgeoning downtown Los Angeles.The capacity is about 600, just like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in NY. And a press release reads:
The old-Hollywood era theater housing the Teragram Ballroom has been through major renovation to deliver what Swier's iconic venues have always offered: an exceptional listening experience, unimpeded sight lines, and an intimate environment that caters to both musical artists and those coming to take in the performances.Tickets are on sale for the first-announced shows, which are listed below...
"It's exciting to see the Teragram Ballroom come to life on this western edge of downtown Los Angeles," says Michael Swier, who lived in LA from 1974 to 1978 and feels a certain comfort and familiarity in the city of his youth. "You can feel the pulses of a reawakening in the neighborhood, I feel privileged to be part of this new vitality."
Located at 1234 West 7th Street, the 9,000 square-foot theater offers special features for artists and audiences: three dressing rooms, dedicated loading dock, spacious backstage, state-of-the-art sound system, three bars and a restaurant with comfortable circulation throughout.
"As with our New York venues, we have built the Teragram Ballroom for the bands as much as for the audience," added Michael Swier. "The breadth of our experience has culminated in this incredible project." The venue's name reflects the influence of a crucial contributor who passed away before reaching this point on the long journey: "Teragram" spelled backwards honors Michael Swier's late wife, Margaret Hannigan, who helped found the early venues.
As a Red Bull Sound Select program curator, BrooklynVegan gets to do cool shows every few months in NYC. Our next one is this Friday night (9/12) at Palisades in Bushwick with White Lung, Power Trip and Sick Feeling (RSVP if you haven't yet). We once did one with Bouncing Souls, who play another one at small New Brunswick bar Court Tavern this week.
RBSS present shows every month in cities all over the country including LA, but in November they'll be doing one every night in LA, each at a different venue. The LA ones aren't all free, but none are more than $15. You need to register with RBSS before you can buy tickets though, but it's a free registration (same as RSVPing). Register and buy tickets HERE. Full LA November schedule below...
photos by Marcus Haney
The band Arcade Fire drew thousands of fans to a performance outside the Capitol Records building in Hollywood on Tuesday evening to roll out the new album "Reflektor."More pictures and some videos from the Tuesday evening LA 'Reflektor' release show, which was originally announced as happening at a secret outdoor location and which was one night after they streamed a performance via NPR , below...
The event was set for rush hour at the company's Vine Street headquarters in central Hollywood, just off the 101 Freeway.
Vine Street was closed between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street, a Capitol Records spokeswoman said.
The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station warned people in Twitter to avoid the area due to heavy traffic in the area of Vine, Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue, all of which border the Capitol Records' iconic tower.
Attendees were told via email to wear their best attempt to "Be a Reflektor," with a Pinterest page provided for inspiration. Tickets were free but available by invitation or via social media challenges on musicexperiment.com.
The show was being put on in conjunction with the Music Experiment 2.0, an Intel and MTV site... [KTLA]
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Oh, and speaking of LA and Debi Del Grande, other pictures Debi took for BrooklynVegan will be among those on display at our private Hundred Waters/IO Echo show there this Thursday (6/13). Enter to win some tickets so you can stop by.
Check out a video and the setlist from the Hollywood Bjork show below...
Hundred Waters (more by Cory Dewald)
This Thursday night, June 13, BrooklynVegan is hosting a free, invite-only show in LA with Sonos featuring live performances by Hundred Waters and IO Echo, and a DJ set by Groundislava. We'll also have photos on the wall by BV photographers Amanda Hatfield, Dana (distortion) Yavin, David Andrako, Sarah Frankie Linder, Wei Shi and Debi Del Grande.
We can't post all the details, but we have tickets for some BrooklynVegan readers who in turn will get all the info they need to show up. Do you live in LA or will you be there Thursday and want to go? Do you like Sapporo beer? Want free tickets? Details on how to get some, below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
photos by Wei Shi
Fans make their way back from the FIDLAR merch table @ The Echo, 1026/2012
California garage punks FIDLAR played The Echo in Los Angeles on 10/26, joined by The Shrine and Pangea. The band is currently touring their way eastward with Delta Spirit, and will hit Fun Fun Fun Fest before scooting on over to Irving Plaza on 11/27 as part of a round of dates also with Jeff the Brotherhood. Tickets are still available.
FIDLAR's much-anticipated debut album will be out in January on Mom & Pop Records. You can stream "White on White" from it below.
More pictures from The Echo, and all tour dates are below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Ultraista @ Echoplex - 10/19/12
The experience shows. Their U.S. live debut may have only been eight songs long, but the band imbued each album cut with an air of nonchalant cool. With the atmospheric consistency of their self-titled debut, and the help of some Piet Mondrian-like backing videos, the show was not unlike an art rave. It was an ideal manifestation of their art movement namesake that asserted surreal variations on minimalism are superior to more ornate styles. [Under the Radar]Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's band with drummer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck) and singer Laura Bettinson (Dimbleby & Capper, FEMME), Ultraista played their first US shows this week and last, starting at LA's Echoplex (10/19), then hitting San Francisco's Independent (10/22), and finally NYC's Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/24). We missed them last night, but we did catch their LA show and pictures from that one are in this post.
The band will make their network TV debut when they play The Late Show with David Letterman on November 2. They also just made a video for "Our Song," which you can watch below.
That video, more pics, the setlist, and some high quality videos from Echoplex are below.
Charles Manson - "Just Fucking Around"
Manuel Vasquez defends the unusual product he's selling. But not everyone's buying it.That's a pictures of the record, that I found on eBay, above. That all said, this is not the first time in recent history that a new Charles Manson record has been released. In fact, a four part series of Charles Manson LPs is also coming soon .
Vasquez is the 26-year-old co-owner of [LA's Beauty Is Pain Boutique] who produces records in his spare time. His latest release features music written and performed by convicted mass murderer Charles Manson.
"I've gotten some hate mail from it. There are people not appreciating the release of music by him," he said. "People say they don't understand why I'd want to associate myself with this or why I would be interested in releasing it."
Even his parents tried to talk him out of pressing and selling the 40-minute vinyl album.
"They're in their mid-50s and they grew up with a fear of Charles Manson," Vasquez acknowledged. "They don't want to have anything to do with him. They asked why I was doing it and did I know what I was getting into -- did I fully understand the extent of what it means?"....
...."I usually tell people that the perspective they have of Manson is what he was convicted for in 1969, not for what he became in prison," Vasquez said. "He is somebody who is obsessed with ecology and saving the earth, the environment and animals. Life is his obsession, not death."
The album's title, a vulgarity that means wasting time, reflects Manson's own description of his guitar playing that was recorded in the 1980s in a room above the prison chapel at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Manson later gave the tape recording to a friend who eventually passed it on to a third person. After years of "badgering" that person for it, Vasquez obtained the tape last year.
With Manson's encouragement, he said, he set about creating an album. [LA Times]
I'm not sure if Beauty Is Pain is selling their new record online, though you can buy a Che Guevara t-shirt from them on Etsy.
The Hollywood store also hosts in-store shows. Not surprisingly, one of those in-stores featured another controversial figure with a fondness for swastikas - Boyd Rice, as you can see in the video below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan recently did some moonlighting as the singer on the new Soulsavers album The Light The Dead See. And [Saturday] night in L.A. at the famed studios of the Capitol Records building, the collaborators came together on the stage for a stunning seven-song set.More pictures from the intimate LA show, below...
Backed by a six-piece band, Gahan and Soulsavers brought to life the full drama of the haunting new album. Opening with the gorgeous gothic tune "Presence Of God," a track that marries the sounds of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, the group delivered one standout after another for a crowd of at most 150 people.
After the orchestral swirl of "In The Morning," Gahan said, "I've never been this close to people." This was likely true for a guy who's spent the last three decades in arenas and stadiums. And following the forty-five minute set, Gahan and Soulsavers' Rich Machin were overheard walking through the crowd talking about the sensation of playing at "eye level" for people.
It may have been unusual for them, but the performance was only enhanced by the intimacy. Among the other standouts were the simple ditty "Just Try," a song Gahan introduced as "the fun one," and the album's lead single, "Take Me Back Home," which took on a gospel feel with the back-up vocalists doing a call and response to Gahan's soulful wails of desperation.
Following the closing "Gone Too Far," Gahan said, "Thank you, that's all we've got," which wasn't an exaggeration. As of now, this was the only U.S. show scheduled for the group. After the set, Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler explained that Gahan is now fully immersed in his day job. He is recording the new Depeche album in Santa Barbara, California, where Martin Gore resides, for an April 2013 release with a full world tour to follow, according to Kessler. [Rolling Stone]
photos by Nathanel Turner
Danny Brown @ Echoplex
Danny Brown walked on stage [...] rocking a leather jacket and combat boots, as if ready for war. He'd come to town to please his fans who hadn't caught him at the Roxy last fall, and likely left with many new ones. Kicking off the set with "Radio Song," Brown emoted cool confidence. One thing I immediately noticed was how much his distinct, nasally cadence manages to stand out over the beat. During "Lie4," you could hear every one of his lyrics clearly, something practically unheard of for a hip-hop concert, which often drown the vocals in bass. The crowd showed appreciation by yelling back the chorus: "Got that income tax swag."[LA Weekly]Danny Brown, Main Attrakionz, Kid Sister, and Party Supplies played a Check Yo Ponytail show at Echoplex in LA this past Tuesday (1/24). ScHoolboy Q was at the show and joined Danny Brown on stage for "Blunt After Blunt." A video of that performance, along with a video collage and more pictures from the show below.
ScHoolboy Q JUST (minutes before I typed this) released a new video for "Nightmare On Figg St." off his great new mixtape Habits & Condtractions. Watch that video below (and one we previously posted HERE).
More pics and videos below...
Tyler at FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
TMZ reports that Tyler, the Creator was arrested at his show at Hollywood's Roxy Theatre last night (12/22) for "suspicion of vandalism" after he "just destroyed an electric soundboard belonging to the venue." The NY Times confirms. A video below also shows that while throwing his fit on stage, he punched a sound guy. The police reports that "as [Tyler] was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street, towards deputies." TMZ has a video of that, which you can watch below too. They also mention that "Tyler was taken into custody in front of his mother...who was visibly upset and yelled at the cops."
As expected, Tyler's fellow Odd Future members have wasted no time expressing their opinions on twitter. "Fuck sheriffs nigga WG," says Hodgy Beats, who continues, "Next year it wont be at the roxy." "Next year" refers to the fact that the show was the "Odd Future Christmas show." Jasper Dolphin tweeted, "Fuck The Police!," updating two hours later to, "Fuck The Roxy." Frank Ocean says, "dem hoelice yo," and Domo Genesis says, "fuck the feds!" And Mike G tweeted "Free Tyler."
"YO LOS ANGELES...what a night. thank you." - Frank Ocean
by Andrew Sacher
Frank Ocean @ the El Rey
Frank Ocean concluded his tour, which didn't include a NYC show (though it is reportedly being postponed), at LA's El Rey Theater last night (11/15) to a sold out crowd. Like he's been doing at the other shows on his tour, he played some Nostalgia/Ultra cuts, Beyonce's "I Miss You," which he co-wrote, his Watch the Throne contributions, some new material, and of course, played Guitar Hero. He was also joined by fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator for "She" off Tyler's Goblin LP, which Frank sings on. He debuted a new track, "Super Rich Kids," which will presumably appear on the new album he's been working on. Videos of "She" and "Super Rich Kids" and more pictures from the show are below.
Speaking of his new album, according to an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, he is choosing to not collaborate with Kanye West, who he previously worked with on Watch the Throne. "I'm a big fan. He's a big influence on my music," Frank said. "I told him, 'As much as I want to work with you, I kind of want to do this without you.' I kind of want to do it on my own."
In other Frank Ocean news, SBTRKT recently remixed the single, "Thinking About You," which Frank released over the summer. You can listen to the original and SBTRKT's remix below.
Speaking of Tyler, the Creator, SPIN reports that he will release his third album, Wolf, in May. Tyler mentioned taking influence from The StepKids for the album musically, and that he'd be changing things up lyrically as well, because "talking about rape and cutting bodies up" just doesn't interest him anymore.
"The StepKids, a psychedelic, jazz-influenced band he likes, play on his laptop. "My new album [Wolf, expected to released in May 2012] is gonna sound like this," he says. "I wanna make the music I actually get all my influence from. I don't know how, but I'm gonna try shit like this out. I'm gonna make a band or something.""More pics from the LA show, videos and song streams below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
...When Rage Against the Machine lead singer-provocateur Zack de la Rocha stood before 60,000 people, raised his fist, barked out wicked smart, superbly flowed calls to action, pointed out the disparity between rich and poor, spit venom at the billionaires and wondered on their power, the sense of no future that has ignited unrest throughout the world in 2011 felt shockingly, palpably present.The L.A. Rising Festival, which took place on July 30th in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum, was organized by the Rage Against The Machine crew. The nine-hour festival featured the band's first appearance in Los Angeles in ten years, as well as sets from Muse, Rise Against, Immortal Technique, El Gran Silencio, and Lauryn Hill, who welcomed her sixth child just last week(!). More pictures from the LA event are below.
...Throughout the hour-and-15-minute set, Rage pulled its weight, proved itself to be one of the only rock bands on Earth able to captivate such a large space. Its conquest was so assured, in fact, that it jumped back in time to render an earlier set moot....
Though singer-guitarist-pianist Matthew Bellamy knows his way around a riff -- he quoted Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Animals and others during breaks between songs -- [Muse] makes form-over-function rock, these architecturally grandiose musical structures that are as perfectly crafted as they are grooveless. Muse's fan base no doubt disagrees; The thousands sang along to every lyrical cliché and gymnastic bridge, followed the band down every meandering path; when huge balloons were floated out into the crowd as the band meandered on, they bounced throughout the Coliseum until they exploded and dropped confetti.
-[Pop & Hiss]
DOWNLOAD: Mister Heavenly - "Pineapple Girl" (MP3)
Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.
Melvins currently have no dates on the road, but they do in their native Los Angeles. They'll play a residency at Spaceland (soon to be The Satellite) every Friday in January, but these aren't your normal Melvins shows:
words by Ian Cohen, photos by Graeme Flagenheimer & Sonny Gerasimowicz
Jens Lekman debuted a new song, at his performance in Los Angeles on Saturday (12/4), inspired by a failed attempt to stalk Kirsten Dunst while she spent time in Sweden. It's pretty familiar subject matter for Jens- romantic awkwardness, celebrities that feel weirdly attainable, etc. But his surroundings that night gave it a weird irony: there was a decent chance he might actually have run into her after the show.
The main talking point among the crowd ( which was reaching fire hazard capacity) was that Lekman was playing an intimate, mostly solo show around the pool at Skybar at Mondrian - for those who've never been, just think of the kind of bar you conjure when you're coming up with reasons you'd never move to L.A. I've gotten parking tickets that cost less than what the valet charges, and pretty much anyone watching Jens that night would've been the most shabbily dressed person in the rest of the hotel, if they were even allowed in.
Nonetheless, there was an acknowledgement of the revenge of the nerds thing going on throughout. As Lekman has done in the past, he had deadpan comedienne Tig Notaro open up and her first remark was indicative of both her sense of humor and the situation: "This is where we all go to meet our friends on a Saturday night, right?" But Lekman was game, cracking wise over the din of loudly mixed, wallet-emptying cocktails and decked-out social climbers in the next space over, and turning in something of an acoustic Greatest Hits package with three unreleased songs (it was a relief to find out that Jens is in fact planning on following up 2007's Night Over Kortedala).
"Black Cab" and "Maple Leaves" were undoubtedly suited for the spare treatment, but the formerly sample-heavy Kortedala inclusions stressed the complexity of Lekman's chording (in particular, "Sipping On The Sweet Nectar" and Kanske Är Jag Kär I Dig"). Once Lekman brought out DJ Victor Sjöberg for a two-song encore, it presumably fit the usual requirements that Skybar have a laptop DJ at some point in the evening. But like our hero during his airplane dance and tambourine shaking as for one night, it was the kind of dance party that there was an almost conspiratorial vibe to take comfort in.
The Bird & the Bee play the the next Mondrian Session at the same hotel on December 10th. Jens plays sold out shows in Brooklyn on December 9th and 10th. Jens's full LA setlist with more pictures and videos from the show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Wolf Haley & Hodgy Beats of Odd Future - Sandwitches (MP3)
Odd Future (also known as OFWGKTA - an acronym for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) is a young skating LA hip hop crew, sometimes 10-members strong, featuring names like Tyler the Creator (the leader), Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Mike G, and Syd. These hooligans trot out futuristic and nihilistic rhymes over crude, blackened beats; think RA The Rugged Man, early Cage, Gravediggaz, and El-P all in one. Odd Future has released a ton of recent tracks at their Tumblr, including Tyler the Creator (aka Wolf Haley) & Hodgy Beats burner "Sandwitches", downloadable above (streamable below). The track is primitive hip hop in the best way; off-time beats recall early Madlib and Fondle 'Em-era MF Doom. Crude and dope.
Odd Future (sans Earl who is "on vacation") will make their NYC debut at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 8th, which will be a bit over a week after the Halloween release of MellowHype's spankin' new and 2nd LP BLACKENEDWHITE which is now available as a free download. MellowHype is Odd Future's Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. Expect them to play tracks from the new album, and possibly from their first which was called YelloWhite, at the NYC show. Their only other scheduled show at the moment is tonight, 11/5, in London
Some video of the band at work is below.
photos by Graeme Flagenheimer, words by Nick Dierl
No Age kicked off the night's festivities at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday night (9/30); playing in front of a hometown crowd with the confidence and humility that has gained Dean Spunt and Randy Randall such great acclaim in both Los Angeles and worldwide. With the addition of third live member William Kai Strangeland-Menchaca their sound has been fleshed out enough to fill the entirety of the outdoor theater. Burning through both old favorites and songs from their brand new album Everything In Between, they were an energizing start to the evening.
Sonic Youth took the stage next and opened their set with the calm poise one would expect from such tried and true veterans. Despite their elder status in the rock community they still rocked with the best of them, with Steve Shelley's bombastic drumming and Kim Gordon's bass accompanying the guitar heroics of Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore. Their experience showed through most obviously during the noise interludes and outros of the songs as they meticulously built a swarm of dissonant feedback, with Gordon scraping her bass across the stage at one point, only to snap harmoniously back into unison with everyone else a moment later. Sonic Youth continued to prove that, despite their age, they are still in the prime of their live career.
Pavement opened their headlining set with crowd pleaser "Cut Your Hair" with exuberance and energy, as if they had never taken an eleven-year break. Stephen Malkmus' jangly guitar bravado and playful banter with the crowd from the show's start set the mood for what would turn out to be a wonderful set. After Watery, Domestic cut "Frontwards", they moved into what Malkmus referred to as "the California diptych" of "Gold Soundz" and "Shady Lane" (supposedly Irvine and Silverlake, respectively). This made their intention to play crowd favorites clear early. Selecting songs from the breadth of their catalog, they kept mostly to the raucous tunes, rarely breaking out the slower numbers (save for set highlights "Grounded" and "Spit on a Stranger").
The band was congenial and grateful toward the crowd at the Bowl, exactly as one would hope a group in their position to be on one of the final American dates of their reunion tour (that included five NYC shows). Malkmus seemed sincere later in the set as he delivered the chorus of "Stereo", another of the night's highlights, singing excitedly "I'm on the stereo!", almost as if he was legitimately still surprised that people care about his songs. Bob Nastanovich brought great energy to the show the whole night, getting right into the thick of the people at the front of the crowd during Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain gem "Unfair". The swagger and personability of the whole band throughout the night made for a spectacular evening worth waiting the last eleven years for - a successful victory lap for one of indie rock's greats that will hopefully be repeated soon.
Due to time constraints, Pavement didn't get to do an encore though Graeme got a peak at the written setlist which did have "Two States" and "AT&T" listed. The LA crowd still got 17 songs.
Both Sonic Youth and Pavement move on to Vegas for the weekend (where both of their sets will be streamed online from). More pictures and the full Pavement setlist from Hollywood Bowl, and a few videos, below..
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr
Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF FestThat's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.
The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.
Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.
Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."
There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.
If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).
By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.
Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.
Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by BBG
DOWNLOAD: Off! - "Upsidedown" (MP3)
Off! played FYF Fest
"Supergroups" are hardly ever that super, but Off! is an exception. Featuring Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), the band have a new release on the way, The First Four EPs preceeded by The First EP, and we have a taste of one of those tracks, "Upsidedown", available for the first time ever, above.
Keith Morris' new hardcore group OFF! played with intensity, but had a surprisingly short set even for a punk group. Morris sweetly took time to pay eulogy to a deceased friend named Jeffrey Pierce at one point, dedicating a song to his old friend whom he used to party with in the old days. The group's guitarist called out the fact, "Let's hear it for our singer Keith Morris who just got out of the hospital two days ago!" To which Morris responded with, "Let's just play the fucking song." The group promised two more but strangely only did one before shouting "Fuck you Greg" before abruptly leaving the stage. [mxdwn]Sleep, !!!, Unbroken and many others were also on the FYF bill. Off's other upcoming shows include Riot Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
A full set of pictures and a review from that festival is forthcoming, but until then, check out a few more photos of Off!'s appearance, with some videos (from on and off stage), below...
photos by Adam L. Murray, words by BBG
Goatsnake: Greg Anderson raises his axe in praise of the riff
Think of Sunday's (8/6) all-day Power of the Riff Festival at the Echo and the Echoplex as less of a celebration of heavy metal and more of a mission statement. The objective: Raise respectability for the perennially underground hard rock genre.I couldn't agree more, and a gang of people showed up to the 2010 Power of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles last week. With sets from Goatsnake, Corrosion of Conformity III (who are coming to NYC), Repulsion, Trap Them, Black Breath, Nails (who will support Venomous Concept), and many more, the Converse-presented show was free to the public with RSVP.
"I've been a fan of heavy music for as long as I can remember," said Night Horse singer Sam James Velde, who organized Riff Fest with Southern Lord head Greg Anderson. "I hope this will increase awareness and opportunity for bands of this nature to be able to play. You look at bigger festivals like Coachella, and you have a token heavy band. There's Dillinger Escape Plan, or there's Mastodon. But there's no tent dedicated to that music. Yet metal, hardcore and true rock 'n' roll has an incredible fan base. This is something to try and make a strong impact." -[LA Times blog]
More pics from the show are below...
Speaking of LA, they have another noteworthy festival happening in August, though that show focuses more on the heavier side of things. August 8th will mark The Power of The Riff Fest at The Echo and Echoplex in LA with the return of Corrosion Of Conformity III (aka Animosity era!), Goatsnake, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Repulsion, Nails, Coliseum, Black Breath, Eagle Twin, Early Graves, and many others. The Converse-presented show is FREE (wow), but requires an RSVP. Poster and full lineup below.
The original 3-piece Corrosion of Conformity also have a handful of other dates scheduled around that time. Unfortunately none on the east side of the coast (for now), but they are listed below. Three of the dates, including The Power of the Riff, are being called the "Southern Lord West Coast Tour" which all include the lineup of Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, and Black Breath (poster below).
Unfortunately most of this stuff does not include NYC action, though we have two sunn o))) & Boris shows to look forward to, not to mention Boris/Russian Circles/Torche, and SLEEP. Coliseum was just here last week.
Dates and stuff below...