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When Denzel Curry arrived on the scene in a big way on the web. Most widely praised for his old-school 90’s hip hop sound, he’s recently released his first album, Nostalgia 64, which has his attitude, quick and skillful lyrics and smooth flow in abundance. Don’t sleep on this dude. checking out!
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9/25 at Echoplex
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Monarchy is an electronic duo from London who, after years of remixing for other artists, released a debut 2010 album that catapulted their careers—leading them to play shows at festivals such as Coachella and the like (including many in England). After dropping another LP in 2011, they decided to release an EP called Almost Human this year, on which the title track is both beautiful and coldly electronic. Their music has been described as a cross of “Daft Punk and Scissor Sisters” and by the sound of this new record, you are definitely going to want to see them perform live!
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9/18 at The Echo
Lee “Scratch” Perry at Dub Club
August 27, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

Lee “Scratch” Perry at Dub Club
August 27, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

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When Death Valley Girls released their first album, it was a casette-only release on Burger Records. And based on that move, their music sounds exactly as you’d expect: grungy and punky with tons of attitude. They’re girls (mostly), and they kick major ass. Special things coming.
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September 30th with Wand / La Luz
How to Dress Well at the Echoplex
August 22, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

How to Dress Well at the Echoplex
August 22, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

Mike Watt in Conversation with Avi Buffalo

In anticipation of our show with Il Sogno Del Marinaio, we asked our good friend Avi Buffalo to interview the influential Minutemen / Dos / fIREHOSE and now Stooges bassist, Mike Watt.



Avi’s Note: Of course being a fan, and having myself been inspired by Watt, I was more than stoked to ask him questions about playing music, life and inspiration! Since I was a teenager, he’s been an important musician for me to see live as much as possible and he will continue to be for me and many people as long as he is on this earth.
Check out the new Il Sogno del Marinaio record featuring phenomenal guitarist Stefano Pilia and super drummer Andrea Belfi. It is their second album, fittingly titled Canto Secondo. The music is a mind and ear-tricking mix of punk and jazz fundamentals, with an upfront poetic twist. Stefano’s guitars pull you left and right while Watt locks tight to Andrea’s drums and recites lyrics over it.

What is the best part about playing music to you?

Initially, making music with my friend, [Minutemen guitarist D. Boon] was the best part about it, and after he died I didn’t know what to do. But people like Thurston Moore, Kira Roessler (DOS), Saccharine Trust, George Hurley (fIREHOSE) and Ed Crawford (fIREHOSE), all kept me into music and “put me back on the horse” by asking me to join them in making music after that loss. Then I went on to make “Ballhog or Tugboat,” and other rock operas, and lots of other albums. So the best part about playing music is to keep learning.

How do you stay inspired to practice and what chops do you find important to keep up?

Chops don’t matter to me as much. When I’m working on songs, I’m working on songs. When I want to practice to be good and comfortable on the bass, I improvise. When D. Boon and I were growing up there was a cool guy who lived in his van named Ray Mendez Lopez who showed us some things about playing music, and he made a very big point to us that practicing was very important. That was a work ethic I was taught. Raymond Pettibon taught us a lot about jazz, and a lot of friends we had in the punk scene starting out were into jazz. When getting good at music it seems to be a bit a mix of luck, and then following a discipline after from the excitement of it.

Does having many projects to work on cause new perspectives?

The first album with Il Sogno del Marinaio, La Busta Gialla, came about after having been invited to play a festival in Cesena. Stefano first wrote me and asked if I’d join him and a drummer he knew, Andrea, and we ended up getting together in a studio in the middle of the resulting six gig mini-tour and making that record back in 2009. For this new album, Canto Secondo, after now having known each other more and having done a european tour for La Busta Gialla the year before, we took eight days last December to record at a studio called Vacuum that’s in an old barn outside of Bologna, Italy. Anyway, all those shifts in projects and changes in environments change a lot and teach you a lot.

When you play with The Stooges, who do you listen to or what influence do you draw from to do those songs justice?

When I’m playing bass for Stooges songs, I’m following after the original Stooges bass players (Dave Alexander, Jimmy Recca, Zeke Zettner), and I listen heavily to their records to play their parts well. It can be very hard sometimes because of their feel! I was very inspired by punk bassists growing up, and the rock stuff from England was very pro-bass. People like John Entwistle, Jack bruce, Geezer Butler and Trevor Bolder I could hear the bass louder in recordings and got into their playing when I first started playing bass. U.S. guys that influenced me much were James Jamerson, Larry Graham, and Bootsy from R&B.

Il Sogno Del Marinaio’s Canto Secondo out now via Clenchedwrench.
Avi Buffalo’s, At Best Cuckold out now via Sub Pop.
WHAT HE SOUNDS LIKE

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Arca is most well-known for producing on both Kanye West’s Yeezus and FKA twigs EP2. But in 2012 he also embarked on a solo DJ career with two EPs which were praised for their complexity that was balanced by dreaminess. Now he has released his first DJ “mixtape” &&&&&. The mix has been incredibly well-received as it is noted for its darker tones but steadfast other-worldliness. This man is the future.
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September 25th at First Unitarian Church w/ Visual mastermind Jessie Kanda
Benjamin Booker at the Echo
August 21, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

Benjamin Booker at the Echo
August 21, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

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Merchandise hail from Tampa, Florida and released over a dozen EPs and records in the past four years. Their albums received huge praise from the lauded likes of Pitchfork and SPIN. They’re amazingly post-punk so you can dance and rock out for an all-around good time!
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September 27th at The Echo
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JEFF the Brotherhood really is two brothers and they really rock. Together, they founded the band while still in high school and have turned out over five albums since. Their music is in a league with Ty Segall, having worked with him and being described as having a similar psych/garage rock sound. So come on out and see them at the Echo and get ready for a major jam session for you to groove to!
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September 26th at The Echo
The Naked and Famous at the Echoplex
August 21, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

The Naked and Famous at the Echoplex
August 21, 2014
Photos by Carl Pocket, more photos on Flickr

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Tomas Barfod is a Danish DJ and producer who makes incredibly dreamy/ethereal electronic music. He began as a drummer, but moved from drums to DJing when he created the electronica duo Filur (with Kasper Bjorke). Since then he has released two solo albums (the latter of which came out this summer) which remain true to his more rave-style past but with vocals that are brooding and emotional—majority of which are done by Nina K. His music is incredibly layered and far too multi-faceted to just be called dance music but it certainly is dance-inducing!
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September 12th at The Echo
Pandora Presents Summer Crush at the Santa Monica Pier 
with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora
August 9, 2014
Photos by Oliver Scherillo, more photos on Flickr

Pandora Presents Summer Crush at the Santa Monica Pier
with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora
August 9, 2014
Photos by Oliver Scherillo, more photos on Flickr

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS HIM
Mike Watt got his start as the bassist for the Minutemen, helping to create wildly influential music that drew on all different styles of music. Watt officially started his solo career in 1995 and has released five albums since then all of which were minimal in production value and all about the music. His lyrics focus on story-telling, but most importantly he’s a bass legend, providing a driving rhythm and melody to his music.
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September 11th, with his new project il sogno del marinaio