Posts tagged with ‘echo park’
For anyone who went to SXSW, just a reminder - music is meant to be heard and felt; it’s not supposed to be background noise or beige wallpaper or a bag of dorito chips; it’s not meant to be a marketing tool so you buy stuff from corporations… just thought I’d make the clarification before we go on.
We are really looking forward to the LA debut of Philadelphia’s
THE DISTRICTS - they’ll be one of the 9 bands playing the Post-SXSW-Party on Saturday. We saw them in Austin and were hooked within a few guitar chords of their folky rock and heartfelt songwriting. You’ve heard it before but these kids have the magic. Not to be missed also is Baltimore’s Sun Club and the breezy groovy pop of Washington DC’s Misun.
Next Wednesday check out three of our new fave bands - the moody sultry LA GIRLFRIEND, the dark groovy brooding of Flaamingos, and Plague Vendor who we’re pretty sure have listened to Gun Club’s Fire of Love before. Come out and support these kids now!
We love that twisted messed up folk/Americana stuff and SAINTSENECA currently has our ear with their broad scope of crafted songs; as Pitchfork wrote, “bandleader Zac Little writes stompy folk songs that are more artfully crafted than all the bands you probably just thought of when you read the words “stompy folk songs.” Opening is THE BLANK TAPES who are sort of like that thing you take for granted and then one day wake up and go wait, this is awesome! Why haven’t I paid attention!? Matt Adams IS The Blank Tapes and he’s been a guitar toting garage rocking troubadour for many years. He now has a full line up and their recent release “VACATION” sparkles and shimmers and takes you for a glorious ride like a south swell at Huntington Beach.
Next Friday Echo will be heavy with the cool/groovy/hip hop/nu soul/sampled vibe as Soulection takes over featuring Waldo and Iman Omari. If you’re looking to be ahead of the curve, this is where you start. Soulection has a series of mix-tapes that have laid the foundation for their collective and sound.
And we’re counting down the days for ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT… this San Diego band brought grit and style and rock bravado to their sweaty live shows in 90s and we don’t expect anything less today. Front man / guitarist John Reis is swagger and cool as he leads their anthemic punk rock chants.
And stay tuned for two great upcoming events: The 5 year Origami Vinyl anniversary party on April 3rd - expect cupcakes, good friends, some bands and surprise dj sets! And we’re already excited for Echo Park Rising to return on August 15-17!
We also want to take a moment to say RIP Reggae Pops. He was a mainstay at the Echo, especially Dub Club, and we’ll miss his spirit that will forever remind us to celebrate love and life!
And today is the first day of Spring… go outside and take a walk!
Please note, as far as we know, ECHO PARK is fine with being called the “Eastside” (what’s the deal Silver Lake? Do you think you’re taking the high road here? We’ve had so much fun being in this “eastside thing” together - why do you want to separate from us?!) EVERYONE respects the diverse history of Los Angeles and knows that the rich culture that was born in East LA will always have its identity.
So we got through our first week of residencies and WOW! Monday was a creative collective of local bands headed by Echo residents Kera & the Lesbians and Kan Wakan in the Echoplex! PS if you’ve ever wanted to see our secret staircase Mondays in February is the night!
Tuesday was the refreshing brother-sister duo now with band THE BELLE BRIGADE. Their new release is out 3/25; come next week to hear the new tunes in advance!
It’s not everyday you get a 15-piece orchestra inside a rock club but that’s what MOTHER FALCON did! These classical trained Austin musicians are highly recommended and you can catch special shows with Jukebox the Ghost and Mark Mulcahy (who wrote the Adventures of Pete & Pete theme and so much more!) later this month!
Baths and Peaking Lights will be at the Natural History Museum tomorrow with their bleeps and blips and electronics and dub for our second First Fridays of 2014. While tickets for the mammal room are sold out you can still get tickets to come hang at the museum and watch from the dinosaur lobby or drink a bunch of wine and chill in the gem room.
Once in awhile we get to have a Hall Pass night at the Echo/Plex! We have Hall Pass tickets available for February 21 - two rooms! lots of music! AND you get to use that staircase again! In the Echoplex we have FEAR of MISSING OUT artists: Wildcat! Wildcat!, Body Parts and MT OSSA; in the Echo we got some new hipster kids worth paying attention to via PopShop: Magic Man, Scavenger Hunt and Mother.
Also, we just moved ODESZA down to Echoplex due to demand so make sure and snatch those tickets up before it’s too late!
Remember seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman as Scotty J in Boogie Nights? Tragic and beautiful; the creative and courageous actor will be missed.
Dub Club Presents Barrington Levy
Turbo Lightning Record Release Show
Echoes West Fest returns to The Echo + Plex on November 23rd and the lineup is, quite simply, fantastic.
Flamin’ Groovies // David J with members of Sky Parade playing Love + Rockets // Nightbeats // Magic Wands // Abigails // Beach Party // and heaps more.
All proceeds benefit Sasha Vallely of Spindrift’s medical costs.
TUNE into what KYLESA sounds like: “Unspoken”
WHAT they’re all about:
Incorporating experimentalism and psychedelic rock, Kylesa, is a sludge metal band that was formed in Savannah, Georgia. During their last decade, Kylesa has been able to fuse creative, compelling, and stylistic elements to highlight their momentum. Their extrinsic factors emphasize their maddening habit of internal turbidity. For veterans, Kylesa, their 6th album, “Ultraviolet" proves no sign of slowing down.
WHEN they’re coming:
Check them out on their Pinkish Black and Sierra Tour at the Echoplex Monday, October 14th 2013 by purchasing tickets here.
Wednesday, October 9
Advanced tickets sold out, some may be available at the door.
What FEVER THE GHOST sound like:
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT:
FEVER THE GHOST are a relatively new band, but in just a short span of time they’ve generated quite a buzz in the LA music scene. Their psychpop tinged performance at the year’s ECHO PARK RISING proved full of promise and sparkle.
Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands writes: “Fever the Ghost is heavy on the effects, but equally heavy on complexities. The cosmos will want to hear more.” And our friends over at Origami, who also hosted an in-store with FTG a few months back, write “We’ve played their newest 7” titled ‘Rounder’ a bunch in the shop, and Sean, aka ‘The Stentz,’ summed up their sound best by describing it as ‘Avi Buffalo meets UMO meets Led Zeppelin.’”
Come see for yourself why all ears and eyes are on this foursome.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
WHAT LITTLE GREEN CARS SOUND LIKE:
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT:
It’s hard not to feel just a little tender after listening to Irish darlings, Little Green Cars. Their music echoes heartache. These aren’t whinny teenage tunes—their wistful harmonies sweep us away into a Fleetwood Mac era wave of nostalgia.
MTV says of their album Absolute Zero,”It’s an album that’s quite heavy to swallow upon its first listening, not only because of the raw, enticing lyrics but the way they excel at delivering moody crescendos — a perfected soundtrack to falling tears.”
Fall under Little Green Cars’ spell while watching the dreamy video to “My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me.”
Sunday, October 6th