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L.A. Buzz Bands Show, tonight at 9 on KCSN

by Kevin Bronson on March 29, 2015

KCSN2014NEW-500The Buzz Bands LA Show says goodbye to March (aw, already?) with an hour of local tunes tonight — join me at 9 p.m. on KCSN (88.5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org) for new music from Avid Dancer, Winter, Taylor Locke and A House for Lions, along with a “Flashback Track” from around 2007 and a bunch of other goodies. Overall, this might reflect my spring fever, but you can be the judge … Here’s what I have in store:
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By 4 p.m. Saturday, an EMT was already hauling away a teenage girl away in an ambulance (she was still donning dental braces by the way) and a few feet away a security guard was holding back the hair of a young vomiting woman. Although this sounds like your typical out-of-control festival scene, Burger Records ran an impressively tight ship on its first day of its fourth annual Burgerama. Despite the music festival’s attendance having exponentially grown each year and its three stages (including the outdoor “Rama” stage built in the Observatory’s parking lot) being in close quarters of one another, all the gallivanting, drinking eating and more didn’t seem to be a problem. Sets ran on time for the most part, there was no shortage of food or water, and security guards went the extra mile to keep things in order. In fact, the flow of bodies were so efficiently regulated that one couldn’t help but favor Burgerama when compared to other recent local festivals dealing with high traffic.

The only downside of the festival was that the Constellation Room was nearly impossible to get into if you weren’t saving yourself a spot for two acts ahead. Trying to come up with some other festival woes is a delightful challenge in this case. Even with Burgerama’s second day actually bearing a superior lineup, Saturday was one big happy festival. There was moshing, there were robots, and of course, there were burgers. There was even Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, if you caught her backstage. Performances from big names in the bill like Weezer, the Black Angels, Gang of Four were cherries on top of it all.

Here are five highlights from Day 1 of Burgerama 4:

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Peering through the dense stage fog Friday night at the Troubadour where overhead speakers played Chris de Burgh‘s “Lady in Red,” you could just make out the outlines of siblings Jake and Jamin Orall, along with live members Kunal Prakash and Chet Jameson, that make up JEFF The Brotherhood.

The Nashville duo released a new album this month titled “Wasted On The Dream,” and though they were swathed in smoke and lights, their sonic agenda is still plain as day and their instruments perhaps symbolically see-through. No BS, just ripped jeans and heavy distortion.

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It may be Sunday but it’s packed with music:

► Burger Records’ fourth annual Burgerama Festival continues today with Ty Segall (video above), Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Witch, King Khan & BBQ Show, Nick Waterhouse, the Garden, Shannon & the Clams, Travis Scott and so many more at the Observatory.
Jeremy Enigk has embarked on a new album but first, he plays the Troubadour with Jen Wood and Mark Nichols & the Everexpanding Machine.
► Satirical rockers The Title Trackers are throwing an album release and vinyl carnival at the Satellite.
► It’s day three of Desert Hearts Festival, kicking off at 6AM featuring Atish, Mark Slee, Kevin Anderson, Justin Jay, Monkey Safari, Rodriguez Jr., Bells & Whistles, Lonely Boy, Rybo, Wobs, Evan Casey and Brad Moontribe

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Your Saturday: 

► Burger Records’ annual Burgerama returns to the Observatory in the OC for a fourth year. The lineup for Day 1: Weezer, Gang of Four, FIDLAR [pictured], Beach Fossils, Black Angels, Tijuana Panthers, Cherry Glazerr, Roky Erickson, Madlib, Bleached, Palma Violets, Together Pangea, Bass Drum of Death and much more. Check out the full lineup here.
► If you’re more into the electronic scene, then you could head down to Ranchita where Desert Hearts continues with a lineup featuring: Atish, Mark Slee, Kevin Anderson, Justin Jay, Monkey Safari, Rodriguez Jr., Bells & Whistles, Lonely Boy, Rybo, Wobs, Evan Casey and Brad Moontribe
► Back in L.A., the Bootleg HiFi hosts Japan Nite with Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re, Quorum, The fin. at the Bootleg HiFi
► The Echo hosts the Panache Spring Fling with White Fence. Other bands joining in on the fun: The Entrance Band, Twerps, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, Endless Bummer, Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders and Dream Boys at the Echo
► And Jewel’s Catch One has Untold, Raíz and Somali Extract.

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Video premiere: Act As If, ‘Steady’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on March 27, 2015

Sometimes it’s difficult to find peace in a fast-paced city like Los Angeles where everyone is back to grind every morning. Everyone is going somewhere to become something and that doesn’t leave much time for peace and quiet. There are some who take the time to meditate, but for others who are constantly on the run and surrounded by the liveliness of the city have slowly accepted late-night partiers and honking cars as their lullaby. The Daley Hake-directed video for Act As If‘s title track off their album “Steady” reminds us of the exact opposite. Naturally, this blissful happiness that makes everything go in slow-motion stems from a love but as frontman Peter Verdell sings “steady as we go,” the traffic light colors blur into a Monet-like painting, the beach waves roll instead of crash, and we’re all reminded that there is something good in the world to make us slow down and appreciate things if not contemplate them.

||| Live: Act As If play May 23 at Exposition Park as part of Street Food Cinema.

||| Previously: “L.A. Kid” and “Uh Huh”

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Buzz Bands LA Show, today at 11 on Indie FM

by Kevin Bronson on March 27, 2015

IndependentFM-squareAfter a week off while I was cavorting around the South by Southwest Music Festival in the rain, the Buzz Bands LA Show returns to The Independent FM today, with two hours of local music to close out a very mad March. Today’s is a strange mix, probably owing to my having been on the road so long — I have songs from new albums by Mini Mansions, Gateway Drugs, Lieutenant, Wand, Taylor Locke, Talk in Tongues, Tom Brosseau, Colleen Green and Wet & Reckless. Have fun, L.A. I’ll see you soon. Below, the playlist and a stream of the show:

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Echosmith is stopping by the Fonda Theatre in support of their debut album “Talking Dreams.” The Colourist support, too.
► Rumors that Aaron Carter and Drake Bell will sing “I Want Candy” together at the El Rey Theatre are probably true.
Sweet Bump It (pictured above) is having their album release party at the Bootleg HiFi and The Fontaines, Bird Concerns and you are invited!
► Metal calls the Wiltern home for the Decibel Tour ft. At the Gates, Converge, Vallenfyre and Pallbearer.
Sonny & the Sunsets lead the night with Spain’s girl band Hinds and the growing up Colleen Green at the Echo.
► Prepare yourself for the crafty costumes of King Khan & the BBQ Show and Makthaverskan at Jewel’s Catch One.
► Get wasted on the Jeff the Brotherhood dream at the Troubadour along with Bully.
► The 13th Floor Elevators founder is flying his psychedelic flag as Roky Erickson & the Hounds at the Roxy Theatre.
► Don’t miss Mickey Avalon at the Viper Room, it’s the last for a while. Syd Youth kicks the party off.

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Leon Bridges’ soul makes for swooning at the Troubadour

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on March 26, 2015

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When Ft. Worth, Texas-based singer-songwriter Leon Bridges announced he would return to L.A. for a post-SXSW show, the word spread like wild fire and tickets sold just as quick if not faster. Tuesday’s sold-out show at the Troubadour was a promoter’s dream-come true for having presented “An Evening with Leon Bridges” and fans were ecstatic to not have to wait through two opening acts. The only con to this intimate evening is that it may have gotten a tad more intimate than desired as fans squeezed themselves into the venue from wall to wall, skin to skin and cell phones on top of cell phones.

None of that, however, mattered when Mr. Bridges took the stage. Looking dapper without appearing like he had to even try, Bridges was flanked by three other musicians on each side. He still seemed a bit timid with the company on stage, but as one listened to him play the guitar or snap his fingers while closing his eyes, it was evident that this humble persona was part of the charm. [click to continue…]

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Thirsty for some good music on this fine Thursday?

► The El Rey hosts the Eyes on Me tour lead by IAMSU!. Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy and Show Banga join.
► The endlessly harmonious indie-folk five-piece the Wild Reeds and
River City Extension share the Troubadour with special guest Air Traffic Controller.
► After touring with Billy Idol and on their way to Burgerama, Broncho (pictured above) is headlining the Echo with Lollipop artist Wyatt Blair, Ireland’s punks Girl Band and Chi-town rockers the Morons.
► 90′s rap is alive with Pete Rock & Slum Village at the Echoplex.
Elephant Revival is bringing a heavy dose of experimental folk to the Roxy Theatre along with Rose’s Pawn Shop.
Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique continue the People’s Champions tour at the Observatory.

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