The 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: [click to continue…]
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:
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.
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.
After 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:
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…]
Join Kevin Bronson every Sunday at 9 p.m. Pacific time for the L.A. Buzz Bands Show on KCSN (88.5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org).
The long-running Buzz Bands LA Show — weekly on the Internet since 2006 — streams two hours of local music at 11 a.m. on Fridays on The Independent FM. It's rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.