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White Fence soars in album-release show at Echo

by Kevin Bronson on July 28, 2014

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By Brian Cleary

In the press release for White Fence’s new LP, it states: “The gliss and glitter that sounds forth from ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’ has a shine all its own, and for reasons too.” On a separate note, I’m about 20-30 pages into a book of rantings by The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and so far, Tim Presley of White Fence and his former Darker My Love co-pilot, Rob Barbato, are about the only former band mates that Smith speaks of quite highly. This may be for similar reasons.

When it comes to writing, recording and performing, such reasons seem to emanate nearly effortlessly through an artist’s work. Or, they don’t. For the best purveyors, it’s not a learned or acquired craft; it’s something instinctual. Until Friday night at the Echo, I’d only witnessed Presley’s craft via recordings. While I anticipated that the lo-fi fragility and subtleties would give way to a more bombastic live character, it was hard to imagine the flights these songs would take in their new clothes — effectively blowing away the 300-plus teens and oldsters in the club.
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Gallery: Conway at the Petersen Automotive Museum

by Kevin Bronson on July 28, 2014

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Sunday’s edition of the Petersen Automotive Museum Concert Series might have been lightly attended, but Conway was at full throttle. Led by diminutive singer Kassia Conway, the quartet blasted through a set of music that included her “Big Talk” EP and new tunes from a to-be-announced release later this year, with the singer bouncing over the Petersen’s rooftop stage in full pop-rock calisthenics. The Petersen series winds up Aug. 10 with a show featuring Smallpools.

Photos by Carl Pocket

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Your Monday merriment as July winds down …

► Big night for the finale of the Hi Ho Silver Oh residency at the Bootleg HiFi — the band will have a horn section, backup singers and a strong supporting cast of Phoebe Bridgers, Leslie Stevens (full band) and the Tins.
LA Font wraps up its residency at the Satellite, supported by Run Things, Washing Machines and Cy Dune.
► At the Echo, it’s the final installment of Corners‘ residency, and Santoros, Adult Books and Debt support.
► The band formerly known as the Bolts finish up their first run of shows under the name Island Apollo, concluding their Silverlake Lounge residency with Cory Bishop, the Canyon Rays and Los Angelics.
► Alabama-bred, L.A.-based pop singer DeQn Sue plays the Hotel Café in support of her just-released album “Zeitgeist.”
► And Doja Cat heads up the lineup at It’s a School Night at Bardot, appearing with Sway Clarke II, Ella Eyre and Samsaya. That’s the singer’s oh-so-naughty video for “So High,” above.

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The Week Ahead: July 28-Aug. 3

by Anna Acosta on July 28, 2014

Incoming: La Santa Cecilia, Doja Cat, te Hold Steady, Boston, Ruben Blades, Xiu Xiu, Deluka, Shabazz Palaces, Aerosmith, Aan, Dub Thompson, the Dustbowl Revival, Echo & the Bunnymen, Lifehouse, Omar Souleyman, Foxy Shazam, Hundred Waters, Hamilton Leithauser, the Budos Band, White Arrows, International Pop Overthrow, Arcade Fire, Las Cafeteras, Chicago, Kevin Barnes, Miniature Tigers, the Janks, Afternoons, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Los Lonely Boys, Wynonna & the big Noise, Prince Royce, HARD Summer, David Kilgour, the Bixby Knolls, Peanut Butter Wolf, Saint Motel, Jounrey, Best Coast, 311, Queensryche

Above: The Hold Steady, back with their sixth album “Teeth Dreams,” visit the El Rey Theatre on Tuesday night. That’s their video for the song “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten you.”

Our staff picks of the week:

@KRBronson recommends: If you missed Syrian pop phenomenon Omar Souleyman last year at FYF Fest, you shouldn’t on this visit to Los Angeles. He brings his wild, danceable and ultimately fun music to the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday, and then headlines the Echoplex on Sunday.

@Seraphina_L recommends: If you’re looking for an ethereal experience, there’s no better option than the pairing of Hundred Waters and Pure Bathing Culture at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock on Thursday. Hundred Waters will be performing otherworldly electronica off their latest album “The Moon Rang Like a Bell,” and Pure Bathing Culture will support with dream-pop off their most recent release “Moon Tides.”

After the jump, the week ahead:
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L.A. Buzz Bands Show, tonight at 9 on KCSN

by Kevin Bronson on July 27, 2014

KCSNnew-large copyJoin me at 9 tonight on KCSN (88.5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org) for the L.A. Buzz Bands Show, which on this evening feels a bit like old home week, considering the familiar names who appear at the top of the show. I have the latest from Jenny Lewis, Cold War Kids, Blake Mills, the Rentals and Avi Buffalo. There will be new songs from newer faces too, such as Caught a Ghost, Magic Bronson, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Maudlin Strangers and Castro. So grab a cold beverage and decompress with me. After the jump, tonight’s playlist (subject to last-minute tweaking):
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Even on a steamy Saturday night, the second installment of the Country in the City live music series at the Annenberg Space for Photography put a spring in your step. Grammy Award-winning Shelby Lynne headlined, with an opening set from folk harmonizers Jamestown Revival. With whip-cracking and lassoing demonstrations and Western garb looking not a little bit out of place amid the sleek architecture of Century City, the event drew a huge crowd to the museum, which is touting its latest exhibition “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” featuring images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. The free, RSVP-only series winds up next Saturday with Wynonna & the Big Noise and Nikki Lane.

Photos by Carl Pocket

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Your Sunday slate of shows:

Conway [pictured before her show in January at the Natural History Museum] does a late-afternoon set as part of the summer series at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
► Maryland indie-folk outfit Cotton Jones visits the Silverlake Lounge for a 6 p.m. show, with New God supporting.
Babymetal, the Japanese vocal and dance trio whose music is a fusion of metal and idol, plays its first headlining show in L.A., at the Fonda Theatre.
► Pop-soul man PJ Morton and Major team up for a show at the Troubadour.
Archer Black celebrates the release of a new EP, “Let It Burn,” with a free show at the Satellite.

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The third Chinatown Summer Nights of 2014 is two weeks away: On Aug. 9, Moving Units headline a Live Music Stage lineup that boasts the Peach Kings, the New Electric Sound, the Cold & Lovely, Magic Bronson and the Rebel Light. To get you properly amped for the night, or maybe as a way of introduction to artists you might not know, we made this mini-mix of songs from each of the six bands.

The free, all-ages night also features Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez rocking the KCRW stage, as well as cultural actiivites, art, family fun, food trucks and a craft beer garden. After the jump, the set times:
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Cayucas, PAPA and the southern California weather brought a lot of heat to the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night for the third of 10 Twilight Concerts this summer. It was a hometown show for Zach Yudin of Cayucas, whose breezy, surf-inspired jams made for a perfect headlining set in the beach setting. Indie-rockers PAPA pumped up with a boisterous opening block of music, with singer/drummer Darren Weiss [top photo], enjoying a ride on the crowd. The series continues next Thursday with a show featuring Syrian dance-music guru Omar Souleyman and L.A. dance-punk outfit De Lux.

Photos by Carl Pocket

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Here’s your super Saturday: 

► Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan (formerly of Miami Sound Machine) headlines the Hollywood Bowl.
Shelby Lynne [pictured] and Jamestown Revival plays a free show at the Annenberg Space for Photography in conjunction with the Country in the City exhibit.
Caught a Ghost plays a free show the Getty Center as part of the Saturdays Off the 405 series. [Check out "Relentless."]
► Mexican-American L.A. band La Santa Cecilia takes on the First Unitarian Church.
When In Rome, Missing Persons and Information Society all team up for a free outdoor concert at Pershing Square.
► Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone headlines the Roxy Theatre. Dresses and the Lower 48 support.
► Club Nokia hosts a night with Lucent Dossier Experience.
► The Greek Theater’s got Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder.
Jon Hopkins and Teebs pair up for a electronic-centric night the Echoplex.
The Clientele headlines the Satellite. The Tyde and Matt Kivel open.
GRMLN, Gothic Tropic and Sad Girl play Los Globos. [Check out GRMLN's "Jaded."]
► And soul songstress Jessica Childress performs at Downstairs at Fifty Seven.

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