Incoming: Sunset Strip Music Festival, Jane’s Addiction, Failure, Cold War Kids, Empire of the Sun, Mayer Hawthorne, Tarfest, Hunter Hunted, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Mosco Rosco, Fenech-Soler, Soft Swells, Rise Against, Andrew Belle, Daedelus, Karen O, Buzzbocks, Coldplay, Train, De Lux, Magic Mirror, Vulpeck, Augustines, Chuck Ragan, Cheap Trick, Diana Ross, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fatboy Slim, Blake Mills, Cloud Cult, Old Crow Medicine Show, George Benson, Meg Myers, Roll the Tanks, Monarchy, Chuck Ragan, Lovelife, Moving Units, Jungle, Katy Perry, Chvrches, Tokimonsta, Kopecky Family Band, the Dig, the Cerny Brothers, Son Lux, Ceasefire, Bell X1, Rival Sons, Beck, Bedrocktoberest, X, Lil Haydn, Mickey Avalon, Better Than Ezra, Drake, Martina McBride, Juan Gabriel, Stephen Bishop, Jose James, Meshell Ndegeocello, Caetano Veloso
Above: That’s Augustines‘ video for “Weary Eyes.” The Brooklyn band formerly known as We Are Augustines stops by the Troubadour on Wednesday in support of their self-titled sophomore album (out now via Votiv).
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@KRBronson recommends: Young guitar god Blake Mills releases his sophomore album “Heigh Ho” this week — it’s streaming over here — and headlines the El Rey Theatre on Thursday night. Which makes for a tough Thursday night decision, since that’s the night Neutral Milk Hotel, the Breeders and Daniel Johnston play the Hollywood Bowl and the night up-and-coming siren Meg Myers headlines the Echo. Hard to go wrong. And on Saturday afternoon, it’s the free and all-ages Tarfest, with Hunter Hunted, the Moth & the Flame, DWNTWN, Tapioca and the Flea and the Dead Ships.
@Seraphina_L recommends: We inch closer and closer to Rocktober, so there are plenty of shows to attend if you didn’t get tickets to all three sold-out Karen O shows inside the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — don’t forget she’s playing an in-store at Amoeba on Tuesday, too). You’ve got Daedelus celebrating a new album at Fifty Seven on Tuesday, Buzzcocks at the Fonda on Wednesday, Neutral Milk Hotel (and the Breeders!) at Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, and Jungle plays the Fonda while Tokimonsta and Made In Heights take on the El Rey Theatre on Friday.
Between our swampy weather and late-summer festival fever, I’m running a temperature here at Buzz Bands LA headquarters. Trying to cram all in radio-worthy new music into tonight’s L.A. Buzz Bands Show is making me sweat even more. Join me at 9 p.m. on KCSN (88.5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org) for this week’s hour-long blast of SoCal music — I’ll have new tunes from Fool’s Gold, Avi Buffalo, Ariel Pink, Mariachi El Bronx, Sophie and the Bom Boms, Sneakout, Lili Haydn, Buddy and Annabel Jones. This week’s “Flashback Track” is kind of a slam dunk, considering who’s headlining the Sunset Strip Music Festival next weekend, and I’ll have a sonic refresher course on two of the great bands playing Saturday afternoon’s free, all-ages Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits Park. Do I need a second hour for this show? You bet. Anyway, here’s the playlist, subject to last-minute tweaking:
Twilight Concert Series, so sorry to see you go. Charles Bradley, so great to hear you giving the annual summer series at the Santa Monica Pier a proper sendoff. Bradley, the 65-year-old late bloomer whose two full-lengths on Daptone Records have put him on the vanguard of the soul revival, spread some good cheer to a big crowd at the beach on Thursday night for the 10th and final Twilight Concert of the summer. New Orleans’ King James & the Special Men set the tone for the night with a Crescent City-flavored set of R&B. Here’s what it looked like to contributing photographer Carl Pocket.
We’ve already waxed a bit about Rocco DeLuca’s new self-titled album, made with producer Daniel Lanois and just out on 429 Records. Lead single “Colors of the Cold” sets the tone for the record — enchanting and almost surreal, it’s a song DeLuca calls “a letter to the hills of California, and a little bit of the magic that still exists out there, in some of that untouched country.” The video, produced and directed Troy Critchlow and Davey Cooperwasser, takes you on a slow ride through some of the imagery DeLuca conjures up. As he sings, “Away, away, away we go.”
||| Live: Rocco DeLuca plays the Troubadour on Sept. 25, with Crash opening.
“Is this the line for Jimmy Kimmel?” somebody asked outside Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Thursday night as fans killed time in a long and winding queue. No, this was the line for a Earth, not the stars.
The long-running doom metal band visited the Masonic Lodge behind their latest release “Primitive and Deadly,” their eighth album. Their dense, droning music, moving at the pace of a pallbearer’s march, could not have been more perfect for a show at a cemetery. [click to continue…]
If you start hearing music geeks talk about Ariel Pink’s forthcoming album in Eggers-like phrases — y’know, “a mind-blowing work of staggering genius” and variations like that — don’t dismiss that chatter as hyperbole. On “Pom Pom,” due Nov. 18 via 4AD, the 36-year-old eccentric has dropped “Haunted Graffiti” from his band name and dropped his gloves to do battle with the sounds of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The latter is no surprise; Pink’s sonic crate-digging made for erratic but entertaining time travel on 2010′s “Before Today” and 2012′s “Mature Themes.” The first impression of “Pom Pom,” though, is that he’s gone all-in — at 17 songs spanning 68 minutes, the album nicks the mainstream radio of Baby Boomers as well as the pioneers, weirdos and pioneering weirdos that induced ’70s kids to keep the damned radio off. Zappa and Ween have been name-checked; I’d like to suggest that Ariel Pink is this generation’s Todd Rundgren. Rundgren is a should-be Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who excelled at experimentation, whimsy and out-and-out iconoclasm; he knew the idioms and how to bend them, and his ’70s albums especially reflected the same artistic ADD and subversiveness that makes Pink so compelling. If there is any contemporary musician worthy of invoking “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect,” it’s Ariel Pink. Then there’s this Pitchfork interview, of course. And a single, “Put Your Number in My Phone.”
“I feel everything,” sang WATERS frontman Van Pierszalowski on Wednesday night at the Echo. The sentiment (and title of WATERS’ latest single) rang loud and clear as Pierszalowski, clad in tie-dye, wailed the lyric while pogo-ing on stage toward the end of the evening. The energy was welcomed in the packed-to-the-gills room by fans who no doubt felt lucky to find out Pierszalowski and the band had recently relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco.
As summer heads toward fall, there’s been no let-up in the flow of new music from our fair city — with new or imminent albums from the likes of Avi Buffalo, Banks, Lili Haydn, Blake Mills, Mariachi El Bronx, Francisco the Man, Black Hi-Lighter, Buddy and Miles Tackett, to name a few. I’ll be sampling from all those releases and more starting at 11 a.m. when this week’s Buzz Bands LA Show convenes on The Independent FM. I’ve packed a lot of music into today’s two-hour show; hope you’re someplace cool and comfortable and dialed-in. Below, the playlist and a stream of the program: [click to continue…]
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