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Video: Gabriel Garzón-Montano, ‘Keep On Running’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on September 17, 2014

Some may recognize Gabriel Garzón-Montano‘s voice from his work with big band EMEFE and in his funk project Mokaad, but the Brooklyn composer and multi-instrumentalist slows things down a bit for his solo material. His debut EP “Bishouné: Alma del Huila” is a captivating collection of songs featuring minimalist structures that leave a big imprint on the audio senses as much as they do on the mind. Its standout track “Keep On Running” provides social commentary on the life’s rat race-like aspect (also illustrated in its Ryan Bock-directed short film above) while also leaving its simple funky melody with you. Eclectic textures is a strong thread throughout Garzón-Montano’s EP; elements like the empty space around the claps in opening track “6 8″ come by way of recording at Henry Hirsch’s famed Waterfront Studio, which was renovated from an old church. Even the closing track “Me Alone” layers Garzón-Montano’s vocals in such an intimate way that it becomes a sensual plea to his lover. “Bishouné: Alma del Huila” is out now via Styles Upon Styles.

||| Live: Gabriel Garzón-Montano performs Thursday at Fifty Seven.

||| Also: Check out the video for “Everything is Everything.” [click to continue…]

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Ears Wide Open: PARIS

by Kevin Bronson on September 17, 2014

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The Eighties sure are fun. Especially as they are being reshaped by bands who bring more than computers and synthesizers to the table. The music of the new band PARIS (stylized P A R I S) plays to the sensibilities of ’80s radio gods who judiciously balanced guitar and synth to keep the “rock” in dance-rock. PARIS is the brainchild of Anthony Aguiar, who was guitarist/keyboardist in the dearly departed indie-rock quartet Voxhaul Broadcast. The four EP “Secrets,” quietly released last month, is catchy, emotive and explosive; the choruses come in only one size, XL. Oh, and guitar solos.

||| Stream: “My Flesh” and “I Can’t Wait”

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Set times for this weekend’s Sunset Strip Music Festival have been announced — absent two of the bigger artists who originally were scheduled when the lineup was announced back in June. U.K. rockers Kaiser Chiefs and Seattle indie-rockers Minus Bear are no longer performing this weekend at the newly-expanded-to-two-days festival in West Hollywood.

Kaiser Chiefs announced last week that their U.S. tour has been postponed until next spring. On its Facebook page, Minus the Bear (back in SoCal to play the Glass House on Nov. 22) posted a statement: “LA friends, we’re very sorry to announce that due to a family emergency, we’re unable to perform Saturday at Sunset Strip Music Festival. The festival has an amazing lineup and we’ve been looking forward to playing for months. We’ll be there in spirit …”

Jane’s Addiction, performing their 1988 album “Nothing’s Shocking,” headlines Saturday night’s big outdoor stage, and audacious Australians Empire of the Sun headline Sunday. Tickets, which start at $49.50 plus fees for a one-day pass, are available here. Below, set times for Saturday and Sunday:
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Wednesday’s show offerings:

► British punk-rockers Buzzcocks, with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle buzzing toward their fifth decade as a band and with a new album “The Way” en route in November, headline the Fonda Theatre, supported by the Images. You want to hear a new Buzzcocks songs? Of course you want to hear a new Buzzcocks song: Stream “It’s Not You.”
Karen O, who released her solo album “Crush Songs” this week, does the first of three nights at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Coldplay does a special night for CBS Radio and Beats Music at the Theatre at Ace Hotel; it’ll be broadcast on carious outlets nationwide.
► New York trio Augustines rock the Troubadour behind their new self-titled album, their sophomore effort. Empires open.
Rise Against does another night at the Wiltern.
► And De Lux, Incan Abraham and Isaac Rother & The Phantoms visit Sayers Club.

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Spoon added to lineup for Moon Block Party

by Kevin Bronson on September 16, 2014

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Spoon has been added to the lineup for the fourth annual Moon Block Party , which moves to the Pomona Fairplex this year for a one-day festival with three stages of music. Spoon joins an already formidable lineup featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Black Angels and Band of Skulls performing on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Also playing: Tinariwen, the Black Lips, Metz, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deap Vally and Shannon & the Clams, among others.

Tickets are $45 (general admission) and $85 (delux package).

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Ears Wide Open: Bleach Egg

by Kevin Bronson on September 16, 2014

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The collaborators in the duo Bleach Egg are well-known in art-pop circles — singer-songwriter Kimi Recor has made music in Black Flamingo, then as Draemings and now in TÊTE, and vocalist-DJ-producer Whitney Fierce sang in Hercules & Love Affair. The principals describe the project as “a joke that has gone too far” — they met at a dinner party, found they shared the same fashion and sonic sensibilities and eventually began exploring heady synth-pop. Bleach Egg’s first single “Sensitive Boy” comes via Manimal Vinyl; it’s a moody, intricately layered number that bends tonality and gender. Expect more from the duo’s forthcoming EP, “Future Reflections.”

||| Stream: “Sensitive Boy”

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Stream: Tall Tales & the Silver Lining, ‘Unknown Forces’

by Kevin Bronson on September 16, 2014

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Singer-songwriter Trevor Beld-Jimenez and his merry band of collaborators in January released a new EP as Tall Tales & the Silver Lining, songs that honed a distinct sound that’s equal parts cosmic California, soul and West Coast pop. It augured great things for the band, who announced this week they have signed to New York City-based Other Music Recording Co., with a full-length planned for late in the year. The new song “Unknown Forces” finds Beld-Jimenez at his most charismatic, evoking the simpler Los Angeles of a time when, metaphorically speaking, there weren’t so many freeways running through my yard. It’s a tasty balance of twangy guitar, organ, strings and harmonies — that, right there, is the silver lining.

||| Stream: “Unknown Forces”

||| Live: Tall Tales & the Silver Lining play the next three Tuesday nights at Harvard & Stone.

||| Previously: “It Don’t Worry Me”

Photo by Betsy Winchell

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Video premiere: Moonchild, ‘The Truth’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on September 16, 2014

Neo-soul trio Moonchild first tickled our ear drums with their previous album “Be Free,” a collection of jazzy songs that also caught the attention of Stevie Wonder, James Poyser and more. The USC alums now release their new single “The Truth” from their latest record “Please Rewind,” and the video comes by way of a collaboration between the band and a fan. The fan who reached out to Moonchild just happened to be Holly Port, a photographer/filmmaker who has done music videos for Thundercat, Flying Lotus and more. The collaboration is an eclectic black-and-white clip that glides between extended shots in the great outdoors, around the city and inside various music venues the trio has performed at over the last year. It’s a fusion of nature’s daylight and the metropolitan nightlife and flows as smooth as Amber Navran’s vocals.

||| Previously: “All the Joy,” “Be Free, “Ocean Deep”  [click to continue…]

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Photos: Kan Wakan (and guests) at the Getty Center

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on September 16, 2014

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As if Kan Wakan needed any more cinematic touches, the Los Angeles experimental orchestral pop collective closed out the Getty Center’s summer series Saturdays Off the 405 with a slew of special guests this weekend. Heavenly harmonies from the Silver Lake Chorus magically cushioned the smokey riffs from new Kan Wakan vocalist Brittany “KP” Mullen on “Like I Need You,” while violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson led viola-cello duo Strings Massive (Thomas Lea, Claire Courchene) in sweeping melodies during songs like “Forever Found.” Kan Wakan’s more psychedelic and funkier cuts such as closing number “Midnight Moon Pt. II” were also elevated with some outstanding saxophone (Ted Tafaro) and keytar (Brandon Coleman) solos. All in all, the collective’s genre-sprawling compositions made for an exceptionally sophisticated night.

Photos by Seraphina Lotkhamnga

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Tarfest announces set times for Saturday’s concert

by Kevin Bronson on September 16, 2014

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Tarfest — the free, all-ages music and art festival going off Saturday at the La Brea Tar Pits Park — has announced set times for the five artists who are performing live. The afternoon affair will culminate with a 6 p.m. set from indie-pop favorites Hunter Hunted, who are taking a break from working on their debut album to play a hometown show.

Soulful garage-rock trio the Dead Ships kick off the afternoon, followed by psychedelic synth-poppers Tapioca and the Flea, pop ensemble DWNTWN and alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame. Presented by Launch LA and KCSN (88.5 FM), the 12th annual celebration of culture on the Miracle Mile kicks off at 1 p.m. and features live painting by noted local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins, Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha, an art pavilion featuring special exhibition of James Griffith’s paintings, children’s activities, a wine and beer garden and food trucks.

The set times:
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