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Download: Evan Voytas, ‘Disappear Into the Stars’

by Kevin Bronson on March 31, 2015

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Electro-pop artisan Evan Voytas has kept his formidable falsetto in the shadows since he released his “Feel Me” EP in 2012 — he’s worked as a session musician and co-written songs for other acts, including Chris Brown’s “Time For Love.” Today, via Hit City USA, Voytas unveiled the new single “Disappear Into the Stars” (b/w “Lite Conversation”) that features more austere production than his lush EP. There might be a bigger metaphor in “Disappear Into the Stars,” but over elastic synths and effects/samples that suggest some circuits have been crossed, Voytas’ airy voice still appears ready for takeoff. Both songs are available for free download.

||| Download: “Disappear Into the Stars” and “Lite Conversation”

||| Previously: A 2012 interview; “You Don’t Even Know Where It’s At,” “Tomorrow Night We’ll Do Anywhere”

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Video premiere: Sweet Bump It, ‘Energy’

by Kevin Bronson on March 31, 2015

Many new bands have embraced traditional blues-rock in recent years, but few have given it a cherubic, gleeful double-high-five like Sweet Bump It, whose self-titled debut is out today. The band, conceived by diminutive singer-guitarist Nicole “Paco” de Leon and bassist Jenn Eyrich, first emerged in 2013 with the rough-hewn “First Slice” EP, then won hearts with last August’s “Dauphine” video. Fresh faces letting loose their old souls? That’s Sweet Bump It, whose ranks have grown to include guitarist Andrew Parker, drummer Jay Doo and (the band’s secret weapons) backup vocalist Lisa Deines, Marlaine Reiner and Francesca Salac. You get the idea in the Jonathan Ho-directed video for the gospel-infused “Energy,” one of two songs the septet placed in the Cinemax series “Banshee” earlier this year. The seven-track album was produced by Tyler Sabbag. Tasteful guitar solos included.

||| Stream: “Goldigger” and “Savvy Kids”

||| Previously: “Dauphine”

||| Live: Sweet Bump It plays Friday night at Pehrspace.

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Who cares about the case of the Mondays when you’ve got Ty Segall, the Black Lips, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dengue Fever, Nick Waterhouse, Tennis, J Mascis and dozens more all playing on a Sunday night? Those who attended the second day of Burgerama didn’t seem to give it a thought. Partying on and getting their burger on, the crowd at the Observatory seemed just as packed as Saturday, if not twice the size.

One major difference between Saturday and Sunday’s lineup was that the majority of the crowd seemed to pack themselves into the Observatory main room. Bone Thugs, the Black Lips and closing act Ty Segall on the main “Rama” stage changed that, but the Observatory was the place to be before 5 p.m. It was time well-spent, with the exception of the set from T Tops, that is if you could even call that performance a set.

The duo, whose members are comprised of the Growlers’ Matt Taylor and Tomorrows Tulips’ Ford Archbold, not only had the worst hypeman in history try to get the crowd to chant “Fire It Up,” but the attempt followed a wet T-shirt contest. (It was hard to believe the venue allowed such lame behavior.) T Tops then showed a 15-minute “Spinal Tap”-like video before the they came out to do a bit about why there was only one mic before performing a mere minute of a song titled … you guessed it: “Fire It Up.” It could have been chuckle-worthy, but it was mostly a waste of time and the one downside to the festival.

But we digress … Here are five highlights from Day 2 of Burgerama Four:

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Tuesday, it’s three days from Friday:

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliot Smith at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
► The catalog of Brazilian master-musician Rodrigo Amarante (video above) is epic. See him live with Big Search and Noah Georgeson at the Bootleg HiFi.
► The Echo hosts Shannon & the Clams and the Coathangers fresh out of Burgerama along with Sex Stains and Vial.
► The rapper formerly known as Myles Mills, Skizzy Mars is at the Troubadour with Prelow, Swizzymack and Marc E Bassy.
► Singer-songwriter Ben Wilkins is celebrating the release of his sophomore album “All From Hello” at the Hotel Cafe, sharing the stage with Santa Cruz folk rockers Spurs, Adam Arcuragi, Great Caesar and Angelo de Augustine.

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March’s final Monday night options:

► Alas, it is the final night of the Conway residency at the Satellite. Zak Waters, Khari Mateen and Maceo Paisley support the finale.
Tim Gray & the Delusions at the Wayfarer will serve as a soothing alt-country kick-off to the week.
► Rap-rockers Hollywood Undead are joined by From Ashes to New at the Troubadour.
► Maybe there will be another naked stage riot with experimental singer Soko (video above) at the Bootleg HiFi.

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The Week Ahead: March 30-April 5

by Anna Acosta on March 30, 2015

Incoming: Soko, Conway, Scott Weiland, Seth Avett/Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rodrigo Amarante, Shannon & the Clams, Ibeyi, David Lynch, North Mississippi Allstars, Cody Simpson, the Relationship, Punch Brothers, Guster, ELEL, the Donkeys, Public Service Broadcasting, the Marmozets, Haim, Bonobo, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, TV on the Radio, Maroon 5, the Movielife, Nacosta, Kera & the Lesbians, Mercies, Kitten, Andy Grammer, Nikka Costa, Daedelus, Tenacious D, Johnny Mathis, Puddle of Mudd, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kaki King, the Electric West, Mystery Skulls, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, His Name Is Alive

Above: It’s the Drew Lightfoot and Lee Gingold-directed video for “Long Night,” from the new Richard Swift-produced Guster album “Evermotion.” Guster visits the Wiltern on Thursday.

Our staff picks of the week:

@KRBronson recommends: French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi gave a rapturous performance at SXSW, and the self-titled debut from Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz came out in February on XL Recordings. Combining piano, voice and traditional instruments such as the cajon and bata drums with electronic and hip-hop influences, Ibeyi’s music is heavenly in any language. They play the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday.

@Seraphina_L recommends: Guitar goddess Kaki King’s new album is titled  “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” and the fan-funded affair is getting a visually striking presentation on her current tour. The stage show features a glowing guitar — no, really, check it out — and projections by Glowing Pictures. King performs at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday.

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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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