Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2013)

This year, especially this spring and summer, has seen plenty of Red Bull Sound Select hosted events in the LA area with the goal of highlighting wonderful local artists such as Incan Abraham, Hands, and HOTT MT. The most recent was last Thursday with James Supercave, White Rainbow, NO, and YACHT gracing the bill for only $3. For such a large lineup at a more than reasonable price, I was expecting very short sets in a room full of patrons desiring little more than to get intoxicated, but was very pleasantly surprised. It was an extremely lively, polite and excited crowd which set the perfect mood for such electrifying artists, with near an hour as the shortest set length.

James Supercave, a quintet based in Echo Park, opened the night beginning with mystic, dance tune “Georgian Orange,” giving the small, but growing crowd just a taste of what was to come. As usual, the guys had the audience enthralled in their somewhat bluesy bass lines and swirling synthetic sounds, leaving them in awe of Pastor’s flawless falsetto. James Supercave has definitely created a sound quite unique to the heavy synthetic and psychedelic sound befalling the indie LA scene at the moment. They also seem to be quite confident and have a strong grasp of their artistic direction as the new songs they have been playing show no deviation, only stylistic growth, from those previously released. Even though James Supercave already left a highly impressed crowd, they later received much love from the other artists, especially “neighbors” NO.

White Rainbow is the work of one artist, Adam Forkner. Adam made himself, and the audience, quite comfortable as he settled in front of a synth covered table, initiating many of the songs from his Mac. Despite White Rainbow’s sound being highly synthetic, it was extremely calming and ambient (think Washed Out sans vocals). His set was thoroughly enjoyable and with the highly synthetic sounds that were entrancing, his act on the bill was completely understandable with the intensely synthetic, pop-rock group, Yacht closing the show. However, due to the soothing nature of the music juxtaposed with the growing restlessness of the audience, which Forkner playfully addressed saying “this is how we do it in Portland,” I would have liked to see White Rainbow open the show. Swapping set times also would have allowed James Supercave to intensify the already growing hype filling the room.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing NO numerous times this summer, but this set seemed refreshing. The setlist was basically the same, but the Echo Park sextet seemed more energized and passionate, which seems impossible considering they always put on an amazing show. They opened their set with an extended intro for “Another Life;” and the rest of the set consisted of favorites “There’s A Glow” and “Stay With Me,” leaving lovers entangled. NO also performed three songs to be released on their upcoming LP including the danceable “Monday.” In addition to their somewhat nostalgic harmonies and effortless guitar riffs, frontman, Bradley Carter’s ceaseless interaction with the audience (such as making toasts in his charming baritone voice) can make any listener feel like they’re long time friends with the sextet and rest of the audience, simply catching up. I’m extremely grateful to have caught this show since the group will be touring with the Naked and Famous, and thus not to headline a local show until 2014. Their energetic, heartfelt performance left me in disbelief that there was still more  after such amazing artists already. 

Never hearing YACHT only of them, it was no wonder why I had heard so much of the internationally known quartet. The band’s founders have such entertaining, spunky personalities and Claire Evans’s dance moves inspired the entire crowd of The Troubadour to dance along. Their sound is distinctly indie pop-rock, relying heavily on the synth and catchy, sometimes chanting, lyrics. Despite going on at about midnight, the band’s high energy was intoxicating; as stated, everyone was moving which still intensified when Claire stepped into the crowd leaning on whomever was behind her followed by Jona literally jumping into the audience on the following song. There isn’t much to say because their talent is well known, but anyone with the opportunity to see YACHT live should; it’s an immediate serotonin booster!

Keep a look out for Sound Select shows, because this was a blast!

TONIGHT TONIGHT!

You do not want to miss what’s going down in Hollywood! 

Yacht, NO, James Supercave, and White Rainbow grace the Troubadour’s stage meaning good times and dancing are sure to ensue. Besides the awesome lineup, you can get in for only $3 before 10 if you RSVP at redbullsoundselect.com!

Echo Park quartet, Incan Abraham, are playing the Spare Room tonight as well, and for free (21+)! What’s better than live music?! Live music and bowling, and various other gaming fun! 

What are you waiting for?! Get up and get out there… and right back into a venue because it’s far too hot to be out in the world.

Incan Abraham, Chinatown Summer Nights hosted by LA WEEKLY (August 17, 2013)

Show hopping from EPR to Chinatown was definitely worth it for Incan Abe’s set. It was one of their longer sets I’ve experienced this year with wonderful brand new tunes that were completely enchanting; one of the more memorable ones even playing with melancholy vibes which is completely new from the quartet. Lucas of Races also did a wonderful job filling in for Andrew on drums with guidance and cues from Cafaro and Mandel.

The guys have been recording their first LP and state that it may drop much sooner than followers expect… get excited.

A photographed summary of the sets I attended during Echo Park Rising weekend. Unfortunately, I did not make it to all of the sets I wished I would have due to unforeseen changes. However, the sets I did attend were extremely memorable.

It’s Echo Park Rising Weekend!!!!!!

Tomorrow is the first of two days of the completely free festival hosting awesome bands and delicious food in some of Echo Park’s finest shops and venues. The event starts around noon both Saturday and Sunday as artists begin to grace up to 22 stages through the neighborhood. Artists White Arrows, HOTT MT, James Supercave, MT. OSSA, and The Dead Ships are high on my must see list and should be on yours too! 

However! To kick the whole weekend off, you can catch HOTT MT, Raw Geronimo, Dirty Dave, and Them Jeans with Guns in the Sun DJs soundtracking the night at the Echoplex for only $10! It’s definitely the perfect way to start a weekend guaranteed to be one of summer’s best!

Incan Abraham dropped their highly anticipated video for “Tuolumne” today. It was co-directed by the Incans’ own Teddy Cafaro, and takes you on a dreamy, post-apocalyptic trip filled with mystic eggs and enchanting characters. It’s definitely exciting to see this release, especially considering the band’s dedication to visuals; it’s a huge progression in their video making careers.

Enjoy! And try not to get lost…

Deap Vally with JJUUJJUU

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Last night Deap Vally rocked a SOLD OUT show at the Troub with JJUUJJUU; and I had the pleasure of going. Having not experienced either band sans a few songs, but desiring the opportunity to check them out for a long time I was pretty excited. I was also pleasantly surprised, especially with JJUUJJUU’s performance.

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Grizzly Bear at Hollywood Forever (August 9, 2013)

This was a one of a kind show. Truly amazing. 

And their lighting is extraordinary! This band and the technicians definitely understand how to create ambiance.

Fellow Bohemian at the Constellation Room, OC (August 5, 2013).
This vibey SoCal based quintet is one to check out. These guys opened for Hindu Pirates back in June during their residency at The Echo and I was immediately entranced. Some of their guitar riffs and group vocals bring to mind Fleet Foxes as they touch upon psychedelic folk sounds; however, they allow these sounds to melt into pure psychedelia in other songs, making it hard to resist swaying dreamily. Mixing their beats and hints of surf rock with psychedelic goodness, Fellow Bohemian create a sound all their own; entertaining any conception their name creates.

Fellow Bohemian at the Constellation Room, OC (August 5, 2013).

This vibey SoCal based quintet is one to check out. These guys opened for Hindu Pirates back in June during their residency at The Echo and I was immediately entranced. Some of their guitar riffs and group vocals bring to mind Fleet Foxes as they touch upon psychedelic folk sounds; however, they allow these sounds to melt into pure psychedelia in other songs, making it hard to resist swaying dreamily. Mixing their beats and hints of surf rock with psychedelic goodness, Fellow Bohemian create a sound all their own; entertaining any conception their name creates.