This past Thursday was a real special night in L.A. Mac Demarco, who’s on his way to Coachella this weekend, announced that he was playing a “secret” last-minute show at The Echo for a mere $22 a ticket! I heard the announcement first on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Facebook Live video of Mac and friends in their studio.
This past Saturday I ventured to East L.A. for my second Broke LA experience. I had attended last year when the festival was held at the Los Angeles Arts District, and at $20 a ticket (presale) with a full lineup of local and non-local indie bands, going again seemed like a no-brainer!
Truthfully, I hadn’t heard of the majority of the bands listed on the lineup. I knew I wanted to see BOYO again after hearing them open for Sadgirl and Surf Curse last month, and I also wanted to see James Supercave. Surprisingly, there were a couple bands I did end up knowing, such as Emerson Star and Ugly Sweaters. My objective was to see as many of the acts as I could and really take in the whole experience.
It’s about that time to reflect on the past month… March was another concert-filled, up and down, and re-evaluating time. Of course, music was with me every step of the way. It’s such a comfort to find a song that just “hugs” you, especially when you’re not feeling 100% about anything in your life. I’ve been without a steady job since September, and my mind is channeling so many creative projects that I can’t keep up. And while I consider myself to be multi-passionate, it seems that the only way I can make money is by doing work I’m not that enthusiastic about. Continue reading
This year I’ve been compiling a playlist of everything that’s good in new music, particularly the Indie Rock scene. And while I understand that “interesting” is subjective, to me each of these tracks captivate in an original way. Continue reading
This past Thursday I headed to the Glass House in Pomona for the first time to catch a powerhouse of a lineup featuring Boyo, Sadgirl, Slow Hollows, and Surf Curse.
I arrived in time for the last few songs of Boyo’s set and then headed upstairs to view the rest of the show at a safe distance where I could actually see since the floor was already packed and I fully expected the moshing to break out during Sadgirl’s set. And I was not wrong! They delivered an impressive, high energy surf rock set complete with jangly guitar solos and ’50s rock vocals. Next Slow Hollows took the stage, this time featuring a sax and trumpet player on several of their tracks as well. They played mostly songs from their new album, Romantic, which features mostly mellow indie styles with deep vocals. Continue reading
This past weekend I headed to the Smell in Downtown L.A. to attend the annual Women Fuck Shit Up Fest. Over 50 bands from all over the U.S. came out in support of the Alexandria House, a non-profit transitional residence for women and children.
The festival opened at The Smell, a narrow DIY venue that appeals to the all-ages crowd as there’s not a drop of alcohol in sight. Around 9 p.m., the neighboring Five Star Bar hosted comedy, zine reading, and several additional bands, several of which were not included in the lineup—which was just as well, since some of the bands that were on the lineup never took the stage, which was consistently about 30 minutes behind schedule. But with a massive lineup like that and a DIY style event, I can assume that cancellations and running behind just comes with the territory.
This past Thursday I ventured to the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles to catch Black Marble, co-headlining with Uniform at the Union—a nightclub tucked away between a residential neighborhood and shops, that also allows the audience to get up close and personal with the performers.
This President’s Day (#notmypresident), I appropriately caught an all-female lineup at the Echoplex. Stef Chura and Alice Bag opened the show for Washington D.C. based post-punk outfit, Priests.
People began to filter in during Stef Chura, a Detroit based indie rock group as the trio filled the room with dreamy lo-fi sounds. The crowd was really excited to see L.A. punk icon, Alice Bag on the Echoplex stage. She was one of the founding members of the Bags, and was really essential in putting the Los Angeles punk scene on the map. Born and raised in East L.A., Bag’s music and lyrics are reflective of her upbringing, and her message inspires political activism. She sang some originals from her 2016 solo album, as well as some songs from The Bags, including “We Will Bury You” – a message she dedicated personally to the Tump administration. Her daughter even joined on stage as a backup singer, and it was a tender moment when Alice Bag made a brief but touching shoutout to her. In between songs, she spoke about feminism, consent, education, and Chicano and human rights. It was quite a movement of a set, and she and her band really brought the energy to match through catchy, punk rock tunes.
Another month full of musings! From lineup-filled springs to new releases from faves Real Estate and Mac Demarco, and maybe a bit of love in the air, February was chock-full of musical inspiration. Without further ado, here are some of my feb faves:
Mac Demarco – “This Old Dog”
I could listen to this on repeat anytime, anywhere. It’s everything one would expect in a new Mac Demarco track – reserved, composed, and luminous. This track and others will be included in his forthcoming album, which is set to be released on May 5th of Captured Tracks.
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
I was gifted the discovery of Priests when I was assigned to review their latest album for mxdwn.com, and I was delighted to discover this gem! This is indie rock at its finest. Check out my album review of Priests – Nothing Feels Natural here. My fave would have to be the title track.
You can also catch their upcoming show at the Echoplex on February 20!
With so many to choose this month, I have selected my top show destinations to share with you.
If you’re looking to get political… ACLU Fundraiser with Surf Curse, Care, and Kuromi @ The Smell – Feb. 19
If you’re riding the darkwave… Black Marble @ the union – Feb. 23
If you’re looking to get femme-spired… Moon Honey, Alina Bea, Liphemra, and Hour of the Time @ Non Plus Ultra – Feb. 25
If you’re ready to psych out… Desert Daze Caravan @ the Regent – March 4
So what has inspired you this February? Please share below!
If there was an anthem for millennials, this would be a front runner. With driving tracks clocking in at no longer than 3 minutes and track titles like “Doom Generation” and “All is Lost,” Nothing Yet caters to its disengaged youth.
Reno-based lo-fi, surf rock duo Jacob Rubeck and Nicholas Rattigan’s music captivate and inspire from open to close in Nothing Yet. Sure, there are plenty of groups like this around, but Surf Curse has a rawness and tenderness in its tracks that can only be uniquely described. Continue reading