Corners at the Blind Spot Project

On a Wednesday Downtown LA night, I caught Corners’ show at this Art district, industrial location. I was excited to see opening all-girl punk act, the Paranoyds, again too. I had seen them open for DIIV in the past, and was impressed by their badass stage presence. Additional opening bands included shoegaze band The Black Sea and dark wave fivesome, Numb.er.

The Blindspot Project space was small, elusive, and artistic. The DIY corner bar and sitting areas gave the space a homey, gallery style feel. The thermal heat approach to the  visuals provided during the band sets added a psychedelic dimension to the performances.  Continue reading

Lollipop Your Heart Out

This past Saturday I attended a day festival hosted by Lollipop Records, “Lollipop Your Heart Out.” The festival featured bands on their record label, with sounds varying from punk to psychedelic. The event was held at the Teregram Ballroom with the band sets beginning at 5:00 p.m. What I enjoyed most about this show was that in a way it felt like a rock revival–or maybe I just haven’t seen that many psych rock bands as of late. With headliner, Mystic Braves and bands like the Creation Factory and Psychomagic, ’70’s rock is apparently alive and well.

My favorites from the show included Billy Changer, bassist of Corners, and his solo act, who’s sound was similar to Diiv’s shoegaze noise rock, as well as Part Time, who brought the sound into the ’80’s with their synth rock and stage presence. Female fronted bands were featured as well, with the surf-garage-rock sounds of Samiras Infinite Summer and all-girl punk band, Peach Kelli Pop.

Another stand out from this event was the stage attire. For some, it was hard to tell if the outfits were for the show, or part of their day-to-day life! From the Beatles look-a-likes to cross-dressing bassists in leopard print heels and moroccan red tassel pants, it’s clear that the band members represented on Lollipop Records have a sense of humor don’t take their appearance too seriously.

The Creation Factory

Billy Changer

Psychomagic

Part Time

Peach Kelly Pop

Corners