Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hot Chip Is A Coachella 2013 Headliner

As far as I'm concerned, Hot Chip IS a Coachella 2013 headliner. Their live performances are just the best.

Boy From School LIVE @ The Hollywood Bowl on 9/9/12


One Life Stand LIVE (while opening for LCD Soundsystem's last show ever in LA!!!) @ The Hollywood Bowl on 10/7/10


Over & Over LIVE @ The Hollywood Bowl also on 10/7/10


Don't Dance - They might as well be saying, "Don't push the red button."


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Heartless Bastards @ Troubadour - 3/26/13

I wasn't able to take any videos of Heartless Bastards last night at Troubadour but I can assure you they were just as fabulous as they were at The Echoplex on 4/3/12. I said it before & I'll say it again: Erika Wennerstrom is 1 BAD ASS chick.







Skin & Bone

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Up by Black Handed Kites

Thank you, Aaron Deist, for turning me onto Black Handed Kites last week! These guys' homemade live acoustic video of their peppy & uplifting track Up is almost better than the official video version! See if you agree after checking both videos out below:





Friday, March 22, 2013

Brennisteinn by Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós' wild new video for Brennisteinn (released this morning) got me more excited than ever to finally see this Icelandic band notorious for being incredible live for my 1st time 3 weeks from tomorrow of Day 2 of Coachella!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mos Def @ The Belasco - 3/20/13

Mos Def, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Brother Ali are my top 3 favorite individual hip hop artists so getting to see Mos Def last night at The Belasco in Downtown LA (for only $25/ticket via Goldstar!) was quite a treat!

The unusually ornate theater was PACKED so my girl, Sarah, & I didn't have the best spot in the crowd & the audio sounded a bit muffled but we still had a great time & it was evident Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey aka Dante Terrell Smith was showing everyone there quite clearly WHAT IT IS.

Quiet Dog Bite Hard

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beercan by Beck

Don't be kind, don't be rude, just shake your boots and let it all get loose...

Happy 1st day of Spring, y'all!

Monday, March 18, 2013

History of Rap 4 (Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake)

Fallon & Timberlake did it again! This is the best History of Rap yet. Looking forward to the next time...

I'm also SO stoked to listen to JT's new album in its entirety streaming for free on iTunes TONIGHT! I've heard it's excellent.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Apple of My Eye by Big Boi

This is my favorite track off Big Boi's new album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumours. I listen to it almost everyday. The entire album is BAD ASS.

Australia by Conner Youngblood

My fellow music-loving friend, Stephanie, couldn't have put it better when she posted this track on Facebook this morning saying "this song is gooooooood!" because it really is :)



Thursday, March 14, 2013

HANNI EL KHATIB

I'm stoked to see Hanni El Khatib for my 1st time exactly ONE MONTH from today on 4/14/13, Day 3 of Weekend 1 of Coachella!!

You Rascal You

Come Alive

Loved One



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Ross Sea Party @ Harvard & Stone - 3/12/13

The place to be the last 2 Tuesdays in March is Harvard & Stone on Hollywood Boulevard!! Don't miss your last 2 chances to catch The Ross Sea Party play this RAD venue FOR FREE! You're going to have to pay a lot more than $0 to see RSP in the near future so don't let this golden opportunity pass you by!

Check out The Ross Sea Party closing out a killer set last night...


Long Live A$AP by A$AP ROCKY

Buying tickets yesterday for Mos Def (who I most definitely LOVE) at The Belasco in Downtown LA next Wednesday 3/20 has gotten me on an extra big hip hop kick. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing A$AP ROCKY sometime soon. Why aren't there more hip hop shows in LA?!?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Evil Friends by Portugal, The Man - NEW!!!

I can't wait for Portugal, The Man to release their new album on 6/4/13. I also LOVE that it was produced by my FAVE producer (& sometimes best friend...'cuz I've now run into him at 3 shows!!), Danger Mouse!

Efterklang @ The Echoplex - 3/9/13

So, after having an absolute (& totally unexpected) BLAST at Pickwick at The Echo on Saturday night, I got to head straight on downstairs to The Echoplex to check out Efterklang from Denmark. At the time, I'd only heard 2 or 3 Efterklang songs ever but I thought they were pretty & figured they'd put on at least a decent show. Turns out...Efterklang puts on an UNBELIEVABE live show! And the female vocalist they recently added to their live ensemble is a wonder! Her voice is surreal. Plus, she's fuckin hot! I can hardly believe Efterklang ever performed without her!

The male lead singer, Casper Clausen, is also a bad ass. Check out my 1st video below for a glimpse of Casper's dramatic genius. And get on the Efterklang train like I just did because they've got TONS of gorgeous music available online & are another MUST SEE live act.





I Was Playing Drums (official video)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pickwick @ The Echo - 3/9/13

My new favorite band of the month is PICKWICK!! My super music-savvy friend from San Jose, Chris, posted a couple Pickwick songs on his Facbook page on Friday because he was going to see them in SF that night. Because I was diggin' the 2 tracks Chris posted, I was prompted to check Pickwick's tour dates hoping they'd be playing in LA next instead of having JUST played LA the night before SF (because that's often the case) & I was SO stoked to learn Pickwick was playing The Echo the very next night!

It worked out perfectly that I already had tix to see Efterklang at The Echoplex (directly below The Echo) at 11pm while Pickwick's headlining set was actually quite early at 8:50pm so The Echo's weekly Saturday night event, Funky Sole, could begin at 10. The timing couldn't have been more perfect & neither could be both Pickwick & Efterklang's sets. More on Efterklang tomorrow...

Pickwick is band full of energy, funk & soul. Every song is unique from the last & these guys just put on an ridiculously fun show. I don't think anyone could see Pickwick perform & not be impressed. I also challenge anyone to see a Pickwick show & NOT at least shake his/her hips a lil bit...because I'd imagine it'd be impossible :)

If Pickwick comes to your town, PLEASE do yourself a favor & GO SEE THEM!!


http://www.pickwickmusic.com/

Live from The Echo


Live from The Basement


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Toro Y Moi & Sinkane @ The Fonda - 3/3/13

To finish off my RAD concert triple-header last weekend, I saw Toro Y Moi & Sinkane at The Fonda. Toro Y Moi was fantastic, as always, but I was even more smitten with Sinkane! I hope to see them again ASAP!



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

STRFKR @ The Fonda - 3/2/13

After missing STRFKR (aka Starfucker) at several music festivals last year, I was determined to see them at The Fonda last Saturday night...especially after hearing & falling in love with their brand new album Miracle Mile. I had a feeling they've be pretty good live but I had no idea they'd be THIS good!!



Monday, March 4, 2013

Kishi Bashi @ Troubadour - 3/1/13


Kishi Bashi was simply incredible on Friday night at Troubadour. His voice is angelic, his violin playing is awe-inspiring & his looping skills are beyond refined. Both his original material & all of his covers (including a gorgeous rendition of With or Without You by U2) sound phenomenal in person.The man is f*ckin wonder.

I Am The Antichrist To You

Cover of Enya's Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) because Kishi's female band member used to be a backup singer for Enya :)



I Am The Antichrist To You (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


Manchester (Buzzsession)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Get Gone by White Arrows

I don't know about you but I'm ready to get gone out of this office & start my weekend!!