04/28/2011

The Bongoloids and The Division Men at Eastside Luv

Thursday April 28th you can check out some big name talent, as Fredo Ortiz, formerly with the Beastie Boys, and Tito & Tarantula will have his own band’s debut at the Eastside Luv. His drums have been sought after in many side bands throughout East LA, and now he brings all his experience and chops to the stage at the Eastside Luv for his first night out under the moniker of The Bongoloidz. 

This will be our chance to see what Ortiz has learned from performing with such acts as Los Lobos, Los Villains, Ozomatli, Money Mark, and The Offspring, just to name a few of the bigger more well known bands he’s joined on stage.  With all the venues and shows he has under his belt, he should not have any issues wowing the crowd at the smaller Eastside Luv.

Also performing are The Division Men, from El Paso TX, also featuring a member of Tito & Tarantula, this time bassist Caroline Rippy-Portillo.  This duet’s quiet, mellow sound reminds me of the more flamenco or mariachi inspried side of Tito &Tarantula, while Fredo Ortiz’ Bongoloidz will likely bring the more rocking side. Definitely a show you want to get to early, remember to check out Eastside Luv’s dress code, all shows are 21 and over, and the show is free before 9:30 pm, and $5 thereafter.

Sean Rowe at The Bootleg Theater

Friday April 29th you can catch Anti- Records artist Sean Rowe at The Bootleg Theater as he takes a break from supporting Lot In The Trees on their latest tour to headline his own show.  The singer songwriter has drawn comparisons to Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen, but his recordings are made in a way no major would have the freedom to.  Recorded in a little space above his grandfather’s old Italian restaurant, the album is intensely personal, and powerfully dynamic.

His deep voice weaving tales of family, heartbreak, chasing down life and a taste of anger, or is that spite?  The emotional roller coaster that is his latest release “Magic” even finds time for head bobbing rock, with tracks like “Jonathan” giving enough energy to angry up the blood. Mostly though, the lyrics are pensive.  Like good and bad memories, one needing the other, the album travels from almost sleepy “Surprise” to more in your face, electrified and jaunty “Wrong Side Of The Bed” for a collection of songs that stand alone as great tracks, but also come together to compile an awesome album, full of personal depth and introspection.

Oh Darling at The Satellite Saturday April 30th.

Oh Darling is having their record release party at The Satellite on Saturday April 30th.  The release of their latest effort, “Brave The Sound” will feature all the guitar pop and whimsical vocals that crowds have come to expect from the group, and Saturday will be the record’s coming out party.

The group has made some noise as of late, featured in Brand X’s Unheard L.A. and also releasing a version of their song “Young Love” soon, for the popular Rock Band game. More exciting still is the group’s recent synch deal for their song “Prettiest Thing” which will be featured in an upcoming Disney movie, “Prom”.  One would expect the group to head out of town on a tour to support their latest release, so dont miss your chance to catch them at the Satellite while the record is fresh, as well as the material. The show is $8 and 21 and over.

Mudhoney, The Adolescents, White Flag, at The Echoplex

Sunday May 1st is probably the biggest show all weekend, with Mudhoney headlining a stellar night at the Echoplex. With White Flag and The Adolescents warming up the crowd, by the time Mudhoney takes the stage, the energy in the Echoplex should be off the charts.

Mudhoney has been a part of the grunge / Seattle scene since it’s inception, and we responsible for inspiring countless influential bands. In their early days, performing in the Seattle in pre-grunge “Alternative” music scene, they inspired some of the heaviest hitting, highly influential bands of our time.  Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and pioneering grunge bands like Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam were influenced by their sound and songwriting style, particularly the heavy distortion and unconventional songwriting stylings.  Throw in the two openers, and you’ve got on e hell of a show on your hands.

The Adolescents are a staple of the So-Cal scene, with their roots being some of the deepest in punk rock history, and their tunes being some of the best executed punk songs ever.  “Amoeba” is a theme, mixing blazing guitars with perfect harmonies and clever lyrics, the band has turned out songs that no collection would be complete without, and have earned top respect and worldwide by sticking to their sound and bringing the show with the same intensity night after night.

White Flag is another band that has been  around our socal scene since 1982, beginning in a place called Sunnymead, CA (now Moreno Valley).  They are known for putting out a TON of records, and not taking themselves, or their genre, too seriously. This can be refreshing.  When most bands are out to compete or show how tough they can be, these guys are cranking out album after album, and touring wherever they want.  The members have decades of experience in their stage spots, and now with their 25th full length album release, have rached a punk rock milestone that few bands will ever duplicate.  Their lasting power is a testament to their easygoing ways, and laid back philosophy, but also a tribute to their earnest hard work. The show is $20 in Advance, $22 Day of the show, 18 and over please.

Alberta Cross Residency at The Satellite

Alberta Cross will be starting their residency at The Satellite on Tuesday, May 3rd, and performing every Tuesday night in may starting at around 9pm.  Alberta Cross will also be at Bonnaroo in June, after reaping the benefits of a successful release, their debut album “Broken Side Of Time”.  Rolling Stone featured them as Breaking Artist, They have toured both US and abroad with top name bands like Oasis, and Them Crooked Vultures, playing a mix of Electric Blues and rock that makes for a modern twist on an old format. The songs seem almost familiar, with catchy melodies and hooks, but with a modern feel that seems to push the boundaries of the genres. A great chance to catch this breakout band on the way up, the shows are $10 and 21 and over only.

04/21/2011

Easter week 2011 brings with it Spring break, and thousands of dusty, road weary heads crawling back from the desert and the Coachella Music Festival.  Here’s what the Eastside has to offer this week to continue the musical buzz, albeit a little less to the east than Indio.

Thursday April 21st Kurt Vile and The Violators will be performing at the Echo.  You may recognize some of his stylings as the end credit song for the TV series “Eastbound and Down”.  His airy, arpeggiated guitar and soft vocals seem to be blown about in the breeze, but in the end come together with direction and momentum. Most of the tunes are slower paced, but dreamy and combined with enough effects to create wispy, delicate dynamics.  The faster tunes are echo filled layers of guitars bouncing along over steady dance-able drum beats.  The energy is constant, and the lyrics are like an animated conversation.

Often compared to guitar heroes like Springsteen and Petty, Vile has come into his own with his latest release, “Smoke Ring For My Halo”.  The album has garnered him a listing on Billboard Magazine’s Heat Seekers charts, and the national attention of fans and critics. The album was just released on March 8th, so this is a great chance to catch him while this batch of songs is still fresh.  The show is $12 pre-sale, and $14 on the day of the show, 18 and over welcome.

Also at the Echo on Friday, the 22nd, Agent Orange will headline what looks like a 5 band show, for $10.  Five punk rock bands might be a bit much for the uninitiated, but an Agent Orange set is a So-Cal staple that no Eastside music lover should miss. Their roster has changed over the years, members bouncing around from other legendary OC bands like Social Distortion, The Adolescents, and way too many other bands to list here.

This is a band who has never been afraid to break out of musical boundaries, and some of their songs, like “Bloodstains” have become legitimate anthems in punk rock circles. The guitar work dances around surfy middle eastern and even latin scales, reminiscent of quieter surf rock.  Mostly punk rock, but tame by today’s extreme standards, the songwriting and energy shine through over the aggressive side, and the result is pure So-Cal early 80’s energy. The show is 18 and over only, and $10.

The M Bar in Boyle Heights has a couple of shows posted for this weekend, along with a couple of shows for the band Opus X.  I can’t really find a lot of information on any of the bands, and it seems as if the bands are smaller local bands. This bodes well for musical exploration, as the bands that are relatively unknown can quickly become well known and even develop into national acts.  Opus X promises a mix of Cumbia, Hip Hop, and Rock, a tasty mix waiting for good execution.  It takes skill and discipline to mix music well, so this could be a test for the up and coming band. Opus X is performing Friday, April 22nd, and May 13th, if you’re interested in checking out some NEW music.

One issue I ran into was that the bands here are using names that apparently are already taken by other more well established bands.  AOD for example, I thought was going to be an old school punk band, but are in fact a Hip Hop group.  Again, this sounds like a great spot for musical exploration, and checking out some bands that are just starting out.

AOD’s show Friday April 29th is their record release party, and that usually means a good crowd as friends and family cheer the band on. All I can tell from the M Bar’s website is that this is a hip hop group,and the bands I did see on their calendar represent a wide array of styles, so the venue’s tastes seem to be unafraid of variety.

Saturday night, the Show Cave in Eagle Rock hosts 3 bands for $5, starting at around 10pm.  The show cave is the brain child of art lovers, and its eclectic and varied blog reflects that sensibility. Artists see the world in a different way, they say, and this venue’s history of shows certainly fits the bill. Everything from noise core to art shows in all disciplines, the mix and variety can almost be intoxicating.  The venue takes it’s inspiration from the modernism movement of both coasts in the 70’s and 80’s and packs it into a small corner building venue on Eagle Rock Blvd.

The Violet Tremors will be headlining, performing a mix of beat focused electronic music. The group uses vintage gear in their performance, so tech heads should really get a kick out of the ladies putting their synthesizers through their paces. For those looking for bass and other worldly mixes of sound, noise, and beats need look no further.

Monday The Bootleg Theater hosts the last night of Rumspringa’s residency there. The Surf-Psychadelic Rock band has had quite the buzz about them for some time now.  They have also gone from a quieter two piece band to a full fledged rock band, albeit with more soulful vocals at times.

Joey Stevens singing along to his guitar strumming reminds me of post funk rock, almost tapping into an R&B feel, but with the up front stance of rock and roll lyrics. Throw in some jaunty rhythms that get the foot tapping and the head bobbing, and this is one band you will come back for again and again. The Bootleg Theater is 21and over, but this particular show is free.

04/20/2011

Easter week 2011 brings with it Spring break, and thousands of dusty, road weary heads crawling back from the desert and the Coachella Music Festival.  Here’s what the Eastside has to offer this week to continue the musical buzz, albeit a little less to the east than Indio.

Thursday April 21st Kurt Vile and The Violators will be performing at the Echo.  You may recognize some of his stylings as the end credit song for the TV series “Eastbound and Down”.  His airy, arpeggiated guitar and soft vocals seem to be blown about in the breeze, but in the end come together with direction and momentum. Most of the tunes are slower paced, but dreamy and combined with enough effects to create wispy, delicate dynamics.  The faster tunes are echo filled layers of guitars bouncing along over steady dance-able drum beats.  The energy is constant, and the lyrics are like an animated conversation.

Often compared to guitar heroes like Springsteen and Petty, Vile has come into his own with his latest release, “Smoke Ring For My Halo”.  The album has garnered him a listing on Billboard Magazine’s Heat Seekers charts, and the national attention of fans and critics. The album was just released on March 8th, so this is a great chance to catch him while this batch of songs is still fresh.  The show is $12 pre-sale, and $14 on the day of the show, 18 and over welcome.

Also at the Echo on Friday, the 22nd, Agent Orange will headline what looks like a 5 band show, for $10.  Five punk rock bands might be a bit much for the uninitiated, but an Agent Orange set is a So-Cal staple that no Eastside music lover should miss. Their roster has changed over the years, members bouncing around from other legendary OC bands like Social Distortion, The Adolescents, and way too many other bands to list here.

This is a band who has never been afraid to break out of musical boundaries, and some of their songs, like “Bloodstains” have become legitimate anthems in punk rock circles. The guitar work dances around surfy middle eastern and even latin scales, reminiscent of quieter surf rock.  Mostly punk rock, but tame by today’s extreme standards, the songwriting and energy shine through over the aggressive side, and the result is pure So-Cal early 80’s energy. The show is 18 and over only, and $10.

The M Bar in Boyle Heights has a couple of shows posted for this weekend, along with a couple of shows for the band Opus X.  I can’t really find a lot of information on any of the bands, and it seems as if the bands are smaller local bands. This bodes well for musical exploration, as the bands that are relatively unknown, can quickly become well known, and even develop into national acts.  Opus X promises a mix of Cumbia, Hip Hop, and Rock, a tasty mix waiting for good execution.  It takes skill and discipline to mix music well, so this could be a test for the up and coming band. Opus X is performing Friday, April 22nd, and May 13th, if you’re interested in checking out some NEW music, especially from the local area, this could very well be your place.

One issue I ran into was that the bands here are using names that apparently are already taken by other more well established bands.  AOD for example, I thought was going to be an old school punk band, but are in fact a Hip Hop group.  Again, this sounds like a great spot for musical exploration, and checking out some bands that are just starting out.

AOD’s show Friday April 29th is their record release party, and that usually means a good crowd as friends and family cheer their favorite band on. All I can tell from the M Bar’s website is that this is a hip hop group,and the bands I did see on their calendar represent a wide array of styles, so the venue’s tastes seem to be unafraid of variety.

Saturday night, the Show Cave in Eagle Rock hosts 3 bands for $5, starting at around 10pm.  The show cave is the brain child of art lovers, and its eclectic and varied blog reflects that sensibility. Artists see the world in a different way, they say, and this venue’s history of shows certainly fits the bill. Everything from noise core to art shows in all disciplines, the mix and variety can almost be intoxicating.  The venue takes it’s inspiration from the modernism movement of both coasts in the 70’s and 80’s and packs it into a small corner building venue on Eagle Rock Blvd.

The Violet Tremors will be headlining, performing a mix of beat focused electronic music. The group uses vintage gear in their performance, so tech heads should really get a kick out of the ladies putting their synthesizers through their paces. For those looking for bass and other worldly mixes of sound, noise, and beats need look no further.

Monday The Bootleg Theater hosts the last night of Rumspringa’s residency there. The Surf-Psychadelic Rock band has had quite the buzz about them for some time now.  They have also gone from a quieter two piece band to a full fledged rock band, albeit with more soulful vocals at times.

Joey Stevens singing along to his guitar strumming reminds me of post funk rock, almost tapping into an R&B feel, but with the up front stance of rock and roll lyrics. Throw in some jaunty rhythms that get the foot tapping and the head bobbing, and this is one band you will come back for again and again. The Bootleg Theater is 21and over, but this particular show is free.

04/13/2011

Yuck @ The Satellite LA

A great London Band with a nasty name, Yuck will be performing at the Satellite LA in Silverlake on Thursday April 14th.  If you’re a fan of the more experimental and sometimes noisy side of alternative, this band will provide a feast for your battered eardrums.  The guitars, bass, and even  the vocals are often liberally distorted but obviously stacked on top of each other with the bigger sound in mind.

When i read into the band I saw a lot of comparison to Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Junior.  With the guitar work on the recordings, I can hear why. I think perhaps Yuck has less of the melancholy monotone vocals or angst filled lyrics. The melodies are more sing along, if you can make out the lyrics through the distortion.  It will be interesting to see what the band can do live on stage without a multi-track, but I can also imagine the band has nurtured and fine tuned the songs’ structures beyond what they were at studio time.  Given the band’s noisy and experimental nature, that could make for a very dynamic show.  21 and over, $10 pre-sale, $12 day of the show.

Chop Suzy at Mr. T’s Bowl

Right off when I found out about Chop Suzy it was really hard to take them seriously. There are a lot of bands out there that mask lack of talent with humor. Let me start with the members’ names. Beau Girardeau on vocals and guitar, Manual Automatic on the bass, and Tony Turbo on the drums.  Their own self descriptions are too ridiculous to repeat here, as this is a family website.   All my preconceptions were destroyed when I hit play in their album, Made For Lovers.

The album switches it up, at times straight radio friendly rock, sometimes slide guitar led bluesy numbers. The thing that struck me the most about these guys was how serious the record was, in contrast to how ridiculous their website was.  Don’t expect a comedy act from these guys, they do take their music very seriously. Also performing are The Lost Marauders, Triple Dog Dare, Fat Girlfriend, Pigmoney, and Adam West and The Bat opening it all up.  Mr. T’s Bowl is 21 plus, and the cover charge is $5.

The Blue Agave and Violeta Moreno, Music and Art Show at The Eastside luv.

If I could only go to one show this week, I would have to give it to Eastside Luv and their presentation of The Blue Agave, along with an art exhibit by local painter Violeta Moreno.

Melding the sounds of different cultures is something musicians have done naturally, as music evolved from the rudimentary to the expressive.  This has gone on since the dawn of music, some frustrated musicians even saying it’s “all been done” or that everything is derivative of some other body of work.  A band like the Blue Agave not only takes and mixes the sounds of different cultures and times, they do wit with a skill and grace that is channeled from the guitar, all the way out to the Eastside Luv’s little smoking nook in the back. They are living proof that there still are new mixes of rhythm and tone that have not been explored, and their recorded work is a great example of that.

Andy Abad, the creative force behind the group is a highly regarded guitarist, both in studio and on stage. The band’s rhythms play off of each other, calling and answering each other with their instruments to create songs that get you moving. The slower, reverb drenched tunes are almost surfy, but with enough flamenco and latin rhythm to make you wonder how this group got together in the first place.  Their cover of “Yo No Naci Para Amar” hurts to listen to, but in a very good way.  It’s arrangement much simpler than Gabriel’s version, the song is stripped down to a painful conversation about dreams forgotten, and painful memories. The music in Abad’s version is simple, mostly light percussion building up to the big chorus in dramatic, heart wrenching fashion.

Abad is from a family that appreciates the arts, and the Eastside Luv will showcase that passion for creativity on Saturday night, as Abad’s cousin Violet Moreno will hang her art to accompany the band and set the mood for the Blue Agave. Her images are familiar, almost comforting with their tones and compositions.

(c) 2009 Violeta Moreno, All Rights Reserved.  Click to see more!

(c) 2009 Violeta Moreno, All Rights Reserved. Click to see more!

Her art is pure Southern California color interpreted through the artist as a medium, and delivered onto the canvas for the ages. In speaking with her, she mentioned she listens to music in order to help her connect with the painting. Some of her work reminded me of the bold strokes of Frank Romero, or the precise facial lines of David Flury.  I would venture to guess she was inspired by art around her, but there is no air of contrivance to her work. Her original work is personal, and very intriguing. Her vibrant, colorful images jump out of the canvas, and I cannot wait to ponder one while listening to the Blue Agave on stage, sipping on my favorite sangria in town.

I’m hoping to post a review on the group with pictures and song samples, as I don’t have any really good video to share with you all, but all you have to do is get out to Mariachi Plaza at around 5 pm on Saturday, and you can take them in for yourselves. The show is free and early, so even if you already have your late night planned, this would be a great spot to kick off your Saturday night.  With a whole room full of great music, and art from a talented painter like Moreno, the evening holds lots of promise for sensory magic and  stimulation.

Zane Musa at Dinner Club M

On Sunday, April 17th, jazz saxman Zane Musa will take over the Dinner Club M for a night of smooth soulful fusion and straight jazz. Musa is a staple in the Los Angeles jazz scene, and has a residency at Dinner Club M every Sunday, leading a pro’s Jam Session.  Best thing about a jam session is you never know what you’re going to hear.  One thing is a given, this month, on Sundays, Dinner Club M will be filled with jazz, fusion, possibly some blues, and of course their famous old school horseshoe bar. Musa has been credited with helping develop the LA sound, and that takes a lot of jamming.  Expect some skillful stretching of the musical chops when these guys get together. There is no cover listed for the event (Jam sessions are usually free) but you still have to be 21 to get into this unique little venue. Dinner Club M is usually swinging by about 9, and I imagine the band would be nice and warmed up by then.

Low End Theory at The Airliner

Every Wednesday night, The Airliner continues it’s foray into the depths of bass and deep bass with the Low End Theory. This is your chance to catch a musical movement as it develops.  Dubcore, Dubstep, Reggaecore, are all new genres of music that are being developed by DJ’s and sample crazed producers as we speak.  The focus is on bass and slow, grinding beats.  If you’re a fan of old school dub, or just like to get your ears pounded by high pressure bass, this is the spot for you.

The venue strains to keep the crowd in at times, it’s a hot muggy little room upstairs, and people still line up  to get inside.  This speaks volumes for what the dj’s Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles and Nocando have done to cater to the tastes of their crowd and scene.  Not just spinning vinyl anymore, turntablism and peformances on drum machines have turned the role of the DJ into that of the creator.  These DJ’s are at the peak of their game at the moment, and have the attention of the city and their scene.

The Airliner itself has been showing signs of improvement as well, with a spiffy new neon sign and frequent lines stretching halfway down the block.  It’s only a matter of time before the resident DJ’s take their club to a larger more capable venue,  so if you’re a fan of taking in your music locally in an intimate setting,  highly recommend you check out a night of Low End Theory.

04/06/2011

First, for those of you who share in the idea that an old time is a good time, The Bootleg Theater has just the thing on Thursday April 7th.  This has become one of my favorite venues to take in a show, as the sound is great, the crowds are eclectic, and the music is an open minded mélange of all things loud, and some more laid back acts as well.

Frank Fairfield

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz70zSfVcdY

Seasick Steve on the 3 string guitar.

Performing at The Bootleg Theatre

http://www.bootlegtheater.org/

This particular show will be a mix of the two starting with one man Folk music revivalist Frank Fairfield.  He has enjoyed the support of local old time music lovers with residencies at the Redwood, occasionaly romping around downtown LA with his violin or banjo on his shoulder.  His storytelling brings to mind some of the great folk artists, like Guthrie and Dylan, without trying to reinvent the wheel or add instruments that didn’t exist in folk’s Golden Age.  The show is simple and authentic, and will likely make a great opener for Seasick Steve, the Show’s headliner.

For the uninitiated Seasick Steve is an old time country blues revivalist, keeping his flavor of blues in the chitlin curcuit.  His slide guitar led swampy blues numbers are at times eery, reminiscent of Tony Joe White or other swamp blues favorites. Other times, they are straight rock blues numbers.  The common thread in his songs are the stories.  Tales of his travels as a bum or busker in Paris, to spoken word numbers like “The Jungle” about the ups and downs of life are delivered smoothly, almost in a comforting tone. Especially amazing is the knowledge that this man actually led his life this way, this is not just a songwriting experiment.  Jumping from train to train, hobo’ing from job to job, and just riding the rails to anywhere, and now he’s here, on the Eastside, for us to enjoy.  The show is $12 at the door, and 21 and over.

Sub Pop recording artist Papercuts are performing at the Satellite LA on Friday, April 8th.  Papercuts are a dream pop band.   If you’re wondering what that means, (like I was) think echo laden vocals, meandering full of their own echo and reverb, over softly strummed instruments, and barely any drum sound.  The vocals are almost whispered,  mixing in with accordions, mallet struck percussion (is that a timpani?), and occasionally, strings.  The general feeling is like listening to a band that is usually much louder, but almost sarcastically quiets down to get their point across. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. and the event is $10.

Amad Jamal and The Solution

at Dinner House M

http://jazzclubm.com/

Dinner House M is also hosting a party on Friday the 8th, to celebrate their 24th year, and to raise money for releif for Japanese Earthquake victims.  Bobo House Sessions present Amad Jamal and The Solution, along with Non from the Shadowhuntaz for a night of experimental hip-hop in the shadows of Dodger Stadium.

Bobo House Sessions have been a regular feature at Dinner House M, but from what I have seen, no two shows from them are alike.  In between and after the live shows, DJ’s Jahkova, Seraphome, and BJ The DJ will spin for the crowd.  This show is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after.

Bobo House Sessions

http://www.bobo-house.com/index1.html

One event going on this weekend that really took me back, was Luck of The Draw at Mr. T’s Bowl on April 9th.  I had to check, to make sure I was reading it correctly, and to make sure that I wasn’t mistakenly reading a flyer from 1998.  This is a band that has been a staple of so-cal rock and roll for a long time, and a great band for a Saturday night in Highland Park.  The music is garage rock, infused with just enough 50’s and 60’s to keep it from being rockabilly, but still rock in the blues progression. All shows at Mr T’s Bowl are 21 and over, this particular show is $10.

Also Saturday, Roger Miret and The Disasters will be performing at The Airliner in Lincoln Heights. If you hadn’t heard them yet, one thing you need to know is that frontman Roger Miret is also the lead singer of seminal East Coast hardcore band Agnostic Front.

The Disasters have just released their first album in 5 years, on Sailor’s Grave records, after a short stint on Hellcat Records.  The music is punk rock, but with the clean snappy and catchy songwriting of bands like Rancid, or the Bastards.  It’s easy to see how this band was a good fit for the Silverlake indie label. Now on Sailor’s Grave records, and with a new album to boot, it will be interesting to see which direction Miret and band is take, musically. Doors open at 8pm, $12 at the door, and 18 and over only please.

Roger Miret and The Disasters

at The Airliner

http://theairlinerla.com/

Chris Robinson Brotherhood are performing at Echoplex on Monday April 11th.  Part of a 4 week series, Robinson and band will showcase lead singer Chris’ personal side, along with some actual guitar playing, and a party to kick off his California tour.  Chris’ regular band, The Black Crowes have been on again off again for a while now, and this seems to be Chris’ way of keeping himself busy and on stage.  It takes real renown to be able to announce a solo tour of about 35 dates in some of the best venues on the West Coast.  He kicks off this tour with his residency at The Echoplex, the show is $12 advance, $15 at the door, 18+ only please.

Also in Echo Park, on Tuesday, April 12th, Moon Duo will be performing at the Echo. This band puts a heavy hand to the synthesized sound, and their latest record “Mazes” (Sacred Bones Records)  is a showcase of different ways to pile synth sounds onto guitar sounds, for sonic bliss. The record opens with “Seer”, a pile of distorted sound and clashing soundwaves running into each other, and sort of left me wondering what was next.  The next track is a great lead into the rest of the album.  Jumping garage guitars, still heavy on the effects, but now in sonic order and backed by a rock beat.

Moon Duo

http://moonduo.org/splash.cfm

Performing  At The Echo

http://www.attheecho.com/2011/01/31/tuesday-04-12-11-moon-duo-echo/

From there the album takes you on a dynamic, sonically varied, and masterful rock record.  The synth is still apparent on all the tracks, but the guitar riffs and distorted bass at times bring bands like the Misfits to mind.  Ok, maybe if the band had a better time in high school, but that driving, energized power is definitely there.  The cover is $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.