Jun 252015
 

The Roots- You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu

This Grammy Award winning song from 1999 is from The Roots fourth studio album Things Fall Apart. Musician Jill Scott co-wrote the song and recorded vocals for it but because she was still relatively unknown the label MCA Records insisted on replacing her with Erykah Badu. The rapper Eve also performs on the track.

As part of the BET Experience, The Roots will be at Club Nokia on Saturday 6/27 to present Dilla, a tribute to the producer J Dilla, with Erykah Badu.

http://www.clubnokia.com/events/detail/271821

Jun 252015
 

Basement Jaxx- Where’s Your Head At

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/25-6/29/15)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is screening Take None, Give None, a documentary about the nation’s first racially integrated motorcycle club (free)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-take-none-give-none/

Nosaj Thing is performing a free set and signing his new album Fated at Amoeba Records in Hollywood- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3354/

Griffith Park’s free Shakespeare in the Park festival begins tonight. This year it’s Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing- http://www.iscla.org/

Friday

Miwa Matreyek is performing two shows for free at Union Station of her multimedia work which involves her shadow interacting with projected animation- https://www.facebook.com/events/880621822020716/

Lucky Dragons are the artists/performers for this session of Friday Flights at the Getty Center- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_501.html

The Echo is having a pre-party for Lolipalooza 2 with a lineup including Tropical Popsicle, and The Memories- $12 or free with Lolipalooza 2 ticket- http://www.theecho.com/event/885563-lolipalooza-2-pre-party-los-angeles/

Gardens & Villa are playing at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock- http://fyfpresents.com/2015/gardens-villa/

The Lovely Bad Things are at The Smell- http://www.thesmell.org/

Saturday

MOCA Grand Ave is having a panel and book signing in conjunction with the release of Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles, with artists Zoe Crosher, Bettina Hubby, Michael Shields, and Ed Templeton and moderated by David L.Ulin of the Los Angeles Times. The artists will “share their distinct visions of the city’s visual landscape”. (free)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/panel-and-book-signing-five-artists-in-search-of-a-city/

Lolipop Records and the Echo present Lolipalooza 2 with a list of bands that includes White Fence, Cosmonauts, Corners, Winter, So Many Wizards and more- http://www.theecho.com/event/837711-lolipalooza-2-los-angeles/

Roses, Dunes, Sandlot, and DYGL are all playing a house show downtown for $5 with free beer- https://www.facebook.com/events/1604144926516758/

The Roots are at Club Nokia with Erykah Badu- http://www.clubnokia.com/events/detail/271821

Chinatown Summer Nights returns with live music from The Janks as well as other bands, cooking demonstrations, acrobatic shows, a beer garden, DJs, and more- http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=424

Tijuana Panthers are headlining Summer and Music a free festival in Long Beach- http://summerandmusic.com/

Sunday

Basement Jaxx are at the Hollywood Bowl with Bootsy’s Rubber Band featuring Bootsy Collins and Tuxedo opening- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/basement-jaxx-bootsys-rubber-band-featuring-bootsy-collins-tuxedo/2015-06-28

For the panel discussion Photography and Composition at the Hammer Museum, Thomas Demand, Elad Lassry, and Catherine Opie will discuss themes in the exhibition Perfect Likeness with curator Russell Ferguson- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/06/photography-and-composition/

Devendra Banhart is talking with Zach Pennington, the head writer of the awesome LA app 5 Every Day, at LACMA’s Art Catalogues. There will be a DJ for the reception and a performance with Banhart’s band as well as a book signing (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/devendra-banhart

All weekend

The BET Experience is taking place at LA Live with a mix of free (including a Janelle Monae performance) and ticketed events- http://www.bet.com/bet-experience/2015/schedule.html

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has events all weekend to celebrate the culmination of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, which had different artists putting up billboards along Interstate 10. Events include film screenings, artist talks, bus tours of the city, workshops and more- http://nomadicdivision.org/exhibition/the-manifest-destiny-billboard-project-2/

Jun 202015
 

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hugocrosthwaiteatluisdejesussshatteredmural

The drawings in Hugo Crosthwaite’s exhibition at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles for Tijuana Radiant Shine have an interesting mix of comic elements combined with melancholic ones, while those that make up Shattered Mural are more somber as they focus on the toll of the horrible violence in Mexico.

From the press release:

Taking inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Hymn”, Tijuana Radiant Shine is composed of a puzzle-like installation of fourteen mixed media drawings on panel. The works are visual poems that depict the hopeful possibilities for a better future and the dichotomy of the reality that exists in this border city’s daily life.

Shattered Mural is a floor installation of forty-three sculptural wall fragments that reference the recent abduction and murder of the 43 college students in the Mexican State of Guerrero. This tragic event has become a national, and perhaps international, symbol for victims of institutional corruption and repressive regimes around the world. Unlike the Tijuana Radiant Shine panels, the sculpture fragments of Shattered Mural were created by deconstructing a mural into forty-three shards that when put back together would contribute to the whole.

Also make sure to look at the backs of the mural pieces which have different colors and patterns. This show closes 6/20/15.

Jun 182015
 

Underworld- Born Slippy. Nuxx

This song was originally released as a B-side of the instrumental and completely different sounding Born Slippy in 1995. In 1996 it was re-released as its own single due to the popularity it received from its use in the film Trainspotting (clips of which are in the video above). They teamed up with the director of that film, Danny Boyle, to help create the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

Underworld are currently on tour with the re-release of their critically acclaimed album dubnobasswithmyheadman and are playing the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday 6/21.

Jun 182015
 

Cayucas- Cayucos

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/18-6/21/15)-

Thursday

The Art of Melrose is a series of themed events taking place on the third Thursday of the month this summer, from Fairfax to Highland on Melrose with a focus on a three block section. This time for Focus on Fashion it will be Gardner, Martel and Fuller and the businesses will be offering everything from discounts and gifts with purchase to free food and drink  – https://www.facebook.com/events/859366760820083/

Cornerstone Theater Company is performing California:The Tempest based on Shakespeare’s play, for free in Grand Park (through the 20th)- http://grandparkla.org/event/shakespeare-in-grand-park/

Venice Art Crawl has art events, music, entertainment and local business discounts – http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Friday

The Gas Lamp Killer Experience is the DJ/Producer playing with a 10 piece band-FREE as part of Grand Performances summer program at California Plaza- http://www.grandperformances.org/gaslamp-killer

Fever the Ghost, Fartbarf, and Harriet Brown are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/827025-fever-ghost-los-angeles/

Surfer Blood are playing with Gothic Tropic at the Troubadour- http://www.troubadour.com/event/838397-surfer-blood-los-angeles/

The Container Yard is celebrating its one year anniversary party with a party that will include music, art and food trucks ($5 with a portion of the proceeds going to Self Help Graphics)- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcy-1-year-anniversary-tickets-17220655444

Jonathan Richman is at the El Rey Theater- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/278791

Saturday

Cayucas are playing a free show at One Colorado in Pasadena for KCRW’s Summer Nights- http://summernights.kcrw.com/events/2015/6/20/kcrw-summer-nights

Nearby is the Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado which features some incredible sidewalk murals (also on Sunday)- http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

The band for Saturdays off the 405 at the Getty Center is Shannon and the Clams (free/ parking at the center after 5 is $10)- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_480.html

Culver City’s Summer Crawl includes a free figure sketching class at Graphaids, discounts at some of the local businesses and other events in the area while you check out the art galleries- several shows are opening that night as well- http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/summer-crawl-2015/

Sunday

Underworld and Jungle are at the Hollywood Bowl- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/underworld-jungle/2015-06-21

All weekend and through the end of the month is The Hollywood Fringe Festival which has a VERY extensive list of programming (over 250 shows!)- http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/

Jun 112015
 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)

It’s the 10th Anniversary of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s eponymous self-released debut album, which the song above is from. They are currently on tour, playing the album in its entirety along with other songs from their catalog. The show tonight at the Troubadour is sold out but you can see them in Santa Ana on Saturday 6/13/15 at The Observatory.