Jul 302015

Wye Oak- Fish

This song is from Wye Oak’s 2011 album Civilian. The video was created by two fellow Baltimore artists, Katherine Fahey and photographer Michael O’Leary. For more information on the video this is a good article at NPR.

Wye Oak are playing at Club Bahia on tonight, 7/30/15.

Jul 302015

Ben Browning- Friends of Mine

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/30-8/2/15)-


Wye Oak are playing at Club Bahia- http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5945525

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival begins tonight (running through Aug 15)- http://www.redcat.org/festival/new-original-works-festival-2015

Tom Of Finland: Up Close and Personal, a discussion with Durk Dehner (President, Tom of Finland Foundation), Dian
Hanson (Editor, TASCHEN’s Tom of Finland XXL), F. Valentine Hooven III
(Author, Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero) and moderated by
Joakim Andreasson is happening downtown at Austere- http://byhenzel.com/exhibition/tom-of-finland-up-close-and-personal/

The Suffers are the headliners for this week’s Summer of Soul concert series at the Hammer Museum (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/07/summer-of-soul-the-suffers-jungle-fire-kcrw-dj-garth-trinidad/

Baths is playing at the Echoplex with Wrestlers and OOFJ as part of Red Bull Sound Select- RSVP and it’s $3- http://www.theecho.com/event/897445-red-bull-sound-select-baths-los-angeles/


Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) will be performing songs from his new solo project at the Regent Theater along with Moullinex, L.A.Girlfriend, Deep Chills, and Maikol- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/864965-moullinex-ben-browning-cut-los-angeles/

Opening today and running this weekend and next is CA 101 2015 an artist exhibition taking place at the historic AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach- https://www.facebook.com/events/725293150926871/

Porcelain Raft and Tennis System are at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/856067-porcelain-raft-los-angeles/


Wet Hot American Summer is the outdoor movie at The Autry this week- https://theautry.org/programs/film/wet-hot-american-summer-on-the-autry-lawn

Or you could see Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Electric Dusk Drive-In downtown (only lawn seating available)- https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/778441

OR Hollywood Forever Cemetery is showing Apocalypse Now (which has a Harrison Ford cameo)- http://cinespia.org/event/apocalypse-now/

Grand Performances has Rocky Dawuni and Blitz the Ambassador in concert- http://www.grandperformances.org/more_info.php?show_id=271


Artist Mark Bradford and law professor Anita Hill will be discussing “feminism as a gateway to activism and social justice, and their interdisciplinary methods for speaking truth to power” at the Hammer Museum (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/08/mark-bradford-anita-hill/

Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market is on at the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/747461-rock-n-roll-flea-market-los-angeles/

Or you could check out the flea market at Pasadena City College which has a little bit of everything- http://www.pasadena.edu/fleamarket/market_info.cfm

*This weekend Much Ado About Nothing opens at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival and it’s set in Italy in 1945- http://www.iscla.org/griffith-park-festival/

Jul 232015

Blondie- Union City Blue

Deborah Harry wrote the lyrics to this song from 1979 during the filming of the movie Union City which she starred in. Pat Benatar, a friend of Harry’s, who had yet to make it in the music business, also has a small part in the film.

Blondie will co-headline with Melissa Etheridge at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday July 26.

Jul 232015

Ducktails- Headbanging In The Mirror

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/23-7/26/15)-


Chicano Batman are opening for Cubanismo for Santa Monica Pier’s free Twilight Concert this week- http://tcs.santamonicapier.org/events/2015/7/23/cubanismo-chicano-batman

OOFJ are performing at Amoeba Records (free)- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3406/index.html

Artist Frances Stark will be discussing the work of Sturtevant, whose exhibition at MOCA closes this weekend- free and free entrance to the museum from 5-8 pm- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/artists-on-artists-frances-stark/

Freedom Fry are one of the four bands playing for free at Mrs. Fish downtown- http://mrsfish.com/calendar/freedom-fry-072315/

Culture Club are at the Greek Theatre (also Friday)- https://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=3162


Ducktails, Matt Mondanile’s (the guitarist from Real Estate) solo music project, is hosting the Getty Center’s Friday Night Flights (free but parking is $15/$10 after 5)- http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/friday_flights.html

Penelope Spheeris will be discussing her punk rock films Suburbia and Decline of Western Civilization Part III between their screenings at the Egyptian Theatre- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/suburbia-the-decline-of-western-civilization-part-iii

Roaring Nights continues at the LA Zoo with musical performances, DJs, pop-up zookeeper talks, food trucks and full bars ($20)- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roaring-nights-at-the-la-zoo-july-24-tickets-17192211367

Imagine Dragons are playing at the Forum with Metric- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/imagine-dragons-2015.html

Friday and Saturday

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks is at the Hollywood Bowl- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/tchaikovsky-spectacular-fireworks/2015-07-24


LACMA is showing Christian Marclay: The Clock for 24 hours starting at 10am. This is a great chance to see what is included in the film during the hours the museum is not open (free during non museum hours)- http://www.lacma.org/event/clock-1

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington is performing at California Plaza as part of Grand Performances- http://grandperformances.org/rhythm-changes

Saturdays off the 405 at the Getty this week is Tropicalifornia featuring the Do-Over All Stars-”the ultimate live-band tropical dance party”- free with the exception of the parking- http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_531.html


Exhibition organizer Rebecca Matalon conducts a walk through of Tongues Untied the current show at MOCA Pacific Design Center- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/12479-2/

Blondie is co-headlining with Melissa Ethridge at the Greek Theatre- http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=3124


*Special Note: Saturday through Tuesday LACMA is having a pop-up installation of the US premiere of Steve McQueen and Kanye West’s short film collaboration (9min) “All Day/I Feel Like That”  (not up on their website yet)*

Jul 182015



Closing Sunday, July 19, “Larry Sultan: Here and Home,” is the first retrospective of the California photographer. http://bit.ly/1K0WJHU

In the video below, fellow artists and former students describe what it was like to learn from Sultan and his work.

Definitely a must see exhibition. To see more of Larry Sultan’s work check out his website- http://larrysultan.com/

(images via LACMA tumblr)

Jul 162015

The Game- It’s Okay (One Blood) ft. Junior Reid

This song was the lead single off The Game’s second album Doctor’s Advocate from 2006. It also features Junior Reid whose song One Blood is sampled. It features the line “You 38 and you still rappin’, ugh”, a reference to Jay-Z, that might feel different to him now at 35.

This Saturday at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, The Game is performing as part of The Art of Rap Festival, which features a huge lineup that includes Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Afrika Bambaataa, Warren G, Xzibit and many more.