Jun 302016
 

Alice Bag Band- Gluttony

The above video is from the Penelope Spheeris’ LA punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization and features the band’s 1980 performance.

Lead singer and LA native Alice Bag just released her debut self titled album this month and is having a record release party on Saturday 7/2/16 at The Echo with Generacion Suicida and Fatty Cake and the Puff Pasties opening.

For more information on Alice Bag, check out her website or this excellent article from Remezcla.

Jun 302016
 

Alice Bag- Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/30-7/4/16)-

Thursday

LACMA is screening Robert Altman’s rarely shown made for TV film Nightmare in Chicago

Peach Kelli Pop are performing at the Death Valley Girls Album Release Party at the Echoplex

For Excavating the Ten Commandments at the Hammer Museum, artist Daniel R. Smith and Jack Green will be discussing Smith’s contribution to the exhibition Made in LA

Madame Ghandi are performing as part of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s After 5 series at the gallery (free with RSVP)

Friday

DJ Nights at The Music Center is curated this week by Money Mark and features the band Very Be Careful and other Cumbia music

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Jaws

Friday-Monday

The Anime Expo is at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Saturday

Punk legend Alice Bag is performing at The Echo for the release of her debut solo album, with Generacion Suicida, and Fatty Cake and the Puff Pastries opening

Coming to America is the outdoor movie at The Autry this week

Bloodboy, Figs Vision and Michael Leier are playing as part of Union Station’s Summer Concerts Kick-Off Night (free)

Sunday

Angel City Brewery is celebrating the 4th a day early with ‘Merica Fest featuring live music and a BBQ

The Rock N Roll Flea Market is on at The Regent Theater and The Love Song Bar is having Boozy Brunch Bingo where you can win concert tickets while you drink bottomless mimosas

Monday (July 4th)

Happy 4th of July!  If you are looking for somewhere to watch fireworks, LAist has the best list of where to see them

Jun 252016
 

The Roots- How I Got Over

This song is from The Roots 2010 album of the same name and was used on the film Night Catches Us, which The Roots scored.

The Roots are playing at The Novo in Los Angeles with special guests T.I., The Internet, and more on Saturday June 25th, 2016. This is part of the BET Experience, which has numerous paid and free events all weekend at LA Live.

Jun 232016
 

Plants and Animals- Stay

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/23-6/27/16)-

Thursday

The Ace Hotel is hosting a screening of the John Waters narrated documentary, Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence, presented by Juztapoz Magazine and International Documentary Association and followed by a Q&A led by Cheech Marin featuring director Roger Gastman, TAKI183 and KOOL KLEPTO KIDD.

Artist Lara Schnitger is speaking at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and Moon Uterus are performing as part of the gallery’s After 5 programming (free with RSVP)

Nothing are playing with Wrong, Tennis System, Culture Abuse and Big Jesus at the Echoplex

Cub Sport are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Plants and Animals are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Royal Canoe

General Assembly in Santa Monica is hosting a day of free programming for creatives with a wrap party at the end as part of their Made in LA week long event

Cherry Glazerr is headlining a night at The Troubadour

Moby will be discussing his memoir Porcelain with KCRW’s Jason Bentley at Skirball ($5 for the ticket, $31 with the book)

Toro y Moi are DJ’ing a free art event at The Container Yard

Roses, Dunes, Mirror Travel and Jess Williamson are playing a $5 show at the Ham & Eggs Tavern

Saturday

Self Help Graphics & Art is having their Annual Print Fair & Exhibition

Dazed and Confused is the outdoor movie at The Autry with the band MASZER playing beforehand

Raising Arizona is the outdoor movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Summer and Music, Downtown Long Beach’s summer long concert series, begins with 720 Pine which has an emphasis on skateboarding, and musical guests including Devendra Banhart DJ’ing

The Roots & Special Guests are playing at The Novo

Cold Showers are headlining a night of bands at Complex in Glendale

Saturday and Sunday

CatCon LA is back at The Reef with two full days of cat related programming. On Saturday, as part of CatCon, there is CatVideoFest, 70 minutes of non-stop cat videos at The Ace Hotel hosted by comedian Andy Milonakis

Sunday

Painter and muralist Kim West will be speaking at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery (free with RSVP)

Casket Girls are part of the lineup for Graveface Records Roadshow at the Bootleg Theater

Jun 172016
 

Mavis Staples + Jeff Tweedy- You Are Not Alone (Acoustic)

This song is an acoustic version of the title track from Mavis Staples’ 2010 album, which was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The song was also written by Tweedy.

Mavis Staples has had a long career. She started off singing with her father and two sisters in The Staple Singers. They were active in the civil rights movement (her father was friends with Martin Luther King Jr.)  and had multiple hits in the 1970′s including the songs Respect Yourself and I’ll Take You There. Her solo career includes recording two albums produced by Prince (in 1989 and 1993), a concept album produced by Ry Cooder, We’ll Never Turn Back (2007), and most recently releasing, Livin on a High Note (2016), which features production by M. Ward and songs written by Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Justin Vernon.

For more information on her life, as well as some wonderful quotes and anecdotes from Mavis Staples herself, check out this Guardian article from this year-  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/12/mavis-staples-i-often-think-what-would-have-happened-if-id-married-bob-dylan

Mavis Staples is opening for Bob Dylan at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight 6/16/16.

Jun 162016
 

Mashrou’ Leila- Maghawir (acoustic for NPR’s Tiny Desk)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/16-6/19/16)-

Thursday

After 5 has singer songwriter Sara Lov performing as part of gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel‘s weekly series. Photographer Robert Cumming will be signing his book The Difficulties of Nonsense at the bookstore there as well.

The Pharcyde are playing a $5 show at The Novo

Hammer Museum is hosting a Bloomsday celebration with dramatic readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses, live songs, live music, and Guiness on tap in the courtyard (free)

Sepalcure is playing at the Echoplex

Mavis Staples is opening for Bob Dylan at The Shrine Auditorium

Thursday-Sunday (until 7/31)

Materials & Applications is hosting TURF: A Mini-Golf Project in which  a corner lot in Echo Park is transformed into a functional mini-golf course with obstacles created by architects, designers and artists who won its 2015 competition “to design a single architectural obstacle that investigates a contemporary Los Angeles condition”

Friday

Mashrou’ Leila are playing a free show as part of Grand Performances at the California Plaza

The Music Center’s late night event Sleepless returns with a special hip-hop edition- DJ’s , dance crews, roller skating, live graffiti painting ($30 tickets go on sale Friday 6/17 at 10 am)

Toots and The Maytals are playing at The Fonda

Jaill are playing at The Blindspot Project with Warbly Jets

The Odd Market is back at The Autry with live music, food and crafts (free)

Saturday

Moses Sumney is performing a free show at the Getty Center for Saturdays Off the 405

Cults, Wavves, Allah-Las and more are playing Sunstock Solar Festival at The Autry with all profits used to install solar power for Kids Cancer Connection ($20)

The first of Chinatown’s Summer Nights has performances, DJs, vendors, a beer garden, and a list of bands performing that includes The Lonely Wild (free)

Sunday

Mrs. Magician are playing with Junk, and GRMLN at the Hi Hat

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is back to transform Paseo Colorado (also on Saturday)

Hibou, So Many Wizards, and Nic Hessler are playing at The Echo