Jul 232015
 

Ducktails- Headbanging In The Mirror

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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)*

Feb 262015
 

Jon Brion- You Can Still Ruin My Day

Even if you have not heard of composer, musician and producer Jon Brion, chances are you probably have heard something he created or participated in creating. He has produced albums for a huge list of artists including Best Coast, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Spoon, and of Montreal.  He also co-produced Kanye West’s Late Registration.

Brion also composed the scores and created original music for a number of films including Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, ParaNorman, and Synecdoche.

This Friday (2/27) he is playing original music and covers at Largo- http://www.largo-la.com/event/758633-jon-brion-los-angeles/

Dec 122013
 

Kanye West- Through The Wire

This song was released in 2003 and was on his debut album- The College Dropout. The song is about his near fatal car accident in 2002.  At this time he was known mainly as a producer and was trying to prove he could be a rapper.

Fame and personal tragedy have certainly had their effect on Kanye over the past 10 years, but it’s still interesting to look back and see where it all began.