Sep 292016
 

DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels- Nobody Speak

DJ Shadow is playing a sold out show tonight, 9/29/16, at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles with Noer the Boy. His new album, The Mountain Will Fall, featuring the track above, was released in June of this year. Watch for cameos in the video of DJ Shadow (in a wig) and the members of Run The Jewels.

Aug 042016
 

Radiohead- No Surprises

This song is from Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer, which was released in 1997. The video was directed by Grant Gee, who also followed the band on tour after the release of the album. The result was Meeting People is Easy, a combination music video/documentary from which the clip below is from. Thom Yorke’s struggles to hold his breath through numerous frustrating takes gives a new appreciation for the video’s visual success.

Radiohead are playing two shows in Los Angeles on 8/4 and 8/8 at The Shrine Auditorium.

Jul 212016
 

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Electricity

This is from OMD’s eponymous 1980 album and was also their debut single.

The band are opening for the Barenaked Ladies at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles along with Howard Jones on Sunday 7/24/16.

Jul 072016
 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- Man on Fire

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros are playing a free show on Saturday (7/9/16) outside the Annenberg Center for Photography in Century City for KCRW’s Sound in Focus series.

RSVP to get tickets

Jul 072016
 

The Light Surgeons- SuperEverything trailer

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/7-7/10/16)-

Thursday

Poolside is performing at the Hammer Museum’s free musical series Disappear Here

Alina Baraz is opening for Mayer Hawthorne at this week’s free concert at Santa Monica Pier and if you go make sure to check out the art installation Light Wave on view every Thursday in conjunction with the concerts

The Craft & Folk Art Museum is having its CraftNight- this time it’s making foam stamps to create block prints and patterns on fabric ($8 includes materials, drinks and snacks- RSVP here)

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Black Lives Matter Network Art + Culture Director Tanya Lucia Bernard are in conversation at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA about their ideas and work as artists, activists, and organizers. (free)

Sam Gellaitry is playing at the El Rey Theatre

New Madrid are playing with The Electric West and Coco Morier at The Satellite

Friday

UK audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons are collaborating with a group of Malaysian artists and musicians for a free cinema performance of SuperEverything at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performances

Body Language are playing at Resident

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is hosting Midnight Party, a free event celebrating the completion of artist Tim Youd’s storefront performance and the release of Artillery’s summer issue (11pm-2am)

Royal Headache are playing at The Echo with Toys That Kill and Zig Zags

Saturday

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros are playing a free show in Century Park outside the Annenberg Center for Photography for KCRW’s Sound in Focus Series (RSVP here)

Renegade Craft Fair returns to Grand Park (also Sunday)

Twisted at the Pike is the carnival themed event of Downtown Long Beach’s Summer and Music programming- this time with Gardens & Villa headlining

Mexrissey, who sing Morrissey songs in Spanish, are performing a free show at California Plaza as part of Grand Performances

Kevin Morby is performing a free show at The Getty for their Saturdays off the 405 music series

Sunday

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst are discussing their book Relationship with Jack Halberstam at Skylight Books

Artist Jorge R. Guttierez is speaking at Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown (Good Luck Gallery and Coagula Curatorial are also having events that day)

Performance artists Dynasty Handbag, Seth Bogart and Robin Reiser are performing at El Cid for Weirdo Night

Odonis Odonis are playing at The Echo with Cloudland Canyon and Cellars

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 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 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

Jun 102016
 

Sheila E- The Glamorous Life

This song, from Sheila E.’s 1984 debut album of the same name, was written by Prince. The two worked together most famously in the 1980′s when she sang on his single Erotic City and opened for him on the Purple Rain tour. She also served as drummer and musical director for Prince’s back up band on the Sign of the Times, Black Album and Lovesexy tours.  She would continue working with Prince after this period off and on throughout his career. It was announced this week that she will be one of the performers in the Prince tribute at the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday, June 26.

Sheila E. has also worked with other famous musicians including Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Ringo Starr. Her father is percussionist Pete Escovedo, Together they will be playing in his orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, June 12th, for The Playboy Jazz Festival.