Jul 202017
 

Lo Moon- Loveless

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/20-7/24/17)-

Thursday

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner & James McAlister are performing their album PLANETARIUM at Hollywood Forever

The band Kinky is playing a soundtrack they created for Weird Science at this installment of Bring the Noise, LACMA’s music and film program

Pasadena Museum of California Art is free, open late tonight, and includes a conversation between curator John David O’Brien and artist Rebecca Ripple about the current group exhibition Interstitial

Hammer Museum’s music program RebelRebel continues this week with Elohim and Suzi Analogue (free)

Mr. Elevator are opening for classic rock band Eric Burdon and The Animals at the Santa Monica Pier (free)

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting a free music night tonight with Zola Jesus, Lawrence Rothman, Smerz and DJ Michael Stock (make sure to RSVP)

Vundabar are opening for Rozwell Kid at The Hi Hat

Friday

MNDSGN is playing a free show at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

L.A. Live’s Dark Nights returns with live music and entertainment, live painting, a market, $5 drink and food specials, and more (free)

The theme for this week’s Dance Downtown in Grand Park is Bollywood (free)

Santoros are having a Vinyl Release Party at The Echo with So Many Wizards and Wyatt Blair opening

It’s FYF Fest time and tickets are available at this writing for the Friday and Sunday shows- tonight’s lineup includes Missy Elliot, Bjork, Thee Oh Sees, Slowdive, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Flying Lotus, Beach Fossils, Angel Olsen and more

Odd Nights returns to the Autry Museum with live music, a market and  late hours for select galleries ($5)

Saturday

Lo Moon is opening for Mondo Cozmo and Paul Oakenfold at KCRW’s Sound in Focus event in the park outside Annenberg Space for Photography (free but you must RSVP)

Bergamot Station is hosting Summer Celebration, an all day event that includes performances, artist talks, workshops, live music and more (free)

Beta Main is hosting a panel discussion with photographers Valerie J. Bower, Arlene Mejorado, and Desilu Muñoz moderated by Star Montana

The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills is having a free Night Sky Festival with kids activities, Native American night sky stories, a science presentation and telescope viewings

Moaning, Soccer Mommy and Shannon Lay are opening for Stef Chura at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

If you loved Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is offering two chances to see creator Joel Hodgson and host Jonah Heston, along with Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy and more, as they offer their running commentary on fan fave Eegah for the first show and a yet to be announced film for the second show

Check out the last day of FYF Fest with a lineup that includes Nine Inch Nails, Iggy Pop, Run the Jewels, Ty Segall, Temples, Solange, Blonde Redhead, Moses Sumney, and more

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be performing a tribute to the musical work of Stephen Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl for Sondheim on Sondheim, with special guests that include Vanessa Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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.

Oct 162015
 

Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha- Close Your Eyes and Count to F**k

Director A.G. Rojas’ statement about the video via Revolt.tv

When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another.  Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

I am really proud of where we ended up, and I am very thankful that our actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield committed to these characters 100%. They breathed complex life into two people who are usually portrayed in simplistic ways—as archetypes. I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don’t numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.

And from the Youtube description-

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.” Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world.

Run the Jewels are playing in Pomona tonight 10/16/15- http://www.foxpomona.com/events/detail/278423

Oct 152015
 

Run The Jewels- Banana Clipper (feat. Big Boi)

Killer Mike and El-P’s collaboration, Run The Jewels, is having a good year. They played Coachella this past April and are now on tour around the country. There are tickets available for their show at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Friday 10/16/15, which is the closest they are coming to Los Angeles for awhile.

The song above is off their first self titled album from 2013 and has Big Boi of Outkast, providing guest vocals. Killer Mike was featured on Outkast’s 2001 song The Whole World.  Currently their second album, Run The Jewels 2, is on their website as a free download. You can also download a free version of that album remixed by Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Dan the Automator and more, with cat sounds added, called Meow the Jewels, created after a very popular Kickstarter campaign.