2013 music line up

Movies and Live Local Bands

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We are pleased to be partnering with Origami Vinyl, a vinyl record shop and label in Echo Park, to bring you some of LA’s best bands each week. Come out early and show your support of the local music scene.

nightmarecatMay 11 – Brentwood
NIGHTMARE & THE CAT
Nightmare & The Cat are a Los Angeles based five piece and the brainchild of ex-pat British brothers Django and Samuel Stewart. Along with Californian natives Claire Acey (LA), Spike Phillips and Scott Henson (SF) the group have made a name for themselves as a breath of fresh air in the Los Angeles music scene since they formed in 2010.

After a succession of explosive live shows including a unique collaboration with a local circus troupe (Troupe Vertigo) at the Ford Amphitheater, the band put out their first release, ‘Nightmare & The Cat EP’ in 2011. The artwork for the EP was designed by LA – bred artist Gary Baseman with whom the band frequently collaborate and have often performed side by side fusing live music and live painting, most recently at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Django, the younger of the brothers, is a frontman to be reckoned with. He has natural charisma, he is a captivating performer and on top of it all he has a truly exceptional voice which bursts with character. Samuel, three years his brother’s senior, is a talented and wonderfully inventive guitar player who has a flavor all of his own and gives the band a distinct and instantly recognizable sound.

The music created by Nightmare & The Cat is a remarkable combination of soulful, at times folk – tinted rock and dreamy, ethereal pop which features lush three part vocal harmonies floating atop rapturous guitars and heavy grooves.

Whilst touring to promote their EP the brothers and co. caught the ears of many music lovers and the attention of Capitol Records with whom they signed a deal in the summer of 2012, right around the time of their performance at Eat|See|Hear.

Since then, Nightmare and The Cat have been recording their debut album which is to be released later this year on Capitol.

MM Press 1May 18 – Downtown LA Drive-In
MONTË MAR

Montë Mar is a modern alternative/pop band based in Los Angeles. This vibrant quartet weaves thoughtful melodies and sweet harmonies in a sweet palette that can only be described as Californian. Their debut LP “Different Place” was released in October 2011 to much critical acclaim. They have performed on Good Day LA, at Eat|See|Hear & the Make Music Pasadena Festival in 2012 and are regulars at The Satellite, Bootleg Theater and Silverlake Lounge. In 2012, Montë Mar were listed as one of Buzzband’s groups to watch. Known for energetic live shows that are as much a work out for the audience as they are for the band Montë Mar is rapidly taking their place at the heart of SoCal culture.

Montë Mar is Brian Green(vocals, guitar), Bill Zimmerman(vocals, keyboards), Kyle Crane(drums), and Dylan Durboraw(bass).

Ultimate BearhugMay 18 – Downtown LA Drive-In
THE ULTIMATE BEARHUG

A chance encounter at a Southern California loft party in late 2010 sparked a collaboration between the two songwriters at the heart of indie folk-duo The Ultimate Bearhug – the name simply being a reference to their hope that their music “will hug you.” Doll Knight and Barrett Johnson’s impromptu conversation evolved into a late night songwriting session with immediate musical chemistry. As Johnson tells it, “That same night we almost completed a full song and knew we couldn’t stop there.” And indeed, they haven’t. With overwhelming encouragement from local songwriters, the pair spent the following year patiently writing and playing shows at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. The result is their debut full-length album, Just South of Los Angeles. The album bridges the gap between timeless Folk and Indie/Pop, all anchored by Doll’s uniquely expressive and haunting vocals and Barrett’s intricate songwriting which have elicited equal praise and have drawn numerous comparisons to Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux.

DerdeVerde_Resized-3May 25 – Santa Monica
DERDE VERDE
Indie-rock trio Derde Verde craft colorful, chameleon-like song structures sprinkled with noise, analog electronics, melodic guitar lines and rhythmic twists. The L.A. based band named themselves after Val Verde, a rural valley town of coyotes, rolling hills, and big sky, an hour north of the city.

With a range of influences from shoegaze, to krautrock, to indie electronica, the band’s music has been described as “instantly engrossing, buoyed by excellent arrangements and impressive vocal harmonies… Derde Verde may be the closest thing Los Angeles has to its own Radiohead right now” ‹ Tom Child (LA Record).

Their new EP, Let Me Be A Light released this April on 12″ Vinyl, CD, and download, and is now available on iTunes and bandcamp (derdeverde.bandcamp.com).

Praise for Let Me Be A Light EP:

“The spirits of bands like Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Spoon are all at work here, but not always in the way you’d expect. It¹s nice to see a group putting some independence back into indie rock.” ‹ Chris Ziegler (LA WEEKLY)

“Intentionally dense, minimalist, electronics-heavy, post-rock opera with layers of blips and synthetic sounds blending into lush orchestral pieces and starkly original compositions…” ‹ Bobby Tikki (WEEKLY VOLCANO)

ticsquaresxJune 1 – Brentwood
TIC TIC BOOM!

“It’s a Way of Life”

For Mike DeLay and Leilani Francisco, that’s exactly what Tic Tic Boom! has been for the last five years. The two founding members live together above their home studio in Los Angeles. They pride themselves in independently handcrafting everything from start to finish—from the home recordings to screen-printed merch and DIY music videos.

Reasons & Rhymes was released in January 2011, their second EP, which received recognition from several publications including Sonicbids, Buzzbands LA, and The Owl Mag. In April 2012 Tic Tic Boom! released their third EP, Before the Sun Rises, named for their nearly nocturnal writing and recording schedule. Francisco describes the EP as “dealing with concepts of life and death, how all things are cyclical and we’re all just a small piece of an enormous never-ending puzzle. It’s about struggling to understand your place in all of that.” To support their live performance, DeLay and Francisco are joined by Morrison Nichols on drums and Matt Gurgol on bass. Live, Tic Tic Boom! commands the crowd to dance with floor-shaking bass synths, sweeping and sometimes jittery arpeggios, disco-drum beats, and distorted guitars, all under Francisco’s dreamlike vocals.

The band performed an official showcase at SXSW 2012, played the Musician’s Institute tent at The Coachella Music Festival in April 2012 and at Eat|See|Hear in June 2012. Tic Tic Boom!’s music has been placed on programming on ABC Family, Showtime, MTV, Bravo, and the Style Network.

WILL CJune 8 – Pasadena
WiLL COURTNEY
Will Courtney, is a one-time member of beloved Austin band Brothers and Sisters. After living on both coasts as well as back near Austin during the past few years, Courtney is currently in Santa Fe and is prepping his first solo album, which was recorded in Red Rockets Glare in L.A. with Raymond Richards according to a press release from Courtney’s publicist. “There’s No Answer” is the first track to emerge from that album. The song is a simple acoustic-guitar-driven number that emphasizes Courtney’s pleading vocals. Courtney held an album release show at Hotel Vegas in Austin on April 26th and is currently on tour.

Tenlons FortJune 8 – Pasadena
TENLONS FORT
After years of following the melancholic muse resulting in the first three releases The Golden Handshake, Followed By Bad Luck and Forever is a Long Time, Tenlons Fort replaces the meditations of death and doom, with tales of wisdom, patience, and clarity without leaving the emotional territory that has made him an underground favorite since 2005.

BPpressphoto1June 15 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
BEACH PARTY
Somewhere between the very precise surf-pop of Allah-Las and outrageous skate-punk of FIDLAR lies the appropriately named Beach Party, whose lo-fi clamor makes me long for that Nehru shirt I wore in the 7th grade. Beach Party is the brainchild of Rob Banks and James Hurst, who began collaborating only a few months ago. They teamed up with bassist Adam Arcos and drummer Nico Maccioca and have been churning out the rough stuff a song at time ever since. Like a lot of bands resuscitating this era, Beach Party doesn’t seem to aspire to much more than ‹ as their chorus shouts ‹”C’mon, c’mon, let’s have some fun.” As long as the hangover remedies work, it’s hard to campaign against it.

DJneilfogJune 15 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
DJ Neil Schield (Origami Vinyl)

Neil owns Origami Vinyl, a vinyl record shop in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Him and his co-workers at OV host a weekly Record Club night at El Prado on Tuesdays where people can sign up to have them play an entire side of their record of choice. He is also the co-founder of Echo Park Rising, an annual free admission music and arts festival that features over 50 local bands, artists, comics, and entertainers hosted at 50 different participating shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and spaces in the Echo Park community on the 3rd weekend of August.

MAXANDTHEMOONJune 22 – Santa Monica
MAX AND THE MOON

Emerging out of the combustive indie music scene of Southern California in 2009, Max and the Moon and their relentless gig playing have created a buzz that rides on its own frequency. The four-piece band displays a talent for intricate songwriting and sounds that resemble the classic harmonies of the Beach Boys and early Coldplay to the catchy dance beats of Passion Pit. Substance Magazine writes, “their music has a way of pulling you in with their starry guitar echoing in combination with John’s soothing vocals and superb upper register.”

Laden with strong guitar licks, steady piano and punctuated vocal harmonies—the band makes full use of two primary vocalists. Max and the Moon’s “The Way I See,” showcases the band’s songwriting and experimentation with new sounds, expanding their scope and offering a significant contribution to the ever-changing music scene in Los Angeles. “Out of My Head” opens with cleverly conjured sampling of Matt’s unique voice to make us feel the irony of having someone stuck in your head. These guys have a lucid vision and you experience it in their music—think of the Lost Boys landing in LA—that is Max and the Moon. We’re pleased to have them perform for us again and you can also hear their song “Light House” in the 2013 Eat|See|Hear video.

Honeypie press photoJune 29 – Downtown LA Drive- In
HONEYPIE

Honeypie can be described as sweet, pastoral folk with a tinge of old-school country, combining soothing melodies with delicate lyrics. Vocalist Trisha Smith’s understated, evocative ability is alternately spunky and wistful. Their first full-length album was released in the summer of 2012 as a followup to their well-received debut EP. They have garnered numerous OC Weekly and the OC Music Awards accolades since the band’s 2009 inception.

Steelwells - HiResJuly 6 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
THE STEELWELLS

The Steelwells emerged from Orange County in late 2009 with their ‘Shallow on the Draft,’ a bright, guitar-based EP notable for its colorful melodies and sunny disposition. The band ‹Joey Winter, Andrew Eapen, Jonathan Bradley, Robbie Gullage and Billy Kim ‹ diligently worked on songwriting and honing their sound. The results are striking: Steelwells’ new ‘Cool Kids’ EP is less guitar-reliant and heavier on the synths. The approach serves Steelwells’ songs well, as the fivesome slathers electronics onto its guitar-bass-drums to infiltrate the psych-pop ocean, although still buoyantly as ever.” – Buzzbands LA

“Pretty harmonies meet soaring, church-echo guitars. The band has been compared to the Shins, but frontman Joey Winter says classic singer-songwriters influence him more.’Jeff Buckley taught me how to sing, Elvis Costello taught me how to write.’ he says.” – Rolling Stone

BRANCHES_FB-8685 copyJuly 13 – Brentwood
BRANCHES
One of Paste Magazine’s “12 California Acts You Should Listen To Now”, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are an independent, self-writing and self-producing collective. Birthed in a living room in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 2010, Tyler, Natalie, Jacob, Mitch, Tyler, and Mike have since spent their time together making friends, playing shows, and writing and recording the songs for their EPs (“O, Light!”, “Cabin”, “Covers”, “Songs For Christmas”) and their full-length (“Thou Art The Dream”, released 2/12). In their debut EP, ‘O, Light!’, and their sophomore release, ‘Cabin’, Branches offered an eight-song sample of their sound. Through both singalong celebration and solitary longing, the sounds of ‘O, Light!’ and ‘Cabin’ provide the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: Indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and Freelance Whales.

Pouring as much creativity and imagination into every live experience as they have into their studio recordings, they have been honored to sing in such notable California venues like the Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco), the Hotel Cafe (Hollywood) & the Glass House (Pomona), where the band first opened for Tyrone Wells. In April 2011, the band celebrated their first TV spot when their song “Maps of Wars” (O, Light!) was featured on an episode of One Tree Hill (CW), and have since enjoyed a second placement on One Tree Hill, as well as placements on Teen Mom (MTV), The X Factor (Fox), and Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove”.

After nearly a year of dreaming, writing, recording, eating, and praying, these best friends turned band-mates are thrilled and proud to have released their first full-length album, “Thou Art The Dream”. This collection of thirteen songs explore the ideas of doubt, faith, loneliness, love, and above all, hope for life as it was meant to be. About these songs and others, Tyler says, “We write songs that we believe and make music we’d want to listen to. It’s just much more fun that way.” In addition to a fuller track listing, this album also features a wider array of instrumentation, adding ukulele, trombone, trumpet, violin, toy organ, and other fun noises to their existing instrumental buffet. In the wake of its release, Branches are gearing up for another fun year of traveling, singing, and making friends.

When they’re not writing, recording, or playing out up and down the west coast, the band spends their time laughing at each other, frequenting local Mexican cuisine, and loving their lives. Join them for a night of singing and see for yourself what their music is all about.

Watch “Halo” (Beyonce cover).

VUM promo shot
July 20 – Santa Monica
VUM
“I recommend it”- Henry Rollins, KCRW

“Minimal and elusive”- August Brown, LA Times

“[M]usic for people who see all too well in the dark”- Chris Ziegler, LA Weekly

VUM began in 2008 as the songwriting duo Jennifer Pearl and Christopher Badger working in and out of the Secret Lodge in Topanga Canyon, CA. Partners in crime, and co-conspirators for this new throbbing noir heartbeat, the two tread a deceptively minimalist path. Their debut EP “Strange Attractor” manages to be the desert, the tropics, and “the streets” all at once. In 2011, VUM released their first full-length album, Night Sun, on Secret Lodge Recordings. Night Sun lead the listener further into the jungle-choked latitudes of distant locales and explored the dark side of psychic war, whilst becoming a favorite of the underground blogosphere and a staple on Henry Rollins KCRW radio show.

VUM now includes live drummer/percussionist, Scott Spaulding, who makes his first appearance on their 2012 seven inch single release- Laura Palmer/Are You Animal? (Secret Lodge Recordings). These two tracks show a shift deeper into the darkwave/ pop-noir spectrum of VUM’s aesthetic. Laura Palmer was hailed as a song that “will forever be cemented into your mind as a song that you loved deeply” by bloggers, a “pop culture fav” by USA Today, and is in constant rotation on L.A.’s college radio KXLU and in Rollins’ Saturday night KCRW set.

VUM is now in the studio preparing for their highly anticipated 2nd full-length release.

Cerny Bros Photo
July 27 – Downtown LA Drive-In
THE CERNY BROTHERS
The Cerny Brothers have been playing music together since they were just young bucks, coming up together in a rural Illinois town. While the music itself has taken on different forms over the years, it has always had one simple and cellular foundation in which it is firmly based: brotherhood. That’s right; there are no gimmicks or posturing to be found here. Their kinship is legitimate. It’s one that has stood up against the test of time, carrying them from their adolescent and early adult years in the Midwest, to their long journey west to their current base, Los Angeles.

After initially performing as a duo, the brothers were honored to welcome drummer Cody Fontes and upright bassist Gabe Davis to the family. In 2012 the band worked nonstop, playing over sixty shows, embarking on two tours, and returning home to Illinois to record a Daytrotter Session. The band couldn?t be more excited for what lies ahead in 2013, especially the release of their new album.

Recorded in the small farming community of Ojai, CA, The Cerny Brothers teamed-up with producer Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros hit record “Here”) for their second album. On their sophomore effort, The Cerny Brothers embraced a more stripped down and exciting sound that not only reintroduces them as a band, but also captures the striking energy that can be found at any Cerny Brothers live show. It’s raw, it’s driving, and it finds it’s home in truths that are unique to each and every listener.

The Cerny Brothers play music that inspires a sincere and genuine connection between them and their fans a connection that is unique, timeless, and simply cannot be ignored.

miracleparade
July 27 – Downtown LA Drive-In
MIRACLE PARADE
Perhaps what is at once so fragile and haunting about “Hark!…And Other Lost Transmissions”, the debut album from Miracle Parade, is that it subtly finds a way into the creeks and cracks of our everyday experiences. The music is steeped in low-fi brilliance and rustic ambience, evoking artists that shaped him: Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, The Byrds, and Judee Sill. Woven into each harmony drenched lyric is an undeniable urgency; each song has a story it is desperate to tell, yet only has the length of the song to tell it.

Miracle Parade began in 2010 as a studio experiment for The Everyday Visuals’ front man Christopher Pappas and has since evolved into a full-fledged alter ego for the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. After recording some bedroom demos, Miracle Parade caught the ear of Rilo Kiley’s bassist Pierre De Reeder, who then signed Miracle Parade to his label, Little Record Company. Christopher moved to Los Angeles and began working on his label debut with Pierre at the engineering helm.

Christopher has been making music for the better part of his life. Born in the woods of New Hampshire to an artist mother and a musician father, he spent his youth writing, playing, and recording songs on his father’s old reel to reel tape machine. Since the days in his parents’ attic, this prolific artist has written countless number of songs, recorded albums, and toured all over the US. He also wrote an award winning musical “Pope! An Epic Musical” that has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Perhaps most remarkably, in May of 2010 Christopher made headlines in Boston when he became the first artist in history to headline the Middle East Downstairs with a 30-piece orchestra he assembled. The full orchestra, conducted by Christopher himself, premiered 3 new orchestral works that he composed.

Haunted Summer picAugust 3 – Santa Monica
HAUNTED SUMMER

Watch “Bees” (Animal Collective cover) shot at The Echo.

Haunted Summer crafts languid pop music, adorned with orchestral strings and electronic textures that recall Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips.” -Candice Aman (KXSC Radio)

“Their brand of dream pop feels timeless, with just the right amount of youthful nostalgia to woo your ears into submission. Moody’s smooth, light as air vocals captivate like a siren of the sea, while the arrangements are lush and seductive, but never pushy. It’s a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day with an extra bit of magic.” -Jacqueline Caruso (The Deli Magazine LA)

“There’s no question that whatever is haunting Moody and Seasons is steering the duo toward a beautiful place.” -Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA)

“Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia.” -Billy Gil (Amoeba Blog)

georgeglassAugust 10 – Brentwood
GEORGE GLASS
George Glass is a flailing Charlie Brown foot aimed deadeye at Lucy’s football, which isn’t a football at all, look closer, it is flatter and it’s grayer, and it’s squat and it is gritty and it’s a rectangle, hard as tooth, a cinderblock that on contact makes toes crumble into plum flesh.

George Glass is another collapsible night spent sleeping crooked on the floor of the storage closet, or the practice space, or a bored ex-lover’s kitchen linoleum, a linen sack of unread headlines and bylines and buried ledes your only timid cushion.

George Glass is the split-second afterimage lingering on a boxy woodframed television screen in 1986, when all that remains of the saucy charm and the hardpack body and the teased hair of craven ecstasy is a wisp of light that may exist only in your eye.

George Glass is a band from Los Angeles. Watch “Welcome Home”

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August 17 – Beverly Hills
LOOMIS & THE LUST
Loomis & the Lust are an independent California pop rock band based out of Santa Barbara that gained recognition in 2009 with the release of their first EP Nagasha and their single “Bright Red Chords” which was featured on MTV Iggy and MTVU. Loomis and the Lust was named one of the Top 25 Best New Bands in the World by MTV Iggy in 2010.

Loomis & the Lust’s song “Bright Red Chords” won MTVu’s ‘Freshman’ music video award and the band wrote a tour blog for MTV Iggy on MTV Iggy containing humorous tales and video clips of life on the road.

Their 2010 EP Space Camp contained the single “A.D.D.” which went viral on YouTube gaining over 500,000 hits, and “Good Time Lover” which was featured in an episode of NCIS L.A. Their song “Bright Red Chords” was featured in an episode of Blue Mountain State. Loomis and the Lust won the $25,000 prize at the “Artist on the Verge” contest gaining them a feature in Billboard Magazine put on by OurStage.com and the New Music Seminar.

In April 2012 Loomis and the Lust released their 3rd EP “Sports Suck”, along with videos for their singles “My Fix” and “Sports Suck”.

somanywizardsAugust 24 – Downtown LA Drive-In
SO MANY WIZARDS

So Many Wizards, a dynamic four piece from Los Angeles, has been causing a stir with furious live performances and a sound that Aquarium Drunkard describes as an ‘enigmatic blend of pop, rock, ballads, and zany nuggets that come together to form a cohesive whole.’ The band started as the solo project of Nima Kazerouni, who crafted the first So Many Wizards songs to cope with his anxiety after a childhood that began with an escape from war-torn Iran and took him through Europe, South America, and a month in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica before landing him in LA. On the strength of his debut EP, Tree, Kazerouni found a community of musicians at famed underground venues like the Smell and Pehrspace and recruited a band of scene veterans including Erik Felix, Geoff Geis, and Frank Maston.

As a four-piece, the band has become a centerpiece of LA’s vibrant DIY scene, recently representing the ‘new class’ at the Smell’s sold out 14th Anniversary show with Best Coast and Abe Vigoda. A staple of Southern California college radio since the 2009 release of ‘Fly a Kite,’ So Many Wizards earned airplay on BBC 1 with the 2011 single ‘Inner City’ and was subsequently invited to tour the UK in March of 2012. The band released critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Warm Nothing’ on JAXART Records August of 2012 and performed on the final night of Eat|See|Hear on September 15th 2012. The band is currently touring in support of “Warm Nothing” while working on the follow up sophomore release out later in 2013.

Torches Press PhotoAugust 31 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
TORCHES

Watch “When You Gonna”

T O R C H E S are a rock outfit that have been hypnotizing and swooning the Los Angeles scene. Their sound is comprised of lush guitars, vocal harmonies and tribal drums. Singer, Azad Cheikosman and drummer, Eric Fabbro formed this band after years of bashing away in a hot and sweaty garage, only to grow tired of playing covers.The band previously consisted of five, but went down to a more cohesive number of three members. In fact, former bassist, Bridgette Moody learned how to play bass the same week that the band was set to play a show in Los Angeles back in 2010. Although she has left the band, Azad and Eric continue their journey, new bass player and all.

T O R C H E S music has been aired on KROQ, KCRW, KPFK, KXLU and many stations all across the U.S. They have also been featured in BBC, LA Times, Filter Magazine, RCRD LBL, Buzz Bands LA etc. The band has played mostly every nook and cranny in packed L.A. venues and have shared the stage with bands such as Sea Wolf, Andrew W.K., Atlas Genius and other great acts. They’ve toured throughout the US and played at SXSW and CMJ 2012. Torches have been fortunate enough to work with Local Natives‘ producer, Raymond Richards, David Newton (The Soft Pack, The Henry Clay People, Happy Hollows) and Jeff Lipton who has mastered records for some of today’s most intriguing artists (Arcade Fire, Wilco, Andrew Bird).This trio is excited to put out records, pet as many animals as humanly possible, see the world, meet weird looking people, share experiences and much more.

…Formerly…Torches In Trees

YRS PRESS MAIN Station (HIRES)September 7 – Santa Monica
YELLOW RED SPARKS
Good coffee, cold weather, friends, family, trials, and tribulations. For some, these are the ins-and-out of everyday life. But for Yellow Red Sparks, this daily make-up holds the inspiration for their craft. The California based indie-folk trio possess a staggering ability to take seemingly normal circumstances, rewrite them with an uninhibited honesty and wistful beauty, and turn them into vivid scenes as told through their unique brand of cinematic folk.

Originally a moniker for California-based solo performer Joshua Hanson, Yellow Red Sparks now represents a trio, also comprised of Sara Lynn Nishikawa (upright bass/vocals), and Goldy (drums/vocals). Together, the three recreate Hanson’s songwriting by blending lush harmonies and haunting melodies with softly echoed vocals, as so effortlessly demonstrated on their first self titled album, which was released on January 29, 2013, and produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly), mixed by Grammy award winner, Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, We Are Scientists), and mastered by multi-Grammy award winner, Brian Lucey (The Shins, Sigur Rós, The Black Keys).

The self-titled release is a spartan collection of short stories that, as principal songwriter, Joshua explains, is but a foreword into a much grander narrative. “Just like being human, this record as a whole goes through many emotions and each song on its own is meant to paint a portion of a picture,” he muses. “I don’t believe that it’s possible to share everything a writer is feeling or trying to convey within 3 ½ minutes of a track.”

From the high energy guitar of “Scents And Sensibility” to the heartfelt strings on “Happiness Comes In A Box,” Yellow Red Sparks’ first release is a mature accomplishment for the band, and garnered attention from an extensive range of tastemakers. The band have since gone on to win two accolades for their local OC Music Awards in the Best Folk category and opened for the likes of Local Natives, Sea Wolf, The Jezabels, and Aqualung.

Watch “A Play To End All Plays”

lafont
September 14 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
LA FONT
Meet Danny Bobbe: nightbus intellectual, enfant terrible, LA Font frontman. Born in Alaska, then transplanted to Los Angeles from Montana in 2008 with little more than a Volvo station wagon to his name, he¹s since established himself as one of the city’s most compelling songwriters. (The Volvo met a worse fate.) LA Font’s songs are indie rock laced with hooks, jutting with spiky guitars on loan from Pavement, and they take an outsider’s perspective on hipsters and gangsters; traumatic brain injury and Sidney Crosby; the homeless in Santa Monica and on Skid Row; crumbling friendships and the subway hucksters selling something that they swear is 14-karat gold (“and truthfully,” Bobbe wails in “White Man,” “it’s really hard to say”). For LA Font, the city is bleak, gritty, laden with traps ­ but it remains a place that promises change to the courageous.

We are stoked to have LA Font return for an encore Eat|See|Hear performance this year!

DJneilfogSeptember 14 – LA State Historic Park, Downtown
DJ Neil Schield (Origami Vinyl)

Neil owns Origami Vinyl, a vinyl record shop in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Him and his co-workers at OV host a weekly Record Club night at El Prado on Tuesdays where people can sign up to have them play an entire side of their record of choice. He is also the co-founder of Echo Park Rising, an annual free admission music and arts festival that features over 50 local bands, artists, comics, and entertainers hosted at 50 different participating shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and spaces in the Echo Park community on the 3rd weekend of August.