We’ve got another great line up of music in store for this year. Check this page regularly as we will be adding bios and links for all of the bands playing this year.
May 9 | Santa Monica HSMolly Moore
Molly Moore is a genuine chameleon who writes songs from deep within. In her recently recorded songs available on Soundcloud like “Natural Disaster”, “Hallucinating”, and “Break”, the singer/songwriter moves seamlessly from lighter folk-influenced sounds through to darker and sometimes edgy pop that comes from a variety of influences. Her songs beckon and feed off of a large audience of diverse listeners.
May 16 | Santa Monica HSMilo Bloom
Combine the allure of modern electronic music with a soulful vocal lead and you might find yourself somewhere in between Milo Bloom’s spectrum. Producer King Cosa teams up with vocalist Milo Bloom to debut their introductory EP, Summer Nights. “…feels like one of those evening you work up a sweat and then find a merciful breeze somewhere. Cool down. (Buzzbands)
May 23 | The AutryDark Furs
Dark Furs is a female-fronted independent rock band. Founded in East Los Angeles, a chance connection in 2011 between UK-raised vocalist Suzanne May and LA native Chad Philipps sparked an immediate songwriting partnership. They mix intricate melody lines and commanding vocals with dark and dreamy instrumentals to create their own brand of “Mood Rock.” In 2013, the duo headed into the studio to record their self-titled EP with producer Dan Long (Henry Clay People, Local Natives) which BuzzBands.LA described as “a sophisticated reverie” and landed them on multiple Bands to Watch lists. They recently completed the recording of their follow-up EP at Jim Henson Studios with producer Nico Essig, slated for a Spring release. Dark Furs is ready to kick off 2014 with new music, videos, and an international tour.
May 30 | Santa Monica HSDutch Party
Originally from San Francisco, lead singer, guitarist and producer for Dutch Party, Ken Franklin,incorporates and balances styles that exist at different ends of the musical spectrum. Franklin has developed a unique sound suited for the analog-versus-digital generation, citing key influences from David Bowie, Beck, The Beatles and The Tallest Man On Earth, as well as M83 and Emil and Friends.
In 2014, Franklin teamed up with LA studio owner, Matt Moore, to begin work on a debut LP. After an early demo was leaked to friends in NYC, Manhattan entrepreneur and nightlife icon Brendan Fallis wanted to partner-up with fellow talent house, Matte Babel, to form Dutch Party’s team. Recruiting former Hot Hot Heat guitarist, Luke Paquin, and Warped Tour veteran Xander Burmer, Dutch Party has taken shape to be one of the groundbreaking bands to watch out for in 2015.
June 6 | The AutryAlec Benjamin
Alec Benjamin, a 20-year-old singer, songwriter, once dreamed of rap superstardom, but upon entering high school, began broadening his music preferences to include iconic musicians like Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. “It quickly dawned on me that I was strumming along with the chords of songs that transformed generations. The words that I was singing united me with millions of people across the globe who share the same genuine love for this music as I do.” It was this realization that inspired him to take another stab at writing his own songs, only this time he aimed to pen soulful melodies instead of rhymes. Today, Alec is working hard on his debut album, which will be released this year through Columbia Records. “We all come from different walks of life,” he explains, “but music is a common denominator for all of us, something we all share.”
June 20 | Santa Monica HSOYLS
OYLS was conceived on an Amtrak train somewhere along the hour-and a half stretch between Davis and Berkeley California. David Kirshenbaum, the taller half of the OYLS duo, proudly recalls, “Michael had just suffered a break-up and so it was the perfect time to convince him to get back into music.” Some tears, several glasses of scotch, and one all-nighter later, “Dots and Dashes” was born and what started as a therapeutic jam session, soon revealed itself to be the creation of an entirely new sound. OYLS seamlessly blends the writing ethic of rock, soul and motown with a rhythmic backbone that draws from a 21st century electronic landscape. Drawing comparisons to James Blake, Alt-J, and Disclosure, OYLS finds itself at a new frontier of electronic music, and lends a melodic and lyrical vulnerability to a genre that is too often poetically terse…
June 27 | Santa Monica HSHaunted Summer w/ Brendan Eder Ensemble
The music of Haunted Summer definitely fulfills the definition of dream pop. The lyrical content relies heavily on longing for and reveling in young love. This is a young band with a high ceiling, I would not be surprised if these songs break out nationally. The title track ends with “No one will love you when you are loved” however this band has love to spare, and I except big things coming their way. -Scott Schultz (LA Record)
July 4 | Santa Monica HSSuspect
Suspect mixes a wide variety of influences into the project creating a heavy and driving sound that captures their love for old school funk/soul as well their appreciation for blues/rock. With influences that range anywhere from artists such as Parliament to Jeff Buckley, Suspect has created a persona that not only digs deep into the emotion of every story they tell but that also transcends the story into your body with a groove that will force you to get down.
July 11 | Pasadena City HallyOya
yOya is the project of longtime songwriting partners Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich. They grew up to the sound of rain in the fir trees of Corvallis, Oregon and “Graceland” on cassette. They’re a unique mix of folk-hearted songs, intricate vocal harmony, gritty synths and thundering electronic beats. In addition to Eat|See|Hear, yOya is performing at Brokechella and Make Music Pasadena this summer.
July 18 | The AutryPaul Bergmann w/ Young Creatures
“With clean, true purpose and burnished artistic vision, Bergmann channels himself now into partnership with Fairfax Recordings. Abiding by Bob Dylan’s folk philosophy of placing the integrity of the song before all else, Bergmann has been spending more time on the writing process than ever before. In his current creative efforts, he’ll tell you that he strives for honesty but not overexposure, vulnerability but not weakness, straightforwardness but not simplicity. He takes inspiration from the natural side of Los Angeles: the beach, the woods, and the outdoors – as well as a near constant stream of Neil Young’s On the Beach. Produced by Kevin Augunas and Nick Waterhouse and featuring the legendary Jimmie Haskell on strings, the tracks are set to release in early 2015 with a full LP on the way.”
July 25 | Santa Monica HSThe Neighbors
August 8 | Pasadena City HallValley Queen
Six years ago, Valley Queen’s front woman Natalie Carol drove to Los Angeles on a whim, looking to expand her musical horizons. After a lonely and frustrating year, she was on the verge of returning home when she happened upon an acoustic jam session where she met guitarist David Donaldson. Carol was immediately reminded of the comfort and friendliness of her Arkansas roots. She could hear traces of her hometown influences in his riffs. The two began collaborating, exchanging ideas and drawing in other like-minded musicians. “It gave us all something to rest our heads upon, a musical family that became a home for us all,” says Carol. Today, Valley Queen is a hybrid of southern rock and Motown, with traces of 1970s canyon rock. “Carnival”, the A- side on their debut 7” produced by Lewis Pesacov, embodies these influences as Meadors sings about creating a supportive artistic community in Echo Park.
August 15 | The AutryJr.
August 22 | La Cienega ParkTopher Mohr
After a hiatus to record and tour the world with artists such as Mayer Hawthorne and Alice Smith, Topher Mohr returned as a solo artist in 2013 with the release of his second studio album, “Phlotilla”. The album went on to be added at over 140 college radio stations. At college radio, the album was in medium to heavy rotation at over 50 of those stations, holding the #1 spot at ten. Additionally, songs off the album began finding their way onto other non-commercial stations such as the storied KCRW in Los Angeles and was a featured “My Morning Download” at WXPN Philadelphia. He was also featured on Vice Magazine’s Noisey music blog.
August 29 | The AutryOpus Orange
Opus Orange consists of natural rhythms, hammered piano harmonics, acoustic guitar, pop melodies, and incessant group percussion. When packaged together, they capture a memorable Indie Pop sound.
September 12 | Pasadena City HallTorches
TORCHES are an indie rock group tied together by a shared nostalgia from the music of their youth and dreams for the future. They have been making their mark in the LA music scene with their dark, indie/rock – filled with lush guitars, infectious harmonies, and pounding, tribal drums.
In May of 2013, the group headlined a successful LA residency at The Echo. They garnered the attention of KROQ, Alt 98.7 FM, LA Weekly, FILTER Magazine and shared the stage with bands such as Wild Nothing, Atlas Genius, The Drums, Peace and more.
The sounds of Torches have made airtime on KROQ, KCRW, MTV’s Catfish and Underemployed.” They have also been featured in NYLON Magazine, BBC, LA Times, Interview Magazine, etc.