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I purchased a lot of music in 2014. A ton of CDs, a couple of cassettes, and a few digital purchases. I’m also a lover of the vinyl format … but with the generally higher prices for vinyl, I’ve had to be a bit more selective with my decisions as to what new LP gets added to my racks. Some of the selections were good, some bad … but what I’ve got for you here are a handful of LPs that I purchased that I’m particularly fond of. Continue reading
THOUGHTS: I don’t know how many times can I say it. I love this band. When I first saw them play opening for Omar Souleyman, I knew that I’d have to see them play again. Catching them at Culture Collide was my third time this year (the second time was at Echo Park Rising). I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If you’re a fan of the post-punk sounds of the Talking Heads, I’m sure you’ll dig this band. They are heading out on tour for the month of November, and I suggest you buy a ticket and check them out. Seriously. Buy a ticket. Check these guys out.
If you are music lover living in Los Angeles, and you failed to take advantage of the musical offerings from all around the world at Culture Collide for $30, shame on you.
Now in its fifth year, Culture Collide took over the Echo Park area of Sunset Boulevard with a diverse plethora of bands from around the globe. Bands traveled from Korea, Peru, Israel and other far reaches of the globe to bless us with their musical offerings.
Whether you are a fan of EDM or disco, hip hop or garage rock, folk or goth, Culture Collide had it all. Below are some of the bands that we were able to catch. If you were able to catch any of these bands at the festival, relive some of those moments by clicking on the links. If you decided to skip out on attending the festival, check out what you foolishly missed out on.
- Holy Child (USA) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- De Lux (USA) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- MØ (Denmark) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Fractures (Australia) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos Coming Soon!]
- The Mercy Beat (USA) | [Review and Photos]
- Level & Tyson (Norway) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Beat Connection (USA) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Gossling (Australia) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Cloud Nothings (USA) | [Video Clip and Photos]
- Nina Persson (Sweden) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- The Kokoro (Israel) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- We Met Tomorrow (Sweden) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos Coming Soon!]
- Solander (Sweden) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Alphabetics (Costa Rica) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Torches (USA) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Takeoffs & Landings (Peru) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Banoffee (Australia) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Tkay Maidza (Australia) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Pins (United Kingdom) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (USA) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
- Quantic (Columbia) | [Review, Video Clips and Photos]
THE ACT: De Lux
THOUGHTS: I freaking love this band. Having caught their performance at the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert opening for Omar Souleyman, I made it a point to catch their set for Echo Park Rising. This is post-disco, dance-punk at its best. If you want to be ahead of the music curve, I can only suggest that you jump on the bandwagon now. I have a feeling they’ll keep getting better and better.
There’s nothing I love more than free music. Now in it’s fourth year, Echo Park plays host Echo Park Rising; a three-day music festival showcasing the talents of local bands. With over 300 acts on the bill, I had to pick and choose the acts I wanted to see perform live. I think I chose … wisely.
Below are lists of acts that I was cable to catch. It’ll take me some time, but I’ll be posting photos and some brief thoughts. Keep checking back here to check out my posts!
Friday, August 15th
Saturday, August 16th
- Doja Cat
- Sex Stains
- Tashaki Miyaki
- Babies On Acid
- Gavin Turek
- together PANGEA
- Myron & E
- Peanut Butter Wolf
Sunday, August 17th
Opening for Omar Souleyman was the Los Angeles-based, indie neo-disco band De Lux. I had gotten a little sampling of their music online, but listening to this band’s music live was something else.
De Lux is a favorite of KCRW DJs across the board (they are one of the few acts that ALL of the DJs play in their sets). I could hear why.
They may be a young band, but their sound is pretty damn sophisticated. A little synth-pop, a little electronic, a little disco, a little punk, a little funk … their music is a mish-mosh of styles that really blends together into a unique, almost throwback, sound.
I got to chat with a couple of the guys in the band after their set, and couldn’t help but rave about their sound. Though they’ve heard it before, I really emphasized my observation that their music really reminded me of the Talking Heads. Seaun Guerin, one of the founders and the lead vocalist, in particular, has a voice that’s as oddly wonderful as David Byrnes’ voice.
These guys are playing at the upcoming free music festival in Los Angeles, Echo Park Rising, August 15th-17th (TBD). I’m going to try and make it out for their gig. Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap some more pics of them jamming out.
On Thursday, July 31st the fourth concert of Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series features Omar Souleyman is a musician from the northeastern region of Syria. His music, traditional Middle Eastern songs in Kurdish and Arabic, incorporates various musical styles like dabke, folk and electronica.
I wanted to check out his set at FYF Fest in 2013, but as his set time was delayed, I missed his performance in order to check out some other bands. A close friend of mine who stayed until he took the stage told me the next day that Omar’s set was incredible, and that I was a fool for missing it. Oi … <sound of heart breaking> ….
Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled that I will be in the audience for his performance at the pier. For those of you with an eclectic taste in music, I highly recommend emerging yourself in the seductive and rhythmic sounds of the middle east with Omar this coming Thursday.
Also performing on the pier, opening for Omar Souleyman, is the Los Angeles based “post-disco dance-punk” DIY duo De Lux. Having been compared to bands like The Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem, I’m looking forward to hearing this band for the first time to see what they have to offer.
Whenever I have friends visiting Los Angeles during the summer and they ask me for suggestions, I always recommend attending a concert at the Santa Monica Pier. After all, there isn’t a much better way to spend a summer day/eve, at the beach with a picnic listening to some quality music.
For the past 30 years, the Santa Monica Pier has been hosting an extremely well-curated summer concert series known as the “Twilight Concerts”. This year, their line-up is as impressive as I’ve ever seen it. This year I am planning on attending almost all of the schedule concerts.
Below are the bands that I’ll be checking out, and will be updated with blog posts of previews, Instagram videos and photo pictorials and reviews. If you don’t follow my blog, save this page in a tab to follow my summer at the pier!
- The Slightlys | Photos and Review
- De Lux | Preview | Photos and Review
- Omar Souleyman | Preview | Photos and Review
- Phebe Starr | Photos and Review
- Fascinator | Preview | Photos and Review
- Jagwar Ma | Preview | Photos and Review
- King James & The Special Men | Preview | Photos and Review
- Charles Bradley | Preview | Photos and Review