California resident, Natalie Gelman performs for her CD release show at Hotel Cafe May 16th. Her new EP Streetlamp Musician comes out on May 14th. The New York Post calls her, "Simply Terrific!" Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Joni Mitchell and sometimes Sarah McLaughlin,
Natalie describes her music as a mix of folk/pop/rock with what she calls a âsilver lining.â She says, âThere are a lot of heavy topics covered in my songs but always a bit of hope and vulnerable/childlike dreaming for some ideal.â
As the chunky, buzzsaw guitars of 1990s Alternative Rock are now roaring back into buzz bins in record stores, so are their muses: laziness, and emotional numbness.
Steve Fisk was more than present in the 1980s and 1990s, recording Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Unwound and Harvey Danger. Fisk recorded this Seacats 7â (and upcoming full-length LP, set for summer 2013) ; though sounding familiar to mid-90s Pop Alternative of Weezer and Tripping Daisy, âThe 7â Burgerâ isnât really a step back in time (SEACATS will wear luchador costumes before donning tattered jeans and chains), but it is something timeless: two sides of breakups, fumbling attempts to understand masculinity, surrounded by some fuzz, and catchy choruses that go soft, loud, soft, loud.
Brothers Josh and Mike Davis do more than an homage to the alternative era and through the tuneful picking between the soft, loud, soft, loud, Seacats are adding an additional layer: it isnât flannel â that would cover up the hearts on their sleeves.
SEACATS play with The Parenthetical Girls at The Smell on Friday March 8.
23-year-old songwriter Nettie Rose has completed her debut album PEOPLE I KNOW, now available for stream and download and featuring 12 original songs. Recording at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, TN and in Hollywood, CA, the Santa Monica native reveals wild, romantic landscapes and rich imagery of lovers and outlaws. From the coffee houses of Venice, to taverns in Brooklyn, to the streets of Music Row in Nashville, Nettie has been sharing her stories. Nettie Rose's 'PEOPLE I KNOW' is a must-listen for fans of folk, roots, country and alternative sounds. Watch her debut music video, "For My Young Lord Drake."
Lakookala is Los Angeles based drummer and vocalist, Nicole Ranalli. "Mother Biiiirds" is the second single from her debut EP, "Songs for ZeMean". Here is an exclusive look at this excitingly weird music video, presented by Bad Taste Productions.
"The music video for âMother Biiiirdsâ colorfully exposes the chaotic psyche of Lakookalaâs lead vocalist/drummer Nicole Ranalli (sporting multiple animistic manifestations) as she tries to cope with overbearing feminine forces. Paint splatters, feathers fly and eggs explode in an all out glow-in-the-dark extravaganza.
Directed by Jack Bishop and Justin Nijm."
"I Think of You" by singer-songwriter & actress Tajna Tanovic is the title song from her debut EP album. The video, shot in Los Angeles, was written by her and directed by director / producer Samuel Nozik (TV show "Bones"). The two have previously collaborated on Tajna Tanovic's short film "Dolly Belle" - scenes from the short appear in the music video for her song "Burning House": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liFTl1pmtFs
Her debut album "I Think of You" was released last September and is available at iTunes, Amazon as well as her website http://tajnatanovic.com/. Join her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tajnatanovic and Twitter http://twitter.com/TajnaTanovic
The Killing Floor, a rock n' roll band from NYC/London, will be making their west coast debut at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8:30pm. Don't miss this band live!
The Killing Floor combines the best of British and American rock music to form a truly unique sound that's powerful, raw and impassioned. Displaying tight musicianship and strong songwriting, TKF mixes the best of hard rock with the melodic flow of indie and alternative rock.
After recording their debut self-titled album in 2011, The Killing Floor made a music video for their single "Star Baby" with Hollywood legend Joel Schumacher. The band is currently touring throughout the US, before they begin a UK tour in November.
Marcus Singletary's lyrics urge you to question society and the messages you digest. Providing his listeners with true depth and an indie pop-rock sound, he also touches upon ideologies usually brought to light by classic rock artists such as his idols, The Rolling Stones - namely, love, leadership, and an open-minded approach to life. His latest compilation, Holy Guitar! (Aviation Records), is symbolic of pure experimental music with a heavy focus on the emotionally-charged seventeen-minute lead single, "Occupy." It is highlighted by a searing guitar solo that taps into the same mindset he felt when he first became aware of the movement in regards to how journalists and the public were harshly treated by police.
Scott Ryan and his live band (the infamous Thunderbeast) return to Silverlake to support Stephen Wright-Mark and Kill the Dance Floor at the Silverlake Lounge on Tuesday, September 18th. Scott's powerful voice soars while his band kicks out big, melodic tunes informed by blues, psychedelia and delicious indie-pop. Don't miss their unique live show, especially when it will only cost you a few bucks.
Silverlake Lounge, Tuesday, September 18th
10pm, $5, 21+
After a year of making the right changes to the line up and working with Queens Of The Stone Age producer Chris Goss, FireBug has evolved into a major powerhouse indie rock act. With the addition of V2 records drummer Christopher McGuire, the band heads off into recording studio in August 2012 to complete their next full length release in 2 years. FireBug will be promoting their new release on tour in Europe and Japan.
I'm not cool. I'm a mommy who sometimes wears stretchy pants from Old Navy. But I'm an artist. I am a singer songwriter. An LA native. Iâve been playing piano and writing songs since I was 12 on my 100 year old upright. When I was 19 my plans to pursue musical theater in college took a turn and I suddenly found myself enthralled with the art of music performance. I found my true passion in the art of song. Iâve been performing at local venues in the LA area for the past 16 years. The music I make is a lyrical blend of pop and folk with lots of jazz influence sprinkled in. Currently, I make music for little ones and their grown ups and sing my songs to raise awareness about Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the incredible place that saved my daughter's life. My husband and I live in a suburb of LA with our 3 kids and 4 pet hens. In my spare time I like to sleep. Or have family dance parties. Or eat cheese.
The Rescues Perform at Hotel Cafe on Thursday 8/23
The Rescues are back with their first album since Let Loose The Horses, released on Universal Republic in 2010. The band - Adrianne Gonzalez (AG), Kyler England, Rob Giles, and Gabriel Mann - are previewing the upcoming album, Blah Blah Love and War, with an intimate performance at The Hotel Cafe (1623 Cahuenga Blvd., LA) on August 23rd.
Blah Blah Love And War reveals a glimpse into the minds of the bandmates, and the long, difficult road they took to where they are now. After a wild ride, The Rescues parted ways with the label and are now at the helm of their own ship, working directly with their fans through a PledgeMusic campaign as they put the finishing touches on the album. In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, rewards offered to Pledgers include autographed CDs, a Skype session with the band, paintings by AG, and even VIP passes to the Hotel Cafe show! Check out their website for more info & a new video about the campaign.
For tickets please visit HotelCafe.com
LET THEM ALL TALK, out June 26, is the first national release from San Diego's The Nervous Wreckords (featuring guitarist/vocalist/producer Brian Karscig of LOUIS XIV).
"Indie pop" is not the band's favorite descriptor, but with catchy guitar riffs, sass-fueled lyrics, melodic choruses, and beats that dance, itâs hard not to call it pop music. Recorded on all Neve and '60s and '70s gear in Karscig's home studio, it canât be called anything but independent. With nods to T-Rex, Prince and even some AC/DC, the band takes a fresh, forward-looking approach to their sound. Breakups, jealousy, beauty, and confidence (with a healthy dose of sexual tension) are all rolled into an album that sounds like a party you shouldâve been at.
In the two years since its formation, the band has toured and played with The Killers, Cee-Lo Green, Brandon Flowers, Florence + the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, the Naked and Famous, and many more.
The Nervous Wreckords released their first full-length album, VALUMINIUM at the end of 2010, and the band's songs have been featured in commercials for Charlotte Russe and Victoria 's Secret, on music stations for Virgin America and Delta Airlines, on MTV's The Buried Life and in the trailer for the movie Little Blue Pill.
The band has been busy in 2012 with finishing up the album, touring with Weezer, Yuck, Antlers and Wavves through the Caribbean, and preparing for their own US/Canada tour later this year.
"Brother Sun, Sister Moon" is The Brian Jonestown Massacre on a spiritual quest with Pink Floyd through the Mojave desert and across the universe.
(Aeon Solaris)+(Aeon Vespertine)=AEONs.
The AEONs project is a musical collective led by Michael Lombardi & Corinne Felicity. The two will be performing around the LA area this summer as an acoustic duo.
Both members have played in numerous bands around the LA & previously Boston areas.
The album is available as a free download for a limited time only!
On Saturday, July 28th, 9pm at the Hotel Cafe, Wages will play their debut show in LA. Wages is a newly LA-based project that grew out of the NYC band Arizona, a group that toured with Band of Horses, Indigo Girls and Dead Confederate among others and produced several eclectic indie recordings before separating. Appropriately, Arizona was a previous band of the month for Deli NYC.
Wages recently co-scored the award winning SXSW-debut film "Sun Don't Shine". Wages' debut recording was produced by Hank Sullivant (Kuroma, x-MGMT, x-Whigs) and will be available at the show.
Local Folk/Indie rockers Yellow Red Sparks have been recently added to the LA label ORG Music.
The Yellow Red Sparks music has a great energy that reminds you of the simple times through their stripped down sound, which is known to get anyone with a pulse groovin. SEE FOR YOURSELF!
Catch Yellow Red Sparks performance @ the ORG Music showcase June 14th at The SATELLITE!
Other performance by:
Chuck Dukowski Sextet
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A solo performance with all new material by Spoken Word artist IN-Q
June 28th / June 29th / June 30th @ 8:30pm
LOS ANGELES, CA â Returning to the stage after last yearâs sold-out run of his show "Donât Believe Me" writer, actor, teacher, and award winning spoken word artist IN-Q is back with an exciting evening of all new original material.
"The Anti-Cool" is a one-man Spoken Word/Hip-Hop/Comedy show from IN-Q. Known for his powerful delivery, storytelling, and ability to capture both the imagination and emotion of the audience, IN-Qâs new material focuses on success, happiness, expectations, transition, and acceptance. The show mixes humor, heartbreak, love and hope into a unique entertainment experience. Performances will take place at The Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles June 28th, 29th & 30th at 8:30pm.
Featured players in this unique evening are local favorites DJ Brutha Gimel, Beat Box Phenom Joshua Silverstein and Azikiwe Andrews, a cutting-edge Los Angeles based artist who will create live art inspired by IN-Qâs performances.
âThe Anti-Coolâ serves as IN-Qâs fourth command feature series of performances at The Greeway Court.
Tickets are being sold at www.plays411.com/anticool for $20. Cash only tickets will also be sold at the door upon availability.
CAPGUN COUP is coming to Los Angeles!
ORG Music presents First Friday's:
@ Lot 1 Cafe in Echo Park.
June 1, 2012 starts @ 8:30.
Just $5 cover
Live Music. Records. Art. Beer & Wine.
(ORG Music from Omaha, NE)
(of Chuck Dukowski Sextet & Insects vs. Robots)
Michael Rey & The Woebegones
Electrifying-indie band Hell&Lula just got back from their West Coast tour in support of their EP, "Catch Up!!! Catch Up!!!" and are ready to show the world their new track, "Life Can Bust You Up."
The track will be on their upcoming album, "Fermi's Paradox" due out later this year. Proceeds of the song will go to Falling Whistles, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the war in Congo.
Hell&Lula signed with HYPE Music, a partnership between MTV and Extreme Music Publishing and have been securing placements in network TV including MTVâs Jersey Shore and Real World as well as VH1âs iHeartRadio festival. They have toured the U.S. several times, showcased at SXSW, were featured on the HYPE stage at the MTV Garage SXSW 2011 and have played shows alongside Friendly Fires, Foster the People, and Matt & Kim.
The longstanding home of LA's hip hop go-to, Low End Theory, welcomes the return of folk -- in all different manifestations -- Thursday, May 31. Dubbed "Unicornicopia", the show will feature a magical mixture of local musicians. Jack Littman and Sue Scrofa open, followed by songstress Steffaloo, the female vocalist behind electronic act Chrome Sparks. A very special guest will headline, and if you didn't snag tickets to his show at the Echo, you won't want to miss this set. $5 at the door with RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most bands that succeed beyond the local level eventually do so with the aid of a manager. What does this person do, aside from collect a healthy cut of the money? We interviewed 2 NYC managers and 1 publicist with different experiences in the local scene to help us understand. by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
Protect Your Band's Name!
the name is what you are selling
The reputation and recognition of an artist's music is built around the artist's professional name, which is what consumers use to identify the artists they enjoy. Therefore, an individual artist or group pursuing a career in the music industry should take the necessary steps to protect his, her or its professional name. by Christopher R. Chase, Esq. - read the article.
College Radios Promotion
what can they do for your band?
In this day and age, we should be thankful that college radio still exists. While commercial frequencies pump the same boring playlists into every city, college radio provides unique, local voices to the airwaves and internet. - read the article by Liz Schroeter here .
Career Survival Guide
it's not just about the music
A music carreer IS all about surviving - at least in the early stages. This survival guide will help you think of different ways to keep your focus on building your brand and creating a path for success. If you think of yourself as your own small business, then the following information can become your personal marketing plan. - read on. - courtesy of BMI.
1. Recording: Home vs Studio
the question is: can YOU do it?
Indie producer/musician Bruce Kaphan(R.E.M., David Byrne, Red House Painters, American Music Club) analyzes pros and cons of recording the DIY way - read the article.
2. Choosing a Recording Studio
pick carefully + things to consider
What do you need to look for in a recording studio? In this article you'll find all the advice you need about equipment, engineers, rooms, rates, and ways of approaching the recording experience. by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
3. Planning Recordings
be prepared, have a budget
Steven Alvarado, a NYC studio manager provides precious advice on how to approach the recording of your CD. "When you enter the studio, have a plan. Map out what you want to accomplish each day so that you have a realistic idea of how much time you will need to complete your project. It's best to be as prepared as possible."by pdg - rea d the article.
4. Do You Need a Producer?
and: don't waste studio time!
Making a recording is a tangle of pragmatism, technology, alchemy and faith. As is the case with any creative venture, you cannot know what you'll get for your efforts until you go through the process; it's always a gamble. Having a plan and a budget can be really useful.by B. Kaphan - read the article.
5. Drums in the Studio
performance and recording tips
Drummers shouldn't miss this article! 4 Top NYC producers answer our questions on how to perform, hit, and tune the drums in recording situation. And... is your drummer tight and can he/she play to the click? by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
6. Ten Tips For Recording Guitars
from the pick to the amp
Recording guitars, although easy at first can be a challenge when you really want to achieve a great sound. Here are some helpful tips to improve your guitar recording chops. - by Shane O'Connor - read the article.
7. Recording Vocals
not as easy as you might think
Recording vocals might not seem alike the most challenging task when producing a CD, but this delicate and crucial process often ends up being quite draining and taking longer than expected - by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
8. What does Mastering do?
what it is and why it is!
Mastering is a process that not many emerging musicians are fully familiar with. One of the most succesfull NYC mastering engineer tells us all about this "secret" art.- by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.