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Proximal Party @ The Satellite ft. Wake, Co. fee, Juj, Sahy Uhns & More 8/17

August 13th, 2012


Wake, in case you haven’t heard, is Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich.  Wake is crisp.  Wake is hard.  Wake is off-kilter yet coherent.  Wake is, according to himself, “flamingos, pink and purple, Roland Tr-808 drum machines and late night handholding sessions at the beach.”

Wake is intriguing.

If you haven’t heard of this IDM brainchild or the small indie label he’s signed to named Proximal, you should venture over to the Satellite on Friday for the release party of his new EP The Fifth Finger. Made from samples of analog gear and sequenced in MOD trackers, this EP consists of purely electronic tunes –   glitchy, dancey, punk-influenced electronic tunes.

Other acts include Co. fee, Juj, Sahy Uhns, Benedek, Dreams and NOTE.  Haven’t heard of ‘em? You should.

See ya there.


What: Wake EP Release w/Co. fee, Juj, Sahy Uhns, Benedek, Dreams and NOTE

Where: The Satellite LA
1717 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

When: August 18, 2012

Tix: $10

More info here

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles , , , ,

Interview: Chloe Chaidez of Kitten

August 8th, 2012

After watching their live show a few weeks ago at the Bootleg, I expected Kitten’s lead singer Chloe Chaidez’s attitude to be brash and in-your-face with more than a little sass to boot. After all, that’s so much of what made her mesmerizing live performance great. Read more…

By Faith Xue Posted in Features

Sublime with Rome w/Cypress Hill and Pepper 7/28

July 26th, 2012


Super last minute, but this show was just brought to my attention and it’s definitely worth mentioning.  Sublime with Rome, in case you haven’t heard, is a musical collab between ex-Sublime members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. Yes, it’s actually as awesome as it sounds.  Cypress Hill needs even less of an introduction – just know that this hip hop group has sold over 18 million albums worldwide and they’re one of the most prominent West Coast rap groups around.  The two bands shook up the Smokehouse festival earlier this spring, so this tour is a sort of victory lap across the nation for them.   Joining them will be reggae/dub/rock band Pepper - what, you didn’t know that was a genre nowadays?? Get with the times!
The show will take place at the lovely outdoor Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Irvine on Saturday – it’s pretty much the perfect summer concert and there’s only a couple of tix left so I’d grab them quick!


What: Sublime with Rome w/Cypress Hill, Pepper, HB Surround Sound @ Verizon Ampitheater
When: July 28, 2012
Where: Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre Irvine
8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
Tix: $19.50 (without fees) and up here

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles , ,

2NE1 @ Nokia Theater 8/24

July 22nd, 2012


If you were expecting anything vaguely Spice Girls-esque, be warned: 2NE1 is not your average, innocent girl band.  These badass chicks are less of a fad and more of a phenomenon, taking Korea, then Asia and now the world by the storm.  K-pop is a genre that is long overdue to cross into the US – think your average club hit on sassiness steroids, with serious hip-hop beats, rapping, electronic hooks and a heavy dose of fierceness injected like venom into every track.  Add some killer dance moves, avant-garde fashion that’s inspired the likes of renowned designers like Jeremy Scott and you’ve got 2NE1.

CL, Minzy, Dara and Born aren’t just members of this girl group – they’re the new generation of devil-may-care pop princesses who are less boy-obsessed and more beat-obsessed. Even producer superstar has taken notice: he’s signed them onto his label as his new proteges and this first global tour will be their step in making the world their stomping ground.

Give them a listen, or better yet, a watch (music vids below) – I guarantee even the most stout pop music-haters won’t be able to stop the track halfway.  Say hello to your new addiction.


What: 2NE1 @ Nokia Theatre

Where: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 900015

When: August 24 @ 8pm

Tix: $50-$200 here

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles

CONTROL presents Z-Trip, AC Slater & Kastle @ Avalon 7/27

July 10th, 2012


When Uneasylistening, Vol. 1 hit the internet in 2001, the nation responded like it had never heard a mashup before. Maybe that’s because it hadn’t – at least not one like this.  This album topped every major music critic’s top album list for the year and Zach Sciacca aka Z-Trip skyrocketed to fame.  His accolades run far and wide (he was voted “America’s Best DJ” by DJ Times magazine as well as #1 DJ Club District’s yearly Top 100 DJ poll) and he’s worked with some huge names (LL Cool J, Kasabian, MSTRKRFT, even Shepard Fairey to name a few) as well as the more underground (Murs, Acelayone), but his true talent lies in his uncanny ability to combine the most unexpected tracks together into mindblowing aural porn.

Don’t miss him at the Avalon on the 27th with AC Slater and Kastle if you’re looking for some dirty mashups and rattling bass.


What: CONTROL presents Z-Trip, AC Slater & Kastle
Where: Club Avalon
When: July 27, 2012
Tickets: $20 here

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles , ,

IAMSOUND & Vans Classic Present Summer Parties ft. Yacht and Papa 7/7

June 28th, 2012


There’s not much intro I have to give to this post. Basically, there’s a free party featuring good music and giveaways and you should be there.

….Wait, am I the only one who jumps at the phrases “free music” and “free party” and pretty much “free anything”?? Do the rest of you actually need details after hearing those words or something??

Fine. Well here they are:

Vans is teaming up with IAMSOUND to throw a bunch of sick ass free parties around the nation featuring artists I’m sure you’d be willing to shell out more than just a couple of bucks for. The party in LA features dancey indie electropoppers (did I just make up a word?) Yacht and local lo-fi rockers Papa. The night also promises a DJ set by resident LA cuties/band Kisses, interactive video installations and merch giveaways like customized Vans shoes, totes and tees.

Word on the street is there’ll also be a nail bar by Minx featuring customized Vans prints – whaaaat. So you can rock out, get free swag and get your nails prettied up? At the same time??? (Okay maybe not at the same time.) Either way: So. Down.

See you there.

Make sure to RSVP beforehands HERE


What: Vans Classic Summer Parties presented by IAMSOUND Records

When: July 7, 2012

Where: Bootleg Bar
2220 Beverly Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90057



By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles

Show Review: Kitten @ Bootleg Bar 6/25

June 28th, 2012

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Once Chloe Chaidez ricochets onto a stage, there’s no going back. Kitten displayed every aspect of its namesake on this unassuming Monday night – eager and untamed, fueled with an unruly and reckless energy bestowed only upon the young and not yet jaded.

The Bootleg itself was surprisingly full upon walking in -  when I turned around to scan the crowd from my front row spot around 9:15, the bar was completely  packed. Surprising, for a 9pm Monday night show.

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The band started off with a riotous first number, “Japanese Eyes“, leaving the phrase “easing into” behind in the dust.  Chloe commanded the stage with the air of a manic yet mesmerizing conductor, thrashing about in time with the shredding bass, cocking a hip and pumping a fist in perfect timing with a heavy drumbeat and hitting the tambourine like her frenzied flapping might be able to lift her in flight.   And fly she did, all throughout the show – upstage, downstage, onto the speakers, into bassist Christopher Vogel’s personal space – she was a hurricane, and there was no stopping her force.  Her shoes had come off by the third song (one of their first singles, “Chinatown“) and her vocals hit a riotous peak during the bridge of “Sugar“, howling and soaring over a wash of crescendoing synths (and surprisingly, managing to stay in pitch the whole time).  The rest of the band – guitarist Andy Miller, drummer Lukas Frank, keyboardist Bryan DeLeone and aforementioned bassist Christopher Vogel – matched her ferociousness note for note, beat for beat, thrash for thrash.  Much of the wistfulness found in their recordings was stomped out during this live show, instead replaced by ferocious yearning and dizzying energy.

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What makes this band even more likable is their utter lack of faux pretentiousness – after all, there’s nothing worse than a young, new band pretending they’re already bored by their rising fame in order to channel a sense of false maturity. That being said, the highlight of the show was not the handstand at the end of “Kitten With a Whip” (though it’s a close second) – it was when Chloe beamed into the packed house after a surprisingly pop-y rendition of The Smiths‘ “Panic” and thanked everyone for coming. “I’m used to expecting nobody,” she says with a smile, “so when there’s somebody it’s really cool.”

If they keep things up (which I think they will), I have a feeling this will be one of the last times they’ll ever “expect nobody.”

Catch Kitten’s newest EP Cut It Out when it’s release August 28.

Check their website here for more details about the album and their upcoming shows.

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles

Lower Dens @ The Troubadour 6/30

June 25th, 2012


If Lower Dens‘ newest album Nootropics was a painting, it’d definitely be a Van Gogh – a brilliant, moody piece of art filled with unexpected intricacies and tiny brushstrokes that seem to move languidly to their own rhythm.

Hopefully that sentence intrigued you (and made you cringe a little) (nobody likes a pretentious music blogger, amiright?). Upptiy art-speak aside, this Baltimore band really does effuse an Impressionist painting of sorts – their newest album is a hazy wash of ethereal soundscapes and pensive embellishments, with lead singer Jana Hunter’s deep alto weaving effortlessly in and out of each track. It’s all pretty damn mesmerizing.

They’re heading at The Troubadour on Saturday, and if you’ve got a penchant for the dark and dreamy (sorry- not talking about Orli or Mr. Franco here) make sure to be at the show.


What: Lowers Dens, No Joy and Alan Resnick

Where: The Troubadour

Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

When: June 30, 2012 @ 8pm

Tix: $13 through Ticketfly here

By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles

FREE SHOW ft. The Afghan Whigs @ Bootsy Bellows 6/28

June 21st, 2012


Recently reunited and touring Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs will be rocking out at Bootsy Bellows next Thursday as part of the Step Into The Black Music Series, presented by The FADER and good ol’ Captain Mo (yum).

Read: a FREE PARTAY featuring complimentary rum cocktails and some serious headbanging to one of the 90’s leading alternative rock groups.

What could be better? After all, we all know the best way to a rocker’s heart is through his liver.

Oh, and in case you haven’t heard of Bootsy Bellows, that’s because it’s brand spankin’ new – the newest nightlife venture from actor David Arquette, Darren Dzienciol, plus John Terzian and Brian Toll of the h.wood group.

Aka it might just be the hippest new venue in L.A. – and you’ll def want to brag to your friends about being one of the first to party there.

Cheers to that!

Listen to and download The Afghan Whigs first recorded song in five years here.


What: Step Into the Black Music Series ft. The Afghan Whigs and DJ sets by Yung Skeeter

When: June 28, 2012

9pm- midnight

Where: Bootsy Bellows

9229 West Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Price: FREE

Just make sure to RSVP HERE


By Faith Xue Posted in Los Angeles ,

VICE Presents: Electronic Dance Series ft. Sébastien Tellier 6/28

June 20th, 2012


Have you ever gulped down a refreshing glass of water and thought to yourself, “Hey, you know what’d make this better? ALCOHOL.”



Well, the people over at VICE apparently have (they are party peeps extraordinaires after all): they’ve decided to team up with Air to present a series of electronic dance sessions launching this shocking product all throughout the country.

What exactly is Air, you ask?

Put down that gin and tonic and ready yourself: Air is an “innovative new carbonated water with alcohol” (yes, as in the thing that makes you drunk/horny/loud/annoying).  How much alcohol exactly? 4% every 12 oz.  So we’re not talking 4Loko status here (bummer…) (pause for a moment of nostalgia tinged with regret), but “innovative” is right.  Now you can hydrate yourself and get drunk at the same time! Could this be the end to hangovers?? (Probably not – not until you get rid of that tequila problem, that is.)

If water infused with alcohol isn’t enough to get you to this party (what are you, like sober or something??), renegade French electronic artist/all around cool guy Sébastien Tellier will be there to headline the LA event.  And the best part? The party is TOTES FREE.

Just RSVP HERE and you’ll be on the list.

So…who’s ready to hydrate, get drunk and dance?

What: Air Launch Party in LA
When: 6/28
Where: 333Live
333 S. Boylston St.
Los Angeles, CA
RSVP: Here

Check out some of Monsieur Tellier’s tunes below to get yourself in the mood:

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