April 5, 2013 |
All eyes in dance-land turn to Indio for Coachella next weekend, as both the Sahara Tent and the new Yuma Tent host EDM stars, '90s survivors and an especially adventurous young undercard. As always, there will be satellite parties during both weekends — Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel (this year partnering with Jack White's Third Man Records, Warp Records, the Do-Over and more) and the Filter Magazine Yacht Club (this year with a set from the great electro-rock act St. Lucia) are perennial favorites.
April 4, 2013 |
While L.A. dance fans are prepping their sunscreen and skimpy attire for Coachella, another Southland electronica festival has announced a lineup worth noting. The Do LaB's annual Lightning in a Bottle made its poster official today, and it features some unexpected top billings. Nicolas Jaar, the young jazz-infused experimentalist who stunned a sold-out Echoplex last year , leads a pack of electronic acts that includes the reggae-dabbling dubstep auteur Rusko, Tycho's psychedelic meditations and the globe-trotting acid house vet Lee Burridge.
April 2, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Grand Ole Echo weekly series of free all-ages concerts by Americana and country bands gets off to its eighth season on April 14 with the Americans, Phoebe Bridges and La Route playing from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The first concert will be held at the Echoplex, below the Echo, but in succeeding weeks the afternoon music and barbecue event will move back upstairs to its traditional home...
March 28, 2013
Iceage, suffice to say, this is much better than your teenage punk band ever was. It still projects the dewy youth, but that only makes the nicks from Crass and the Birthday Party feel all the more sincere and un-winked-at. It plays with the basement-show abandon of a quartet having the best time out of high school it could have possibly imagined. Singer-guitarist Elias Bender Ronnenfelt has an endearingly liberal definition of what constitutes the edge of the stage while he plays, making his spit-flecked groans even more physical for those in the front rows.
March 8, 2013 |
The winter hibernation is nearing its end. Bleary-eyed musicians are crawling out of their windowless studios after months - and in some cases, years - of isolated dream-capturing. The bottomless espresso cup awaits, and a queue next to the stereo is stacked high with new sounds. The spring 2013 pop music season promises grand returns, highly anticipated debuts and assured follow-ups. Early in the season arrive both David Bowie's "The Next Day" and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience.
January 18, 2013
Using a gravy-smothered, horn-heavy approach to original songs, this Brooklyn-based collective conjures up images of movies starring Fred Williamson and Richard Roundtree, gold chains inside open-necked collars and gigantic '73 Cadillacs with a mix of vintage funk and Afrobeat. But Budos Band is unquestionably part of the present, with the 2010 album "The Budos Band III" flexing an irresistible, crowd-moving edge. The Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Sun., 8:30 p.m. $20-$23. http://www.attheecho.com .
December 6, 2012
MUSIC For a band at the vanguard of contemporary arty dance music, Yacht sure has staying power. The duo, known for its arch disco and gentle psychedelia, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a career-encapsulating set. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $15. attheecho.com.
December 6, 2012 |
Sometimes things fall apart. It's an unfortunate part of the deal. Just because music happens doesn't always mean it happens right, on schedule or as planned. Feedback happens. Budding genius is quashed by forces outside of one's control. Unfortunately, Shuggie Otis at the Echoplex on Wednesday never really got going. Even if the efforts were often valiant, a bum amp and an uncertain performance hobbled the underground soul legend's return. The hurdles proved so obstructive that at one point he stopped playing a song midway through as the band was trying to build momentum and said, "If this show don't start now I'm outta here.
December 4, 2012 |
Thom Yorke fans, prepare your best Bob Fosse dances. His side project, Atoms for Peace, has finally finished its debut album. The band, which the Radiohead frontman formed in 2009 to play songs from his solo album "The Eraser," has toured and recorded off and on ever since, perhaps owing to the busy schedules of its players -- producer Nigel Godrich, bassist Flea and coveted session drummers Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Now the group has wrapped up an LP's worth of recordings, which Yorke announced in an email Tuesday.