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Radical Face 10.11.2011

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I spent Tuesday night with my friend Marc seeing a great musician called Radical Face that he introduced me to a few years ago.

Radical Face is a project by Ben Cooper. He played with two great musicians (**Update** I’m told they are Jackie Stranger and Jeremiah Johnson) and the Easterly Singers (a choir). The two musicians were great. They jumped around instruments throughout the show for brief moments and made it interesting.

It was also my first time at the Bootleg Theater’s main room. The front room is a total shit dive bar atmosphere. It is where I saw and photographed Ancestors. It completely sucks ass. But, the main room was really intimate and well lit and a great vibe!

The sound was a little harsh on the treble but, pretty good overall!

The energy and interaction was really fun. Ben was really good at talking to the crowd in-between songs and being honest about his potential mistakes. The drummer was really charming to watch. He even did some amazing yo-yo tricks while some gear was on the fritz!

Radical Face is making a few more stops with choirs from the city they are visiting. Be sure to check it out the show if you can!

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Dark Angels featuring Omar Rodriguez-Lopez at The Del Monte Speakeasy

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I got a call this evening from my brother, Jason, at about 8pm that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta, & countless other great projects) was playing a free show with Dark Angels tonight at 10pm. A good friend of my brother’s, Chad Marshall, tipped him off and he passed the info to me. Thanks, Chad and Jason!!!

Being that I now live in Santa Monica I could not pass up the opportunity to watch Omar play and be exposed to a new band I have not heard before. Especially, since it was down the street at The Del Monte Speakeasy in the basement of the Townhouse in Venice.

It turned out that Omar was playing along with Darks Angels on a few songs. Rather than Omar playing his own set. Either way, it was exciting and totally worth dropping everything to attend.

Comprised of two members not counting Omar’s sometimes involvment, Dark Angels features Nicci Kasper on keyboards, percussion, effects, samples, production and Deantoni Parks on drums, keyboards, percussion, effects, samples, production.

A reader just pointed out that Deantoni Parks is a member of the Mars Volta and also performs with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. Shows you all how in touch I am with the current music scene. haha. Thanks, Boyd.

Dark Angels is not typically what I spend my time listening to or going to see live. It is very electronic heavy music. However, it is very organic in how they build their soundscapes. It was really a blast witnessing them. I highly recommend making it out to a show and exploring their music.

Be sure to check them out:

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Infantree at the Satellite, Silver Lake, Ca

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Infantree played a free show Monday August 9th opening up for Whispering Pines (look them up,their drummer is rad).

It was a fun friend affair. I headed out with my brother, Blake, photographer/cinematographer, Paul Mocey-Hanton, and “Steech” Steve Davis. It was a blast just hanging out before the show and would have been a great night no matter what. But, it turned out to be an amazing night.

Infantree played the best show I’ve ever seen them put on. Not only was it their best but I think it is in my top 25 list of concerts. When you are like me and you have seen well over 500 concerts with many bands performing at each concert that really counts for something.

The band put on a performance that kept the energy flowing. Almost all the songs they played were re-crafted in a manner to allow them to seamlessly transition into the next one without stopping.

They also seemed to be jamming a bit more than I had seen before. It was fantastic!

They play pretty often around LA and are slowly touring more and more so be sure to keep your eye out for them. =)

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The Hunt Club at Three Clubs in Hollywood, Ca 7.20.11

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This past Wednesday night I went out with some friends to catch our good buddies’ new band, The Hunt Club. The songs are written by Jaco Caraco and Cass Dillon and featured Jacob Fatoorechi and Sean Winchester as support. They are all really incredible musicians and are often playing in the studio and on tour with big names like Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, and Everclear.

It’s always a treat to see something one of these guys are creating for themselves instead of for someone else. They always put on a fantastic show with anyone they play with but, seeing something they are doing personally brings a different vibe to the performance that you can connect with easier. You just know what they are doing means the world to them and you want to support that.

For one of their first times out the show was really fun and energetic. The songs were all solid and I am excited to see how this project develops. Keep your ears/eyes out for The Hunt Club. =)

It was really wonderful to catch up with some old friends too. I’m specifically speaking to James and John on this. ^_^

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Andrew W.K. at Echoplex 5.10.11

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I got to check out Andrew W.K. this Tuesday at the Echoplex. It was the rowdiest group of concert goers I have encountered in a long time. And, it made for a really fun night even with a few set backs.

Andrew W.K. performed solo and while one would expect a show to lack energy at the sight of a lone keyboard on stage, energy was one thing not missing from the show.

The venue has a small photo pit in front of the stage. When I say small, I mean there is not enough room to freely walk in front of the stage. You must climb above or crawl under stage lights in front of the stage pressed against the barrier. But, it was nice to have even that much space between stage diving/crowd surfing fans and myself. It was a welcomed difference from the Roxy.

There was no short supply of fans cycling through the crowd and onto the stage and back into the crowd. Andrew was really happy to have them join him and sing along.

While shooting Andrew’s set something went wrong with my camera (what’s new?). This time there is something wrong with the batteries or more likely, the system chip that recognizes the batteries are connected. No more than one song in I was only able to fire off a single frame before the camera error would appear and I was forced to take out the batteries and reset the camera. I ended up getting really frustrated and trying all kinds of combinations with my batteries and external grip/battery pack. Nothing fixed it.

I lost a lot of time for shooting trying to fix my camera and when I finally moved to a good spot to get some long lens shots the show was already over.

It was Andrew W.K.’s birthday as well. Which added some extra elements to the night. Among them a great looking cake in the shape of A.W.K.’s face. I think the fact of it being his birthday may have hastened the set reaching its end.

It was a very fun performance but, a bit disappointing. Andrew was on stage for only 30 minutes (and that is being very generous). I was expecting more for sure. I have no idea if he came back out. It did not seem as though he was going to. No announcement was made and I didn’t leave for 15 minutes after he left the stage and most of the venue was empty.

It was very confusing though. The DJ kept spinning and the lights stayed down. Even other fans were confused and hesitant to leave.

All in all, it was a great time and the place truly did party hard. Note a kind fan holding up a pair of lost shoes in hopes of reuniting them with their owner. These shoes were only one of many items exploded from their counterpart during the show.

I can’t wait to party hard again. =)

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Ancestors at Bootleg Theater 5.8.11

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I went and saw Ancestors play at the Bootleg Theater on Sunday the 8th. It was a pretty fun time. Even though three of my friends bailed on coming out after saying they would.

Ancestors is a sweet heavy band. I don’t know genres too well but I think they classify as droney stoner metal. haha. They played a fun set with a mix of instrumentals and vocal songs. There was one person in particular that was entirely consumed by the music. In fact, you’ll see a few images of him slithering around on the stage. haha. It added an extra element of entertainment to the show.

And, yes, the venue was that naturally orange. >_< The band is about to release a 3 song EP in June. After that they'll be in the studio working on a new full length. Be sure to check them out!
http://ancestorsmusic.com/

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Dredg at the Roxy 5.4.11

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Show was one of the best of theirs I have seen in a long time. The set list was so good! Bonus fun was had when Gavin busted out the trumpet and used it to alter his vocals (Like in the old days. I haven’t seen him do that in a couple tours. I love it!).

The new material from Chuckles and Mr. Squeeky was really good live as well. Again, Dredg has evolved their sound with the new songs. It feels more like classic Dredg in how my brain needs time to adjust to the song elements before settling in for a fantastic ride.

Go pick up the new album and catch them out on tour! =)

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The Dear Hunter at The Roxy, LA. 5.4.11

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What a fantastic show! The Dear Hunter is touring with a new line up and it was one of the most energetic shows I have seen them perform. The set list certainly set things up to be energetic as well!

They played the song off the Black EP that Casey put up on the official site. It translated so well live! I can’t wait for them to come back on their headlining tour!

Be sure to get the Color Spectrum albums when they come out in June!

Ah! Such a great show!!!

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Infantree at Calabassas Rec. Center

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Our friend Mike O’Connor put together a charity event to raise money for the Japan relief effort. Infantree headlined the show and played an awesome set.

They have improved exponentially since I last saw them live. Their live show exceeds the recorded music now. It is no surprise as to why they are playing on Conan O’Brien Tuesday April 5th. They really worked very hard to reach a very high level of musicianship and song writing. Be sure to watch them!

At the end of the night the event raised $1500 =) I also made off with a great Will Thoren photographic print via auction. That’s the black and white photo you see my brother, Blake, holding behind me in one of the photos below.

It was a really great time! I can’t wait to see more Infantree shows!

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Of Verona at The Henry Fonda “Music Box”

On Monday night I spent time with some more great old friends that I don’t see nearly enough. Myke Armstrong, Marc Halperin, Paul Mocey-Hanton, Steve Davis, Blake (brother), Ami Storck, Sam Marie, Bonnie Hussey and I all met up to go see our A-Plus-Number-One friend, Jacob Fatoorechi, play a special show with the band Of Verona. He is their lead guitarist and it was my first time seeing them.

If you look around my blog you will find Jacob a few times in other bands. He’s a super talented guy and lends his talents to various bands. I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into the show. But, Of Verona was opening up for Moby so I assumed it was going to be good. Keep your eye out for some Moby photos in this bunch. haha.

I definitely did not make an ass out of myself or anyone else. They were great! Really moody alternative rock with an awesome female singer.

Jacob of course was as fun and rockin on stage as ever. ^_^

Just as impressive as the live show, the band is not currently signed but managed to get MTV to do a feature on them for some new show that is taking over TRL.

Arcade Fire wins the Grammy for Best Album and apparently even MTV realizes indie bands are safe to give air time to. haha.

Our other friend, Cam Tang, was randomly DJing the first half of the night too. Such a fun night! He’s the DJ in the photos. =)

Go check Of Verona out when you get bored: Of Verona

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