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Festival Review: Bonnaroo X (Sunday) **Plus Pretty Lights Video**

17 Jun

Sunday at Bonnaroo held some mixed feelings for me.  On one hand I was extremely sad that this magical weekend was coming to an end and trying to figure out if I could still function in ‘normal’ society again.  On the other hand, I was getting pretty tired of waking up with the damned sun and I smelled so badly I don’t think showers wanted me to get in them! But the show must go on…

Highlights for Sunday included legendary Allman Brothers Singer/Organ player Gregg Allman, who did his own take on classic Allman Brothers songs like, “Dreams”, “Blue Sky”, “Mellissa” and a number of his own songs. And speaking of legends how about the mainstage performance by Robert Plant & Band of Joy that I think pretty much blew everyone away!  Being that this was as close to Led Zeppelin as I will ever get, I’ll take it.  I love how Robert Plant is now doing his own take on Country/Bluegrass music.  He has truly mastered both worlds, first of course being British Blues/Rock and now American Country/Bluegrass.  What can’t he do!  Highlights of this for me, however, had to be his take on classic Led Zeppelin tunes like “Houses of the Holy”.  I felt as if I was in the presence of a God. Robert Plant has still got it, and shows no signs of slowing down.  

 

Next I was able to catch some of The Strokes set on the smaller “Which” stage.  I’ve been waiting years to see The Strokes and although I feel their new album is on the weaker side, their performance did not disappoint me one bit. Lead singer Julian Casablancas didn’t seem to be too drunk this show so I think all in all it went smoothly.  

Superjam one of Bonnaroo’s strongest traditions was up next.  Superjam is a performance held every year at Bonnaroo consisting of a collaboration of that years top artists.  Past Superjams have included collaborations from Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, Kirk Hammett, and many others.  This year was a treat, as we got to see Dan Auerbach, guitarist of the Black Keys, Dr. John keyboardist of The Original Meters, and Patrick Hallahan drummer of My Morning Jacket, along with other musicians notably from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing classic New Orleans Funk and Blues  songs.  

The Strokes

 

And finally to close the weekend out Widespread Panic, another six time Bonnaroo veteran band,  played A 2.5 hour set on the main stage. Widespread was a really great closing act for the festival. Their light show was pretty unreal and chaotic which matched well to their guitar shredding rock music.  

Unfortunately Bonnaroo is too huge and I couldn’t see everyone I wanted so heres a list of artists I was sad I had to miss:

Florence & The Machine, Ray Lamontagne, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Loretta Lynn, Girl Talk, Gogol Bordello, Railroad Earth, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Explosions in the Sky, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Cold War Kids, Iron and Wine, Bootsy Collins, All of the Comedy Lineup!

All in all it was an UNREAL weekend.  It defiantly took a toll on my sleeping and eating habits, but it was well worth it.  Not only was the music just unforgettable, but it was the other little things like the ferris wheel, clock tower, food trucks, waterslide, mushroom fountain, and just the people and atmosphere that truly make Bonnaroo the magical event it is.  WEST LA CNCT LOVES BONNAROO!  So Superfly, if you are reading this, please hook it up with some press passes next year! 


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Festival Review: Bonnaroo X (Saturday)

16 Jun

This years 'Arch' donned lights, a disco ball, and a giant hat and feather to celebrate Bonnaroo's 10 years of magic

Saturday at Bonnaroo started out being pretty mellow. Which is a good thing, because going to bed at 5:30 and having the intense sun and heat wake you up at 8:30 really takes a toll on you.  So the WESTLACNCT crew decided to take it easy for a bit and head into Centeroo around 3:30 to see Black Uhuru, an old school Jamaican reggae band, play on the main stage.  I had never heard of Black Uhuru, however Toks rightfully recommended them and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed their performance to jumpstart our day. Afterwards we headed over to That Tent to get a good spot for Portugal The Man, a four piece psychedelic indie-rock band from Portland;  you may know their song “People Say”, from their 2009 studio release, Satanist. Portugal The Man really killed it, they were definitely my favorite small act of the weekend.  Luckily, Portugal The Man has taken notes from their older brothers in the jam band community (something I hope all artists will catch on to) and they now offer free downloads of all their shows on their website (check in a few days for Bonnaroo performance to be up!).

After Portugal The Man we rushed over to catch Mumford and Sons take on a crowd of over 50,000 at the smaller main stage.  It was definitely the biggest crowd the smaller stage had ever seen, but somehow Mumford and Sons still managed to make it feel like an intimate performance. And despite the music being a little quiet, a problem that seemed to carry over to when Buffalo Springfield took the stage,  everyone was still dancing and having a blast! Mumford and Sons were a really tight group, performing songs from their debut album without any hiccups. But what I was really impressed with was the amount of–and great crowd response for–songs off their upcoming album, which they still have yet to hit the studio to make (cross your fingers for a late 2011 release). In the meantime take a listen to “Lover of the Light”, “Broken Crown”, “Below My Feet”, and “Nothing is Written” on youtube if you itching to hear some new Mumford before the album comes out.

Mumford and Sons

After Mumford and Sons we headed to the main stage to see a little band you might know called The Black Keys (If you didn’t catch that joke you should really take a second look at how The Black Keys BLEW UP  this year ever since their album Brothers came out).  I absolutely love The Black Keys stripped down guitar and drum duo.  They brought raw blues back with soo much style, it really makes me proud! Vocalist/guitar player Dan Auerbach’s voice does not disappoint at all live, and his guitar playing is right up there with it.  Him and drummer Patrick Carney make the perfect rock duo, I highly recommend seeing them before they get even bigger!

After the madness that was The Black Keys we stepped into another universe to witness my longtime heros Neil Young and Steven Stills put on a legendary performance with their band Buffalo Springfield. Neil Young had to be the funniest performer of the weekend with hilarious onstage banter like walking out onstage and saying “Hi! We’re from the past!” or waving his arms up at the crowd and mockingly singing “Bonnarooooooooo”.  But I dont want to let the comedy out-stage their amazing performance, because they were truly one of the weekends top acts.  Buffalo Springfield are Gods on that stage, some of the best guitar and vocal work I have ever witnessed!

"Bonarrooooooo"–So much love for Buffalo Springfield

 Next on the lineup came a rare late-night performance from the legendary String Cheese Incident.  I have been waiting years to catch a show from the jam band legends after seeing videos of their latest “Winter Carnivals” where shows include acrobats and all sorts of craziness.  So let me tell you straight up, it is almost impossible to describe the madness that went down during The String Cheese Incident. Do I talk about the fat dance party in the crowd while the band flawlessly jammed all types of music in their 3 hour set from bluegrass, to rock, to blues, to salsa, to reggae, to funk, to house and dubstep, and even a choreographed danced rap song!  Or maybe it was their awesome light rig! Or do I talk about in crowd antics like the giant t-rex parade float, or the hundreds of giant blow up balls bouncing around, or the guy flying a jet pack over the crowd, or the jellyfish-man-creature floating and dancing above the crowd suspended by balloons! I just don’t even know! That show was just CRAZY! Sensory overload to say the least! Please check out The String Cheese Incident or their more touring live-dubstep side project EOTO in the near future, they are such talented and creative musicians!

String Cheese Incident

As if the night couldn’t get any better (or weirder) we get out of the String Cheese Incident to see Girl Talk killing it!  However life is about compromises and we weren’t about to miss longtime favorite’s Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) play until the sunrise!  STS9 will always remain one of my favorite bands. Why? Because every time I see them they always seem to be changing their sound around, and they NEVER disappoint.  Sometimes they can sound like a killer rock band, however this time around in the late night tent they were laying into some crazy electronic, bass-heavy psychedelic jams!  They really kill it unlike any other band I’ve seen!  No one can produce that mind blowing live electronic inspired sound that they have!  I highly recommend going to an STS9 show especially if you are near their hometown of Santa Cruz, CA! 

So thats it, for now… Sunday’s review will be out very shortly!

I strongly recommend going to Bonnaroo once in your lifetime; it is becoming one of the most unique and strange traditions in America.   You will have the time of your life, guaranteed.  So if you would like to go next year the folks at Superfly have already announced dates and released early bird tickets for 2012 here! So get on it! What are you waiting for!

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Festival Review: Bonnaroo X (Thursday and Friday)

15 Jun

If you have been wondering where have all the posts been this past week, WEST LA CNCT has a semi-legitimate excuse for the lack of new music.  The truth of the matter is that we have all been losing our minds at the musical utopia known as Bonnaroo X.

It was hotter than hell.  It was dustier than ever.  We got maybe three hours of sleep every night. But it was the most magical experience of our lives!

Bonnaroo’s 10th birthday party kicked off on a little (700 acre) farm in Manchester, TN.  The party began Thursday night after most of the 80,000+ attendees made it to the festival grounds.  It was a good way to ease into the madness that ensued in the next few days.  We got to enjoy the giant mushroom fountain, ferris wheel, bobble head sculptures, and run around from This Tent to That Tent to The Other Tent without an overwhelming crowd to hold us back.  And of course we got to see some stellar music.   At the top of our music highlights of Thursday night would have to be Sleigh Bells, a noise pop duo hailing from Booklyn, NY, who pretty much blew everyones hipster glasses off with their dance friendly tunes.  Thursday night also included performances by other indie acts Best Coast, Band of Skulls, Deer Hunter,–and to end off the night–Beats Antique.

Friday was the more official kick off to the festival.  As a little day time warm up we saw all types of bands from legends like Bela Fleck & The Original Flecktones, Warren Haynes Band, and Wanda Jackson to rap superstars Atmosphere to Bonnaroo vets Primus and Grace Potter!

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

But the real magic didn’t come until six-time Bonnaroo vets My Morning Jacket played a killer 2 hour set on the main stage followed by another unreal set from Bonnaroo rookies Arcade Fire. My Morning Jacket played some great songs from their new album “Circuital” mixed in with classics like “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2”, “Evil Urges”, “One Big Holiday”, and “Wordless Chorus”–just to name a few–even bringing out special guests from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to accompany them on some tracks. Canadian six-piece band  Arcade Fire blew me away with their amazing talent both instrumentally and vocally and played a great mix of songs from all four of their studio albums. Both sets will forever stick in my memory as some of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed.

Up next was the late night acts, and who better to kick off the night than Bassnectar performing inside This Tent from 12:30-2:00.  Obviously word of Bassnectar‘s crazy live sets has gotten out because his crowd reached WAY outside the tent almost all the way past the mushroom fountain.  But that didn’t stop us from getting right in the middle of the action almost front row to get our shit rocked by some unbelievably dirty bass.  If you haven’t seen Bassnectar yet, get on it because he is on FIRE right now. Next came one the harder compromises of the weekend, so we shot over to check out 4-5 songs including crowd favorites like “Loud Pipes” from, my personal heros, Ratatat who were absolutely killing it. Then we went over to the madness that is Shpongle performing on a crazy rig he likes to call the Shpongletron Experience.  And it really was an experience–from on stage dancers, to morphing and melting Shpongle masks, to the unreal ‘third eye’ that had a crazy lazer show coming out of it!  Shpongle thoroughly impressed us all by dropping awesomely mind-melting tracks ranging from deep trance to worldly Indian/Middle-Eastern tracks.  It was quite the experience.  Then to top the night off, when we all thought we couldn’t handle anything else,  we walked over to catch Pretty Lights throw it down with a very impressive light and sound rig until the sun literally rose. What a night!

Shpongletron Experience

Check back soon for a review of Saturday and Sunday, when more magic really kicked in!

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Incubus Announces US Tour Dates

2 Jun

In anticipation for their long awaited 8th studio album, Los Angeles natives, Incubus have announced they will once again head out across North America to tour from August- October.  The tour will kick off 8/17 at Red Rocks Amphitheater  in Colorado, where the band recorded their now-legendary “Alive at Red Rocks” CD/DVD in 2004.  From there they will head to 30 different US cities throughout September and end the tour with dates in Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl) 10/7, Las Vegas 10/8, and San Francisco 10/9.  I am beyond excited for this tour! It has been a few years since I had the pleasure to see Incubus (one of my all time favorite bands) and it is absolutely something you dont want to miss!  So make sure you get your tickets early because my guess is they will sell out most dates. For the full list of dates click here!

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the new single, Adolescence, heres the music video for the track.  The new album is called, If Not Now, When? and it hits stores July 12th.

***Also if you pre-order the album from the Incubus website you will receive a presale code to get tickets before they go on sale to the rest of the public. ***

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Coachella 2012 to be Held Over Two Separate Weekends

31 May

This morning Coachella made an announcement about next years festival:

We’re excited to announce Coachella 2012 will be held over TWO WEEKENDS.

In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, COACHELLA 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people.

We know many of you were unable to attend this year’s festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honored by your passion and enthusiasm. We also know some of you purchased through non legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed. We hope that these changes will give everyone the opportunity to purchase directly from Coachella.com.

Passes go on sale beginning this Friday, June 3rd, 2011, at 10am PST until the following Friday June 10th, 2011, at 10pm PST. This advance sale will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Payment Plan. Passes will be available through a payment plan of 10% down and 8 equal monthly payments OR by payment in full. The price of three-day passes remains at $269 plus fees for the sixth consecutive year.

 

Coachella Weekend 1 – April 13-15, 2012 | Coachella Weekend 2 – April 20-22, 2012

I’m not sure how I feel about this, definitely an interesting concept however, I feel like the festival will lose some of its magic now that it’s trying to be the exact same festival over two weekends.  But it will still rage hard, that’s for sure! What do you think?

 

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Lightning In A Bottle 2011

23 May

Los Angeles is home to a plethora of excellent music companies, but The Do LaB is certainly one that stands out amongst the rest. For more than a decade, their creative minds have been providing Southern California with a very unique service: creating an experience as an art form. Driven by a desire to challenge people’s preconceived notions of reality and what is 
possible, the countless hours of work and dedication of The Do LaB, has led to the gathering of thousands in celebration of Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life.

The Lightning In A Bottle Festival has found it’s home in the beautiful and inspiring environment of the Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA (an hour South of LA), which is surrounded by rolling hills, lush Oak Trees, and reservoirs. Taking into account all that the festival has to offer in this natural setting is just one of the things that makes it a truly unique experience.

Music and Art are certainly the main attractions of the festival, but The Do LaB wanted to create a more worthwhile and beneficial opportunity for anyone who is willing to take the time to learn through their educational offerings such as speakers and workshops. If you are more musically inclined (as I am), you are set for a very memorable weekend with a vast array of artists including Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, MiM0SA, and the Lucent Dossier Experience, to name a few. I’ve also been dying to see some smaller acts such as Gladkill, Stephan Jacobs, and Love & Light.

As for Art, there will be a number of beautiful works ranging from large installations to paintings to crafts from vendors. There will also be a silent auction held for the benefit of The Do LaB’s non-profit organization, The Do ArT Foundation. I can’t wait to explore and discover all of the art featured at the festival!

These next few days will be painstakingly slow, as I am ecstatic to attend my first Lightning In A Bottle with WEST LA CNCT‘s own: Allione and Nathan Podshadley. Since the beginning of the festival over 10 years ago with only 200 attendees, it has definitely come a long way, and I am looking forward to watching it grow and develop further!

I want to wish everyone a safe and incredible weekend, we will see you there!

 

Check out the set times here and if you want to listen to something to get you ready for the dancing and shenanigans that will take place, the Sex Pixels have just the mix for you. They were the winners of a mix contest which got them an opening slot at the Bamboo stage Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

 

For more information and updates, check the Lightning In A Bottle website, facebook, and twitter!

 

 

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Free Live Webcast from Hangout Festival Starts Tonight!

20 May

As a sold out audience gathers on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama for 3 nights of stellar performances by the Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, My Morning Jacket, STS9, and The Flaming Lips–just to name a few–I just got word of a free webcast of the event hosted by SPIN.com and iclips.net.  

Hangout festival looks like a dream, located literally on a sandy beach with ocean views it’s definitely the most ideal location I would want to listen to my favorite bands.  iclips.net will be broadcasting live performances by the following artists starting at approximately 1:30PM est all weekend long:

The Flaming Lips
The Avett Brothers
Ween
Primus
Umphrey’s McGee 
Warren Haynes Band
Keller Williams
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Slightly Stoopid
STS9
Matisyahu
Brandi Carlile

Be sure to check it out!

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Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Announced

17 May

Austin City Limits (Sept 16-18) has just announced the lineup for it’s 10th anniversary festival.  Past headliners of this legendary festival have included Phish, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Beck, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Pearl Jam, and many more.  This year the line-up is looking pretty awesome, including headliners: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, and My Morning Jacket. 3 day passes to the event have already been sold out! You can still buy single day passes for $90 are on sale now and selling out fast! Here’s the full lineup: 

Stevie Wonder
Arcade Fire
Kanye West
Coldplay
My Morning Jacket
Fleet Foxes
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
Cee Lo
Bright Eyes
Social Distortion
Empire Of The Sun
Cut Copy
Santigold
Pretty Lights
TV On The Radio
Skrillex
Big Boi
Randy Newman
Iron & Wine
Ray LaMontagne
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Broken Social Scene
Chromeo
Old Crow Medicine Show
Death From Above 1979
Cold War Kids
The Airborne Toxic Event
Elbow
Gillian Welch
Fitz and the Tantrums
Delta Spirit
The Walkmen
Foster The People
Smith Westerns
Court Yard Hounds
Young The Giant
Alexander
Chiddy Bang
Mavis Staples
Gomez
J. Roddy Walston & the Business
Jack Ingram
Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band
James Blake
Sara Bareilles
City and Colour
Twin Shadow
AWOLNATION
Wild Beasts
Hayes Carll
Brandi Carlile
North Mississippi Allstars
The Antlers
Wanda Jackson
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Head and the Heart
Mariachi El Bronx
Abigail Washburn & The Village
Joseph Arthur
Gary Clark Jr.
The Secret Sisters
The Belle Brigade
Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme
Bomba Estereo
Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub
Phosphorescent
MONA
The Vaccines
Charles Bradley
Reptar
Fool’s Gold
Beardyman
The Greencards
An Horse
Nick 13
Asleep at the Wheel
Futurebirds
Theophilus London
Patrice Pike
The Moondoggies
The Cave Singers
Ha Ha Tonka
Francisca Valenzuela
Miniature Tigers
Cowboy and Indian
Ruby Jane
Little Hurricane
Hudson Moore
Bobby Long
Jon Pardi
MilkDrive
The Lee Boys
The Durdens
The Warrior Gospel Band
Endurance
Bells Of Joy
Disciples Of Christ
Tyree Morris & The Hearts of Worship
Sara Hickman
Peter DiStefano & Tor
The School of Rock
Heidi Swedburg
Mariana Iranzi
Brady Rymer
Recess Monkey
Q Brothers
Quinn Sullivan
The Barton Hills Choir
Fresh Millions
Tyler Bryant
The Kingston Springs
Chancellor Warhol
Seth Walker
Courtney Jaye
Leroy Powell

Let us know what you think of the lineup!

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Sells Out!

14 May

Thats right, Bonnaroo’s 10th anniversary, which takes place June 9-12th, is sold out! This morning, Bonnaroo officially announced via facebook that they have sold out all General Admission tickets.  However, if you are still dying to go, there are a limited number of VIP tickets avaliable– that is if you can fork up $1,349.50 per pair (ouch!).  Luckily the WEST LA CNCT crew has already scored our tickets and will be updating you on the biggest party of the summer!  But don’t get too upset if you don’t have a ticket, NPR Music will be webcasting the event live for the rest of you!

If you haven’t scoped the lineup this year, take a look, its pretty ridiculous:

Eminem
Arcade Fire
Widespread Panic
The Black Keys
Buffalo Springfield featuring Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale
My Morning Jacket
Lil Wayne
String Cheese Incident
Robert Plant & Band Of Joy
Mumford & Sons
The Strokes
The Decemberists
Ray LaMontagne
Bassnectar
Iron & Wine
Girl Talk
Primus
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Pretty Lights
Florence And The Machine
SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John
Explosions In The Sky
STS9
Gogol Bordello
Beirut
Big Boi
Scissor Sisters
Gregg Allman
Ratatat
Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Htz
Robyn
Warren Haynes Band
Deerhunter
Opeth
Atmosphere
Old Crow Medicine Show
Bootsy Collins & The Funk University
Wiz Khalifa
Matt & Kim
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Mavis Staples
Bla Fleck And The Flecktones
Chiddy Bang
Jovanotti
Bruce Hornsby
Loretta Lynn
Cold War Kids
The Walkmen
Wanda Jackson
Neon Trees
Portugal. The Man
Sleigh Bells
Amos Lee
Best Coast
Dm-Funk & Master Blazter
The Sword
The Drums
The Black Angels
School Of Seven Bells
J. Cole
Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea
Wavves
!!!
Junip
Freelance Whales
Justin Townes Earle
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Deer Tick
Band of Skulls
Sharon Van Etten
Abigail Washburn
Omar Souleyman
Twin Shadow
Kylesa
Man Man
The Low Anthem
Alberta Cross
Railroad Earth
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Smith Westerns
The Head And The Heart
Karen Elson
Beats Antique
22-20s
Phosphorescent
Clare Maguire
Hayes Carll

Get ready!!

 

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Show Review: the NEW DEAL 5/7/11

9 May

This past Saturday I got to see one of my favorite bands of all time, the New Deal, play one of their last shows at Terminal 5 in New York City.  If you haven’t heard or seen the New Deal yet, now is your last chance, as they are calling it quits (forever) at the end of this year.

The New Deal describe themselves as “live.progressive.breakbeat.house” and they are exactly that.  The band consists of only three members playing keyboard/synth, bass, and drums. Their shows are always crazy, high-energy dance parties that are pretty much improvisational.  It is truly an experience to see them live!

Here’s a video of their encore, where they played an extended version of one of my favorite songs, “Gone Gone Gone”.

Rumor has it that the band is releasing all of their recent live soundboard recordings via LiveDownloads.com, so check there often for a recording of this crazy show and others like it from this tour!  In the meantime download/listen one of my favorite tapes of the NewDeal Back in 2004 from the Bowery Ballrom in NYC.
http://www.archive.org/details/tND2004-11-27 

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Event: Tipsy Tuesdays at Baja Sharkeez

3 May

 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce the partnership between WEST LA CNCT and Baja Sharkeez!   Next Tuesday, May 10th, I will begin my weekly DJ residency at Sharkeez’ brand new location in Upper Manhattan Beach. It’s spacious dance floor and heavy sound system will guarantee Tipsy Tuesdays to be one hell of a party! The event begins at 9 pm and is 21+.  Come out to support and to hear the finest music WEST LA CNCT has to offer!

 

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-allione

Coachella 2011 Recap

29 Apr

For me, it was an event categorized more by experiences than music. With that being said, here’s my take and a few jams dedicated to the best party around.

Friday began with some heavy sunshine and even heavier dubstep. As usual, 12th Planet threw down an energetic, crowd-pleasing set. Dubstep’s American embassador has great taste for new music and tons of stage presence. He stood on the DJ booth a few times during the slower points of the set to get the crowd amped. I have yet to be disappointed by one of 12th Planet’s performances.

I was able to catch bits of Excision and Skrillex‘s sets between trips to the beer garden. Both kept the crowd jumping with their bass-filled soundtracks to nondescript horror movies. The live collaboration between Skrillex and a few members of Korn was a highlight.

After a house version of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, the Sahara tent shifted gears for the breakthrough hip-hop group, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Despite all the negative press regarding their performance, Odd Future was one of my favorite acts all weekend. Reminiscent of an old-school punk show, the group
did their best to incite a riot. The chaos of the set featured chants of “Wolf Gang!” and “Fuck the Police!”, crowd surfing, moshpits, some daring stunts by Tyler the Creator, and all around anarchy. Shout out to Big Tuna for keeping the party alive during this one!

Tyler the Creator-French (Toro y Moi Remix)

 

Once OFWGKTA ended, I had a brief time grab another drink, catch my breath, and enjoy some of A-Trak‘s feel-good combination of hip-hop and house. The transition between a cut-up, scratch-happy version of “All of the Lights” and “6’ 7′” was definitely a highlight.

What can I say about Afrojack that hasn’t been said already? This was the third Afrojack set I have had the pleasure to experience and it was unquestionably the best, and my favorite set of Coachella 2011. His ability to combine original, mind-blowing music with flawless, extended build-ups has always left me amazed. A testament to this was the presence of none other than Sir Paul McCartney. If music royalty has the good sense enjoy your set, your doing something right. I strive to think this is a sign of the upcoming dominance of electronic music.

Afrojack and Adele- Rolling in the Right (DEFEP Bootleg)

 

 

After a few shenanigans, I made it over the main stage to catch rock heavy-hitters, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon. Both bands tore the main stage up, with slashing guitar melodies and true southern rock style. I can’t wait to catch The Black Keys again at Bonnaroo!

The last portion of the night was dedicated to raging with some talented DJs. Boys Noize was on his game as usual, keeping the Sahara Tent going with his crazy, German techno sound. Hearing him drop his Daft Punk remix was a highlight for me. House legends, The Chemical Brothers, were given the main stage honor and they took full advantage of it. The HEAVY bass the stage had to offer, accompanied by some incredible production, made for one spectacular performance. Here’s another link to a track with the best of both worlds.
The Chemical Brothers- Swoon (Boys Noize Remix)

 

On Saturday, the weekend took a turn for the stranger. As such, I can no longer give a detailed play by play like Friday. Here are some of the highlights:

Trampled by Turtles fired up the main stage early with their own fast-paced blend of folk, country, and rock. Despite being a band more traditionally suited to play Stagecoach than Coachella, they put on an extremely enjoyable show.
Trampled by Turtles-Wait So Long

 

Two Door Cinema Club was a cool change of pace. Their light-hearted, indie rock style fit perfectly in the afternoon, and the crowd was loving them.

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work The Twelves Remix

 

Chuckie was the only electronic act I caught all day, but he was no disappointment. If there is any dutch house artist comparable to Afrojack, it’s Chuckie. His set, filled with deep bass and toy gun synths, certainly kept the Sahara Tent happy.

Carolina Marquez-Wicked Wow (Chuckie Extended Mix)
http://groovebat.com/download/sdb.mp3

 

The last act to perform on Saturday I feel qualified to discuss is Mumford & Sons. The fast rising popularity of the band is well supported by the serious talent of the members and great music they release. They put on a flawless performance, jamming on each song, and using silence to build tension for their epic crescendos. And with the inclusion of a brass section as backup, it couldn’t have gotten any better.

 

 

Sunday was a day I will never forget. It was filled with wandering, see-saw riding, picture taking, H&M tent chilling, sunset watching, great music and amazing friends. Here are a few jams in dedication to the best, most emotion-filled day I have had in a long time.

The Strokes- Under Cover of Darkness

Jack Beats- All Night (feat. John B)

Ratatat-Allure (Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G.)

 

Last, but certainly not least, I have the honor of introducing the partnership between WEST LA CNCT and Veloce Hats! Veloce Hats is a Los Angeles based company fueled by the imagination of designer and founder, Cameron Picardi. Cameron has drawn inspiration from all aspects of the fast-paced city life to create unique, timeless designs.

Veloce Hats strives to support fellow startup businesses and artists of all industries. It understands a diverse city like Los Angeles has tons of creativity to offer, and that these up-and-coming innovators will lead the push toward the city’s artistic future. WEST LA CNCT is proud to debut the promotional video, “Our Summer Daze”, for the collaboration between tank top trend-setters, Once Youth, and Veloce Hats!
 

Check out all Veloce Hats has to offer HERE!

 

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-Allione

Coachella Webcast Set Times

15 Apr

For everyone unable to go to this years Coachella log on to youtube.com/coachella tonight starting at 4pm to see top sets streaming live or shortly after from 3 different youtube streams.  The Nochella party has begun!  Looks like we’ll get to see a lot of Main Stage acts, however no streams from the Sahara tent.  Heres the schedule:

Friday, April 15th

Saturday, April 16th

Sunday, April 17th

Have a good weekend!

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-Mike.D

Coachella Set Times and Webcast Announced

13 Apr

The set times for Coachella have finally been announced!

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WOW.

Coachella has also announced they will broadcast  performances live via youtube this year! For those of you who want to check it out head to youtube.com/coachella starting Friday to see top sets live or shortly after.

And while you’re at it:

 

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-Mike.D

‘Tis The Season…

12 Apr

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN

Our favorite season here at WEST LA CNCT has finally arrived! So dust off your tent, fire up the barbecue, and head for the shade because it’s festival season! At WEST LA CNCT we have what some might call an obsession for live music, so we decided to add a ‘festivals’ section for that very reason.  In coming days expect to see posts and updates on festivals all over the country including: festival news, lineups, rumors, survival guides, videos, downloads, and everything in between.

Coachella (Indio, CA) is only four days away! Anyone with a ticket to this sold out festival is in for a treat this weekend. With an amazing lineup and mind blowing production, this year’s Coachella is going to be legendary!

Here’s the lineup to get you excited for this weekend! Check back for set times to be announced very soon.

 

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-Mike.D

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