Earlier this week, a sold out capacity crowd saw Chet Faker aka Nicholas Murphy take the stage for his first US performance at the Echo in Los Angeles. He released his debut EP, “Thinking In Textures” early last year and has been working non stop ever since. Fellow Aussie Flume had him sing, “Left Alone” on his debut and the Swedish/Australian group Say Lou Lou featured him on their b-side, “Fool of Me“, but it was his cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” that he released a couple of years ago that started it all.
“This songs about sex”, quipped Nick as they played my personal favorite, “Love & Feeling” midway through his short, but very sweet set. Other stand out songs included the opener, “Archangel”, “Terms & Conditions”, “I’m into You”, and of course ending the set with “No Diggity”. The crowd while talkative, sang along to every word. Taking a break from his keyboard for the encore, Chet played his new single, “Melt” sans singer Kilo Kish, but still a very nice ending to a fantastic first show.
Chet Faker is currently on a North American tour that will take him across the country including an upcoming show at New York’s Webster Hall with recent collaborator Flume on September 11th. He’ll also be joining Bonobo on their tour starting October 31st at the Complex in Salt Lake City. Check him out now before he moves on to bigger venues like I know he will.
Jon Hopkins released his fourth full length solo album earlier this year, Immunity on Domino Records. “The first sound on Immunity is that of a key turning, unlocking the door into Jon Hopkins’ East London studio. It’s followed by the noise of the door slamming, then footsteps, and then finally the crisp, clipping rhythms and pulsating bass of ‘We Disappear’ emerge, signposting the most club-friendly music Hopkins’ has made to date.”
I was able to catch Jon open up for Purity Ring the other night at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and while it took the crowd a few songs to warm up to him, by the end of his set everyone was dancing along to his hypnotic beats. Jon recently remixed Purity Ring’s “Amenamy” and Megan from Purity Ring added vocals to his track, “Breathe This Air”, it would have been a great opportunity for them to perform together on stage, but that never materialized. They did however give out a very limited 12″ vinyl that had both tracks on it if you were one of the first 150 in the door.
Jon will be performing this coming Saturday, August 31st at MOMA PS1′s Warm Up in New York and will also be appearing later that night at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. He’ll then head back to Europe for a string of festival shows. Check out the beautiful new version of, “Breathe This Air”, featuring Megan of Purity Ring and be sure to catch him at one of his upcoming shows.
The first day had me arriving late (oops) to catch the last half of Toro y Moi‘s highly danceable set. Devendra Banhart kept it positive and mellow performing to a an adoring audience while Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox kept it weird as usual performing in a dress and wig. TV On The Radio rolled through the hits and had me screaming along to, “Staring at the Sun“. When Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage to end the first day, you knew right away why they were headlining. Karen O is hands down one of the most enigmatic singers performing today and with Nick Zinner’s burning guitar work, they had the crowd going insane when they played songs like, “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll“.
The second day had me dancing like crazy to Australia’s Flume who I featured here earlier this year. Fingers crossed he eventually tours with some of the amazing singers featured on his debut LP. With great songs and some seriously long hair, Kurt Vile & The Violators played a nice early evening set as did Glasser who I had to cut short to catch Yo La Tango. Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand mesmerized the huge crowd with her incredible voice, definitely one of the more beautiful sets of the day.
Hiding behind his trademark long brimmed hat, Finn Andrews’ pain is evident. Pouring sweat and singing his songs about love and loss, The Veils‘ tortured singer had a very excited and attentive crowd at their recent show at West Hollywood’s Troubadour. I’ve always had a soft spot for the band ever since I heard their debut, “The Runaway Found” back in 2004. With their recently released album, “Time Stays, We Go” the band continues to mature making this another must have gem by the London-based band.
The band played songs off of their new record including my personal favorite, “Birds”, “this is a song about birds, suspicious birds” Finn stated before playing the song. They also played fan favorites like, “Sit Down by the Fire”, “Lavinia” which Finn played solo, “Advice for Young Mothers to Be” and ending with a raucous version of, “Jesus for the Jugular” which had Finn throwing his guitar down at the end of the song.
The Veils recently recorded a session, Live from Abbey Road which you can view above and are set to perform next month on September 7th at the, Into the Great Wide Open Festival in Norway and in Denmark in October.
Savoir Adore’s Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro performing at the Echo in Los Angeles on August 7, 2013.
I was able to catch one of my favorite Brooklyn-based bands, Savoir Adore playing their first ever headlining show at the Echo in LA last week. Dressed in all white and sounding as blissed out as ever, the band performed both old and new songs to the intimate sing-a-long crowd. Stand out songs included, “Dreamers” and “Imagination”that are both on their recently re-released second full length album, “Our Nature“ on Nettwerk Records after releasing it last year with a successful Kickstarter campaign which of course I supported.
The band recently premiered their new video, “Regalia” with our friends over at Buzzbands.LA and are about to perform their biggest hometown show to date next month at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sep. 21st. You can also check them out at DC9 in Washington DC on Sep. 24th, at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle on Sep. 25th, and at Great Scott in Boston on Sep. 29th. Check out the video for “Regalia” and make sure to catch them next month on the East Coast!
“Bela Lugos’s dead, undead undead undead…” sang Peter Murphy to the first of two sold out shows at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre a couple of weeks ago celebrating thirty five years of Bauhaus with the Mr. Moonlight Tour. While I would have liked to have seen Bauhaus perform, I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to see Peter Murphy and his band perform an all Bauhaus set.
Opening the show with King Volcano and playing songs like Stigmata Martyr, The Passion of Lovers and of course Bela Lugosi’s Dead, it was definitely a sing-a-long with Peter Murphy kind of night. Peter Murphy looked as cool as ever dancing around stage with his trademark moves. Of course the show wouldn’t have been complete without them ending with the Bauhaus versions of T. Rex‘s Telegram Sam and David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust.
The US tour has ended, but he’ll be in Mexico at the Teatro Metropólitan tonight Thursday, August 8th and will follow with shows in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and ending in Sao Paolo, Brazil on Wednesday, August 14th at the Carioca Club
Thursday nights in Santa Monica, CA are going to be a lot louder now that the 29th Annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier are back. Packing in 10,000+ people to the opening night this past Thursday July 11th, Surfer Blood tore through songs off of their new album, Pythons as people on the beach danced on their blankets. The audience on the pier itself sang along and moshed which made singer, John Paul Pitts follow along jumping into the crowd himself.
The British/Spanish band, Crystal Fighters have been making infectious dance music with a slight twist since 2007. Their new album, “Cave Rave” was released last month and has been garnering strong reviews as well as pulling in great crowds for their exuberant shows.
I caught them earlier this month at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles where their new album was recorded and was totally blown away by their energy from the second they took the stage. Playing songs from their new album as well as many of their classics like, “Plage” and ”Champion Sound“, the place was a non-stop dance party.
The band is currently on tour in Europe so if you happen to be out there, check out their tour dates here and be ready to dance your ass off. On August 29th, the band will also be doing a very special “Cave Rave” in a cave outside Pamplona, Navarre, Spain where the band was formed. Check out their latest video for the single, “You & I” and be sure to grab their new album, “Cave Rave“.