I’ve seen a lot of great shows these past two weeks by bands that have new albums out that you should listen to and enjoy!
Two Flowers (2013)
Peaking Lights are Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, a husband and wife duo whose fantastic 2011 album 936 (Not Not Fun, Weird World) draws equally from the likes of Can and Cluster’s spacey, bloopy Kraut-Futurism as it does from the warm analogue bliss of King Tubby and Lee Perry’s dub masterpieces. For fans of Sun Araw, Pocahaunted, Panda Bear, Goat.
ESP Institute (2014)
Okay, did I recently see Blasé perform? NO. But this collaborative record is one part
Secret Circuit and one part Suzanne Kraft, the latter of which shared the bill with Peaking Lights as a member of avant-disco outfit Pharaohs. Super smooth, lush instrumental jams that move effortlessly from one to another. For your listening pleasure at either the last flickering seconds of sunset or the crack of dawn, I still can’t decide.
Its no secret that me and everyone else in the world fucking loves this record. While Deafheaven seem to be on a never-ending victory lap from Sunbather’s release last summer, its content keeps growing more anthemic as more people decipher George Clarke’s ‘Emperor’-laden vocals and scream along with the same fury as an album that has been around 10x as long.
Wreck & Reference
The Flenser (2014)
I had never heard Wreck & Reference’s music before their opening slot for Deafheaven’s sold out show in San Diego, but the first thing that probably catches most peoples’ eye is their live setup; a duo consisting of only a drummer and a frontman wielding a sample pad. Their music is texturally more interesting than the majority of extreme music without forfeiting any of its menace and agony. This sounds like the stuff that the children of Swans’ Michael Gira would make. Don’t miss their show with Marriages at the Complex in Glendale on 8/10!
Sacred Bones (2014)
The music of Amen Dunes feels timeless; deconstructed, bubbling lo-fi pop whose lack of pretense defines its own aesthetic. Their most fully realized record, Amen Dunes’ ‘Love’ feels wide-eyed and curious, and expounds on that feeling from both the perspectives of artist and listener.
On a side note, The Complex is on freakin’ Colorado Blvd next to the Zankou Chicken so I better see ALL OF U at the next show.
Here and Nowhere Else
Cloud Nothings are a different band than they used to be, and that’s a great thing. Here and Nowhere Else is the best record of theirs so far, and its fuller, heavier, and more developed songwriting sounds like Kurt Cobain penning hits for a new Fugazi album. Catchy pop melodies caught in the thick of Dylan Baldi’s screaming feedback.
North American Poetry
Captured Tracks (2014)
Juan Wauters’ set at Los Globos was brilliant. The Uruguay-born, Queens-raised frontman for the Beets goes solo for this most excellent album from Captured Tracks, whose sparse, simple songs underwent a sonic transformation with the addition of electric guitar and a wide array of effects and triggers. Wauters’ music contains an honesty and playfulness that makes little differentiation between childlikeness and wisdom. Get ready for everyone’s future favorite weirdo-pop auteur.
Join KOXY this Saturday on Stewie Beach for our Springfest Pre-show featuring LA reggae kings The Lions!
*FREE* *NO WRISTBAND REQUIRED* *OXY+1*
Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music.
“All the guys in The Lions grew up on classic Jamaican records so since we began we have wanted to give our records that same edge and roughness that we grew up hearing on LPs by The Upsetters, Soul Syndicate, The Rockers Band and Roots Radics. The rhythm section was all recorded to tape, the Hammond buzzed a little, fuses blew and good mistakes were left in. We basically made the dusty reggae soul LP WE have been wanting to hear for years.” – Dan Ubick (producer)
“Like Daniel, I would step into The Lions’ den for this sound! Yes they are fierce – the kings of the jungle” – Jeremy Sole, KCRW
The video for The Lions single “This Generation”:
The KOXY stage also presents student hip-hop DJ Tyler Ollanik Music as well as an all-vinyl KOXY DJ set! Check the link below for his amazing beats.
***** KOXY VINYL DJ SET – 3:00 – 3:30 *****
***** TYLER OLLANIK – 3:30 – 4:30 *****
***** THE LIONS – 4:30 – 6:00 *******
In addition to amazing live music there will also be food trucks, games, and an 8×12′ painting wall provided by Oxy Artlab!
This should be an amazing and fun show, bring EVERYONE YOU KNOW! Also, first 100 people to show up get a FREE KOXY T-SHIRT!
Faithful KOXY listeners and lovers: we’ve got a busy month ahead of us. Therefore you should never feel bored because we’ve got plenty of stuff going on.
Saturday, March 22, 2-4PM: OXYLYMPICS!! Programming Board presents Oxy’s very own Olympics. Located in the Greek Bowl, there will be a decathlon of events for a few different prizes. Why are we talking about it?? We’re DJing! Go compete or spectate, and get excited about the fresh tuneage that we’ll be providing.
10:30PM-1:30AM: ASOC Senate is hosting an after-hours Dance Pro after party in Sycamore Glen. A bunch of student DJs will be showcasing their stuff with some help from KOXY. After watching everyone dance, come get down with us.
Friday, March 28, 8PM-???!?: Groove at the Glen is back with a bag of new tricks to guarantee a rowdy night of good, clean fun. Held in Sycamore Glen, as usual, there will be music, art projects, and PIZZA. Come early for the pizza, guys. And stay late for the rad music! Starting at 9PM, we’ll have student band (featuring some of our staff), Campus Security, tearing it down like a groovy beach party. At 10PM, we’ve got Moonlight Trio, a “cumbia-billy” (yes, a hybrid of Cumbia and Rockabilly) band that won’t disappoint. To end it all, we’ve got student DJ act Hotel Garuda to ensure that everyone will dance until they can’t anymore…or until Campo shuts us down (which they shouldn’t). Come ready to munch delicious pizza and boogie for an eternity.
If you’re looking for places to pleasure your ears this month, look no further.
3/2: Angel Olsen @ The Echoplex
3/3: Moses Sumney @ The Bootleg [21+]
3/4: Glasvegas + The Ceremonies @ The Echo [18+]
3/4: Papa @ The Constellation Room
3/5: Peach Kelli Pop + Cherry Glazerr @ The Smell
3/6: Four Tet @ The Echoplex
3/7: Cherry Glazerr @ The Church on York [in the basement]
3/7: Four Tet @ The Echoplex [18+]
3/10: Moses Sumney @ The Bootleg [21+]
3/10: Russian Circles @ The El Rey
3/10: Matt Kivel @ The Church on York
3/10: The Kooks @ The Troubadour
3/11: Real Estate @ The Fonda
3/12: Deafheaven @ The Glass House
3/14: No Age + Peaking Lights + Dune @ Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
3/18: Moses Sumney + Angel Deeradoorian (formerly of Dirty Projectors) @ The Bootleg [21+]
3/18: Band of Skulls + Deap Vally @ The Belasco
3/18: How to Dress Well @ The Roxy
3/18: Kraftwerk @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/19: K. Flay @ The Bootleg [21+]
3/20: Nobunny + Hunx & His Punx + Shannon and the Clams @ The Echoplex [18+]
3/20: The Orwells @ The Observatory
3/21: St. Vincent @ The Wiltern
3/22: Burgerama III @ The Observatory
3/23: Burgerama III @ The Observatory
3/25: London Grammar @ The El Rey
3/25: The National @ The Shrine
3/28: Moving Units @ The Roxy
3/29: Neil Young @ The Dolby Theatre
3/29: Domo Genesis @ MAD AVE LA
3/29: Night Talks Single Release Show feat. Campus Security @ The Lyric Theatre
3/29: Baths @ The Glass House
3/31: The Strypes @ The El Rey
Have fun, you crazy kids.
Come out this friday to watch an exclusive acoustic performance by folk musicians Matt Kivel and Sophia Knapp! It’s going to be cozy, warm and intimate, so bring your friends and family for this awesome and pleasant evening concert.
Where: Bird Hall (big recital hall in Booth)
When: Feb 7
Doors: 8:30 PM
Listen to songs off of Matt Kivel’s new, critically acclaimed album ‘Double Exposure’: https://soundcloud.com/
Listen to Sophie Knapp’s new music at: http://www.dragcity.com/