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AZARI & III AT DRAI’S

Posted in CONCERTS, MUSIC on November 13, 2012 by Keyvon

It’s good to see real house music taking over again. The Sahara Tent at Coachella this year was like EDC Lite. I miss the good ol’ days of Masters at Work, Felix the Housecat and Daft Punk throwing down in the dance tent. Thanks to acts like Disclosure, Soul Clap, and Azari & III, real house music is making a comeback.

Azari & III (pronounced “third”, not ill or three) stopped thru Drai’s in Hollywood for a DJ set this past weekend and brought me back to the late 90s when I heard house for the first time. The Canadian collective has a very interesting roster or producers and performers. I’m guessing their DJ set doesn’t fully match how wild their live show is going to be at Dim Mak Studios tonight, but the music was on point all night none-the-less. The huge pool, rooftop view overlooking Hollywood Blvd., and constant string of top notch DJs make Drai’s the sexiest and most scenic club in the Los Angeles.

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BEACH HOUSE @ THE WILTERN

Posted in CONCERTS, MUSIC on September 28, 2012 by Keyvon

The hottest indie band on the planet right now, Beach House, performed 2 sold out shows at the Wiltern this past week. The Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally (accompanied by a sick drummer) threw down the most perfectly performed haunting dream pop you may ever hear. Their sound lives somewhere in the world of Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star and to some extent even Radiohead. Not quite electronic, not quite rock, but undeniably infectious. Honestly I can’t even make out Victoria’s words (or her face) most of the time, but the emotion she evokes with her beautiful voice is unparalleled.

The majority of the show seemed to be sprinkled with tracks from their 4 albums, but towards the end of the set was when the fireworks really started. Their penultimate song “Myth” from the new album Bloom, has my vote for best song of the year so far. They ended the show with what I consider to be their best and most popular track, the legendary “10 Mile Stereo”. The crowd was floored. Their exit was heart-breaking, but short lived. For their encore and true conclusion Victoria violently whipped her wild hair back and forth sending everyone into a fine frenzy before abruptly exiting for good. Whether it’s called shoegaze or dream pop or some 2013 phrase no one has coined yet, this band Beach House is one of my picks for best band out right now. No one is touching them. Great fucking show!

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Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo (right-click to download)

PORTISHEAD IN L.A.

Posted in CONCERTS on October 20, 2011 by Keyvon

Portishead, one of my favorite bands of all time, and let me repeat that – ALL TIME, was in Los Angeles this week for two sold out shows at The Shrine. In 1997 they released their self-titled sophomore album and my life would be forever changed. The lead single “Only You” perfectly encapsulated their sound of dark, moody melodies alongside amazing DJ scratching (it samples The Pharcyde’s “She Said), and was accompanied by a mind-bending video directed by Chris Cunningham. I owe a big credit to Portishead for my DJ career, they were the first non Hip-Hop group I ever saw with a DJ – before Linkin Park and all those terrible bands of the late 90s made it lame – and it really opened my eyes to exploring the technique further.

In their live show their DJ was really ripping it up, but if you’re a fan of Portishead, it’s most likely because you’ve fallen under the trance of Beth Gibbons’ unmatchable pipes. Her voice is unmistakable and inconceivable. In 2009 Golden Bloggen posted a list of our Top Current Female Singers and Beth Gibbons came in at #3.  One of the things that landed her so high on the list is her ability to perfectly duplicate that album sound in her live performances. There are no studio tricks with Portishead. The band, DJ, and singer are all top notch and when they perform it all comes together like a well-oiled musical family who has been playing together for almost 20 years. This trip to the Shrine marks Portishead’s first trip to LA in I believe 13 years. They came to Coachella 3 years ago, and yes I was there, but as far as touring it has been over a dozen years. If you have to drive several hours to attend their show, do it! You may not get another chance to see one of the most influential and musically groundbreaking bands of our time ever again.

NOTE: They must have very strict non-smoking rules at the Shrine because Beth Gibbons did not smoke a cigarette during her entire performance. It was like seeing a unicorn. I’ve never seen her without a cigarette in her hand.

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Portishead – Sour Times

Portishead – Only You

Portishead – Machine Gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOKOUT WEEKEND!

Posted in CONCERTS on September 15, 2011 by Keyvon

Cuz here we come. This weekend is fueled with some pretty heavy dance shows. Tonight (Thursday) will see LA’s own Dillon Francis at the Key Club tonight. Danceism will be sponsoring this one, so show some support to those who show us support. For tickets and more info CLICK HERE.

Friday night shows the required annual performance from Italian duo Crookers. They really only show up in LA about once a year, so make sure you catch them tomorrow night at Avalon, or who knows when you will be able to see them again. As you may know, if you read a lot of Golden Bloggen, the Crookers are one of our favorite dance acts. Their sound, live shows, and downright genius is something to marvel. So if you’re free tomorrow night, there is no other place you should be. Show is only 19+, so all you underage kiddies are OK. CLICK HERE for tix and more info.

And check out their video above. A little reminiscent of “Electrofied!” if you ask me.

BEATS RHYMES & LIFE

Posted in CONCERTS on July 9, 2011 by Keyvon

Beats Rhymes and Life, a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest, opened on Friday July 8th. But on Thursday July 7th Paper Ships threw one big ass party to celebrate the movie’s release. The event was hosted by the film’s director, Michael Rappaport, and had a slew of BIG TIME Hip Hop DJs performing. The big names included LA’s own Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf, and the legendary Prince Paul. Paul and PB Wolf ended the night with a legendary VJ battle.

Prince Paul started off his set admitting that he usually doesn’t DJ with videos but was talked into it by PB Wolf, who pretty much only does VJ sets these days. Paul is most famously known for his work with De La Soul, but for me his teaming up with Dan the Automator on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s So How’s Your Girl… is the most life changing album I’ve ever heard. Paul announced throughout the night that he was only spinning “real Hip-Hop.” For him this meant mostly 80’s and 90’s tracks, further disproving the idea of some that real Hip Hop is alive and well. He actually only played a handful of tracks from this millennium. And only one track from the past 5 years or so, that being Tyler the Creator’s “Yonkers.”

As for Mr. Peanut Butter Wolf, he began his VJ set with some unbelievable homemade footage from Tribe’s very early years. But to make sure he wouldn’t be outdone by anyone that night, he brought out Phife Dawg and proceeded to impersonate Ali Shaheed Muhammad as the two went through Tribe’s unreal catalog of Hip Hop classics. The energy was palpable and almost brought a tear to my eye as I realized this is the closest I may get to seeing a real A Tribe Called Quest show, but who knows… Their Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee like off & on again relationship keeps us fans on the edge of our seats. The golden years of Hip Hop may be over, but with nights like this I am reminded that as long as Hip Hop legends are alive and performing, real Hip Hop will never be dead.

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A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour

A Tribe Called Quest ft. LONS – Scenario

A Tribe Called Quest – Check Da Rhyme

CALVIN HARRIS @ THE MUSIC BOX

Posted in CONCERTS on May 28, 2011 by Keyvon

Calvin Harris filled up the Music Box last Thursday with heavy house music and wild shuffling party-goers. We’ve been fans of Calvin Harris at GB since he Created Disco a few years ago. He’s had the internet buzzing for the past few months with the release of “Awooga”, his first track off his yet to be named forthcoming album. And the video for the second single “Bounce” with Kelis was released last month. Calvin has significantly changed up his sound and approach since his debut. His sophomore album was more Electro than disco and he toured to support the album as a DJ instead of performing it live, like he used to. Now it seems Mr. Harris has completely abandoned his pop star origin and gone full blown DJ. There is no trace of his vocals on the new tracks from his 3rd album, and he hasn’t performed live in years. But dude still knows how to get the party started. He is emerging as one of the best Dance producer/DJs in the game with a sound resembling big timers Swedish House Mafia.

You can see Calvin Harris back in SoCal at the Pacific Festival:OC on August 13th.

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Calvin Harris ft Kelis – Bounce

Calvin Harris – Awooga

Calvin Harris – Stars Come Out

Calvin Harris – Flashback

YOUR WEEKLY CONCERT BIBLE

Posted in CONCERTS on May 10, 2011 by Keyvon

PICK OF THE WEEK

OF MONTREAL @ AVALON (SATURDAY MAY 14TH)

Surprisingly not from Montreal, this Georgian band provides one of the most interesting stage shows I’ve ever seen. There are about 20 members on stage, with many dressed up in some crazy costumes. This band is off the wall, but most importantly they make good music. Sure they lent their single to the Outback Steakhouse, but they are real musicians, who very often invite Janelle Monae on stage with them. To say they are unconventional is an understatement.

TONIGHT

Tyler the Creator @ Troubadour:

LA rapper and Odd Future member will be lending his unique talents to the Troubadour stage tonight. Odd Future is one of the most hyped new indie groups of the year and Tyler is their frontman. His newest release Goblin was also released today.

WEDNESDAY

TV on the Radio @ The Music Box:

New York experimental rock band TV on the Radio just lost a band member due to cancer. This must be one of their first shows since the lost of bassist Gerard Smith. A very interesting band to see live, this will be an emotional show.

THURSDAY

Femi Kuti & Positive Force@ El Rey

Femi, son of legendary African musician Fela Kuti, will be lighting up the El Rey with his Afro-beatness. I’ve never caught Femi live but his tracks are dope as hell and no one else makes music that sounds like this.

FRIDAY

Claude Von Stroke @ Avalon:

San Francisco based Claude VonStroke brings Dirty Bird to Avalon this Friday where he wants to know “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” Let’s show him we’re not scared LA, and make this party as legendary as his scenic Golden Gate Park raves.

SATURDAY

Rusko @ The Wiltern:

Dubstep superstar Rusko will be gyrating his head off this Saturday night at the very spacious Wiltern Theater. If you’ve never seen Rusko on stage, this dude gets into it maybe more than any DJ I’ve ever seen. Legend has it that his patented head-nodding dance moves lead to a slipped disc. I have seen Rusko with my own eyes rock so hard that he knocked his turntables right (CDJ’s) off the platform.

WARNING: Only attend if you are ready to get down and dirty and boogie to some hard ass dubstep.

SUNDAY

Mia Doi Todd @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop:

Los Angeles native and singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd will be strumming away at her guitar this Sunday. This would be a nice mellow wrap-up to the weekend if you decide to go to to those crazy dance shows listed above.