We honestly can't go a few weeks without going to the great, grand, grawesome art gallery slash performance space known as pehrspace and luckily we were gift-wrapped this amazing lineup to facilitate any withdrawals we might be having lately, which have been many.
The first time we did a show with Silian Rail was quite an evening. To put it mildly, they crushed everything in their path. So much so, that it pretty much drew the rest of this fantastic lineup together just to play with them. And we can't deny maybe having a teenie-weenie semi-massive crush on guitarist Robin Landy and her insane hybrid picking slash crazy Holdsworth chord voicings. The band is touring down this way with their new album Parhelion (available here), giving Los Angeles the first chance to have the brilliance of "...To Ruins" and "The Many People Never Resting" smashed into our eardrums.
The rest of the lineup is just as exciting. Cue the Moon absolutely slayed the midnight slot they had at the show we presented last year with them at Summer Darling's Spaceland residency. A new album is due in a few months and we're too excited to see an arena-level band playing a closet-sized venue. The Azure Vault are Tim Cooper and Steve Molter from two of LA's most respected post-rock bands Signal Hill and Beware of Safety, respectively. They're working on their debut album and everyone who follows their other bands pretty much knows that it will not suck. Finally, we are proud and honored to present the debut (and perhaps only) show of Vicious Scully, the monstrous duo of Summer Darling's Ben Heywood and Summer Darling producer Sean Foye, cleverly named after one of the greatest voices our town has ever heard, Sir Vin Scully. They quietly leaked their debut album Vices late last year, building an anticipation level for this show that can only be classified as defcon holy shit.
We hope you can make some time out of your busy Friday night to stop by pehrspace, but if not be good, be safe and Coachella is sooo 1999.
April 15, 2011
Los Angeles Loves...
CUE THE MOON
THE AZURE VAULT
325 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
All Ages / $5 / 9pm
So back in December we were given the privilege to present two shows at one of our favorite weeklies Marathon Live, which of course you already know has hosted since 2007 the likes of Glasser, Parson Red Heads, and members of Warpaint before anybody heard of them. Well, we're back with another great lineup comprised of bands likely to make some cool tastemaker's class of 2011.
Other Mountains is the duo of Matthew Oden and Marc Kohlbry (formerly of San Diego's metalcore band Destroy the Runner) who with the assistance of other former members of DTR, Castledoor, local singer-songwriter Anna Su, and others released their debut full-length album Fernweh in March. The result is a rather bold and compelling ambient pop/post-rock-leaning record with flourishes of some beautifully epic movements, not unlike those you might hear on any one of your favorite GYBE or A Silver Mt. Zion albums. Get the new album here.
Psychic Friend made their debut earlier this year to a packed early crowd of friends and hardcore Imperial Teen fans at the Silverlake Lounge. And, if you've known us longer than 15 years, you know that we believe Imperial Teen to be one of the most underrated bands in rock music history so of course we were geeking out front and center. Every song we heard that night were absolutely stunning pop gems as only frontman Will Schwartz knows how to write with "Once A Servant" being an obvious Song of the Year candidate. Rounding out the trio is drummer slash goddess Patty Schemel who'll be coming to a theater near you very soon and session man extraordinaire Bo Boddie. Incidentally, next week they open for Sarah Silverman who we met at an Imperial Teen show almost exactly 10 years ago when they opened for The White Stripes at the Troubadour.
In the early days of l'Buffalo, we called her the secret weapon and occasionally l'élément-clé, but now she's singing her own songs and goes by the name Pageants, thus fulfilling her destiny as the girl indie kid's will be daydreaming about for the next ten years to come. At the end of 2011, there will five great new bands of the year to name. Pageants is one of them. Check out video from their debut show.
Since new is the new new (and using the word fledgling sounds weak), we have yet another upstart band on the rise with Palace Walls. They're so new we actually haven't even seen them nor do we know if they've even played a show but since the combined show count of all the bands playing on this night is less than 10 we're not worried so much. Especially since they just released a handful of demos entitled "The Everly Tapes" (we love "Hummingbirdsexx" "MEATRAVE") that fit right in with the spirit of Marathon Live.
All this plus Marathon Live DJ's for free. You're welcome, Los Angeles.
April 13, 2011
Los Angeles Loves...
1123 N. Vine
Hollywood, CA 90038
21+ / 9:00pm / FREE