The American Cinematheque is screening a number of classic music films this weekend at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica as part of their Wild Things: A Celebration of Rock Documentaries & Mods & Rockers series. All shows start at 7:30 pm and you can buy tickets here.  Note: movie bios are from the American Cinematheque site.

TONIGHT: Double Feature: Monterey Pop, 1968, Pennebaker Films, 78 min. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker. This salute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival revives the world-changing excitement brought on by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who and others.

Wattstax, 1973, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. This landmark 1972 concert teamed soul music with Black Pride – and was dubbed the “black Woodstock.” The film presents a slew of great Stax Records artists performing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, including Rufus & Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor Kim Weston the Bar-Kays and closing act Isaac Hayes. We also experience the churches, shops and streets of Watts, just seven years after the race riots that scarred the city.

Check out the rest of the weekend’s schedule after the jump.
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Friday July 30th 2010, 10:51 am
Snapshot: David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono and John Lennon
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David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono and John Lennon hanging out at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 1, 1975.




Friday July 30th 2010, 10:49 am
Video of the Day: The Avett Brothers
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YouTube Preview ImageThe Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

The Avett Brothers have released a new video for “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” from their latest record I And Love And You. The video features the animated paintings of Jason Ryan Mitcham. Rather than make a bunch of different paintings for the animation, Mitcham gradually altered a single painting 2600 times. Ten alterations to the painting equaled one second of film.

“Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise” was written about the temporary nature of our buildings and our mentality,” says Scott Avett. “Accepting the temporary state we may be in. (Artist) Jason (Ryan Mitcham) with his landscape paintings, and some that I’d seen that he’d animated, dealt with the temporary nature of the world around us.”




Thursday July 29th 2010, 10:08 am
Sean Hayes Added To The Free For All Festival
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Sean Hayes been added to the Free For All Festival lineup! The San Franciscan (by way of North Carolina) released his latest full length record,  Run Wolves Run, earlier this year and you can check out the opening track, “When We Fall In”, below. We will have two more band announcements in the next couple of days. Stay tuned to When You Awake to find out all of the  Free For All Fest news first!

YouTube Preview ImageSean Hayes – When We Fall In




Thursday July 29th 2010, 9:59 am
Last Chance To Get Your Tickets To Our Intimate Breathe Owl Breathe House Show
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Only a couple of tickets remain to see Breathe Owl Breathe, Dustbowl Revival and Hi Ho Silver Oh at our intimate house show on Sunday, August 1st. It’s an early show with doors at 6 pm and music starting promptly at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $12 ($12 flat, no service charges) and limited to 40 people. Please RSVP to whenyouawakela at gmail dot com (subject: RSVP) if you are interested in attending. Those of you who have seen Breathe Owl Breathe before will know what an incredible and one of a kind evening this is going to be. Plus, there will be smores for everyone!

YouTube Preview ImageBreathe Owl Breathe- Run Off




Thursday July 29th 2010, 9:56 am
Video of the Day: Warren Zevon
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YouTube Preview ImageWarren Zevon – Werewolves Of London

Warren Zevon with his tune “Werewolves of London.” The recording, which appears on his 1978 record Excitable Boy, features Zevon plus bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac and was produced by Jackson Browne and guitarist extraordinaire Waddy Wachtel.




Wednesday July 28th 2010, 11:21 am
In Living Color: Holidaze at the Redwood Bar
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James Apollo

What’s that traditional line? “Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go…”

Hi Ho Silver Oh

So, we may not be having snowstorms in July in Downtown Los Angeles (sigh), but a little holiday cheer in the middle of a summer heat wave was a welcome affair on Saturday night for Summer Holidaze at the Redwood Bar and Grill. The stellar lineup featured out-of-town guests and local family all under one roof, treating the audience to some cozy holiday nostalgia served up proper with a glass of whiskey or two.

Smart Brothers

Heading up the 5 from San Diego to join in, The Smart Brothers’ infectious hybrid of folk and earnest blue-eyed soul led more than one couple in front of the stage to spin real slow under the hazy red light. And on summer holiday from New York, James Apollo—as honest a troubadour as they come—crooned his way through melancholic melodies from his latest record, inviting an imagined winter chill into the air. The members of Hi Ho Silver Oh appeared after, donning long underwear (in the case of lead singer Casey Trela—appropriately holiday striped) and Santa hats, beginning the set with a medley of Christmas traditionals, though turning to back to summer—and reality—quickly with a bass-heavy take on “Good Vibrations,” as well as the foursome’s choir of luminous harmonies.

Spinning Dancers

All in all, it was a much-needed relief from the stagnant season, and if you were foolish enough to miss out, we’ve got you covered with more photos, taken by India Brookover, after the jump. – Breanna Murphy
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Wednesday July 28th 2010, 10:28 am
Video of the Day: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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YouTube Preview Image Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Here Comes My Girl

The music video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ tune “Here Comes My Girl” which originally appeared on their 1979 record, Damn the Torpedoes.




Tuesday July 27th 2010, 12:13 pm
Giveaway: Leslie and the Badgers 7 inch
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The new Leslie and The Badgers 7″ for their single “Los Angeles” is out today via Trailer Fire Records. “Los Angeles” originally appeared on their 2009 record, Roomful of Smoke, which is set to be re-released by Nashville label Thirty Tigers on August 17. We are very pleased to have two copies of the 7 ” to give away to our lovely readers. To win a copy, email whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Leslie) and tell us what your favorite song about Los Angeles is. Include your full name and mailing address. Three winners will be picked and contacted.

MP3: Leslie and the Badgers- Los Angeles




Tuesday July 27th 2010, 11:36 am
Snapshot: Blaze Foley
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MP3: Blaze Foley- Clay Pigeons (buy)