Wednesday August 11th 2010, 11:25 am
In Living Color: Breathe Owl Breathe House Show
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Thanks to everyone who came out to our intimate Breathe Owl Breathe house show. First, Hi Ho Silver Oh and The Dustbowl Revival serenaded the audience in our backyard garden. Then, Breathe Owl Breathe got up close and personal with a candle-lit (and fireplace-lit) set. It was a truly magical evening filled with friends, smores and midnight pancake making (check out Micah from Breathe Owl Breathe’s masterful pancake flipping after the jump). And a special thanks must be said for not trashing the house. Seriously, I’ve never had a party where every single person picked up after themselves. Just goes to show how wonderful and considerate the LA music community truly can be. Check out more pictures, taken on my little point and shoot, after the jump.

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

Monday July 12th 2010, 11:02 am
In Living Color: Dawes at The Getty
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Photos from Dawes’ show at the Getty on Saturday night. This show was part of the Getty’s Saturdays on the 405 series where parking and entrance to the museum are free. Highly recommended for folks who enjoy seeing amazing bands and incredible art (check out the Gérôme exhibit) without spending a penny.  Just make sure that you bring along some car games because traffic was completely stopped when we attempted to leave the parking garage.  Next two Getty shows: Bomba Estéreo on July 24th and The Antlers on August 28th. More photos (and a couple of my favorite Gérôme paintings) are after the jump.

Wednesday July 07th 2010, 11:34 am
In Living Color: Josh Ritter and The Carolina Chocolate Drops
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Josh Ritter

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Photos from the excellent Josh Ritter/ Carolina Chocolate Drops’ show at the Henry Fonda Theater. If these acts are coming through your town, I highly recommend getting out and seeing them. More pictures, taken by Hagop Kalaidjian, are after the jump.

Thursday July 01st 2010, 3:26 pm
In Living Color: Dead Man’s Bones at The Eagle Rock Center For The Arts
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Photos from the Dead Man’s Bones show at the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts last Sunday night. The duo of Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields performed with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir, who were absolutely amazing. Seriously, those talented youngins really made the show. There were also magicians and puppeteers entertaining the completely packed house between tunes. Another show has just been announced this coming Saturday, July 3rd. Tix are $25 and you can buy them here. I’m guessing this show will sell out like the others, so get your tix now! More pics from the night, taken by Jon Mackey, are after the jump.

Friday June 25th 2010, 12:20 pm
A Tribute To The Beach Boys: The Photos
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Hi Ho Silver Oh and Sterling Andrews (MW)

The Crowd (TH)

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Beach Boys Tribute + Benefit on Saturday night. The event was a huge success thanks to the kind support of the Los Angeles music community and together we raised $1517 for The Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund! Check out more pictures from the evening, by our lovely photographers India Brookover (IB), Taylor Herron (TH), Mike White (MW) and Jon Mackey (JM), after the jump. Videos from the event are coming Monday.


Tuesday June 22nd 2010, 1:29 pm
A Tribute To The Beach Boys: The Photobooth
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My Pet Saddle

Chapin Sisters

Andy Creighton of The World Record and Matt Popieluch of Big Search

Dustbowl Revival

Brette and Evan from The Parson Red Heads

Sterling Andrews, of Gooseberries, graciously hosted a photobooth at When You Awake’s Beach Boys Tribute that took place on Saturday, June 19th at HM157. She painted the beach-themed backdrop specifically for the event and made a replica of Brian Wilson’s bass for the photos (thanks Sterling!!).  I’ve posted a handful of pics from the evening after the jump. For the full set, head on over to When You Awake’s Facebook page.


Monday June 07th 2010, 9:48 am
In Living Color: Leslie and the Badgers at Pappy and Harriets
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Photos from Leslie and the Badgers’ show at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneetown Palace in Pioneertown, CA on Saturday night. Check out a couple of more pics of the Badgers + shots of nearby Joshua Tree National Park after the jump.

Wednesday June 02nd 2010, 1:15 pm
In Living Color: First Aid Kit and Samantha Crain
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Samantha Crain

First Aid Kit

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Bootleg Theater last night for the First Aid Kit/ Samantha Crain show. Samantha Crain, who was sporting a solid new three person lineup complete with a fantastic female drummer,  played a number of tunes from her upcoming record You (Understood) (out June 8th via Ramseur Records). They sounded pretty darn good and I’ll definitely be checking out the record when it’s released next week.  First Aid Kit came on next and proved why they are two of the most charming young performers around. The two sisters from Sweden, aged 16 and 19, sang a majority of the songs from last year’s Drunken Trees, plus covers of the Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and Gram Parsons’ “Still Feeling Blue” (girls after my own heart). They also left the microphones behind twice to sing unplugged, which led one audience member standing near me to tears.  These beautifully talented and kind sisters had the audience completely wrapped around their fingers.  I can’t wait to see how their sound develops and changes over the years. Hopefully they will stick around for the long haul.  More photos are after the jump.

Thursday May 13th 2010, 12:16 pm
In Living Color: Hacienda and Heartless Bastards
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Heartless Bastards


Photos from last week’s Hacienda and Heartless Bastards show at the Echoplex. I’ve seen Heartless Bastards a couple of times now and they always impress, but it was Hacienda that really caught my attention that night. With their super catchy tunes and ridiculously tight rhythm section, it’s no wonder the band counts The Black Keys and Dr Dog among it’s many outspoken fans. This is definitely an act to keep an eye on. More pictures, taken by Hagop Kalaidjian, are after the jump.