I’ll be stepping into 1940s Morocco this eve to DJ for Future Cinema’s (the folks behind Secret Cinema) production of Casablanca. Expect a healthy mix of Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Chick Webb, Andrew Sisters and more. The event kicks off at 6:30pm at the Troxy in London. Tickets are available here. Here’s looking at you, kid!
Goodnight Lenin will be performing tonight, Thursday, November 29th at the Sebright Arms in Hackney, London. I’ll be DJing between sets with Hey DJs, my new DJ collective made up of Lynn Roberts (Editor of For Folk’s Sake), Ashleigh Arnott (Writer for Time Out) and myself (Editor of When You Awake). Tickets are £4 and you can get them here.
Goodnight Lenin- Crook In The Creek
We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be DJing between sets at Deer Tick’s gig tonight, Wednesday, September 5th, at Scala in London. Robert Ellis and Shivers are supporting. We will be spinning a mix of down and dirty, feel good classics alongside the great Ashleigh Arnott of Time Out and Lynn Roberts of For Folk’s Sake. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are £13 and you can still pick ‘em up here. If you haven’t been to a Deer Tick gig before, seriously do yourself a favor. Take a couple of shots of whiskey, put on your dancing shoes and come on out. I promise it will be a delightfully rough and rowdy evening to remember (read our review of their April gig for proof).
Deer Tick- Miss K
When You Awake’s own Mitra Khayyam is back again with Country My Ass, a monthly DJ night at Footsies in Highland Park. She’ll be spinning all your favorite outlaw country, Texas troubadour, Southern rock jams, and twangy tunes starting at 8pm tonight, Sunday, June 10th. It’s free and 21+. So head on down and buy our girl a shot of whiskey!
Jonathan Wilson and band will be playing a very special show for family and friends tonight in Venice, CA at the Del Monte Speakeasy. The intimate show is presented by Farmer Dave Scher and will be the band’s last gig before heading oversees on their European tour with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. There’s no cover but space is very limited so make sure you get there early! Doors are at 9. Music starts at 9:30. The Del Monte Speakeasy is 21+ and located at 52 Windward Ave., Venice, CA.
Jonathan Wilson – Canyon in the Rain
When You Awake’s own Mitra Khayyam will be spinning country, rockabilly and roots hits for a new night called Country My Ass this Sunday, May 20th at Footsies in Highland Park. Expect songs about mama, trains, trucks, prison, and getting drunk. Kicks off at 9 pm. Definitely sounds like our kind of night.
While not usually a fan of pop-culture themed art shows, I got a kick about this one. Two unlikely friends, bonded over the love of…well you know. I’ll be the one buying every piece of Willie Nelson art on the walls, be sure to say hi. Opening reception is tonight from 8 pm – midnight at the R&R Gallery in Los Angeles. To get you in the mood, enjoy this video of the last time Snoop and Willie were thrown together. Pure magic. More details about the show are after the jump.
Snoop Dogg – My Medicine ft. Willie Nelson
Head on down to The Troubadour tonight for a night of music to benefit the non-profit, Invisible Children. The benefit boasts a number of When You Awake favorites including Mountain Man, Cass McCombs, an acoustic set by Deer Tick + the LA debut of Middle Brother, the new band featuring the lead singers of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes. You get all of this amazing music for just $15. Any of those bands alone would be worth the $15—all of them together for that is a steal AND it’s going to charity. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go and buy your tix now!
Mountain Man- Animal Tracks
Oxford, England band Stornoway are set to take the stage tonight for the first time ever in Los Angeles with a show at the Troubadour. The band is currently touring in support of their debut full-length release, Beachcomber’s Windowsill (out now via 4AD). We had the distinct pleaure of catching them live in London in November as part of the Little Noise Sessions at Union Chapel. There was something quite special about hearing the hymn-like chants of “Zorbing” echo out across those hallowed halls and despite numerous sound issues (the venues fault, not Stornoway’s), they proved a patient and inventive bunch with trumpets, old TVs and The Keyboard Choir thrown in for good measure. If they could be that good in a huge chapel with sound issues and limited time, one can only imagine how powerful they would be on a smaller, more intimate Troubadour-like scale. The show tonight is all ages with Seattle’s The Head and the Heart supporting.
When You Awake favorites Breathe Owl Breathe are playing at the Bootleg Theatre tonight alongside San Francisco’s Little Wings. The show is 21 + with Copenhagen’s The Migrant and Give Me Motion supporting. We had the chance for a short chat with Little Wings songwriter and frontman, Kyle Field earlier this month. Check out our conversation and more about Kyle after the jump.
Little Wings- Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover)