Tuesday October 26th 2010, 10:12 am
Tonight in LA: Seabear at the Troubadour
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Icelandic folk septet Seabear is set to take the stage tonight, Tuesday, October 28th at the Troubadour. We are big fans of this group as it’s the brainchild of Sindri Már Sigfússon, who you may recognize as the man behind one of our favorite acts of last year, Sin Fang Bous. He’s also an extremely talented painter, who’s work you can view (and buy) over at our sister website, Sake of the Song. Seabear is currently touring in support of their sophomore release, We Built A Fire (out now via Morr Music). The show tonight is all ages and Philadephia-based band Grandchildern are supporting. Check out an mp3 from the album and some of my favorite Sindri videos after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageSeabear- I’ll Build You A Fire


Tuesday October 12th 2010, 10:31 am
Tonight in LA: Big Search Record Release Party
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A longtime friend of When You Awake, Matt Popieluch will be celebrating the release of his debut record under the Big Search moniker, Lay of the Land (out now via St. Ives), tonight at the Echo Country Outpost.  In addition to appearing at our George Harrison and Beach Boys Tribute concerts, Matt has a big ol’ resume that includes being a member of Los Angeles bands Foreign Born and Fool’s Gold, as well as managing the one and only Frank Fairfield. Basically, he’s one ridiculously talented dude. The show is free, runs from 7:30- 10: 30 and will supposedly have $2 beers up for grabs. For more about Big Search, head over to the LA Weekly to hear a track from the record and to check out a sweet Top 10 List he made.

Head over to the Echo tonight, Wednesday, September 29th to see the Catskills Mountains-based band The Felice Brothers. The night is being billed as “An Evening With The Felice Brothers” and features just them, no openers!  The show is 18+ and will be $17 at the door and worth every penny. You may want to shoot a couple o’ glasses of whiskey before. This is going to be one rowdy show.

UPDATE! Conor Oberst has just been added to the bill. He will be opening the show backed by the Felice Brothers. DO NOT MISS THIS!

YouTube Preview ImageFelice Brothers- Whiskey In My Whiskey

Friday September 03rd 2010, 11:03 am
Tonight in LA: Gold Dust + Jody’s Going Away Party
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Gold Dust will be returning to Footsies tonight, Friday, September 3rd,  for one last hurrah before I head off to London. We will spinning alongside The Natives, those lovable longhairs who host every Friday night at Footsies.  So kick off your shoes, order up a good bourbon and get down to your favorite dual slide guitar screamin’ swampy southern rock scorchers and classic psyche-country jams one last time. We’ll be hanging out from 10 pm- 2 am and the entry is free. So if the good lords a-willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we’ll see you tonight at GOLD DUST!

YouTube Preview ImageGeorge Jones- White Lightning

Friday August 20th 2010, 10:40 am
Tonight in LA: Jacques Demy’s Model Shop at the Cinefamily
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Tonight, head to Cinefamily for Jacques Demy’s 1969 art-house pic Model Shop, followed by Play It As It Lays, based upon the novel by Joan Didion. Both films are screening as part of their series: “L.A. Burnouts”. Movies start at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. More info about Model Shop is after the jump.

Thursday August 12th 2010, 1:16 pm
Tonight in LA Part Two: Lee Hazlewood Rare Films Bonanza
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Tonight, the Cinefamily is hosting a Lee Hazlewood Triple Feature as part of their Don’t Knock The Rock 2010 series. The series highlights a number of tv specials that Hazlewood made with filmmaker Torbjörn Axelman during his time living in Sweden. Head over at 8 pm to catch 1970’s Cowboy in Sweden, 1972’s Nancy & Lee in Las Vegas and 1973’s The N.S.V.I.P’s. Tickets are $12 or free for CineFamily members. Check out more info about the movies after the jump.

YouTube Preview Image Intro to Cowboy in Sweden


Thursday August 12th 2010, 10:24 am
Tonight in LA Part One: The Hot Club of Cowtown
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Here’s a show that is just too good to pass up. Tonight, the legendary Hot Club of Cowtown will be making a rare Southern California appearance as part of the Culver City summer music festival. The best part? This show is absolutely free! It takes place in front of city hall in Culver City. Gates open at 4:30pm and the band goes on at 7pm. Click here for more information. If you’re not familiar with the incredible western swing stylings of these Austin based virtuosos, let this video serve as an introduction….

YouTube Preview ImageHot Club of Cowtown- Orange Blossom Special/ There’ll Be Some Changes Made

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.

Friday July 23rd 2010, 5:50 pm
This Weekend in LA: Summer Holidaze and Spin For Charity
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Tomorrow is a big ol’ day for When You Awake. First off, I have been asked to DJ at a charity spin class lead by Corey Weiss where ALL of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The class is open to everyone (whether or not you have previous spinning experience) and there is a recommended donation of $25 to reserve a bike. The class is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. More details can be found here.

Later in the evening, I will take up the turntables once again for an event that I have been anxiously awaiting for for weeks!  Please join YNM Management and I at the Redwood Bar and Grill in downtown Los Angeles for Summer Holidaze. Our favorite San Diegoians The Smart Brothers are making the trek up, alongside Los Angelenos Hi Ho Silver Oh and New York’s James Apollo. It’s $5 to get in and free for folks who have an LA Record 100 card in their possession. And what is this Holidaze theme you may ask? Well, the Redwood will be serving up holiday-themed drink specials and each band will perform at least one festive tune to keep your spirits high throughout the night. Christmas in July, why not?

Thursday July 08th 2010, 11:10 am
Tonight in LA: Jackshit at the Echo
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Head on over to the Echo tonight to check out Jackshit, which includes Pete Thomas (a founding member of Elvis Costello’s Attractions), Davey Faragher (ex-Cracker along with bass and vocals for Elvis Costello) and Val McCallum. Word on the street is they are incredible live. The show is $10 in advance/ $12 at the show and you can buy tix online here or at the door. It’s all ages with Lynda Kay supporting.

YouTube Preview ImageJackshit- I’m Coming Home