Greetings and hope you all have had a wonderful (and cool!) 4th of July with friends and family around the Los Angeles area (and elsewhere!). With the summer season in full swing, I’d like to continue to spotlight some incredible upcoming concerts happening around greater LA.
Sam Bradley releases his latest EP ‘Not Your Kind’ and contrary to what it’s titled this EP will no doubt appeal to the masses given the chance. The London based singer/songwriter claims his influences from a mixture of Americana, folk, blues and rock. He isn’t lying either, you can hear these genres spread across his music and mixed together in a seamless way.
One notable thing he has managed to pull off rather fine is the overall style of his EP. Just like the likes of other British musicians such as Bobby Long, he has entered a genre of music that is not native to his country and made it sound like he is living in the era. Only further bridging the gap between British and American cultural differences and displaying the talent that England has to offer in terms of country and folk singers.
Even though there are only four songs on this release, he manages to fill his time perfectly. There is a good range within the tracks and at no point does it feel forced or boring. There is no single strongest point of it. A mixture of his flawless voice and touching and at times thought provoking lyrics; which include subjects of family, religion and relationship blend together nicely to produce true music.
It is hard to pick out the strongest track between the five, lyrically ‘Science Prevents Me’ with cleverly written religious themes that turn into an ordinary relationship. For the tone however, the strongest track would have to be the opening one ‘Not Your Kind’ it contains a real authentic sound, one that would be hard to rival with most of todays current music.
Ultimately this EP is a game changer. It’s smart and touching. Bradley is known for having a loyal fan base and this EP will only further that theory. Sam Bradley is fast becoming one of Britain’s hidden folk gems.
If you’re like me, once summer hits in Los Angeles, live music is a priority to compliment the wonderful weather we get at this time of year.
London based band Bastille are the UK’s next big thing. Their debut album charted in the UK at number 1. Their CD ‘Bad Blood; is a bit of a confusing one. It has a great sound, great vocals and great lyrics, but I get the feeling that they are trying too hard and at times do not come across as authentic.
Nohoartsdistrict.com is dedicated to promoting local musicians/bands. Sarah D caught our attention! Here is what she has to say....
Kick off the summer enjoying live music. Check out the festivals below and for more events, visit our calendar
5 May 2013 at 2:00 PM
CINCO! Hottest Concert Of The Year! 30 Of Social Media's Most Popular Stars
Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA
May 5 2013 at 11:00 AM
30th Annual Topanga Blues Festival
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA) 1419 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard Topanga, CA 90290
Starts May 11, 2013
Eat See Hear Festival 2013
May 12, 2013 at 3:00PM
10th Annual Mother's Day Jazz & Blues Extravaganza
June 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2013
Queen Mary – Long Beach
June 20 & 21 2013 11:00 AM
Vans Warped Tour 2013
June 15 & 16
Playboy Jazz Festival 2013
**** Father’s Day Weekend! ****
June 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM
24th Annual Mariachi USA Festival
Good vocals go with just about any genre and can also save many ill composed songs. Luckily James Blake has not only good vocals, but also good instrumentals to go with it. The London born singer-songwriter and producer has recently released his sophomore album ‘Overgrown’ and just like his debut self-titled release ‘James Blake’ he has taken his talents and shared them with the world.
Daughter, originally just the solo work of Elena Tonra, have spent the past few years making a name for themselves, so their debut album was highly anticipated and it is safe to say that they truly lived up to their expectations. ‘If You Leave’ is a wonderful collection of songs from the three piece band.
"You let your hair grow out," says Andy Williams as we soundcheck for the interview. "You look like a fucking hippie."
The NoHo Arts District dot Com team likes to showcase the immense talent we have in our growing one-mile neighborhood. We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with North Hollywood band Glass Battles.
The British folk scene is one that is truly thriving at the moment. Each week it seems that we are introduced to a new fresh-faced artist or act that claim they are going to take the genre further.
It's the last day of the Summer Slaughter tour and things are hectic in Anaheim.
Funeral For A Friend has finally released their eagerly anticipated album ‘Conduit’ and things are sounding interesting. This band is without a doubt a huge influence on the current British post-hardcore scene. Their debut CD ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’, was of such high quality it has been said by many that the band have never really matched up to the standard they so highly set themselves. As the albums went on we heard the band start to stray from their roots that started it all, not to say they were any less appealing, they just didn’t seem to have that nostalgia that they possessed in their first record.
"It was surreal being there," bassist Johnny Adger says of touring Europe in 2010 with Them Crooked Vultures. "On the first night, [Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme] introduced themselves to us. I was like 'yeah, I know who you are,'" he laughs.
Ryan Minic is the creator of Ryan's Rock Show. Ryan's Rock Show is a daily resource for music news and candid video interviews covering the most relevant bands in the rock music community.
Manchester alternative rock newcomers Shooting Pigeons have just release their debut EP ‘City of Peace’. Consisting of a mere four tracks, the band really had to focus in on their talents to get people to listen to them; and that is exactly what they did.
When they landed in Philadelphia after an 8-hour flight from France, Hypno5e's bassist Gredin and their light guy were denied entry into the US. "Customs wouldn't let them in," drummer Thibault Lamy says, smoking a hand-rolled cigarette on the front patio at Bonnerhaus.
Wiz Khalifa is currently one of Hip-Hop’s hottest musicians and has recently realised his latest album ‘O.N.I.F.C.’. So how does it compare to ‘Rolling Papers’?
How did you get started in the music industry?
Noah: I started recording myself around sixteen. I started with an actual 4 track tape recorder and worked my way up to teaching myself
Pro-Tools and some other software. Now I pretty much do the same thing, just at a slightly bigger scale. I record everything at home,
and work independantly for the most part. I guess the only difference now is that more people listen to what I make, so that's cool.
What makes your music unique?
Noah: I'm a big fan of juxtaposition. It seems like bands can go in a very electronic direction, with synths and drum machines, or a very natural
direction with acoustic guitars and natural drums, slide guitar ect. I like to take my favorite elements of both and try to play them
against each other. And then find a harmony between the two that's compelling. I think that juxtaposition is what makes a lot art
compelling. Something that you want to look at or listen to more than once.
What would you call your style of music?
Noah: Acoustic songs with a lot of electronic elements.
Indie is probably where I fit in the best, literally and genre-wise, but I've always made music similar to what I make now.
And I've never felt like I fit in comfortably into any genre. But I think a lot of artists feel that way, so I'll leave it to other people to
decide what to call it.
What has been your favorite gig so far and why?
Noah: I was playing at someone's house in Northern California. I was outside and the place was in the mountains. As soon as I started playing
there was a really strong echo coming from the mountains on both sides. At first I thought it was going to be distracting but after a
few minutes it got really addicting. After a while I was just making sounds to hear what they would sound like coming back.
That was really fun.
Any advice to a band/solo artist trying to cut their first CD?
Noah: Yeah, people aren't as interested with the specific sound of your music as much as the soul behind it. Don't force anything,
and keep it simple.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Noah: Making music no matter what. Hopefully on an even bigger scale.
What do you like about NoHo?
Noah: I live in the arts district so there are so many awesome things so close together. One of my favorite things in NoHo is
"Kulak's Woodshed". It's a music venue that's set up like a TV studio and the perfomances are broadcast live on the internet.
It's a great place to play and there's a very supportive music community there.
French touch indie rockers Boolfights are on the verge of releasing their latest album ‘Feral’.
Looking at the 18-year-old Nottingham native Jake Bugg, you wouldn’t expect his music to be mature or sophisticated but he is proving that age doesn’t mean everything. As soon as he opens his mouth you can hear influences from the likes of Dylan and Oasis that can truly be felt within his jangly style sonnets of his self-titled debut album.
Recently called "Darlings of the Fashion World” So Cal based band Early Morning Rebel is proud of its LA roots but their soulful sound has universal appeal and has been winning hearts in Europe as well as the U.S. We caught up with EMR lead guitar player Dustin Bath fresh off the fashion show runway world of London and Paris Fashion week.
The first time I saw and heard Dean Regan perform was at The North Hollywood Church of Religious Science. Dean is a phenomenal singer with a vocal style and range that is reminiscent of the giants in Old School Broadway.
Mumford & Sons are back with their new album ‘Babel’ and credit should be given where it is due. The record, in terms of sound quality, composition and lyrics are fantastic. Once again the band strip down music to the bare essentials and make it work for them. Songs like "Reminder" and "The Boxer" are perfect poetic stories that, whilst being short, have a huge amount of depth to them.
Today, we are interviewing Jim Manzo, member of the OTYP Band. Jim goes back quite a few years with the NoHo Arts District. He graduated from the Los Angeles Recording Workshop, which moved to Hollywood and is now where the Art Institute of California Hollywood is standing. Jim was a regular at local recording and rehearsal studios such as AMP, Leeds and The Alley. Now, the OTYP Band is releasing their new album.
Rock and Metal are one of the few genres that are still thriving with talent. Each new band seems more underrated than the last and Our Innocence Lost release of their brand new album ‘Like A Complete Unknown’, is no exception to that rule.
BETO CUEVAS is in demand! He is currrently in Puerto Rico inundated with press interviews for his new album,"TRANSFORMACIOM" Warner Music. "TRANSFORMACION" is fast on track to becoming a hit. "QUIERO CREER," (I Believe), the first single released that has climbed the music charts and is now a number one music video. After ten successful albums as the frontman for Latin rock group La Ley, selling millions and receiving a Grammy, Latin Grammys and MTV Awards, BETO CUEVAS emerged as a solo artist in 2008. "Miedo Esceni," his first post La Ley launch spawned notable hits such as "Vuelvo" and "Hablame."
I've said it before and I will say it again, experimatation is something that makes music beautiful, the ability to try anything in music and see what fits and sounds good is always a positive.
When bands release a three track EP they really need to get their point across of who they are and what they are about fast due to the time constraints.