August 2009

Painted on Water @ Studio Seven

Painted on Water - The album’s combination of traditional music and art from eastern culture with America’s roots music, jazz and blues, proves to be deliciously rich and resonant in every musical, aesthetic and communal sense -- for both the performers and the listener.

“We chose Ebru as the visual counterpoint because you can do it live on stage,” says Demirkan. “When we are playing, there’s a projection from the artist as she’s painting in his tray. It’s spell-binding. Magical. After the artist is done, you have a printed paper -- like recording music on a tape."

Sat, 09/12/2009 - 19:30

The World/Inferno Friendship Society@ Sunset Tavern

The World/Inferno Friendship Society - New York's own soul-punk orchestra, the WORLD/INFERNO Friendship Society, is blazing from Eastern Europe to the West Coast this summer to perform their red-eyed showtunes to the swarming punk-rock masses. The band is traveling with plenty of gusto and a new drummer: Brian Viglione of Boston cabaret-punk heroes The Dresden Dolls. Says Brian, “Swing dance, slam dance, sing your heart out, and waltz with a stranger out into the street after the show – that’s the kind of fun we’ll have.”

Fresh off of recording the followup to 2007’s Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century in Hoboken, NJ with Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies, The Dresden Dolls), the band is eager to introduce the new material to fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sat, 09/12/2009 - 21:30

Orbitron @ Studio Seven

Orbitron - began his life journey amidst the chaos provided by the legendary streets of South Central Los Angeles. During his youth, which came in the wake of both the collapse of the Black Panther Party and the rapid rise of the drug- gang culture of Crips, Bloods, and the LAPD , Orb’s family made a difficult move to Las Vegas hoping to begin a more stable life for he and his siblings.

As a young teen growing up in Vegas, Orb grew to love Hip-Hop music and culture and found inspiration in the golden era of the hip-hop diaspora. The positive messages of resistance, struggle, knowledge of self and having fun communicated throughout the music were like water in the desert for a young Orb trying to understand and overcome his many life challenges.

For a brief time, the family attempted to return to Los Angeles, where they had lived for generations.

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 20:00

Stephanie Schneiderman @ Skylark Cafe

Stephanie Schneiderman - Six solo albums, two collaborative albums, three music production credits, several film and stage roles and the creation of a wildly successful concert series to benefit refugees in Uganda—Yes, trying to pin down Stephanie Schneidermanto any one genre, talent or discipline is next to impossible. And while Stephanie's latest effort, her sixth solo release called Dangerous Fruit retains the rootsy flair, distinctive vocals and intricate songwriting that have solidified her as one of the NW's premier artists, the album also, unsurprisingly, launches her sound in a completely new, uncharted direction.

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 21:00

Eminent @ El Corazon

Eminent - Tired of music in the local scene Eminent started in 2004 with Vahe Shahinian on bass, Emin Abdalian on vocals, Andrew Movsessian on guitars and Daniel Paraguez on guitar. First named Dark Reign they practiced without a drummer for half a year until finding Fabi Flores. The band played local shows around La Crescenta and a year after forming the band, Dark Reign released their first demo - dubbed Demo 2005. After having 4 songs on the demo and 4 different genres, the band took in constructive criticizm and narrowed the styles down to one, while being inactive on the scene but writing new material. The band then took a lineup change, replacing Fabi Flores with Lonny Pasillas, and Daniel Paraguez with John-Paul Fernandes. The band also changed its name from Dark Reign to Eminent. Eminent shortly recorded its second Demo - dubbed Demo 2008.

Wed, 09/09/2009 - 19:30

Roman Holiday @ Chop Suey

Roman Holiday - is an Alternative/Pop/Rock band from the Seattle/Tacoma area. They blend driving rock music, captivating melodies and emotion-driven vocals to create a powerfully unique sound; A sound that is rarely heard on a local level, but one that will leave you humming the tunes as though you've heard them before.

The band formed in September 2008 with the input and involvement of Producer Mark Simmons, owner of Pacific Studios, in Tacoma, WA. Since then Roman Holiday has, in a very short time, taken some surprisingly large strides, placing themselves directly into the center of the music world. They spent the first few months after their conception, focusing on writing. The decision was made to hold off on booking shows, and with a clear schedule and a state-of-the-art studio at their fingertips, Roman Holiday began to record.

Wed, 09/09/2009 - 21:00

Thankless Dogs @ Funhouse

Thankless Dogs - The band started in 1991 and has continued through various lineup changes. Thanks to Stevel Knievel, Mike Correa, Kristie Krash, Dave Brooks, Jeff DeLorean, Ben Sinister, Johnny Machine, Justin Manitoba, Mike Refuzor, and Brad Ramels for your important contributions. There were two singles done on the BAG OF HAMMERS label, one single done with DIONYSUS (still available from them), one song on the Punk U.S.A. compilation on LOOKOUT (still available on CD), one song on the obscure R.A.F.R. compilation (Vol. II) on FLIPSIDE, and a self-produced album on X-IDOL. The current lineup recently recorded some songs for possible single and compilation releases. Live, we play older and newer material, and some covers that we like and are inspired by. So, thanks from all as we try to keep the ball rolling into the 21st Century.

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 21:00

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam @ Crocodile Cafe

Davy Knowles - has known what he wanted to do with his life since the age of 11. I was in the car with my dad, and he put on a cassette of Dire Straits' 'Sultans of Swing,'" explains the 21-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter. "I just fell in love with the music then and there. That track changed my life, and I realized, 'I really want to be able to do that.'" Hailing from the Isle of Man, the tiny kingdom in the middle of the Irish Sea, might have posed a challenge to that childhood epiphany for a lesser talent. Instead, Davy just borrowed his father's acoustic guitar and painstakingly learned to play "Sultans of Swing" by ear. As a teenager, he mined his father's record collection to learn all he could about 'the blues' and he discovered John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Rory Gallagher, to name a few.

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 21:00

Dead Rock West @ Tractor Tavern

Dead Rock West

"X meets Wilco? A dream combination for fans of roots-inspired, punk-spirited rock, and one that somehow congeals in Dead Rock West." - Ventura County Reporter

Dead Rock West’s debut album, Honey and Salt, incorporates elements of country-rock, power-pop jangle and straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll to create an eclectic sound so captivating and exciting that it grabs you from the first note, and holds you to the very last. Their fresh, original sound is impossible to ignore as their extraordinary musicianship, passionate vocals and lyrical proficiency create incredible hooks and harmonies that will be forever burned in your soul.

Mon, 09/07/2009 - 20:00

David Allan Coe @ El Corazon

David Allan Coe - "songwriter who has written over ten thousand songs. I've written a lot of country hits over the years for the likes of George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Leon Russell, Charlie Louvin, Del Reeve, Melba Montgomery, Stoney Edwards, The Oakridge Boys and Elvis Presley. I've written Heavy Metal Songs for the Dead Kennedy's and Pantera. I've written songs for rappers such as Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, and Canibus, who's version of "Take This Job and Shove it" was featured in the Movie Office Space."

Mon, 09/07/2009 - 20:00

Meldrum @ Studio Seven

Meldrum -

Guitarist Michelle Meldrum began her career when she and drummer, Gene Hoglan, started their first band Wargod. Gene went on to notoriety with Death, Dark Angel, Testament and Strapping Young Lad, while Michelle founded Phantom Blue (Shrapnel, Roadrunner, Geffen Records). While her career flourished, she moved to Sweden to form MELDRUM.
Sun, 09/06/2009 - 20:00