Category Archives: TVD Los Angeles

TVD Live Shots: Kimbra at Graffiti Cafe, 8/21

Art and music. Twas a time when both were connected at the hip—with an emphasis on the hip, where albums covers were often as celebrated as the package’s contents.

As such, to celebrate the release of her brand new Warner Brothers full-length, The Golden Echo—out now in the US, Aussie chanteuse Kimbra presided over her own record release and listening party with a performance surrounded by 13 original pieces of art “each inspired by and corresponding to a song on the new record” at LA’s Graffiti Cafe.

The Golden Echo, we hasten to add, is available in a 2 LP configuration bundled with 3 limited edition lithographs, which points to a trend we’d like to see fostered.

We sent TVD LA’s Manny Hebron to check out the action last Thursday night.

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TVD Live Shots:
Fiona Grey “Belladonna” EP Release Show at the Bootleg Bar, 8/10

PHOTOS: MANNY HEBRON | As we noted last month at the debut of her track “Beauty Queen,” we met 19 year old singer/ songwriter Fiona Grey in Washington, DC last Fall where she was holding down backing vocals for KITTEN on their swing through the States with Charli XCX.

Those of you familiar with Chloe and Co. know that’s no small feat, but the Chicago native whose 2013 EP “Striped Heart” found a sweet spot on LA radio last year returns upon her own considerable merits with the release of the brand new EP “Belladonna.”

The arrival of “Belladonna” was met with a release show and performance Sunday night at LA’s Bootleg Bar which included a closing DJ set from KITTEN’s Chloe Chidez. We sent photographer Manny Hebron to document the evening in photos for us.

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Needle Drop: The Bixby Knolls, “Tomorrow Never Comes” EP

“Tomorrow Never Comes” is the latest offering from Los Angeles based quartet, The Bixby Knolls. The four song EP was recorded and mixed at Station House Studios in Echo Park, CA between December 2013 and January 2014. Although their debut album, Near & Undear was a collection of songs written over a 5 year period while the band’s line-up took form, “Tomorrow Never Comes” was written mostly within a year and captures a mood and sound in a compressed period of time.

“Although we feel the tunes still express the raw melodies and energy as the first album, there’s a more sinister overtone to these four tracks,” says singer and guitarist for the group, Curt Barlage.

“Juvenile Heart Crime,” the opening track, was originally written for a side project of Barlage’s–with the original demo being more of an electronic style recording. Those electronic elements were taken into consideration whilst recorded by The Knolls–with the sequenced synth sounds replaced by acoustic instruments and live-playing to give it more of an organic and dynamic feeling.

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TVD Recommends Alexandra & The Starlight Band at the Record Parlour, 4/19

Alexandra & The Starlight Band will be playing a private party this Saturday, 4/19 to celebrate Record Store Day at the Record Parlour in Hollywood, CA from 1-5pm!

Come sip on some free drinks (including a specialty Starlight Band glitter cocktail), grab a free bite to eat and groove out to the rock ‘n’ roll soul of the Starlight Band.

The Starlight Band will also be giving away 3 copies of their rare, SOLD OUT collectable rainbow glitter 7″s and art prints of the limited edition show poster by Australian artist Nicholas Potts (pictured above) throughout the day!

Strict RSVP required, but check out the official media invite below the jump to get the inside details, just for Vinyl District readers! Happy Record Store Day!

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TVD Recommends: Rodney Henry at Genghis Cohen, 2/13

This Thursday, Baltimore’s favorite pie man, Rodney Henry continues his tour of the west with a show at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood.

Rodney owns Dangerously Delicious Pies, with several locations in Baltimore, DC, and Detroit. He learned to bake at a young age while spending summers in Indiana with his grandmother and great aunt. As the frontman for the Glenmont Popes, he spent years touring and slinging pies along the way. Thus, Rock and Roll Pie style was born.

In addition to Dangerously Delicious and The Glenmont Popes, you may recognize him from the latest season of The Next Food Network Star as well as Chopped and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Welcome to LA, Rodney!

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TVD Recommends: Flybys at Los Globos, 2/7

Over here at TVD, we’re always really stoked to hear new and original music.

Flybys is a new rock and roll project by Jon Siebels, songwriter, producer, and guitarist for EVE6. The newly released five song EP was performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Siebels, and written by himself and Max Collins.

They will be playing their first show in Los Angeles this Friday at Los Globos in Silver Lake. Max Collins and Western Scene will also be performing.

Siebels recently told us, “I’m excited to debut the project I’ve been working on for the past year….looking forward to having some fun playing live…!” We’re excited, too, Jon.

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NAMM, bam,
thank you ma’am!

This last weekend, Zachary James, guitar player Stevie Campos (of the Starlight Band) and I checked out the 2014 NAMM show—one of the world’s largest trade-only business shows.

It’s basically Disneyland for gearheads and signature guitar dudes in Anaheim, which is where Disneyland is.

On a random side note, we met Fred Armisen chillin’ and fillin’ at our local Silverlake gas station on the way there! Nice! Stevie thought it was so nice, he gave it two thumbs up. I just wanted to share that.

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Mad Moon Riot: Reviving Rock ‘n’ Roll

BY ALYSSA APARICIO | It was a passion for rock and roll as it once was that drew the bandmates of Mad Moon Riot together. Forging their sound in the UK, Matt Hitchens and Ru Hazell took their chances crossing the pond where they soon united with Pou Piam and Mia von Glitz.

Their premiere EP, “Make Me,” was released in early 2013 and soon grew a loyal following. Not long after, their unique sound and full-out performances had piqued the interest of producer Bob Marlette, whose credits include Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, and Filter to name just a few. Support from this legendary music maker gave them the push to meticulously craft their first full length album into a true reflection of their revamped glam rock sound. Tentatively named Sunset Stripper, the album is expected to be released early spring and is described as an ode to the glory days of LA’s notorious and scrumptiously seedy Sunset Strip.

Arguably the band’s most eye-catching asset (aside from Pou’s spiky locks), lead singer Mia von Glitz, is a high dose of sophisticated shimmer. Her venomous vocals send shivers down your back in a haze of leather and carefully placed lace. A hushed romance with Glee’s Darren Criss, a side project cover band named “Guns n’ Hoses,” and a proper risqué wardrobe make this Alabama native’s every move nothing short of mesmerizing—with an earful of influences ranging from the femme fatales of punk to the still reigning kings of rock, a la Guns n’ Roses and Led Zeppelin.

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TVD Recommends: Ashlee Williss Vinyl Release Party at the Record Parlour, 12/15

What do you get when you take some dirty tequila, vintage vinyl, a southern belle, a bucketful of sin, and douse them atop the Record Parlour in Hollywood, California?

Answer key: Ashlee Williss…and oh, how she’s blossomed.

You may remember her from The Bachelor… how could you forget the infamous rose ceremony serenade that kept her on the tip of tongues for weeks on end? Sweet and sultry, the seductress sang flowery songs of romance into the British Bachelor’s ear more than once over the course of Season 12.

Well, Ashlee’s all grown up and you’ll find her crooning a much sassier tune. On December 15th, her album release party will be hosted by The Record Parlour. Equipped with a new single, the ladies anthem “You Only Want Me When You’re Wasted,” a better, badder Ashlee is damn sure to be kicking up the dirt again.

Complete with ambient decor and a whole lot of lustful attire to round out an already sonically decadent performance, you won’t want to miss this naughty night. If you think she sounded good when broadcast across the nation, try her on vinyl.

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TVD Ticket and Vinyl Giveaway: ZZ Ward at the House of Blues, 9/6

“Her energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s, and her soul Etta James’s” New York Times

“Her unapologetic blend of hip-hop, blues and pop paired with smoky vocals could make this singer a star.” —USA Today

“The first time we heard her smoky rasp, she was belting over the beat of Tyler the Creator’s ‘Yonkers’ on her own mixtape. ‘Criminal’ swelters a little more slowly, but it’s no less ballsy. Her wailing runs over rapper Freddie Gibbs cameo damn near make this NSFW.” —Esquire

There’s no lack of enthusiasm afforded LA’s ZZ Ward, and LA, we’ve got a pair of tickets (and ZZ’s Record Store Day 2013 7″!) to award one of you to add your voice to those in the know.

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