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Skirball SUNSET CONCERTS — Photo: Lindsey Best

And yet another fabulous free summer concerts series in Los Angeles coming your way! The Skirball Cultural Center has revealed the lineup for their 23 annual free summertime concert series, SUNSET CONCERTS!

This year’s SUNSET CONCERTS at the Skirball will include performances by the following acts:

July 18 — Gaby Moreno with  DJ set by Mamabear of dublab at 6:30 pm
July 25 — Río Mira in their California debut with DJ set by REYES of Trópico de Nopal at 6:30 pm
August 1 — The Klezmatics with DJ set by Maral of dublab at 6:30 pm
August 8 — Cha Wa with DJ set by Dr. Fuzzy at 6:30 pm
August 15 — Tamar Ilana & Ventanas in their Los Angeles debut with  DJ set by Glenn Red of Afro Funké and La Junta at 6:30 pm
August 22 — Josef Leimberg with DJ set by Novena Carmel of KCRW at 6:30 pm 

La Malagueña - Gaby Moreno - 10/29/2016 - YouTube
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The annual outdoor summer concerts series is one of our favorites that we look forward to each year. Skirball has always been known for showcasing emerging talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The bands they book represent different lands and cultures, always bringing the party with their vivid selection of sounds. To top it all off, the concerts are in Skirball’s gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and are FREE for all to attend.

VENUE & EVENT DETAILS

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Sunset Concerts take place Thursday evenings, July 18-August 22, 88:00 p.m. DJ sets will kick off each concerts starting at 6:30 p.m.

Check-in and FREE admission to the Museum and Skirball campus begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the concert venue open at 6:30 p.m.

Parking: $10 per car (cash only)
Carpooling is encouraged. Street parking is strictly prohibited.
Or take Metro Rapid 734/234

All Skirball exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark) are free and open until 10:00 p.m. during Sunset Concerts, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich and Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Both are currently on view through September 1. Audrey’s Museum Store is open until 8:00 p.m.

Grab-and-go light fare, full bar service, and specialty food items will be available for happy hour and throughout the show. Guests may bring their own food. Note: No outside alcoholic beverages or chairs are permitted.

For more information about the Skirball Cultural Center and its Sunset Concerts series, please visit their website

Josef Leimberg Boiler Room Los Angeles Live Set - YouTube

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Trapdoor Social just released an animated illustration for their latest single, ‘Truth’ and we can’t avert our eyes. Animated by Señor Danger Productions, the video is a vivid representation of the surf rock band’s eclectic energy, ‘Truth’ is the third release connected to their upcoming LP.

Trapdoor Social will be playing in LA at the Hi Hat next month, and recently announced that they were chosen to support the infamous B52’s on their European Farewell tour

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‘Truth’ is a dynamic indie rock tune, sporting jangly guitars and dancing drums. Directed by Rigel Yaluk Mosquera, neon emotions drive this story. Electric, rich colors flash across the screen as pencil sketches of each band member perform the infectious rock tune. Though anthemic and spirited, this song is deceivingly energetic when you zoom in and find a more philosophical message: the purest love does not reside outside of ourselves, but within. 

“‘Truth’, despite its upbeat vibes, tells us that the perfect love we tend to believe in does NOT exist and that we must find that love within ourselves! In the video, our hero chases the elusive love interest as a metaphor for that misled belief.”- Sky

Trapdoor Social - Truth (Official Video) - YouTube

Trapdoor Social is illuminating the way for indie rock bands with a mission. Born out of an environmental studies class in college, the groups shares music that plays with the subjects of love, philosophy and social critique. Trapdoor Social actively promotes environmental health and consciousness and have joined the forces of music and activism to benefit institutions like Homeboy IndustriesMesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The indie band is also well known for their outdoor, solar-powered concerts, like the Sunstock Solar Festival which takes place annually in Los Angeles.

Their latest release, “The Move,” is a song all for social change, featuring actual protest footage from one of the members. The music video follows Sky as he rides his bike around LA, as he evades carbon emissions and supports a healthy niche that shouldn’t be so niche. Check it out below! 

Trapdoor Social - The Move - YouTube

Catch the excitement on June 8th at the Hi Hat, and keep up with the movement on Trapdoor Social’s Instagram

Words by: Ariana Tibi 

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Mick Maverick (aka Dylan Neil) has shared her infectious debut single “HE/ART.” Creating music as a means of dealing with anxiety and depression, related to the many challenges she faced coming out in high school, the LA-bred LGBTQ artist is an inspiration to many youths finding themselves in the same position in which she once was.

“‘HE/ART’ is really a complete look into my life, my past, and my insecurities. Society expects perfection, but that standard is completely unattainable. Not everything in life can be fixed, some things remain broken. And that’s what I believe should be the new standard: broken pieces that form something new, something more beautiful.”

The 22-year-old artist grew up listening to empowering female women such as Shakira, Fergie, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. In high school she discovered a love for new age soul with Frank Ocean and Kehlani. The two performers were the final catalyst that ignited Mick Maverick to create her own music.

With Maverick’s debut single “HE/ART,” a kaleidoscope of electronic swirls, and whirls sweetly coat Maverick’s soulful vocals. Her voice is soothing and her words are relatable as she sings about the demons in her head. With a knack for creating soulful indie pop that begs for you to chime in and sing your heart away, Mick Maverick is just getting started.

In the likes of Billie Eilish, Maverick’s music is chockfull of dope electronic beats, dark tones and a striking voice. Maverick has the ability to inspire others through here music, just as Eilish has, providing a shoulder to lean on or that confidence boost that is so needed at times

We asked Mick Maverick — “If you could talk to your younger self, when you were struggling most — what would you say to her?

“I would tell myself that the people who truly love you are going to love you no matter what, and the people who don’t shouldn’t keep you up at night. Don’t worry about losing the love you have, because the love that’s coming your way is better than anything you could imagine. Years from now you will find yourself happier and more “you” than you ever could have been from all the way inside the closet.“

Mick Maverick’s debut EP is set for release this July. Follow her via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with new music and life!

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This year, Desert Daze takes no prisoners.

The latest Artist Transmission for the eighth annual festivity brings two of the most viable acts working in the business today—the champions for the eccentric and the peculiar.

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Flying Lotus, whose latest album Flamagra is set for release tomorrow, will be bringing along his legendary immersive 3D show in support of his latest offerings. Listen to his latest singles “More feat .Anderson Paak” and “Black Balloons”.

The Flaming Lips at the Fox Theater Pomona shot by Danielle Gornbein

Also set to headline Desert Daze is none other than psych-rock legends The Flaming Lips who will perform a special 20th anniversary exclusive performance of their 1999 masterpiece The Soft Bulletin.

While the rest of the Desert Daze 2019 lineup remains a mystery, Desert Daze has already announced some of the most legendary performers including Stereolab and Animal Collective — along with the recently added The Black Angels, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and Lightning Bolt — as well as Shintaro Sakamoto and Parquet Courts.

Desert Daze 2019 will take place on October 10th-13th at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. Weekend passes start at $259 and go up from there. Payment plans to Desert Daze are available!

Tickets, VIP Packages, Camping and Add Ons are now available. To purchase your tickets and find ore information about Desert Daze, visit their website.

GET TICKETS TO DESERT DAZE

Stream: Desert Daze Playlist

Watch: Desert Daze Festival Documentary

Desert Daze 2015 Recap / Festival Mini Documentary featuring Dan Deacon, Warpaint, Deap Vally & more - YouTube

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Santigold | Photo Farah Sosa

There is something about Santigold and the Hollywood Palladium. When her album 99cents came out, it was there where Los Angeles gathered for an explosive show. Now, Santigold returned to this venue, equally packed and relevant to her fan base. With familiar and new sounds, Santigold’s delivery seemed even stronger and rather mature.

Santigold’s “10 Years Golder Tour” comes 10 years after her debut album. During her performance, she shared how she is now a mother of two and things have changed, however her style remains unique.

At the Palladium, Santigold peformed all-time favorites like “Unstopabble” and scattered material from her discography, predominantly, her 2008 debut LP.

For a true fan, this was the Santigold show to be at.

Photos and Words: Farah Sosa

Santigold | Photo Farah Sosa Santigold | Photo Farah Sosa




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Sloane — Photo Credit: Priscilla Boullion

Behind a pixelated mask, experimental pop producer Sloane reveals his anthemic single ‘Old Hands New Face.’ Born from heartache and reflection, the track manages to capture the shock and empowerment that comes with a personal revolution. With swimming vocals and a chanting chorus, Sloane reaches the core of transformation by reminding us its okay not to be okay.

Using samplers, analog synths, guitars and voice pedals, Sloane started making “music to cry to while you smile.” Sloane’s message of renewal arose out of the pain of a broken heart yet rides along a wave of hope. Steering on the edge of avant-garde electronic and contemporary pop, ‘Old Hands New Face’ is a battle cry for change. Moody melodies and thoughtful lyrics deliver a track both unique and nostalgic. The chorus becomes a mantra as we chant along: “I can’t see you, I can’t feel you ‘cause I’m changing.”

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A long-standing music director and producer, the man behind the mask has previously worked with musicians like Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Macy Gray, Slash and more. Sloane is ironically well-known around LA (can you guess who he is?) and is currently producing for Phantogram’s new album.

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Coming out from behind the curtain with his own project, Sloane’s EP Music To Cry To While You Smile is set to release later this year. 

“SLOANE is one of the most talented musicians I know. Not only is he a gifted arranger, but he plays with feeling and skill and passion, and creates music that crosses genre boundaries in really cool and unexpected ways.” – Josh Carter , Phantogram 

It is human nature to battle a broken spirit as life tosses us around. Writing music as a cathartic way of evolving through the pain, Sloane aims to connect with someone else’s heart. The music video for ‘Old Hands New Face’ comes out Friday May 31st. 

Until then, stay connected with Sloane on Instagram. 

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Mating Ritual — Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan

“Mezcal, soda, lime.”

“Woo! Thank you, do you guys have Wifi?”

“We do…but if it doesn’t work it’s because you’re on a mountain in the middle of the desert with no service.” 

The bartender at Pappy & Harriet’s winked, knowing she was right. It didn’t work, but who cares; I was miles out of Los Angeles and Mating Ritual was about to play. It would be my first time seeing the pop-rock duo since falling in love with their latest album Hot Content and lucky for me, it was under a crisp desert sky.

I navigate the noisy bar and step outside to breathe in the fresh, miles-outside-of-Los-Angeles air. The moon is now high up in the void, and the night seems surprisingly busy for a saloon in the middle of the desert. As the first band Goldensuns closes out their set I walk back in and see Ryan, the lead singer of Mating Ritual, whisk by. He’s wearing his signature white cowboy hat and one of Zig Zag’s one-of-a-kind matching vintage sets — it’s as eclectic as Mating Ritual themselves. 

Out of the blue, a colorful drone washes over the bar. Synths swim throughout soft, pink lights, and every hat in the room flocks toward the stage to see the flashy pop-rock duo, Mating Ritual. Ryan slow dances around the microphone before adding his bold, scratchy vocals. Then suddenly: drop. Their catchy, electro tune ‘Game’ pulsates throughout the room. The crowd lets out a cheer as we all sink into the groove. 

Mating Ritual — Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan

The stage was soaked in hot pink lights and the old cow skull hanging by the neon Mating Ritual sign seemed very appropriate. Everyone in the room was dancing to the cowboys playing electric pop-rock. In a Grinch t-shirt, Taylor rocks out on keys and synths while Ryan stomps around in the middle. 

“Take a walk boys – daddy’s got this one.”

The band breaks off stage while Ryan sings the group ballad ‘Name of Love’ by himself. He pulls the microphone out of the stand, steps into the crowd and everyone chants the lyrics as we make a circle around him. It’s an intimate moment with just the right amount of sentiment to accompany the brothers’ lively show.

After a few jams washed in electric guitar, vibey production, and synth drums, Ryan takes off his sunglasses for a pause. He thanks his dad for being there, as well as friends who came all the way from New York. Like many musicians before him, the brothers have always wanted to play at Pappy’s.

“At the risk of sounding too earnest, this is really a dream. Thank you guys so much.”

Mating Ritual at Echo Park Rising

Cowboy hats, barbecue smoke, and a starry sky bereft of city lights make up the iconic Pappy & Harriet’s Bar. The desert chill stays outside the saloon while patrons enjoy the comfort of a home cooked meal and live music. Musicians come from all over to claim the right of passage that is playing on the Pappy stage. Set in the town of Joshua Tree, only the best artists are chosen to play under these vast, electric stars. Over the years Pappy has hosted icons like Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, and more.

The brothers of Mating Ritual are no exception to the talent that graces the desert stage. Originally from LA, brothers Ryan and Taylor recently embarked on their great American tour. With dates booked through November, the electric pop-rock duo are celebrating the releases of their latest album, Hot Content. Album number three merges the modern sensibility of their first album with the creative instincts of their second. All four singles off the album quickly found their way onto hit playlists, and while we have plenty of binge worthy content for a while, we’re keeping an eye on these guys. They’re on fire. 

Catch Mating Ritual this Thursday at Golddiggers and keep up with the brothers on Instagram

Words: Ariana Tibi 

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Johnny Marr at House of Blues Anaheim — Photo: Wes Marsala

The people of Orange County, California showed up to see This Charming Man, Johnny Marr and his band play and the House of Blues Anaheim. The show did not start without a hitch, unfortunately the House Of Blues had audio issues and the show started about thirty minutes late. The crowd stayed cool and calm only chatting Johnny’s name every now and then. Once things were cleared Marr and his band came out focused and determined to give the fans what they wanted.

Johnny. Fuckin. Marr.

Marr and his band played music spanning his career from his early days with super group of the 80s-90s, Electronic. The band originally included Bernard Sumnor of New Order and Joy Division along with Neil Tennet and Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys. Marr covered songs like “Getting Away with it” and “Get the Message” which got the crowd dancing and singing along. He of course played his most beloved music of the Smiths with gems like ” Big Mouth Strikes Again”, “The Headmaster Ritual”, “Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me” and he closed his first set with “How Soon is Now” which got a loud roar of excitement from the crowd.

Johnny Marr at House of Blues Anaheim — Photo: Wes Marsala

This show, however, was not to showcase the old, but to accentuate the new. Last year Marr released a new album, Call the Comet. He opened the show with “The Tracers” and continued on with “Hi Hello” and “New Dominions”. He also played tracks from his previous album Playland like “Easy Money”.

The show ended with a four-song encore that included a cover of “I Feel You” by Depeche Mode. Marr had the house singing loudly along while performing his last two songs of the night, “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” and “You Just Haven’t Earned it Yet, Baby”, from The Smiths. It roused the crowd so much that multiple people decided to rush the stage just to touch the former Smiths guitarist.

Johnny Marr and his band have another show at the John Anson Ford Theater in Los Angeles on May 21, 2019, be sure to check it out.

Johnny Marr at House of Blues Anaheim — Photo: Wes Marsala Johnny Marr at House of Blues Anaheim — Photo: Wes Marsala

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Luci is Ashley Maietta, McKail Seely, Ariana Tibi, three singer/songwriters who first came together after an impromptu harmony session in a North Hollywood apartment. Described as a modern version of Crosby, Stills, and Nash with the added bonus of Destiny Child’s pop-harmonies, Luci tip-toes between folk and pop with delicate care.

“When we play in LA, they think we’re country. When we play in Nashville, they think we’re pop!” Tibi has said of the band’s genre predicament, but regardless if they sound more like one or the other their latest release “White Horse” is a catchy, hook-filled piece of folk-pop in its own right.

Between the upbeat acoustic twangs and galloping percussiveness, Luci’s harmonies cut deep with an affectionate dig at the “damsel in distress” trope on the song. Filled with the three singer/songwriter’s sassy sentiments on knights, dragons, damsels in need of saving in towers, “White Horse” makes the argument that not every woman is in need of saving.

“It’s a song about not needing to be saved all the time…about how even if it looks a certain way, you’re not always in distress and you don’t need some big, tall, six-foot-something knight in shining armor to come and get you,” says Maietta. “We don’t hate the knights, we’ll need the knights sometimes, we just don’t need them waving their swords in our faces 24 hours a day.”

Luci will be playing a show at Lucky Strike in Los Angeles on May 17. Visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.

Listen to Luci’s new song “White Horse” below!

White Horse - Luci (Official Audio) - YouTube

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Delacey at Peppermint Club — Photo: John Furth

If you haven’t heard “My Man” by emerging artist Delacey, stop everything in your life and give it a listen.  She brings a fresh take to a classic ballad theme, beseeching a supermodel to refrain from stealing her man.

Last Thursday Delacey performed an intimate 30-minute set at the Peppermint Club.  This small venue was packed with a blend of music industry people and new fans.

The show started late. While I waited I wondered how, with only one song out, she would fill the other 25 minutes of her set?

Delacey took the stage with her band to much applause and thanked everyone for coming to see her perform. She introduced the music and explained that the songs we were about to here were off her soon to be released album.  

Delacey at Peppermint Club — Photo: John Furth Delacey Set List In Detail
  1. No One’s Actress – an aggressive hate song directed at at a shitty ex-boyfriend.  Delacey prefficed the song by saying “Please don’t be scared of me after this song, I promise you guys he deserves this”
  2. The Subway Sound – she wrote this song in August last year when she couldn’t even afford gas and was crying on the subway. It’s a sultry song about feeling lost in life.
  3. Damn – felt like a early 00’s ballad about wanting to be someone’s lover, think Michelle Branch
  4. Unbelievable – an introspective song about the emotional baggage she carries
  5. Too Poor To Live in LA – focussed on how LA makes her feel “emotionally bankrupt” and the way people are only interested in you if you can make them money or prestige. Interesting song to perform for a room full of music industry people who are now paying attention to her because her single has over a million plays on Spotify.
  6. Chapel – Delacey described this song as her “crazy girl love song.”  It was a bit Lennon Stella, Madison Beer, and Jesse Jo Stark.
  7. My Man – her breakout hit that everyone was there to see. Before starting the song she gave it a brief introduction. “A lot of people ask me if it’s inspire by another song (Jolene) but there was an actual supermodel trying to steal my actual boyfriend and I was like ‘bitch no.’” Do I believe that a Bella Hadid type was trying to steal the boyfriend of a then unknown music hopeful? The song is great regardless and Delacey delivered a wonderful performance.

There were some technical hiccups with the audio mixing, but Delacey’s overall performance at the Peppermint Club was wonderful.  It was fascinating to watch an emerging artist perform her music and really radiate joy. As Delacey sang, I watched as she recognized that this was what making it looked like. Her hard work was paying off and she was reaping the earlier fruits of her labor.

Photos: John Furth
Words: John Furth (with help from Kaeleigh Morrison)

Delacey at Peppermint Club — Photo: John Furth

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