Show Preview and Interview with Wand’s Cory Hanson

A look into Wand’s forthcoming album “Plum”

September 17th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Interview, News

Photo by Abby Banks

Cory Hanson wanted to approach Wand’s fourth LP Plum with a renewed sense of collaboration and spontaneity. Ever since the band’s inception in 2013, Cory had been composing music from “the top down.” He would put together the lyrics and arrangements, record the demo, and present his fellow band members with their respective parts. As the band grew more harmonious on stage and in the studio, Hanson discovered that the process would have to be more collaborative if the band were to evolve in a positive and dynamic way.

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LAMB Session: Ocean Park Standoff

Summer Gods on the rise.

August 30th, 2017
Lex Voight

On the strength of two songs alone, Ocean Park Standoff landed a national tour with alternative legends Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups. The Summer Gods Tour, as it has been dubbed, is hitting the Greek Theater on 7/20 so be sure to get your tickets stat.
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LAMB Session: Sarah Darling

Nashville comes to LA

August 9th, 2017
Lex Voight

Three records in, Sarah Darling is taking charge of every aspect of her sound. Her last record, Dream Country, shows an amazing amount of confidence and control for a burgeoning country starlet, incorporating a wide array of influences and interests while maintaining a Nashville heart.
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LAMB Session: Amanda Fondell

Swedish Idol sets sight on US Soil

July 28th, 2017
Lex Voight

Sweden’s Amanda Fondell has been a mover and shaker since winning Swedish Idol’s Eighth Series back in 2011. Six years later, shes turning her eyes towards the states, looking to dominate in the pop/soul/electro market much the same way fellow countryman Robyn has for some time. Amanda is sweet, her answers are unpolished and endearingly somewhat lost in translation, and though her frustration with the language is clear, clearer still is her good-natured smile and passion for her work.
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LAMB Session: Allie X

Promoting her debut full-length Collxtion II!

June 9th, 2017
Lex Voight

Allie X is clearly a star on the rise. The enigmatic musician has caught the attentions of everyone from Katy Perry to major fashion photographers to labels and beyond. Her debut full-length record, Collxtion II, is dropping today and to help promote it she stopped by LAMB for a brief acoustic session and interview.
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Interview with Taking Back Sunday

On the eve of Strange 80’s Sweet Relief Benefit

May 8th, 2017
Lex Voight

Taking Back Sunday are truly a band that needs no introduction. Anyone who hasn’t heard of them till now has been living under a massive pop-music sized rock. They may not be your bread and butter, but the impact that they have had on both popular music and punk is undeniable. The band is going to be here this Sunday, May 14th, at the Fonda Theatre with a whole host of other incredible acts including Tenacious D, Anthrax, Velvet Revolver, Weird Al and Goldfinger for “Strange 80’s” — a benefit for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
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Interview with Matthew Koma

Talks new singles, Hotel Café, & more!

March 17th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Courtesy of: Insomniac

We love Matthew Koma here at the Blog. He’s a multi-talent: a master (and GRAMMY-winning) songwriter, a producer, a vocalist, and a DJ. Well, get ready, because this musical aficionado will be performing two acoustic sets in LA this month! He’ll be gracing the Hotel Café stage on March 20th and 29th, so be sure to grab your tickets while you still can.

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Interview with The Dig

David Baldwin on new album, March 18 show at Echo

March 13th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Interview

The Dig are LA-bound. Set to appear at The Echo on Saturday, March 18, their new album Bloodshot Tokyo is out now. It’s a collection of ear worms that evokes an MGMT hybrid of Oracular Spectacular and the unexpected, psych out of its follow up, Congratulations. Maybe add in a dash of The Flaming Lips, for good measure.

Highlights include the radio-ready track, “Jet Black Hair,” thumpy underwater glam rock in “Bleeding Heart (You Are The One),” and the never ending free fall in the chorus of “Simple Love.”

LA Music Blog caught up with singer and guitarist David Baldwin to talk about The Dig’s history, Bloodshot Tokyo, and the NYC band’s relationship with Los Angeles.

Some of The Dig’s band members have been together for quite awhile. When, where, and how did you meet? Have you always been known as The Dig?

Emile (Mosseri) and I met when we were about 11 years old in the suburbs outside New York City. We went to the same middle school, and started playing music together. We were in a Rage Against the Machine cover band, which was the first thing we did. In high school we started a funk band together, and that’s when we met Erick (Eiser). We were all about 15. Then we met Mark (Demiglio) in New York around 2011. So it’s been about 6 years as the current unit.

Why the “Bloodshot Tokyo” title?

We had spent a couple years on the album. There was one song in there that didn’t make it on to the final record. But it was title of the song that we thought best captured the feel of the album.

I read that at your album release show in Brooklyn, the band tossed black wigs in to the audience for your performance of “Jet Black Hair.” Was that a one shot deal, or should The Echo be ready for wigs?

Yeah, we’re actually gonna do that again at a couple more shows. But it’s starting to get a bit pricey!

The new album is, in a way, one that I would dub a melancholy party album. Does that resonate?

Yeah that’s pretty accurate. There is generally a mellow quality to the way our vocals sound, so that juxtaposed with trying to make it sound a bit more fun than our last releases. Maybe it’s the mix of going through funky and soul influences, and our singing in a more mellow category.

You played The Satellite in 2014. Have you played any other LA venues or had any memorable gigs here in town?

LA’s been a place where we have had a lot of really fun shows. The Bootleg Theater is always been a really fun place to play for us. And we had a great show at El Rey with Ben Kweller. Obviously that is an amazing venue. We’ve gotten in to a few different rooms there that we like a lot.

The show at The Echo is an early set. What can fans expect?

One thing that will be cool is that we are playing with some friends of ours. Our really good friend Boone Howard is going to be playing that night. He is incredible and has amazing songs. We’re doing a run of shows with him, and that is one of the first ones. That’ll be really great. We will be playing a lot of new stuff. Most of the new stuff. Definitely some stuff from the past couple of releases too, but slanted towards the new record. There may be some wigs involved too.

What do you like to do when passing through LA?

We all have some family out there, which is always cool to get to hang with them. Also, our manager and friend Rob lives there. So getting to see family and friends. And the last time we were there, we shot an infomercial for the new album, which was a nice way to spend our time off in LA – creating something for the band.

For more information: The Dig

For tickets to the show this Saturday at The Echo, click here.

Please note that this is an early show with a ticket time of 5:30pm. Support acts are Nico Yaryan and Boone Howard.

Interview with TSOL’s Jack Grisham

Punk, purge, productivity & The Trigger Complex

March 7th, 2017
Lex Voight

TSOL have been an institution for nearly 40 years in the punk scene. One of Southern California’s first mainstays in the hardcore scene, True Sounds of Liberty have been an ever-evolving and expanding artistic vehicle.
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Show Preview: Temples @ The Regent Theater

An interview with keyboardist Adam Smith

March 3rd, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Interview, News

Photos by Ed Miles

Temples, the U.K. quartet that formed in 2012 and quickly garnered attention with their debut single “Shelter Song,” belongs to a sub-genre of music that evokes the nostalgia of 60’s and 70’s era psychedelia, while putting a contemporary spin on it. Frontman James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley met in their hometown of Kettering, U.K., where they played in separate bands, eventually coming together to self-release four tracks, one of which was “Shelter Song.” When Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett caught wind of the band via the world-wide Internet, he offered to release the single that same year. Temples added keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Adam Smith and drummer Samuel Toms to the lineup and accrued a mass following in the U.K. Their influence has since spread throughout Europe and the U.S. following their freshman release Sun Structures in 2014.

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