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Jake Bugg @ The Wiltern

British troubadour Jake Bugg brought his older-than-his-years songs to a sold out crowd at the Wiltern last week, and charmed everyone in attendance with his earnestness and skill. He’s already knocked out 2 albums and earned the praise of the cantankerous Noel Gallagher, so wowing a crowd of Angelenos shouldn’t have been that hard, right? Not when one has songs like “Lightning Bolt” and “Two Fingers” to back it all up. Here are some lovely photos of the show taken by our own Rich Fury.

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Albert Hammond Jr. @ The Wiltern

He ain’t just a Stroke anymore… Well, he kind of never was. Coming from quite the musical legacy, Albert Hammond Jr. has released a couple of solo albums now and landed a sweet opening slot for Jake Bugg at a sold out Wiltern date. He definitely held his own, with charismatic renditions of “Glf” and his latest single, “St. Justice.” Check out our pics from the gig, by the stellar Rich Fury.

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The Independent FM Presents: LiveRiot Launch @ The Satellite, Friday

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Are your Instagram videos muddled? Blown out? Drowned out by the couple babbling next to you? You don’t need science to understand how awesome it could be to have the true audio mix to accompany that personal video you are recording on your phone. And now, you don’t have to wish – Live Riot is here! Download the Live Riot app and their auto-syncing technology takes that perfect mix at the soundboard to your mobile phone HD video, benefiting the venue, the artist and you, the fans!

On Jan. 31, Live Riot takes over The Satellite for their official launch party. The Independent FM co-presents, with local bands The Hindu Pirates, The Vim Dicta, Beach Party and Adult Books. RSVP via Facebook and get your tickets Here.

Get in the mood with our Live Riot Launch Party playlist below:

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Islands @ the Troubador

islands-troubadour-012114-1-13Those Canadians who are making LA home just wowed the crowd at the Troubador last week. Islands played a set testing out new material as well as favorites like “Hallways”and The Independent’s Rich Fury was there to snap some shots. Check ’em out!

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New Music Review 1.21.14

together-PANGEA-Badillac-608x608This week we check out killer new releases from together PANGEABadillac, along with WarpaintWarpaint, and MogwaiRave Tapes.

together PANGEABadillac (Harvest/Burger) – L.A.’s own scruffy rockmeisters, have finally released their catchy new record on the newly re-launched Harvest Records (which put out the first three Iron Maiden records back in the day, and now have Morrissey, Death Grips and Banks on their roster). The long wait was worth it, because the band has come through with clearer melodies and more depth to their songs. “Cat Man” and “Offer” are darker and more ominous than the standard party punk songs of the last record, which sets them apart from the current crop of bands who are running that vibe into the ground.

Check ‘em out: http://togetherpangea.com/

WarpaintWarpaint (Rough Trade) – Reviews on the highly anticipated self-titled new record from these four ladies have been split… Some are saying it’s too unfocused and “jammy”, while others are saying it’s brave and uncompromising (see the review from Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES: http://thetalkhouse.com/reviews/view/lauren-mayberry-warpaint) – I agree with Lauren. It took three years to finish, and most of it came together in a house the band shared in Joshua Tree, CA while experimenting with new sounds and vibes.  As a musician, I couldn’t imagine a better way to write a record. The results bring forth a hazy feel, but one with plenty of beats and vocal melodies to keep you tapping your foot.

Check ‘em out: http://warpaintwarpaint.com/

MogwaiRave Tapes (Sub Pop) – One of the most memorable experiences of my various Coachella weekends was wandering to the stage where Mogwai was creating a maelstrom of beautiful music at sunset that overshadowed all else around me. This talented band of Glasgow musicians creates mostly instrumental epic soundscapes, like Explosions In The Sky, but this time around it’s a bit more electronic, without losing the organic feel of musicians interacting and creating in the moment. Their live show is unforgettable, and they’re playing Coachella again this year, so if you’re going, don’t miss them.

Check ‘em out: http://www.mogwai.co.uk/

OTHER NOTABLE RECENT RELEASES:

Damien JuradoBrothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun (Secretly Canadian): http://damienjurado.com/

Summer DarlingAbandoner (Self-Released): http://summerdarling.bandcamp.com/

I Break HorsesChiaroscuro (Bella Union/PIAS): http://www.ibreakhorses.se/

– Mark Reback for THE INDEPENDENT FM

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Volcano Choir at the Fonda

1604410_611580602242584_521230707_nVolcano Choir, a Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) side project which he has stated may be his only project from here on out, came through LA last week celebrating their second album, Repave. The group, featuring members of Collections of Colonies of Bees along with Vernon, is based in Wisconsin so we can only guess how nice it must have been to play in sunny LA! The gorgeous and  hushed show, occasionally  broken up by bursts of rock and roll, showcased how Vernon has finessed his version of the quiet loud quiet formula into something moving yet powerful, all in one night.

-Mo Herms for the Independent FM (photos by Zowie)

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John Newman at the El Rey

image_3Blue eyed soul singer (well, more green in this case) John Newman played a packed house at the El Rey in Los Angeles last week. The UK performer blew up the charts in 2013 back in his homeland with tracks like “Love Me Again”, and is making a dent here with the recent release of his debut and his guest stints with UK EDM outfit Rudimental (who also had a great year). Add a string of sold out dates in venues that will soon be too small for him… Well, Indie’s glad we got to catch him when we did!

Check out more pics of the evening.

– Mo Herms for the Independent FM (photos by Zowie)

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New Music Review 1.14.14

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The new year is just getting going, and the new releases are rolling out! Lots of good music to come in 2014, we hope, and here are a couple of titles that came out this Tuesday!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsGive the People What They Want

Miss Sharon Jones went through a lot to get this album out to her adoring fans, finishing up chemo for her cancer treatment on Dec. 31st and releasing this album 2 weeks later (after being postponed from its original August date).  The album still shows that Jones can blast out most modern soul singers out of the room with sheer vocal presence, and the old school tunes shimmer with funk and groove as well as common sense. May Sharon and the Dap-Kings keep on keepin’ on!

Painted PalmsForever

San Francisco psych pop duo Painted Palms have latched on to the harmonies that made ‘60s pop so delicious, while hanging on to that quirky indie thing so evident in bands of the late aughts like Panda Bear and Animal Collective.  With well placed washes of reverb and sweeping vocals,  it’s an album that relates more to a lazy Bay Area vibe that may not exist for much longer.

Also, new singles are out from the Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Quilts and Allah Las to tide us over until their new albums this spring!

Mo Herms for The Independent FM

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Lost Weekend 2013: The Year That Was

Steve-WoodsIn case you missed it this morning, Steve Woods wrapped up the year for you in alt country and more. In only 16 episodes, he was able to secure interviews with a country legend in Steve Earle, a Foo Fighter in Chris Shifflett, and a Grammy winner in Ryan Bingham, while also talking with up and coming bands like the Wild Feathers and Mona.  Thank you for supporting Lost Weekend!  Here is the year that was, as chosen by Woodsy.

1.  The Beat Farmers: Lost Weekend
2.  The Wild Feathers: The Ceiling
3.  The Lemonheads: Waiting Around To Die
4.  Jason Isbell: Cover Me Up
5.  Whiskeytown: Jacksonville Skyline
6.  The Weeks: Bad Enough
7.  Johnny Cash: Sunday Morning Coming Down
8.  Mona: Darlin
9.  16 Horsepower: Heel on the Shovel
10.  Tired Pony: All Things at Once
11.  Amanda Shires: Wasted and Rollin
12.  Heartless Bastards: Only For You
13.  Ryan Bingham: The Road I’m On
14.  The Head and the Heart: Another Story
15.  The Wild Feathers: Wine & Vinegar
16.  Noah Gunderson: Nashville
17.  Caitlin Cary & Ryan Adams: The Battle
18.  Elliott Brood: Northern Air
19.  The Decemberists: Down By the Water
20.  The Wild Feathers: Kitchen Breeze
21.  Sarah Jarosz: Build Me Up From Bones
22.  Whiskeytown: Sittin Around
23.  Tim Barry: Wait At Milano
24.  Bobby Long: Who Have You Been Loving
25.  Drive By Truckers: Goddamn Lonely Love
26.  Jason Isbell: Elephant
27.  Steve Earle: Goodbye
28.  Charlie Robison: Sunset Boulevard
29.  Jeff Buckley: Lost Highway
SatelliteNights

8 Free Shows: Satellite Nights start Jan 2, ft. Dark Furs, DWNTWN + More

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The Satellite kicks off 2014 with their 3rd Annual Satellite Nights – a series of eight nights free of cover and full of great music. To top it off, every night is a chance to win a One Year Pass to all shows at The Satellite this year! Arrive before 10PM to enter, and to catch the opening acts.

Jan 2: Baron Von Luxxary
Jan 3: Evan Voytas, Dark Furs, TÜLIPS
Jan 4: Miracle Days (EP Release Party), Air Life, James Alan
Jan 5: Joel Jerome and Babies on Acid, Slow White, Levitation Room, Kim House Band
Jan 6: DWNTWN Deluka, Scouts, Yell For Help
Jan 7: [The Independent FM Presents] The Singles, The Golden Ghosts, Leopold & His Fiction
Jan 8: Memory Motel, White Dove
Jan 9: Decorator, The Cold & Lovely, PLUS

Get a dose of what’s to come with the Satellite Nights Mixtape below: