Black Belt Eagle Scout Live at the Bootleg Theater

Photos and words by Isabelle Jonsson

Black Belt Eagle Scout is Portland native Katherine Paul’s solo venture into music. Her powerful songwriting is heavily based on her Native American culture and a shining example of this is “Indians Never Die” from her debut album, Mother of My Children. This song is a culmination of her passion and respect for the her culture and those with their own. She truly is speaking for her people, and against those who oppress and pollute our lives with hatred.

Not only does her songwriting speak volumes about her believes, but she also draws you in with soft and elegant tones, then follows it up with fast and sharp captivating guitar solos.

 

The Growlers Live at The Palladium

Words and photos by Isabelle Jonsson 

Halloween came early for Los Angeles. The Growlers transformed the historic Hollywood Palladium into a night of horror as they sold out the last show of their Beach Goth tour in the U.S. After the alluring Kirin J Callinan opened up the evening, as well as a thrilling performance by Michael Jackson, the band was welcomed onstage by Madame Elvira where they played a two hour set in wicked costumes and makeup.

 

Shame Live at The Teragram Ballroom

Words and photos by Isabelle Jonsson

Hailing from London, Shame’s post-punk spirit and frenetic performance left me and my concert buddy in a daze, as it was nothing like our expectations from having heard just one of their songs. Their authentic London flair, pure enthusiasm and the charming demeanor of lead singer Charlie Steen as he talks with the crowd can persuade any audience into really embracing their music.

Shame will always be adored in the local music scene and welcomed in Los Angeles. Their shows are a wild ride and you won’t want to miss them the next time they’re in the U.S.!

 

 

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Sextile Live at The Teragram Ballroom

Words and photos by Isabelle Jonsson 

Opening up for Shame at the Teragram Ballroom last Monday, the duo (Melissa Scaduto and Brady Keehn) struck the audience with their raw energy and enthusiasm for their art. Brady’s lively movements along with a perfect mixture of 80s synthwave and 70s punk, or “primitive post punk from outer space” as they call it on their facebook page, make you want to dance around to their unique sound.

Following the release of their new EP entitled “3” last month they went on a European tour, but are now back in the U.S. I encourage everyone to see this band, not only because they are one of my absolute favorites, but because they really are one of a kind that you do not want to miss!

 

 

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Upcoming shows:

November 16th – The Pico Union Project – Los Angeles
December 7th – Whistle Stop – San Diego

New Music: SOAK

Words by Melody J. Myers

Birdie Monds – Watson who preforms as SOAK is back with her newest single “Everybody Loves You”. The last time we heard from the Irish singer-songwriter was when she was just 17 years old and released her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream. SOAK is now back at 22 years old with “Everybody Loves You” a track with honest lyrics, and beautiful vocals SOAK sings about the feelings we are in denial about within ourselves, how contradicting we can be with ourselves, and rejection. With honest and a feeling of being in denial lyric such as “Everybody wants you / Not me today, cause I’m done” and ending with how we really feel “Everybody loves you / And I do too”. Give a listen to the new single here.

 

Phoebe Bridgers Live at The Palladium

Photos by Kayla Fernandez

Los Angeles based folk-rock artist, Phoebe Bridgers had a whimsical set opening up for The National. Bridgers wowed the crowd with her flawless falsettos and dreamy presence. Her relatable lyrics and her light funny banter between songs will swoon you. As she is wrapping up a tour with The National, the talented songstress will be hitting the road again within the next few months. Check out her tour dates here, she is an musician you do not want to miss.

 

 

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Lydia on U Street

By Sara Valenzuela

Rolling into town with a new album (Liquor) in the bag, Lydia gave the capitol a visit. The Arizona-based indie group delighted DC with their new ‘cinematic’ sound. Leighton Antelman (lead) was all smiles on this hot and humid night, showing off Lydia’s new spark. The group continues charming its crowds with every show, DC was no different. It’s always a good time with Lydia!

Don’t be shy and give it a try! Liquor gives fans a refreshing new taste on what Lydia has to offer. Listen here:

Liquor

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The Beths Live in Brooklyn

Words and photos by Jessica Gurewitz

“We’re the Beths.. B E T H S. sorry there’s so many consonants.” Vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes of the New Zealand band spoke candidly to the packed room, and although she noted that she was nervous to be playing in New York, there was no way to tell once they started playing. Elizabeth and Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), were joined by Katie (drums) and Chris (bass) on Monday night in Brooklyn. The energetic set included tracks from the band’s EP, Warm Blood, and they also played the title track of their upcoming album, Future Me Hates Me (Carpark Records). The Beths are just kicking off their U.S. tour, and are definitely ones to watch!

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Post Animal Live at Rough Trade

Words and Photos by Jessica Gurewitz 

Post Animal played a sold out show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Chicago based band kicked off their North American tour in April in support of their new record, When I Think Of You In A Castle.
Post Animal’s live sound is somehow even more immersive than on the record, but maybe that is because the boys bring such great, infectious energy to the stage. Opening with “Gelatin Mode,” they launched into an incredible set, full of material off of the new record. As the gig went on, the crowd grew rowdier and rowdier, with the boys eliciting one of the most excited and fun New York crowds that I’ve been a part of. Post Animal stayed smiling and hydrated (pictured) through their killer set, and blew everyone away again, playing a few more songs, including an insane performance of “Goggles,” in a highly requested encore.

 

When I Think Of You In A Castle is out now on Polyvinyl records. The boys are touring for the rest of June, and play at Lollapalooza in August. Tickets are still available, don’t miss this band!