Live In LA: Dirty Projectors Curate Orchestral Extravaganza

First came the feature, then came the show itself. Spin tapped me to cover the Dirty Projectors extravaganza that took place at Disney Hall over the weekend. Read all about it here, and enjoy the photos from Andrew Herrold.

Dirty Projectors and Alarm Will Sound inside of the airship (Andrew Herrold)

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Feature: Dirty Projectors and LA Phil Collaborate

With Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors made the greatest album of 2009 — and, imho, one of the greatest albums of the last 10 years — a fact which I’ve really, truly gone out of my way to spread. And yet, how was I thanked for my efforts when I landed an LA Weekly feature on the band last year? With an interview by text message. Chalk it up to the distinct, unerring vision of head Projector Dave Longstreth — despite my initial frustrations with the format, the story came out all the better for it. That said, I jumped at the chance to actually speak to the man in advance of his band’s just-passed orchestral extravaganza at Disney Hall. Read about the making of that unique event here.

Things are looking up for Longstreth

Recommended Rocking: The Airborne Toxic Event + Calder Quartet, Cold Cave + Nite Jewel

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: Downtown
    Music: Airborne Toxic Event w/ Calder Quartet (plus surprises)
    Vitals:
    Disney Hall on Friday, December 4
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: Cold Cave, Nite Jewel
    Vitals:
    The Echo on Sunday, December 6
    (details at LA Weekly)

Recommended Rocking: Neon Indian, West Coast / Left Coast Fest

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: Neon Indian, Keenhouse, Tiger City, Little Red Radio…
    Vitals:
    Echoplex on Friday, November 20
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Downtown
    Music: Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, Matmos, Mike Einziger
    Vitals:
    Disney Hall on Saturday, November 21
    (details at LA Weekly)