Live in LA: Sublime Reunite with New Singer

Rome has got lovin'. Yep, it's what he's got.

Friends, stoners, layabouts — lend me your eyes. Last night I caught the first stop on the Sublime With Rome tour, which just so happened to kick off on a day known within a certain set as “4-20.” If you don’t know, now you know. The air was pungent and the sing-alongs were plenty. A good time was had by all, and you can read about it here, via Spin.

COACHELLA 2010: Reporting from Day Two

Mike Patton, about to blow your house down, shot by Erik Voake

My personal OMG moment came on Day Two of the Coachella festival, when Spin sent me into the pit to cover Faith No More’s reunion set. A longtime member of the cult of Patton, I was flabbergasted when I began what I expected to be a slow approach to the front of the stage, and discovered the path clear. “I can’t fucking believe it,” was a common exclamation from my fellow devotees on the floor, but the crowd filled in eventually as echoes of the Freak King’s cries spread across the grounds. Faith No More slayed. Read all about it.

As on Day One, I contributed a bit to Spin‘s “Best and Worst Moments” feature as well. Click over to read some quick quips and bits on Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Ezra Koenig.

COACHELLA 2010: Reporting from Day One

Jay-Z at Coachella, shot by Erik Voake

Jay-Z may run this town (or that town), but Spin Magazine staked its claim on Coachella coverage this past weekend in no uncertain terms. I was fortunate enough to be part of that journalistic wrecking crew, and on Friday, I devoted most of my otherwise fragmented attention to Jay-Z’s incredible set, which included a loving recreation of the New York skyline, and a duet with the wifey that brought down the house. Read about the 30-song set here.

I also covered Street Sweeper Social Club, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Specials for the mag’s “Best and Worst Moments” roundup. Additional text by my old Filter colleague Liam Gowing, Spin Online Editor William Goodman and Deputy Editor Steve Kandell.

Photos by Andrew Herrold, Erik Voake and Matt Kiser.

LA Notcoming: Gary Numan cancels El Rey gig

A champion has been declared in the epic battle of Gary vs. The Volcano. Hint: the one that spews magma won. Sadly, this means that the New Wave legend not only missed the weekend’s Coachella festival, but that he’s canceled the U.S. mini tour that was to follow. I’d written a preview for Wednesday’s L.A. gig. Read it if you wish, or make the jump to peruse Numan’s announcement.

  • Region: Miracle Mile
    Music: Gary Numan
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, April 21
    (details at LA Weekly)

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LA Upcoming: XBXRX tonight at Pehrspace

Coachella prep took its toll on Funny Ha Ha. Getting caught up with posts right now, and realized that this little gem went unmentioned here. If you didn’t attend the festival over the weekend, there’s a chance you might be in the market for a thorough thrashing at the hands of some Bay Area art-punks.

  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: XBXRX, Narwhalz, Longmont Potion Castle, Neon Navajo…
    Vitals: Pehrspace on Monday, April 19
    (details at LA Weekly)

Live In LA: Coathangers, Surfer Blood Dominate Echo Park’s Waved Out Fest

On Saturday, the Aquarium Drunkard blog threw an all-day indie rock gala at the Echo and Echoplex. Sixteen bands on the rise (local and otherwise) dropped in to deliver solid sets that went well into the night. Surfer Blood was the main attraction, but the Coathangers slew the competition, which was a stiff mix of excellent acts like Superhumanoids, Active Child, Best Coast, and Gamble House. Photos and full review here, via LA Weekly.

Here’s another outtake of Crook Kid Coathanger in action.

Rock 'n' roll 'n' Tecate (Chris Martins)

LA Upcoming: Donovan + Friends, Todd + Takara + Raff, Julia Holter + Nudge + Matthewdavid

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

  • Region: Miracle Mile
    Music: Donovan & Friends
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Friday, March 19
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Silver Lake
    Music: Mia Doi Todd, Mauricio Takara, The Rebekah Raff Harp Ensemble
    Vitals: Bootleg Theater on Sunday, March 21
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Westlake
    Music: Julia Holter, Nudge, Matthewdavid
    Vitals: Synchronicity Space on Monday, March 22
    (details at LA Weekly)

Live In LA: The Franks at Origami Vinyl!!

Gratuitous exclamation point usage, I know, but a handful of my favorite things came together on Saturday night when photographer Andrew Herrold and I walked out of The Echo following Young Veins’ early set (which we covered for Spin). Two doors down at the excellent record shop Origami Vinyl, lo and behold, The Franks were tearing through a spirited set of angular econo-punk. To enhance matters further, shopkeeper Neal Schield tossed us a couple of Colt 45 tallboys as we walked through the door, and was kind enough to let Andrew fire off a few shots. The place was about as jammed pack and jammed pack can be — further evidence of the rise of this exceptional East Side three-piece.

More photos after the jump.

The Franks thrash from on high. (Andrew Herrold)

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Live In LA: Young Veins Plays First Show at Echo

Those familiar words that open Panic! at the Disco’s last album, Pretty. Odd., have picked up some unintended irony over the past few months: “You don’t have to worry because we’re still the same band.” Not quite.

Not only was the Panic!’s 2008 record a clear departure for the Vegas band – who’d left behind the R&B-infused emo-pop for some baroque Sgt. Pepper’s bluster – but it preceded a departure of a different sort. Members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker went their own way last July, leaving their former group to singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.

What’s more, a simultaneous release of dueling new singles – “New Perspective” by Panic!, and “Change” by the freshly formed Young Veins – revealed a telling detail: While Team Brencer offered a polished take on the old emo sound, RyRo and J-Walk took the Beatles thing and ran with it, effectively splitting the Panic! fan-base down the middle – same band, two ways.

The far more promising way, IMHO, goes by the name Young Veins, and that (sorta) brand new Topanga-based band played its first show together at The Echo over the weekend. Read about it here, via Spin.

The Fab Five faces its fans. (Andrew Herrold)

Those familiar words that open Panic! at the Disco’s last album, Pretty. Odd., have picked up some unintended irony over the past few months: “You don’t have to worry because we’re still the same band.” Not quite.

Not only was the Panic!’s 2008 record a clear departure for the Vegas band – who’d left behind the R&B-infused emo-pop for some baroque Sgt. Pepper’s bluster – but it preceded a departure of a different sort. Members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker went their own way last July, leaving their former group to singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.

What’s more, a simultaneous release of dueling new singles – “New Perspective” by Panic!, and “Change” by the freshly formed Young Veins – revealed a telling detail: While Team Brencer offered a polished take on the old emo sound, RyRo and J-Walk took the Beatles thing and ran with it, effectively splitting the Panic! fan-base down the middle – same band, two ways.