Category Archives: Music

Audiophile Fashion Freak Out!

Betabrand’s Latest Hoodie Breaks Sound Barrier, Crowdfunding Barrier.

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What do you wear if you are a super cool audio engineer working at a sound board all day? (This one we love! at Gia On The Move)

You probably never thought you’d be needing fashion tips to listen to your favorite music …but… mondo headphone fans, you can now rock out with your hoods up, thanks to Betabrand’s new Audio Engineer’s hoodie. The hood’s flanks are fabricated out of speaker cloth, enabling owners to wear headphones atop uber-cool hooded heads, with no fear of acoustic interference.

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The hoodie is designed by audio engineer Nic Pope, who released it on Betabrand’s crowd design platform last week.    Fans have funded it to over twice it’s goal and interest continues to spike as audiophiles flock to his invention.

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In addition to the accoustically transparent hood, music fans will appreciate a slew of details designed by Mr. Pope:

-  Twin kangaroo pockets, with headphone pass-through holes.

-  Internal pull-out wiring diagram.

-  Loop to clips your multi-tool/drum key on.

-  Cassette liner.

According to Betabrand founder Chris Lindland, “Headphones are now trending to be the size of personal pizzas.  Thanks to Nic’s invention, hood-size doesn’t have to keep pace.”

This is one of hundreds of crowd-designed concepts now featured on Betabrand.com — an apparel machine that rapidly prototypes and sells the newest design ideas from all over.

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Betabrand is an online clothing company based in San Francisco that releases new products every day and crowdsources design ideas and  photography from customers.

Since launching in 2010, Betabrand has released a host of Internet fashion hits, including Dress Pant Yoga Pants,  Executive Hoodies , Gay Jeans, Sock Insurance,  Bike to Work Pants, and Dress Pant Sweatpants.

From Boston to L.A.: Air Traffic Controller Arrives at the Bootleg August 7

79787C54-F2EF-ACC8-43B4036D31FF6D4BYou may have heard all-American indie pop band Air Traffic Controller on Spotify where they racked up over 1.8 million plays for their “feel good pop anthem” (Filter Magazine), “You Know Me”. 
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They are coming to the Bootleg Los Angeles:
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ATC at Bootleg HiFi
9:00 PM
2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90057
Price: $12 General Admission
 

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Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.

Reminiscent of Arcade Fire, Of Monsters and Men and The Mowgli’s

“One of Boston’s finest independent bands” (WERS), Air Traffic Controller had a track named “The Best Indie Alternative Song” by the Independent Music Awards, was placed on NPR’s Hot 100 list for SXSW, and was named “Band of the Day” by The Guardian UK What: Co-headlining tour with The Tragic Thrills to build support for their forthcoming 3rd album and the new single, “The House”, produced by Bleu (Hanson, Boys Like Girls, Jonas Brothers)

Follow them on Twitter: @atcmusic

Check out the official video:



 

 

Crash, Boom, Bang! The Bayonetes Release Debut LP in Los Angeles July 24th

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THE BAYONETS ANNOUNCE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN LOS ANGELES, CELEBRATING THEIR DEBUT LP, CRASH BOOM BANG! (ROBO RECORDS)

When this arrived in the email box, I had to let out a giggle.  Having been one of the original Little Steven’s (Van Zandt) International Gargage Band Festival Go Go Girls it was a no brainer that this music was making it to Gia On The Move.  Steven has always had great taste a sense of humor and drive when it comes to presenting music.

The Bayonets are throwing a party to thank their fans for such a spectacular year on July 24th at No Vacancy in Hollywood, California.
The party is from 8-10pm and is open to the public, FREE, on a first come, first served basis. There is only enough space for 150 people to watch the set and  no opening act, so the music will start at 8pm sharp. Doors open at 7:30. They will play a 30 minute set featuring brand new songs, followed by Q&A with one of LA’s longest serving beloved DJ’s.
In the bands’ words:
The reason we do this, the reason this endeavor works at all is because of the power of good independent listeners like you, with the help of brave DJ’s and radio programmers everywhere who are willing to spin something new in hopes of giving and getting that fix we all want:
Some good rock music with a little bit of spice and a whole lotta fun.”
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Although they will not be charging admission at the door, they will be accepting donations to a charity they support, called Adopt The Arts which puts real musical instruments into the eager hands of students from inner city schools in Los Angeles. You can help these kids achieve the thrill that only comes from making music with their friends at school.
fr79_bayonetssummer2014promo4smlThe Bayonets recently released the title track and single with accompanying video from their debut album Crash Boom Bang!. Little Steven’s Underground Garage premiered the tune, singling it out as a “coolest song in the world” track.
The album will be The Bayonets’ first full-length release, following previous successes with their first three singles, which all reached the Top 10 on the Classic Rock Mediabase radio chart.
The Bayonets’ guitarist and lead vocalist Brian Ray is known worldwide for his musical contributions to the Paul McCartney Band, who continue on a massive arena & stadium tour this summer. “I’ve been a very lucky man to work alongside Paul McCartney for 12 years now.  Suffice it to say, this perch on which I find myself working with Paul – as well as his generosity of spirit – gives me the space, time, and wherewithal to indulge my wildest sonic dream life in my spare time,“ Brian reflected, “pulling these musical ideas out of the clear blue sky with my friends, so that we can hopefully move people and rock out with them with reckless abandon. For me, rock and roll needs to stay dangerous and fun. I wanted that sense of adventure and camaraderie, and I found it with my good friend and songwriting partner, Oliver Leiber.”
Drummer Oliver Leiber is well known for playing guitar and recording songs for some of the biggest artists in the business, including Rod Stewart, among many others. Speaking of the band, Oliver said, “it grew organically out of a very simple desire on Brian’s and my part to do a musical project that wasn’t trying to be anything. We simply wanted to write songs without judging if they were ‘hits’ or if they would fit into a certain musical radio format. We wanted to write songs that were reflective of who we are as men and artists at this point in our lives. Most of all, we really just wanted to have some fun and rock out! The Bayonets grew out of a desire to get back in touch with the days when I just played music for music’s sake.”
Crash Boom Bang! was mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Pink, Faith Hill and others).  The accompanying video was directed by Linda Cevallos-French & Brian French.
The Bayonets are: Brian Ray (of The Paul McCartney Band, Etta James, etc.) – guitar/vocals; Oliver Leiber (Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, etc.) – drums; Lucrecia López Sanz (of Argentina’s Nube 9) – guitar/vocals
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a great rock record,” says Robo Records president Rob Christie. “The new single sets the tone for the rest of the album. It has a vintage feel with infectious hooks that will stay with you a lifetime.”
The album will be released summer of 2014 by Robo Records and distributed by Universal Music Distribution.
** Photo credit: MJ Kim

Beats by Dr. Dre & Naomi Campbell Go Golden To Celebrate Germany’s Victory

Just as they promised…the World Cup Winners have a Golden Gift on their way.  And you are never going to believe this!

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To celebrate the sound of winning and to congratulate  Germany, Beats by Dr. Dre have created the ultimate prize to go with the ultimate sporting victory a set of 24 (for the 23 man squad and manager), 24 carat gold dipped Beats Pro’s, which will be gifted to the German team.

To commemorate the win, Beats have commissioned fashion photographer Rankin to create a celebratory salute to the victory starring the Gold Beats Pro headphones and Naomi Campbell, titled ‘Golden’. The new work see’s Naomi as the World Cup trophy adorned in gold high fashion and sporting the Gold Beats Pros.

Watch the video!

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Speaking about the shoot, Naomi Campbell commented;

“Working on the ‘Golden’ project with Beats by Dr. Dre was so much fun.  The shoot was loud and energetic…I even got to practice my football skills! This was the first time I’ve had the chance to work with the legendary Rankin, so it was a dream shoot. The ‘Golden’ project is the perfect way to celebrate the German victory and I’m glad to be a part of this campaign.”

Speaking on the Beats by Dr. Dre commission, Rankin commented;

“Beats by Dr.Dre are mixing their link to sport with one of today’s most recognisable fashion icons. Naomi, one of the most well-known supermodels in the world, is a great partnership – it’s her attitude I really love, it’s the perfect pairing.”

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Beats by Dre & Naomi Campbell Wish World Cup Finalists Good Luck

 

Even the well wishers are challenging the teams!

Beats by Dre have been working on a secret project with Naomi Campbell and she has come off set to wish both teams and fans good luck in the most important soccer game in the world.  Naomi’s special prize is going to be revealed on Sunday to the winners.

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Naomi Campbell and Beats by Dre wish Argentina good luck in the World Cup Final

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Naomi Campbell and Beats by Dre wish Germany good luck in the World Cup Final

Naomi is wearing Champagne Gold Wireless Studio available from www.beatsbydre.com

Get pumped up for the game on Sunday with Dr. Dre’s Beats – The Game Before The Game!

Recorded for earlier games but will rock you out!

Super Serious Los Angeles DIY Comedy

superserious“”We started the show out of a DIY spirit, and we’’ve managed to keep that energy throughout the past four years.”

Join the live comedy show hailed as the “Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Stand-Up Comedy Party”  by LA Weekly, for their four year anniversary.

The Super Serious Show features the best sketch, stand-up, music and videos on the third Wednesday of every month at The Virgil.

On July 16th, creators Mandee Johnson and Joel Mandelkorn are thrilled to celebrate the four-year anniversary of The Super Serious Show with a killer lineup, including Jen Kirkman, Jimmy Pardo, Garfunkel & Oates and the Sklar Brothers.

Each night of comedy is like a work of art in itself. 

Unlike many comedy clubs, The Super Serious Show is an affordable night of great comedy, complete with a food truck, sweets, drink specials, a DJ and a built-in happy hour.

Follow them on Twitter for updates: @seriousshow

The Virgil is located at:
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90029

Lineup and ticket information for the 4-year anniversary show are available here: Tickets

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The Girls Are Here: Beautiful Small Machines

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The new single from NYC electro-twang duo, Beautiful Small Machines, “The Girls Are Here” is the perfect jam for the summer weather! 

Pop Matters states the single, “brings one classic group to mind immediately from the outset: The Beach Boys.”   We’re thinking 80′s pop girl group, “The Go Go’s.”

Either way, “The Girls Are Here” is the second track released from the upcoming full-length album, The DJ Stayed Home, out July 8, 2014, the band’s Arcade-Fire-meets-Blondie sound and moves away from the more pop-infused vibe of the duo’s debut. Complete with a folky cover of “Paper Planes” (video below) originally by M.I.A., this record’s twists and turns are anything but ordinary. 

Beautiful Small Machines was formed in 2009 by Bree Sharp and Don DiLego in New York City. Sharp is the lead vocalist and lyricist and DiLego is the producer. He also plays almost all of the instruments on record, including electric guitar, bass, piano, drums, harmonica, cowbell and other nifty things he finds lying around. They both play acoustic guitar and share songwriting.

Find them here:

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twitter.com/themachines

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Pete Escovedo: Latin Jazz Magic and Music at the Hollywood & Highland Summer Concert Kick-Off

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Of all of the places I could have chosen, behind the scene was the most magical.

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Watching 79 year old Jazz legend Pete Escovedo backstage, only a few feet away, was like riding the fiery tail of a shooting star, surging through the heavens.  The crowd was wild for him and his music.  The love was mutual.

Hollywood & Highland kicked off its FREE kjazz 88.1 FM Sponsored, Summer Jazz Concert series last night under the open air sky with a special appearance by headliner, Pete Escovedo and the Latin Jazz Orchestra to several hundreds of casual mall shoppers and sojourners bent on their final destination at the 2nd floor courtyard.

What revelry!  Attendees were treated to abundant seating, (although plenty were dancing in the aisles) with, for an additional $10, a sumptuous menu by Wolfgang Puck Catering paired with fines wines by Stella Rosa.

On the 3rd Floor balcony VIP Press Lounge, guests were treated to an insatiable variety of delectable nibbles (mini red peppers stuffed with crab salad were my favorite!) and a high end view of the entire crowd and stage.  Other restaurant venues on the upper floors stayed open and also offered a feast of  food and sound for diners as well as patrons making last minute purchases before stepping out to hear the concert. All were welcome.

Exciting all around, the orchestra ended on a high note with a cover of Pharrell Williams’, “Happy” — and boy were we!  Music, dancing, drinking, eating — the night was sheer perfection.

The concert series which will continue every Tuesday evening throughout the month of July hopes to attract music and wine enthusiasts alike.  The proceeds from the wine bar will directly benefit Project Angel Food (www.angelfood.org), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to deliver free and nutritious meals to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and other serious illness.

It is FREE.  So no excuses!  Get yourself out to the Hollywood & Highland Mall for the remaining dates, which will finalize on July 29th with the incredible Poncho Sanchez.

When:     Every Tuesday in July – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:   Hollywood & Highland , 6800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, C 90028
Who:      Wine & Jazz Series 2014 Line Up
July 8     Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express
July 15    Jose Rizo’s Mongorama
July 22   Karl Dinson’s Tiny Universe
July 29   Poncho Sanchez
 
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There is parking.  The fee is only $2.00 for two hours with validation if shopping at the mall.

If you are coming from East LA, you can also take the Red Line to the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station which conveniently lets you off right at the mall.

You’ll also want to “Like” Hollywood & Highland’s Facebook page to receive concert updates and special promotions. For more information, call (323) 467-6412 or visit www.HollywoodandHighland.com or www.kjazz.org

 

 

 

 

DEQN SUE Is Coming To Town Tuesday July 15th

“Her music reflects the cultural perspectives of today, and is provocative in the lyrics she uses to convey her message.” -Valley Planet
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This is a real treat.  And the best part is that this LA based artist has an upcoming Los Angeles show that you will want to check out!

DEQN SUE, will celebrate the release of her debut, full-length album Zeitgeist at The Record Parlor, 6408 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 464-7757 on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:30PM.

Zeitgeist was recorded in Athens, AL, where DeQn Sue collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer and recording engineer Kelvin Wooten (Django Unchained, Raphael Saadiq). DeQn Sue crafts alternative, quirky pop songs that blend funk and electronic music with R&B, while also tackling hot-button issues through her socially conscious style of songwriting.

 

Fringe Up: Lost Moon Radio’s Million Dollar Hair

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Million Dollar Hilarious!

L.A.’s darling sketch comedy group Lost Moon Radio continues it’s reign supreme in its newly minted “Million Dollar Hair,” an awards ceremony-style retrospective of music industry mogul, Bernie Schonfeld, pitifully celebrated by the “has beens” of music icon, who have against all reason, made him a fortune — all but his daughter.  This pathetic assemblage has arrived to show devotion, respect, adoration and temporarily resurrect their careers in front of a live audience of fans and celebs.

Absurdly devised and hosted resentfully by Bernie’s only daughter, the amalgamated cast of characters one by one, make their way onto the performance stage to shamefully steal the spotlight more for themselves rather than honor the genius who took each of these artists from total obscurity to the heights of stardom.

Of course, he’s more than occasionally over-promised and under-delivered, left everyone flat taking off for Europe in a tax scandal, forcing his daughter to live in the horror of a middle class childhood, hoodwinked a few of them out of residuals, married half of them or at least stolen a wife away…no matter.

For the man who was said to have spent more than a fortune on hair care – his real personal passion – and who was eventually ousted from his own company by a group of ruthless 12 years old music executives groomed by his own for-profit educational program, it is a send-off befitting a producing King of Pop.

One of those “you’ve got to be kidding me” stories that you really have wonder “Is this really fictitious?”

There is one more opportunity to catch this show.  Today!  You can get a ticket online but it would be best to go directly to the box office.  Running time 65 minutes.

Saturday June 28 2014, 5:30 PM

Hudson Theatres (Hudson Backstage) 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard

But…and that’s a big one…This group is astoundingly prolific musically and otherwise.  If you miss today’s show, Lost Moon Radio can be enjoyed throughout the year via their regular programming with host D.J. Jupiter Jack.

Follow their media and sign up for the newsletter for updates.

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Join Hollywood & Highland This Summer for the Annual Wine & Jazz Festival

On July 1st, 2014 Hollywood & Highland kicks off their 
ANNUAL WINE & JAZZ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AND FUNDRAISER
with Jazz great Pete Escovedo.
 
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Sponsored by kjazz 88.1 FM, fine wines by Stella Rosa and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, the Wine & Jazz Concert Series will take place every Tuesday evening in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level) from July 1 – July 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each of the five weeks features a popular act, closing with legendary Latin jazz artist Pancho Sanchez on July 29th. 

Since the series’ inception, Hollywood & Highland, Hollywood’s prominent retail and entertainment epicenter and kjazz 88.1 FM have raised nearly $350,000 for Project Angel Food.

The entertainment is FREE.

Wine tasting and light appetizers are $10.00. All proceeds from the wine bar will directly benefit Project Angel Food (www.angelfood.org), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to deliver free and nutritious meals to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and other serious illness.

Carsie Blanton: Not Old, Not New — On June 24

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On June 24th, the sassy, sophisicated New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Carise Blanton will release her new album Not Old, Not New. The album is a collection of classic American songs from the pre-bebop era and recalls a time in American pop music history when jazz was at the forefront.

Listen to the full album and pre-order the music HERE.

Check out the national tour now underway.

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US Tour Dates
 
6/19: Austin, TX – The Listening Room
6/20: Dallas, TX – The Kessler
6/23: Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
6/25: San Francisco, CA – In-Store @ Good Vibrations, Valencia Street Location
6/25: San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
6/27: Eugene, OR – Blairalley Arcade
6/28: Portland, OR – Redeemer Lutheran Church
6/29: Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
7/2: Minneapolis, MN – Ice House
7/3: Madison, WI – UW Terrace
7/5: Clarks Grove, MN – Geneva Lake Jam
7/7: Chicago, IL – At North
7/8: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
7/9: Williamsport, PA – Bullfrog Brewery
7/10: Bloomsburg, PA – Turkey Hill Brewing Co.
7/11: Pelham, NY – Rockwells
7/13: New York, NY – Rockwood 3
7/15: Aurora, NY – 189 Public House
7/17: Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
7/18: Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
7/19: Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall
7/20: Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue