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Stop Drop Robot: Cerebral Eviction Notice

For today’s Music Monday feature we thought we needed to get your supremely hard core electronic rock band juices flowing!

Stop-Drop-Robot

 

Hailing all the way from the UK, Stop Drop Robot (SDR) is already set to release a second EP this coming November, for mere anniversary #2 as a band. With a blend of synthesized blues and rock these break outs from Sheffield are creating a unique sound that will grind you to a pulp.

There’s nothing tame about these boys.  What they’re producing is not for the timid.  Get ready for some aggressive visuals and an intensely addictive music explosion.

According to the band, Sam Christie on vocals, Nathan Bailey on bass, Matt Ross on guitar and Daniel Battye on drums, they use vocals as a tool to express conceptual ideas rather than narratives.  You can be sure, however, that SDR is an adventure no matter how you ride it.  The music just “cuts like a knife … so good!”

They are currently also working on some new videos.  For now you can check out the Official Stop Drop Robot Website, YouTube page and all their other channels listed below.  I’ve been told that if you really want to get their attention, they are regularly LIVE on Facebook.  Bonus:  you can also download some free tracks from their Soundcloud page.  Ahhhh…can anybody say “F*&%^ Yeah!”

@stopdroprobot

SDR BANDCAMP 

SDR GOOGLE

DAN (drummer) @StopDropDan

NATHAN (guitar) @nathbailey

SAM (frontman) @StopDropSam

The Behavior of Broadus: Jacob Sidney Takes The Lead

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Photo from the @BurglarsofHamm

Photo from the @BurglarsofHamm Twitter feed

It was a one shot deal for actor Jacob Sidney stepping into the title role of The Behavior of Broadus at the Sacred Fools Theatre on Thursday evening (Oct. 16). And oh how he pulled it off!

Ok, I’ll confess, I seem to have a penchant these days for alternate casts and understudies.  But when every other critic in Los Angeles is jumping into the fray to be the “first man out”, it’s so much more interesting to take a step back and see how things actually progress – well after opening night.

Over the summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I had the opportunity to review Mr. Sidney for his lead role in Hamlet Max, a rather amorphous yet off-handedly effective characterization of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  So I was quite looking forward to seeing what he could do with an even more obsessive personality.

For his “singular” achievement, Mr. Sidney, who normally plays Dean Stevens, completely dove into the character with exceeding skill.  In comparing photographs of the real John Broadus Watson, it could even be said that Sidney is a bit of a ringer. Truth be told, I never once thought about the fact that he was a “step-in” for the evening. It was the most natural, spot-on, technically well-presented performance that could have been rendered, supported by a wonderfully quick-witted ensemble which, coincidentally also included three other cast members switching places that evening. Due to an injury by actress C.J. Merriman, shortly on her way to foot surgery, cast members took the following roles: Aviva Pressman as Whitey; Kurt Bonnem as Loeb US; Scott Golden as Dean.  Overall, it was a total success.

The Behavior of Broadus

As a musical play, The Behavior of Broadus is mostly hilarious, bright, sit-up-and-pay-attention material that captures the imagination with ridiculous and often profane humor mitigated by dark moments that either suddenly creep in or which are thrust into the forum of the doctor’s lab, his relationships and his own psyche, a place where he himself fears to tread and yet, in his late life, has no choice but to confront. It is a fictionally composed story of the real life of John Broadus Watson, the American psychologist who established the Psychological School of Behaviorism and modern Advertising.

Coming from humble beginnings, John Broadus Watson starts off as a farm boy growing up in rural South Carolina circa early 1900.  Coerced, by his mother, into the religious road of preacher-ism, he eventually makes his way to the savvy sin bearing streets of Chicago to find converts. There he quickly throws down his Bible and finds a path to science.

Little-albertAided by his will, his imagination and in this version, his very intriguing, anthropomorphic relationships with farm animals and other four-legged testing patients he begins a life-long study on fear and classical conditioning, i.e. how to manipulate the human brain into doing what it is told. In his lifetime, John Broadus Watson conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing and advertising.  His most famous, greatest and undoubtedly shocking experiment was on an 8 month old baby named (Little) Albert with whom he took dangerously extreme liberties in the dissecting and retraining of the baby’s behaviors.  But it was his love affair (as then a married man) with his graduate student assistant, Rosalie Rayner, that ultimately sends him spiraling out of control and summarily booted from John Hopkins University. This consequently also leaves a once emotionally stable baby Albert mentally skewed for life, having been conditioned into phobias he never had. Watson never reconditions the baby back to normal behaviors.

The Behavior of Broadus

This past season has seen several shows come out of the Sacred Fools Company in collaboration with other theaters and groups, which has upped the level of intensity, sophistication and high-end storytelling.  If nothing else to note, above all, storytelling IS what they do best.  Broadus, written by The Burglars of Hamm and presented in association with The Center Theatre Group, hits the mark. Even with a bit too much length and repetitive music score, especially in the second act, which drains a bit of its impact, it is a first-rate production that with a “dust-up” should enjoy a second life or more in a larger theatre house and with a broader audience.  Let’s hope.

What is stunning in the show is the lighting (by Brandon Baruch) which fully activates and heightens every action and emotion, accompanied by a live onstage orchestra — a distinctly gorgeous yet un-intrusive element in this production. But what I kept coming back to most, was the cleverly thought out movement and dance choreography  (by Ken Roht), impressive in how it often created bold formations, telling its own story, using the entire space and lines of the stage, something, as a dancer, I always look for, but I don’t often see in many theatrical productions.  The costuming matched the timeline.  The animal masks were thoroughly inventive.  And…there was an abundance of absolutely priceless lines, gags and moments from each actor/character in this script.

Broadus is “made-to-order” role for Mr. Sidney and it in he triumphs along with the cast for this piece, especially, the incredibly talented and entertaining Devon Sidell who gives a knockout performance as Rosalie Raynor.  The Behavior of Broadus is undeniably good.

The Behavior of Broadus

The Behavior of Broadus was to close last week but has been extended.  Performances run until October 25th.

For more information and Tickets visit: SacredFools.org

The Behavior of Broadus was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA.  This production was developed with support from Andrew W. Mellon

Bill A. Jones (‘Rod Remington’ on “Glee”) Salutes the Great Gentlemen of Song October 29

UntitledHollywood is getting a rare treat this month.

Best known as ‘Rod Remington’ on “Glee,” Bill A. Jones will be joined by “Glee’s” Brad Ellis and a Surprise Guest at the Catalina show, “Frank, Bobby and Me.”

“The A Players,” a six piece ensemble led by Paul McDonald, will provide musical accompaniment.

Jones is also known to SoCal audiences as a singer from multiple appearances with big bands in the Los Angeles area.  He has opened for Tony Bennett, Steve Tyrell, & The Mills Brothers; and toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Some of the songs in the lineup include Where or When, Fly Me To The Moon, Clementine, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Mack The Knife and more. Jones has released two CDs, “Frankly,” and “I’ve Heard That Song, Big Band Songbook,” available at www.CDBaby.com/Artist/BillAJones.

$15 Cover, plus dinner or two beverage minimum. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Parking is available directly behind Catalina’s.

Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028.

Wednesday, October 29th; Showtime – 8:30 PM.

CALL For Reservations at (323) 466-2210.

 

Music Monday: Free Spirit

“‘Free Spirit‘; a powerful three-minute joy-ride”… “A rollercoaster of emotions & electricity courses through KAV’s The Man With No Shadow, making this possibly one of the strongest album releases of 2014”. ~GIGSLUTZ

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KAV’s first album single “Dance in A Panic” saw Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) dancing to the track in a video teaser for his Movie “Decoding Annie Parker”.

KAV celebrates the release of “Free Spirit” on October 20 when he headlines The Hunnypot Radio’s Live party at The Mint, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

After several years recording between LA and London, KAV released his Debut Album “The Man With No Shadow” on August 26. A bold full-length, packed with anthemic uplifting singles and dirty, fuzz, bass-driven Rock ’n’ Roll. The album has been picking up significant radio support in the US & Canada, debuting at #20 in the top 200 ‘CMJ most added’ chart in its first week.

The single “Free Spirit” is an uplifting anthem about falling in love with a ‘Free Spirit’, the confident cool, intelligent & sexy girl, completely sure of herself, who loves good music. With soaring melodies & jagged catchy guitar riffs, combined with KAV’s attitude-riden vocal the track represents a softer side to his debut album.

Originally from Leicester UK, KAV is now based in Los Angeles. At the start of the year he signed to LA label Wild Echo Records & in May he played a headline show at The Viper Room, Los Angeles with friend & long-time supporter Oasis’s Bonehead guesting on guitar.

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The Rumer Has It at The Rockwell Table & Stage!

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The MoveRumer Willis Instagram

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She’s got her mother’s prettiness but she’s all sex appeal and swag like her famous dad (Bruce).  And with all of that Rumer Willis still manages to simply be herself.  She’s lovely.  She’s also 100% edge without any of the roughness.

Los Feliz 90027,  written and directed by Jake Wilson (“You Must Be Joking” and “Battery’s Down”) blasted off it’s world premiere, Episode 1, last night,  at the Rockwell Table & Stage on Vermont Ave. (Los Feliz, CA) with a full house and a high energy crowd of supporters including none other than Demi Moore who sat in full view awaiting her daughter’s debut.

A mixture of alternating live stage & film, music and uber reality waitressing/bartending — an experimental  format described as “live episodic entertainment” — the show managed a successful first night without a hitch.

rumerwillisThe love letter/spoof to soapy dramedy material isn’t grand. But the audience cared more about the characters and all of the demonstrative cattiness a heck of a lot more than the script  including a cameo by Perez Hilton on camera as a horrible casting director, so a great time was had by all.

 The storyline?…well…it’s a bit ludicrous.  It’s the … you know… I’m an actor trying to make it in Hollywood…living the dream or i’ll die trying or something like that mashed together with a drug score, a bar owner mc who cares less about the talent than fame, a porn sideline, the all-encompassing, effervescent drag show and the critical musical number that deepens the relationship between the unlikely soon to be lovers (Rumer and a new musician in town who works as a busboy at the bar); Barely post teenaged schmaltz at its best.  Miss Willis’ character, Veronica Hampton is the centerpiece actress who continually is dissed by boyfriend, friends, acquaintances and industry twits who jerk her around quite a bit in her struggle for success and happiness.

But does it all work? Absolutely.  The players are current and in reality, many if not most, (so I was told) a bunch of actors with food service side jobs.  So nearly everyone is a dead ringer and appropriately cast.  And will it keep audiences coming back?  Seems so.  No one was complaining and in a somewhat interactive environment, it’s more likely that fans will keeping loading in just to be closer to the melodrama and the (frankly) hot bods.

The show will perform twice a month (Friday and Sunday) LIVE at the Rockwell with projected pre-taped scenes with new upcoming episodes continuing on October 12 at 8pm through Sunday, February 15th.

Tickets range from $15 to $50. Season passes are also available.  Dinner and drinks are served.

For reservations, tickets and information call (323) 669-1550 ext. 20 or visit: http://rockwell-la.com/

LOS-FELIZ---90027---GRAPHICStarring:
Rumer Willis
Bridgette B.
Alex Ellis
Levi Freeman
Ben D Goldberg
Blake Cooper Griffin
David Hull
Carly Jibson
Sebastian La Cause
Lisa Mindelle
Same Pancake
Corbin REid
Constantine Rousouli
Tory Devon Smith
 
Guest Starring:
Brandon Breault
Taylor Montana Catlin
Jenna Coker-Jones
Tiffany Daniels
Richie Elija Carcia
Adam Genztler
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Natalie Hall
Perez Hilton
Chauncy Jenkins
Nhut Le
Chantae Pink
 
with
Daniel Imperiale
Ruby Karyo
April Moreau
Christina Nguyen
Quinn Scillian
Caroline Smith
 
Produced by Kate Pazakis
Musical Direction by Brian P. Kennedy and Richie Garcia

Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien

gerard-way-hesitant-alien-extralarge_1411484123651Gerard Way just debuted his solo album Hesitant Alien and has already been busy making special appearances in Hollywood, CA as part of a US/Australia tour.  He’s off and running up north but will return to Los Angeles on October 13th & 14th.  Local Angelenos can hear him live.  But no worries, East Coasters, he’s also on his way to Philly, NYC, New Jersey and Boston before travelling “down under.” Dates below.

 The new album been described as, “Liberated sounding, driving fuzzed-out rock that’s cool as fuck!” 

We just loved this music the moment we heard it.

Available on iTunes
 
Gerard Way Live Dates
 
10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
10/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/21 – Adelaide, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/22 – Melbourne, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/28 – Sydney, AUS – Soundwave Festival
03/01 – Brisbane, AUS – Soundwave Festival

www.gerardway.com

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The Henry Millers Are Back with POSIES

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The young and definitely nothing less than audacious pop rockers, The Henry Millers just dropped their new full length EP, POSIES, on Saturday, September 20th. This new album with a title track of the same name, has all the exuberant charge of a fresh, young, pop rock revolution ready to let its heart loose.

Standout tracks include “Children”, “Posies”, “Beautiful Woman” and “Simple Thing”. The band has earned accolades from The A.V. Club, Refinery 29, Paper Magazine, and more. They have been featured in Vogue’s “Bring in the Noise” artist playlist, hailed as “A New Artist on the Rise” by NPR and named “Best Indie Pop Band of 2012” by The Deli Magazine.

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