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Tongue & Groove Is Back!

gia on the move eventsAugust will mark 13 years of the monthly reading series, Tongue & Groove!

But first things first.  Another unique mix of writers performers that you’d be hard pressed to assemble anywhere else will be at The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028, on Sunday July 31 at 6-7:30 pm.  Admission is $7.00

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month Tongue and Groove  has the following lineup:

Pam Ward is an author/artist and L.A. native. An art advocate as well as an instructor and mentor at ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Pam has designed for politicians, community organizations and corporate America.  A former board member of Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation, Pam was also an artist-in-resident for the city of Los Angeles, Venice and Manhattan Beach.  After publishing two novels, “Want Some Get Some” and “Bad Girls Burn Slow,” and working on merging writing and graphic design, Pam produced the recent installation, My Life, LA: The Los Angeles Legacy Project, a poster project blending graphics with story/facts documenting the impact of Angelenos on the actual land. Her play, “I Didn’t Survive Slavery for This” has played throughout L.A. Currently she is working on the true story of her aunt a real Black Dahlia suspect.

David Darmstaedter lives in Topanga and travels the hills dressed in tinfoil underwear to summon ideas from the wild. He has written plays, screenplays, short stories and novels. His memoir ‘My Monster; is in eternal development with Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. He will be reading from his most current book in the works – Solly’s Shangri -La.

Beth Marquez stumbled into a spoken word tent at Lollapalooza when she was 13 and it changed her life. She co-hosted Java Gardens reading in Huntington Beach and attended the National Poetry Slam as an alternate for the Laguna Beach team. She’d been  published in the Moontide Press, Valley of Contemporary Poets, and Ugly Mug anthologies and elsewhere. She will be debuting a show based on her poetry at The Victory Theater in Burbank in September.

Rios de la Luz is a queer-xicana/chapina living in Portland, Oregon. She is brown and proud. She is the author of, The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert (Ladybox Books, 2015). Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today and St. Sucia.

Kristina Wong  is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. She was recently featured in the New York Times’s Off Color series highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.  She’s been a frequent ommentator/guest with, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post  and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to mention but a few places. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and residencies and not to brag, but Kristina has twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater.  Her most recent solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and premieres in June 2015.

Linda Ravenswood with an aim towards inquiry, tantalization,  and uncovering, she speaks, stands, beckons, and reminds  viewers to hold memory, history, place and lineage as holy, yet available markers.  In these ways, Linda has evolved  an arts practice holding a strong and defining spatial, and theatrical course.  Recent work (2014¬2016) has appeared,  or been commissioned at The Broad Theatre, AWP/Pen Centre USA, Cornell University, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Angel’s Gate Cultural  Centre, The Artery, The Bootleg Theatre, Gallery 16 (San Francisco), The Lancaster  Museum, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Craftswoman House.  She has been published in 30 literary journals, her music has appeared in 3  documentary films (PBS), she has 4 books in print (Sybaritic Press, Mouthfeel Press, Gallery 16 Press, LACMA Press – forthcoming), and she is a 2016 Vermont Studio Centre fellow in Poetry.  Twice nominated for The Pushcart  Prize for Poetry, Linda is a lecturer, dramaturg and workshop presenter, most recently teaching at Occidental  College.  Linda Ravenswood is NDN, First Nation, (Pokanoket Nation) a Mayflower descendant on her mother’s  side, and an Indigenous Mestiza from Baja California Sur on her father’s side.  She was raised by Holocaust  survivors from WWII.

The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) Return to Los Angeles

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U Rock Corporation is re-launching The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) event based in Los Angeles County.

Now grown from a 300-seater venue to a 12,000-seater venue in just eight short years, thanks to overwhelming response from the Independent community, the IAMA has decided to open its doors and allow not only Independent Artists but also Independent Labels to participate in their illustrious event.

Founded by Lupe Rose, the idea of the Indee Artist Music Awards is to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding achievements by members of the independent society in the various fields of the music industry globally. The first Indee Artist Music Award ceremony was held in 2008 at the DI of Lancaster California.

“Our mission is to promote and expose independent music artists and labels, to recognize artistry without the music politics & payola involved in the Awards Arena, and to play our part in ensuring that music thrives in Los Angeles.” ~CEO Lupe Rose.

The IAMA will also present INDEE WEEKEND, dedicated to Independent Artists, education through music conferences, important meet and greets with Music Labels and Private Independent Celebrity parties. Additional events, Ticket Sales and much more will be announced. This will be a televised event.

“Go (Let Me Save You)” Citizen Zero

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“When it’s honest, rock ‘n’ roll can stick with you for a lifetime.”

The Detroit rock outfit—Josh LeMay [vocals], Sammy Boller [lead guitar], John Dudley [drums], and Sam Collins [bass]—deliver arena-size anthems fueled by intricate musicianship on their full-length debut album, State of Mind [Wind-up Records]. Striking a balance between edgy grunge attitude a la Stone Temple Pilots and bluesy alternative expanse reminiscent of Kings of Leon, their knack for a hook immediately resonated with a growing national fan base.

The band recently arrived with their debut single, “Go (Let Me Save You)” exclusively premiering on Guitar World. The song builds from an eerie melody into an overpowering refrain punctuated by an incendiary guitar lead and hypnotic vocal.

Their new record, State of Mind will arrive August 12 via Wind-up Records.
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Catch Citizen Zero on the road this Summer:
8/3 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
8/4 NY, NY – American Beauty
8/6 Harrisburg, PA – Sawyers
8/7 Sharon, PA – Quaker Steak & Lube
8/9 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
8/12 Green Bay, WI – Sandlot
8/14 Stevens Point, WI – Live On Main
8/16 Omaha, NE – Whiskey Tango
8/17 Denver, CO – Moon Room
8/19 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
8/24 Fresno, CA – Fulton

* more dates to be announced

Gia #HFF16 Reviews: A Useful Life in C Major

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

gia on the move theatre reviews tracey paleo hollywood fringe festivalMusic connoisseurs are getting a special treat at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with the surprising gem of a presentation, A Useful Life in C Major.

Now taking your requests is Canadian born, internationally trained and now a ‘Pick of the 2016 Fringe’ classical pianist David Wheatley who will be tickling keys to your favorite melodies and show tunes in every genre from, rock, jazz, R&B, even hillbilly. (Though, you might have heard him play at your local ball game. That is if you lived in Texas).

Delightfully immersive, one hour listening to David might make you forget you’re actually sitting in a bare, black box theater and instead live at the Hollywood Bowl sans orchestra.  Close your eyes or wait for the house to go dark during the unrehearsed lighting cues. Either way, it is high-end, lightly sketched out comedic storytelling with a lot of music.

Be sure to bring some requests. He really does take them towards the end of the show!

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Hollywood Fringe 2016 Is Here!

gia on the move hollywood fringe festivalOk, technically, they are in previews this week.  But as promised Gia On The Move will be making the rounds for the entire month of June.  Expect to see a few more theater reviews for the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be back to our ‘regularly scheduled programming’ in July!

Angelenos!  Join us this month in Hollywood for the largest and most organized theater festival that happens in Los Angeles.

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The Hunna ‘Still Got Blood’ Play the Bootleg L.A. in June

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“Come take shade under the leaves of the Hunna Tree. With roots that bury themselves deep in the urgency of rock and a sound that’s dappled with a carefree indie aesthetic, The Hunna want you to take a leaf out of their book, let go of your inhibitions and be young, be free, and be whoever the hell you want to be.”

Making their debut in October of 2015 with their first single, “Bonfire,” the UK four-piece have already carved out handful of songs with a sonic bombast that has garnered millions of Spotify streams and 5+ million video views. The band sold out 3 nights at London’s Boston Music Rooms and by the time their second single, ‘We Could Be’ was unleashed, The Hunna’s music was making waves in the iTunes and Spotify charts on a global scale. Today, the band return with their new track, Still Got Blood.

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Catch The Hunna on tour this June:

June 11 2016 – WRFF Birthday Show @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
June 12 2016 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
June 14 2016 – DC9 – Washington, DC
June 15 2016 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
June 16 2016 – The Rivoli (NXNE) – Toronto, ON
June 18 2016 – Metro – Chicago, IL (supporting Black Pistol Fire)
June 19 2016 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
June 21 2016 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
June 23 2016 – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
June 25 2016 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
June 26 2016 – Lola’s @ Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
June 28 2016 – Bootleg Theater (Bar Stage) – Los Angeles, CA

Sounds of Sputnik Emerge ‘New Born’

gia on the move musicToday’s music release from Sounds of Sputnik comes on the heels of Saturday’s ‘blue moon’.  Yup.  We went there.

Hallmark U.S. shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records has officially released the debut LP by Russia’s Jagermeister Indie Award Winning band Sounds of Sputnik, entitled ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma.

The ‘New Born’ LP presents a palette of ethereal guitar, powerful drums, lush bass, and clever guitars, topped off with gossamer female vocals. Sounds of Sputnik paired up with Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma to co-write, produce, and record this album. Ummagma’s Shauna McLarnon and Alexx Kretov also both contribute stunning vocals.

Rooted in a shared love of melodic dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze, both Sounds of Sputnik and Ummagma bring their own influences from Lush, Curve, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, together with Hammock, Jesus & Mary Chain and The Twilight Sad to create brilliant “dream noise”.

“The lyrics are about the crappy situation we’ve gotten ourselves into as a society – and for us as individuals too, and a hopeful way out of this,” explains Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma.

The ‘New Born’ LP also features contributions by several legendary guests: drummer Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre) on ‘Overdrive’, and remixes by Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), psych rock producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid), Russian producers Morozov and Oleg Mezherovsky, and Brazil’s Mind Movies. British producer Marc Joy (Lights That Change, Primal Scream, Oasis, Bernard Butler, Mike Peters, Golden Fable) provided mastering support.

After an 8-month hiatus to write and rehearse new music, Sounds of Sputnik shall play their first live show with their new line-up and repertoire at Moscow’s Teatr Club on Wednesday, May 25. (Info in Russian here)

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