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PHOTOS: Echo Park Rising-Day 2

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Day 2  of Echo Park Rising was fantastic. I ran into so many new and old friends, caught up with bands, handed out business cards and discovered new music. It was also really, really, really hot out there... but worth every drip of sweat.

Here are some photos I took of The Knitts, Winter, The Wild Reeds, Tambourines, Yoya and Paper Pilots

PHOTOS: Echo PArk Rising 2015 - Day 1

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Echo Park Rising is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Echo Park becomes one huge block party, where you can roam from venue to venue, discovering new local bands, catching old favorites, running into friends, and celebrating all that makes the local eastside scene. This year was my first time really caring about it as I'm starting to care so much more about the local scene. I took my camera and headed to the Park for the whole weekend and it was such a blast! It's  so much more about the music, and I loved every moment spent connecting with new artists, saying Hey to old friends, and hopefully making new ones.

My first night, I caught Bird Dog and SWIMM at the Echoplex. So much energy and charisma from both bands I felt like I was at a house party, hanging out with my best friends, with these cool dudes who are playing their quirky, raw music for us.

Here are my favorite photos from their sets:

PHOTOS: ARMORS @ The Echo 5/26/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

I'm such a fan of these guys. Percussion-heavy anthems that'll have you stomping your feet and jamming even if you've never heard them before. I simply can't wait for them to blow up (because they will, I'll bet on it!).

Here are some photos I took:

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PHOTOS: POWERS / Say Say / PRIDES @ The Echo 5/19/15

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night Neon Gold Records put on yet another solid lineup for their Popshop West show at The Echo. POWERS and Say Say, both LA-based, opened up the night and got the crowd vibing to their electric waves. 

It was POWERS' live debut and I was blown away. Their cool charisma and bass heavy performance had the floor grooving and swaying in the dark. There is  so much talent coming from the duo I simply can't wait to see what's next from them!

PRIDES, all the way from Glasgow, Scotland, closed the night and had the packed venue singing along to their every lyric. This was the last show of their US tour and I'm so glad I was able to catch these babes! Synth heavy, drum pounding anthems from a bunch of Glaswegians just having a really silly good time on stage; their energy was infectious. 


PHOTOS: Max and The Moon/ BEGINNERS/ Moons of Mars @ The Echo 5/6/15


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PHOTOS: Popshop West 027 w/ Parade of Lights/Tove Styrke/Dark Waves/ Golden Coast

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last Thursday 1/15/15 was Neon Gold Record's Popshop West show at The Echo in Echo Park, CA with Parade of Lights headlining the night. 

The entire night was filled with electric feels and synth-rock vibes. It was such a fun show and was definitely a dance party for a few seconds there. From Golden Coasts's cali-inspired electric grooves, to Dark Waves' sultry and magnetic pop-rock, to Tove Styrke's light and sway-able beats and finally ending with Parade of Lights synth-heavy, alt/rock anthems, it was one stellar line-up of upcoming artist you're going to want to keep you on your radar.

Take a listen to some of our favorite hits from the night and check out the photos!

ACOUSTIC: brightener- Make Real Friends

brightener is led by Will Sturgeon, a musician based in Southern California. Joining him is his real friend Aman Alem. Check out his music here:

ACOUSTIC: The Neighbors- Peace of Mind

The Neighbors performing their original tack, Peace of Mind, for Beating Lights Acoustic Sessions.

The Neighbors are an indie-folk band currently based in Los Angeles, CA.