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PHOTOS: Grizfolk • Max Frost @ Gramercy Theatre (NYC) 2/11/16

Last week Grizfolk played the Gramercy Theatre in New York City along with Max Frost, and LA-based photographer Mallory Turner was there to shoot it for us!

Find more of Mallory Turner's work on her website. 

EVENT RECAP: Spearmint Hippo/ The Big Gone/ GoodKids/ ICE CREAM @Silverlake Lounge

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

When the music is killer, the bands are the coolest, and the people are the friendliest, the vibes are good all around. The show at Silverlake Lounge yesterday was so fun, and I absolutely loved making these new connections. 

I'm officially obsessed with: Spearmint Hippo, The Big Gone, GoodKids, ICE CREAM. 

Here are some alright photos I took (lighting was janky and my flash stopped working):

PHOTOS: Kid Cadaver EP release show w/ Coyote @ The satellite

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Kid Cadaver recently released their latest EP, Roam, and to celebrate they played a show at The Satellite last night. It was hands down their best show yet: the house was packed, energy was high, the crowd was singing along to every lyric, and dancing to every riff. The vibes were spot on, and I can't rave about these guys enough! 

Here are some my favorite shots of Kid Cadaver and Coyote from last night::

PHOTOS: Echo Park Rising - Day 3

photos and words  by Shabnam Ferdowsi

By day 3 of Echo Park Rising last weekend, I was dead beat. The streets were rather dead beat too: no mainstage acts, less venues,more heat. Nevertheless, it was a fine, fine day catching some rad bands.

Here are my (few) snaps of Quantum Keys, WASI and The New Electric Sound. 

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: Jenny O / Kevin Morby/ Rodrigo Amarante @ the Teragram Ballroom 7/28/15

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Tuesday night at the new Teragram Ballroom in Downtown LA was magical.

Jenny O, Kevin Morby and Rodrigo Amarante each made us fall in love with them, transporting us into whatever world it is they live in. I could picture myself in a dimly lit underground bar, probably in Greenwich Village, most likely in the 1960's, most likely drinking scotch and sitting around a small round table writing a piece of poetry together with a group of artists. I was  to Amarante's soft Portuguese lullabies, grooving to Morby's magnetic aura, and swaying to Jenny O's whimsical charm. I couldn't have asked for a better lineup.

PHOTOS: Bully / Best Coast @ The Wiltern 6/27/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Best Coast and Bully ended their 3 week tour in LA on Saturday night, bringing Best Coast to the Wiltern to an ecstatic  homecoming crowd.

Although I hate shooting at this venue, although I was dead beat and tired before the show even started, their performances could not have been more enthralling. Bully played such a hard, impassioned show that I just wish I was seeing her in a small, sweaty, intimate room where I could lose myself in the crowd. I felt her feels, which is happily ironic because her latest album released last week is entitled "Feels Like." Best Coast  swooned the crowd for the rest of the night  I felt underwater, immersed in  her raw sound waves she was fluttering our way. She ended the night with a favorite of mine, "Boyfriend", leaving the crowd wanting a second encore, which we never got. Guess we just have to wait until the next show!

Below are some of my favorite shots I took that night:

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: Statues of Cats / Kid Cadaver / WASI @ The Smell 5/22/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night WASI had their EP release show at The Smell in DTLA, presented by Odd Records, supported by Statues of Cats and Kid Cadaver, 

The Smell is a DIY, volunteer-run venue in the heart of DTLA. I'd been wanting to see the space for a while and this show was the perfect chance.

Statues of Cats opened up the show, warming up our eardrums with their loud energy and raw, no-frills performance. 

Kid Cadaver  went up next, and although I've seen them live countless of times by now, something about their performance blew me away. Maybe it's been a while since I've seen them play so I was reminded of their passionate yet humble stage presence. Individually killing their parts, vibing to their own jams, and together bringing the crowd to their level. I found myself dancing more than I normally do and shamelessly singing along to every word. Their new EP is in the works, and you better stay tuned! It's going to be groovy. 

WASI brought the crowd home, as expected since they were the stars of the show! I had met up with them beforehand for a cup of coffee (and french fries?) in Echo Park for an interview that will be up here soon, and by the end of the conversation they had me as hyped as they were. I was expecting a party and they definitely brought it. Halfway through they handed out balloons for people to blow up and pass around: talk about audience participation! That got the entire room wriggling and jumping in seconds. They ended their set with my favorite off their new EP, "And the World" and if you weren't  already dancing, chanting or at least moving your body remotely to the beat, you would've been by the time they finished.  Wonderful people with humble hearts making passionate music: WASI is sure to make waves. 

Listen to WASI's EP Bleed Pop here and check some photos I took below!

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: COIN @ School Night 5/18/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

The Nashville babes of alt-pop outfit, COIN, played a fun show at School Night this past Monday for a packed Bardot. The girls were swooning and everyone was jamming to their energy.

Listen to their hit  track "Run" off their recent EP and stay tuned for more from these guys!


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


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PHOTOS: Golden Coast/ Armors / Act As If @ The Bootleg 5/4/15

photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night was Golden Coast's first Monday night residency at the Bootleg HIFI this month. Act As If and Armors opened up the show, both bringing so much energy to the floor. 

Did I mention that ARMORS' had their lead singer playing the drums while standing? Never seen anything like that before, but they definitely pulled it off.  Their  set was percussion-heavy, groove-worthy  and passionate. Top that with Golden Coast's pop vibes that take you to the beach on a 90's summer's day and it could've easily turned into an all-nighter dance party.

Golden Coast has three more Mondays at the Bootleg, so make sure you check them out!


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HEARTBEATS#4: Todo Se Mueve

Our "Heartbeats" features aim to showcase the creative minds behind passionate projects in the fields of music and all other artforms. 

words and photo by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Who: Sheida Mohammad

What: Todo Se Mueve (Everything Moves)

Todo Se Mueve  began as most passion projects seem to do as a simple hobby.  Having a lot of musician friends, Sheida began booking shows around the LA area a couple years ago. At the end of 2013, she put on a show at the Witzend, calling it “Todo Se Mueve in Venice". From there the title just stuck.
Presenting a few shows here and there she got the attention of the people at Touch Vinyl and so began the start of a beautiful collaboration. Since April 2014, Todo Se Mueve has been taking lead on the Untouched Music Series: free shows featuring local artists every Friday night for a month. Currently in its fourth installment, the events draw out a dedicated local community and bring music to a rather quiet Westside. 
Todo Se Mueve currently functions as a not for profit entity very similar to Beating Lights' current state of life. The simple satisfaction of bringing people together through music and hoping connections and collaborations spark is what keeps Sheida going. 

The Untouched Music Series this month has 3 shows left, so make sure you check it out!


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