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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: 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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Interview with Cody Crump

photos and interview by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Who: Cody Crump

Where: Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA

What: Death, an EP released 5/5/15

Sounds like:  "very dark but uplifting"

Originally from a small town in Colorado, Cody Crump moved to LA a few years ago. His newest EP, Death, is a synth-infused, indie rock anthem with a heavy dose of sarcasm and a hint of melancholy. Nevertheless, tracks like "1989" and "Just Another Day" keep the electro-vibes high and you'll feel yourself dancing to the laser beams like it actually is 1989.

A couple weeks ago we met up in Silverlake for ice cream, a fun shoot and chats about Death (and life, naturally).

Why so dark? What's influenced those feelings and ideas?

Probably just a lot of what I listened to that I really liked growing up, likeTrent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). He was one of of my biggest influences and I guess I was always drawn to that sort of thing.

If you could collaborate with any current artists, who would it be?

I would say Kendrick Lamar. He's really good and he's what has sparked my interest in hip-hop again. 

If you were going on tour this summer, who would you tour with?

In fantasy land? let's say AC/DC.

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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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PHOTOS: Armors/ The Bulls / Kid Cadaver/ Conway @ The Satellite 3/9/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night was CONWAY's second residency night at The Satellite. On the bill were ARMORS, The Bulls and Kid Cadaver.

It was a packed venue and I was grooving the entire night, not to mention the lighting was on point so I  was able to capture some cool moments:

Interview with ARMORS

Who: ARMORS (Olen Kittelsen, Sam Beresford, Kody Buxton, Jacob Berger, Tyler Mathews)

Hometown and Current Location: Orange County, CA

Sounds Like: "Dark alternative infused with R&B sensibilities" 

ARMORS are a 5-piece band based out of the OC, formerly known as Breach the Summit. We met up this weekend for a quick shoot in Echo Park to chat about their new music, 2015 and their Godzilla lyric videos we've been so intrigued about.

What happened to Breach The Summit and what's inspired the new sound?

Jacob: We went to Firefly as Breach The Summit last year. Sam reached out to The Colourist because they're from the OC as well and asked if we could talk to them while we were out there at Firefly.They were super nice: we got to meet them, got to talk to Maya and Adam, then they came to our set..  So after that Adam actually offered to produce a few tracks for us, which ended up being "Old House" and "Parasite". That music was in a very new direction for us than when we  were Breach. So that and definitely Kody (Buxton, bass) coming in to the band helped shape the sound. 

Sam: It was also just a natural progression of our sound and us growing as musicians. It had been  a long time since we'd written any music, so by then we'd all progressed a lot. 

Are you doing anything differently now as ARMORS? Or do you want to be? 

Olen: One thing that's been really cool that Jacob and Katie (who has been working with us in a couple different capacities) have been working on is a street team they got up and going. It's a really cool space for people who have started out as fans but as they came to more and more shows have become super close with us and  very invested  in helping us out. It's funny because it's just people who heard of us randomly, like when we were Breach The Summit playing at a mall, and have stuck with us and really been there for us. 

So what's up with the Godzilla lyric videos?

Kody:  "Old House" is really about broken homes and finding the good in all the negative you have. And for me growing up, something that took me away from the negative in my home was literally Godzilla vs Mothra; I don't know why I used to watch that every day after school. So I was thinking it would be so rad to have the lyrics be the subtitles and try to awkwardly voice these things over. Then we kind of just fell in love with the concept after. 

What do the next six months look like for you guys?

We definitely have plans on releasing an album, but our biggest goal is getting back out on the road and tour. Currently Southern California, and North. Maybe out East.  So hopefully by next year we can be out on our own national tour. 

 

Make sure to buy their latest single  "Old House" on iTunes!

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PHOTOS: Maudlin Strangers / Coasts / Bad Suns @ El Rey 1/24/15

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

I've never seen the El Rey more packed than it was on Saturday night. The crowd was filled with, from what my ears could tell, 16 year old girls, understandably so since the stage was about to get filled with quite the attractive line-up. I spoke to a few of the audience members in the front row how long they were in line: 4 am! That's a real fanbase right there. 

It was overall a real fun show. I've been wanting to see Coasts for a year, and they didn't let me down. From their own grooves on stage, to their poprock hits that made us move on the floor, no to mention their heart-melting British accents,  it was exciting seeing them infuse their crowd with that energy.

This will be Bad Suns first headlining tour, and from their own hot performance I've no doubt they're going to make waves during the rest of the ride. They ended with their crowd favorite "Cardiac Arrest", naturally getting an encore applause.  

Check out the photos we took and catch them on the rest of their tour if you can!

PHOTOS: Imagine Dragons at The Forum.

2/14/14. Los Angeles, CA.

What an incredible show. The Forum is huge, and although I wished I’d seen them in smaller, more intimate venue where I could’ve felt their music more, Imagine Dragons killed the stage. From the drum solo, to the guitar solos, to the memorizing lighting designs, the crowd was loving (the screaming girls were proof).

PHOTOS: The Neighbourhood @ Hollywood Palladium 10/30/13

ALL THE SCREAMING GIRLS

…. was my first though when The Neighbourhood walked onto the stage at The Hollywood Palladium last week. But soon the sound of the screaming died out as NBHD began to rock it (literally). From going to many concerts I a have learned, or rather decided, that what brings a band to the next level of talent is their ability to play a good show. Stage presence is key, and these guys were so comfortable, to suave, so charismatic up there, that all of a sudden everyone felt like a fangirl. 

Check out The Neighbourhood if you already haven’t!

The Naked and Famous @ The Wiltern 9/27/13

I have been waiting to see The Naked and Famous live in LA for two years.

On Friday, September 27, I finally did and it was magnificent. They played a collections of old and new songs, and their energy was contagious. The crowd went wild for “Punching in a Dream” and they swayed with their new hit “Roling Waves” off their newest album. 

Production-wise, I was blown away. The use of light was spot on, and I might have teared up from (just might…)

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PHOTOS: Hunter Hunted @ The Echo- 8/22/13

Last night (8/22) I saw Hunter Hunted at The Echo here in Los Angeles. They headlined the show and  KILLED it. It was my third time seeing them this summer, and in the past two months they’ve gotten even better than the last time!  I’ve officially decided they’re my favorite band to see live. When they’re up there, they’re so obviously happy to be playing, their joy is contagious. Their chemistry together, their smiles, their harmonies, their riffs: pure bliss. I’m so excited to see where they go, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to catch an interview with them!

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