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PHOTOS: Ramonda Hammer • Potty Mouth • Colleen Green @ Teragram 8.25.17

Photos by Shab Ferdowsi of Ramonda Hammer , Colleen Green and Potty Mouth @ the Teragram Ballroom on August 25, 2017.

Echo Park Rising 2017 Day 3/4

photos and words by Shab Ferdowsi

EPR is one big party for the LA music scene. This year, Beating Lights didn't have a stage and my band wasn't playing, so I took the opportunity to head out with my camera and partake in the music scene as a photographer, which I haven't done in a while. It was way too much fun, woah. 

Day 3 / bands captured: Ramonda Hammer + Metronohm + Small Forward + Yume

Day 4 bands captured: Velvet + WASI + Slugs + The band Ice Cream 

PHOTOS: Diet Cig • Lisa Prank • Janelane @ The Echo 5/4/17

photos and words by Shab Ferdowsi

Girl power hit The Echo last week as Diet Cig and Lisa Prank come through on their tour! Janelane opened the show and GIRL LET ME TELL YOU, these women killed it. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from the night: 

PHOTOS: Bedbugs EP Release Show @ The Bootleg 5/1/17

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

The Bedbugs EP Release show was a friend fest for the books. Gardenside, Family Hahas, Arms Akimbo joined them for the party at the Bootleg on May 1st, and the room was filled with too many friendly faces from the bubble of social circles that makes up the community we're in.

I was literally smiling all night.

Listen to the EP "Glasshouse" below and view some photos I took at the show!

photos below by yours truly.

PHOTOS: Ramonda Hammer Residency Night #5

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

Ramonda Hammer's final residency night at the Hi Hat last night left me wishing the night would never end! So many great bands brought only their best vibes onto the stage, and absolutely killed it. I'd be so down to see Ramonda Hammer play all night every night.. if only. 

Here are some of my favorite shots form last night:

||  mmothdrops +Ramonda Hammer + LA Font + The Knitts  ||

PHOTOS: ICE CREAM • The Gooch Palms • DZ Deathrays • Dune Rats @ The Echo 11/8/16

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

Last night was such a sweet banger at The Echo. My good pals ICE CREAM came down from San Francisco to play the show with DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats (on tour from Australia) and LA-based Aussies The Gooch Palms. The vibes all night were so good and every band had their way of getting the crowd to move (and sometimes mosh).

Cheers to the lighting designer who made the bands look LIT:

#TBT unDisposable Memories: Summer '16 with ICE CREAM

Here's a bunch of pictures off a disposable camera I was shooting with while hanging out with ICE CREAM all summer long. Shots are from the studio in San Francisco in May, my second trip to SF in August, various shows on the road in Santa Cruz and SLO, and the last day of tour in LA in September. 

Cheers to the good times:

Catch ICE CREAM  next week at the Echo opening for DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats on November 8th! Tix here. 

#BeatDWNKidTour: West Coast Tour Diary Oct '16

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

A year ago I went on tour with Kid Cadaver because I asked them to. This year I went on tour with them after a few months spent collaborating, texting daily, and emailing hourly to eventually book my first West Coast tour for them and DWNTWN. It was a project I'd never taken on before, so I was more than humbled to be able to test the waters with the help of my good friends. 

On October 21st we packed the van with 2 bands' worth of gear, 8 people's worth of  pillows and bags, 6 dudes, 2 girls and a big box of Red Vines. It was tight, but it was cozy, and I was as prepared as I was going to be with my Google Doc files in one hand and my notebook in the other for my first little venture as a Tour Manager. TM'ing is a beast in itself, but since I booked all the shows too, I was promoting every show as well. I became the point person between all the bands in every city and the venues we were driving towards, the band mom for our people in the van, and the photographer trying to capture it all. I felt like I was running in circles most of the time, but WOW MAN LISTEN: that was the most fulfilling and thrilling week I've ever had. 

We met so many great  and kind people,  connected with so many cool bands, hugged so many trees, drank so much good coffee, and I loved getting to know Kid Cadaver and DWNTWN even more in the most unintentional of ways while being stuck in the van with them for a week. I laughed so much I cried every day, honestly. 

Needless to say, I have a list in my iPhone's notes called "Things I'm Learning On The Road" that's more than a few lines long and I can't wait to put it to more use. 

Here are some of my favorite photos I took this week:

::UCSB::

::San Luis Obispo: SLO Do Co w/ Box the Oxford and Shoot the Mariner::

::Weekend Off:  middle of nowhere + PDX, Oregon::

:: Seattle: The Crocodile with CRITTÉ::

::Vancouver, BC: it was a blur::

::Portland: Analog Lounge w/ Bermuda Love Triangle and Adventure Galley::

::Off day: 16 hour drive from PDX to LA::

::San Diego:: Lestat's West w/ JARA::

CHEERS. <3

RECAP: Official Echo Park Rising Showcase 2016

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

Last night was surreal. Beating Lights hit Echo Park Rising with an official stage at the Lost Knight on the second night of the fest this year. I still can't believe I was able to make it happen!

BL is still fairly new to the local scene. I threw the first backyard show in September 2014, but it really wasn't until January of this year when I began booking shows at venues, connecting with more bands around town, and putting myself out there that I began to become more involved with the scene. 2016 has been nothing short of thrilling so far, and to be able to celebrate where BL has come in just the past year with a stage at EPR was humbling.

For the bill, I gathered all the bands who've been giving their friendship (and time) back into Beating Lights in one form or another. Because that's why I do what I do! I strive to be able to support the artists I work with, hoping to give them a platform to share their art, connect with one another, make more friends, and eventually, expand their own communities for even more growth. In return, all I really ask for is friendship. 

Last night the bands came hours earlier before their sets, and stayed passed their load-out times, to hang out, mingle, and support the community. It was SO Sweet to see it all happen. :)

Shoutout to my friends who killed the stage: WASI • Minimall • Super Whatevr • Royaljag •  Bedbugs • AudioMammal • The Knitts • Liv Slingerland • Outside Animals

Check out some photos from the night and listen to the playlist below!

Our next event is on Sunday September 4th in backyard in DTLA, 2-7pm, FREE, All ages, free ice cream, free beer, 6 bands, all kinds of fun.

More info here.  

See you around town, friends!

xx

EVENT RECAP: Decorator • The Elwins• Talkie • Minimall @ The Hi Hat 4/30/16

words by Shab Ferdowsi • photos by Cosme Hernandez

Last Saturday night BL presented a show at the Hi Hat in Highland Park along with our friends Daydream Group and Radio Gumball. The night brought only good vibes with such a killer lineup that had us swaying over Minimall's harmonies, rocking our shoulders  to Talkie from San Francisco, singing along like giddy teenagers to The Elwins from Canada, and grooving out the night with Decorator.  

Thanks for coming out and sharing the good vibes with us!

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. 

PHOTOS: Surfer Blood • Cayucas @ The Teragram 1/8/16

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Surfer Blood and Cayucas played to a packed Teragram Ballroom friday night, bringing their sun soaked vibes to Downtown LA. Local band Cayucas warmed up the crowd with their sunny, pool side jams. Surfer Blood blew my mind in the best ways possible, and had me high on happy adrenaline all the way home.

Here are some photos I took throughout the night:

 

PHOTOS: ARMORS • Dark Waves • Kid Cadaver @ The Constellation Room 1/2/16

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night ARMORS sold out the Constellation Room in Santa Ana for the release of their newest EP Collisions. It was packed to the brim, making it so difficult to groove but that definitely didn't stop their fans from dancing their way through and singing along to every lyric. Dark Waves and Kid Cadaver opened the night with killer sets, and DJ Grant Owens of We Found New Music spun some cool indie jams in between.

Here are some photos I took throughout the night:

EVENT RECAP: Bedbugs/ Ugly Sweaters/ Le Swish @ Lot 1 9/23/15

Beating Lights Presents.... our first venue show ever!

Last night, 9/23/15, we headed into Lot 1 in Echo Park to bring the good vibes into a real venue where we didn't have to worry about neighbors complaining, drums being too loud or cops being called. The bands each killed it, the crowd packed the room like I would not have imagined for a weeknight, and there were good vibes all around. I simply can't wait to see what happens next here. THANK YOU for coming, for supporting, for sticking around.

Much much love to the bands Bedbugs, Ugly Sweaters and Le Swish: I had so much fun jamming with you guys. 

Cheers! See you around town,

Shab 


Photos by Mallory Turner

Photos by Shab Ferdowsi


PHOTOS: Little Wolves / ARMORS / New Beat Fund @ the Troubadour 8/20/15

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

New Beat Fund headlined their first show last week at the Troubadour and I was blown away. Their energy is infectious, their crowd is rambunctious, and they're sure to get your shoulders grooving. The venue was packed and the band did such a fantastic show amping the crowd; their music is just pure fun and good vibes.

Here are my favorite shots of Little Wolves, ARMORS and New Beat Fund. 

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!