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reLaunch Party Spotlight: Touch Vinyl // POP UP

"I opened Touch Vinyl in 2012 after traveling in Scandinavia and realizing how great record shops can be for community building! Selling new and used records and hosting in-store shows and DJ sets has helped us build a great community in West LA. The sight of my favorite customers brings a smile to my face each and every time!"

- Sebastian Mathews // Founder

Touch Vinyl will be setting up their pop up shop at our reLaunch Party on January 30th! Come hang out, connect with Jenay, and support local brands!  More info here.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: RØSE

RØSE is our 2nd artist on the bill for Friday night's show! A thoughtful pop songwriter with a  voice that'll melt your ears:

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How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ?
I try to write music that is very honest and relatable and I hope that my listeners feel that. 


What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?
I saw Ben Gibbard a few years back during his solo tour for Former Lives.That was pretty special. He's definitely one of my all time faves. 


If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?
Justin Vernon because he's the shit. 

Why do you think local music matters?
As an artist, it's important for me to feel supported by other musicians in my community; to inspire and to be inspired. 

 


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Angela Cross

Friday night is our second event in our Coachella alternative series! And Angela Cross is our first artist on the bill. 

photo by Austin Chee

photo by Austin Chee

 

 How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

You know when you’re driving around past midnight with someone you love and trust, whether it be your best friend or significant other, and you just talk about life for hours? It’s so simple, but for some reason it’s always really special. That’s what I want my music to feel like to people, intimate and honest. I think people talk about their feelings because it makes them feel human and normal. That’s really all I want. I just want my music to be that simple conversation that we all need. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

I recently saw Kimbra, and it still feels like a dream. Not only is she an amazing songwriter, she’s also an incredible performer. She has this way of expressing vulnerability but also be whimsical at the same time. Her band was also amazing. Holy crap, they pulled off some really difficult moves and everything was so clean. I was also with one of my favorite people and we danced so violently, everyone around us just hated us. 

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Ideally, I would want to collaborate with musicians that I’m close to. I have a million well-known artists I look up to, but songwriting is a really personal experience for me, so I’d like to share that with people I love. But if I had to pick someone that’s not a friend of mine, I’d choose Frank Ocean. I love his sound and he is just an amazing storyteller. 

Why do you think local music matters?

A lot of mainstream music is tainted by industry and as much as I love mainstream music, I am always searching for something more real. I’m also going to state the obvious here: there are tons of talented, passionate musicians out there to be discovered. Often times, it’s difficult for a sold out show in a gigantic venue to capture the same intimacy a local show can. 


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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Behon

Behon is our final artist on the bill for Saturday's event!

(Answers by Brendan Han)

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

In my perfect world, our music would make them feel anything, whether it was happiness or sadness.  It would inspire them and give them hope. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

I think I can speak for at least most of the members of the band when I say that, at least recently, our favorite show was by Moon Hooch a few weeks ago.  It was one of the wildest, most energetic live shows I've been to for sure.  It was like a rave but with horns and it melted my mind.  And having three horns players in the band, I think you can see how much we appreciate that.

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

A band that's really inspired me as of late would be The Head and the Heart.  It's not a coincidence that the title song of our EP is called Head and Heart.  I obviously love all their songs but their lyrics are also relatable and they make me think.

Why do you think local music matters?

Local music is the best way to really grow as a musician.  It's the only way to meet and talk to other musicians, where you can really learn more about music as a whole and discover things you never would have found on your own.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Moons of Mars

Moons of Mars is our 3rd artist on the bill for Saturday's event! They're starting to  make waves in LA's local scene, getting radio play on KROQ Locals Only and gaining the attention of local blogs.They just released an EP yesterday in perfect timing for our show!

(Answers by Mario Polanco)

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

We hope that people are able to connect with these songs in whatever way makes sense to them. We love it when people write us and feel an emotional connection to a specific song, but also enjoy it if the song just makes you want to dance and puts you in a good place. I remember the song "with or without you" by U2 really speaking to me as a young boy. I didn't really know what Bono was trying to say but I remember having a crush on a girl named Courtney at the time. I held on to the words "without you I can't live". I made it my song at the time and fell in love with that song because it was written for me and Courtney.

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

So many great bands and shows over the years but I'll share about a recent band. I saw Mumford and sons the last time that they played the Hollywood bowl. I liked their music but became a fan after seeing them live. They sound great live, have a great light show, and have so much energy. They are such great song writers and the crowd sings every word they sing. It was incredible to experience! 

 If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Kanye west I think would be a great current artist to collaborate with. I respect him so much as an artist and love everything he does musically.  I would love to write together and come up with something "moons" with a hard hitting "kanye" vibe. 

Why do you think local music matters?

 Music is a universal language that can move people like nothing else. Everyone has a story to tell. I believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard. I love going to local shows, hanging with people, and listening to local music to find inspiration. Often I'm just as, or more inspired by the local artist playing 2 blocks from my apartment than an artist at a major venue.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Chasing Nora

Chasing Nora is our second artist on the bill for Saturday's event!

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How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

Chasing Nora is a project that hopes to evoke reflective, pensive thoughts in its listeners.

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

 I saw Go Radio play at Bottom of the Hill in SF.  I really like the show because it was a small, intimate venue and I was really into Go Radio at the time.

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

I would collaborate with Bon Iver because I have always wanted to learn more about his writing and recording process.

Why do you think local music matters?

Local music matters because it fills the holes made by mainstream music.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Caitlyn Cope

As we approach our next event this Saturday, we're going to be spotlighting our featured artists throughout the week! 

First up, pop singer-songwriter Caitlyn Cope!

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

 

I hope that it can be something they can connect with and relate to. I want to say the words that they might not be able to find themselves. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

John Mayer. He is a musical genius in my opinion. He was so passionate & absolutely mesmerizing live. I don't think I spoke to a single one of my friends during the concert because I was so captured by it all.

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

Ed Sheeran. He's an insanely talented songwriter & has a killer voice. 

Why do you think local music matters?

I think it's important to support local talent because you never know what you're going to find. It's a great feeling to stumble upon a fellow artist & just be blown away by the rawness & realness of what they bring to the stage. 


LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Lincoln Jesser

Haven't heard of Lincoln Jesser yet? It's about time you did. This local LA artist is making that synth-pop that makes you groove and writes the lyrics that make you roll down the car window and sing at the top of your lungs. 

Take a listen and get to him a little better below!

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If someone’s never heard your music before, how would you describe it to them in one sentence? Psychedelic synth pop.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Marvin Gaye...I'd want to produce for him. His voice and his message were both amazing beyond words.

As an artist, what’s on your long-term bucket list? Scoring a film.

What do you want listeners to take away from your music? I'd hope my music inspires them to take risks in the name of happiness, and to let the people they love know that they do in fact love them.

What’s your favorite concert you’ve been to? Daft Punk at Coachella 2006, MGMT in Brooklyn 2007, and The Strokes at Lollapalooza 2010

Who are you listening to right now? Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lemaitre, and CHVRCHES

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Local Spotlight: Young Creatures- Foreigner

Who: Mikey Escalante (Drums), Spencer King (Bass), Mike Post (Vocals/Guitar), Andrew Gleason (Guitar/Vocals)

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Today's local spotlight is on Young Creatures who released their self-proclaimed "psychedelic pop" single last week. "Foreigner" is a groovy tune, with a bass-line that'll make your head bop and electric guitar stylings that'll make you want to flow with the funk. 

Hit the beach, grab some speakers and take a listen here:

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Artist Spotlight: The Moderates

Who: Josh Taylor (guitar, lead vocals), Wes Mathison (bass) and Garret Huff (drums)

Where: Long Beach, CA

In One Sentence: "We're an alternative, indie-rock band who is seeking to be the best that we can be; push ourselves, captivate people and make a difference."

How they met

Wes: " I knew Josh in 3rd grade, when we first met. And we just hung out by default because our parents were friends and we were both homeschooled. We just grew up playing music together. And once we got into high school, I met Garrett on the wrestling team and just hit it off right off the bat. [...] I went to his house one day; he had a drum set and I was like, "I have a guitar we should jam!" So we started jamming together, and then we brought Josh into the mix. Then we got that great idea and went, "Let's start a band."

Musical Influences

Garrett: "We listen to all kinds of different things, and when we come together  [...] we put all of our musical influences together into one moderate sound."

Dream Collaborations

Josh: Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. 

Wes: Victor Wooten.

Garrett:  Taylor Hawking of the Foo Fighters.

Dream Venue

Red Rocks in Colorado. "Outdoor, completely natural, [...] carved out of the rock."

Bucket List

Josh: "I say Solar System Tour. Let's play on Mars" 

But in all seriousness, the guys would love to go on a  World Tour. 

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Artist Spotlight: DownBeat Keys

photo: Shabnam Ferdowsi

Where: Brooklyn, NY

Who:  Kadahj Bennet (vocals), Baldwin Tang (keys), Andrew Root (bass), Ryan Calabrese (drums), Jared Schneider (guitar)

Sounds Like: Hip Hop with a pop groove.

 “We started out as a groove band, and then we went into pop songs, then we kind of came back into groove song [with the EP Memory Chrome]”

Beginnings

“’Wouldn’t it be crazy and revolutionary if we did hip-hop, with a live band’… Then we didn’t talk about it for four year”

The DownBeat Keys formed at Day Hamilton College their senior year to create a live, hip-hop band.  

Why DBK

“The sound of it, the syllables, and to be able to use letters, DBK.”

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