The bands are pretty much always good here, but at Moscow discovering local talent on stage is only part of the appeal. As promoter Keith Wilson says, "Our goal is not to just provide music, but a general culture." Thanks to its young crowd, the club not only reflects what is going on in music and fashion, but it helps shape it too.Many bands have gotten their first L.A. exposure from the venue -- including Cut Copy (here's our review of their show last night), Cold War Kids, Shiny Toy Guns, She Wants Revenge, Panic at the Disco and Neon Trees. Though bands generally don't return once they "make it," Wilson wouldn't have it any other way. He prides himself on offering exposure to newbies.
On the anniversary bill last night, Standing Shadows were a tight dance rock outfit with some exuberant tunes. We didn't dig the singer's blowhorn bit -- but then we also don't like it when Scott Weiland does it. The title track to their just-released EP, "Freakshow" is strong and stomp-worthy, and the remixes are even better.
Roey Rider in some ways didn't quite fit with the night's dancey vibe. They've got descent -if slightly dated- tunes, but ultimately not as fun to watch live as they are in this hottie-filled video.