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Friday, October 31, 2014

Tink - PHOTO BY MIYAKO BELLIZZI
  • Photo by Miyako Bellizzi
  • Tink
Last month Red Bull Sound Select announced it's ultra-curated month-long musical event, 30 Days in L.A. It starts November 1 and features a range of well-known headliners (Cut Copy, Warpaint, Bad Religion and Chet Faker, to name a few) paired with artists hand-picked — and cultivated — by Red Bull's Sound Select team. 
 
Unless you're planning to go to 30 consecutive concerts, chances are you'll miss at least one of the incredibly talented up-and-coming acts. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are the top 10 rising stars to catch at 30 Days in L.A. 

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Fat Mike as Cokie the Clown - COURTESY OF FAT WRECK CHORDS
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  • Fat Mike as Cokie the Clown
I didn't like high school. The security guards would sell us acid and try to fuck our friends. Our vice principal, Mr. Fox, was a fascist who walked around with a giant megaphone.

Punk rock offered me an escape from the prison-like experience of going to Hoover High in Glendale. NOFX records kept me sane. I saw Fat Mike, bassist and co-founder of NOFX, as a more dysfunctional, pill-popping version of Michael Moore — punk rock was how he revealed the awful truth. In many ways, Fat Mike was the '90s equivalent of Darby Crash: smarter than he gets credit for, a master manipulator of the media, and defiantly West Coast.

Feeling reflective, I decided to call Fat Mike and ask him what he thought about my punk baptism through NOFX. As you'd expect, shit got weird.

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Taquila Mockingbird
  • Taquila Mockingbird
If you’ve ever stolen somebody’s pumpkin, gone to a costume party not in costume or called Halloween “amateur night,” then you, my friend, have a punk-rock attitude. The folks who’ll hit the opening party for “Sex & Chaos” at the Stockroom on Oct. 31 have one, too, so expect costumes that aren’t really costumes at this exhibit, which meshes two provocative scenes: fetishists and hardcore punk.

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RADIO BROADCAST #292
11–02–14

Fanatic! Welcome to our first of five November Sundays together. Tonight’s show is a great mix of new and old.

A lot of new music on this show. New Electric Wizard is great. Always happy when they put out a new record and this one is excellent. If you like what you hear on the opening track, the rest of the album delivers.

I am really digging the Ex-Hex album as well as the Scott Walker / Sunn 0))) collaboration Soused. I was hoping it was going to be great and it does not disappoint. We will be playing a track from it every week of this month.

There will be some great music from Australia on the upcoming shows. Straight Arrows, Living Eyes and new Ausmuteants. Great stuff!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Henry Rollins!

Henry Rollins: It's Better for Me to Get My Chain Jerked

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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

Part two of a three-part travelogue.

Oct. 14, Washington, D.C.: 2351 hrs. Long day. Early afternoon at the Kennedy Center for an on-camera interview. Ian MacKaye came to pick me up afterward. I had a few hours before I had to be onstage at the Baird Auditorium for the Smithsonian. He took me to visit Jeff Place at the Smithsonian Folkways offices. Jeff gave us a tour. Tape restoration, document scanning, climate-controlled storage for masters — incredible. Jeff showed us original drawings by Woody Guthrie. Even though they are reproduced beautifully in the Woody at 100 box set, which Jeff worked on, there is nothing like the real thing.

I hit the stage at 1845 hrs. and had a great time.

I have to be up in a few hours. I can’t believe I am leaving so soon.

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COURTESY OF MIXED MANAGEMENT AND ANDI ELLOWAY
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RL Grime is no stranger to bangers, but he's also got a soft side.

The 23-year-old L.A. native says he's always wanted to produce songs that are more mellow, which is what he's done on Void — his first full-length album, due out next month on L.A. label WeDidIt. 

The trap/bass music DJ and producer's reinvention also comes with his first headlining tour, which kicks off today. He'll also play two sets at Hard Day of the Dead on Sunday — his own, and a second set with his Void Team crew.

We sat down with the dude himself, who's actual name is Henry Steinway, to talk about the motivations behind his musical shift, his thoughts on trap music, and where he hopes to take RL Grime in the future.

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See Nov. 3: The Julie Ruin - PHOTO BY SHERVIN LAINEZ
  • Photo by Shervin Lainez
  • See Nov. 3: The Julie Ruin
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Who doesn't love free stuff? Especially at this time of year, when you're saving up for all that holiday shopping (you sweet, generous soul). Well, here's our gift to you: the best free concerts in L.A. this November. You're welcome.

Saturday, November 1
Amason
Origami Vinyl

What happens when Pontus Winnberg of Swedish indie-pop band Miike Snow makes a side project with his Swedish indie-pop friends? You get Amason, a supergroup (or suppergruppen) comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the Scandinavian scene, featuring members of jazz-rock group Dungen, folk-pop act Little Majorette, and singer-songwriter Idiot Wind. The group scored a nomination for Best Newcomer of 2014 at the Swedish Grammys after their ephemeral tracks "Went to War" and "Margins" gained massive Internet attention, and are preparing to release their debut album, Sky City.

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See Sunday: MS MR - TYLER KOHLHOFF
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  • See Sunday: MS MR
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Friday, October 31

Queens of the Stone Age,The Kills
THE FORUM
The lineup of amusements and distractions assembled by Queens of the Stone Age for their li’l Halloween party at the Forum is “so scary, you’ll soil your psychological jeans,” the band promises. In addition to Oklahoma roots/rockabilly singer JD McPherson and prodigal-son former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri, the show includes pinup-model gang Suicide Girls, a morbid mariachi band, a haunted house, dunk tank, and sideshow freaks “at every turn.” Even better, QOTSA are co-billed with The Kills, the jaggedly savage duo of English guitarist Jamie Hince and enchantingly sullen vocalist Alison Mosshart, who are reportedly working on a long-overdue, reggae-spiked new album. Meanwhile, QOTSA kingpin Josh Homme continues whistling past the graveyard, infusing the band’s most recent album, Like Clockwork, with allusions to how he almost died from a simple knee operation in 2010. — Falling James

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EDM

Zhu Is Becoming the World's Most Famous Anonymous DJ

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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder. - COURTESY OF ZHUMUSIC.COM
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  • Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder.
“We live in 2014; everybody has something to say. There is more power in being silent,” says Jake Udell, an artist manager at Th3rd Brain Management who represents Krewella and, more recently, a mysterious producer who calls himself Zhu.

In February, Zhu made a huge splash on EDM music blogs as the nameless artist behind "Moves Like Ms. Jackson," a remix/mashup of the Outkast tracks "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean" and “The Way You Move.” Fans and bloggers speculated that the mystery artist was Disclosure because of the track's deep house style and the fact that both Disclosure and Outkast were set to headline at Coachella only a month later.

A week after the “Ms. Jackson” release, the anonymous artist released an original, “Superfriends” — but this time he added a name: Zhu. But who is Zhu?

For the most part, people are still wondering.

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PHOTO BY ANDY J. SCOTT
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You know a music trend has lost its sparkle when even a guy who’s benefited from it starts looking elsewhere.

Two years ago, Salva got his big career break after he and RL Grime dropped a trap remix of Kanye West’s song “Mercy.” The track arrived right when the trap beat was making its ascent in EDM. But as time passed and trap’s popularity reached Katy Perry proportions, the 33-year-old electronic producer realized he had much more to offer compared to all the remixers lurking on SoundCloud.

“I started getting bored,” Salva says. “I turned a corner. Not on some ego shit, but just on something like, ‘You know what? I’m seasoned.’ I’m not a 19-year-old kid just figuring this out. I want to do bigger things, and these cats can remix rap songs all day, but they don’t have what it takes to get into the studio with a rapper — let alone someone like Schoolboy Q and Freddie Gibbs — and speak the language of real rap music.”

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