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Syracuse punk outfit Perfect Pussy will be in our fair town for two nights this week, and we have a pair of tickets for their show Wednesday night at the Bootleg Theater. It’s been a good long while since a band that plays this fast and this loud has kicked up this much buzz. Quite a bit of it revolves around mercurial lead singer Meredith Graves but the Double P (as I’m considering calling them, just in case the FCC wants to come a callin’) are building a sizeable rep not just on her persona, but on a fast and fierce live show. If you go to this show (or the more DIY affair at the East 7th Warehouse on March 20th), make sure you go early cause the band has put out two releases and neither one of them is longer than 25 minutes in total! If you’re interested in bearing witness, e-mail me by 5pm Tuesday at michael[at]!!!

For a taste of what to expect, see the below. Here the band performs “III” from their debut cassette “I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling” at a concert filmed by the good folks at Pitchfork:

Here the band performs in Brooklyn, with Graves showing a bit of Ballerina style in her warm up before things get busy:

Despite their buzz, it’s important to remember that Perfect Pussy is a relatively new band that plays a genre of music that isn’t known for longevity of sound. I reckon that their sets are a shade longer than these twelve minutes, put probably not too much. It will be interesting to see where the band is in another year:

Foto © Torbjorn Persson

Foto © Torbjorn Persson

So…I’ve been away for quite sometime, mostly because of personal matters and a wicked case of the flu. To make up for time lost, I some rather lovely tickets. One of my favorite contemporary performers and songwriters will be here in Los Angeles playing a “Church Session” on Saturday March 8th, Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon. For the last several years Kozelek, former frontman of the Red House Painters in what feels like it was a lifetime ago, has been focused on playing nylon guitars and writing deeply introspective songs. I’m not sure if he’ll be here with a full band or just by himself with his guitar, but however it goes down, if you’re a fan you don’t want to miss this performance at the First Unitarian Church here in Los Angeles (2936 W 8th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90005). If you want a chance to go courtesy of Melting Pot, e-mail at michael[at] by 12noon Friday (tomorrow)!

This clip for Urban Explorers might give a sense of the possibilities of Kozelek performing at a church:

Here Mark performs “Mistress” with the Roots on Jimmy Fallon’s “old” show:


I have no idea when the last time Mazzy Star played a show here in Los Angeles, but I’m guessing it’s been a long long time. Considering the fact that Dave Roback and Hope Sandoval hadn’t made a record together for 17 years, until the release of their brilliant Seasons Of Your Day, it might be a very long time indeed before they grace us again. The show is sold out, but I do have a couple of pairs of tickets for Melting Pot fans…e-mail me at michael[at] by 5pm Wednesday November 6th (Tomorrow!) if you want a chance to win tickets!!!

For many people, myself included, “Fade Into You” remains the definitive Mazzy Star song. Despite Sandoval’s rumoured issues with performing live there are quite a few broadcast performances of the band from the early 1990s, including this performance on Jools Holland’s show in 1994:

Here’s something that I didn’t know existed and only found as I was tracking down videos for this post. A beautifully shot, professional video of a set recorded in the Bay Area, where Hope Sandoval makes her home, at a benefit for the Bridge School:

Here is more recent video of the group, who have been performing a bit more regularly over the last year, though primarily at the big festivals like Coachella and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. Here the band plays one of the tracks from their new album Seasons Of Your Day, “Flyin’ Low”:


Next Wednesday, on the eve of old Hallow’s eve, Australia’s Haitus Kaiyote will be here in Los Angeles, performing at the Skirball Cultural Center along with Moses Sumney and DJ’s Jeremy Sole and Wisacre of the Lift. Haitus Kaiyote has been one of my favorite discoveries of the year after (finally) hearing their debut Tawk Tomahawk, which the band self-released in 2012, garnering attention from all kinds of folks, until it was given a proper release this year on producer Salaam Remi’s Flying Buddah label. Like Little Dragon and Quadron before them, Kaiyote is part of an international wave of soul music over the last few years and with singer/guitarist Nai Palm’s penchant for interesting fashion, I’m sure this Halloween themed show will be memorable indeed. If you want a chance to win tickets, e-mail me at michael[at] by Tuesday 12noon for your chance to win…if we’re lucky we might just have an interview/performance for you all when Melting Pot returns to the KPFK airwaves November 3rd!

As I’ve mentioned before, “Nakamarra” is one of my favorite songs of the year, might even end up being my favorite song of the year, so if you haven’t heard it…just listen:

One of the things that’s a little frustrating about the EP, similar to the music of Flying Lotus, is how many of the songs clock in at only a minute or so, however it seems live that these songs are performed quite differently, here’s an example with “Boom Child”:

Here’s another video of the band, one of a song that’s not on the debut, “Jekyll” that shows even more of a range for the group and much stronger jazz influences than even I had
realized before:


Literally just found out that I have a few more tickets that I can giveaway for Steve Earle’s performance tomorrow night at the Ford Theatre. Steve Earle is a living legend, a true national treasure in my opinion and someone who I sincerely hope I’ll get to bring into studio sometime in the future. If you’d to see him and his band the Dukes, e-mail me by 12noon Thursday at michael[at]!!!

Here’s a fantastic video for the song “Invisible” from his latest release The Low Highway:

Here Mr. Earle performs the song “This City” which was written for New Orleans and featured in the series Treme:


I couldn’t prouder of the fact that KPFK and Amoeba Records are presenting Valerie June’s performance at the Bootleg Theater this Friday, September 20th. Along for the ride will be actor/musician John C. Reilly with his friends Becky Stark and Tom Brousseau and yours truly will be providing the soundtrack for the evening at the start and in between sets. Over the last year, June has been causing quite a fuss and seems poised for potential stardom. The show at the Bootleg sold out when it was initially scheduled for the “Bar,” and then sold out when it got moved over to the larger “Theater” but you still have a chance to get to see her here in LA, just make sure to e-mail me before 3pm Thursday, September 19th if you want a chance to win the tickets!

Here’s a taste of potentially what to expect, from a recent concert for World Cafe featuring June performing by herself with a whole bunch of guitars:


Just because I’m not on the air doesn’t mean that I can’t hook y’all up with some tickets. The Heavy have been a personal fave for quite sometime. The band has stuck true to their roots even while delivering a couple of “hits” and breaking out, especially via TV and Film placement of their music. They always deliver when performing live and if you dig their sound, you can see it live and direct at the Fonda Theatre this Thursday August 8th! All you have to do is e-mail me at michael[at] by Wednesday 5pm!

If you need a taste of what’s in store, here they are performing their “hit” “How You Like Me Now?” over at LA’s the El Rey:

And “Short Change Hero” live in Cologne, Germany:

And “What Makes A Good Man” live on Craig Ferguson’s Late Night Show:

foto © Chelsea Lauren

You got a taste when KING performed on Melting Pot, here’s your chance to see them at the Bootleg Theater this Friday, August 2nd! The band performed a very successful residency here in June, and they’ve returned once again, hopefully with even more new songs! Great chance to see one of the brightest rising stars in music courtesy of Melting Pot, make sure to send an e-mail to michael[at] by Thursday at 5pm if you want a chance to win!!!

In the meantime, as we wait for their performance and their upcoming full-length, here is their latest song, “In The Meantime”:

And the song/video that kicked off one of our longest running musical crushes (for lots of people, for a band without a full-length release, KING’s fans are VERY devoted to the band, with music this good it’s easy to see why):


foto ©

{Please note this show has been moved to the Wiltern!}

On the heels of our interview with Matthew Sweet discussing Girlfriend, we also have a couple of pairs of passes to see Matthew Sweet perform the entire album, start to finish, with a few extras likely thrown in this Saturday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. This is part of what is called the LP Tour, that also features Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Soul Asylum and members of the Wailers each performing a classic album. If you’d like to go courtesy of Melting Pot, be sure to e-mail me at michael[at] by Thursday at 6pm. Good luck!

If you’ve never seen it, as a fan you need to see this performance on the old Dennis Miller show featuring the one and only Robert Quine, “the most unassuming guitar god” who ever existed:

Here’s a more recent appearance with Matthew and his band performing “I’ve Been Waiting”:

foto © Chris La Putt

foto © Chris La Putt

{Congrats to the winners Larkin N. and Fred P.!!!}

Highlighted a bit of the music of Shannon & the Clams earlier, they’re playing a bunch of shows in the LA area over the next week or so, including an early show at the Echo. If you’re interested in seeing Shannon & the Clams, drop me a line, michael[at] by Friday at 12noon.

Here’s a taste of what to expect when Shannon and her clams hit the stage, though I don’t think it will be quite like this appearance at Chic-A-Go-Go, it would be mighty cool if there was just as much dancing, not so many kids:

Here’s a proper live video from the band, recorded nearby at the Glasshouse in Pomona:

Foto © LiquidJesusMusic

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! One of the biggest things I’m thankful for is that I’ve been blessed enough to be in a position to offer fantastic tickets to amazing shows during the holiday season. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band are coming to LA, stopping by at UCLA’s Royce Hall on November 29th. You might remember that the last time Charles and the boys were in town was last summer as Sunset Junction went down in “flames” they played a last minute show at the Echo. This time they’re able to return in grand style and at a venue worthy of their special brand of retro-soul. Whether you win tickets or not, you don’t want to miss this show! For a chance to see them courtesy of Melting Pot, make sure to e-mail me at michael[at] by Monday, November 26th by 5pm!

Just in case you forgot, Charles Bradley released one of my favorite records of 2011 and is a truly dynamite live performer. Here he and the band perform “Golden Rule” via KEXP:

The Menahan Street Band just recently released their second LP, “The Crossing,” just as fantastic as their debut:

foto © by Sung

I was just raving about his new album Until The Quiet Comes, if you want to see one of the most visionary producers making music right now, make sure to e-mail me at michael[at] by 12noon, Thursday October 25th for your chance to see FlyLo live in Los Angeles!

Maybe Badu will be there…

Or maybe Thom Yorke will be there…

But who cares as long as Flying Lotus is there doing his Astral Plane thang:

After a 20+ year hiatus, Australia’s Crime & the City Solution are returning to music and to the stage here in Los Angeles on October 23rd at the Fonda! They began as a post-Birthday Party outlet for Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey, along with Harry Howard and vocalist Simon Bonney. Over the years many players have come in and out, but in its latest incarnation Bonney’s deep and dark voice remains along with violinist Bronwyn Adams, guitarist Alexander Hacke as well as Dirty Three’s Jim White and former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards. If you want tickets to see Crime & the City Solution, make sure to e-mail me at michael[at] before 5pm on Monday, October 22nd!!!

It’s been over 20 years so you might need some refreshing, especially since we don’t get new music from the collective until 2013, so here are three of my favorites from the band’s history:

“Six Bells Chime”

One of my favorite “gothic” styled songs, perhaps because it’s featured in one of my favorite films of all-time, “Wings of Desire,” which is where this video comes from featuring Rowland S. Howard careening from side to side on stage, playing as if he’s fighting the guitar and stalking around like a tiger as all that beautiful feedback washes out.

“The Kentucky Click”

More fire from the Rowland S. Howard period of this band, almost a “Tramp” like groove on this one amid all the darkness.

“The Adversary”

My favorite track from the later period of the band, one of the last recordings until their recent re-emergence. Also finds it’s way into a Wim Wenders film, and sounds like pure menace until everything brightens mid-way through.

Whereas most of the artists that came out of the drum’n'bass era have been largely forgotten, Amon Tobin, continues to redefine electronic music and performance. I’ve had great respect for his musicianship from all the way back in the mid 1990s when he debuted under his own name and also under the “Cujo” moniker. Tobin has never made music that sounded like anyone else and his styles have only become more revolutionary over time. His latest project ISAM is a unique audio/visual experience and he’s returning to LA to showcase it, this time at the Greek Theater (his first time ever performing there) on October 12th! If you want a chance to see Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live, make sure to e-mail me at michael[at] by 12noon on Thursday, October 11th. Not nearly as many passes as the Kiwanuka show earlier this week, but I do have a couple of pairs for this one.

Just to give you a taste of what you can expect, here’s some pretty video from a recent performance at Sonar 2012, Barcelona’s festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art:

In addition to his latest tracks, it seems some of the older ones end up in the ISAM project, including one of my all-time favorites from his career 2000′s “Slowly”:

As a consequence of a comedy of errors yesterday at KPFK, I have tickets to see rising star Michael Kiwanuka at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Tuesday, October 9th!!! The good news is that I do have a few pairs of tickets for this show, the bad news is that there is a very quick turnaround on these tickets, you need to e-mail me at michael[at] by 2pm TODAY!!!

If you’ve been living under a “indie” rock the past 12 months, here are just a few reminders of what a fantastic artist Kiwanuka is:

Song of the Year candidate right here with “Tell Me A Tale” (though techincally it was released in 2011):

Stripped down and striking cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “May This Be Love”:

Nice collaboration with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys:

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