This was our second year at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music and Arts Festival. Three days to soak up the warm summer sun and bathe in the cool evening moon. Three days to enjoy the sounds of some of the best music happening right now. The main stage is inside Key Arena but most of the other stages are outside, scattered around Seattle Center and within eye shot of the Space Needle. Last year was great. I hoped this year would be as good. As it turns out, it was even better.
There are some people who exist on a completely different level than the rest of the world. They possess such incredible talent and their creations are so complex, with every detail tuned to perfection. After seeing Jack White play the WaMu Theater in Seattle on August 14, I am convinced that he is one of these people.
Who needs alcohol to lower inhibitions when you’re at a Reptar show? Hailing from Athens, Georgia these electro popper’s reputation for putting on a lively and boisterous show precedes them. Reptar’s music is upbeat, catchy and most importantly dance worthy. The second these musicians took the stage it was obvious that this normally quiet and still LA audience wouldn’t stay that way for long.
Charles Bradley will bring his thrilling and highly praised live show to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Sasquatch Music Festival, Mountain Jam, and more this year. The 63-year old “Screaming Eagle of Soul” is currently on tour in the US and will soon head to Australia and Europe. See full tour routing below.
On Monday, November 1st, 2011, Project Rhythm Seed’s Myles Crawley met up with Danish Producer/DJ/Songwriter Anders Trentemøller to discuss growing up in Denmark, his early successes, his current tour and what’s coming up next. Following are excerpts from that conversation, along with a review of Trentemøller’s live show the same night.
Story and Photos By J. Brown
FYF Fest once again returned to the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend, and despite the blistering summer heat, the extensive lineup of bands attracted a huge turnout of around 20,000 music lovers who were ready to celebrate a day of indie, punk, and electronic rock. The event started at noon, so shortly thereafter we parked and followed the trail of concert-goers (and hipsters) as they made their way through the traffic-packed streets of Chinatown. The skyline of downtown Los Angeles served as a perfect backdrop, especially when the nighttime air brought cool relief from the sun, as the city’s bright lights shined in the distance.
Story and Photos by J. Brown
No longer a cult indie favorite, The Avett Brothers have stepped into the limelight by reaching bigger and bigger audiences over the last few years, thanks to their first major label debut I and Love and You. Starting in 2001, this band worked tirelessly to develop a loyal and strong fan base and the fruits of their labor were evident at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on July 23.
By J. Brown
Sometimes two is better than one, and that mantra can easily apply to singers Thao & Mirah, who have joined forces for a musical partnership that left the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa bursting with energy on June 22nd. These ladies and their all-female band mates know how to put on a show in a way that left attendees practically ready to shout “Girl Power!” without irony or shame. These songwriters put their collaborative skills to the test with ease, as they complement one another exceedingly well vocally and manage to balance their very different sounds on their joint album—self-entitled “Thao & Mirah.”
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Danica Waters
If someone were to say to you that they were going to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., would you think they were speaking of one of the brightest, most innovative musical acts out there? No? Didn’t think so. But in fact it is indeed the case. It happens to be the brainchild of two guys from Detroit named Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott. Just recently we sat down with both of them before their performance at The Echo in Los Angeles. It was just days before the release of their first full length album on Warner Brothers, titled A Corporate World. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. does seem an unlikely choice for a band name. I told them so myself. I also told them that I thought it was a brilliant way to get people to look passed a name, and instead focus in on the music.
The Wombats were first highlighted here under our Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight series on March 1st of this year. We caught up with them again exactly three months later. Their new album, This Modern Glitch, was released on April 25th. The band is from Liverpool, England. They are a talented powerhouse trio with songs that are so infectious, it’s scary. Actually I watched an audience just the other night at the Troubadour who were eager for, and thoroughly enjoyed every infectious song that this band could fire at them. And fire they did.
The popular English group, Noah & the Whale appeared at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May, 25 2011 to a sold out crowd of loyal fans and followers. Project Rhythm Seed was there as a guest of the opening band, Bahamas. We arrived, just as Bahamas were going on stage, to a house that was already three quarters full.
By Alana Crawley
Hollywood’s famous Roxy Theatre had a stellar lineup on Monday, May 23rd with LA bands Nico Vega and She Wants Revenge performing. The show was completely sold out, with a line of eager fans stretching down Sunset Boulevard. We had a chance to talk with Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin, of She Wants Revenge, before the show. They were pumped up; this was an exciting night for them. Earlier that day their highly anticipated album Valleyheart was released on their own brand new label, Five Seven Records. Now, this evening, here they they were preparing to play the Roxy, a venue they have always aspired to.
Strip it down. Strip it all down to a basic function, something mathematical and quantifiable. Are there certain sights or sounds that stimulate the brain more than others? Maybe there are beats and rhythms that particularly excite the cranial muscle? How about specific note clusters and melodies that soothe it? What is the effect on forward melody when a counter melody played backwards is introduced? How wide a range of time signatures can the human brain follow and comprehend? And what happens when you introduce light and color to this mix? One can only reason that the overall effect might be of enormous proportion.
By Myles Crawley
The Troubadour has been an icon in the Los Angeles music scene for many years now. Its location on Santa Monica Boulevard remains largely unchanged over the years, at least from the outside. From the inside, many upgrades have taken place. The front bar is still there, which was great to see. I have many good memories from there. The chairs and tables are all gone; at least they were for the show I attended. Like every other club in LA, it is now standing room only. On Thursday night, May 19th, 2011, the place was packed – not a teaspoon of room anywhere. The occasion was opening night of a three night, sold out stand, starring a guy named Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope.
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Danica Waters
There’s a music club over on Sunset Boulevard called The Echo. I’ve been meaning to get over there ever since I moved back to Los Angeles in January of this year. Last Wednesday, May 4th, I finally made it. The occasion was to see a musical artist by the name of Charles Bradley. Project Rhythm Seed originally reported on Charles shortly after his appearance at this year’s SXSW music convention in Austin, Texas. You can read that article here. Charles was the standout and played two packed shows while in Austin. It was the start of his new career, no longer as a James Brown impersonator, but as Charles Bradley the original.
Concert Review: Railroad Revival Tour Starring Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros And Old Crow Medicine Show
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Alana Crawley
A few weeks ago we published an article on the announcement of the Railroad Revival Tour, starring Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. The basic premise of this tour consists of three bands traveling on a train of 15 vintage rail cars, customized for rock star comfort, that include the ability for the bands to eat, sleep, play and record together while traveling down some of America’s finest rail routes. In fact, during Mumford & Sons set, Marcus Mumford told the audience that all three bands had been up until the wee hours of the morning, jamming, singing and writing. Sounds like a lot of fun to me!