• Sep 6 2011

    Los Angeles Rocks Out at FYF Fest

    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.

    Sep 1 2011

    A Hodgepodge Mix of New and Notable Music

    By J. Brown

    Rather than focus on one particular band or artist, this particular article will highlight some of the latest (or upcoming) releases that have managed to grab my attention recently.

    Aug 26 2011

    Free Music Friday – Kyla La Grange and Sonya Cotton

    Aug 15 2011

    Album Review – Sonya Cotton’s “It Is So”

    By J. Brown

    Remember and do pray for me / who’s lost a precious friend / Your pleasures here can’t always be / your joys must have an end / My dear companions snatched away / and I’m near left alone / In grief and sorrow here I’ll stay /  and like a dove I’ll moan” —excerpt from “Man in a Tree with a Gun.”

    Jul 26 2011

    The Avett Brothers – Live At Pechanga Resort

    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.

    Jul 19 2011

    Album Review – Gillian Welch ‘The Harrow & The Harvest’

    By J. Brown

    Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, the warmth and stifling effect of lingering summer days feel as though the season is here to stay forever. With the heat comes a slower pace of life and the new album from Gillian Welch, tinged with tales swirling with passivity, befits the stupor that summer months inspire.

    Jun 28 2011

    Thao & Mirah Live At Detroit Bar

    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.”

    Jun 24 2011

    Free Music Friday – Fiona Sally Miller

    By J. Brown

    For our latest edition of Free Music Friday, we’d like to introduce you to the young and talented British singer/songwriter Fiona Sally Miller. She has been compared to folk superstar Laura Marling, who is also English; and while Miller has the chops lyrically and vocally to serve as a bright addition to the burgeoning folk and indie community in the UK, it’s hard to live up to comparisons to the genius that is Marling. Fiona Sally Miller is certainly a standout artist in her own right who should have a very bright future. Her music delves a bit more into pop-based folk, which is perfect for her stunningly sweet voice. Communion Records wrote the following of the Brighton-born singer: “Fiona Sally Miller’ brings her effortless and summer-fueled scope to the fold, that’s set to have you swooning and smiling all night long.”

    Jun 8 2011

    Communion Presents The Flowerpot Sessions

    By J. Brown

    Kyla la Grange, Marcus Foster, Ben Lovett, Matthew & the Atlas, Ryan O’Reilly, Sarah Blasko, Beans on Toast, Mt. Desolation, Pete Roe, Damien Rice, The Staves, Lissie, Angus & Julia Stone, Alan Pownall: This list of artists might sound like the makings of a top-notch music festival, but actually these are just some of the musicians who appear on Communion’s newest release, a compilation album entitled The Flowerpot Sessions.

    May 24 2011

    Album Review: Gregory Page “My True Love”

    By J. Brown

    The jazz of the 1930s and 1940s may be far away in time, but it is clearly close to the heart of singer/songwriter Gregory Page. My True Love is Page’s latest release, and he is an ideal artist to focus his newest album on the experience of falling head-over-heels in love. His voice and compositions are sweetly delivered, heartfelt, and entirely original. That being said, his lyrics still have a tinge of the bittersweet, suggesting the fragility and vulnerability that lies beneath the sway of romance and infatuation.

    May 12 2011

    Gig Review: Joe Purdy and the Milk Carton Kids

    By J. Brown

    As a masterful storyteller, it’s no surprise that singer/songwriter Joe Purdy is as prolific as he is talented. In July of 2010, Purdy released 4th of July, which I reviewed at the time for Project Rhythm Seed (read that article here), and a couple of months after his summer release Purdy released another album entitled This American that was available for free during December. By the sounds of it, Purdy shows no signs of stopping with 12 albums under his belt, which is bound to be welcome news for his devoted fans, many of which were at the Troubadour recently to take in his Los Angeles show for the first leg of the This American tour.

    Apr 28 2011

    Album Review: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons “Mysterious Power”

    By J. Brown

    Confessional, blistering, and packing an emotional and fiery punch is one way to describe the honest and heart-wrenching rock music of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. The band recently released its third and newest album Mysterious Power. This is an album that doesn’t shy away from the toughest parts of universal subjects, often relayed with heartbreaking and deft lyrics that are as raw as they are poignant. If you’re looking for just a solid rock album, you won’t be disappointed by this band’s latest output. The group is comprised of singer Ezra Furman, guitarist Andrew Langer, bassist Job Mukkada and drummer Adam Abrutyn, and they met each other at Boston’s private Tufts University.

    Apr 4 2011

    New and Notable: Emily Jane White; Ivan & Alyosha; And More…

    By J. Brown

    Finding new music or sharing a little-heard band is often how true music lovers find happiness. And building off that sentiment, here are some new bands/artists that you might not have heard of that I’ve come across recently during my searches for all that is new and notable.

    Emily Jane White: