Magic Giant, Gavin Turek

Magic Giant (10:30 PM)

Gavin Turek (9:30 PM)

Freedom Fry (8:30 PM)

Sat, February 14, 2015

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $12.00 / Day of Show Tix $14.00/Special Couples Discount $15.00

This event is all ages

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Magic Giant - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Magic Giant
NPR proclaimed, “This L.A. indie-folk band has a festival anthem on its hands,” and since then MAGIC GIANT has moved bodies and souls in over thirty cities across North America this year. They have sold out legendary venues ranging from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to Mercury Lounge in New York City to The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, headlining festivals like RiSE for 14,000 people in the Mojave Desert and events like Rock the Vote in Austin, Texas. The group has built a reputation for its infectious sing-alongs and communal live experiences, blending folk instruments (banjo, fiddle, harmonica) with big drums and dance rhythms.

The band kicked off 2015 with a performance on KEXP hosted by John Richards (credited for discovering The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”). They have since been featured on Spotify’s New Music Tuesday and Billboard for ‘Artist on the Verge.’ The group self-produced its debut EP, notably featuring Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band and Spencer Ludwig of Capital Cities. They are currently working on their sophomore EP from their 1940’s bomb-shelter-turned-studio in Silver Lake, California.
Gavin Turek - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Gavin Turek
As a singer-songwriter, producer and professionally trained dancer, Gavin Turek certainly knows how to get down. She has collaborated with some of the most electric names in music, from her features on some of TOKiMONSTA’’s biggest hits (“Little Pleasures,” “Darkest (Dim),” “Clean Slate” and “Foolish”) to an entire mixtape with Com Truise (Com Truise vs. Gavin (Re)mixtape).

The LA-based artist is at it again, with “Suffah,” the first single from her upcoming EP,The Break-Up Tape. The official version features M.I.A.-cohort Rye Rye and is a prime example of the high-energy break-up songs that comprise the EP. The project is a force to be reckoned with, and a great setup for Gavin Turek’s still-untitled debut album, which is readying to drop in the beginning of 2014.

Gavin likes to compare her shows to “Robyn meets Santigold beaming with Tina Turner’s energy” and she might actually be selling herself short. Her live performances aren’t to be missed. A lover of indie rock and disco, Gavin cites James Murphy and Giorgio Moroder as some of her biggest influences. While working on her debut album, Gavin continues to collaborate with producer/artists on the forefront of electronic music, including Paper Diamond (Paragon EP), Tropics (Home and Consonance EP), Gigamesh and Gold Room, lending her unique voice and intimate lyrics to their projects.
Freedom Fry - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Freedom Fry
The sound of the music they make is undeniably Californian. If you close your eyes and listen you can almost feel the sun and picture the palm trees hovering above. However, Freedom Fry couldn’t have originated further from the US west coast. Parisian born, Marie Seyrat, first met Michigannative, Bruce Driscoll, on the set of a video for Bruce’s band, Blondfire. At that time she was a stylist, dressing the likes of Sharon Stone and 24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Somewhere between “cut” and “action” she played him a recording of her singing in French over a ukulele. A month later they wrote and recorded their first EP, Let The Games Begin, as well as the follow up single, Earthquake.

The pair instantly fell in love with collaborating together and began releasing follow-ups like 2012’s Outlaws EP, where songs like Jesse James and Billy The Kid showcased their fascination with the American Southwest. The surf-tinged single, Summer In The City, was next with all its nostalgia for the summers of our youth.

Each single they’ve release is accompanied by a self-made music video that really allows their love for film and handcrafting props to shine through. Whether Marie is piecing back together a broken Bruce (Earthquake) or they wind up on a beach full of wax-lipped zombies (Summer In The City) they always strive to create their own unique universe.

The name ‘Freedom Fry’ itself is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the bizarre time in recent history when some American’s were so angry with the French that they renamed their French fries. It instantly spells out the French & American influence within their sound and makes it clear that the music they make will always be inspired by ideas that are slightly left-of-center.

In 2013 they got married and built their own studio in Los Angeles. In 2014 they continued to release music, including the indie folk duet, The Wilder Mile. A song with an infectious stomp beat, a sing-a-long chorus, handclaps, and a whistle refrain. Those elements are coupled with bittersweet lyrics that weave the story of two people who just weren’t meant to be, “Guess we
weren’t born to be lovers, maybe in another time.” “The Wilder Mile” is their yellow brick road, a path you can take through life if you just accept the negative aspects, move past them and embrace the sunshine.

In November of 2014 Freedom Fry released, Fan Club: The Singles, a 12” limited edition vinyl collection of all of their singles from past till present.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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