Invisible Children Holiday Show

Invisible Children Holiday Show

The Mountain Goats

Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) + Andy Cabic (Vetiver)

Ivan & Alyosha

La Sera

NO

Fri, December 16, 2011

6:30 pm

$0.00 - $1,000.00

This event is all ages

**Show will begin promptly at 7pm -- we do not have set times for the individual artists**

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Invisible Children Holiday Show
Invisible Children Holiday Show
Invisible Children is a non-profit organization focused on ending the 26 year-long war in Central Africa where Joseph Kony has been abducting children and forcing them to fight as child soldiers.

Curated by Chop Shop Music
Feat: DeVotchKa; White Arrow; Whispertown; The Colourist; Night Terrors of 1927

We will also be giving away 50 hand-screen printed show posters designed by legend Jon Contino to the first 50 through the doors .
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats' latest album is called 'All Eternals Deck,' and is in stores now.

"The songs cluster around themes of hidden things and the dread that hidden things inspire," says singer/songwriter John Darnielle, "but also the excitement, the attraction, the magnetic draw that scary unknown hidden things exert." The title refers to an apocryphal tarot deck, though Darnielle explains that the album's fascination with the occult originates in having run across the word "occult" in a textbook in his nursing-student days. "'Occult' just means 'hidden' or 'not immediately obvious' in medical terminology. There was a nursing directive to be aware of 'occult blood.' I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever heard," he says.

Darnielle started recording songs while during his psych-nurse days in California. "I had been writing poetry pretty much all my life," he remembers. "At some point in Norwalk I bought a guitar from this really cool old music store in a strip mall, and I started teaching myself to play." Soon Darnielle was playing live, touring with bassist Rachel Ware and then with multi-instrumentalist Peter Hughes. In 2001 they became a full-time studio-and-road-show duo, releasing four albums together: 'Tallahassee,' 'We Shall All Be Healed,' 'The Sunset Tree,' and 'Get Lonely.' Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster joined in 2007, and the collaboration clicked perfectly. "Peter and I had played with other musicians," says Darnielle, "but with Wurster we were an honest-to-God trio. We played together with real glee."

The band toured the U.S., England, Australia, and New Zealand extensively, recording a new studio album called 'The Life of the World to Come' in 2009 that prompted GQ to remark: "Darnielle's not just one of the greatest songwriters working today--he's probably one of the greatest working writers." The album earned a 'Best New Music' nod from Pitchfork, and prompted Stephen Colbert to invite the band to make its national television debut on The Colbert Report.

In 2010, the band signed to Merge Records, headquartered within walking distance of Darnielle's Durham, NC home. The band approached recording sessions for 'All Eternals Deck' as commando raids on multiple studios with a several producers: four songs at North Carolina's Fidelitorium with John Congleton; one at Q Division in Boston with longtime soundman Brandon Eggleston; four at Brooklyn's Mission Sound with Scott Solter; and four at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, with Morbid Angel guitarist and Hate Eternal helmsman Erik Rutan.

"We wanted to see how disparate seasons and moods and locations and producers would play out in the songs," explains Darnielle. The result? "If you've ever watched, say, a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a few people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then they're trying to feel super-hopeful about their predicted outcome when what they're visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what this album is all about."

the Mountain Goats:
John Darnielle - vocals, guitars, keys
Peter Hughes - bass, vocals
Jon Wurster - drums, percussion
Ivan & Alyosha
Ivan & Alyosha
All the Times We Had, Ivan & Alyosha’s first full-length album, encapsulates the personalized blend of rousing songcraft, infectious melodic hooks and thoughtful lyrical introspection that’s already endeared the band to just about anyone who’s witnessed one of their effortlessly uplifting live shows, or who’s heard either of their two prior indie EP releases.

The Seattle combo—which borrows its name from a pair of characters from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov—delivers its songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that’s reflected in their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members’ family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that’s as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear.

The intrepid ensemble—comprised of core members Tim Wilson (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Ryan Carbary (guitars, piano and vocals), Tim Kim (electric guitar and vocals) and Tim’s brother Pete Wilson (bass and vocals), plus a revolving assortment of friends and collaborators on keyboards, drums and other instruments—has spent much of the past two years on the road, traveling the highways and back roads of America, often with wives and children in tow, building a loyal fan base with their joyous, high-energy live performances.

Ivan & Alyosha’s prior releases and live shows have won the band copious critical acclaim. They’ve also done successful stints opening for the likes of Aimee Mann, Brandi Carlile, the Low Anthem, Rosie Thomas and John Vanderslice. Since early in its existence, the group has been embraced enthusiastically by alternative radio, performing multiple on-air sessions for NPR as well as receiving notable support from such key stations as KCRW, KEXP, WFUV and WNYC.

The same qualities that originally won Ivan & Alyosha media attention and a devoted grass-roots audience are apparent on All the Times We Had, which the band co-produced in collaboration with keyboardist/engineer Chad Copelin, and mixed by Jesse Lauter (The Low Anthem). The 11-song album effortlessly captures the warmth and immediacy of Ivan & Alyosha’s live performances, lending added resonance to such lyrically compelling, melodically arresting tunes as “Be Your Man,” “Running for Cover,” “Don’t Wanna Die Anymore,” “The Fold” and the album’s’ bittersweetly reflective title track, which features guest vocals by the band’s frequent touring partner and longstanding admirer Aimee Mann.

“We didn’t get it perfect, but I definitely think we got it right,” Tim Wilson says of the new album. “We really worked hard to get a live vibe, and to capture that inspiration that we get when we’re on the road, when everybody’s together and feeding off of each other. You can nit-pick and edit everything until it sounds perfect, but we were more concerned with just getting the best performances we could. I think that it’s more mature and more focused, and closer to what we do live, than the records that we’d done before. We definitely had moments in the studio where it like, ‘Oh, wow, this is special.’”

Ivan & Alyosha formed in 2007, when Tim Wilson met Ryan Carbary. Both had been in various Seattle-area combos, but the songs that Wilson was writing at the time seemed to call out for a new musical approach. The pair spent nearly a year writing material for their debut EP, The Verse, The Chorus. Released in March 2009, the EP generated an unexpected level of national exposure, with the charming tune “Easy to Love” (reprised on All the Times We Had) receiving considerable airplay. The debut EP won the band an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered and coverage in NPR’s All Songs Considered SXSW 2010 preview. A subsequent appearance at the SXSW festival generated considerable music-industry word-of-mouth.

By the time Ivan & Alyosha recorded its second EP, Fathers Be Kind, in February 2011, the group had expanded to include Tim Wilson’s bass-playing brother Pete, whose songwriting abilities contributed considerably to the band’s creative arsenal, and Tim’s high school friend Tim Kim, whose distinctive guitar work added a new dimension to their sound. Fathers Be Kind’s majestically jangly title track became a favorite of fans, critics and DJs, and reappears in a newly recorded version on All the Times We Had.

“When we recorded The Verse, the Chorus, we’d never really played live as a band,” Tim Wilson notes. “By the time we did the Fathers Be Kind EP, my brother Pete and Tim Kim had come on board, and we had done a west coast tour or two, and some dates on the east coast, but we were still figuring out how to play together. After Fathers Be Kind came out, we went out and spent year and a half touring, and became a real band. I think that’s reflected on the new album.”

Indeed, All the Times We Had demonstrates the positive effects of the band’s extensive roadwork, underlining just how far Ivan & Alyosha has progressed since its humble origins.

“I think that we all feel pretty strongly that this is what we’re supposed to be doing, playing music, trying to write good, timeless songs, and trying to connect with people,” Wilson states. “I think that we have a pretty deep sense of purpose, that this is not just some accident. I guess that the essence of faith is having felt or experienced something that maybe you can’t hold in your hand, and I think that’s how I’d describe my attitude towards music. And it’s OK if it’s hard, because anything in life that’s worth doing is hard.

“I’m guilty as guilty as anyone, of wanting certain things or wanting to be in a certain place right now,” he concludes. “But we’re building something, and building something takes time. I’m learning to enjoy the journey, and I think we all are.”
La Sera
La Sera
La Sera is the solo project of Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls/All Saints Day.
NO
NO
After a spate of personal misadventures in 2010, NO was born through
the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz
at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as
well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard
Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to
unite and build something for themselves.
Native New Zealander Carter states, We wanted something to believe
in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up
for at the time. This came at a stage when he found himself divorced,
bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk
away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family
back home. I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where
we'll go when we die, that we've never really thought about where we
should go while we're still alive.
Fast forward a few months, add in more like-minded band members
and NO was on the way to being fully formed.
In July 2011 they recorded the debut EP Don’t Worry, You'll Be Here
Forever and released it via their website on 11.11.11. We were trying
to create something for ourselves that was positive and honest,
explains Stentz.
After the release of the EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the
local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them
as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live
shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a
European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA
for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at
international festivals including London’s Hard Rock Calling and
Germany’s Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and
Famous.
The six piece are now looking forward. Newly signed to tastemaker
record label Arts & Crafts, NO have just finished their self-produced
debut album El Prado. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster
The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House,
Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend), the album will see a North American
release on February 18, 2014.
NO is Bradley Hanan Carter (Vocals), Sean Daniel Stentz (bass), Reese
Richardson (guitar), Ryan Lallier (guitar/keys), Simon Oscroft (guitar)
and Michael Walker (drums).
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change