Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (10:00 PM)

Crypts (9:00 PM)

Thu, October 25, 2012

8:00 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group
Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta will perform in select cities during summer 2010, utilizing a small core of players familiar to fans of the
prolific guitarist. Joining him onstage as the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group will be Juan Alderete de la Peña (bass) and Marcel Rodriguez Lopez (keys and
percussion), both of The Mars Volta; occasional Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, renowned for his work with Elvis Costello, John Cale, and his own
band, Kudu; and Grammy-nominated vocalist Ximena Sariñana Rivera, whose presence on recent Rodriguez Lopez albums such as Solar Gambling and Los
Sueños De Un Higado has been met with acclaim from fans and critics alike. The band will perform tracks from the aforementioned albums as well as
2009's Xenophanes and selections from as-yet-unreleased records, such as Un Escorpion Perfumado.
Crypts - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Crypts are Steve Snere, Bryce Brown and Nick Bartoletti

The long, slow demise of rock music has endured endless death throes, but the self-titled debut album by Crypts seems to clearly seal its fate while heralding the arrival of something far more vibrant and downright dangerous. The Seattle based dark electronic trio blends thick, hazy drone and synth noise with chopped-up hip hop rhythms, forsaking guitars in favor of more unique and sinister sounds.

Vocalist Steve Snere, former frontman of chaotic punk revisionists These Arms Are Snakes, brings a snarling urgency to the songs, while programmer Bryce Brown blasts out an aural assault of horror show noise, subsonic bass and skittering rhythms. Meanwhile, visual artist Nick Bartoletti creates a total environment of light and video projections for the band's live experience as well as its decidedly nihilistic aesthetic. It's an all-out attack on the senses that comes across as fresh and invigorating as the early days of punk.

"I needed a change of pace, to take myself out of the guitar-based rock world," says vocalist Steve Snere. "And the three of us wanted to experiment to find a sound that we wanted to hear." The result is the intense, occasionally bleak, yet endlessly enthralling debut album. Comparisons range from Wolf Eyes meets Christian Death to Skinny Puppy playing Dizzee Rascal. But these touch points seem to only scratch the surface of the snarling beast within Crypts.

The album was engineered with Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces), building upon basics recorded by Brown on Pro-Tools to which the band added live instruments. Most of the sounds were generated on home-built and modified equipment. Live, the band uses a homemade sound-reactive video device for its startling visuals. "We play everything live, there's no loops," Brown explains. " It's not a lot of button-pushing. Nick runs visuals live, while also playing synths. It's more like a rock band in a live setting."

Crypts opens with the fittingly titled "Completely Fucked", awash with slithering John Carpenter soundtrack synths oozing over galloping drum machine beats and synthetic handclaps. Nearly buried beneath the din, Snere moans and wails, building to a screaming crescendo like a maniac. And, with a choked growl, the song ends just barely over 2-minutes, launching into the hip-hop beat and almost bubbly-sounding keyboards of "Daft." Elsewhere, the trio lean into The Cure's Pornography-era gloom-pop ("Territories") and dark, anthemic hooks ("Bloods"). Throughout, it's a vastly energetic, albeit downright depraved sounding album thanks to Snere's effectively dramatic and versatile vocals and the band's innovative collision of musical aesthetics.

Crypts will be released on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 4, 2012.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change