Wallpaper.

Wallpaper. (11:00 PM)

The Dance Party (10:15 PM)

K.Flay (9:30 PM)

Dude Royal (8:30 PM)

Tue, January 25, 2011

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

advance tix $10.00/ dos tix $12.00

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Wallpaper. - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Wallpaper.
Wallpaper. is, in many ways, Ricky Reed. The indulgent and ever-stylish frontman is more than just a sweet pair of shades and a gold-plated microphone. He’s a bona fide viral hustler, a disco ball-busting showman and an extremely gifted producer expertly blurring glitzy pop and raunchy rap with anthemic rock and electronic funk. But Wallpaper. is other things too—a raging four-piece, for one, but most importantly, Wallpaper. is you. You and me and everyone we know on our best night ever, positively #STUPiDFACEDD, champagnin’ with no plans in the morning.

When first we met Ricky Reed, he was busy crushing Oakland house parties and selling CD-Rs out the trunk of his car. He’d called upon his earliest influences—P-Funk, Afrobeat, Bay Area rap, Prince—and come away with sweaty, swaggerful beats imbued with a real musicality. Meanwhile, his Lynchian video blogs (a little David and a lot of Liam) and inventive remixes and mashups earned him out-of-town props, particularly when his sax-blaring remake of Das Racist’s “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” went totally freaking atomic.

Wallpaper.’s debut LP, Doodoo Face, was a masterful collision of buoyant percussion, synth blurt, heavy bass and wild narcissism as strong for its legit songwriting chops as for its illicit party-wrangling. Naturally, the live show evolved in step with the music, into a truly visceral thing with double drummers pounding out a thunderous beat behind Ricky Reed and his partner, the charismatic and supremely sassy Novena Carmel. Witnessed in person, whether in a theater or a college quad, their sound is busting at its well-tailored seams, outsized and overpowering.

Ricky Reed initially self-released Wallpaper.’s breakout single, “#STUPiDFACEDD,” dubbed an “awesomely doltish ode to Saturday-night oblivion” by Entertainment Weekly. The subsequent video was hand-picked for MTV’s Indie Music Month coverage and has since racked up over a million views. The song infiltrated several episodes of Jersey Shore too, and inspired MTV and Extreme’s HYPE Music to team up with Evan Bogart’s freshly launched Boardwalk Records for an innovative release partnership. Enter the #STUPiDFACEDD EP, a genre-bending, thump-addled set featuring a guest turn from Bay Area rap legend Too $hort, serving to sate appetites until Wallpaper.’s Boardwalk LP arrives.

Now, as radio stations fight over which format has dibs on him—Top 40, Alternative, Rhythmic—Ricky Reed continues to do what he does best: put in work, create, tour, entertain. He’s currently co-writing music for Andrew W.K.’s next album, recently completed a song with funk godfather George Clinton, and covered Adele with a little help from raunchy rising Detroit emcee Danny Brown. He’s an in-demand remixer, working with artists as diverse as Britney Spears and Local Natives, and a beast on the road with a band that blares arena-sized energy. Ladies and gentlemen, look outside—if it’s the weekend, check the mirror—Wallpaper. has arrived.
The Dance Party - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
The Dance Party
The Dance Party's material is characterized by a manic frenzy of electric guitar, fast-powered drums, boppy synthesizer and Coogan's coasting vocals that venture easily into falsetto territory every third note or so. Coogan dances around the stage like a caged sex beast, flailing limbs and hair following in the wake of every hip thrust, while his bassist and guitarist, donned in hi-tops and headband, respectively, trade riffs. It's obvious these guys are just here to party, and will continue to do so as they tour the US.
K.Flay - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
K.Flay
On “Blood in the Cut” — the moody and magnetic lead single from her new EP Crush Me — K.Flay turns emotional damage into unlikely transcendence. “It’s about inundating yourself with feelings of pain and angst, and how that can be its own form of power,” says Kristine Flaherty, the L.A.-based artist who made her debut as K.Flay with a series of releases in 2010. “The songs on the EP revolve around the idea of a person or a force seeking to crush you or hold you down, but there’s a defiant energy to them — like, ‘Yeah, go ahead and try.’”
The first signing to Night Street/Interscope Records (an imprint helmed by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds), K.Flay instills that energy into a batch of songs highlighting her seamless flow and head-turning lyricism. But while Crush Me builds off K.Flay’s hip-hop background, the EP also channels her punk sensibilities and DIY spirit into a lush but gritty sound rooted in live drums and guitar. “My live shows always had the spontaneity that comes from working with more organic instrumentation, and I wanted to make sure that was really reflected on this EP,” notes Flaherty, who’s previously toured with artists like Passion Pit, Icona Pop, Awolnation and Theophilus London.
Equally inspired by the novels of Marilynne Robinson and Kid Cudi’s early records, Crush Me finds K.Flay delivering her most intensely intimate yet sonically expansive work so far. “My main imperative was to create something musically interesting and at the same time be completely honest and not censor myself,” she says. Throughout the EP, K.Flay spikes her lyrics with confessional barbs but never loses her breezy cool. On “Blood in the Cut,” for instance, lines like “Reading through your messages/My favorite way to die” slip right into the song’s stripped-down arrangement of bright beats and buzzsaw guitars. Named for a cemetery in the heart of Los Angeles, the darkly charged “Hollywood Forever” matches K.Flay’s commentary on the toxic nature of fame with her own personal revelations (“My father was a user/And I’m afraid I’m just the same”). One of Crush Me’s loveliest and most melancholy moments, “Dreamers” owns up to feelings of loss and regret but explores the redemptive power of creativity (“Suddenly I felt fine inside a mind so full of ghosts/The darkest nights mean you see the stars the most”). And on the hazy and quietly heartbreaking “You Felt Right,” K.Flay offsets her lovesick, ripped-from-real-life storytelling with the occasional self-effacing dig (“I should have known don’t trust a poet, ‘cause they can’t do the math”).
Though Crush Me endlessly reveals her easy grace as a songwriter and producer, K.Flay is quick to point out that she “fell into music very haphazardly” at the age of 19 — a decade after her dad first taught her to play guitar. “I was in an argument with someone and was challenged to make a song, which was really my entry point to music,” says Flaherty, an Illinois native who studied at Stanford University. “From there I started producing and playing house parties on campus, kind of as a release from the academic life. I liked that music was a window into a world with a lot of unpredictability and chaos; it was almost diametrically opposed to my very regimented day-to-day living.”
Upon graduating, Flaherty moved to San Francisco and kept up with music, making her breakthrough with the 2011 mixtape I Stopped Caring in ’96 and soon landing a deal with a major label. Not long after putting out her 2013 EP What If It Is (featuring a collaboration with Danny Brown), K.Flay launched her own label for the release of her full-length debut Life As a Dog (a 2014 album that “pairs spaced-out rap beats and chiming indie rock,” according to Entertainment Weekly). “I feel like I’ve somersaulted into everything that’s happened since I first started making music,” says Flaherty. “It’s like I kept slowly turning to the right and ended up doing this for a living, which is pretty amazing to me.”
In making Crush Me, K.Flay joined forces with Nashville-based producer/musician JT Daly, writing and recording in a converted carriage house deep in the Tennessee countryside. She also worked with LA based producer Simon Says.
Both collaborators helped shape the emotionally raw yet complexly layered terrain of Crush Me. “I remember I was leaving the studio in Tennessee really late one night and playing ‘Hollywood Forever’ super-loud in the car,” says Flaherty, looking back on the making of the EP. “All of a sudden I was jolted back to the first time I ever pressed my music onto CD, and to putting all the boxes of CDs in my trunk and saying to myself, That’s cool — I made that. It was this weird joyous feeling, and I’d completely forgotten all about it until that night in Nashville.”
For K.Flay, that weird joy surpasses “all the crazy adventures” she’s experienced since dedicating herself to music. “There have been a lot of really high highs and low lows over the years, but the experience of taking nothing and creating something makes me happy and helps me not be anxious or depressed,” she says. “In and of itself, just the act of making music is still so life-affirming to me.”
Dude Royal - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
LA native Dude Royal is quickly gaining a steady following. With regular live performances around LA, a track with Rob Roy, and a killer set at this past year's SXSW, Royal has proven his natural talent and swag. Royal creates an infectious draw to all those who are in his presence. His latest single, "Love High" is a radio-friendly track, appealing to the mainstream while winning over the independent crowd as well. Produced by Universal Motown's newest signee Christian TV, "Love High"'s timing was perfect for a 4/20 release. Royal's dedication, charisma, and rhymes alone are bound to bring him to great places, but did we mention he also sings?
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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