Henry Lawrence Presents BEATS BISTRO: LA SEOUL

Henry Lawrence Presents BEATS BISTRO: LA SEOUL

The Moth & The Flame (10:00 PM)

Rachel Goodrich & The Grrrls (9:10 PM)

Breach The Summit (8:30 PM)

Black Crystal Wolf Kids (11:00 PM)

Chef: Starry Kitchen

Sun, March 2, 2014

7:30 pm

GA tix $20.00 / VIP $50.00

**A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to benefit The Art of the Brain. The Art of the Brain raises money for Dr. Timothy Cloughsey’s groundbreaking neuro-oncology program, generates public awareness of brain cancer, and spotlights the talent, strength, and courage of brain cancer patients.**

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Henry Lawrence Presents BEATS BISTRO: LA SEOUL
Henry Lawrence Presents BEATS BISTRO: LA SEOUL
Beats Bistro is a new series pairing world-class local bands with world-class local chefs. Each installment explores a different theme and puts qualified artists both on the stage and in the kitchen. Tickets include admission and a small bite prepared by the featured chef.
The Moth & The Flame - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Moth & The Flame
Intimately tucked between The Moth & The Flame’s trembling synthesizers and compellingly bravado vocals rests a component that syndicates the band’s evolution together at its core: steadiness. With precise details and intentional steps, The Moth & The Flame walks a line between mass appeal and artistic integrity. Their new album, Young & Unafraid, mingles the spontaneous and relaxed approach the band previously took when record with a deliberate and gauged plan to cross new barriers. The Moth & The Flame impeccably balances the coziness of knowing where they’ve come from with the aspirations of where they want to be. Leaving behind their Provo, Utah home, the band moved to Los Angeles and let their emotions marinade in the mix of Young & Unafraid, an album that is a culmination of the different times in their lives throughout the recording process.

With an explosion of colorful expression, Young & Unafraid emphasizes The Moth & The Flame’s collective scope of influences. The invigorating and empowered dynamics of tracks like “Empire & The Sun” and “Live Where I Breathe” flawlessly seize the bands’ infectious and spirited ability to create ambiance. Meanwhile, the album’s title track, “Young & Unafraid” takes on a murkier, anguished 90’s grunge feel, a reflection of Brandon Robbins’ Washington State roots. Protesting the narrative, the song is adherent to a consciousness of millennial angst. “We’re trying to give people a sense of empowerment,” Robbins explains enthusiastically. “Growing up, all of the songs I loved had a meaning. In that manner, we’re writing about things that we see and feel…things that need to be changed.” Ambitiously, the band hopes their hunger for variation will stir onlookers to pushback when they encounter an obstruction.

Secured by a vigilant assortment of producers, the album thrives in its diversity. For the album’s recording, the band chose to work with a variety of producers. The Moth & The Flame returned to a long-standing relationship, recording with Nate Pyfer, who also oversaw their debut album. A confident, new generation producer, Pyfer opened the floodgates, allowing the band to thrive without limitations. Producer Peter Katis (Sigur Ros, Fanfarlo, Frightened Rabbit, Swell Season), who was on the band’s bucketlist to work with, brought an airy and organic warm-heartedness to the record. Mastermind instrumentalist Rob Moose, known for his work with Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire, enhanced Katis’ rich production, adding orchestration and depth. Tony Hoffner furthered the band; applying brighter and more accessible touches found on the album’s tracks, similar to those had supplied bands like M83, Beck and Stars.

This collection of distinctively unique production signatures has allowed The Moth & The Flame to construct a vast and exceptionally innovative album, while simultaneously expanding the borders of what they’re known for and remaining steadfast in the qualities that define them. “We were a little worried about how cohesive the sound could be while working with so many different producers,” Robbins admits. “It is a little scary honestly, creating a sound that might end up nothing like something you’ve previously created. But it ended up meshing in a really beautiful way that wasn’t jarring.”

While their debut self-titled record was deliberately built as an “artsy album”, Young & Unafraid was conceived to influence an extensive audience and cultivate The Moth & The Flame’s signature sound. “It is a more accessible version of us,” admits Robbins, “and honestly a more realized version of the band. We were very young and new when we started and the experiences we gained have helped us create a more zoomed in version of The Moth & The Flame.”

The Moth & the Flame is Brandon Robbins (vocals, guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards/vocals), and Andrew Tolman (drums).
Rachel Goodrich & The Grrrls - (Set time: 9:10 PM)
Rachel Goodrich & The Grrrls
Proving her cult-like following from her hometown of Miami, Florida was not just a fluke – Rachel continues to see success since moving to the west coast. Inspired by the her new home in Venice, Rachel has paired a classic beachy-rock n' roll vibe with her quirky-folk roots. Keep an eye out for her music on the small screen; her song “Lightbulbs” was featured on an episode of Showtime’s “Weeds” and more recently her song “Morning Light” was on NBC’s “The Blacklist.” With a new album due out in spring 2014, Rachel is looking forward to sharing her music.
Breach The Summit - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Breach The Summit
The broad genre of indie pop that Breach The Summit creates comes from a variety of influences. The Irvine natives all listen to tons of different music and share their new discoveries with each other. Whilst they get a lot of comparisons, there isn’t one that is constant. They rather like to think of themselves as a bit of everything – including Two Door Cinema Club, Young The Giant, Foals, Walk The Moon, Death Cab For Cutie, Bastille, Kings Of Leon and Vampire Weekend amongst many more. This sound that combines everything, but doesn’t single out one thing is a little bit of a trend with indie bands of late, but one thing sets Breach The Summit apart becomes obvious when you see them in the live environment – Kittelsen is the lead singer...and the drummer. Beresford remarks “people are usually pretty surprised when they learn that and wonder how it’s possible”. Beresford himself doesn’t even know, but Kittelsen makes it work pretty damn well.
Black Crystal Wolf Kids - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Black Crystal Wolf Kids
Inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips, the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, and the over-the-toppedness of 80s tribute bands like Fast Times, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world's first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (from MGMT to Phoenix to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as well as indie's storied past (Pavement; the Pixies; et al).

They're also something of an all-star band in their own right: frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Bernard Levin all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Valley Players Club (among others) and bassist Marc Gasway also can be seen onstage with The Sexies and Candypants. "I'd gotten sick of going to see indie-rock shows on the Eastside with great, fun bands, and seeing the audience standing still with their arms crossed," says Miller, semi-ironically. "The music is great -- why not have fun and sing along to it??"

That attitude's also led to on-stage appearances from members of some of LA's best actual indie-rock bands, from Coachella main stage act Steel Train to Spaceland headliners Wires in the Walls to KCRW mainstays Oliver Future to multiple OC Music Award winners Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, with near-nightly sit ins from among LA's indie cognoscenti. "I guess," Miller says, "sometimes even serious musicians like to have a little fun themselves."
Chef: Starry Kitchen
In May of 2009, Nguyen and Thi Tran started an illegal + underground restaurant out of the back of their apartment in North Hollywood that eventually became the #1 Asian Fusion restaurant in all of L.A. on Yelp. Starry Kitchen is the culmination of that experiment. Now open in Chinatown’s Grand Star, and now infamous for their (Crispy Tofu) Balls + (Singaporean Chili) Crab Starry Kitchen creates fantastically delicious Pan-Asian flavor combinations that are only matched by Nguyen’s larger-than-life personality.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change