Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche (10:00 PM)

TEEN (9:15 PM)

The Last Hurrah!! featuring Maesa (8:30 PM)

Wed, October 8, 2014

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Sondre Lerche - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sondre Lerche
Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer/songwriter/composer/guitarist. His eclectic and richly melodic debut, 'Faces Down,' written and recorded at 16, was named among the best albums of the year, and listed as one of the most remarkable debuts of 2002 by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Follow-up 'Two Way Monologue' was an Album Of The Year in Uncut Magazine and solidified Lerche's global momentum. He toured extensively across the world both solo, with his band, and opening for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, appearing on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall.

In 2006 Lerche released the jazz-inflected Billboard Jazz Top 5 album, 'Duper Sessions,' followed by 'Phantom Punch' -- his first album not recorded in Norway -- as well as his acclaimed Original Soundtrack for the 2007 Steve Carell/Juliette Binoche hit movie 'Dan In Real Life,' where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.

Having relocated to Brooklyn, Lerche's countless dynamic live performances, often completely alone on stage, continued to reach new listeners, while his music continuously explored new themes and styles.

2009's 'Heartbeat Radio' won US critical acclaim, including from the LA Times: "No matter what genre he's working in -- fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop -- this young Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts catchier choruses than many musicians who've been working twice as long as he has. His refrains always pay off."

In 2010, Lerche co-wrote the song "Dear Laughing Doubters" for another Carell hit comedy, 'Dinner For Schmucks.'

In 2011 he appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" for the second time, performing a song from his self-titled (and first self-released) album, of which Rolling Stone Magazine said, "The man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks."

In 2012 Lerche was honored to appear on an official postage stamp in Norway.

2014 saw the release of his celebrated dissonant and mostly ambient score for the Sundance indie-hit movie 'The Sleepwalker,' and a new career peak, the album 'Please,' which Popmatters called "a pop masterpiece," while naming it one of the best albums of the year. 2017 sees Lerche embarking on a new world tour, starting in Norway in January.
TEEN - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Pivoting from the melodic psych of their previous efforts, TEEN’s second full-length The Way And Color shows the young group confidently shifting direction with their distinctly modern, R&B-informed pop.

Searching for inspiration following their last album, the band’s three sisters – lead singer Teeny Lieberson, keyboardist Lizzie Lieberson and drummer Katherine Lieberson – found direction from a simple lineup tweak, joining with bassist Boshra AlSaadi to mine a new side of the band’s sound.

What emerged was the ambitious scope of The Way And Color. Recorded over a ten-day session in upstate New York, the band infuses their brooding pop with minimalist beats and complex harmonies, inspired by D’Angelo and Erykah Badu’s classic R&B.

Amidst the album’s rich patchwork, Teeny emerges as a expressive, inspired frontwoman, touching on themes of relationships, womanhood and power. The record’s crisp production from Daniel Schlett (DIIV) showcases her voice’s stylistic agility, from the theatrical vamping of “Rose 4 U” to the twisting, soulful “More Than I Ask For.” Toying with genre, TEEN successfully trades in the reverb for a punchy clarity and newfound maturity.
The Last Hurrah!! featuring Maesa - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Last Hurrah!! featuring Maesa
This is the new project from HP Gundersen; well-known producer, artist, musical partner, creative force, teacher, mentor and music enthusiast from Bergen, Norway. He has produced some 50 albums, probably best-known for Sondre Lerche's debut album Faces Down and Madrugada's monster hit "Lift Me." After stumbling over Stephen Stills' "secret tuning" as used on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," HP has dedicated the last couple of years to explore what he calls drone guitar, music based on open, in this case modal, guitar tunings offering a fuller sound world and polyrhythmic possibilities not achieved with standard tunings. It soon became an obsession and he would sit at home for hours and days just playing as a means of meditation and for his own mental health. Friend and singer Heidi Goodbye would come to visit and ended up becoming so hypnotized by his playing that she just had to become involved. Heidi, also from Bergen, travelled to Denmark at the age of seventeen to study jazz vocal for two years. On returning home she was considered something of a sensation, but couldn't identify with a role in the jazz world and became more interested in American roots music, old country music and blues. The Last Hurrah!! is not merely HP and Heidi, but also an artist collective with different line-ups for various occasions, whether it's for recording or on stage. Others who have been intrigued include Jon Irabagon, dubbed the greatest saxophone talent in the U.S. since John Coltrane and Michael Powers, the blues guitarist, both having played with HP. Spiritual Non-Believers is a lovely mix of acoustic drone guitar, cosmic raga, pure pop and the very local take on country music so special to the west coast of Norway. The half-hour centerpiece of the album is based on a dark, sordid and bizarre story, in stark contrast to the almost high-spirited, feel-good atmosphere of most of the music. "The Ballad Of Billy And Lilly" is bookended by "Mother Nature," a cover from the 1970 album by Norwegian cult band Oriental Sunshine and "Melodi Grand Prix 73," an unlikely but sweet mix of bossa nova, surf music and Steve Reich. HP Gundersen: acoustic drone guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel, percussion, vocals; Heidi Goodbye: vocals; Alex Grieg: acoustic bass; Stein Urheim: tambura, harmonica; Geir Svendson: percussion; Stein Inge Brækhus: percussion; Willy Corneliussen: drums; David Vogt: violin; Henrik Paulsen: electric guitar; Lillian Samdal and Karoline Skuseth: backing vocals. Includes mp3 download voucher for the entire album.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change