Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz

Mosco Rosco (8:15 PM)

King (7:30 PM)

Mon, December 8, 2014

7:00 pm

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Madi Diaz
Madi Diaz
"One of my favorite feelings is the sense I get from pouring over parts of my past before lighting them up and leaving it all behind me to start over again." -- Madi Diaz

In 2013, Madi Diaz packed up her Nashville home and drove across the country to L.A. "It took five days to drive to Los Angeles by myself. I listened to 'Abbey Road' for six hours at a time, and watched the desert open up before me again and again. I saw the sun set and rise at the Grand Canyon, and I sang out over the cliffs, picked up tumbleweeds along the way and threw them in the back of my car. When I got the Pacific, I just ran straight into ocean."

After much time on the endless road, three tiny apartments, and one big heartbreak, she buckled down in LA, pushing for something true to herself and who she wanted to be. The result is "Phantom," an open-faced and undeniably honest chronicle of falling down, getting back up, and heading to the horizon.

The songs on "Phantom" expand upon Madi's brand of sophisticated indie pop, taking on grungy, pulsating bass lines that open up to shimmering, expansive chords, punchy drum beats and unfettered vocal swagger. "It's very visceral," Madi says of the album, "it's about a person looking at herself every day and getting lost in the other side of the mirror." "Phantom" was recorded in Madi's newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC's famed Electric Lady Studios.

"Stay Together" is a fist-pumping anthem of honesty, punctuated by Madi's soaring vocals that pierce through the up-tempo beats. Madi calls it "a great big trust fall." The album traverses moods, from the energetic bursts of "First Time" to the downbeat and breezy track "Ghost Rider." But the album's sound is unified and direct; the lead track "Tomorrow" sets the pace, propelled by pulsing beats, meandering melodies and subtle synths, while Diaz's voice weaves in between the danceable rhythms. "I wanted to look at our wreckage one last time, and then move on," she says of the song. On the sonically textured "Wide," Madi says "it shows that I am strong enough to let all of this go and keep on trying."

Underneath the effervescent pop, Madi's lyrics reveal an emotional through line. "The record tells an arcing story that begins with a sweet naive love, then things get hard, and then comes a big slap in the face," she laughs. "It starts nostalgic and resolves itself in this understanding of wider truth... this exhausted, relaxed goodness and reflection."

Madi's own story begins in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley, where she grew up home-schooled by post-hippie parents. "It was totally backwoods," she says, "with cornfields, horses and buggies, where we had more Amish people going down the streets than cars." Her home was filled with music. Her father and mother both have wide arms and colorful palates, and supplemented her education with a steady stream of classic rock, metal, r&b, pop and prog. The inspiration stuck with Madi, who left small town life behind for Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music. There, she began to shape her sound with songwriter Kyle Ryan, where her powerful voice intermixed with Americana undertones. Next she moved to Nashville, self-releasing her first album "Plastic Moon" in 2012, and beginning to explore her music's cinematic feel.

Now with Madi's Nettwerk debut "Phantom," her songs dive deeper and fly higher, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. As she takes to the road again this summer, Madi is poised to unleash her powerful songs and chase whatever the future may hold. "I can never sit still," she says "I wanna hurl myself into life. These songs tell a story about lighting flames and letting every part of the last fire burn out. Don't turn around and don't look back. Look forward."
Mosco Rosco - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Mosco Rosco
Formerly known as Harper Blynn and having had a damn good 2013 on the road and co-writing a single with Sara Bareilles, this is a band you'll hear more about this year. Here's how Mosco Rosco's Pete Harper describes the band, their sound, and how they came to collaborate with Reggie Watts:


"Mosco Rosco is inspired by an Alan Moore comic from the late-'70s. The detective gets a call from the coroner telling him they've discovered the corpse of rock 'n' roll. In this allegory he puts together a team composed of characters resembling Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Brian Eno to find the culprit. His first suspect is Kraftwerk.

"At this point in 1979, Kraftwerk and dance music were continuing their ascent, and it was important that someone represent this art they feared was being lost. Soul music and rock music, imperfect and human, contain the elements of struggle and emotion that lead people into relationships with themselves and others. Technology and its ability to create 'perfect' sound became the enemy. Punk music was doing its piece, but was reactionary, and as a result was an extreme response that disposed of many useful and timeless elements of the craft.

"We realized in making this first Mosco Rosco record that bands like the Talking Heads and The Cars and records like Michael Jackson's Off the Wall were our biggest inspiration — people who knew how to play their instruments, singing well-crafted songs. For us, music exists as something we engage with as individuals, from a vulnerable and individual space. We think it's only fair that as those making the music we do the same.

"Reggie fell into our lives when he came over to our band house with friends. Then we ended up stumbling into a Lionel Richie concert with him at SXSW. A few months later he came to a show, helped us load out, and brought us some carrot cake. Having his freedom and personality on this song just fit right in."

Catch Mosco Rosco in their new residency at The Satellite in LA, with special guests. - ESQUIRE MAGAZINE
King - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
King
Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are dream-pop trio KING. In 2011, KING independently released their debut EP to much acclaim- The Story, Supernatural, and Hey made up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted sound. Fueled by word of mouth excitement and social media posts from supporters including Prince, Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, Solange, Nile Rodgers, Sam Sparro, Janelle Monae, Questlove and a host of others, their story and songs have spread wide and made new fans of many. Since the release of their initial EP, KING have been touring, performing as a headlining act to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and Amsterdam amidst a host of other US cities.

KING’s eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

Paris produces KING’s songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering such accolades as NPR’s Song of the Day and 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing, Billboard’s 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014, The Guardian’s New Band of the Day and Best Albums of 2013, Metro UK’s Singles of the Week, Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Free Holiday Music Campaign, and the 55th GRAMMY Award for ‘Move Love’, their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album ‘Black Radio’.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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