Kitten - NEW DATE

Kitten - NEW DATE

Kitten (9:30 PM)

Olivver the Kid (8:45 PM)

Mereki (8:00 PM)

Fiona Grey (7:15 PM)

Sat, June 6, 2015

7:00 pm

$15.00

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ATTENTION KITTEN TICKET BUYERS FOR POSTPONED (4/4/15) SHOW YOU MAY EITHER HOLD ON TO YOUR TIX THEY WILL BE VALID FOR THIS NEW DATE OR IF YOU LIKE A REFUND YOU HAVE UNTIL THURS. APRIL 24TH @ 5PM TO DO SO....Otherwise there will be no more refunds.  Thank You.

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Kitten - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Kitten
For Chloe Chaidez, frontwoman of the electrifying rock group Kitten, the trajectory from rock fan to rock star began in carpool. “Growing up, my dad had to drive an hour and half every day five days a week to take me to gymnastics,” she recalls. Chloe’s father, a drummer from LA’s early punk scene, used this time to communicate the important things in life to his young daughter: Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. “We listened to lots of classic rock,” Chloe recalls. “But we also played the new CMJ mixes. This is pre-internet and that’s how you learned about new bands, from little CDs that came with cool magazines. Bands like Sigur Rós, Band of Horses….” With the August 28th release of Kitten’s new EP, CUT IT OUT, Chloe hopes to add her own songs to the tracks blasting out of car stereos across the country.

By age ten, Chloe had begun playing bass and had formed her own band. By twelve, she was opening for indie artists such as Midlake and Conor Oberst with her blend of hip covers and precocious originals. “I probably watched School of Rock 100 times,” Chloe says, laughing. “That was all I wanted to do.”

It’s not a surprise that Chloe was so naturally drawn to the rebel artists’ life. Both her mom and dad are creative and the singer’s older brother, the scholar in the family, also dabbles in music. “School is really his thing,” Chloe says. “ Mathematics. But he’s also a really natural musician.” School was not Chloe’s thing. “I got into a lot of trouble from a very early age,” she remembers. Music was all that ever held her attention but within that particular world she is as educated as they come. A consummate rock nerd, she can easefully narrate the creative through-line from My Bloody Valentine to Washed Out, discuss her appreciation of everyone from Cat Power to the Notorious B.I.G.,then pivot to music business speak to dissect Grimes’ marketability in the mainstream. “People always say, oh she’s so young but the thing is, I have been doing this for a really long time already,” Chloe says. “I love it. As cliché as it sounds, it’s my life. It’s all I do.”

While writing songs, recording, and performing live have been a major part of Chloe’s daily life over the last few years, what’s been more of a challenge, she says, is learning how to focus her vision. “You can write a song on an acoustic guitar and it can sound any way you want. It doesn’t necessarily have a point of view,” she explains. “But over the last year or two, I’ve realized the particular music I wanted to make, what sound I wanted and the point of view that I wanted it to come from.”

The path to this realization wasn’t without it’s rough patches. Ironically after signing her record deal, at the peak of her first small wave of success, when she should have been the happiest, Chloe nearly lost herself in rock and roll cliché. “I would drink before and after shows… do drugs,” Chloe remembers. “The real problem was that I couldn’t stop myself. It wasn’t just about fun. I was frustrated, scared and confused and I wanted to kill those feelings, but I justified it by saying this is the rock and roll life style. It’s okay to do this ‘cause so did Iggy Pop, so did Lou Reed. Maybe I would write my own ‘Heroin’ someday. But the thing is, drugs really do kill your creativity and they can ruin your career. That lifestyle, how I was living it, it lowers you. We almost had to shut the whole thing down. Part of the turnaround of this record is that I looked around and said, ‘Wait a minute. This isn’t a joke. This is my life. This is what I care about. What the hell am I doing?’”

Back in LA, away from distractions, Chloe was finally clear-headed enough to truly explore what kind of music she wanted to make. Through songwriting collaborations with her manager and musical mentor, Chad Anderson, the singer started to hone in on her now signature sound. A blend of the ferocious power of late 70s post punk with the sonic textures and rhythms of British new wave, executed with an emotional delicacy all too rare for today.

Soon after Chloe started messing around with her computer at home to create music with her brother, the stage was set for Kitten to rise. “I felt stuck with the band format’s mostly organic instruments so I started making beats with my brother in our bedrooms,” she remembers. “I found it really liberating. Soon after I started falling in love with 80s new wave, most of it British—Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, The Eurythmics, American artists like The Motels and ‘till Tuesday, Prince….”

Liberating is a good descriptor for Kitten’s EP. A blend of the sophisticated elegance of dream pop with the jagged directness of rock and roll, it’s a declaration of intent and an auspicious announcement of the arrival of a new force in music. The title track “Cut It Out” has the sweetness of a delicate pop song underscored by a massive futuristic backbeat. “G#” is a reverb-drenched reinvention of classic shoegazer rock, slashed through with razor guitars and songs like “Sugar” showcase Chloe’s willingness to be intimate and vulnerable even from within these layers of raucous noise.

From considered near-ballads to epic walls of sound, the EP showcases the dynamic range of Chloe’s young band. Guitarist Andy Miller has been with Kitten since the beginning and his subtle, textured playing is responsible for the infusion of keyboard-like sounds and not-so-subtle hooks. Bass player Chris Vogel has made a huge difference in Kitten’s cohesion as a band – the resident gear head in the group he also brings a simplicity and directness that keeps the music grounded while giving Chloe a run for her money onstage.

It’s almost as if Chloe Chaidez has been in training for close to a decade and is now ready for the major leagues. She’s always had the talent and the belief but now she has the sense of self and identity to back it up. “What’s going to make this band different is our live show,” says the singer, when asked what truly distinguishes Kitten. “I love being onstage more than anything. When you are up there you can do whatever you want. You can be whatever you want. If there’s one person in the back of the room not involved, then that’s my audience. I’ll do whatever I have to do to blow that person away. I want everybody in the audience to remember where they were when they saw Kitten for the first time.”
Olivver the Kid - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Olivver the Kid
Mereki - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Mereki
Australian artist and songwriter Mereki is set to r
elease her debut solo EP in late 2014. Produced by
Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX) it blends
contemporary pop with 90's grunge rock and punk
influences.
Since 2011, Mereki has been working as a songwriter
and performer alongside Ariel Pink, Charli XCX,
Kitten, Jesse Shatkin (Sia), Dan Nigro (Dillon Fran
cis), Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr & Justin Young (The Vacc
ines) -
She co-wrote Kylie Minogues single "Golden Boy" (Pr
oduced by Ariel Rechtshaid) and has toured
internationally as the lead singer of the band Gold
room.
Mereki has built a dynamic career as a performer an
d songwriter and garnered critical acclaim from
Pitchfork, Earmilk, Nylon, MTV buzzworthy, Pop Just
ice, Muumuse amongst others.
Fiona Grey - (Set time: 7:15 PM)
Fiona Grey
Fiona Grey is an nineteen year old indie pop artist currently living in Los Angeles. She has been performing and writing music for over 10 years, becoming an ASCAP member at age seven. In March,2013, she released her first EP,“Striped Heart," a six song set of original songs which reflects both the edgy modern rock side of her music as well as her introspective lyrics and playful melodies.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ralph Covert and Cathy Schenkelberg. She was raised in the industry and from a very young age discovered she had a great passion for the arts. Her father, Ralph Covert, is a GRAMMY nominated musician, recording and touring in the 1990's with his rock band, The Bad Examples, and in the 2000's with his acclaimed children's music project, Ralph's World. Her mother, Cathy Schenkelberg, is an established voice-over actress.

Fiona has trained in vocal studies and songwriting at Los Angeles' prestigious arts high school, LACHSA, studying every style of music from opera to jazz. She had performed on some of the biggest stages in America, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Music Festival, and Lollapalooza.

This past year Fiona has been focused on working and writing her second EP: “Belladonna.” She also worked with a band “KITTEN” and toured on their North American tour for 6 weeks. Performing with artists such as Charli XCX, Foals and Liz.

The “Belladonna” EP was inspired by alot of modern electronic music. The goal is to bring in those elements while staying true to her organic sound. The genre is pop with influences that range from baroque pop to R&B.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change