King Raam

King Raam (9:00 PM)

Smoke Season (8:15 PM)

Oh, Be Clever (7:30 PM)

Sun, August 16, 2015

7:00 pm

$0.00 - $30.00

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King Raam - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
King Raam
Raam is an Iranian musician currently based out of Tehran. He started his musical career as the singer/songwriter/founder of Hypernova, a post-punk band in New York, which was born in the undergrounds of Tehran in the early 2000's. After receiving some success with Hypernova, he decided to pursue a solo career under the name of King Raam. After several years of adventures between New York, London and Los Angeles, Raam has finally returned to his motherland in order to record his new album. The progressive nature of the modern Iranian society, led by the younger generation, has ushered a new era of creativity that has opened the way for its artists to express themselves more freely in a country where only a few years ago such creative outbursts seemed impossible.
Raam was born in the coastal city of Bushehr, Iran, and moved to Eugene on the West Coast of the United States with his family at a young age. Raam would return to Iran in the 90s, where he lived as a teenager in Tehran. He later immigrated to Canada in 1998 to try his luck at college life. His fragile eggshell mind, however, would not settle for the calm of the classroom, so he set out on a journey to find his calling, which was the founding of Hypernova, the first rock band to come from Iran to get signed and tour with big acts around the world. Pioneering the Iranian rock movement and exposing a different side of the axis of evil, with a great deal of international press behind them, Hypernova led a new generation of aspiring underground Iranian artists eager to share their music with the world. In 2007 they embarked on an adventure to the United States that would change their lives forever. In 2008, they toured North America in support of goth legends the Sisters of Mercy, their song Viva La Resistance is featured on the blockbuster video game Rock Band 3, and they performed at the Pangea Day Festival sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design).
Raam launched his solo career in 2011 with Songs of the Wolves, a personal and sincere album of love and loss. With the help of Persian poet/author Tara Aghdashloo, who wrote lyrics for the album, Raam expanded his musical horizons singing in his native Persian language for the first time. The success of the album was a pleasant surprise for everyone. It was a reaffirmation that there is a legitimate demand for an alternative sound in the Iranian music scene. He recorded his sophomore follow up TheVulture in Toronto in 2013. He currently is working on his third album back in Tehran with his band. To promote the new record Raam will have a North American and European tour in the summer of 2015.
Smoke Season - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Smoke Season
LA-based indie duo, Smoke Season, describe their powerhouse blend of electronic and soul in
four words: “Fleetwood Mac with beats”. Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen, the duo that
comprises Smoke Season, have carved out a sonic niche for themselves in the indie world —
drawing on electronic, rock steady and soul influences to create something "utterly fascinating"
(axs).
In November 2017, the group released their original single, “Wolves,” described by The Line of
Best Fit as “indie-pop at its best” and announced a collaboration with UK-based audio
technology brand, MQA, on an advertising campaign featuring the single. “Good Days,”
released in summer 2017, was featured in Season 2 of BBC America’s Dirk Gently Holistic
Detective Agency. The duo has received acclaim from major press outlets such as W
Magazine, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Clash Magazine, LA Weekly, and The New York Times, to
name a few.
Smoke Season continues to be an influence in the fashion world — recently announcing a
merchandise line designed by lead singer, Gabrielle, and featuring one-of-a-kind vintage
products. The line’s first round of merchandise sold out within 12 hours of going live.
The pair has also risen as a voice for social change: flying to Standing Rock North Dakota to
support DAPL protests and released videos focusing on bullying of LGBTQ youth ("Loose"),
support for veterans ("When The Smoke Clears"), and immigration reform ("Emilia”).
Their 2016 Ouroboros EP featured a socially conscious short film that was featured at the 2017
Cannes Film and 2017 Hollyshort Film Festivals.
Smoke Season performed at SXSW 2017 and completed an international fall 2017 tour including
stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City and London.
Oh, Be Clever - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Oh, Be Clever
Indie, electro, soul is a category of sound squarely cornered by Salt Lake City's breakout duo Oh, Be Clever. Vocalist and wordsmith Brittney Shields effortlessly uses Cory Scott Layton's refreshing rush of instrumentals as a conduit for spinning tales of love, loss and living in the 21st century. The pair, however, haven't always enjoyed perfect harmony. Prior to Oh, Be Clever the two were members of separate bands which loathed each other to the point of physical violence. Late one night after a show, in the parking lot, a fight broke out between their two bands. Having always admired each other, Shields and Layton left the scene of the fight to create their own music. Later that very night, after disappearing together, the two alerted their previous bands that they were done. Oh, Be Clever was born. The goal from the beginning was to create a new sound completely different from their previous efforts. Layton knew that Shields' voice could roll and run, drop and drip, cascade and plunge like no other in Salt Lake City. Together these two set out to create the perfect sound to spark Oh, Be Clever to life.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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