Kimbra (10:30 PM)

LP (9:15 PM)

Hands (8:30 PM)

Tue, April 17, 2012

8:00 pm


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Kimbra - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Kimbra, NZ born songstress, is not a name synonymous with your average female singer, songwriter. Bringing a modern edge to the worn sounds of soul with a voice that belies her age, her jazz-influenced theatrical pop is inspired by a range of musical genres and artists, from Nina Simone to Bjork and Prince.

After 3 years now based in Melbourne, Kimbra has completed her debut full length album, 'Vows', set to be released in August. Featuring on the album are producers Francois Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki, Gotye) and M-Phazes (Amerie, Pharoahe Monch). Her popular debut single and video for 'Settle Down' received rave reviews from around the world claiming her as the 'one to watch for 2011'. Kimbra also featured on Miami Horror's track 'I Look To You' and has recently released second single off the soon-to-be-released album called, 'Cameo Lover'.

Kimbra's whimsical soul pop invokes both past and modern soul luminaries, but matched with her own intrigue and quirk, a breath mint for the pop scene, and a knack for theatrics to show that being a bit "out there" is the name of her game. Make no mistake - Kimbra is picking up steam even as she arrives. It's going to be a wonderful trip.
LP - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
It’s simple: Once you see and hear LP, you remember. She’s a gripping performer, a curly-headed force of nature looking kind of like a cross between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan, albeit often wielding a ukulele. A rockin’ ukulele, in front of a dynamic, versatile band, that is. And her voice is instantly ear-catching, a natural instrument of power and grace.
But there’s much more to it. There’s just something about the Los Angeles- based singer-songwriter-artist that grabs hold - a spirit, an exuberance, a belief in her gifts as a musician and in the power of music to reach people. It comes through her songs, whether written for Rihanna (the 2011 hit “Cheers”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People” from the movie Burlesque), or for herself, such as “Into the Wild” (the song that has tantalized ears through its use in a Citibank Card TV commercial) and the hauntingly epic “Tokyo Sunrise,” also from a live EP to be released this spring.
While writing songs for others was rewarding (artistically as well as in other ways), her most natural habitat is on stage. It was playing the L.A. club gigs that reenergized LP’s drive to write songs for herself and get back out there as a solo artist. Thinking back about her earlier days, performing live is what motivated her while living as a rock ‘n’ roll road warrior: “We were doing 250 shows a year, driving around the country in a crappy van my brother leased for me, one hotel room for all of us in the band,” she explains.
Fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing, LP’s stage presence is inherently powerful with a free-flowing, infectious confidence honed through a few years of touring around the country with her band fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing which has brought her to this point as a solo artist in her own right. At a recent show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in January, it became abundantly clear after just one song that the energy shared between artist and audience reflected a breakout buzz gig confirming LP’s status as an artist to watch in 2012.
In fact Esquire Magazine has singled out LP as one of 2012‘s rising stars, adding its voice to a growing, global legion of fans. All this comes before she’s even released her Warner Bros. Records debut live EP, let alone the full album she’s currently working on with producers such as Isabella Summers (Florence and the Machine), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Alanis Morissette), PJ Bianco (Metro Station, Veronicas), and Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Ellie Goulding) among her collaborators.
And then there are the multitudes of people online Google-ing to find the striking voice behind the mysterious “Somebody left the gate open”. A vocal snippet (from LP’s song “Into The Wild” ), which can be heard accompanying the daredevil rock climbers on the much-discussed Citibank Card commercial. The success of this song and commercial was the subject of a recent CNN news piece, not to mention the surge of popularity of the viral videos of LP’s concert performances, whether she’s singing her own songs or soaring versions of everything from Guns ‘N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” to Beyonce’s “Halo.” The beauty behind this kind of growing awareness is what happens on its own when an audience begins to discover an artist for themselves. It’s that pure word of mouth which continues to be the catalyst for that organic curiosity and attraction. This is not the work of the PR machine; it’s just the natural order of events which has brought fans to the music of LP.
LP - born and raised in New York and now a Los Angeleno — came to music early, despite coming from a “family of doctors and lawyers.” Her mom loved to sing, though, and the youngster was not to be deterred. She was drawn heavily to transformational artists, those who blended mystique with the rare ability to make an instant connection with listeners, both as performers and writers.
When LP talks about her favorite music or artists who have provided inspiration, she admits: “I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan. Kurt Cobain’s another one — he was able to make the most unique kind of music that stands on its own. What about Chris Cornell’s voice or Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde’s swagger...and I really appreciate rappers like Jay-Z; the wordplay is really important to me. I’m into so much music
Trying to describe LP’s music can be a daunting task. There is an elegant energy that rocks but does that make it rock music? The structures are memorable and melodic but does that make it pop music? The lyrical content has its own emotional depth that holds a universal appeal which draws the listener closer but does that make it folk music? One might detect traces of Roy Orbison, or the aforementioned Jeff Buckley, a hint of U2 or maybe some suggestion of Edith Piaf but it somehow doesn’t really sound like any of these per se. This is the music of LP.
Her performances were honed during her years of intense touring, and her songwriting developed while working with such top songwriters as Billy Steinberg and Desmond Child among others. “When I went in to sessions with people, I had to make it rain really fast or they wouldn’t want to write with me again. You learn to hit your mark pretty quickly.”
All of those factors are coming into play as LP makes her Warner Bros. debut album, which she hopes will be worthy of her teachers and will also satisfy her own creative expectations. “I want to make a journey of a record, something that flows as a full and complete piece of work,” she says.
It’s the same for her approach onstage. “I’m at my best fronting a full-on band,” she says. “I feel like I am a ‘force of nature’ from the love that comes from connecting with the audience. That’s what I strive for.”
Hands - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Hands is an Indie Rock band out of Los Angeles consisting of four members: Geoffrey Halliday, Ryan Sweeney, Sean Hess and Alex Staniloff. Each member has distinct strengths and disciplines that coalesce into a truly unique sound worthy of recent praise from the music industry and beyond. Hess’ technical authority and profound sense of tempo are a rare pairing, while Staniloff provides solid complementary bass thumps and the occasional auxiliary drum bringing the intensity of Hands’ live performance to a fever pitch. The interplay of Sweeney’s often esoteric guitar riffs and Halliday’s soaring tenor is further expanded upon by the various sampling and looping techniques they employ in order to craft a blissfully fresh sound.

It would seem nothing is holding this band back from becoming a truly appreciated group of musicians with something new to say, and a truly special way of saying it. Scoring a slew of opening spots for the likes of Deerhoof, DeVotchKa, Foster the People and more, Hands is bracing for a big 2011. After being touted by Beat Crave as a “Band To Look Out” and endorsements from Brand X and Buzz Bands, they are preparing to drop a much anticipated EP this Spring.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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