Monday, March 23, 2015

OV Weekly 3/23: Who says Spring Break is only for College Kids?

It's not just the first full week of spring, IT'S SPRING BREAK!! Which means it's time to see sick concerts EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! As swarms college students descend on LA (which, by the way, made the top ten list for Spring Break destinations) the traffic will be worse, but the events will be nothing short of epic!

This week, we have a list of events that starts strong and ends with a bang. SO if you are looking for the best way to spend your Spring Break, or for just a way to unwind after your long day of real-world jobs, we have the inside scoop.

Matthew E. White with Wilsen at The Echo

Our neighbors at The Echo are throwing a sick party with a live band this Tuesday. White's blossoming solo career went from zero to sixty in what seems like 3 seconds flat. He has spent the last year touring all over Europe and the U.S, playing festivals like Glastonbury and Primavera, and in the end worked himself to shingles. White's second album Fresh Blood was released on March 15th, which makes it almost as fresh as it gets. His sound is comfortable and fraught, troubling and delightful all at the same time. White has definitely avoided the sophomore slump, and his new album is the perfect sound track to those long restless insomnia-filled nights we all have, but thanks to White, at OV we are hoping those restless nights come along more often just so we have an even better excuse to listen to Fresh Blood on repeat.

Check out Matthew E. White with the fragile and seductive sounds of Wilsen Tuesday at 8:30pm.

Lust for Youth and Marshstepper at Jewel's Catch One

The Church on York never fails to impress, and this week is no different with Lust for Youth, Marshstepper, Silent Servant, Dirty Beaches (DJ Set), and DINNER. This mini fest of fun is from 8-10 PM, and too be honest, we couldn't have picked a better line-up ourselves if we had tried.

The Danes in Lust For Youth have created a winner with International, it is truly a buoyant synth masterpiece, the lo-fi vibe has been ditched and the hooks are thrown front and center. However, don't think even for a second that just because the new album released on Sacred Bones Records has some pop sensibilities that it lacks the deeply introspective moments we love from Lust For Youth. Expect a lot of bang for your buck on this one.

Jens Kuross Presents: Nobody's Pretty at the Bluewhale

If you have been event hopping and following our list up to this point, you need a night to relax a little. Well, a night of garage jazz sounds like the perfect remedy. Nobody's Pretty has a raw, unfinished, pure sound, and even though it may lack the polish of more traditional jazz, it lacks no sophistication. Asymetrical percussion, neo-soul bass lines help to create a sound with elegance and sonic ingenuity. Nobody's Pretty is sure beautiful, and it's not one to be missed. The event goes from 9 to midnight at the Bluewhale, a live jazz bar in the heart of Little Toyko. With ambiance and music like this, we challenge you not to be replenished for a killer weekend.

Sonny & the Sunsets, Hinds, and Colleen Green at the Echo

How could we make a Spring Break list in LA without some mention of a sunset? Sonny & the Sunsets are the perfect example of a "west coast thing". Instantly at the first note you are hit with surf, sand, and campfires under the stars. The Sunsets are a rotating group, so you are in for a surprise, because you never know who will be in the band this Friday, and the only way to find out is to be there!! This band has created a totally gnarly busted beach pop sound, with a laid back style mixed with some extremely complicated lyrics and vocals. This band shreds, not doubt, dude.

Joined by Hinds, a band of babes straight from Spain, and Colleen Green, with a pop sound track for all the days you spend in a Daze.

Hawaiian Shirts and sunscreen aren't required, but to be real, it would be a great addition!

Panache Spring Fling with secret guest at The Echo

MAN, this is a big one. So many great bands in one place, I don't think you can actually justify missing this one. Jacco Gardner, The Entrance Band, Twerps, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, Endless Bummer, Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, and Dream Boys. Just, WOW.

The Dutchman, Jacco Gardner, creates a melodic blend of colors and sensibilities that will transport you to somewhere far far away, and his new album Hypnophobia is to die for. The cheeky, charming, international pop champions Twerps just released a new album, and let us tell you, you want to catch these Aussies while they aren't down under.

There are really just too many fantastic bands at this event, and it's a perfect way to dance the last Saturday of Spring Break away. We will see you there!


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