SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS @ CLUB NOKIA

Just got back from seeing Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Decent crowd for a Sunday night – about 2000 in attendance – including ?uestlove who was down in the main bar area, eating Rice Krispies treats.

This is the third time I’ve seen them perform in a little over a year (last two times were at the El Rey and Hollywood Bowl) and even though their stage show is fairly consistent, tonight was especially cool because they debuted at least three new songs from whenever their upcoming new […]

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DOUBLE SHOT OF DAP


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are playing the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday (along with Feist) and I wrote a feature in this week’s LA Weekly about the Dap-Kings specifically (no disrespect to Sharon but I had written about her before, everyone writes about her, surprisingly few people write about the Dap-Kings, ergo…). Tickets are still available, beginning at $10. Sure, those are nosebleeders but if you’ve never been to the HB before, it’s a great summer venue.

For those who are really cheap, on Saturday, the Budos Band (which shares members with the Dap-Kings) […]

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DISHING ON DARONDO


The Darondo show last night in Costa Mesa was…ok. At first, I was really impressed so many people would turn out for a Darondo show but then I realized this was part of the Abstract Workshop’s 10th anniversary party and that’s probably why the crowd was so deep (and young).
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There has been a divided camp around whether the Nino Moschella band, who backs Darondo at these shows, works with the singer’s sound or not and I’m afraid I have to fall on the side that says, “no.” That’s no diss on […]

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BACK FROM THE CRAZY HORSE

As noted, I went to go see Joe Bataan play the Crazy Horse in West Covina. It was cool insofar as there were a lot of older, hardcore fans of his who rolled through and that’s always great to see. But for once, I’d like to see him play a venue where the average age isn’t 42 – he deserves a wider audience but so far, promoters out here in Los Angeles seem to only book him in places where things skew considerably older. If someone wants to help me work on this, holler.

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CUBANO CRASH


I don’t know if marketing/promotions fell short but last night’s gig to celebrate the release of Fania Live 03 at the Crash Mansion L.A. was thinner than I expected. That hardly dimmed the enthusiasm of those of us who came out to see DJs Sake-1 and Bobbito spin alongside an incredible set of performances by Francisco Aguabella and his Latin Jazz Ensemble, with special guest pianist, Chuchito Valdes.

Great, great, great show. And humbling insofar as I was reminded that despite my intense interest in Latin over the last decade or so, I’m just a babe […]

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ROLLING BROWNOUT HITS L.A.



Brownout: Laredo 77 + Barretta
From Homenaje (Freestyle, 2008)

I’ve recently been enjoying the sounds of Brownout, a Latin funk outfit out of Austin, Texas. They’ve been around for a minute in the form of Grupo Fantasma except here, they’re strictly instrumental. What I like about these guys is not only that they have their chops down but rather than following a strict revivalist route, their sound has a clear Latin influence but isn’t holden to simply trying to sound like it’s East Harlem 1968 again.

There’s an impressive diversity of styles on […]

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L.A. People: Brasilintime Coming Soon!


This promises to be one of the great set of musical events in Los Angeles this year. Brian Cross, aka B+, holds it down like few folks do – hyper-talented photographer, author of one of the definitive books on L.A. hip-hop, and now, two-time documentarian. Brasilintime promises to be another outstanding project. I highly recommend people try to come out for either, but especially the Live show on the 19th.

More info on the events.

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Cut Chemist + DJ Shadow: Hard Sell @ Hollywood Bowl, 6/24/07

It’s been a long, strange journey.

I’ve been following the 7″ trail left by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist for over seven years now[1]. Brainfreeze was enough of a phenomenon to begin with but it’s hard to imagine that some 8 years after that first show at Club 550 in S.F., Cut and Shadow would bring the same concept to the Hollywood Bowl, only this time, in front of a crowd of at least 12,000, under a perfect Los Angeles June night sky. When they first took stage, it was staggering […]

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