Photos: No Age At The Troubadour (12/2/08) + Grammy Nod!

No Age by Benjamin Hoste.

No Age At The Troubadour 12/2/08

Last week Rock Insider photographer Benjamin Hoste ventured down to the Troubadour to photograph No Age performing live with Titus Andronicus. The event was offered up for free by Shockhound.com. Check out more photos below and on flickr.

No Age were just nominated for their first GRAMMY Award for “Best Recording Package.” Holy Shit.  Maybe one day their receive a nod for their sweet tunes, but hey – A GRAMMY NOD IS A GRAMMY NOD!!



No Age by Benjamin Hoste.

No Age by Benjamin Hoste.

No Age by Benjamin Hoste.


TONIGHT: Robert Francis At Spaceland. The Bronx at The Echo

Robert Francis plays at Spaceland TONIGHT with Dawes, and Romany Rye. I won’t go into too great detail because I’m notably biased. Robert is definitely an act you should all be watching in 2009.

Over at The Echo The Bronx will positively shred with Crystal Antlers. Your full weekend concert calendar can be found below.


Noise Pop
recently announced their early list of performers for the festival which will run February 24-March 1st of 2009. Early artist confirmations include New Pornographers A.C. Newman, No Age, Pinback side project Goblin Cock, Dear And The Headlights, the Bay Area debut of Clues, and Antony and the Johnsons.

The Spires Franklin For Short Frankel @ Pehrspace
The Submarines, Patrick Park @ The Echoplex
Girl in a Coma, Mojo Wire, Prima Donna @ Knitting Factory
Light, We Are The World, Voices Voices, Penelope Fortier @ Tangier
The Bronx, Crystal Antlers @ The Echo – $12 18yrs+
Spider Problem, Stab City, The Stitched Lips @ Downtown 81 – ALL AGES
Robert Francis, Dawes, @ Spaceland
ISGOODMUSIC.COM W/Seasons, Correatown, Thailand, The Dirty City Brothers, Torches in Trees!! @ Mr Ts Bowl

Ema & The Ghosts EP Release Show w/ The Monolators, The Sweet Hurt, The Karabal Nightlife, Gunferty @ Pehrspace
Dressy Bessy, Colourmusic @ Spaceland

Friendly Fires @ Spaceland
The Monolators, The Valley Arena, The Henry Clay People @ Alex’s Bar Long Beach
Little Joy, The Dead Trees, Red Cortez @ The Troubadour
Part Time Punks w/
Free Moral Agents, Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound @ The Echo – FREE
Captain Ahab, Sikhara, emaciator @ The Smell


The Growlers Play The Rumble TONIGHT

The Growlers (Southern California)
Future Sounds Monthly Rumble RETURNS to the 3 Of Clubs TONIGHT with performances from The Growlers and THE FEROCIOUS FEW . The Events is Free with RSVP and $5 at the door. The Rumble has been bringing stellar music to the bowels of Hollywood for several months now and is really proving it’s legs as a night to discover the best new music in Los Angeles.

The Growlers are no strangers to Rock Insider. The OC psychedelic rock outfit have been in my iTUNES playlist for months now. I really encourage everyone to check them out.

[MP3] The Growlers – Her Command


The Growlers, The Ferocious Few @ 3 Of Clubs
Screening of CHEAP TRICK’S “LIVE AT BUDOKHAN” @ echoplex
Relentless Seven, Grace Woodroofe @ Spaceland
Butch Walker @ Largo
zero film festival : Rainbow Arabia, Glasser, John Webster Johns
Oasis, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Matt Costa @ Staples Center
Black Black, Voices Voices, ilo mar, Sleepwalkers Local, Paloma Parfrey @ The Smell


Robert Francis At Spaceland This Friday! Win Tickets!

Robert Francis (Los Angeles, CA)

Robert Francis will be playing at Spaceland this Friday with Dawes (Formerly Simon Dawes) and Romany Rye.

Feel like saving a few bucks? Enter to win a pair tickets to the show right here! Send your full name to jax@rockinsider.com subject line: ROBERT FRANCIS TICKETS to enter. Winner will be chosen by Friday AM. Friday nights at Spaceland are usually pretty happening.

So many good shows going on in Los Angeles TONIGHT. Afternoons will play at Spaceland with Useless Keys and Billygoat. A lineup like that makes me nostalgic for The Front.

Pitchfork darlings School Of Seven Bells play The Airliner TONIGHT with Gangi.

[MP3] School Of Seven Bells – Connjur

Full show schedule below!

Indie 103.1 FM Presents Afternoons, Useless Keys, Billygoat @ Spaceland – $8 21 yrs+
Low End Theory w/ School Of Seven Bells, Gangi @ The Airliner
Hanson Brothers, Triclops! Mount Saint Helens Vietnam @ The Echo – $12 18 yrs+
Dub Club @ The Echoplex
Jonathan Richman @ The El Rey
Sebastian Tellier @ The Henry Fonda
Smashing Pumpkins @ Gibson Amphitheater
Godric, Deadman, Emily O’Halloran @ Tangier
Evangenitals, Evertheory, DiE RoCKERS DiE, The Health Club @ Mr T’s Bowl


Odetta Dies At 77

Odetta Dies At 77

Word cannot describe how incredibly saddened I am to hear of the great Odetta‘s passing. The legendary folk singer and voice of the Civil Rights Movement dies yesterday due to complications from Heart Disease. She was 77 yrs old. Odetta had hoped to perform at Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

Odetta inspired an entire generation of musician’s including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Read more about her passing over at NYTimes.com.

Below is my favorite Odetta track. Felt more than fitting for today.

[MP3] Odetta – Glory, Glory


School Of Seven Bells, Check One Twosday, and No Age….Oh My!

The Mae Shi (Los Angeles, CA)

A slew of LA bands are up for Pitchfork’s 2008 Reader’s Poll including The Mae Shi, Abe Vigoda, No Age, and HEALTH. Go vote for your favorite Smell band right here.

No Age will also be playing a FREE show TONIGHT at the Troubadour sponsored by Shockhound.com – Hot Topic’s new MP3 service that launch a few weeks back. The event is FREE with RSVP.

EDIT: Just got word that the show is SOLD OUT. Sorry DUDES.

Brooklyn’s School Of Seven Bells just announced a last minute show in Los Angeles Tomorrow night at The Airliner as part of Low End Theory.

and finally last but not least Indie 103.1′s Check One Twosday at The Echoplex continues with another stellar lineup of The Gray Kid, Love Grenades, and Karin Tatoyan. It’s really proving to be the place to be on Tuesday nights. Admission is FREE before 10:30pm and $5 After.

Indie 103.1 Presents Check One Twosday w/ The Gray Kid, Karin Tatoyan, Light @ The Echoplex – Free before 10:30pm
Shockhound.com Presents No Age, Titus Andronicus @ The Troubadour – FREEE w/ RSVP
Smashing Pumpkins @ Gibson Amphitheater
The Wallburds, Victoria, The Black Tales, JJ Fats @ Silverlake Lounge


The Movies December Residency At Spaceland + No Age Play Pehrspace TONIGHT!

The Movies (Los Angeles, CA)

Happy December everyone! I’m so excited this year is almost over! Good grief It’s been a weird one.

I will be unveiling my end of the year lists over the next few weeks so be patient – They’re coming.

A new slew of residencies launch this week across the east side but you can bet every Monday Spaceland will be packed to the gills to see The Movies.

[MP3] The Movies – Missed Opportunities

No Age will play a last minute just announced show at pehrspace TONIGHT presented by Sean Carnage. Get there early because this thing will be packed

[MP3] No Age – Eraser

Sean Carnage Presents No Age, New No Age, E&E, Faav! Blue Glasses, Tleilaxu Music Machine, Ghost Towne @ Pehrspace, $5, ALL AGES
Weave! Fool’s Gold, We Are The World, Rainbow @ The Echo – FREE 21 YRS+
The Movies, Eagle & Talon, Wrong Way Driver, The Lemurs @ Spaceland – FREE 21 Yrs+
The Color Turning, Sputnik Monroe, Violent Soho @ Silverlake Lounge – FREE 21 yrs+

VIDEO: The Movies – When I Was In Nam


I Break For Turkeys

No doubt you have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as often as I should on this fair site. I will be taking a break for Turkey Day and the long 4 day weekend – WOHOO!

I did want to alert you to this awesome show happening TONIGHT at The Echo. it just so happens that the show is FREE if you’re over 21!


The Monolators Residency Finale At Pehrspace TONIGHT! FREE PRETZELS!

Not The Monolators – but DAMN look at that suit.

It’s sad to state that all good thing must inevitably come to an end. TONIGHT will be the grand finale of The Monolators month-long residency at Pehrspace – AND WE’RE GOING OUT IN STYLE. We’ve played songs from the first 2 records and EPs and TONIGHT It’s all about Don’t Dance and yes – THE UNVEILING of a new song “Hot Sleigh.” The track can be purchased as part of Confessions Of A Would Be Hipsters Plastic Snow compilation. Get it for 10 bucks over on their site. All albums sales go to benefit the Midnight Mission. Awesome music for a good cause!

Tonight’s theme is “Prom.” I encourage all of you to bring your finest digs – so bust out that old prom dress that’s collecting dust in your back closet. We will also be serving refreshments of what else “FREE HOMEMADE PRETZELS!!!”

Icy Demons will not be performing tonight but we are so privileged to have the lovely miss Ema and her Ghosts, Milton Melvin Croissant, Dugout Canoe, Kevin Shields, and Cristina’s Puppet Show delighting the audience tonight!

Hope to see you there. It will certainly be a night to remember!

[MP3] The Monolators – Don’t Dance

Sean Carnage presents…

Monday, November 24th
The Monolators
Milton Melvin Croissant
Dugout Canoe (from Denver)
Kevin Shields
Ema & the Ghosts
Cristina’s Puppet Show

Show starts 9:30pm / all-ages / $5

Pehrspace—325 Glendale Blvd., in Echo Park


Hi everyone!

There’s so much to tell you all today that I’m sure I’m going to forget something–but, in a nutshell: tonight is the last night of our wonderful, beloved residency with Sean Carnage at Pehrspace, and this week’s theme is, of course, prom! Did you know that “prom” is short for “promenade?” Well, it is!

Specifically it is the Winter Wonderland Formal Dance, and, as such, formal attire is requested (but we won’t turn you away if you don’t comply, you NON-COMPLIERS). It’s $5 and all ages! We go on at midnight, but there are lots of other wonderful bands/activities tonight! Such as:

Milton Melvin Croissant
Dugout Canoe (from Denver)
Kevin Shields
Ema & the Ghosts
Cristina’s Puppet Show (yes, we did say PUPPET SHOW.)

And there’s more! We have special corsage wristbands for the first 70 prom-goers…we have, as promised, HOMEMADE PRETZELS, and you all know what that means…and we also have the final installment of our homemade retrospective comps for sale. This time we’re selling all four weeks’ worth of music packaged together in one pop for fifteen bucks. LET ME REPEAT: this is almost our entire recorded output, plus extra stuff we never released, for fifteen clams!

And also as promised, we will have a slow dance jam for you all, a cover song that will also serve as our Song Of The Month for November. Shall we see you tonight?


O’Death At Spaceland TOMORROW with Death To Anders and Le Switch

Man I have really been neglecting my blog the past few days. I apologize people fabulous ladies and germs. Ill be back again next week with more in depth coverage and action

In the meantime I wanted to alert you to an awesome show going down tomorrow at Spaceland. One of my new favorite bands O’Death (read post here) will be playing at Spaceland with east side staples
Le Switch and Death to Anders . This show is a definite must see.


Live At Mr T’S Bowl TONIGHT with Angela Correa, Daniel Ahearn. FREE!

A little late reposting this but I felt the need because I love LA-Underground and this bill is absolutely fabulous. If you’re looking for something cheap to do tonight this show is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

“Live At Mr T’s Bowl” will be recorded tonight as well as be available streaming online thanks to Stickam.

Find out more details right here.

November 19, 2008

la-underground presents
Live at Mr. T’s Bowl


Mr T’s Bowl
5621 1/2 Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90042 | Map
21+ / FREE / 9PM
Broadcasting live through Stickam


Video Premieres: The Secret Machines and Beach House

Beach House (Baltimore, MD)

Man my inbox is buzzing today with trip-tastic video premieres. I got separate e-mails today announcing the premieres of videos from The Secret Machines and Beach House.

The Secret Machines are showing their psychedelic video for “Atomic Heels” over at Imeem. The vid was directed by celebrated music photographer Brantley Gutierrez.

VIDEO: The Secret Machines – Atomic Heels

While dreamy indie darlings Beach House are unveiling their new video for “Used To Be” over at Pitchfork TV. The video was directed by LA local Matt Amato and is for their new 7″ single of the track.  The band also announced dates in January with The Walkmen – Including January 20th at the Henry Fonda!

VIDEO: Beach House – Used To Be


Dec. 06 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*

Dec. 09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #

Dec. 10 Providence, RI Club Hell #

Dec. 11 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall #

Dec. 12 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts #

Jan. 19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern*

Jan. 20 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda*

Jan. 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*

Jan. 23 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom*

Jan. 24 Seattle, WA Neumos*

* = w/ The Walkmen

# = w/ Tickley Feather


VIDEO: The Deadly Syndrome – Emily Paints

The Deadly Syndrome unveiled a new video for their track “Emily Paints” this week. The lodge feel complete with fetching sweaters is the perfect prelude to their 2nd Annual Christmas Sweater Festival which will go down December 13th at The Echoplex with performances from Amnion, Castledoor, The Pity Party, Happy Hollows The Deadly Syndrome and the magnificent Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Believe it or not all that goodness is only $5.


VIDEO: The Deadly Syndrome – Emily Paints


HOT MP3 ALERT – Chad VanGaalen – City Of Electric Light

Chad VanGaalen (Calgary, Canada)

Sorry I didn’t get around to posting yesterday. I’ll be perfectly honest – I had a lost day watching Veronica Mars over at TheWB.com. They have the entire 3rd season streaming online for free and I got sucked in.

Lots to do today but to start the morning off I thought I would introduce you to another track off Chad VanGaalen‘s unbelievable album Soft Airplane. “City Of Electric Light” is more up-tempo and dare I say “happier” than his usual haunting ballads of death and destruction. It’s still slightly twisted which is exactly what you would expect from the visual artist and troubadour.

[MP3] Chad VanGaalen – City Of Electric Light

Chad is heading over to the UK and Europe with label mates WOMEN. Check out dates below! Soft Airplane is out now via Sup Pop.

European and UK Tour Dates

Nov 20 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera w/ WOMEN

Nov 21 – Den Haag, The Netherlands @ Crossing Borders Festival

Nov 22 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix w/ WOMEN

Nov 24 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’Or w/ WOMEN

Nov 25 – London, England @ The Borderline w/ WOMEN

Nov 27 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Captain’s Rest w/WOMEN

Nov 28 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight w/WOMEN

Nov 29 – Galway, Ireland @ Rosin Dubh w/ WOMEN

Nov 30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Crawdaddy w/ WOMEN

Dec 01 – London, England @ Club 100 w/ Wolf Parade

Dec 02 – Manchester, England @ Night and Day Café w/ WOMEN

Dec 03 – Gothenborg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren

Dec 04 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser

BONUS VIDEO: Chad VanGaalen – Molten Light

VanGaalen is also an accomplished artist and did all the visuals for his latest video for “Molten Light.” “I’ll Find You And I’ll Kill You” if you don’t watch it.


Part Time Punks Fest This Sunday In Echo Park! Win Tickets!

Part Time Punk Fest will invade The Echo and Echoplex this Sunday from 2pm-2am. If you’ve ever wandered into the Echo on a Sunday you probably walked squarely into their insanely diverse dance party filled with great music, great live bands, and awesome people.

To celebrate the Fest we’re giving away TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS to Sundays show.

TO ENTER: Send in your FULL NAME to jax@rockinsider.com. Two winners will be chosen at random and will recieve a pair of tickets. Contest ends tomorrow at Noon!


A Certain Ratio
Love is All
Medium Medium
Savage Republic
The Nightingales
Nervous Gender
Vivian Girls
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
The Urinals
Wild Stares
The Muslims
Magic Bullets
Grimble Grumble
Softboiled Eggies
Mika Miko

. . . plus . . .

Guest DJs DAVID J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets) & DAVE NEWTON (Mighty Lemon Drops) & CHUCK WARNER (Messthetics/Hyped 2 Death) & DAN SELZER (Acute Records)

2pm — 2am at The Echo & Echoplex.

Enter @ Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tickets on sale now at www.ticketweb.com.
(And the first 100 tix are only $14! So buy now!)

Here’s the schedule:

2:20pm-3pm Soft Boiled Eggies
3:20pm-4:05pm Warpaint
4:30pm -5pm Grimble Grumble
5:20pm- 5:50pm Mika Miko
6:10pm – 6:50 The Wild Stares
7:10pm – 7:50pm Nervous Gender
8:10pm- 8;50pm The Nightengales
9:15pm-10pm Savage Republic
10;30pm- 11:15pm Ariel Pink
11:30pm The Muslims

2:50pm-3;30pm Magic Bullets
3:50pm-4:20pm Nodzz
5pm – 5:40pm The Urinals
6pm- 6:45pm Vivian Girls
7:10pm- 8pm Medium Medium
8:30pm Love Is All
9;30pm Pylon
10:30pm A Certain Ratio

Schedule is subject to change


AWESOME VIDEO ALERT: Army Navy – My Thin Sides

Army Navy (Los Angeles, CA)

Army Navy recently unveiled their new video for “My Thin SIdes” featuring The Human Giant’s Paul Scheer as an overzealous tambourine player – Something I know NOTHING about.

Really entertaining video! Watch below! Army Navy will be playing at The Troubadour November 17th with The Shys and Takeover UK.


Hell Ya! TONIGHT At The Viper Room w/ The Airlines, Faded Paper Figures, Dizzy Balloon

Tonight Hell Ya! returns to The Viper Room with performances from The Airlines, Faded Paper Figures, Lunar Fiction, The Frail, and Dizzy Balloon from the bay area. KROQ Locals Only is also presenting the show!

I first heard about Faded Paper Figures FOREVER ago when they were still going under the moniker Machine Discourse. “B Film” is an AMAZING track that has made it’s way into many a DJ set since then.

Tickets are $12. As always the Hell Ya! Deejays will be spinning the best new indie rock.

Get more details over at The Hell Ya! Blog.

[MP3] Faded Paper Figures – B Film
[MP3] Dizzy Balloon – Raise A Glass


New Music: Antony And The Johnsons – Another World

Antony And The Johnsons ( New York, NY)

[MP3] Antony And The Johnsons – Another World (Brand New Track!)

I have been getting so much good music lately that it’s almost impossible to keep up. Yesterday I received this new download from Antony And The Johnsons. “Another World” is a song about needing an escape (YES PLEASE!) and showcases Antony’s unusual warble and melancholy keys to perfection. People there is a reason he won the Mercury Prize in 2005.

“Another World” is off his forthcoming full length The Crying Light which will be out January 20th, 2009 on Secretly Canadian.

[MP3] Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Feat. Antony Hegarty)
[MP3] Antony & The Johnsons –
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover)


Recommended Shows: Wednesday November 12th (International) Noise Conspiracy, Blank Blue, Cobra Lilies

The (International) Noise Conspiracy (Sweden)

I mentioned this show last week The (International) Noise Conspiracy will be playing at El Cid TONIGHT with Nighthorse. I have to miss the show but don’t worry but you can also catch them at the Center For The Arts in Eagle Rock on Friday. That show is presented by F Yeah Fest and Eagle Rock Music Fest with performances from Moonrats and Slang Chickens.

Cobra Lilies, The Health Club, Vital Transformation, BoxViolet, The Golden Ratio @ Mr T’s Bowl – Flagrant self promotion. Cobra Lilies will be playing at Mr. T’s tonight. We’re playing the cleanup slot so stay late. Did I mention we’re busting out new songs and the show is TOTALLY FREE?

CLUB NME Presents The Entrance Band, The Growlers, Golden Animals @ Spaceland – It’s also Jen from Spaceland’s birthday so give her a b-day hug!

[MP3] Entrance – Grim Reaper Blues
[MP3] The Growlers – Her Command

Low End Theory, Blank Blue @ The Airliner

[MP3] Blank Blue – All The Shallow Deep


Fol Chen Sign To Asthmatic Kitty. Record Out Feb 2009

Fol Chen (Los Angeles, CA)

Since playing at Radio Free Silverlake’s Let’s Independent in March we’ve watch Fol Chen really come into their own. Yesterday, the band announced that they’ve signed to San Francisco based label Asthmatic Kitty – home to Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond and my personal favorites Little Teeth.

EDIT: Haha sorry I had a TOTAL blonde moment. Little Teeth are on Absolutely Kosher and not Asthmatic Kitty. Still an awesome band you should check out though. Thanks Cory for catching the error!

Fol Chen will be releasing their debut length Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made in February of next year.

Tracklisting is listed below. Congrats guys!!
[MP3] Fol Chen – Cable TV

Fol Chen
Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Street date: Feb. 03, 2009

1.The Believers
2.No Wedding Cake
3.You and Your Sister in Jericho
4.The Idiot
5.Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna)
6.Winter, That’s All
7.Cable TV
8.Please, John, You’re Killing Me
9.The Longer U Wait (Version)
10.If Tuesday Comes

[MP3] Sufjan Stevens –
Holland [MP3] My Brightest Diamond – Something Of An End [MP3] Little Teeth – Japanese Candy

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