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Shiloe, Mellowdrone and theSTART @ the Troubadour

November 23, 2009

Los Angeles-based post-punk group Shiloe are set to open for psychedelic trio Mellowdrone and indie glam group theSTART at the Troubadour, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious clubs, on Saturday, December 12th. Orange County post-punkers Cat Party round out the strong local bill.

Shiloe, who are currently at work on their debut full-length to be released in early 2010, have been making waves with their new single, “By the Daggers in Your Eyes.” The song, which combines a driving beat and pulsing distorted bass line with instantly memorable lyrics and vocal melodies, has been described as “the ideal anthem for the edgiest movie John Hughes never made.” The track entered the Triple A SubModern radio charts at #11 – the highest debut for any self-released single that week – and continued in the Top 25 for several subsequent weeks. Prominent local supporters include KROQ’s Kat Corbett and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt, who wrote of the band, “Fuzzy sharp riffs bring My Bloody Valentine to mind, but have no doubt Shiloe are doing their own thing.” Shiloe was also recently selected as the Deli Magazine’s “Band of the Month” in an online reader’s poll, and their recent appearance at the Troubadour opening for San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma garnered “the best [turnout]…for an opening band in my history of going to L.A. shows” according to Jim Markunas, editor of CWG Magazine.

Mellowdrone will be playing in support of their second full-length, Angry Bear, released in August, which L.A. Record has called “rich and thick with heavy lo-fi goodness. …their definitive album.” Headliners theSTART, who have shared the stage with artists ranging from Weezer to Garbage to She Wants Revenge, will be showcasing their signature brand of “decadent yet insistent…ballsy synth-based sound” (Subbacultcha Magazine), most recently heard on their 2007 album Ciao, Baby. Cat Party, who have been described as “rockin’ and a little quirky” by Thrasher Magazine, will be opening the night at 8 PM sharp.

Tickets for the show are available directly from the Troubadour or via Ticketmaster.

More Shiloe
Two Nights Of Shiloe
Shiloe Live Pics (Troubador)
Download “By The Daggers In Your Eyes
Download “The Death Of Madame Mustache

The Drums – Free Show @ Spaceland

November 15, 2009

“We only write about two feelings: one is the first day of summer when you and all of your friends are standing on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set and being overcome with all of your hopes and dreams at once. The other is when you’re walking alone in the rain and realize you will be alone forever.”

Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed a persistent yet unprosperous electro pop band called Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and hometown friend (and master woodsman) Adam Kessler formed indie rock group Elkland, which was quickly signed by Columbia Records. In the years immediately following, Elkland garnered attention in clubs and on the indie music scene with their infectious debut single “Apart”. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called Horse Shoes (Shelflife Records), specializing in melodically strong and sentimental love songs. Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005.

Jacob and Jonathan had long planned to start a new band together, and having tired of electronic music they agreed to shift the emphasis from synthesizers to guitars without ever having learned to play them. Their first co-written song, aptly named “Best Friend” was a strong indication of the direction and spirit of the band, and thus The Drums were born in late 2008 amidst an exciting and hopeful political climate. They self recorded and produced around fifteen songs while living in central florida and with big dreams and a batch of songs they believed in spent the beginning of 2009 saving money to move to New York City.

With their arrival in New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan. Word of mouth quickly spread and by the end of June 2009, The Drums’ concerts had become a weekly dance party attended religiously by the most critical music fans in New York City.

The Drums began performing all over the city for the remainder of the summer, and so the party continued. With their “explosive live show” and a sound and image that are at once familiar and brand new, they were soon dubbed “New York’s official coolest new band” by NME and began receiving national radio play in the UK as well as college radio in the US.

The Drums offer the unlikeliest of hybrids, and stage a clash in their songs between wildly opposing aesthetics and ideas, as though Sun Records and Factory Records had joined forces. Let’s Go Surfing, their debut single, released on Moshi Moshi (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Kate Nash), features New Order-style trebly, melodic bass, Ventures-esque guitar, and what many are calling “the most infectious whistling line since Peter, Bjorn and John.”

“We originally set out to start a band that sounded like The Wake,” say The Drums, referring to the quintessential doleful mid-80s Factory band. And then, nailing their aesthetic, they add: “[But] there’s an instant gratification in straightforward music. That’s why we love the 1950s. It was the beginning of basic pop music. They did it from scratch and pulled these amazing, timeless melodies out of thin air.”

It’s a combination that may not seem logical, but when you hear it you’ll know you need it, you’ve gotta have it and it’s what you’ve always been looking for.

West Coast Tour Dates:
Thurs 12 November – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Popscene, 3330 Ritch
Sun 15 November – SAN DIEGO, CA – The Loft
Mon 16 November – LA, CA – Spaceland FREE SHOW
Thurs 19 November – Santa Barbara, CA – Stroke UCSB FREE SHOW

Drew Steadman L.A. Dates

November 5, 2009

YNM Management artist Drew Stedman, frontman to the popular LA local band Riddley, is working on a solo release. In preparation for his “If the Fires Exist” EP, he will be performing at Hallenbeck’s General Store in North Hollywood on Friday, November 13th at 8:30PM. $5 cover.

Drew Stedman, Acoustic / Folk Rock

Drew Stedman has been performing since he was a young child growing up in southern California. After his family moved to central Ohio when Drew was in elementary school, a whole new world of musical possibilities opened up to him as he began exploring different styles of music and becoming a skilled guitarist. Disliking the music scene in Ohio, Drew moved to New York for college where he recorded his first album, The Quick Goodbye, with Sideshow Media Group under his band’s name, Riddley. After finishing school, Drew moved back to southern California and settled in North Hollywood.

His band Riddley has played many of the best venues in LA including The Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, El Rey Theatre, Knitting Factory, The Viper Room and Key Club. Drew Stedman’s recent solo effort, an EP entitled If the Fires Exist is a bold reflection on religion, relationships and the struggle to understand the purpose of existence. If the Fires Exist EP will be available in soon from Sideshow Media Group.

Upcoming Shows:
November 13: Hallenbeck’s General Store
November 29: Saint Rocke support for Bobby Long
December 5: Fair Trade Winter Fest

Another LA Halloween: What To Do

October 29, 2009

Written By: Juanita Camfield (L.A. Nightimer)
Photo Credit:

(For all ages and if you’re broke, or not broke yet.)

Halloween isn’t just for kiddies with candy! You can find lots of ghoulish things to do around Los Angeles on a budget. If you like bar crawling alongside some of the most awesome and outrageous costumes in the LA area for FREE and ALL AGES then go to West Hollywood’s Costume Carnaval on October 31st. The over the top event will be held on Santa Monica Blvd from Doheny to La Cienega (1 mile of fun!).

Think of a giant train of people going down Santa Monica Blvd dressed in leather, as sexy bumblebees, pimps, school girls, zombies, maybe a giant penis or two, or even multiple Michael Jackson’s and just about any other costume you could contrive. As a veteran WEHO clubber it is most wise to get a taxi to the event and show up buzzed because there will be limited amounts of street parking (as blocks of Santa Monica Blvd. will be roped off) and extremely long lines for expensive drinks. If you want the best drink specials I recommend that you pay a visit to the always poppin’ spots like La Cantina and Trunks (Google it!).

The best thing about this event is that there are three main stages devoted to music and there are other mini music spaces (PODS) throughout the carnaval.

WEHO Costume Carnaval Line Up:
Vaudeville Stage (@ Almont): Vaud & The Villains (18-piece ragtag house band), Silk Sisters Aerial Acrobat duo, Lux Lacroix (burlesque artist), Karis (hula dance artist), Eve La Dare Stilt Artist.

MC: Vaud Overstreet

Illusion Stage (@ West Knoll): Christopher Wonder (illusionist), Jacqui Kreisler (contortionist), Machina Candeo (fire dancers), Robert Baxt (macabre magician), Pasha & Vladamir (body balancers), Circus Troupe.

MC: Christopher Wonder

Arcade Stage (@ San Vicente): Jeffree Star, Powder, Crush 333, Coronation of the Carnaval Queen (Ricki Lake!), Carnaval Costume Contest.

MC: Momma

Music Pod DJ Talent: Zen Freeman, Mia Morretti, Daisy O’Dell, Aaron Colbert, Unification Theory (visual artist), A Graffitti Painting Installation (visual artist).

For more information please check out the West Hollywood Costume Carnaval website here!
If for some reason you have money in your pocket and you want to dance all night you should go to HARD Haunted Mansion. The tickets, going at $75 per night at regular admission and $135 VIP, will sell out! So get your tickets right now and here! Haunted Mansion is going to be ALL AGES and 2 nights long, starting Friday October 30th and ending Halloween night! Bring money (expect $10-15/beer, $5/water bottle) and bring anything else low-key. There will be lots of costumes! Think women dressed in their sexiest costumes and men to be as trippily dressed or as scantily dressed as possible.

Think glow sticks, candy kids, luminescent black lights, light shows, and dilated pupils all around. If you will be partaking in shenanigans (legal and illegal) PLEASE be safe! Get a designated driver or taxi! And remember – Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect! After such a massive letdown like HARD Summer where the party got shut down before midnight by the 5-0 and because people were acting rowdy (because some young folks can’t handle their stuff) I think that HARD Haunted Mansion will definitely bring the cosmos to this party! They’ve got a lot to prove with the LA scene again, so I hope – no, I KNOW – that headliners JUSTICE and Deadmau5 will completely hypnotize and redeem the HARD name. This massive will not disappoint!

HARD Haunted Mansion Line Up:

HARD Stage
8:00 Franki Chan, 9:00 Danger, 10:00 A-TRAK, 11:25 The Bloody Beetroots, 1:00 2MANYDJS, 2:35 DEADMAU5.

Expo Hall
8:00 Staccato, 9:30 Harvard Bass, 10:45 Don Rimini, 12:15 Special Guest, 1:30 MIXHELL, 2:45 Special Guest.

HARD Stage
8:00 CLASSIXX, 9:00 Buraka Som Sistema, 10:10 MAJOR LAZER, 11:15 BASEMENT JAXX, 12:30 JUSTICE, 1:50 Special Guest, 3:00 MODESELEKTOR.
Expo Hall
8:00 PAPARAZZI, 9:00 Shinchi Osawa, 10:30 Steve Aoki, 12:00 CROOKERS, 1:30 Special Guest, 3:00 Zombie Nation.

**I am only attending Night #2 for Haunted Mansion so check back with our site for pictures and a review from HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!!**

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House of Cleopatra Reality Show Launch Party – 11/6

October 26, 2009

Nov 6th 2009 – Anything Goes Toga Party of the year!!

This event is celebrating the launch of Cleopatra of the Nile’s reality show featuring many different celebrities from the entire entertainment industry.

There are several stars who are scheduled to be there at the event to walk the red carpet and support Cleopatra’s chosen charity beneficiary:
Diego Antolini – Italy’s biggest rising star from “Iron Knight” is coming to the US to debut a brand new movie and walk the red carpet as Cleopatra’s “Mark Antony” for the evening. Cleopatra has signed a deal to appear in a major motion picture with Antolini in 2010.

Brittanya – VH1’s breakout reality star, DJ Lady Tribe: VH1’s Rock of Love; Barry Rattcliffe: Nash Bridges and Nip Tuck; Adam Richmond: “Last Comic Standing”; To name a few.

More fabulous stars:
Nikki B: Supermodel; Shelley MIchelle: Body Double to the stars; Music Sensations: Dayda Bass; Leyva; Sharazad: Tenaj; All Destroyed Momentarily, La Cholita, Sincity Sensations: Lauralie and Juliette;
Wrestlers and Title-Holders:
Lenny Porterfield, Ben Maughan, Vic D Vine and others.

Special performance by Maria Amor: Exotifit Fitness Diva; Heinous Apparel and models for run way shows.

Free Giveaways and prizes for best-dressed toga.

This is a charity event. A Portion of the proceeds received by House of Cleopatra will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Please contact Cleopatra directly for more information about the charity beneficiary.


For tickets and event information or contact Cleopatra directly:

(818) 497 3709
General Admission $30 ($100 free gift bag upon entry)
VIP $100 ($200 free gift bag upon entry plus 2 free drink tickets)

Welcome to House of Cleopatra!

Meet The Sounds

October 16, 2009

Don’t miss the chance to meet THE SOUNDS as they drop by The Hollywood Palladium box office on Tuesday, October 20th from 3-4pm (pst). Having affordable tickets to their shows is an important issue for the band, and in an effort to keep ticket prices as low as possible, The Sounds will personally sell tickets at cost to their fans for their upcoming shows at The Wiltern on October 21st and 22nd.

There will be a four ticket limit per customer and tickets will be free of service fees. The band will also be signing autographs and taking photos with those who come out.

WHAT: The Sounds will be at the Hollywood Palladium box office to meet their fans and sell tickets free of service fees to their upcoming shows at The Wiltern on October 21st and 22nd

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (PST)

WHERE: The Hollywood Palladium Box Office
6215 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA. 90028
(Box Office is located in the back off of Argyle)

Renowned for their intense and exuberant live shows, the Swedish quintet are currently on their largest headlining tour to date in support of their latest critically acclaimed album, CROSSING THE RUBICON and have been captivating fans and critics worldwide with their irresistible fist-pumping rock, club anthems and sexed up new wave. After their visit to The Hollywood Palladium box office, they will head to Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their second single, “Beatbox,” on the show’s outdoor stage.

Miniature @ Tribal Café, 10.12.09 & Silver Factory, 10.13.09

October 10, 2009

Miniature with Eric Brendo
Monday, October 12th @ Tribal Café
1651 W Temple St // Los Angeles, CA
8pm // All Ages // 213.483.4458

OR catch them the next night!!

Miniature with Backseat Bingo, Pats Electric and Sea Lion
Tuesday, October 13th @ Silver Factory
915 Mateo St // Los Angels, CA
9pm // 21+ // 213.239.9718

BIO //

Miniature is an independent rock and roll band from Seattle, Washington and is the brainchild of songwriter and frontman Kellen Grace. Only months into the bands’ official existence, Miniature has already drawn comparisons to the likes of Joe Jackson, Nat King Cole, Sufjan Stevens and the Beatles.

In support of their debut EP Metaphor For Four, released on Grace’s own Breaktime Recordings, the band will be headed out on a West Coast Tour this October. Miniature has already been racking up plays on radio stations throughout the country, even with the release of Metaphor still in posterus.

News of Miniature’s bombastic live performances has been traveling fast, and after only a handful of passionate shows at some of the Seattle-area’s legendary venues, the band will be taking its craft on the road. If you have an eye for music, better keep it out for this band.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Benefit Show

October 9, 2009

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are thrilled to announced that the release of their debut album “Up From Below” is now available on vinyl.

A limited number of tickets for their upcoming LA show at the Mayan Theatre downtown are being sold without a service charge at the Origami Vinyl located at 1816 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. View Map

We are including a special poster for those of you who purchase the album on vinyl along with ticket to our show at the Mayan from Origami Records.

Tickets are also still available for our Halloween benefit show for KCRW.
You can purchase them by Clicking Here.

Origami Vinyl
1816 W. Sunset Blvd
Echo Park, Ca 90026

Johnny Ramone Tribute @ Hollywood Forever Cemetary

October 2, 2009

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Cemetery gates will open at: 5:30pm
Tickets: $10.00

The legendary guitarist JOHNNY RAMONE–named one of the “10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players” by Time magazine–of beloved punk group The Ramones will be honored at a special tribute set for Saturday, October 3 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Boulevard) in Los Angeles.

As part of the celebration for the 5th annual JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE, Johnny’s wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief of Staff John Cafiero will be joined by original band member Tommy Ramone and CJ Ramone; they will all be on-hand for interviews, to meet with fans and sign memorabilia. “Johnny would have been really excited about this–he loved being Johnny Ramone all day long,” explained Linda Ramone.

“He would have loved to see Ramones fans paying tribute to him; as he always said, Ramones fans are the best fans in the world.” “It is very gratifying to see Ramones fans gather together for events like this,” added Tommy Ramone. “It gives us the opportunity to keep the Ramones legacy alive and to share special times together.”
A special screening of the classic 1977 Ramones concert film It’s Alive will be shown against the 24 foot mausoleum wall, followed by a screening of one of Johnny’s favorite all-time movies, the 1968 cult horror classic Night of The Living Dead–colorized and in 3D (fans will receive a free pair of JRA 3D glasses for the event). There will also be an art gallery featuring original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone and a rare Ramones memorabilia exhibit as well as surprise celebrity guests.
The special outdoor event is presented by Linda Ramone in association with the Johnny Ramone Army. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus.

About the Ramones It’s Alive:
Filmed live in concert on New Year’s Eve in 1977 during the band’s incendiary performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London, It’s Alive features The Ramones in their prime. The full-length original concert captures the intensity and raw energy of the beloved group. Of the performance, Johnny Ramone had stated, “This is truly the Ramones at their best.” The entire concert was released in 1979 as the It’s Alive album, and is considered one of the best live records ever.

About Night of the Living Dead:
George A Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead is considered to be one of the most influential independent films ever produced and was deemed historically and aesthetically important by the National Film Registry. Originally shot in black and white, the film was meticulously restored, colorized and converted into full 3D using PassmoreLab’s technology.

Eagle Rock Music & Arts Festival: Tastemaker of 2010

September 30, 2009

Written By: Juanita Camfield (L.A. Nightimer)
Flyer By: The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Like the last eleven years the Annual Eagle Rock Arts & Music Festival is being held Saturday October 3rd from 5pm until 11pm FOR FREE (all ages)! Yes, FOR FREE!

The street festival will commandeer six blocks of Colorado Boulevard in sunny and humid Eagle Rock, California. There will be three main stages (even more sub stages): Global/World, Indie/Emerging, and a Kids’ Stage. Just to let you know ahead of time, you should probably take public transportation like the Metro if you want to get there without having to hock over what’s left of your savings for parking. So, get there early, and get there smart. Save your money for the food booths!

And as with most music you have to weed out the stuff you don’t exactly vibe with and hang on to dear life to the ones you do mesh with. So, I hate to do it, but I’ve researched a lot of the artists on the bill and I’m only recommending you stop by certain live acts, which I entitle: “My Faves By Stage.” The stages I look forward to the most are these six: Emerging, American Legion Hall, Kingsize Sound Lab, The Ship, Razorcake/Zocaloc, and South in the Park/Future Music Stage. Although I pride myself on my super human concert going abilities, I am merely still a mortal human so I can’t make it to each, but I will try to make it to a few of them. You gotta pick your battles people!

Drawing from past experience I take that each of these stages represent what the independent music scene in Los Angeles is all about – variety. Some of last year’s performers turned this year’s Indie darlings include: Earlimart, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Princeton, and Mika Miko. So because of past reputation you can bet your sweet headphones that this year’s diverse lineup’s gonna bring it and bring it for FREE.

My faves from the Emerging Stage are: Faraway Places, Fol Chen, Free Mortal Agents, and No Age. Faves from the American Legion Hall Stage are: Shakey Graves, Random Patterns, Bob Bruno, and Pocahaunted. Faves from the Kingsize Sound Lab Stage are: Andrew Lynch and Alaskan Summer. From the Ship Stage: WonderGround, Ovideo, The French Semester, Nico Stai, and of course The Happy Hollows. On the Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage are: The Ignorant, Carnage Asada, and Apples and Onions. Last and final of my favorites are on the South in the Park/Future Music Stage with: DJ Nobody, Jeremy Sole, and last but not least, Peanut Butter Wolf.

This event will be packed in waves since everyone is trying to find things to do for free nowadays. So please, be prepared for some musical and cultural interaction with your fellow Angelenos. Maybe meet up with a few friends for a bar crawl down Colorado Blvd or just get out in the sun for while, since you’re out of the office anyways and it still feels like Summer. Make note of all these artists because you will definitely hear more about them in 2010…

Listen to the bands beforehand:

Emerging Stage Faves:
Faraway Places –
Fol Chen –
Free Moral Agents –
No Age –

American Legion Hall Stage Faves:
Shakey Graves –
Random Patterns –
Bob Bruno –
Pocahaunted –

Kingsize Sound Lab Stage Faves:
Andrew Lynch –
Alaskan Summer –

The Ship Stage Faves:
WonderGround –
Ovideo –
The French Semester –
Nico Stai –
The Happy Hollows –

Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage Faves:
The Ignorant –
Carnage Asada –
Apples and Onions –

South in the Park/Future Music Stage Faves:
DJ Nobody –
Jeremy Sole –
Peanut Butter Wolf –