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SHOW REVIEW: Battles at Club Mayan

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In support of their latest album, Gloss Drop, Battles graced Los Angeles with a night of experimental rock stylings this Monday, headlining a show at Club Mayan in Downtown LA with tour-mates Walls and Nisennenmondai. The Italian electronic duo Walls opened the show. Working from a a table stacked with samplers, drum machines, effects pedals and other miscellaneous gear, they played a handful of lengthy hypnotic movements characterized by blissful ambience and textures morphing over steady electronic beats. Next came Nisennenmondai, an all-girl three-piece band from Tokyo, who pummeled through an otherworldly and upbeat set of progressive and moody instrumentals. With layered guitar loops, steady bass lines and evolving drum patterns, Nisennenmondai’s songs would typically begin with some minimal instrumentation and develop excitedly into epic freak outs (“Mirrorball”) or sometimes remained stubbornly dense with tension until a song’s anti-climactic ending (“Fans”). The openers’ bands set the mood perfectly for Battles, who are in fact co-currating the next ATP where all three bands are slated to perform.

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SHOW REVIEW: St. Vincent at The Music Box

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Fall break 2011 ended fantastically, for me, with a chance to see one of my favorite musical artists of the past couple years: St. Vincent. Even if you don’t listen to St. Vincent, you may have enjoyed frontwoman Annie Clark’s skills without even knowing it: she was a member of both The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band. Clark, a porcelain-skinned, deceptively-waifish singer and guitarist, is an artist whose sheer talent claws its way through the feeblest of earbuds, unable to be ignored—so you can imagine my excitement to see her perform live. Her talent—and there really is a considerable lot of it—was in full, spotlit, often overwhelming display on Tuesday night.

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SHOW REVIEW: Blind Pilot and Dan Mangan at El Rey

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I started off October right this year. My suitemates and I headed out to Santa Ana on a whim on the 1st, having found out about this concert only days before, but it was the best decision we could’ve made. My new favorite singer, Dan Mangan, referred to on his website as a “fresh-faced folk singer from Vancouver, Canada”, was opening for Blind Pilot at the Galaxy Theater.

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EVENT PREVIEW: Benefit for Kara Engel

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Some of KSPC’s favorite local and LA based bands are getting together next Thursday, February 17 at the Hip Kitty in Claremont for a very special event, a benefit for Kara Engel.

While we can’t imagine a more awesome (and fun!) lineup to hit the Hip Kitty stage (SAVAGE REPUBLIC, DESPERATION SQUAD, DUDE MIRROR, WCKR SPGT AND SAM MCPHEETERS!), your $20 admission will also go to a very important cause (from the Facebook event page): “As some of you may know, our dear friend Kara Engel has been battling breast cancer and her talented friends want to bring us all together to help her and her family with the financial burden and to show our love and support for Kara. As cancer has affected us, our friends and our family in one way or another, we all know how important these events are. Our support and… coming together will mean so much to Kara and her family.”

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KSPC Presents: Dirt Dress At The Press Restaurant Tonight!

Tonight, LA band Dirt Dress will headline the second night of the KSPC Residency at The Press Restuarant !

In the fall, Americana DJ Karen discovered their unique sound through a show at The Smell, read more about it below!

DIRT DRESS = NEW FIND

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[Raymond (drums), Jose (bass, rhythm guitar), and Noah (vox, lead guitar) energetically coax the audience to dance while they wear aprons?] I got my first taste of this promising band when I decided to venture out of Lame Town Suburbia, CA. Occupants: Me and my friend Sandra. We decided to hit up The Smell after I had looked at this past Friday’s line up. I browsed the various myspaces of the bands that were to play instead of practicing guitar and learning to read music. Why do musicians make it look so simple to just jam out? Anyway, after finding a sweet parking spot near the almost hidden shady alley we walked in hoping we had not missed the few bands I was excited to see, which we had not. To my slight disappointment most of the bands were self-fulfilling prophecies in the sense that they sounded a lot better in their recorded material as opposed to a live setting. I found this odd in this group of bands because many had implied that they adhered to the DIY garage school of theology, making The Smell the perfect place to showcase their music. *Buzzer* Wrong answer. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. ¡A los leones! (See the sabado gigante chacal here if you feel so inclined to.)

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