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Originally posted on buzzbands

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Under the still night air and nestled snug among the trees of Griffith Park, Andrew Bird strolled up to his hodgepodge of instruments and pedals. Wearing a baby-blue blazer over a pink button-down shirt, he kicked off his shoes and began to whistle. Then, using his signature style of looping himself, he whistled, fiddled, strummed and sang his way through “Why?” With each wave of his hands, tilt of his head, poignant pauses and shifts in time signature, Bird set the tone of how multi-faceted the evening would be Friday at the Greek Theatre.

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Originally posted on jambase

Holy Fuck! That’s not only a sentiment of astonishment, but also the name of the band that makes me utter those two words about their show at The Troubadour. These Canadian experimentalists have been flying under the radar for years now, and it seems like they’re really beginning to pick up steam with not only two stellar albums under their belt but also a jaw-dropping, genre busting live show.

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If ever there was a distinct voice to come out of the nineties, one that surely comes to mind belongs to Soul Coughing lead singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. With his sharp witted lyrics and half spoken vocals, he paved the way for freaky beatniks with jazzy sensibilities all throughout a decade laden with grunge, bad pop and practically un-listenable rock and roll. Tonight, armed with his frequent collaborator, Andy “Scrap” Livingston, he brought tears of laughter, tore through solo songs, and dropped a few songs from his previous work with Soul Coughing.
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Puscifer@Club Nokia

Originally posted on jambase

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After gestating within the arcane mind of Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan for more than ten years, the cabaret project Puscifer landed at Club Nokia for two shows. Combining performance art, music, multimedia and comedy, the act is something more far reaching than any live “rock” show in decades.

Club Nokia, which is by far the most well funded venue in L.A., was a remarkable space for this show. With superior sound coming at you from all angles, pulsating lights around all its bars and corridors and comfortable seating with not a bad view in the house, it truly pushes forward the concert going experience with a ton of momentum and fervor. The only downsides to the venue are ones that seem to always plague regular concertgoers, namely high drink prices and overzealous security.

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Great Northern@Roxy

Originally posted on filter

Local Los Angeles “rock” station KROQ held a show last week entitled “Locals Only,” which included, obviously, local acts. On the bill for the evening were The Jakes, Lemon Sun, and Great Northern. The all ages event drew quite an impressive crowd that spanned not only those that crawl the Sunset Strip, but actual music fans that were there to see up and coming bands make good live.

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Originally posted on jambase

By: Greg Caruso

Plants and Animals :: 03.12.09 :: Echo :: Los Angeles, CA

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Listening to Parc Avenue by Montreal based Plants and Animals, you would think the rich cornucopia of sounds being produced would require, at bare minimum, a sextet. You could only imagine my shock at seeing a trio bound onto the stage at Echo. That’s what happens when you choose to see an up and coming band blindly with only the music as your navigational tool. So from the start, pleasant surprises were afoot.

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Originally posted on filter

The Morning Benders, who hail from Berkeley, Ca, closed out their first tour of 2009 at The Troubadour on Saturday night. Opening up for The Submarines, the band was in high spirits, and ready to give the sold-out crowd a lasting dose of their boyish pop bravado. Conjuring up wisps of The Beatles, the poppier aspects of The Velvet Underground, and a little touch of Talking Heads, the guys had no problem keeping the crowd’s attention during their opening slot.

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