Monday nights this September at the Observatory in the OC are the place to be this month. PawnShop kings have a residency and bringing along some talented bands with them. Each week will be a different band. Last night they started off as a two piece, and each week, the band will get fuller and bigger. They’re going for more of an experience than just another concert and they are definitely a band you want to see live. Check them out!!
We at The Noise Train were out in NYC for some shows and had the pleasure of catching Dry the River play at the Mercury Lounge, and glad we did. Frontman Peter Liddle has a stunning voice, sweet and melodic. From just listening to their record, you’d picture the band being a mellow group who sound good but you are in for a surprise at a live show. The band members have a 90′s grunge look to them with a stage presence that could have rivaled Nirvana back in their day. Energy and passion exudes from the band as they play their hearts out. See the photos below as evidence.
Dry the River is currently on tour through the UK and back in the US with the Alabama Shakes in July, they’ll be performing at Lollapalooza in August and Austin City Limits in October. You need to catch them live.
Photos by Braedon Flynn
Last Friday, Delta Spirit rocked the Halls of the MusicBox in Hollywood. It was the tail end of a tour for the bands new, Self Titled Album, which is an album that did not disappoint in the least bit. The Tijuana Panthers opened up the show, and did a great job setting the tone for the evening. Following their performance was Waters, who had no problem taking things to the next level. The energy and passion of lead singer Van Pierszalowski, former front man of Port O’Brien, was captivating. Then Delta Spirit took the stage and blew our already high expectations. Their stage presence exceeds that of a lot of bands these days, really going for it, giving us some good old rock and roll. From standing on the piano belting lyrics to smashing watermelons during the encore Matt Vasquez has a commanding presence! In all, the evening was a phenomenal display of passionate musicians doing what they do best, and the perfect balance of talent and entertainment.
All Photos by Braedon Flynn
Words by Dominick Alonso
We recently caught Bowerbirds perform to a packed house at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The North Carolina natives are currently promoting their most recent release “The Clearing”. Having lived in North Carolina for years, I was personally excited to see how the Los Angeles scene would take to fringy, Southern folk; they did not seem disappointed. Their music is incredibly personal, often reflecting on the relationship between band-members (and partners) Beth Tacular and Phil Moore. In their live performance, you can hear their earthy, Appalachian influences blended with complex songwriting that sounds both traditional and contemporary, and feels authentic in both Raleigh, NC and Los Angeles, CA.
Photos and Words by Taylor Woods
Dry the River recently opened for Bowerbirds at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. This UK-based band just released their first album “Shallow Bed” to solidly consistent reviews. Not knowing what to expect from their live performance, I was genuinely blown away by both the energy of their performance and the sophistication of their songwriting (especially considering they only came together in 2009). While comparisons to UK-folk demigods Mumford & Sons are fair, Dry the River stands apart from the folk scene, drawing from a wide array of influences and an energetic, youthful stage presence; this was especially highlighted during the band’s single “No Rest.” You can check out their album, ‘Shallow Bed‘.
Photos and words by Taylor Woods
Here’s a video for a new single by Dry the River – ‘New Ceremony’
This is one of the most beautiful performances. Bon Iver singing The Wolves at Coachella. The song is off his first album For Emma, Forever Ago
After being broken up of 14 years, The Coachella Music Festival talked Refused into getting back together for a reunion tour. This was their first US show since 1998. One of our favorite all time bands. Amazing and still killing it.
Gary Clark Jr. has been getting raves. They were a hit out at SXSW, and killed it at Coachella. A band to continue watching. Here’s their song Bright Lights live from Coachella 2012:
We went out to see Wolfgang Gartner perform one of his notorious live sets at the Observatory in Orange County this past weekend and it was a hell of a show. Wolfgang Gartner is an respected producer by other EDM artists, fans and musicians from all genres and we were fortunate enough to get to see him live in action once again. If you aren’t familiar with Gartner’s unique, progressive house sound, you will soon get infected by his recognizably complex layers of glitchy, synth-driven beats and fast paced drum kicks that spread through your entire body like a dance contagion.
Gartner dropped his heavy weight tracks such as Ménage à Trois and Illmerica, and the crowd responded in unison with deafening roars and swaying dance moves. From the front to back, not a single party-goer was there to do anything but throw their hands up and bounce. An intense energy built as the beats kept dropping and it was undeniable that the crowd was loving each track throughout the set. Although there was one raver who came for something more than just the party atmosphere and electronic music: animal awareness.
The die hard EDM fan I’m speaking of is gradually becoming the mascot for Southern California’s EDM scene and this raver gone hypeman, a.k.a. “party panda,” was there in full force to toss confetti and get the crowd amped from behind a giant panda head mask (think Deadmau5 but without the big ears). We’ve seen him at dozens of EDM shows ranging from Wolfgang Gartner at the Music Box in Hollywood and at Identity Festival in San Diego, but despite being an endangered species, we hope to see a lot more of him as concert season begins to heat up.
Special thanks to our friends at Ultra Music and the Mitch Schneider Organization for making it happen for us. Also, big up to Le New Shit for helping us out with the show and they get all the photo credit in this post! We had an incident at the show and lost some gear that night so we didn’t get any shots of our own.
With further delay, here he is: The one, the only, the champ!