We're digging the laid-back, early summer vibe of EOTS's new single from their forthcoming sophomoric album, Ice On The Dune (out in June), and once again, we're trippin' out over the out-of-this-world costumes and visuals in the vid. Check them out:
Naama Kates has had better shows. It wasn’t anything that
any one person did. The music sounded fine, and the atmosphere was perfect. For
one reason or another, the whole thing just didn’t click on Friday night. Judging
by Naama’s expression at the end of the set, it was clear that she felt the
5 in West Hollywood was bustling as Kates and her band rushed to set up their
equipment, late for their set from the outright. Perhaps the venue was too bustling,
because by the time Kates made it to the opening lines of her first single, “King for a Day,” hardly anyone was listening to the music.
was no break between the pre-show, setup calamities, and the actual set. The
band should have vacated the stage, or maybe Kates should have addressed the
crowd with more command.
Regardless of how it could have been better handled, the music started
in competition with the conversational roar of every other person in that
venue. Kates’ opener was lost amidst the rumble of voices, and the first half
of the set sort of careened from there.
drummer left for a song, right after the opener. It was a huge showstopper and
left Kates struggling to find a way to fill time. For him, it was a pretty
unprofessional move, not to mention the fact that he left the rest of his group
just hanging there. Things eventually picked up when he finally made it back to
his set, but the increase in energy had nothing to do with him.
set picked up energy as she approached her last four or so songs, because she
started to find her own rhythm. As the set went on, the crowd quieted down, and
Kates could actually hear herself. It also helps that the majority of her more
melodic songs are budgeted at the end of her set list.
are the songs that she should be boasting, especially as she is getting on her
feet as a vocalist. Songs like her single, “King for a Day,” are complex, jazzy
tracks with an emphasis on staccato and a very narrow appeal. Her more
melodious tracks are the actual ear catchers, and they have a much more
universal appeal to listeners. Perhaps she could plan for those to be right out of the
gate next time.
Naama Kates is just getting her legs
underneath her, and the next few years of her career are not doubt going to be
exciting to watch. She has all the makings of an act that will truly stand out.
There is just a little bit of work that needs to be done before it can all be adequately communicated on stage. In time she’ll find her voice, her drummer
will learn to stick behind his kit, and her live shows will be much, much
Last night in Hollywood, W Hotels hosted the next installment of its ongoing music series, Symmetry Live, at Drai’s Private Lounge (the hotel's posh and exclusive venue) to kick off IMS Engage, a one-day event to engage the electronic music world with the wider industries of technology, finance, hip-hop and the arts.
The night crackled with energy as UK singer Foxes (pictured, right) took to the stage with a soulful acoustic performance and revelers closed out the night as the DJs spun for partygoers.
The night was hosted by W Hotels’ Global Music Director Michaelangelo L’Acqua at W Hollywood.
Notable appearances of the night included Jessica Lowndes and Michael Steger from 90210 (below).
This week delivered some pleasant surprises in the viral world.
First up is the new music video from New Kids On The Block. It's for "Remix (I Like The)," the first single from their forthcoming new album. The video perfectly encapsulates what every female fan in her 30s must feel like whenever the iPod randomly shuffles to "The Right Stuff." It's a fantastic (and empowering) nod to nostalgia and should become an anthem for all wallflowers. And the song? It kind of kicks ass. Who frickin' knew?
Then there's the unparalleled awesomeness of Joss Whedon. Yesterday the Buffy creator released the trailer for his contemporary, black-and-white adaptation of the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing, which features nearly every actor who has ever appeared on his TV shows (Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly). In other words, Wesley and Fred alert!
And if you're wondering, that sexy song is courtesy of "Rose Rouge" by St. Germain.
...Then check out DJ Earworm's annual megamix showcasing nearly every Top 40 hit from the past 365 days.
Songs sampled include One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," Ke$ha's "Die Young," fun.'s "We Are Young," Bruno Mars's "Locked Out Of Heaven," Nicki Minaj's "Starships," and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" (to name a few):
In an era where cynicism and criticism rules all, it is a rarity when someone overtly gushes over something like a second grader with a crush. You are considered cooler and more intelligent if you dissect everything down to its core to find the existence of any kind of flaw. Consider this is the exception.
I was lucky enough to attend opening night of For The Record: Scorsese The Concert at the newly renovated Rockwell Table & Stagein Los Feliz. To say I was excited about the show beforehand is a bit of an understatement. I've always revered Martin Scorsese as my all time favorite filmmaker. His films show an understanding of the darker side of the world. He does so with masterful camera work, drawing phenomenal performances, unique editing techniques, and inspired soundtracks. Scorsese's choices of music in his films are so expertly placed that your mind immediately transports you to a scene when you hear certain songs. Ok. Enough of my bromance with Scorsese. It's time to talk about the show.
I was definitely skeptical going into this show. I had no idea what to expect. Would they butcher my memories and love for Scorsese's films and soundtracks? The answer to that question was an unequivocal no. Scorsese: The Concert was the most entertaining night I have spent in the city of Los Angeles since I moved out here five years ago. The show opens with Anderson Davis (also the show's director) on stage playing Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York. It is not long before the cast of characters fill the stage and the band begins jamming out to Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. Davis does a masterful job crafting the show and balancing the musical numbers with sprinkling in iconic scenes and dialogue. The pacing of the show is exquisite with the Act One focusing mostly on Goodfellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Mean Streets. Act Two predominantly features songs from Casino and The Aviator as well as The Color of Moneyand Cape Fear to a lesser extent. Be prepared for a rendition of Michael Jackson's Bad in there as well that tears the roof off the joint.
The cast is nothing short of superb. (Can you tell I am running out of synonyms to describe how fantastic this show is?) The show features a number of scene stealers. Von Smith portrays the roles that Leonardo DiCaprio made famous. Von Smith was a contestant on the eighth season of American Idol and most recently opened for Lady Gaga in Australia. His rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" forces you to not just listen to the music but rather feel it. You surrender yourself and feel every note in a spiritual way.
Lindsey Gort gracefully performs one of the show's most obscure songs from one of Scorsese's most obscure films: "Rainbow Sleeves" from The King of Comedy. The song is a beautiful ballad that is rare to find in the violent world of Scorsese, and Gort beautifully delivers. The performance is the most revealing and emotional of the entire show. For a few moments, we escape the male dominated world of organized crime (as fun as it is) and all eyes focus on this gorgeous blonde woman singing her heart out. Gort shows great restraint in her vocals and conveys an honest fragility and pain that makes us feel like we are alone with her as she pours her heart out. It will bring tears to your eyes.
Next on the list of scene stealers is Danielle Monet Truitt who appears onstage in full Bob Dylan wardrobe singing "Like A Rolling Stone."Enough credit cannot be given to Shane Scheel, Christopher Lloyd Bratten, and Anderson Davis for the musical arrangement of this number. The song showcases Truitt's strengths while still giving respect to the original song. Truitt 's soulful sound delivers a rendition of Bob Dylan's classic that is one of a kind.
Speaking of one of a kind, Jason Paige takes on the roles of Joe Pesci and delivers some of the most entertaining numbers in the show. You may not know Jason Paige, but you definitely know his work. Remember the catchiest cartoon theme song of all time? The theme song from Pokemon. Yeah, that's his voice. In Scorsese: The Concert Paige delivers some of the most guttural songs such as "Layla, Well Well Well,"and "Bad." Paige is a joy every time he's onstage. He may not have the same amount of stage time as others, but he is one of the most memorable aspects of the show. The sound of his voice is incredibly unique and his performance is incredibly intense right down to his eyes as he stares down the audience. He is exemplary in every way.
Have I sold you yet? I have never seen a show in Los Angeles that deserves a money-back guarantee more than Scorsese The Concert. What's the best part? The best part is seeing this amazing show while sitting at a table sipping on your cocktail (Jameson on the rocks if you are like me) and being able to order appetizers, dinner, or dessert off the Rockwell's menu by Executive Chef Martin Gonzalez.
Still not sold? Luckily, many of the performances I saw have been uploaded to YouTube for promotional purposes. Check them out, but I promise you that they do not do the show justice.
Ticket prices range from $20-$40. So for the price of seeing a show at the Pantages Theatre, you can go to the Rockwell Table & Stage and experience drinks, dinner, a show, and the time of your life. For the Record -- Scorsese The Concert is currently running Thursdays through Sundays. Buy your tickets at http://fortherecordlive.com/scorsese/ before it is too late!
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