Jubilee Music & Arts Festival — formerly known as Silver Lake Jubilee — reveals its set times for Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. As previously announced, the Drums, the Black Lips, Free Energy are among its headliners; local acts such as Bleached, Cayucas, Trash Talk, Pangea, the Dead Ships and more were added to the lineup shortly after. Although the festival has moved to downtown L.A. in between Santa Fe Avenue and 6th Street, its stage names (Sunset, Myra, Hoover, Santa Monica) remain the same. You can make your own customized schedule at the festival site. Below are set times listed for each stage on both festival days. Our Jubilee mixtape here.
Camera Obscura return with “Desire Lines” to follow up their beloved “My Maudlin Career,” and once again the Glasgow quintet manages to dole indie pop tunes that stomp as much as they sweep. With Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens) on production, ballads such as “Fifth in Line to the Throne” with a depressing subject matter come off angelic (contributing vocals from Neko Case may be a factor) while songs like the jangly pop number “Do It Again” serves as a perfect foil. After four years, loyal fans are bound to grow deliriously giddy over the new pop record that wears its heart on its sleeve. With lyrics like “If you want me to leave/Then I’ll go/If you want me to stay/Let it show” and charming melodies, you’d never know vocalist Tracyanne Campbell was singing about someone in an unhappy relationship with consequences affecting her monarchic future. “Desire Lines” is slated for a June 4 release on 4AD.
The last time we checked the Postelles out, they had just released their long-awaited debut, and now they’re back with sophomore release “…And It Shook Me.” The former Albert Hammond Jr.-produced record inevitably had them falling somewhere in between the Strokes and the Kooks, and the new record simply expands on those strong pop hooks. If there’s one thing the Manhattan quartet embraces, it’s having the last note leave you in a feel-good mood without resorting to the bubblegum aspect of pop rock. Songs like the twangy “Heavy Eyes” and the mish-mash of a sing-a-long chorus and ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll chord progressions in “Running Red Lights” are unapologetically exuberant. Heck, even the old couple in their clip for “Caught By Surprise” are feeling boisterously young. “…And It Shook Me” is out now via +1 Records.
||| Stream: Three more tracks off of “…And It Shook Me” below.
||| Live: The Postelles play tonight at the Bootleg with Holychild and Tapioca & the Flea.
The downtown Los Angeles Arts District gained one festival in 2013 when the Jubilee Music & Arts Festival decide to relocate from Silver Lake, but it has lost another, at least temporarily.
Bloomfest, the music, arts and street fair that for the past two years has brought live rock to the streets of the Arts District, will not happen this summer, according to a report from the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA). The event might return in the fall, but probably not as a street festival.
Event producers Edgar Varela and Melissa Richardson Banks cited an increase in ongoing projects for current downtown businesses, the impact of construction in the area and the high cost of mounting a free festival on L.A. streets as reasons for Bloomfest’s being shelved. “For the past two years, we were in a position to donate [click to continue…]
The annual KROQ Weenie Roast can be a pretty predictable affair — the rock radio giant’s favorite bands playing their rock radio hits — but the early summer affair is often good for a surprise or two. And so it was at the 21st annual Weenie Roast on Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, when Stone Temple Pilots showed up as the surprise guest and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington showed up as the fill-in for STP’s troubled vocalist Scott Weiland. Bennington sang several of STP’s hits and the new song “Out of Time.” The rest of the day featured favorites old and new. Here’s some of the action.
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, all those graduation parties and the down time somewhere on the distant horizon the next three months: the new video for Handshakes’ single “Vacation.” The L.A. outfit’s sprightly power-pop song — think the Weezer or the Rentals with horns — is a giddy excursion that suggests everything you see in director Tristan Nyby’s video for the song, which appeared on Handshakes’ “Villains & Crooks” EP released last December. Fire up the barbecues, please. “Vacation” can’t come soon enough.
There is, of course, no lineup to tout yet, but promoters Goldenvoice announced that the dates for the two-weekend festival next year will be April 11-13 and April 18-20. General admission passes will be $349 ($409 with the shuttle option), and VIP passes will go for $799. Myriad other options are detailed here.
► One more time: The Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting Tour” visits Staples Center.
► Brooklyn synth-pop Holy Ghost! teams up with L.A.’s Classixx for a sold-out show at the Troubadour. That’s Holy Ghost!’s new video for “Dumb Disco Ideas,” above.
► The Little Ones headline It’s a School Night at Bardot, where Hudson Taylor, Lawrence Rothman and the Honey Trees also play.
► And the May residencies are in full swing: Torches at the Echo (supported by Nightmare Air and Seasons); Robert Schwartzman at the Satellite (supported by Son of Stan, Act As If and Doom & Gloom); Criminal Hygiene at the Bootleg Bar (supported by the Phils, Beach Party and Whippoorwill); and King Washington at the Silverlake Lounge.
Incoming: The Rolling Stones, Holy Ghost!, Laura Marling, Dillinger Escape Plan, Atlas Genius, the Black Angels, the Presets, the Postelles, Kate Nash, Daughter, Youngblood Hawke, Carla Morrison, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Shout Out Louds, Breathe Carolina, Turbonegro, Cold War Kids, Mikal Cronin, Opeth, Amanda Jo Williams, Sir Sly, Fleetwood Mac, War, Imperial Teen, Juanes, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Smoke Season, Stornoway, the Damned
Above: Swedish indie-poppers Shout Out Louds are back with a new album “Optica” (just out on Merge), and they visit the El Rey Theatre on Thursday and Friday.
Our staff picks of the week:
@KRBronson recommends: In a week of excellent 1-2 punches (the Presets and Dragonette on Tuesday; Cold War Kids and Superhumanoids on Friday), none packs more clout than Tuesday night at the Mayan, where the Black Angels play behind their great new album “Indigo Meadow” and Hanni El Khatib — his second album “Head in the Dirt” just out — adds even more muscle.x
@Seraphina_L recommends: San Francisco-based garage-rocker-turned-power-popper Mikal Cronin comes through town in support of his latest album “MCII” (out now via Merge). Cronin will be headlining Friday’s show at the Echo with L.A. punk quartet Pangea and Cleveland, Ohio-based lo-fi rockers Gap Dream as support for a solid lineup.
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