Kimbra @ Fonda Theatre (10/03/2012)

Kimbra at Fonda Theatre - October 3, 2012The last time New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra visited Los Angeles, tickets were snatched up in a matter of seconds by ticket brokers, leaving many loyal fans out in the cold. This time around, presale tickets were offered to fans and the result was a sold out crowd at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA packed with exuberant fans who didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to watch Kimbra strut her stuff on stage.

Known for her unique outfits, Kimbra came onstage wearing a pink and white dress only to shed the skirt, revealing a purple and blue ostrich-looking skirt that seemed to glitter as she danced across the stage with tambourine in hand.

Kimbra at Fonda Theatre - October 3, 2012The 22-year-old’s initial claim to fame in the U.S. was her smash duet with Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” In a short matter of time, she has built a catalog so strong that it didn’t seem like anyone at the show cared or noticed that she didn’t perform the hit. Her set list included a mix of influences of both young and old, from “Plain Gold Ring,” a cover of Nina Simone’s 1958 classic, to “Warrior,” her collaboration with newcomers Mark Foster (of Foster the People) and A-Trak. Other crowd favorites included “Settle Down” and “Cameo Lover.”

Kimbra at Fonda Theatre - October 3, 2012Kimbra plays another show at the Fonda Theatre tonight and continues her tour with stops in San Diego (Oct. 5), Salt Lake City (Oct. 9), and Denver (Oct. 10) before she plays a few dates in Texas and travels to the Midwest and East Coast. Visit kimbramusic her latest tour dates.

Yuna @ Amoeba Music (6/26/2012)

Yuna @ Amoeba Music (6/26/2012)Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna performed an acoustic set at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, CA last night.  Admitting that she didn’t think anyone would show up, she must have been excited at the turnout of fans, a large number of which had obviously been fans from the very beginning of her career.  Aside from showcasing songs from her album, she also performed a cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”

Already a huge success in her homeland, Yuna is on course to duplicate that feat in the United States.  Her self-titled album is an absolute treat.  The debut single is “Live Your Life”, a mellow groove produced by Pharrell Williams.  It’s not often that a debut single is buried underneath 11 other songs, but that’s a testament to how strong the CD is top to bottom.  It’s an album you can listen to from start to finish.  The CD kicks off with “Lullabies,” a track reminiscent of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” and flows into other standouts such as “Favourite Thing,” “Planes,” “Island,” and “See You Go.”

Yuna is currently one of Amazon.com’s “Artists on the Rise” and until the end of this month you can download “Live Your Life” for FREE by clicking here.  But don’t stop there…buy the whole album.  It will be one of the best music purchases you’ve made all year.  For the latest info on Yuna, visit yunamusic.com and her Facebook page.

And don’t forget you can listen to Yuna on Sirens of Song Online Radio.

 

Phantogram @ Music Box (11/04/2011)

Phantogram @ Music Box (11/04/2011)

Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

They came, they saw, they kicked ass.  Phantogram (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) performed to a sell-out crowd at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA last night.

Reptar was the opening act and in between sets, there were a few lulls in the music which built up the anticipation. With each lull, the crowd anxiously watched for the curtain to rise until they finally made their way onstage. Sarah was dressed in all black, sporting black leather pants, a black leather jacket, and a black tank top.  As she moved to the music, her face was often hidden behind her trademark bob cut, which only added to her mysterious allure. The duo was joined on stage by only a drummer, which only added to the show’s greatness. Sometimes, a live show just isn’t the same without a drummer.

They played all their hits from Eyelid Movies (which is basically every song – the album is that good) as well as new music from their recently released EP, Nightlife.  I meant to get a pic of the set list, but these two are so hip, they don’t even bother with the usual list taped to the floor.  Monitors on the sides of the stage displayed each song as it was performed.

Aside from a shout out to Justin Timberlake just in case he was in attendance (the band put him on the guest list), their wasn’t much onstage banter. Not that it really mattered though…everyone came for the music, not for storytelling. They played one encore before the all ages crowd left with their hearts and ears satisfied.

Phantogram continues their tour in Phoenix, AZ as they make their way east before the final stop in Vermont.  Visit their facebook page for up to date info.

Meiko @ Hotel Cafe (07/05/2011)

Meiko @ Hotel Cafe (07/05/2011)
Meiko, a Hotel Cafe regular, made another appearance Tuesday night to a house packed with fans, friends, and family members. Typical of a Meiko performance, the night was filled with many anecdotes in between songs which always makes for a fun night.

The former Hotel Cafe waitress touched on subjects as varied as misunderstood friendship, cursing on stage, and unacceptable fatherly terms of affection. A highlight was when she informed the crowd of tipping etiquette ($1 a drink / 15-20%, people!) and performed a song inspired by a confrontation she had with a poor tipper, aptly named “Ya Gotta F**kin Tip.”

Keep up to date with Meiko’s latest tour dates at http://www.facebook.com/meikomusic.

Upcoming shows:
July 14 – Ventura, CA | Zoey’s Cafe
July 16 – Snoqualmie, WA | Snoqualmie Casino
July 17 – Seattle, WA | Chop Suey
July 18 – Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge
July 21 – Thousand Oaks, CA | Open Borders
July 27 – Hermosa Beach, CA | Saint Rocke

Anya Marina @ Hotel Cafe (07/05/2011)

Anya Marina @ Hotel Cafe (07/05/2011)

Anya Marina stopped by Hotel Cafe last night to play some music from her newest release Spirit School.
Anya will be playing a few more shows in Southern California…be sure to visit anyamarina.com for the latest tour info.

July 7 – San Diego, CA | Casbah
July 9 – San Jose, CA | The Blank Club
July 10 – San Francisco, CA | Cafe Du Nord

Obi Best @ Hotel Cafe (03/09/2011)

Alex Lilly of Obi Best

Obi Best played an intimate set at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA last night. Frontwoman Alex Lilly was joined onstage by usual band members Wendy Wang and Bram Inscore. Missing was keyboardist Aaron Arntz and drummer Barbara Gruska, but in their place were several guest musicians. Seeing a saxophone player and a flutist on stage isn’t typical of an Obi Best show, but it gave the night a classy, unplugged vibe.

Alex spent most of the night at the piano while Bram played upright bass and Wendy sang backup vocals. The set included favorites such as “Swedish Boy,” “Tropical Fish,” and the extremely catchy “It’s Because of People Like You.”

Obi Best’s second album, a four song EP titled Sentimental Education, will be released later this year and includes the songs “Tropical Fish,” “Knock On Any Door,” “To Have Class” and “Man Without A Yes.” It can currently be purchased after their shows. Visit www.obibest.com to hear the EP in its entirety.

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Anna Nalick @ Hotel Cafe (02/23/2011)

Anna Nalick at Hotel Cafe

Anna Nalick played in front of a packed house last night as part of her residency at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

Though it’s been a while since her last official release, she’s been keeping busy by writing new music. She’s currently working on an album with producer Nathan Chapman (who has also produced Taylor Swift) that’s set to be released this year.

Throughout the night she played several new songs such as “Words”, “The Lullaby Singer” and “Break Me Open.”

In between songs, she read some excerpts from her journal and chatted up the crowd, keeping them engaged throughout the entire night. Halfway into her set, she sat at piano for a few songs and admitted she was still getting used to using the pedals while playing. Knowing her pianist was just off stage, she jokingly admitted feeling a little pressured.

Closing the show with her breakout hit, “Breathe (2 AM)”, Anna proved throughout the night that she’s a singer/songwriter who still has a bright future ahead of her.

Anna Nalick’s residency at Hotel Cafe ends in two weeks, with her final show on Wednesday, March 2nd.

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Esthero @ Hotel Cafe (02/19/2011)

Battling illness, Esthero played an abbreviated set at last night’s 2 Year Creepshow Anniversary held at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

Sitting in a chair in the center of the stage, she kicked things off singing an a capella version of “Superheroes” and then graciously made her way off stage before the host of the show stopped her.

Despite not wanting to sing too much for fear her vocals would be off, the crowd persuaded her to come back on stage for one more song. She sang a flawless version of “Gone” backed by Ely Rise on piano.

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