It was a night of song, dance and laughter as actresses Alison Brie, Cyrina Fiallo and Julianna Guill, musically known as The Girls, showed off their singing chops at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA last night.
The hour-long set included original material mixed in with covers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Hall & Oates. Danny Pudi, Alison Brie’s Community co-star, made an unannounced appearance, joining them onstage for an unrehearsed song that they hadn’t performed together in years.
It’s too bad the trio only have time to perform a couple of shows a year, because they always put on a good show.
The Girls were accompanied on stage by Jones Street Station.
Singer/songwriter Zella Day performed a special invite-only, private show at The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA last night.
Fans, friends and family were in attendance to see her intimate set before she makes her way to Austin, TX to perform at SXSW as an official showcase artist. Highlights of the night included her stripped down, acoustic cover of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” and the catchy, anthem-like “Sweet Ophelia,” an upbeat song that gave her the opportunity to let loose and show off her vocal strength. Be on the lookout for Zella as she is positioned to take the music world by storm in 2014.
Milk & Honey
East of Eden
SXSW appearance: Friday, March 14 – Victorian Room at The Driskill, 8:25pm-9:00pm
The Girls, a group featuring actresses Alison Brie (Mad Men & Community), Cyrina Fiallo (Good Luck Charlie) and Julianna Guill (Friday the 13th), played a set at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA last night.
Not even the heat or the occasional sweat mustache (which Alison Brie proudly and then sheepishly admitted), stopped the trio from entertaining the sold out crowd.
Armed with a mix of cover songs and playful banter, the set list included covers of Bruce Springsteen (“I’m On Fire”), the White Stripes (“We’re Going To Be Friends”) and Childish Gambino (“These Girls”) aka Donald Glover, Alison’s Community co-star.
The Los Angeles based trio was accompanied on stage by Jones Street Station.
Australian band Alpine performed last night to an enthusiastic crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Although their debut album, A is for Alpine, was released a little over two weeks ago, they’ve built a following rather quickly. The crowd fed off the frantic energy coming from the stage as lead singers Lou James and Phoebe Baker belted out vocals while leaving no part of the stage untouched.
The set list included Seeing Red, Softsides, Forever, Hands, Too Safe, Gasoline, and Villages. Their album is so strong, it felt like they were performing songs from a greatest hits album. Expect big things from this band!
Alpine continues its U.S. tour in San Francisco, supporting Crystal Fighters.
6/5 Great American Music Hall- San Francisco
6/7 Holocene- Portland
6/8 The Electric Owl- Vancouver
6/9 The Crocodile- Seattle
6/11 Urban Lounge- Salt Lake City
6/12 Larimer Lounge- Denver
6/14 Lincoln Hall- Chicago
6/15 The Hoxton- Toronto
6/17 SAT- Montreal
6/18 The Sinclair- Cambridge
6/19 Webster Hall- New York City
The 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.
The 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 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.
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.
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, 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.”
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