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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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Tina Dico @ Troubadour (02-09-2011)

Tina Dico made her return to Los Angeles Wednesday night, playing at the historic Troubadour.  Although most fans have grown accustomed to Tina performing accompanied only by Helgi Jonsson, this time around she was also backed by a drummer and bass player – the first time she’s played in Los Angeles with a full band.

The hour and a half set included new songs from her new double album, Welcome Back Colour, as well as old favorites such as “Stains”, “Sacre Coeur” (the trombone arrangement takes an already great song to another level), “Count to Ten” and “Home,” her phenomenal collaboration with Zero 7.

Tina Dico finishes the North American leg of her tour tonight in San Diego, CA and will be touring Europe for the rest of February through March.  Visit http://tinadico.com/tour for a complete list of tour dates.

Welcome Back Colour, is currently in stores.  It’s a collection of 13 new acoustic recordings of old favorites as well as five new songs.

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Sleigh Bells @ El Rey Theatre (10/20/2010)

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells played their first Los Angeles headlining show last night to a sold out crowd at the El Rey Theatre.  The concert had everything those familiar with the group would expect – screaming, dowsing fans with water and stage diving – all courtesy of lead singer Alexis Krauss.

Things kicked off with the curtains opening to reveal a stage that had nothing but two microphones and a 2×4 stack of amplifiers lit up by red lights.  Guitarist Derek Miller walked on stage moments later and had the crowd’s full attention with the first guitar riff.

The duo kept the energy and volume control at 11 for the entire night, running through their catalog of songs without much chit chat in between.  Only momentarily did they take a break from the frenetic pace with the mellowed out “Rill Rill”.

With only one album worth of material, the set was only 30 minutes and left fans wanting more, screaming for an encore that was not to happen.  Nonetheless, the crowd got what they came for – loud guitars, booming beats and piercing vocals.

Sleigh Bells continues their headlining tour with stops in Salt Lake City, Denver and Minneapolis in the coming days.

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The Bird and the Bee @ El Rey Theatre (03/05/2010)

Last night, the Bird and the Bee performed in front of a capacity crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Not only was it a rare opportunity to see the band perform songs from the upcoming release, Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, but it would also be the last Bird and the Bee show for a while, due to lead singer Inara George‘s pregnancy.

From the moment Inara walked on stage, it was obvious that pregnancy didn’t hinder her sense of style, as she was dressed in a fashionable, form-fitting dress. Overwhelmed by the turnout, Inara thanked everyone in attendance, as it marked only their second sold out show in Los Angeles. In a fitting tribute, the show was dedicated to T-Bone Wolk, longtime bass player, collaborator and friend of Hall & Oates who passed away earlier in the week. Continue reading The Bird and the Bee @ El Rey Theatre (03/05/2010)

Emiliana Torrini @ El Rey Theatre (06/19/2009)

Emiliana Torrini at the El Rey Theatre

Emiliana Torrini played to a packed house at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.  For close to two hours, Emiliana and her band treated the captive audience to a wide variety of her catalog, including “Sunny Road,” “Jungle Drum,” “Me And Armini,” and “Heard It All Before” (not on the set list).  She was in a very jovial mood, perhaps because of the El Rey’s ambiance.  She admitted that it felt great to play at such a Presidential-looking venue (complete with a red velvet interior, chandeliers and a balcony area in the back).  The sound and lighting was equally impressive, making it her best L.A. performance to date. Continue reading Emiliana Torrini @ El Rey Theatre (06/19/2009)

Bird and the Bee @ Descanso Gardens (06/25/2009)

Inara George of the Bird and the Bee

Last night, the Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) were in their natural habitat, as they played an outdoor show at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, CA. The show was open to all ages, so fans both young and old were on hand to view the Main Lawn performance.

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