Monday, May 25, 2015


When it rains it pours!  Another night wityh LA Witch!

LA Witch performed at the Lion's Lair on a Tuesday night.  It's a small venue on that seedy side of Colfax between the Ogden and Bluebird theaters. Drunks, homeless people, cripples. The "hip" began showing up around 9 PM and the place filled up. I look at an event like this and wonder how it is 4 bands can play and be paid anything at $6 a ticket with maybe 50 to 70 people max in attendance. LA Witch was touring with Has A Shadow, a two person "shoe gaze" band from Mexico. Kansas City the night before, Salt Lake the next night, 5 people all packed into a mini van with all their gear. A tough life touring. To help make it feel as though the trip to Denver was worthwhile, I gave them a little cash to "help pay for gas," probably the equivalent of what they took in that night (or more!). I got to hang out with both bands before and after the show.  The two bands got together in LA for mutually beneficial purposes: Has A Shadow gets to tour the US scene, LA Witch is invited to join them on tour in Mexico. They were both good and mutually complement each other’s sound. Most of the place cleared out after their set. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, up on my feet until after midnight just dancing. In the back of the truck by 1 AM after LA Witch drove off into the street light "sunset" down Colfax.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015


As soon as I learned about Desert Daze and who'd be performing during this one day music festival, I immediately purchased a ticket and airfare.  Described as the anti-Coachella, this festival draws local acts, has a fraction of the crowds, easy access to the foot of the stage, and is in a pleasant although dusty setting amidst palm trees and ponds at the north end of the Salton Sea, all located a couple hundred feet below sea level.  I flew in Friday, went to the festival Saturday and was heading back home Sunday night.  A wonderful time, even though the airline lost my luggage.  I had everything I needed in a carry-on bag and bought what I needed at an REI north of LAX in Santa Monica.  My daughter agreed to be my chaperon.

Our first stop was Pioneertown north of Palm Springs, where there was a festival pre-party at Pappy and Harriet's Friday night.  We arrived an hour before the music started, setting up the tent near the music venue.  Of the four bands playing, I went to see The Coathangers.  Besides being a relatively inexpensive show, starting the music the night before gave the weekend more of a festival experience.

Wikipedia writes:

The Coathangers are an alternative rock band from Atlanta. March 2014 saw the release of the band's fourth full length album entitled Suck My Shirt, for Suicide Squeeze Records.  In 2011, they released their third album, Larceny and Old Lace (also for Suicide Squeeze Records), to generally positive reviews.[2] The band formed in 2006 as a joke. After playing a house show, they were asked to open for The Hiss on the strength of their performance. The name was chosen for its vulgarity, an irreverent take on abortions, though all band members are pro-choice.  Their playfulness continues into their songs, with titles such as "Don’t Touch My Shit", "Nestle In My Boobies" and “Shut the Fuck Up.”

They were certainly the highlight of my day!  What a way to begin the weekend!

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Kim and the Creations is as much about performance art and the music!  WOW!  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

'The all-killer, no-filler Kim House and her band have settled in and are taking her eccentric reputation to the next level. Bending over backwards, slinking through the crowd and switching from sweet to grunge at the drop of a bassline, the only thing that will get your eyes off her [wild outfits] is her potent and directed gaze, right into your soul. What you’re missing: Good ol’ girl grunge that makes you want to take over the world, regardless of gender identification." (Burger Records/ Lolipop Records) -BUZZBANDS LA

'Her over the top stage antics and outfits are only surpassed by the sheer strength of her Stooges and Cramps influenced garage gems.' -DO LA

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L.A. Witch imperessed me when I went to see Warpaint In LA a couple months ago.  And what is great is that I was able to see them again when Deap Vally came to Denver, again at Desert Daze and I'll see them a fourth time in as many mionths a few nights freom now back here in Denver!  I'm really enjopying their music and hope they become more widely known about and play for years to come!  They were one of the reasons why I say yes to going to Desert daze.

“Dirty distorted country” - Dark Party

“Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around)” - Los Angeles Magazine

“[L.A. Witch] stir up images of Gun Club ‘Fire Of Love’ era and early X… yet at the same time are something entirely their own.” - Buddyhead

” dark amalgam of psych-rock, garage and Americana… L.A. Witch recalls the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels” - Buzzbands LA

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Deap Vally came to Denver a couple weeks before Desert Daze, helping me get in the party mood early!  Julie and Lindsey are not only hopt women, they put out a power house sound on stage!  They are a primary reason why I did not hesitate going to the festival.

Deap Vally mix bashing hard rock and greasy blues riffs, much like the White Stripes and the Black Keys, into their primal sound. The female indie duo formed in Los Angeles, after guitarist/howler Lindsey Troy took a crocheting class taught in a San Fernando shop by drummer Julie Edwards. The two swapped CDs from their respective projects, and soon decided to jam together. Deciding on an image based around halter tops and short jean shorts, they played their first show at Silverlake Lounge and, within a year (before they had even released an album), their raucous on-stage presence earned them some big spots with major British acts like Muse and the Vaccines. The self-professed Valley Girls released a four-song EP, Get Deap!, produced by Lars Stalfors, in the spring of 2013, in advance of a full-length debut, Sistrionix, also produced by Stalfors.

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Not much more I can about this band, being the primary reason I went to Desert Daze.  A fabulous performance in front of an enthusiastic audience.  I will continue watching their tour schedule hoping there will be another opportunity for our paths to cross!

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Monday, April 20, 2015


Monday April 13 at the Larimer Lounge with Deap Vally, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, L.A. Witch, and The Velveteers. I was happy to learn that L.A. Witch, an all-girl band from Los Angeles, would be playing with Deap Vally, a fave of mine, especially after first having seen them perform with Warpaint a month and a half earlier, another fave of mine.

Their music is described as:

Dirty distorted country” - Dark Party “Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around)” - Los Angeles Magazine

“[L.A. Witch] stir up images of Gun Club ‘Fire Of Love’ era and early X… yet at the same time are something entirely their own.” - Buddyhead

” dark amalgam of psych-rock, garage and Americana… L.A. Witch recalls the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels” - Buzzbands LA

 “They remind me of a darker version of Warpaint. Warpaint make you feel as if you are drifting in and out of sleep. L.A. Witch are that feeling right before you fall asleep. A few times you feel your head drop as you nod off, then you just go. You go so far down; nothing and no one can disturb you.”
On this night I had not yet “fallen asleep” and I liked them better than when I saw them back in February. Good music, a new band I intend to follow as they introduce the world to their new sound. As the band set up for their upcoming performance , I spoke briefly to band leader Sade Sanchez and told her how much I enjoyed their sound and the fact I was looking forward to seeing them yet again at Desert Daze. During the Julie of Deap Vally came out and watch the band perform, apparently liking what she saw.

Later that evening L.A. Witch left the club, loaded up the van and began their 8 hour journey to do a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sade behind the wheel. You could tell she was not too thrilled to be driving all night and into the morning.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015


The plan was to see Warpaint Saturday night, but I needed something to do Friday after flying into LA.  I checked the list of concerts playing in LA listed on Songkick and out of the 100+ available for Friday night, the runner up to The Garden was the band La Luz.  They had an interesting sound and the venue was not too far, ensuring that I can get from the airport to the club before the music started.

I was picked up by my daughter at LAX at 7:30 PM and in less than an hour we were standing in line at The Fold west of downtown LA.  We had phoned the hotel to tell them we'd be coming in around midnight.  Once inside I made for the bar and the shots of sake began to flow!  We had enough time to watch a snippet of a Pee Wee Herman full length movie projected big onto the wall of the lounge area.  The only improvement they could make to this place is another bathroom or two!

La Luz was a fun band to listen to, especially in my state of mind during this exciting weekend.  The Shivas warmed up the audience, and La Luz took it to the next level with their SoCal surf sound.  I'd love to see them again!

La Luz (light or enlightenment in Spanish) is a psychedelic surf rock band that produces music Quentin Tarantino would use to score his films. The band consists of lead singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, Marian Li Pino on drums, Abbey Blackwell on bass and Alice Sandahl on the keys.

The sound of La Luz merges psychedelic rock with 60’s Motown doo-wop, sprinkled with surf and garage rock influences. The melodic vocal harmonies of the group combined with reverb guitar effects and keyboard jingles makes La Luz an awesome soundtrack choice for a psychedelic road trip.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015


A trip to LA for the specific purpose of seeing the LA band Warpaint.  It was a show that they agreed to perform on relatively short notice, a benefit for a high school music program.  I flew in Friday night and saw several bands play at a different club, stayed at a hotel in downtown LA, attended the Warpaint concert Saturday night, flying home Sunday.  It helps having a daughter who lives near LAX.

Besides Warpaint, we had the treat of also hearing LA Witch and The Guardian this same night.  Excellent performances by all three bands.  At the first sound of Warpaint, I put the camera away and pretty much just grooved to the music.  I met Emily and Jenny in the room at the theater where they were having a silent auction for art work produced by the bands this evening.  I did not win the painting by their drummer, Stella, even though my high bid by the time I left was $400.  I hope to see them perform again in about a month and a half.  After the show back at the hotel, I climbed the fire escape and continued the party with more concerts through my headphones, enjoying the lit up city around me as a light drizzle came down.

Saturday night Warpaint hosted a benefit show for John Marshall High in hopes of raising funds to save music in public education. The event was held at Fais DO DO near Culver City, Los Angeles. The venue resembled a warehouse but with a cool club edge that would attract LA’s finest hipsters. Members of Warpaint were struttin’ around and were very much approachable although we were slightly apprehensible and for lack of a better word, nervous.

The show itself was interesting, we arrived just as the second opener had finished their set so we roamed around the venue a bit. All proceeds from the show and hand painted tote bags (by Warpaint) went to YAAAASS, the charity in which it was held for. Of course we snagged us some tote bags because …Hello!? Warpaint..literally.

The place was packed but not overwhelmingly so, the band started off with their self titled track “Warpaint” which I had yet to hear live. Everyone pretty much went nuts and the ladies followed with a great variety songs fromExquisite Corpse to Warpaint’s self titled album. Theresa Wayman (guitarist) performed exceptionally passionate on this night, I believe they said that it was her idea to put the show together. Once they played “Undertow” the dance floor started thumping and grooving and it didn’t stop after that, I myself was one of those groovers.

This was my 4th time seeing Warpaint live; there is something so majestic and honest about the way they perform. I couldn’t help but get a bit emotional once I heard the chords for “Burgundy” start to play. If you haven’t already, go check out a Warpaint show because you will instantly be reminded of why you love music in the first place. -Kim

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