I am obsessed with Kate Nash. I pledged for her signed LP. I rocked hard at her LA show a few weeks ago (the second time I’ve had the privilege of seeing her live). And I am now counting the days until her return to LA in November. Aside from knowing what to do with a guitar and “the same four chords” as she would tell you, she’s also a vegetarian, a brutal and awesome feminist, and activists for young women. She told a story at her LA show about the organization she founded Rock and Roll After School Program and a young girl who hated the world and who she helped express that through music. She also yelled at the crowd that we need more girls in rock. “Learn 4 chords, start a band!” said she. SWOON.
As a gift to you all for listening to me gush, I am sharing this “OMYGOD” IMOL remix (after the jump):
If you haven’t seen Big Black Delta live, I say to you this: YOU. ARE. INSANE. Why the F&$# not!? But in all seriousness, Jonathan Bates and his dual drumming ladies put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen, which can only be improved in majesty by the venue (it’s a little hard to put on a great light show in a club that only holds 300). The amount of energy, throbbing, and raw sexual tension that emits from the stage during a Big Black Delta show could be bottled and sold for a pretty penny. To describe the music would be to limit its potential and that would be criminal–suffice it to say that Bates was the driving force behind alt rock band Mellowdrone and he has since been heavily involved in M83 and worked with White Sea, but that this creative venture pushes the boundaries of the extremes of each.
Portland’s Johanna Kunin’s vocals are strong and firm. In “Hidden Systems” Johanna, along with various other musicians under the moniker Bright Archer, tells the story of nature, history, and love as a lullaby of powerful and dynamic proportions. The song is from the Bright Archer’s recent release Hidden Systems.
With Hidden Systems out now, Bright Archer will be touring the West Coast this August, performing at Los Angeles’ Bardot on Monday, August 22nd.
08.19.11 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey for Songs About Books
08.20.11 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
08.21.11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
08.22.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot
08.24.11 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
08.27.11 – Denver, CO @ The Meadowlark
08.28.11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08.29.11 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
08.30.11 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern