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By Staff on April 29, 2014
The people at Red Bull Sound Select have been consistently setting up some of the coolest, affordable gigs around with under-the-radar bands, and their May lineup is no exception.
Curated by the tastemakers over at Amoeba Records, this month’s Red Bull Sound Selects show features Holy Fuck with James Supercave and Wunder Wunder at The Roxy on May 22nd. If you RSVP online here, tickets are only $3 ($12 without an RSVP; sounds like a no-brainer to us).
Doors open at 8pm and its all first come first served, so make sure you get there early to up your chances of getting in!
By Staff on April 29, 2014
By Staff on April 28, 2014
Our Mammoth Mountain First Fridays concert series have been heating up the snowy slopes for the last few months, and this May will be no different. The Limousines will be heading to the mountains this Friday, May 2nd and they'll be bringing their electrifying dance rock full force to Underground, the coolest venue in Mammoth.
Make sure to get your tickets here before they run out!
By Staff, Print Design by National Forest on April 25, 2014
In case you were looking for something new and exciting to do on your Friday nights, we’ve got some good news for you!
Starting May 2nd, an awesome DJ night will be kicking off at Upstairs at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles! The Times will pair eight passionate music lovers (who just also happen to be killer DJs) together and let them take over the stylish rooftop bar.
By Staff; Photo by Rebecca Steele on April 25, 2014
Last year, we had the awesome chance to premiere Battleme's video for their track "Just Weight." Since then, the man behind the moniker, Matt Drenik, has released his full length, Future Runs Magnetic, and is in the midst of an epic spring tour that you should definitely catch him at!
By Bailey Pennick and Angelica Corona; Photos by Bailey Pennick, Natasha Aftandilians on April 23, 2014
"Last week the desert got me, but not this time!"
Pharrell Williams looked out on the enormous crowd that erupted in hoots and cheers as he declared his victory against the fickle Indio weather. "You ready to have fun?" he shouted. Once again, the almost unmanageably large congregation unanimously approved Williams' newfound confidence as he strutted across the casually-named "Outdoor Stage" on Saturday night. After a series of disappointing technical difficulties and a weak voice during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival, the beloved singer-songwriter-producer-rapper-musician-fashion-designer-composer-hat-wearer knew he had to triumph over the elements. With his intricate light show working and a cavalcade of special guests that included T.I., Usher and Jay Z, Pharrell went all out, making sure not to waste this second chance.
It seems that the sage saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" was on the tips of the tongues of many of the acts performing at Coachella this year. Reports of lackluster sets, whining, taunting and bad attitudes floated around the web worrying festival goers and promoters alike. And while we can never be completely sure of what happened within the walls of the Polo Field in the weekdays sandwiched between the two festivals, by the time the second Coachella Friday rolled around, the "do over" button was pushed and left everyone scratching their heads asking “What problems?” as their favorite artists tore the desert stages up.
By Staff on April 22, 2014
With Coachella 2014 past us (even if we are still washing the dirt out of our clothing and trying to regain our hearing), we here at FILTER are ready for the full season of music festivals. Thankfully, one of our favorites, Austin City Limits Festival, can help us extend the season well into the fall.
This morning ACL Fest announced the stacked lineup for their two-weekend bash with headliners: Eminem, OutKast and Beck, and amazing FILTER favorite inclusions of Belle & Sebastian, The Replacements, St. Vincent, Spoon, Phantogram, Jenny Lewis and more. You now know exactly where we will be in October!
Tickets for ACL Fest 2014 are onsale now and you can buy them here.
By Christian Koons on April 21, 2014
The psychedelic rock resurgence isn't exactly news at this point. The recent popularity of bands like Tame Impala, Temples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen—not to mention the increased exposure of the West Coast school of psych-outfits, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and White Fence, amongst others—is evidence enough that the indie-rock sphere is finding inspiration and new forms of expression by harkening back to the pre-digital days of psych-rock. Call it a reaction to a post-Internet society, where you'll likely see glowing Apple logos outnumber guitars on any given stage, but whatever the cause, one thing is clear: rock is returning to its gnarled roots, and dads all over the world are coming home to find their record collections pilfered and their living rooms hazy with the smoke of incense.
Peter Stormare, a Swedish actor best known for his roles in Fargo and The Big Lebowski, has spent the last decade working between movies to reissue the material of Ramases, a psychedelic space-rock project from the 1970s led by Barrington Frost, a British central heating salesman who believed himself to be the reincarnation of the Egyptian Pharaoh from whom he and the band take their name. After releasing two albums with his wife, Selket, that received little commercial or critical attention, Ramases strayed into obscurity and eventually died by his own hand in 1978. The band's eventual cult following, it would seem, was inevitable.
Stormare, whose record label Stormvox will reissue the Ramses catalog on April 22, has been a fan of Ramases since childhood. FILTER spoke with Stormare about the process behind the reissue, his contact with Selket, the importance of psychedelic music to his spiritual life, and how The Beatles pointed him to God.
By Sarabeth Oppliger on April 18, 2014
It’s rare that a 20-song set careens by without a lull in energy. Capturing an audience’s full attention for 90 minutes is a feat that few bands accomplish. Bombay Bicycle Club’s sold-out show last Thursday night in San Diego defied those expectations as they played to an audience that would have gladly stuck around for 20 more songs.