Concerts

Blake Morgan’s tour with Tracy Bonham ends in  Hollywood, but the beat goes on. By Patrick O’Heffernan

April 19, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan   I could not think of a better pairing than Blake Morgan and Tracy Bonham.  That was evident last week at their final tour stop at Hollywood’s Hotel Café. The music was sublime, the stories were funny and the chemistry was perfect. It easy to see why the tour was sold out – twice.  So many Angelinos wanted tickets to see this New York combo that the original Second Stage on the Hotel Café was sold out so they were moved to a larger Main Stage venue which was then sold out. The minute Morgan hit the chords for “I Can Hear You Say” the audience knew it was on its way to musical heaven.  When Bonham joined Morgan on stage for “A Helping Hand” they knew they had arrived in musical heaven.  And it kept getting better as Blake moved from guitar to piano, giving the audience such favorites as “Haunt Me” and ‘My Love Is Waiting”. The diminutive Bonham took the stage as Morgan stepped down and wielded the violin, [Read More]

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The Golden Shore by We Are The West. Musical endorphins and a sonic refuge. By Patrick O’Heffernan

April 7, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) You can’t classify We Are The West, nor would you want to. The trio of Bret Hool (vocals, guitar), John Kibler (bass/vocals) and Elizabeth Goodfellow (percussion/vocals) started with the guys as a duo in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland.  They came to California via Brooklyn, recruited one LA’s city’s most innovative drummers, and developed a style and a body of work that defies definition but stimulates musical endorphins like no other. We Are The West specializes in creating and playing at out-of-the-box (or sometimes very much  in the box) venues that have really stunning acoustical properties like the Santa Monica underground parking garage that hosts their monthly concerts. They use these environments and their top-level music writing and playing skills to creates dreamy, stormy, urgent, galactic sonic environments using drums, chimes, guitar, bass, woodwinds, strings, pump organ, the audiences’ cellphones, accordion, and vocal harmonies unmatched in pop/jazz/rock/opera.   Followers of their live shows, especially their Saturday-before-the-full-moon parking garage concerts, are legion but the fan base for [Read More]

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Kat McDowell’s new album Ten just makes people happy.

April 6, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Kat McDowell’s music just makes people happy and her new album Ten absolutely does that – it makes you feel good all day, all over. As the title suggest, there are 10 songs on Ten – which also refers to “hanging ten” on a surfboard, which Kat does – each one offering a different approach to happiness but always with Kat’s trademark pop sound of ukulele, guitar, rhythmic melodies and upbeat tempo in the service of personal stories of love and joy (mostly). Produced by Adam Berg, “Ten”, Kat’s fifth full-length album, is enriched by contributions from  lyricist Richard Rudolph and Servt Fridan.  She kicks off the album in a collaborative tune with Monkey Majik in a bouncy paean to moving ahead with love.  Then she lets loose with her signature ukulele pop in “Language of My Heart”.  There is no stopping the head bobbing and even dancing to this one.   The tempo picks up even more and moves into more serious pop rock with “Photographs” and then brings us [Read More]

Interview

Interview: Cesar “Vampiro” Lopez and Hector Geronimo on their new band Monoplasma. By Patrick O’Heffernan

April 6, 2018

  The band Monoplasma is a fusion between three-time Grammy Award winner guitarist Cesar “EI Vampiro” Lopez, and chart-topping Spanish singer/songwriter Hector Geronimo. Vampiro played with iconic the Latin bands Maná, Jaguares, Azul Violeta.  Geronimo served as the front man of the enormously popular alternative Spanish rock trio, Moebio.  Together, they have created a unique, modern, indie rock sound that — while mostly in Spanish — is drawing diverse audiences in the US and Mexico. They have just released their album, “1”,  produced by the Grammy Award winner Alfonso Rodenas and recorded by Grammy Award winner Rafa Sardina.  I caught up with El Vampiro and Hector Geronimo at the offices of Criteria Entertainment in  Hollywood the day before they took off for their latest tour.  The following is an edited version of an hour-long (and really fun!) conversation.   Patrick. You have released the song “Te Llevo” as a single with a new video and you are also celebrating your earlier song “No Me Intimidas” both of which have been featured on Spotify.  When you [Read More]

Interview

INTERVIEW: GLASS MANSIONS STOPS TO TALK IN THE NEW MEXICO DESERT BY PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN

March 31, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH GLASS MANSIONS 3.30.18 GLASS MANSIONS STOPS TO TALK IN THE NEW MEXICO DESERT   Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) We caught up with the South Carolina-based Electropop Duo Glass Mansions  – vocalist Jayna Doyle and multi-instrumentalist Blake Arambula – on their 13th USA tour in the middle of the New Mexico desert.  The duo and their friend and co-manager Erin were in a van stuffed with their equipment on their way to Albuquerque for a concert promoting their new EP Ritual when we reached Jayna’s cell phone. Patrick. Jayna, where are you right now?   Jayna.    Somewhere in New Mexico in the desert.   Patrick. In listening to your music from the early album Gossip to Ritual, it seems like your sound is evolving fast. How do you think your music has changed in the past 2 years?   Jayna. Since Blake and I started this band we have had several lineups and different players in the band. Our sound started out heavily influenced by the 90s and dance music and electronic music  We [Read More]

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Interview with Dree Mon: sassy and ironic and hard to miss. By Patrick O’Heffernan

March 15, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Los Angeles) Dree Mon has a unique talent for making people feel good with her videos and her music. She is kinda’ funky, kinda’ rocky, kinda’ silly, and kinda’ really incisive – and always a lot of fun.  She has been called the sardonic valley-girl love-child of David Bowie and Wonder Woman, which does not mean that she isn’t a prolific talent. That she most certainly is. In addition to racking up a shelf full of awards,  her debut song Rebel Soul will be in the upcoming Netflix film  “High Strung: Free Dance”,  plus she also has songs in the TV shows Parenthood and White Collar, as well and films and web series. Her new single No Chill, was just released.  Not a bad record for a woman whose career in music was an accident – literally, in a car.  We were lucky enough to snag her for a quick interview as she dropped the new single.   Patrick: Dree Mon.  Is your name an intentional play on words – dream on, [Read More]

Concerts

ZZ Ward wraps up The Storm tour on a sea of love in LA. By Patrick O’Heffernan

March 14, 2018

  Patrick O’Heffernan (Hollywood) Pure, unconditional love.  That is the only way to describe the sold-out crowd at the last concert of  ZZ Ward’s Storm Tour in the Fonda Theater Thursday night.  Many of those fans had traveled hundreds of miles to see her and they let her know how much they loved her.  And Ward returned the love many times over.   Striding on stage after a killer set by Black Pistol Fire, rocking her signature Fedora, studded black leather low rider pants and a skin colored sleeveless top, Ward launched into “Let It Burn” with an intensity that got the audience screaming in the first verse.  When she pulled out her harmonica the screaming went nonstop. Moving from “Let it Burn” to “Ghost” and then onto “Put the Gun Down” with her acoustic guitar, the blues rock goddess’s country-curl rock voice vibrated all the way to the back row of the packed balcony.   Power and confidence flowed from the stage and loved flowed back. That love has been building since 2012 when she [Read More]