Top 5 Local Los Angeles Performers Sunday, Jul 28 2013 

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This is a different type of “Top 5” post than any of my other ones. This one is an ode of sorts to all of the amazing LA-based bands that I miss since moving to Oregon. In remembrance of my time as a Los Angeles-based music writer and show reviewer, I have compiled a list of my most favorite local L.A. performers. Each of these performers have grabbed my attention and held onto it, which is quite rare as I can be super picky. These particular performers are also one of the reasons that I miss Southern California so much. The musical talent and amazing performances by these artists will be greatly missed. Here’s to hoping for some Oregon tour dates from any or all of these amazing performers.

5. Hunter Hunted

I came across indie rock band Hunter Hunted at a Sofar show recently in May. Needless to say they left me speechless. Their sound is amazing and their lyrics have the ability to grab a hold of you. Their latest self-titled EP features the refreshingly honest Operating, as well as the darker and more emotional Dora Marr. The band recently announced their tour as support for Weezer. To find out more about this amazing LA band, click here.

4. Meg Myers

For those of you who have heard Meg Meyers before, you know exactly why she is included on this. For those of you who have not been privileged enough to listen to her, you are in for a treat. Her haunting vocals and boldly honest lyrics fuse together to create a sound that is Myers’ alone. Her songs are a perfect remedy to a love gone wrong or painful memories that refuse to stay buried. Do yourself a favor and click here to find out more about this amazing artist.

3. Jamestown Revival

Discovered at one of my earlier shows with Sofar, Jamestown Revival has had a constant presence on my iPod. Their soulful sound and meaningful lyrics just grab you and make you want to join the nearest folk band, even if it is to just become a resident foot stomper. Their vocals are a whole other entity on their own. I remember feel like someone smacked me (in a good way of course) the first time I saw them play. It was an amazing experience to see these L.A. transplants play and I hope to see great things happen for these guys.

2. The Borrowers Debt

The first time I saw The Borrowers Debt play was at Room 5 in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Justin had just joined the band and was about to play one of his first shows with Tommy, Callie, and Jordan. If there were any awkward feelings or trepidation from the band that night, you couldn’t tell. Since that night I have been quite excited about this amazing band. Though I haven’t had the pleasure to attend all of their shows, I have attended enough to know that I am going to miss seeing them play in LA. Their amazing folk sound and their ability to write a beautiful song cohesively is impressive for any band, let alone a band that is really just getting started.

1. The Herbert Bail Orchestra

The Herbert Bail Orchestra is a force to be reckoned with. It is rare to find a band that is as appealing as Herbert Bail Orchestra. Listening to their music and seeing them play live is one of my favorite memories from working as a SofarLA lead blogger. The Herbert Bail Orchestra’s unique sound is often described as western gypsy folk and can get even the most reserved audience member moving along with their music. With their inclusion of instruments such as the accordion, piano, banjo, trumpet, viola, trombone, and various percussions, it is no wonder why this amazing band continues to take LA and other cities by storm. They are truly a musical force to be reckoned with.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Songs of the Week 1/5/12 Saturday, Jan 5 2013 

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Hello Readers! I apologize for my absence,but I was busy being lazy and what-not. I hope all of you have had an excellent start to 2013. Without further adieu, here is the first Songs of the Week post of 2013…

Ray LaMontagne- Let it Be Me
Let it Be Me by Ray LaMontagne is a song that I am sure everyone can relate to. We have all at one point or another needed someone to depend on. There is nothing better than having another person urge you to depend on them when you are going through struggles or heartaches. Ray’s beautiful voice and the soulful arrangement emphasize the plea’s of the lyrics. The pure emotion of the song makes you want to shout out “Yes, It can be you!”, even though you know that the lyrics are not meant for you personally (I swear that didn’t actually happen….).

Fun-Some Nights
Some Nights by Fun is a song that I have found myself relating to lately. The song speaks of questioning ones existence, purpose, and reasoning. Though it sounds quite depressing, the song makes me feel better. It could be the awesome beat or it could be that lead singer, Nate Ruess, REALLY sounds like Freddie Mercury in this song. Whatever the reason, I really enjoy this song and urge all potential listeners to pay attention to the lyrics.

Shakey Graves- Unlucky Skin
I really enjoy Unlucky Skin for many reasons. First, the lyrics are cheeky and somewhat self-deprecating, which is something I love. Lyrics such as “Bird at my window tells me tomorrow, mean ol tornado carries me off. Pulls me from bed and bashes my head in, buries me halfway across the globe. Ooh, wont be long till I belong without all of this unlucky skin” are relatable to me since I tend to state that I am the unluckiest person I know. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with that mindset. Another reason I love this song is because of the arrangement. The arrangement of the instruments are catchy and very enjoyable. Just another masterpiece from Shakey Graves.

Neulore- Apples (When You Lost Your Belief)
The song Apples (When You Lost Your Belief) , by Neulore, is emotional, but very beautiful. The piano and strings make the song seem quite melancholy, while the vocals seem to give the song an uplifting edge. The lyrics alone are reason enough to listen to the song. Go ahead, give it a listen…

Until Next Time,

Rizzle