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- 2/8/13 Friday, Feb 8 2013 

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Hello!
I know I have not been posting as much, and I apologize for that. I will try my best to get back into a regular posting schedule as soon as I can.

With that said, here is Musically Inspired’s Songs of the Week. There are some amazing artists on this list, so I urge you to at least check them out. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy!

5. Boy and Bear- Feeding Line

Feeding Line is a song featured on Boy and Bear’s Moonfire album. Feeding Line grabs your attention from the very first note and keeps it captive throughout the song. The amazing vocals and delicious arrangement are only surpassed by the quality of the lyrics. Feeding Line and the rest of the Moonfire album can be purchased by clicking here.

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4. Kail Baxley- Say Goodbye to the Night

Kail Baxley is an artist that was brought to my attention earlier this week, and I was instantly impressed by him. Say Goodbye to the Night , which is on his Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP, showcases Kail Baxley’s captivating voice and ability to speak to a listeners soul. Kail Baxley is definitely one to watch. Get Kail Baxley’s Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP here.

3. Baywood- I Can Breathe Again

Baywood is a band that I was introduced to through a Sofar show in Los Angeles, and I have not been able to stop listening. Baywood has a very unique and catchy sound, which is showcased on their song I Can Breathe Again. The song , off of their Seasons EP, features enticing harmonies, hand clapping, and an impressive musical arrangement. Give yourself a little treat and purchase the Seasons EP here.

2. Meg Myers- Monster

When I first saw Meg Myers at the last Sofar show in Los Angeles, my first thought was that she seemed like a sweet, innocent, twenty- something that would sing nice songs about love and flowers. That first impression was immediately forgotten when she opened her mouth and belted out her haunting lyrics. Though her voice is stunning, it has this raw and distressed edge to it that most would be unable to pull off. Monster, off of her Daughter in the Choir EP, is a haunting song that speaks bluntly of not having feelings reciprocated. With lyrics such as “Oh, well it aches and it aches, you make me wanna die. I gotta kill you my love”, this song is anything but your average heartache song. The song is a breath of fresh air from all the overly gooey songs that speak about wanting someone back. The Daughter in the Choir EP can be found and downloaded here.

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1. Herbert Bail Orchestra- Take Me Down

One of my new favorite bands, also discovered at a Sofar show, is Herbert Bail Orchestra. Take Me Down perfectly showcases their gypsy-folk sound and their impressive vocals. The lyrics of the song are equally impressive and have a way of grabbing a hold of you. You can’t help but move along to the song and pressing the repeat button once it ends. You can click here to buy and listen to The Futures in the Past, which features Take Me Down and other great songs from Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Cheers!

Rizzle