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

Songs of the Week- 12/8/12 Saturday, Dec 8 2012 

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This weeks Songs of the Week features music that I am extremely excited about. Much to my delight, a new song from Bobby Long has been released to the world and is present on this list. New favorite, The Borrowers Debt, joins the list along with Mathew Mayfield. I urge my readers to check out each artist. If you don’t, you will never know what you are missing out on.

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Bobby Long- In Your Way

This week music lovers were treated to a special surprise when Bobby Long released In Your Way off of his upcoming album Wishbone. As a fan of Bobby Long’s for quite some time, and I have to say I was extremely pleased with the new direction that his music seems to be taking. Instead of raw acoustics, In Your Way features a full band. Bobby’s voice is still as wonderful as ever, but there seems to be more depth to it. It’s still the same Bobby that his fans know and love, but he is showing a different side to his talents. In Your Way is a perfect treat for those who have followed Bobby Long, and a great who for him to introduce himself to a new audience. To give the song a listen and to find out about this amazing artist, click here.

The Borrowers Debt- Walking Home From Hollywood

I had the pleasure of seeing The Borrowers Debt perform at the Room 5 Lounge on December 6, 2012. There song Walking Home From Hollywood was one the song that had got me so interested in the band. In addition to that, the song is just beautiful. The harmonies and the arrangement are amazing. The lyrics describe the process of evaluating your life’s decisions and realizing that, perhaps, other decisions should have been made. Definitely a song and a band that I recommend to anyone looking for new music. Check out their website here for more information.

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Matthew Mayfield- By Your Side

I just really love this song. The lyrics are beautiful, the vocals are amazing, and the arrangement is sweetly simple. It is a song that you listen to a couple of times in a row, and then think about how much you want to hear it again only a few hours later. I like many songs from Matthew Mayfield, but this just may be my favorite. More information about Matthew Mayfield can be found here.

Cheers,

Rizzle