Jr. Gong returned a foreign last Sunday, June 30, to reign fire on The Hollywood Bowl’s Reggae Night, preceded by and later united with his big brother, Stephen, who we’ve literally watched grow up on stage from the time he was chatting beside him own big brother, Ziggy, with The Melody Makers. Both performers have scorched their own distinct marks on the Jamaican music scene at home and abroad, and also make a point of honoring their father’s legacy for fans, from a true, heartfelt place that hauntingly channels Trenchtown’s legendary Tuff Gong. Stephen’s soul-stirring set was backed solely by Nyahbinghi drums, acoustic guitar, and wind-wood instruments, solid with early Bob tunes like “Small Axe,” “Walk the Proud Land,” “Baby We Got a Date,” and “Haile Selassie Is The Chapel,” which you see performed above. After a brief intermission, Damien tore the house down, matching blazing vocal speed to indomitable energy and earnest power in mighty tunes like “Dis Spear” (dedicated to all the warriors), “Land of Promise,” “Patience,” “More Justice,” and this take on his daddy’s “Exodus” you see below. The Bowl was really rocking on Sunday. Third World opened the night, Julian Marley busted a few songs in an appearance aside members of The Ghetto Youth Crew, and even Spragga Benz made a brief cameo to show dem da motion, seen? Big up Spragga and all conscious Angelenos! Hope you like the videos.
KCRW hosted a listening party with electronic artist Pretty Lights aka Derek Vincent Smith to celebrate the release of his new album “A Color Map of The Sun” at the exclusive Sonos Studio located in Los Angeles.
Aural devastation TONIGHT! AUTHOR & PUNISHER in Los Angeles with BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH, FETUS EATERS, ACTUARY, AGOWILT, INTERNAL & TORN BY TEETH. Doors at 730pm $5 21+ The 5 Star Bar, 267 S. Main St. DTLA
Thee only LA apppearance of DECEASED! With Gravehill / Skeletal Remains / Ghoulgotha / Deception! Brought to you by Church of the 8th Day and Thee Static Age. 8pm doors / 18+ / $10 via 8thDayTix.com and $13 cash at the door. 8771 W. Pico Blvd.
Opening the 2012 Summer Season at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Dublab and Goethe-Institut present a night of Krautrock Classics, with performances from Nite Jewel & Peanut Butter Wolf covering Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ in its entirety, along with Carlos Nino, Daedelus, Dntel, Sun Araw, Pharaohs and many more covering their favorite Krautrock classics.
It all happens June 1 at 8pm. (ticket contest is now over)
Nite Jewel & Friends (featuring Peanut Butter Wolf, Secret Circuit, Nedelle Torrisi from Cryptacize, and Cole MGN) performing Kraftwerk’s “Computer World” in its entirety.
Carlos Niño & Friends (featuring, Dexter Story, Diana Booker, Gaby Hernandez, GB, and Surya Botofasina) covering Popol Vuh. (Continued)
LA’s Flying Lotus in a 28 minute video from last week’s Sonar Festival in Sao Paolo. Flying Lotus is due to release an album this fall as well as open for Animal Collective at the Hollywood Bowl on September 23rd. Hat tip to the excellent LA based music site The Astral Plane, which itself is named after a FlyLo track.