I had the chance to catch Badflower a while back at the Bootleg in Los Angeles, and what I was truly struck by was lead singer Josh Katz’s ability to be authentic. This authenticity became even more awe-inspiring to me after I researched the band a bit and found out that Katz often chooses to write by putting himself in other’s shoes, and expressing what he would be like as that person. Whether his power on stage comes from his ability to be empathetic, or his acting chops allowing him to morph into multiple characters, Katz is a front man who is seriously dynamic. In this video for their song “Soap,” Katz transforms himself into a rude catcalling man, something he claims he can’t understand.
Cousin’s Ryan, Ian and Jamie have been perfecting their dirty fuzz rock sound for their band Wake Up Lucid for the last few years. Their latest release, a six song EP called Gone With The Night, is another giant blinking sign that Rock is alive and strong in Los Angeles. This kaleidoscopey video for their song “White Collar Love” mirrors what you can expect at their not-to-be-missed record release show April 11th at El Cid in Silver Lake (Los Angeles).
If you like music that makes you want party long after last call, put Monday nights at The Satellite on your calendar this month. Los Angeles based band Dorothy is going to be rocking the venue with their throwback yet fresh sound every Monday in April. This is the kind of music that will slap you in the face, knock you on your ass, and demand you get up and join the rest of the crowd in the celebration. What’s everyone celebrating? Hell, I don’t know. Who cares… it’s fun.
For the past two years, Los Angeles based Christian Dupree has been living on a small boat and spending all of his time discovering the music inside him. In this video Christian talks about following a path of creativity.
The love affair between Los Angeles pop-punk royalty The Dollyrots‘ Kelly Ogden (bass/vocals) and Luis Cabezas (guitar) began in their eighth-grade middle school days. Any relationship that lasts that long should be applauded, but their ability to manage to stay strong while also being in a band together is quite rare.
Around 2007, When I first heard The Dollyrots, they were playing a gig at the now defunct Los Angeles venue Safari Sam’s as part of the now defunct Kiss Or Kill showcases. Their show was packed with energy from start to finish, which had the audience moving in a love fest of head bobbing, mouths singing, and even a bit of moshing. I remember seeing a fan accidentally get her lip split from another fan’s flailing arm, but the injured kept smiling through it all as she was wrapped up in the performance. Soon after that show I heard the band’s cover of the 1972 Melanie Safka hit “Brand New Key.” The combo of the show experience and this video for “Brand New Key” made me a fan.
The Dollyrots – Brand New Key
Since those early days, the band has gone through numerous members, joined and left Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, and had numerous commercial, television, and feature film placements. In 2014, Kelly and Luis brought a new baby into the world, and during the same year released their fifth studio album Barefoot and Pregnant.
The Dollyrots – Get Weird (from the album Barefoot and Pregnant)
Be part of the love affair that is The Dollyrots… catch them live this summer at one of their many upcoming tour dates.
What do you think the secret to a successful relationship within a band is?