Avi Buffalo, Foxtails Brigade

Avi Buffalo

Foxtails Brigade

Steve Taylor, Anna Ash, DJ Neil Martinson

Fri · January 26, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo
AVI BUFFALO is a musician, songwriter, and producer. His self-titled debut album was released in April 2010, and was given positive reviews by The A.V. Club, NME, Filter, Drowned in Sound and numerous other music review sites. In the same year, his band performed at SXSW, opened for Modest Mouse in July, and toured Europe and North America. In June 2011 a second single was released onSub Pop, "How Come? and Good I'm Wishing", and he had already begun writing for a second album At Best Cuckold which was released in September 2014 in Europe; Avi is now performing, writing and producing new music.
Foxtails Brigade
Foxtails Brigade
The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T, and Larry from Perfect Strangers. Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the lyrical imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and sophomoric Instagram cartoons. The band’s live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar intricacies. The songs tackle subjects like substitute teaching in Oakland and LA public schools, steak appreciation, and general unfairness awareness with a warped pop sensibility akin to influences such as St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, The Smiths, and Spoon.

Following their 2011 debut album The Bread and the Bait (Antenna Farm Records), the band released their second LP. Time Is Passed (DIY) during Christmas of 2012. Since then, Foxtails Brigade have released a self-titled album in April 2016 on OIM Records. Produced in the Bay Area by Jeff Saltzman (Blondie, The Killers), this record marks the Oakland-based band’s third full-length LP, but serves as a cohesive statement of who they are and the direction they’re headed.
While the group’s previous material, fueled by hazy chamber-folk melodies and spectral strings, reached inwards, Foxtails Brigade detonates their sound in all directions. The collective of Bay Area artists' “fully realized” lineup employs a vast kaleidoscope of peculiar percussion and newfound synthesizers alongside Patzner’s cinematic arrangements and Weinbach’s distinct guitar figures. Like everything the band accomplishes on their self-titled record, it’s defiant yet vulnerable, sweet yet fierce; the sound of underdogs who won’t go away quietly. If we’re sinking, Foxtails Brigade tells us, then let’s explode into fireworks.

In the wake of their 2016 STLP release, the band completed a PCNW, So-Cal and South/Mid-West U.S. run as well as a spring tour in France opening for Emily Jane White. Following that they embarked on a 3-month East Coast and Europe tour opening for and playing in Emily Jane White's band again.
Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor
With a sound steeped in the sunlit tones of Laurel Canyon, the mid 60s pop and R&B of the Brill Building, and the lo-fi synths of early prog rock, Los Angeles resident Steve Taylor makes cinematic, impressionistic psych-folk that pushes the envelope of the singer/songwriter genre. A multi-instrumentalist with a remarkably diverse background, he’s been tapped to play with everyone from LA electro soul group Rhye to bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld. He’s steadily recorded his new opus The Land of Milk and Honey in between international tours and recording gigs. A sparse, moody, and soulful record, it is full of ruminations on the search for an idyllic paradise amidst the chaos and loneliness of modern day life. Sonically, you will find layers of vintage organs, pianos, analog synthesizers, and dead drums, creating a sound that’s both modern and thoroughly informed by 70s AM rock.

Performing solo and with his band, Steve has played hundreds of shows, including headlining slots at The Independent and The Chapel in San Francisco, The Echo and The Hotel Café in LA, and The Hope & Anchor in London. An avid busker, he has made many fans the old fashioned way, through singing his heart out and pounding out his songs on his portable Helpinstill piano, an electrified acoustic remnant from the 70s.

In addition to being an active solo artist, Steve has played as a singer, keyboardist and guitarist with an incredibly diverse range of collaborators, including Rhye, Rogue Wave, Avi Buffalo, Nicki Bluhm, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Bootsy Collins, and members of CAN, Guns n Roses, The Hawkins Singers, Deathcab for Cutie, and The Dirty Projectors.
Anna Ash
Anna Ash
ANNA ASH's second record, Floodlights, is a test of tension. Tension between her sun-baked concrete present in Los Angeles, and the faint and frozen nostalgia of her northern Michigan past. Nights spent waitressing and days in the studio — love spent lonely, in a city choked with people. A lifestyle that destroys your life, and the freakish resilience that keeps you breathing. Her voice holds a rare type of hesitation, careful not to reveal too much of itself too soon, while her lyrics urgently, precisely, pleadingly, throw it all on the table, bare, under a blazing white cold light.

It’s major keys though — it’s amp buzz, tape warmth, mid-tempo back-beats — it’s kind of rock and roll, or country, or maybe even folk. Tracked live at a friend's studio in Northfield, Minnesota, and mixed with Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, Cass McCombs) in Los Angeles, Floodlights features Joe Dart (Vulfpeck) on bass, Julian Allen (Borns) on drums, James Cornelison and Brett Farkas (Aimee Mann, Lord Huron) on guitar, Joey Dosik (Mocky, Nikka Costa) and Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck) on additional vocals, piano, and guitar.

The tape crackles under Ash's sometimes soaring, sometimes aching soprano. You can hear her fingernails against her Silvertone as the band settles into the first track. There’s no click track, no auto-tune, no string section – just a band in a room playing songs. It’s raw, simple, heartbreaking, and startlingly honest.

It’s a record seriously indebted to Ash’s childhood spent listening to Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, filtered through the lens of indie-folk contemporaries like Feist and Sharon Van Etten. Each tune's a carefully considered gift to the listener, at once spacious and tight, forgiving and fraught. It all comes to reflect Ash's life, a mirror to the sadness and joy of growing up in our strange present.
DJ Neil Martinson
DJ Neil Martinson
DJ Neil Martinson grew up in New York City and moved to San Francisco in the early '90s, relocating to LA in 2014. For over 15 years, he has booked, promoted, hosted, and DJed a regular night called SMiLE! (He was named "Best DJ" by the SF Weekly in 2004.) In addition to being Music Director of SF's Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival for several years, and publishing a sporadic magazine called PROOF, Neil has curated numerous art shows, and is preparing to launched SMiLE! Records. In 2014, he wrote liner notes for the DOME vinyl boxed set released by Editions Mego, and the following year wrote a book about CHROME for Cleopatra Records' reissue of the CHROME Box. He is currently host and DJ at LA's beloved venue/spooky old house HM157 in Lincoln Heights.
Venue Information:
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Los Angeles, CA, 90013
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