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AM and Shawn Lee at The Hotel Cafe, March 7th

Los Angeles' own AM will be joined by beatmaker from across the pond Shawn Lee at the Hotel Cafe tomorrow night, March 7th.

The collaboration between AM and Lee started when AM heard Lee’s Music and Rhythm album on local stations KJAZZ and KCRW and reached out to Lee online, becoming quick friends. The two decided to record together after AM played guitar on a few of Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra shows (including KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”) in the summer of 2010. Lee, armed with a four-track and other vintage tape machines in his London studio, started sending AM drum and percussion beats in December while AM wrote and recorded songs over the grooves, adding guitars, Casio synths, vocals and occasional bass. Lee sprinkled in bass, keys, guitars, glockenspiel and other assorted instruments to finish things off. The two commented on each other’s work in real time on Facebook for fans to follow-along. The LA to London co-production has resulted in a completely unique brand of electronic soul that promises to get people moving.

-Angelo Lorenzo


Paint It Black Sold Out Show (Almost) at FUC March 6

For such a loud, ferocious unit hardcore veterans Paint It Black have had a rather quiet and tame past year. Well, today it will be anything but quiet and tame in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. It’s a big show for our hometown heroes and deservedly sold out with the help of buddies like Screaming Females, Punch, Iron Chic, and Give so be prepared for plenty of sweaty bodies flailing around and bouncing off of you because wherever you may find yourself on the floor, you’ll still be part of the action. Unfortunately, it’s a sold out show, but I did see R5 tweeted that there will be an “EXTREMELY TINY handful of tickets” at the door so grab your rain gear and get there early if you still need one! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 5pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

WOMYNFEST at The Rotunda March 6

Every time I hear the word "women", in my mind it translates into this loud, piercing yelp a la French Stewart as Harry in "3rd Rock from the Sun" (you thought I was going with Wolfmother, didn't you?). It also reminds me of Women's History Month, which is happening this month. It's not only essential to recognize, celebrate, and cherish the stories you can share, but to remember the women of yore who've helped paved the way  to/for our rights. So make some history tonight at Uni City's Rotunda for WOMYNFEST, presented by Vitamin D productions. Open to every junk type (ladyjunk, manjunk, pandajunk...whatev), this evening’s shindig will feature a breadth of sickeningly talented musicians, including Chrissy Tashian & Sara Green of the Dangerous Ponies, Victoria Spaeth and the Spaeth Cadets, Voices of Africa, Lexie Smith, Susan Rosetti of Stargazer Lily & Slo-mo fame, and Lauren Adams of Naughty, Naughty Nurses. The brains behind the presenter, Vitamin D (a.k.a. Denise), will play a set with fierce don't-fuck-with-us drummers Allison Krayer and Deb Cervone. Now go get an education in badass. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 7pm, Free, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia

Kyle Nicolaides on Merrifield Records' Twins compilation

You’ve waited long enough -- now you can get your hands dirty with it. The jam packed Twins compilation, including Santa Barbara native Kyle Nicolaides, was released this month on Merrifield Records. The album contains his dirty ditty of a single “Howl”, a jam that captures the essence of old time rock n’ roll at its raunchiest. Nicolaides vocals carry a blues swagger reminiscent of Jack White (The Raconteurs), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), and Matt Shultz (Cage the Elephant) over smoking guitar riffs.

You can stream the compilation and even download a few samle tracks including Nicolaides' "Howl", on Merrified Record's website.

-Margarita Castellanos


Dastardly SXSW Fundraiser Tonight!


Dastardly is performing a free show tonight at Reggies Rock Club to raise funds to make the trek to SXSW. The band will be making their first trip down to Austin. Above is the band's performance of "Freight Train" for Kitchen Sessions.

Dastardly will be performing tonight, March 5th, with Milano, The Bears of Blue River, and The Dirty Feathers.


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