The Blank Tapes, Kicking Spit, Mossbreaker
Brass Bed, Aram Arslanian (of Orphan Train)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM
This event is 21 and over
The Blank Tapes
The Blank Tapes are lead by one Matt Adams, and backed by a rotating cast of amazing local players that bring his songs new life both on on and off the stage. The sound is marked by groovy, syncopated rhythms that range from a modern take on the sixties San Francisco sound to solid rock and roll pop with memorable hooks, riffs, and danceable beats. The band's energy onstage is both uplifting and hypnotic as their sound is at once both their own and utterly familiar, providing a nostalgia for original songs you have just been introduced to.
Kicking Spit play rock music in the vein of Lita Ford and Quiet Riot. They are also known for their dungeon master skills and lack of integrity.
Started in Winter 2009, we've had many different names and just as many bass players. Mossbreaker's biggest influence is the late 80's/early 90's post-punk/alt music scene. By incorporating pop-rock sensibilities and structures with a punk energy and aggression, the result is Mossbreaker's unique sound.
Sunshine, sarcastic, and sullen, Brass Bed are a quartet of wide-eyed pop dreamers rifling through record bins and churning out recordings that double as rock and roll history lessons. Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, their music elevates the unrestrained power pop of Big Star and the guitar heroics of Television with the 60's pop revivalism of bands like Dukes of the Stratosphear and the Elephant 6 collective. Their songs speak with a voice that is both thoroughly modern and reverent of the past. From this wealth of musical wisdom comes their new LP Melt White.
"Brass Bed's live set has become a refined, enthralling machine. Their shows are winding and propulsive and, above all, crowd-pleasing. As a performing entity, Brass Bed utilizes the varied weapons in its arsenal—dramatic shifts in dynamics keep each performance from falling into the irritatingly familiar loud-loud-loud paradigm that many festival acts fall into." --Off Beat.com
Aram Arslanian (of Orphan Train)
Orphan Train is the rock n folk-pop vehicle for the songs of Aram Arslanian. Hailing from Boston, and after a lengthy stint in Los Angeles, Orphan Train is now settled in Vancouver, WA / USA, just across the river from Portland, OR.
Aram struck a chord with with the adult alternative radio audience in 1997 when his debut East of Western was released on Subliminal Records. That album's rendition of Bruce Springsteen's Something in the Night also appeared on the Capitol/EMI Springsteen tribute album One Step Up / Two Steps Back where the track was featured as the leadoff single. East of Western was toured extensively, including an appearance at the NXNE festival in Toronto as well a sold out performance at NYC’s Beacon Theater benefiting the World Hunger Year organization. The attention drew interest from the Surprise Truck Entertainment label who signed Aram and released Ghosts In A Season in 2001.
On Ghosts In A Season, produced by analog-enthusiast Steve Refling, we heard the early influences that inspired Aram’s songwriting, such as The Beatles, Elton John, and Jackson Brown. Aram collaborated with Scott McPherson (Elliott Smith, Neil Finn) who co-wrote several songs and added his distinctive drumming. Matt Fitzell (PJ Olsson) played bass. The Watson Twins provided their flawless vocal harmonies. Reviews were stellar prompting over 30 radio stations to add the single Bigger Highway to their playlists. Two tracks were picked up for the DVD release of Party of Five’s first season. Two others were featured in the ABC drama Beautiful People. Aram toured the album extensively in 2001-2002 both solo and with the dynamic Aram Band
2004's 'Orphan Train' was written and recorded after a stint as musical director and guitarist for Lisa Marie Presley as well as comedian/singer Sandra Bernhart and touring as guitarist/keys for The Watson Twins and Blue Eyed Son. Orphan Train has been critically acclaimed for it's haunting melodies, beautiful arrangements and introspective lyrics.
Aram operates Kingsley Garden Music where he has composed music for television shows on the ABC, A&E, and ESPN networks and is a respected composer/sound designer in the theater world. He produces other singer/songwriters at his studio in Vancouver WA.
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