The Absolute

The Absolute

We are a band based in Los Angeles, CA. Our names are Philip, Anthony, Ryan, Ashton, and Michael, though the Absolute family is made of many. We are here to help you with your journeys and hopefully inspire new ones as well.

All Spots to Black

A restless multi-instrumentalist, All Spots To Black’s Philip Krohnengold is a career collaborator - currently touring with Sara Bareilles, and in the past having toured/recorded with Jeff Tweedy (wilco) and Gary Louris (the jayhawks) in Golden Smog, with the band Gomez, with Ben Harper, Ferraby Lionheart, Leslie Stevens and the Badgers, Duncan Sheik, and others. Now in Los Angeles, he makes his musical home as a member both the americana/alt-country and indie rock families.

In All Spots To Black, Krohnengold combines the stark simplicity of a guitar trio with lush vocal harmonies in a palette reminiscent of panels from the indie comics he credits with much of his inspiration for songwriting. Hang-gliding in the appealing chasm between craggy despair and defiant vulnerability, the band falls somewhere between the moody roar of Mark Kozelek's Red House Painters and Tonight's-the-Night-era Neil Young. This is harmonic rock played with a sort of thoughtfully grim resignation that, when bolstered by an artful bottleneck slide guitar, transcends the inherent melancholy of the songs. The music is brainy, but mellow, but loud.

The band also features bass player Lucas Cheadle (lucinda williams, michelle shocked), drummer Al Sgro (gary jules, alexi murdoch) and singer (and monster songwriter) Holly Conlan.

Craig Elkins

Craig Elkins, the former frontman for Huffamoose (Interscope) & Phila. ex-pat, lives in
Southern California. His latest effort entitled "I Love You" was recorded with the help of
Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), Charlie Gillingham & Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows),
Neil Larsen (Leonard Cohen), Marko Fox, Rynne Stump and Jason Karaban - to name
(more than) a few. It is due for release in July 2012. "There isn't a more brutally honest
songwriter in America" writes Andrew Ervin, author & music critic.
Craig's music career began in the 90s with the indie release of Huffamoose's eponymous debut album. That release was followed by an appearance on the main stage at Woodstock and a subsequent signing to Interscope Records. In 1998 Huffamoose released their major label debut "We've Been Had Again" on Interscope Records. The single from that record, "Wait," charted on Billboard at Modern Rock, AAA and college radio. Elkins appeared with his band on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" that same year. Soon after, the critically aclaimed documentary "Here Comes Huffamoose" was released. The movie, which depicts the rise and fall of Huffamoose, was called "one of the best rock movies of all time" by Cameron Crowe in a 2004
Premier Magazine Article.
Craig’s song “Everybody’s Bitch,” from his critically acclaimed 2008 release “O.L.D. –I Live in a World,” was recently featured on the FX show "Sons of Anarchy." His songs have been placed on the television shows "Alias" and MTV's "Road Rules." His ballad "I Wanna Buy You A Ring" was featured in a National ad campaign for JC Penney.

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The Absolute with All Spots to Black, Craig Elkins

Tuesday, June 18 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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