FREE SHOW! Manzanita, Smoke Season, Emerson Star


Manzanita is 5 guys who met at UCLA and formed a band after jamming quietly in their dorm rooms. Individual members were raised on different genres from Motown oldies and soul to classic rock, but found their common ground in indie music and a love for bands like Local Natives and Radiohead. They now combine their respective influences to make a soulful brand of indie rock.

Members: Matt Mizono (Guitar/Keys), Kyle Kuwatani (Guitar), Moses Sumney (Vocals/Guitar), Kevin Farzad (Drums), Kyle Graycar (Bass/Ukele).

Smoke Season

Smoke Season (n.) - A period of time defined by that which is evanescent, obscure and without result. "Until I heard the music, my heart was stuck inside a smoke season."

BuzzBands.LA - "New York City-born, UCLA-educated singer Gabrielle Wortman launched her career as rock frontwoman before segueing to the electronic project TEMP3ST. However, upon meeting fellow New Yorker Jason Rosen — the ex-keyboardist and guitarist for the pop-rockers Honor Society — things took a turn. And from the sound of their new side project Smoke Season, it probably involved some long drives in the desert. Neither the sexed-up music of Wortman's past nor the Jonas Brothers-approved pop of Rosen's, Smoke Season takes a cinematic approach to Americana on its debut EP "Signals" — woozy, dreamy and, yes, smoky. Don't forget to inhale."

Revolution360 - "When Smoke Season's Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman came together, they wanted to create a sound that captured their youthful encounters in the great state of California. With their first release, Signals EP, not only does the group achieve this, but they render a listening experience unique enough to standalone in sound. Smoke Season blends psychedelic folk rock reminiscent of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, with searing electronic undertones in the vein of The XX. The result is beautiful story-telling that is musically saturated with the Old West, tumbleweeds, and a pioneering youthful spirit. Smoke Season captures the ears, minds, and hearts of listeners of all ages."

Record Speak - "The magical pairing of Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman. Their voices perfectly compliment one another and their songwriting chemistry is clear right off the bat."

Sometimes all you need is a simple guitar line and a moody melody. Other times you need dissonant three part harmonies over tantric rhythms and heavy lead guitar fuzz. And once in a while you just need a shot of whiskey and some pickle juice. Well these happen to be a few of Emerson Star’s favorite things. Based in Los Angeles, Emerson Star began as a three piece acoustic group consisting of two brothers (Shannon and Taylor Inouye) and one childhood friend (Sean Thomas). Having grown up singing together in various school choirs, it was only natural for the trio to start writing together, with a focus on harmony heavy indie tunes with a pop sensibility. Craving more of a rhythm element, Emerson Star added childhood friend Garret Lang into the mix. A staple bassist in the Los Angeles and New York jazz scene, Garret agreed to participate in the lowly form of art known as Rock N Roll. It was during a magically intuitive late night jam with Garret’s friend from Oakland that Emerson Star found their drummer. If you were on a soul searching peyote quest in the Sierra Nevada, you would want Colin Fahrner as your spirit animal. Firshir. The band's self­titled 7" was released through Bellwether Record Company. Their debut full length album "Let It Burn", received praise from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Alternative Nation, and Hiibye. Now, they’ve got an EP in the works. The boys are playing shows all over Los Angeles. You might catch them at the Bootleg Theater, Harvard & Stone, The Satellite, El Cid, or Los Globos, just to name a few. And for those of you outside of Los Angeles, hang tight, Emerson Star will be there soon.


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