Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slutever/Childbirth/Lisa Prank at Lolipop Records

SLUTEVER
CHILDBIRTH
LISA PRANK
LOLIPOP RECORDS
ECHO PARK, CA
14 JULY, 2014
Sitting on Glendale Ave. in Echo Park, in the shadow of the Sunset Blvd bridge, Lolipop Records is easy to miss, but once the music starts, it becomes a beacon. The red carpet was out on this particular evening for LA's Slutever, along with Seattle's Childbirth and Lisa Prank (Robin Edwards), on the quintessential 'get in the van' adventure. Lisa Prank got the ball rolling with her low-fi guitar goodness, backed up with some beats to keep the rhythm. Not unlike LA's Colleen Green, she's found her method of expression, and she's sticking to it. Childbirth is a meeting point between Julia of Chastity Belt and Bree from Tacocat, backed up by drummer Stacy Peck, and that pretty much pins down the sound, a thrilling hell bent for leather power trio that peeled the metaphorical paint off the wall, or made the sharpie graffiti run, or something...LA duo Slutever adhered to the same template, blowing off the dust after a hiatus, and got up to speed quickly with the home audience cheering them on. It was a brilliant night of noisy fun in a tiny, but welcoming venue, and we'll look forward to catching all the disparate parts of the bill in action again.

SLUTEVER

CHILDBIRTH

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jurassic 5: Word Of Mouth Reunion Tour

JURASSIC 5
DILATED PEOPLES
MC SUPERNATURAL
SANTA BARBARA BOWL
13 JULY, 2014
What started as a handful of festival performances last year, including SF's Outsidelands,  has morphed into a full-blown tour. Jurassic 5 is officially back, right down to their new single, "The Way We Do It", produced by Heavy D. The wonder of their initial tour dates was that they could still be so incredibly tight, and now, with many more shows behind them, including a command sunset performance at Glastonbury this summer, and freed of festival time constraints, they were an absolute monster. The double-shot of "Quality Control" and "Concrete Schoolyard" remains a high-water mark, and watching them navigate the dense lyrical thickets never gets old. With all the old crew in tow, they turned the Bowl into a party zone for the hardcore.
Support for the evening was provided by MC Supernatural, who made many converts with his freestyle skills, capping his set by having the audience hold up objects from their pockets, which he proceeded to work into his verses. LA's own Dilated Peoples held down the center slot, providing a sneak peak of their forthcoming LP, Directors Of Photography, due next month. Based on the reception that their new single, "Show Me The Way" received, it would appear that they're on track. Rewarding the hard core, a notable set moment was them pulling a cat named James out of the audience to hold his own on some verses. As a mission statement, it worked to encompass the whole evening as a reminder of a time when Hip Hop was about family.





DILATED PEOPLES
James, from the audience, (center), taking care of business

MC SUPERNATURAL