Back home in Montana after a wonderful week spending time with my dad and sister-in-law in Oklahoma. I drove 3100 miles through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma, and enjoyed the trip. Also got to stop in Denver and catch a performance of one of my best friends, Nina Storey, at The Soiled Dove Underground.
Speaking of the show, her opening act, Ian Mahan, was amazing. The night was sheer perfection. Loved the entire vibe of new songs, old songs, Beatles songs and the wit and wisdom of her brilliant on stage banter. We have been friends for many years (won’t tell you how many but it’s more than 10), and this was the best show I have ever witnessed. Be on the lookout for new material, as well as a new project that she shared with us. If you loved her before, you will love her even more now. If you haven’t discovered the magic that is Nina Storey, then now is the perfect time to come onboard.
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL OPENS FOR PREVIEWS ON JUNE 1
The Eighth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival opens for previews on Thursday, followed by the Opening Party on June 7. We will be arriving on June 15, and will provide daily coverage through the awards show on June 25. We are so excited to present our first award this year, the Larry Cornwall Award for Musical Excellence, in honor of our fallen friend, Larry Cornwall aka Alice in Cooperland. Stay tuned for our list of the 10 most anticipated shows, which will be published later this week.
LA MUSIC CRITIC AWARD WINNERS SHOWCASE
The LA Music Critic Awards are celebrating five years of recognizing the indie music community with a showcase at the famed Hotel Café on June 20. We will be honoring a special songwriter with the 2017 Icon Award, and will have performances by Wendy Sweetlove, Elyse Haren, Jon Mullane, Janey Street, Jerad Finck, Katie Costello, Lovers & Poets, The Spider Accomplice and Papermoon Gypsys. Advance tickets are available on the Hotel Café website and are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Come help us celebrate and support live indie music.
EMILY CLIBOURN DEBUTS ROCK-UMENTARY
Emily Clibourn has been a force in indie music for several years. We are proud to announce the screening of her new rock-umentary, As the Wind Blows, the story of her recent cross-country tour. The screening of the five part documentary will be on Saturday, June 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 1340 E 6th Street, Suite 402, Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with live music playing from 8:30 until 10 p.m. The screening will follow. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Villains Tavern for the after party. The event is BYOB, and it is recommended that you also bring a pillow for your own seating.
Speaking of Jerad Finck, he has recently released his new single, on the heels of the success of “Criminal.” His tune is called “New Kids,” and we think you’ll love it. Check it out.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS
Check out this interesting video from Brooklyn based Onesie of their tune, “This Minstrel.” Please let us know your thoughts.
We haven’t forgotten about you hip-hop fans. Check out the recent music video from Australian band 27 seconds of their song, “Forever Learning.”
Last but not least this week is the debut video of an amazing new band fronted by our friend, Justin Foutz. Check out “American Sweetheart” by the Rye Brothers.