Welcome to October - The music department has treats for you.
Zoe Citterman - R&B Director
Mick Jenkins is coming straight out of Chicago, and covers a lot of ground on his tracks. Think darker hip hop/ poetry/ jazz/ neo-soul. Peep his Water[s] project!
Charles Bradley makes modern soul music reminiscent of the Motown greats. I've never heard of a performance where this man has not broken down crying on stage mid-song at least once. Absolutely one of the best performers I've ever seen, and mf is 67 years old!
Wynton Marsalis is a living jazz legend, and this show is going to be huge.
OK, don't let me lose you with the name. This band is actually really rad. Listen to Forever Heavy!
This show is going to be magic. Moses Sumney's set is gospel/neo-soul/spoken word... and in a church? I seriously cannot imagine a cooler venue to see this. Listen to Plastic!
Ok yes I know.... She has a bad track record for being on time to shows.... but, still! Lauryn Hill is a living r&b legend! She raps, she sings, she does actually really great spoken word. If you haven't really dug deep to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, do it! Debatably one of the most important records of our generation.
I don't care what anyone says - this show is going to be dope. Have you listened to I Believe I Can Fly recently? He was like the OG to bring a complete gospel choir on a track, and yes he was involved in some bs a few years ago, but we can forget about that... right?
Ramiro Mosquera - World Music Director
Comedic Comics and Comedic Musicians come together in a way only Jack Black's hard working little peanut brain could conceive of.
Some good punch in the mouth music to end the month, check out Zach Niven's review of them, it's a doozy
Christina Nour - LA Music Director
Support college radio and come see Ariel Pink perform with some other great LA bands, like BOYO! Free & all ages!
Come out to a relatively new all-ages venue in LA called Junior High! Local bands Current Joys and West America will be playing with Gap Girls (fka Casino Hearts).
Come buy me a drank ;)
This lineup is so stacked! Come see awesome LA bands Winter and Ablebody play with Ducktails (check out his album St. Catherine! It rules).
They're a dope band from USC! Check 'em out live at this 21+ show.
This lineup is ridiculous! Come through to hear Bon Iver, Gucci Mane, La Femme and TLC play the same festival. Also playing are The Growlers, Devendra Banhart, and a ton of great LA bands.
Dope French psych pop group comes to LA! Catch 'em here if you can't make it to Beach Goth.
Come see an 80's slasher flick at a cemetery the weekend before Halloween!
Jatin Chowdhury - Jazz Director
Margaret Glaspy is a rock-ish singer/songwriter with a pretty unique voice and overall sound. She’s currently on tour following the release of her album Emotions and Math. Also, the bass player in her band, Chris Morrissey, is a personal hero of mine.
Gregory Porter’s voice is one of the most soothing things I’ve ever heard. Along with his band, led by pianist Chip Crawford, Gregory will be singing tunes from his new album Take Me To The Alley.
Lucky Chops is a brass band from New York that made a name for themselves busking in various NYC subway stations (you may recognize them from some videos on Facebook and YouTube that have been widely shared). Their music is high energy, fun, funky, and definitely dance-able; should be a good time.
Real Feels is an incredible and aptly-named trio featuring Minnesota native John Raymond on flugelhorn, Israeli guitar wizard Gilad Hekselman, and Denver’s Colin Stranahan on drums. Together their music holds a uniquely emotional quality, which varies from simple yet meaningful melodies, to densely poignant walls of sound. On their previous album and tour they played exclusively covers, ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Charlie Parker to Chris Morrisey and even Thom Yorke. This time, however, expect more of the group’s original material as they prepare for a new album.
New album, new live show feat. Justin Vernon, Mike Lewis, Andrew Broder, and many more of my favorite musicians, all on the same stage. If didn’t know, now you know.
Jaison Cabebe - Hip Hop Director
DJ Questlove at the Teragram Ballroom - 09/08
Questlove of The Roots is one of hip-hop's biggest vinyl collectors and music nerds. I've seen him live before and can guarantee he'll play some hidden rap and soul gems you've never heard before.
Danny Brown at the Observatory- 09/16
Coming in hot off of his newest album, Atrocity Exhibition, this shit is guaranteed to be tight. And let's be real, you know Danny knows how to put on a great show.
Schoolboy Q & Joey Bada$$ at the Shrine - 09/18
Well shit, two of the greatest rappers of the last decade? What's more to say?