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Not To Be Missed: Sofar Sounds and Run River North

Being in the music industry, and in the position of a “buyer” I see (and am invited to) a lot of live music.  Admittedly, I’m not out as much as many people I know, some in the music industry and some not, but still a great deal.  I’ve been to most of the local venues, large and small.  Showcases at restaurants, cafes, courtyards and offices.  And hands down the most consistently rewarding viewing experience is the Los Angeles incarnation of Songs from a Room.

For those unfamiliar, Songs from a Room (or “Sofar”) is a music movement that started in London and is now in cities all over the world – São Paulo, Melbourne, Nashville, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Sydney, Dallas and many more.  A selection of four or five artists play intimate sets in private living rooms; the sets are recorded and (often) livestreamed.  The audience doesn’t know who the artists are until they arrive and, the Los Angeles events at least, are all BYOB.
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RIYL Mixtape / The Head and The Heart :: There’s No Place Like Home?

By Amanda DK

It seems like Seattle sextet, The Head and The Heart have been everywhere in 2011.  In fact, I have it on good authority that by the end of the year they will have played over 250 shows.  Pretty mind boggling.  After self-releasing their debut album in June 2010, it eventually caught the attention of indie label Sub Pop who signed the band and then re-mastered and re-released it in January with a couple new tracks.  Since then they have been all over the world charming audiences with their warm, rowdy alt-country energy, compelling songwriting and rich harmonies.  NPR named them as one of “Five Artists You Should Have Known In 2010,” and they made it onto several “Best of 2010” year end lists, including I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and, well, Tadpole Audio, to name a couple.  I’ve reviewed their live show twice, once for SXSW 2011 and most recently for the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival.  In the wake of their success, several other 5+ member groups that all excel in resonant, melodic folk have emerged equally deserving of attention.

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Neat Tracks / Milo Greene “1957”

By Amanda DK

It’s been my sincere pleasure to hear the buzz about this local band get louder and louder over the past few months.  From my perspective at least, it began with the word spreading about their fantastic live performances.  Then came write-ups in blogs across the country from Sunset in the Rearview to the LA times.  Just a few short months later Milo Greene was featured as part of the “I Also Like To Rock” series, presented by KCRW and curated by Buzz Bands LA.  Most recently they were on the bill to play at Sunset Junction, and due to the festival’s cancellation, played a packed day party at Dangerbird Records.
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