A-ROC AND A HARD PLACE – APPEARING AT 6:30 PM
A-Roc & A Hard Place is a So Cal based Hip Hop group composed of several musicians taken from various genres of music. Together they have fused a Hip Hop style, the raw energy of rock and a funky vibe to create something new to bring to the table for the local scene. They have begun playing local shows in Southern California and will be expanding quickly.
MANY DISTANT CITIES – APPEARING AT 7:30 PM
Many Distant Cities is a collection of multi-instrumentalists who enjoy singing about love and dying and bleeding a lot. We live in Highland Park and we really like our dogs.
OWL FLY SOUTH – APPEARING AT 8:30 PM
Meet OWL FLY SOUTH. They are a rock and roll four-piece from UCLA who destroy brains and melt faces. Their blazing songs stare you straight in the face and don’t look away until they come crashing to a close. One moment, they conjure up a storm of blistering garage rock fury. Soon after, you may find yourself floating suspended in waves of psychedelic ambient sound and noise. Moments later, you are bouncing to Beatles-esque pop fit for a summer sunset. Echoed vocals, sweet mellotrons, fuzzy guitars, and pummeling drums combine to create Owl Fly South’s powerful rock and roll. In general, the music harkens back to the vintage vinyl sounds of the 60s and 70s, with the more free elements of modern music. These tunes are aimed skyward.
NACOSTA – APPEARING AT 9:30 PM
Fascinated by the chaotic point where the sprawling beauty and unrestrained wilderness of nature collides headlong with the isolating yet enticing expanse of the urban world, Brandon Graham began a heartfelt, unflinching examination, becoming the nucleus for the art rock project, Nacosta. Settling into the role of chief songwriter as well as handling vocals, guitar, and sound manipulation, Brandon’s lyrics accurately depict emotional responses to the curiosities and at times catastrophes where the urban meets the rural, artfully obscuring aspects and drawing parallels to the fleeting and futile point of understanding. Joined by his brother, Shane Graham on drums, in August 2011 Nacosta debuted their first EP, Wilderness City, on their own label, Ancient Conductor. A tour of the southwestern U.S. followed in March 2012 capped off with six appearances at Austin’s SXSW 2012.
SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS – APPEARING AT 10:30 PM
Spare Parts for Broken Hearts gives hard rockers and girl group lovers alike reason to swoon. The trio blends their love of grunge and experimental modern rock that gives a nod to their influences Muse, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and Nirvana. Sarah Green and Laurita Guaico pour their deadly harmonic melodies and dark lyrics over the heart thumping and mesmerizing rhythms of unrivaled drummer, Tosha Jones. Green and Guaico alternate bass and guitar and often team up for the groups’ catchy combo of vocal layers. Though SP4BH formed in early 2010, the members combine more than a decade of repping the local scene. Well known players of the SoCal grrrl territory, and as self-proclaimed road dogs, Guaico and Green first teamed up in Orange County’s favorite 90s grunge girl group Relish. Guaico and Jones later toured the country in the all-girl band The Randies. All three girls are veterans of The Vans Warped tour and even prior to a full-length release; the band is frequently packing rooms across southern California. In early 2011, SP4BH released their first EP. In early 2012 they performed a few dates at SXSW and will continue to tour through the end of summer. SP4BH will be recording their second release in Hollywood, CA in February of 2013, with plans to tour through the summer in the U.S.