Salvation Town, the surprising and powerful solo debut by Jonny Two Bags, guitarist for the Southern California punk rock institution Social Distortion, defies expectations at every turn.A diverse array of talent that spans the musical spectrum was enlisted for the recording. Revered singer-songwriter Jackson Browne shares vocals with Wickersham on “Then You Stand Alone,” while David Lindley, whose guitar work graced several of Browne’s classic ’70s albums, contributes to four tracks. Los Lobos’ multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo and his sons David Jr. and Vincent join in on “Wayward Cain” and super-sideman Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang, Dave Alvin) also appears on guitar. The drum chair is filled by Pete Thomas, a mainstay of Elvis Costello’s bands The Attractions and The Imposters. Guest vocalist Gaby Moreno (recent Latin Grammy Award winner as Best New Artist) sings on “Avenues.” Other vocal guests include Julie Miller (wife and collaborator of Buddy Miller) and backup singers Terry Evans and Arnold McCuller, best known for their work with Ry Cooder and James Taylor. Wickersham’s colleagues in Social Distortion, keyboardist Danny McGough and bassist Brent Harding, join on a few tracks while Austin accordion luminary Joel Guzman and bassist/punk kingpin Zander Schloss (Weirdos, Circle Jerks, Thelonious Monster) round out the lineup.
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, 90015
The ChristmasLand Street Festival and concert series includes Santa, a skating rink, a snow park, a human snow globe with photo opportunities, dining village, a Ferris wheel, Dickens’ Carolers with brass quintet, as well as headlining acts from Hillsong and Celtic Woman at the Nokia Theater.
Note: The open-air ChristmasLand Street Festival is free and open to the public daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (closed December 9). Concert tickets can be purchased online.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Her father and mother both have wide arms and colorful palates, and supplemented her education with a steady stream of classic rock, metal, r&b, pop and prog. The inspiration stuck with Madi, who left small town life behind for Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music. There, she began to shape her sound with songwriter Kyle Ryan, where her powerful voice intermixed with Americana undertones. Next she moved to Nashville, self-releasing her first album "Plastic Moon" in 2012, and beginning to explore her music's cinematic feel.
Now with Madi's Nettwerk debut "Phantom," her songs dive deeper and fly higher, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. As she takes to the road again this summer, Madi is poised to unleash her powerful songs and chase whatever the future may hold. "I can never sit still," she says "I wanna hurl myself into life. These songs tell a story about lighting flames and letting every part of the last fire burn out. Don't turn around and don't look back. Look forward."
1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
“If rebellion had a sound, I imagine it would end up sounding a lot like Girlpool. It’s not necessarily a descriptor that they would ascribe to themselves — they’d probably go with honest — but what is honesty except a form of rebellion against expectations? And Girlpool subvert expectations at every turn. Made up of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, the duo chose early on to do more with less: They use only a guitar, a bass, and their own voices to craft prickly and powerful rock. Their minimalist approach to sound allows the lyrics to take center stage, and those lyrics are achingly genuine and upfront. Above all else, the band values their vulnerability: it’s something that comes through potently in their music. It’s punk in the best sense of the word: fresh, raw, and uncompromising, a callback to the heyday of riot grrl exceptionalism.
1623 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Join singer songwriter, Andy Allo, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles for an evening of sweet lyrics and rhythmic tunes.
Showcasing the biggest musical talent that Hollywood has to offer, The Hotel Café, offers an intimate venue to enjoy your favorite performers. On Dec. 8, Allo will be performing her newest single, “Tongue Tied,” live for the first time.
Recently released, “Tongue Tied” is a fresh, upbeat nod to the beginning stages of falling in love and is the first song off of Allo’s upcoming EP, the singer’s first foray into the pop/rock world.
As an independent artist, Allo self-produced her first album UnFresh, and in 2011, she joined Prince’s band New Power Generation. Prince executive-produced and collaborated with Allo on her sophomore album, Superconductor, released in 2012. She was recently featured on three songs off of Prince’s latest album Art Official Age. Allo will be releasing an upcoming EP featuring her new pop/rock sound in early Spring 2015.
1623 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
a Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, model, and actress.
She is known for her appearances in American television shows, including the comedy-drama series The Game, the talk show Attack of the Show!, and her musical performance on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Allo has also produced two record albums.
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 91108
One of the most beautiful spots in the State is right in our backyard, at the Huntington Gardens & Library. It’s got a fabulous (and wet!) kids area, beautiful gardens for strolling through, a tasty tea house, an world class art collection – in short, it’s a perfect place to spend the day exploring with kids. It’s also not cheap, something parents (with little ones who may tantrum and have to leave at any second) often steer clear of. However, every first Thursday, the Garden is free – you just have to request a ticket in advance. And today’s the day that you can reserve your tickets for February’s free day.