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Wednesday, May 25

The Twilight Sad

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017

8:00pm

Distinguished by James Graham's heavy Scottish accent, an accordion, and oodles of noise, the Twilight Sad rose from Glasgow, Scotland, in late 2003 with the lineup of Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar, accordion), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums). After playing a couple of shows in Glasgow that featured extensive pieces of music using an abundance of instruments, they holed up in the studio to write new material. In September 2005, with four new songs in hand, they sent a demo to Fat Cat. The label ended up putting them on the bill of a showcase with the Mutts, Charlottefield, the Rank Deluxe, and Frightened Rabbit. The Twilight Sad's debut EP was issued in the U.S. in November 2006; the full-length Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters arrived the following April. The 2008 EP Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did featured reworkings of several of the album's songs with simpler, more acoustic arrangements, plus a cover of Daniel Johnston's "Some Things Last a Long Time." Killed My Parents and Hit the Road, which featured more covers, including songs by the Smiths and Joy Division among its previously unreleased tracks, also arrived that year. The Twilight Sad weathered the departure of keyboardist Martin Doherty (who left to pursue his other group, Chvrches), recording 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave at Mogwai's Castle of Doom studio. Mixed by Peter Katis -- who also worked on Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters -- the album reflected all of the past and present aspects of the Twilight Sad's sound. Late that year, the band released the limited-edition Òran Mór Session EP, which featured stripped-down versions of songs from Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave as well as covers. Initially available only at the band's shows, the EP was given wider release in October 2015 with extra tracks. - See more at: http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/1082595-twilight-sad-los-angeles#s...

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Thursday, May 26

San Fermin

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017

8:00pm

Brooklyn-based San Fermin, now an eight-piece touring enterprise, did not start that way. In December of 2012, the initially makeshift project performed a single concert—from sheet music—and signed a record deal. Their self-titled debut was subsequently released worldwide in the fall of 2013 via Downtown Records. Following rave reviews, the band was thrust into the spotlight, performing sold out shows and festivals across the world and opening for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. "Suddenly, we were not in a vacuum. We were in the thick of it, which was thrilling but also terrifying," bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone says. "There were all these new possibilities and gray areas. It was a shock to the system—out in the world, barely at home, constantly in a state of semi-crisis." Many of the songs on Jackrabbit, San Fermin's second album, existed only on Ludwig-Leone's laptop for the better part of a year, as he toured and turned the band into an ensemble operation. When at last he revisited them, he knew that they had to be reborn. 

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MOZART & PART: The Angels

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:00pm

Gustavo Dudamel shares his love of Wolfgang Mozart and Arvo Prt in a festival that places their miraculous music side by side. Both masters have a reputation for sonic purity and transparency, music that unfolds naturally and effortlessly. Both created works of sublime spirituality that can transcend our daily lives, giving us a glimpse of the infinite. Come for: Inspired by the City of Angels, Arvo Prt composed his latest symphony in 2008 for the LA Phil, which premiered and recorded the work with Esa-Pekka Salonen. And more: A recent video/sound installation by Bill Viola is presented for the first time in Los Angeles.

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