Music is love. Love is sweet. surround your being with things that ignite you. hear every beat.

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“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. 
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. 
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. 
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. 



I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. 
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. 
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. 
No rhetoric, no tremolos, 
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. 
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. 
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. 



So throw away your baggage and go forward. 
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, 
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. 
That’s why you must walk so lightly. 
Lightly my darling, 
on tiptoes and no luggage, 
not even a sponge bag, 
completely unencumbered.”


― Aldous HuxleyIsland

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Manifest : to make real, in this moment.

Essence : the most authentic you.

Run River North on a walk through the hills of Lexington, Kentucky while on tour in April.

I saw this “best-live-show-ever” band DTLA The week I landed myself in this City of Angels. I felt comforted and assured that night by the grace of their creation. Affirming for me my choice to pack up a perfectly good life in search of more. Revealing to me a place where art lived in the human form and people stood sweetly in the excellence of their gifts. Souls on the front porch, with the message “yes, its all real”.  

My favorite song from that show: 

Here’s to songs that helped build us and bands who lead us to feel more through every new creation. 

add them to your playlist.

Meet Macgregor Burns. a most magical creature… #chillsade

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"Be brave young traveler, for some nights may grow cold.

But never your Heart,

If you knew you were Bold.”

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"Spark of inspiration, Light my spirits fire. Let the joy of creation be my hearts desire. Let me flow with the music, let me dance my dreams alive. Let me sing my deepest feelings until the whole world thrives" 

How many reasons there are to speak from a stage.. for the fame, the money, the rush, the power, to be heard, seen, felt… a combination of all of the above. For some it is in the pure purpose of awakening a listener. a soul on a mission per say. a heart on fire for change.  Michael Render (Killer Mike) is one such soul. His medium is rap. His motive is truth. This Thursday an eager crowd at The Echo got exactly what they asked for in showing up to hear such truth. Acapulco versions of ‘Regan’ and ‘R.A.P Music’ called for presence not usually seen at a rap show. The energy in the room led by his unwavering dedication to social justice NOW.
R.A.P. Music was released in March 2012. its message is timeless. Thank you Mike, for inviting us to see more and take action. Movement is the move. You ready world?

How many reasons there are to speak from a stage.. for the fame, the money, the rush, the power, to be heard, seen, felt… a combination of all of the above. For some it is in the pure purpose of awakening a listener. a soul on a mission per say. a heart on fire for change.  Michael Render (Killer Mike) is one such soul. His medium is rap. His motive is truth. This Thursday an eager crowd at The Echo got exactly what they asked for in showing up to hear such truth. Acapulco versions of ‘Regan’ and ‘R.A.P Music’ called for presence not usually seen at a rap show. The energy in the room led by his unwavering dedication to social justice NOW.

R.A.P. Music was released in March 2012. its message is timeless. Thank you Mike, for inviting us to see more and take action. Movement is the move. You ready world?

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ROADTRIP MIXTAPE

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Com Truise + XXYYXX @ The Echoplex for CYP2

**TICKET GIVEAWAY**  The amazing Arthur Ashin aka Autre Ne Veut will be at The Troubadour TONIGHT @ 8pm and we want to help YOU get there. We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the show tonight in the next 3 hours. FOLLOW us on Tumblr or Twitter & REPOST to enter to win! Winners will be announced via twitter!

**TICKET GIVEAWAY**  The amazing Arthur Ashin aka Autre Ne Veut will be at The Troubadour TONIGHT @ 8pm and we want to help YOU get there. We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the show tonight in the next 3 hours. FOLLOW us on Tumblr or Twitter & REPOST to enter to win! Winners will be announced via twitter!

Some of my favorite men/ roommates made their live debut Monday night at The Bootleg… heres to em’!

GANGPLANS is a production duo lead by Echo Park/Lake Arrowhead musicians War Gogh and Tiger Smith (ex-Blacks& and Sea of Cortez). Not only do they bang out killer tunage.. the two manage a fantasy football team AND ride bikes together to the local farmers market. Keyboardist Myles Young (Mr. MPH), multi-instrumentalist TJ Abbonizio, and drummer Troy Lawton (A B & The Sea) round out GANGPLANS’ live show.

The newly aligned crew played a short and varied set monday, sprinkled with elements of original sounds, and experimentation. With many friends in attendance… Josh Ballinger on the visuals + Julie Bach with the premier of her new music video… the evening was quite the family affair. Gangplans was able to take a breath entering their first show together and just play. And hey! they sounded good too.

The last song of their set - ‘Like We Never Have’ really grabbed my attention.  A definite add to any summer playlists you have in the works.

GANGPLANS is currently working on their debut LP, Alcapwned, which features a different artist per track. The album will be released on digital and vinyl format in Summer of 2013. If this is any indication of the future, we cant wait to see whats next for these bro’s. Stay tuned.

The Echo was packed last Friday for Check Yo Ponytail 2. The LA crowd vibed happy as Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson delivered signature vocals out of the worlds most adorable face. He sported a hat resembling an oversized leather yamika. A tattoo of a third eye on Neilson’s adam’s apple peaked out of his colar as he pressed against the mic, giving us exactly what we came for. UMO’s live sound is dusty, meandering and freeing.. like an old record, captured in time, preserved and delivered, in this case, through the echoplex’s encompassing acoustics. 

UMO brought with them some unexpected crowd moving openers. Foxygen, Gothic Tropic and Wampire all brought exciting sets. Foxygen, with their sultry bedroom pop sound, especially enthralled and surprised the people. They were fully in their moment, creating a performance that was heartfelt and sucked us in completely. Giving us permission to escape with them to jump and play for a bit. 

Pick up Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, II, here

Our favorite sounds from UMO, Foxygen and a special ‘Check Yo’ Ponytail mix’ from Warpire 

Tom Krell’s performance at the Echoplex in Los Angeles Tuesday night was sparsely arranged and haunting, a breathtaking adventure into a muted, introspective world. Krell, the experimental singer and producer who performs under the name How to Dress Well, is currently in the middle of a three-month long tour that flirts with two continents and a handful of countries in support of his most recent album Total Loss. The crowd in Los Angeles was receptive to the raw, unfiltered performance Krell is famed for, one that nudges and goads the audience to a similar place of self-reflection…

Continue reading our article on How To Dress Well here… via The Huffington Post

Our Favorite sounds from HTDW

Some video coverage of The Internet , live at The Echo for Check Yo’ Ponytail 2