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Stars From Streetlights revisit 10 years of pop music

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Local pop band Stars From Streetlights returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 25. They had a good crowd enjoying uptempo synth pop powered by the powerful voice of Austrian Graf.

Stars FroM Streetlights at the owl Acoustic lounge, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 They slowed things down with a slower version of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

Graf noticed they released their first CD all the way back in 2009 and played music dating back to then.

 But they wound down with more of a mellow Portishead, trip hop feel.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:27 )

Amy Nelson entertains with music from “Educated Woman’

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 Calgary country/roots musician Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice for a good old time and a hot set of uptempo twangy country music in support of her new CD “Educated Woman,” Saturday, May 25.Amy Nelson brought her band to the Slice, May 25 in support of her CD Educated Woman. Photo by Richard Amery
 She strummed guitar, crediting opening act Carter Felker for teaching her a how to play a lot of guitar.

Mike Watson added extra twang with his steel guitar.

  Her twang and swagger, not to mention big white cowboy hat reminded me of Nikki Lane

Bassist Beth Curry sang harmonies while getting into a groove. Nelson switched to banjo for a couple more bluegrass tinged songs.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:19 )

Casa opens new artists kiosks with live music

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Casa opened two new artists kiosks with a barbecue and live music, Saturday, May 25.Mi Colombia  Linda dancers at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 A decent crowd enjoyed burgers and chips while enjoying an array of live entertainment.

Bryan Bradfield playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
 Mary-Anne McTrowe played a variety of ’80s classics and a couple of originals on her ukulele, covering Martha and the Muffins, the Spoons and  They Might be Giants, to name a few.

 After her set, Mi Columbia Linda, put on a vibrant display of energetic traditional Columbian dancing.

 Bryan Bradfield brought out  his dobro. He played some beautiful slide powered blues and traditional country music.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat EditorMary-Anne McTrowe playing at the Casa kiosk opening. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:13 )

Hush Hush Noise show Lily Fawn's more electro pop side

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Lily Fawn brought her new electro pop project Hush Hush Noise to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, May 24 for approximately 30 people.

Hush Hush Noise bringing unique sounds to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 24. Photo by Richard Amery
After a quick set of appealingly plaintive, keyboard powered pop music from Vandendool,  Lily Fawn and Eric Hogg played an intriguing set of hauntingly beautiful experimental pop music from their debut self titled CD with a backdrop of flashing green laser light shining all over the stage.

Lily Fawn started off behind her drum kit and playing the saw and singing in her ethereal, high pitched whine while bandmate Eric Hogg sang and played guitar. Both played with keyboards and sequencers.

They’re hypnotic set was pretty laid back and had a similar feel, though they broke away to play a highlight which had more of a ’50s doo wop feel. Lily Fawn switched to a baritone ukulele a few songs in which continuing to play with sequencers.

They ended their set with an up tempo rocker “Masochistic Love” which had a more ’70s style B-52s feel.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:59 )

Rancho Deluxe release debut CD at the Slice

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Local roots rock band Rancho Deluxe played a successful CD release party at the Slice, Saturday, May 24.

George Arsene playing with Rancho Deluxe. photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
 I missed their first set and most of the music from the actual CD “ Lucky Stars,” but caught an excellent set of roots and country music featuring drummer Brad Brouwer, bassist Paul Holden , lead guitarist Tyler Bird and George Arsene singing lead vocals and playing rhythm guitar.

 They played some John Prine and an excellent version of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Carny Man.”

 Tyler Bird sang his always enjoyable version of the Volebeats’ Highway 318.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:47 )
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