Five Star Bar in Downtown L.A. maintains its position as an upcoming venue to check out local bands (if anyone knows of a link to the bar’s website, please send to my Twitter). As it stands just two doors down and in a very tall shadow from The Smell, many club goers may not even be aware of its existence. There was a great lineup on March 25th, where I caught a set by L.A. girl band C-Horse (though they do, in all fairness, feature a token Y chromosome on keyboard). Below is a video of a short interview on the sidewalk just outside of the bar. As an added bonus, they’re all hot.
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Caught L.A. band Moonrats at The Smell Friday evening. The ‘rats sound is an edgey guitar pop with melodic vocals and great use (not over-use) of keyboards. A lot of well-produced tracks on the band’s MySpace page, particularly “Sleepwalk” and “Blue, White and Red.” The video below contains clips from the show and a short interview with lead singer Nathan Thelen, in which he mentions that indie bands could use more venues like Vera in the Netherlands. Sounds like a cool place.
The Happy Hollows played a set at The Regent Theatre in downtown L.A. last Saturday. The concert was part of the KXLU Fundraiser to help support the station and bring exposure to local indie bands. I spoke with Hollows lead singer Sarah Negahdari after the show, and she said she enjoyed the all-ages venue and wished there were more around town. She focused on local bands when responding to how she’d change the indie music scene. Short concert clip with interview in the video below: