Happy Monday dear readers! Just a reminder that this Wednesday is our next installment of Desert Nights just before you disappear for Memorial Day. Here’s the 3 artists we’ll be introducing to you on May 25th at The Standard Hollywood’s room called Cactus lounge.
(Listen to Brandi Emma Here)
Brandi Emma is a Silverlake based singer/songwriter/musician who gained considerable critical buzz under the moniker Emma Burgess after Rolling Stones named her song “Big Break” (from her first release) Swim as “Break-Out Indie Song of 2001”. After a few musical collaborations, and a return to her birth name, she presents her latest self-released project, the EP Photographic Memory, a heady blend of folk-rock and alt-country with pop sensibility. The album marks the beginning of this 29 year-old’s formidable songwriting and vocal power.
Absolute Punk writes that “in just 20 short minutes, Emma has already said and done more than many of her contemporaries. Much like discovering Jewel’s Pieces of You, Photographic Memory points to a glimmering future for this young upstart and is the surefire sign of a rare and true talent. Major labels, take notice.” She recently played SXSW and is currently working on a full-length fall release.
“Kamp, born and raised in the northeast, began his musical education in earnest soon after college during the several years he spent woodshedding in Seattle. He recorded four LPs with his trio Ponticello before relocating to L.A. in 2001, where he formed the group Union Pacific. Ted played with numerous bands, did extensive session work and in 2003, started working with Jennings. Since then, he’s never looked back. Divisadero simply confirms his hard-earned status as a singer/songwriter of immense promise.” (Starpulse.com)
(Listen to LA Font Here)
Meet Danny Bobbe, nightbus intellectual, enfant terrible, LA Font frontman. Born in Alaska, transplanted to Los Angeles from Montana in 2008, he is anything but the average Echo Park hipster. Cutting a tall shadow on his skateboard against the California sun, he is a delirious, brooding new voice – his songs, tuneful indie rock laced with hooks, jutting with spiky guitars on loan from Pavement, bouncing with country rhythms that mark his work as a product of the American West, tell a different tale from his California contemporaries.
In LA Font’s 2010 debut album The American Leagues, Jimmy Carter collides with Sidney Crosby and the homeless on Skid Row. Young cokeheads fight over tea, a faceless man screams at the ocean, wanting only acknowledgment… subway hustlers sell something that they swear is 14-karat gold (“and truthfully,” Bobbe wails, “it’s really hard to say”). For Danny Bobbe, Los Angeles is Bukowskiesque –- bleak, gritty, laden with traps – but it remains a place that promises change to the courageous.
What is Desert Nights?
Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, we curate 3 musical acts on the rise to perform a special acoustic set in our hotel lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Also, expect 2 clever cover songs delivered by each performer. The sets begins at 7:30 pm in the Cactus Lounge (thus the title of the evening, Desert Nights).