Y Luv: L.A.‘s Y LUV may be fairly new to the music scene but they’re already well on their way to earning spots on iPods and party playlists with recent songs like the electro-rock anthem “Keep It Rollin’.” Young but hardworking, the quintet’s latest single is a nice expansion on their sound from the previous EP “How Chill Can You Let Go.” Similarly to their first single, “All Night,” which featured a sparse intro with a heavy bass line that built up to soaring chorus, “Keep It Rollin’” initially keeps listeners in suspense only to lead into an eclectic burst of intricate guitar lines and synthesized beats designed for fist-pumping. However, if you could do with less electro components, “Earthquakes” is also a recommended track in which strong vocals and bright guitar riffs dominate.—-Buzzbands.la
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Elevaters : California genre-bending band Elevaters is the new hope for people craving unconventional hip-hop. The racially diverse group manages to push their musical experiment to new heights, all the while never loosing their populist appeal. The six-member crew’s sound is as original as it is intoxicating. Sam Golzari, Miles Ellington Gregley, and Benjamin Hall front the band with fresh verses, uplifting melodies, a dash of humor, and musicianship. Andre Morton, David Noily and Itai Shapira, drums, guitar, and bass respectively, explore grooves heard on the avenues where funk, rock, pop, and hip-hop intersect. The group’s dynamic live presentation, warm audio-production and compelling lyrical commentary on daily life will delight even the most objective and discerning ears. Amidst all the worldly challenges their music confronts, Elevaters strive to discover the hope and positivity in all of us. After years of touring and playing for packed local clubs, this underground staple is emerging as a leading voice of a new urban music movement. .. .. Elevaters have been enticing fans on the Los Angeles circuit for years with brilliant songs that uplift and tug at the heartstrings with playful dexterity. Their charismatic, touching and comedic stage performances employ deep grooves and moody melodies with sensitive arrangements in every composition. This product is extracted from a truly collaborative process. ”When we sit down and workshop a song- nothing moves forward until every individual in the group is satisfied,” says Shapira. “Everyone in the group is very honest and direct. We all listen to each other and respect the collective process.” .. .. The lush-soulful vocals, clever lyrics and shimmering keyboards of Golzari, lick laden guitar grooves of Noily, the pocket of cutting drums of Morton, the urban philosophies of Gregley, the percussion and beat box aptitude of Hall, and punchy bass of Shapira negotiate one another into dope melodic grooves that are original and pop-savvy. .. .. So how did this body of diverse artistic souls come together? Elevaters came together as students at UCLA, studying theater, music history, and ethno-musicology. One class and one teacher in particular, Art as Social Action, taught by renowned American theater director, Peter Sellars, greatly influenced the forming of what was to become Elevaters. The art as action they chose was to use their generation’s most potent medium, popular music, to empower and uplift. Morton joined the band after seeing them live minus rhythm section, and moved them from coffeehouses to at-capacity clubs and venues. Elevaters’ diversity, Black and White, Persian and Israeli, make up what could be the poster children for America’s great melting pot. Their eclectic musical influences combine Outkast, Bob Marley, The Roots, Bjork, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Jamiroquai, Prince, The Time, Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone, Bell Biv Devoe, A Tribe Called Quest, Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Simon, and Brazilian national-treasure Caetano Veloso
Parker Ainsworth: > Singer songwriter Parker Ainsworth brings the art of storytelling through music forth from a space that audiences can feel from the first chord. > Originally from Austin Tx, the SoCal resident followed I-10 toward the ocean and a new beginning in 2009, eventually coming to hang his hat on a sailboat docked at the edge of LA where he has been writing and growing as an artist ever since. Following the release of his most recent EP "Leave on the Lights", Parker took a journey to India that lasted roughly 4 and a half months. During this time he reflected on life, cultivated an abundance of new material, and played shows across the country including the 40th annual Bob Dylan Folk Festival in the state of Meghalaya. Freshly back from his adventures, P.A. is here to share his experiences with a confidence, humor and humility that is both touching and entertaining.
Act As If: Act As If is the project of Los Angeles singer/songwriter Peter Verdell, who adopted the band name in 2005 after recording and self-releasing his first EP. At the time, Verdell's efforts were split between his band and working as A&R assistant for indie-label Drive-Thru Records (New Found Glory, Hellogoodbye). In 2008, he left the label to pursue his band full time.
Act As If's first full-length album--an even blend of indie-rock, pop, and folk, entitled There's a Light--was released digitally in May 2010. Verdell wrote and produced the 11-song album, in addition to performing all drums, guitars, piano, synths and vocals.
Mind the Gap:
A Korean, a Sri Lankan, a Mexican, and a Jew from Cleveland. 4 musicians from 4 corners of the world aiming to shotgun blast through the insipid airwaves of current music using acoustic harmonies fused with modern technology. Mind the Gap formed in 2008 when singer/songwriter duo, Cahn & Yang, met music producers, Ru & Ozzy, of The Bird Call. The collaboration was formed with the help of Music Supervisor, Jonathan McHugh, and the group quickly got to work on main title songs for several films including Mass Animation: Live Music and The Education of Charlie Banks. They were also commissioned to write theme songs for TV shows on Discovery, A&E, History, VH1, and Playboy TV. While licensing music, they have also been performing across the country with shows in LA, NYC, and Chicago, to name a few. Mind the Gap played at High Sierra Music Festival ‘10, CMJ Music & Film Marathon ’10, and Canadian Music Fest ’11. While on tour, they received media attention, being awarded AOL’s Spinner Download of the day. They are set to release their debut album, ‘The Good Fight’ in May 2011. The group rests their heads in Los Angeles, CA.