The Happy Hollows, So Many Wizards, Nightmare Air, American Males

KROQ Locals Only and The Satellite present

The Happy Hollows

So Many Wizards

Nightmare Air

American Males

Fri, February 1, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

This event is 21 and over

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The Happy Hollows
The Happy Hollows
In the past year, Sarah Negahdari, the singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of Los Angeles art-rock trio The Happy Hollows, has caused quite a commotion in the music world. Wired Magazine called her "one of the coolest women in rock," Pitchfork wrote that her voice "commands attention on both the stompers and serenades," and The Huffington Post branded her a "rock goddess." Sarah lived in NYC from 2003-2006 after which she moved to Los Angeles - needless to say we're looking forward to her homecoming! The Happy Hollows' debut album, Spells, is out now and the energetic trio is currently on tour with the almighty Besnard Lakes.
So Many Wizards
So Many Wizards
So Many Wizards, a dynamic four piece from Los Angeles, has been causing a stir with furious live performances and a sound that Aquarium Drunkard describes as an “enigmatic blend of pop, rock, ballads, and zany nuggets” that come together to form “a cohesive whole.” The band started as the solo project of Nima Kazerouni, who crafted the first So Many Wizards songs to cope with his anxiety after a childhood that began with an escape from war-torn Iran and took him through Europe, South America, and a month in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica before landing him in LA. On the strength of his debut EP, Tree,Kazerouni found a community of musicians at famed underground venues like the Smell and Pehrspace and recruited a band of scene veterans including Erik Felix, Geoff Geis, and Frank Maston. As a four-piece, the band has become a centerpiece of LA’s vibrant DIY scene, recently representing the “new class” at the Smell’s sold out 14th Anniversary show with Best Coast and Abe Vigoda. A staple of Southern California college radio since the 2009 release of “Fly a Kite,” So Many Wizards earned airplay on BBC 1 with the 2011 single “Inner City” and was subsequently invited to tour the UK in March of 2012.
Nightmare Air
Nightmare Air
Huge and relentlessly propulsive rock from start to finish." —Ben Raynor, Toronto Star

NIGHTMARE AIR is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals).

As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home — "possibly L.A.'s loudest band" (Scott McDonald, Surfing on Steam) — and across the pond — "awesomely epic layered sounds" (ArtRocker magazine, U.K.).

In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio. In 2010, Nightmare Air toured North America on the heels of their debut EP — headlining four nights of Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio. Recently, Nightmare Air opened for Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo, and The Cult at their SXSW 2012 showcase.

Nightmare Air have just completed their debut studio full-length due out March 2013 on Saint Marie Records. The record was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, Metalica). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" on Under the Radar's spring sampler and Filter magazine's "Discovering the Undiscovered"

The band is now gaining great momentum after just finishing their first major world tour.
American Males
American Males
American Males started as the hypothetical "ideal band" that was never meant to actually exist. Warren Woodward and Mike Nielsen saw a lot of ups and downs in the era of their former band, The Valley Arena, a late 2000's post-punk band often breathing down the neck of success but rarely tasting it, a band who's last and best record was called "We Died" and was written entirely about the band's pre-meditated demise, a realization that despite relentless touring and critical acclaim, the rock and roll dream wasn't quite panning out as expected, and that there were degrees that needed to be earned and bills that needed to be paid.

Whenever the shit hit the fan, as it often would, the dudes would joke about how one day they would have the perfect band and that everyone would love it, because anyone who wanted to could be in the band, and they could do absolutely anything they wanted, whenever they wanted… Every show would be a party because there would be no other option.

Their paths crossed with their Long Beach neighbor, Chris Clawson when Clawson's band Telomere Repair (a band described to me very matter-of-factly as "The Best Band in Long Beach"), in 2007 when the two bands accidentally wound up playing the same show in Chico, CA…. and a bunch of the most prominent musicians in Long Beach finally met each other for the first time, a good 500 miles from home, in the midst of Telomere Repairs "everlasting tour", a road trip booked in perpetuity with literally no end it site (until the band's temporary break up, a few weeks later).

Some years went by. The Valley Arena broke up. Chris and Telomere Repair continued making amazing (and amazingly complicated) music. Mike Joined a huge pop band (Hello Goodbye) and spent some time touring the world and playing fancy shows to 1000s of people every night before deciding that wasn't really his thing. Warren joined and helped give rise to So Many Wizards, a Los Angeles trio who's name and music have been plastered everywhere from Pitchfork.com to Lou Reed's radio show in recent months.

With all the time spread amongst their musical pursuits, however, something was still rang hollow for the three friends. After a few months of musical exploration producing everything from mathy-art-punk to disco, they decided to take the idea of Buffalo Stance, the "ideal band" and make it into a reality. Everyone in the band does exactly what they want, all of the time. The band takes it's philosophical and musical cues from that special breed of punk bands that kept punk's idealism but pushed beyond the musical confines… bands like Sonic Youth, The Talking Heads, Blonde Redhead, Liars and Fugazi, but with a health injection of DFA-worthy ass-shaking courtesy of a rhythm and low-end heavy "No Guitars" policy the band has adopted. In early 2012 C. Elizabeth Lindsey (of Long Beach's beloved The Soft Hands) stepped in as the bands newest addition on drums as Mike went on to other projects.

The band is in the midst of recording their first album and performing a set of "debut shows" exclusively at new and non-traditional all ages venues, in hopes of breathing some new life into a local music scene… resuscitation via maximum party. American Males, the real band, proudly waves the same flag that it did as an imaginary band many years ago.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/