Happy Hollows, Incan Abraham, The Soft Hands, One Trick Pony, Kim Deal with Nina Natasha

Happy Hollows

Incan Abraham

The Soft Hands

One Trick Pony

Kim Deal with Nina Natasha

Thu, October 6, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

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Happy Hollows
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.” Now The Happy Hollows are set to release their debut album Spells via Autumn Tone Records. The L.A. indie label will release the album in the U.S. on January 26, 2010. Sarah Negahdari’s journey to this point has been unconventional to say the least. It all began in a trailer park…well actually it began during the Iranian Revolution….

Sarah Negahdari’s unconventional background may explain her eccentricity. Her father fled Iran shortly after the Islamic Revolution and moved to the U.S. to escape persecution by the fundamentalist government. Shortly after he met Sarah’s mother, an ex-hippie from Northern California, Sarah was born. The family spent their first several years in a government subsidized trailer park outside of San Jose. They didn’t have much, but Sarah’s mother kept an old drum kit from her hippie days in the mobile home. In the summer, she would set the kit up outside and teach Sarah to play. These early lessons convinced Sarah that she wanted to be a musician, but instead of being a drummer, Sarah wanted to play the guitar like her childhood idols Jimmy Hendrix, Pete Townshend, and especially Bonnie Raitt.

Sarah moved to New York City in 2003 and ended up working at a bar, which also employed the future members of Akron Family. While not working, she played open-mic nights around the city, honing her guitar chops and unique finger picking technique. In 2006, Sarah moved to Los Angeles and, after meeting Ph.D. student and bass player Charlie Mahoney and drummer Chris Hernandez, both Washington, DC transplants, she formed The Happy Hollows.

Since 2006, The Happy Hollows have been a vital and critically acclaimed band in the Los Angeles music scene. If you were to place them on a contemporary musical spectrum, they might lie somewhere between Captain Beefheart and Cindy Lauper. They have moved seamlessly between the Silver Lake, downtown, and Long Beach music communities, their music defying easy categorization. The band’s music combines innovative structures, surreal lyrics, and fiercely adept instrumentation to recreate reality into a jagged panorama of vibrant, kaleidoscopic collage. Their songs straddle the sub-genres of post-punk, 90s college rock, and 80s pop yet they create a sound all their own by deconstructing these genres. Taking pop melody as a starting point, they do away with the traditional verse/chorus approach, and write music that is both catchy and challenging.

In January 2010, Los Angeles based Autumn Tone Records (The Henry Clay People, Roadside Graves) will release The Happy Hollows’ debut album, Spells. The songs on Spells encompass the wide range of structures and musical ideas that The Happy Hollows bring to the table. The opening track, “Faces”, begins with a crunchy guitar hook strummed by Negahdari on her Gibson SG. The song takes an unexpected twist with the off-time introduction of the drums and bass, and yet another turn when Negahdari’s irresistible, chanteuse style vocals begin floating over the music. Track 4, “We Will Find You” takes its structural inspiration from the musical Hair (in which Sarah once played the role of Jeanie) and waits until the very end to hit the listener with its huge “chorus.” On track 5, “Lieutenant”, the band demonstrates their technical chops. The song was written shortly after an encounter with Eddie Van Halen at the band’s practice space which inspired Negahdari to learn how to finger-tap.

In summary, Spells is an album which is at once catchy and innovative. It is gritty, loud, and ambitious, while not shying away from the use of melody and the employment pop sensibility. Produced by former Mighty Lemon Drop guitarist David Newton, it will certainly stand as one of the definitive statements of the Los Angeles indie rock music scene in recent memory.
Incan Abraham
Incan Abraham
Incan Abraham consists of two pairs of childhood friends, who parted ways, and then reunited. Teddy moved to New York in high school, but when he visited LA in early 2009, we decided to brave the coastal disparity, and form a band.

We convened in Rhinebeck, NY for a month that summer, to record our first EP in a house there. Then, in the autumn of that year, Teddy moved out West, so the project could continue. It's been all fun since then.
One Trick Pony
One Trick Pony
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Randolph Williams III formed One Trick Pony in 2003. For the next three years, he and then-manager, Jenny Teixeira, journeyed through a revolving door of band members, while the band played some of L.A.’s most influential independent music venues. In 2007, after years of filling in for absent drummers, Jenny put away her datebook and Rolodex to take her rightful place behind the drums.

One Trick Pony is known as much for its stripped down, eclectic arrangements as for its stark, straight-faced tales of drinking, loss, and lovers. The group has solidified a unique position in Los Angeles, as a band which is as comfortable performing with indie noise rock bands like Health and Death to Anders, as with experimental folk acts like U.K.’s David Thomas Broughton and soulful electronica artist Esthero.

Randolph’s voice is the star of the show: it ranges from a low, soft, almost velvety tone reminiscent of the great crooners to a barely restrained high alto, a perfect complement to the wry wit with which his lyrics paint their sombre portraits. Jenny’s simple but unorthodox rhythms and haunting soprano backing vocals pair with Randolph’s clanging guitar and a variety of loops and synth sounds to complete a unique and diverse mix of alt folk, indie rock, and even bossa nova. Classically trained violinist and L.A. indie scene habitué, Charlene Huang, frequently lends her beautifully delicate melodies to the group’s sound, adding a simple orchestrated quality. The band has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake, The Smiths, The Shins, and even Tom Waits. However, its sound is its own. “We aren’t music historians, we just try to make music that we think we would personally like to hear, whatever that is is for others to interpret as they will.”

One Trick Pony is a member of The Central Second Collective, a group of bands/friends whose members help each other navigate the sometimes chaotic music scene of Los Angeles. Diverse in sound but unified by friendship and a love for “The Cocaine” (a Little Tokyo dive at the corner of Central Ave and Second Street, where they all met and played), the collective is comprised of One Trick Pony, Death to Anders, The Transmissions, The Happy Hollows, Die Rockers Die, and The Henry Clay People. The collective’s unity and packed shows have brought the attention of the L.A. Weekly, L.A. Times, KXLU 88.9, KillRadio.org, and Radio Free Silver Lake.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/