Doors at 8:30
9 - Bogan Via
9:45 - Willow Stephens
10:35 - Areté
11:30 - Chow Chow Mandy
The Satellite & Softer Sex Present
Part party girl, part poet, Areté is an immersive concept-pop artist. In her electronic music, every visual and audial choice is united by a metaphorical concept and a cinematic narrative. Her self-produced alt-pop sound is inspired by boundary-pushing women such as Grace Jones, Kate Bush & Bjork, and combines sensual, driving synths with deeply danceable beats. Part of Los Angeles' queer underground, Areté brings evocative dance and poetic lyrics into the pop scene.
Willow Stephens is a pop-R&B artist. Her sultry, yet feather-light voice is complimented by her masterful songwriting. She is active in the Los Angeles songwriting community and is backed by a band comprised of her talented collaborators and co-writers. Her single "Gold" (out November 2018) is the first in a series of singles leading up to her full length album "Shadow Sides" due May 2019."
Since 2012, Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller have been creating emotionally complex, evocative synth pop under the moniker Bogan Via. They exploded on the burgeoning Arizona music scene playing house shows and opening for touring acts like Twin Shadow, Little Dragon, and WHY?. Some of their first home recordings attracted the attention of Consequence of Sound and local record label Common Wall who signed the band later that year. The resulting studio EP, Wait Up, was named in the Top Ten albums for the year by the Phoenix New Times and was praised by CoS for exploring “…Gary Numan-style hypnotic pop territory.” After their successful debut, the band moved to Los Angeles. While Maddie pursued acting, Bret began to carve out what was to be the material for their second EP, Madly. The album, more upbeat and “reminiscent of early Phantogram”, featured Danish singer Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjaerg” whom the band had met and collaborated with at Red Bull studios in Copenhagen. After a slew of tours supporting the EP, the band decided to take a small break, when later that year all their gear was stolen out of their tour van after playing a festival in San Francisco. They had written and recorded demos for their first full length album and it was all gone in one afternoon. Bound and determined to get the music out there, they both scoured old emails until they had some version of everything they intended to release and Boganvialand finally emerged. Despite its traumatic creative birth, the album was praised for its distinct gothic nostalgia, with KEXP calling it “thoughtful, melancholic pop miniatures, laced with strong vocal harmonies akin to Dirty Projectors.” With the help of their fans and this new album they replaced the stolen gear and were soon back at on stage opening for The Operators on a North American tour. For the last year and a half Bogan Via have been playing shows close to home while crafting their latest release, Tough to Kill (due out Dec 7). The two recorded everything in their home studio in Hollywood and mixed with long-time friend/producer Le Tronz back in Phoenix. The tracks weave in and out of genres with a heavy dose of hip hop and synth pop gluing it all together. “This record is actually quite upbeat despite the aching of selfreflection and doubt that runs throughout the tracks.” Bret reflects, commenting on the themes of heartbreak, mental health, and morality that infuse the LP. “It was inspired by the grit, chaos, and brief moments of beauty in the alcohol soaked alley ways of Los Angeles.”
Chow Chow Mandy are an international duo, dancing under the umbrella of Alternative-Rock, Post-Punk, Electronic, and a smattering of other influences. Having recently crossed the pond, they're working on building up a US fanbase with a new live set and dynamic onstage energy.