Saturday, May 17, 2008

NORTHERN STATE, KILLOLA, THE DOLLYROTS @ The Knitting Factory

WHOA! This line up last Saturday at The Knitting Factory was a PICKSYSTICKS wet dream! One SA-WEEEET night of girls rockin' out. The night consisted of Washington's The Trucks, LA sweethearts The Dollrots and Killola and New York's rap trio Northern State.

NORTHERN STATE


Northern State performs at The Knitting Factory


Northern State's Hesta Prynn and Spero jammin' at The Knitting Factory.

Just coming off their European tour with Tegan & Sara, Northern State are currently on their North American tour stopping off at Hollywood's Knitting Factory May 10th. Seeing this Beastie Boys-esque trio for the first time, I really loved them as they sang songs from their new album, "Can I Have This Pen?" Ok, I know...they're from New York and this is an L.A. site dedicated to L.A. bands but hey, these guys deserve mention. It's always great to watch a band that I hadn't seen before and then get totally blown away by them. For this album, Northern State teamed up with producer Chuck Brody of Shitake Monkey (Wu Tang Clan, Yoko Ono etc.) and Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys and what they came up with was a third album filled with party-like electro-beats and infectious tag-team verses in such kick-ass songs as "Good Distance," "Better Already," and "Sucka Mofo."


Northern State at the Knitting Factory performing "Girl For All Seasons."
shot by 405east


Northern State at the Knitting Factory performing "At The Party."
shot by 405east


Two songs from “Can I Keep This Pen?” were featured on Grey’s Anatomy and a third was featured on the FX series Damages. Northern State also contributed their take on Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’ to Stereogum’s 10th anniversary tribute to OK Computer which they sang this night.

THE DOLLYROTS
What can I say about these guys? I love 'em. And they always put on a great show. Looks like they're on tour up until August. Check your local listings for tour info OR just click HERE and scroll down to their tour page. Looks like we're gonna get a video for my fav song, "My Best Friend's Hot" soon.


The Dollyrots rockin' at The Knitting Factory. Kelly Ogden, Luis Cabezas, and Chris Black.



Dollyrots performs "Jackie Chan" at the Knitting Factory.
shot by 405east

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST - KILLOLA!!!

I never get tired of this band. I could watch this band for 24 hours straight! Just watching lead singer Lisa Riefell's energy onstage is exercise enough for me. PICKSYSTICKS should just be re-named KILLOLA-STICKS since I go to all their shows! Oh well...I'll be going to the show this Tuesday at Safari Sam's. They're just too addicting. PLUS, The Mulhollands are also playing that night also so that's gonna be another great line-up! Don't you just love L.A.? Where else can you see these kick-ass bands play together every other night. It's like a non-stop Picksy-Palooza!

Anyways, I leave you with some pics (as usual) and a cool vid! Enjoy!


LISTEN TO KILLOLA!


Killola performs "Get Around" at the Knitting Factory.
video by 405east

MORE PICS OF ALL THE BANDS PERFORMING THAT NIGHT IN OUR PICS PAGE HERE!