Sunday, October 14, 2012


Niki and the Dove
Niki and the Dove performs on the S.O.Terik Main Stage during Culture Collide's free block party.
photos by picksysticks

In a week that saw over 75 bands from twenty-five countries celebrate music from across the globe, the Third Annual Culture Collide  ended the four-day festival with a free block party headlined by Of Montreal and The Wombats.  
Icona Pop's Aino Jawo

But it was the strong showing of women-fronted bands that was the highlight of this years' festival that warranted encore performances to close out Culture Collide.  

First it was Icona Pop, who previously, the day before made the Echoplex into one giant sexy EDM  dance party, performed on the S.O.TERIK Main Stage under the blaring sun.  Straight off their hit single "I Love It,"  Icona Pop are currently on their own U.S. headlining tour they've just recently announced that they're touring with Marina and the Diamonds on her U.S. tour.  

Next up was Marit Larsen, who was an unexpected surprise at this years festival, who opened the week shined at the Echo Park United Methodist Church.  This time she performed at Taix Lounge, the main hub of Culture Collide which was continuously packed all week. Marit's performance was no different as a packed room waited patiently after a technical difficulties.  Her latest album "Spark" includes the hit "Coming Home" and it showcases her soft and catchy melodies.  Just listen to her love ballad  "If A Song Could Get Me You" which is a wedding song favorite and you'll be hooked. She jokingly gave permission to the crowd to download her songs 'illegally' if they can since no one is downloading them 'legally.'  

Marit Larsen
Nora Patterson of Royal TeethMarit Larsen
Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth
Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth performs on the Red Bull Soundstage during Day 4 of Filter's Culture Collide Festival.
photographs by picksysticks
But one of my favorite bands from this years' festival was Royal Teeth.  They were one of the highlights  at the Echoplex Friday night and Sunday, they returned for an encore show.   I didn't know anything but Jazz came out of Louisiana but these kids from New Orleans has broken out in a big way with their bouncy and fresh indie-rock.  Leading the charge is Gary Larsen who marches ahead with drum beat command while sharing vocal duties with Nora Patterson whose radiating vocals shines on songs like "My Donna" and "Heartbeat."  But it's their hit song "Wild" that is getting them noticed on college radio across the nation.  It's off their debut EP Act Naturally and you can purchase it on iTunes right HERE.
Niki and the Dove
School of Seven Bells

Bands also making an encore appearance were Niki and the Dove and New York City's School of Seven Bells.  After a long delay on their first night, Niki and the Dove had another delay setting up, nearly coming to blows with the sound engineers onstage, causing to them to go on almost 30 minutes behind schedule.  But the wait was well worth it.  A rainbow of sounds intertwine as they seamlessly incorporate electro beats with pop-synths and R&B melodies.  

While School of Seven Bells showed why their performances are never dull and why they deserved to play at Culture Collides primo venues The Echoplex and The Red Bull Stage.  Ethereal EDM dance beats showered the crowd and the sun sank behind the Los Angeles skyline, a perfect setting to another perfect Culture Collide.  

See also:
Culture Collide: Day 1
Culture Collide: Day 2
Culture Collide: Day 3