Wednesday, October 9, 2013


This Thursday marks Filter Magazine's Culture Collide, a festival that, by the week's end, will have seen over 60 bands from more than 25 countries perform during this three day music event.

Now in its fourth year, Culture Collide is one of Los Angeles' premiere music festivals, uncovering new talent while bringing in the best bands from around the world stretching across Echo Park's famous and intimate venues such as Taix Lounge, The Echo and The Echoplex. 

A strong showig of women-fronted bands always steal the headlines and this year proves no exception.  Previous artists like CSS, Icona Pop, Yacht, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Zola Jesus, Mr. Little Jeans and Niki and the Dove have graced the Culture Collide marquee's.  It's a festival you go to to watch your favorite bands while also being exposed to new bands you've never heard of before. With so many bands to listen to I've managed to go through half the list of artists and have come up with a short list of  bands I'm excited to see at this years' Culture Collide.  Check the list out below: 


The Danish duo has been rocking their '60's inspired retro rock since 2001 when they formed in Denmark.  Their songs have a way of transporting you back to your most happiest times in your life.  They also have that dream-like, carefree quality fitting for any '80s high school Howard Hughes film and the Echoplex, where they will close out this years' Culture Collide, will be a perfect venue to experience this nostalgia.  

Oct. 12 - The Echoplex

"Last Dance" by The Raveonettes


Los Angeles' very own Clavin sisters, aka: Bleached will no doubt, as usual, 'Bring It!" with their surf-pop, garage infused rock.  Their attitude is tuff, their songs are fast and jumpy and they always look so damn cool as they thrash on stage.  It seems like they always bring a little 'extra' to their performance whenever they play to a hometown crowd. 

Oct. 11 - Taix World Stage (presented by Swing House Studios & Ernie Ball)

"Searching Through the Past" by Bleached

photo by Sarah Cass-Davenport
Releasing their album Langsom Dans earlier this year, LA-based art pop band Gliss will capture you with their hypnotic, dreamscape web of melodies.  Their video "Weight of Love" is a beautiful song that evokes impressionistic waves of sounds filtered through the serene vibe of west coast sunsets.

Oct. 12 - Echoplex

"Weight of Love" by Gliss

IZA - Poland 

IZA has been described as a hybrid of Feist, Lykke Li and Imogen Heap.  This is probably why Snoop Lion featured her on his song "The Good Good" from his Reincarnated album which then led her to release three mixtapes on Snoop's label.   Not bad for a 24 year-old who signed a record deal at 17 and has since been nominated twice for Poland's version of The Grammys.

Expect IZA to showcase brand new music from her forthcoming album/movie project with Snoop Lion called "Birds of a Feather".  Who knows? Maybe there'll be a surprise appearance from Snoop himself???????

Oct. 10 - Taix Front Lounge
Oct. 12 - Echo Park United Methodist "The Church"
Oct. 12 - Lot 1 Cafe

"The One Who Leaves" (Official Video) Dir. by Snoop Lion

BRODKA - Poland 

Haling from Poland,  Brodka brings bouncy and melodic songs to sunny California proving why she won Poland's version of Pop Idol.  After releasing three albums - two went Gold and the other multi-Platinum - Brodka, last year, released LAX which was recorded right here in Los Angeles.  It's no wonder why she's been nominated a number of times for the Fryderyk Award which is equivalent to the Grammys here.  

She'll be performing at the Taix Champagne Room on Friday and The Chuch on Saturday - expect each to quickly turn into one big dance hall.

Oct. 11 - Taix Champagne Room
Oct. 12 - Echo Park United Methodist "The Church"


Formerly You Say France and I Whistle from Sweden, they made my list of favorite bands coming out of Culture Collide two years ago.  Their joyful tunes and soaring melodies were highlighted by the band's energetic stage presence and stuffed animals that decorated their instruments at each set.  They return to Culture Collide to make their U.S. debut as a trio under the name Like Swimming.  Seemingly more toned down and mature but with a  playful wink hinting that they're still the same people who just want to have fun and dance.

Their new single "Go Buffalo" has already been lauded by music tastemakers and even mainstream media like USA Today and MTV Buzzworthy. Check out the video below. 

Oct. 10 - Lot 1 Cafe
Oct. 11 - Taix Front Lounge (4 pm Happy Hour)

Oct. 12 - Taix Champagne Room

"Go Buffalo" by Like Swimming

PACK AD - Canada

Canada is quickly becoming the place to find hard women rockers. Last year it was The Balconies who rocked out the Echo with classic hard rock.  This year, Pack A.D. looks to add to the list of bands from the north bringing the heat and attitude to this years' festival. Like Los Angeles' Deep Vally, this duo packs quite a punch with a larger than life sound.   If you like some good ol' rock and roll with attitude, then Pack AD is the band to see.  

Oct. 11 - Taix Front Lounge
Oct. 12 - Lot 1 Cafe

"Battering Ram" by Pack A.D.

RHYE - US/Denmark/Canada

Don't let that voice fool you. I certainly was when I found out Rhye is the mysterious collaboration between Robin Hannibal of Quadron and Mike Milosh.  That androgynous voice belongs to Milosh and Rhye's performace at The Church will, no doubt, be one show not to be missed.  

His powerful voice will fill the spacious building making you quickly want to convert to the Church of Rhye.  Sade quickly comes to mind with their soulful and raspy vocals. But it's their songs that'll make you want to take them home to sing your troubles away.  

Oct. 12 - Echo Park United Methodist "The Church"

"Open" by Rhye


A quick listen to her tunes on Spotify and Adi Ulmansky  reminds me of Grimes fused with M.I.A.  Adi, a DJ and producer from Israel spins an ecclectic, sonic landscape of infectious melodies with a pop-EDM soundtrack that'll either make you want to dance your ass off or take that special someone and dance under the sheets.  

Oct. 10 - Taix Front Lounge (4 pm - Israel Happy Hour)
Oct. 11 - Taix Champagne Room
Oct. 12 - Taix Front Lounge

"One Octave Up" by Adi Ulmansky