~WORTH THE DRIVE~

~WORTH THE DRIVE~

Moving Units Responding to “an uninspired music scene” (their words), Moving Units bounded out of Los Angeles in 2001 with a jerky, jagged style of post-punk dance rock. Considering the timeframe, with rap-metal mooks disappearing into the ether of pop culture and hipsterism returning to the radio, it didn’t take long for the band to find a following in their hometown. Landing a residency at Silverlake’s coolest nightspot, Spaceland, helped them ground their rep as a tense, sweaty party band. Tours with Hot Hot Heat and the Pattern didn’t hurt, too. Their debut EP kept clubs packed, and 2003’s #Dangerous Dreams# kept the festivities rolling. Since then, however, things have been a bit quiet for the Units, who have yet to drop a follow up. Still, there’s always their live shows, and for a band with this much groove, that’s what truly matters. M>U play the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on June 30.

~WORTH THE DRIVE~

~WORTH THE DRIVE~

DJ Shadow With the epic, eerie and often supremely funky soundscapes he crafted on his debut album Endtroducing…, Josh Davis — better known as DJ Shadow — sparked a revolution in hip-hop. Using nothing but layers of obscure bits and pieces culled from his cavernous record collection, Shadow turned sampling, the bedrock of rap’s musical backbone, into a whole new art form. His subsequent records have proven he is a master at his craft: The Private Press appeared six years after Endtroducing and continued the movement, but then last year’s The Outsider took a different turn, as Shadow utilized the services of several rappers from his home base in the San Francisco Bay Area and produced music influenced by the city’s high-energy hyphy scene. On June 24, Shadow will team up with turntablist contemporary Cut Chemist to perform “Brain Placement: 7 Inches of Fury” live at the Hollywood Bowl as part of KCRW’s yearly World Music Festival.

~ Worth the drive ~

~ Worth the drive ~

The Noisettes If nothing else, England’s Noisettes are a sight to behold. Fronted by wild woman goddess Shingai Shoniwa and anchored by the tattered guitar squall of Dan Smith and the pounding mania of drummer Jamie Morrison, with his electrical-shock hair and wooly beard. But there is more than simply what meets the eye. With their debut EP The Three Moods of the Noisettes, the band’s mix of garage rock rage and bluesy soul immediately caught the ears of hot British buzz acts like Bloc Party, Babyshambles and Muse, who all asked the group to support them live. When their full-length What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? dropped stateside earlier this year, American fans and artists had a similar reaction. Racing from gospel-punk to jazz ballads and back again, the album is being hailed as one of the most original of 2007. See, hear, touch and feel the Noisettes when they hit the Troubadour in Los Angeles on June 15.

~WORTH THE DRIVE~

The Noisettes If nothing else, England’s Noisettes are a sight to behold. Fronted by wild woman goddess Shingai Shoniwa and anchored by the tattered guitar squall of Dan Smith and the pounding mania of drummer Jamie Morrison, with his electrical-shock hair and wooly beard. But there is more than simply what meets the eye. With their debut EP The Three Moods of the Noisettes, the band’s mix of garage rock rage and bluesy soul immediately caught the ears of hot British buzz acts like Bloc Party, Babyshambles and Muse, who all asked the group to support them live. When their full-length What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? dropped stateside earlier this year, American fans and artists had a similar reaction. Racing from gospel-punk to jazz ballads and back again, the album is being hailed as one of the most original of 2007. See, hear, touch and feel the Noisettes when they hit the Troubadour in Los Angeles on June 15.

~ Worth the drive ~

~ Worth the drive ~

CSS When people think of Brazilian music, images of massive percussion ensembles pounding away at Carnival and Antonio Carlos Jobim gently strumming “Girl From Impanema” while sitting next to a pool invariably enter the foreign subconscious. Well, São Paolo’s Cansei de Ser Sexy (in English: Tired of Being Sexy), or CSS, do not play breezy bossa nova, nor cacophonous samba. But that doesn’t mean the group takes nothing from the rich musical heritage of their hometown. Their self-titled debut — released stateside by legendary indie label Sub Pop — pulsates with an infectious rhythmic backbone that could only come from a band with South American roots. “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” is the hipster dance floor anthem, with a simple, stuttering guitar line and purrs from singer Lovefoxxx, while “Meeting Paris Hilton” is a jam that, with the hotel heiress-turned-convict showing up at their scorching Coachella performance, is mighty prophetic. And “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” just sort of says it all. Sweat to CSS at the Henry Fonda Theater in L.A. on June 10.

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    June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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    June 23 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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    June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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    June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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