Interview: Le Vice talks new music, late night bars, and tour stories!

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Since 2010 San Francisco hip-hop veterans have kept our ear’s happy with their take on dance-inspired indie/hip-hop, and now they are back to give us more. Having recently released some new tracks off of their Neverland record they are ready to show the world that they mean business! I recently had a chance to talk to them about their plans for the rest of the year, and some of the craziness that bands encounter on the road. Don’t forget to check them out with Los Rakas at The Independent in San Francisco Friday, September 7th and get free tickets with our app Thrillcall.

Thrillcall: How would you describe your music to someone that has never heard Le Vice?

Le Vice: We’re definitely hard to pin down. It’s basically a blend of everything we like: Hip-hop, indie rock, electro, pop, R&B, ’80s… Depending on the song, you might even catch some baroque influences and jazz, too. We try to make what we would wanna hear.

Thrillcall: You were recently named one of 2012’s top bands to watch. What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Le Vice: Keep pushing our new record, Neverland. Playing more shows, making new fans. You can never do enough of that. We’re just starting a college radio campaign. We’re going to release a couple new singles and hopefully a new video by the end of the year. We also plan on releasing some limited edition Le Vice clothing, and playing some showcases in LA.

Thrillcall: When listening to Le Vice there are a lot of different styles of music incorporated into your songs. What are your top 5 favorite artists right now that influence your sound?

Le Vice: Santigold, Kanye, Grizzly Bear, Janelle Monae, N.E.R.D.

Thrillcall: What is the craziest show story you have?

Le Vice: I think the craziest stories need to be left untold. Lol.

But once on a tour up the west coast and over to Salt Lake City, we played a show in a small town on the way called Grass Valley. They had been playing our record like crazy so we followed the love out there. After the show the bartender liked us so much he let us stay overnight at the bar alone and said we could drink whatever we wanted. We were like fat kids in a candy store. It was fucking awesome. We drank half the bar. Next day we had a day off and drove (well some drove, some puked) over to an old friend of Renzo’s out in the middle of the mountains, and wouldn’t you know it, they ended up having a HUGE weed farm in their house. Like, massive. All the weed and edibles we could handle. Definitely an interesting couple of days… [Le Vice’s bass player] Renzo’s

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Win Tickets: Symphony, 7 Lions and Ice Cream Fire at The Roxy

Get ready Los Angeles, the rock takeover is coming! Tonight, Symphony leads the way with marching bass kicks, rock cheers (“Hey! hey!”) and sweeping guitars progressions. The buzz band has gained attention for their blending of 80s and 90s rock that would make hair bands sing along, and grunge rockers bob their heads in unison. Opening the night is hip hop and rock group 7 Lions whose recent hit, “Born 2 Run” has been getting heavy play on 102.7 KIIS FM; and Ice Cream Fire, who cross your fingers, might play some of their new material from their upcoming EP release & debut album that combines  “clever wordplay, Lady Gaga-esque pop vocals & Foo Fighters level rock riffs” (The Roxy). Catch all of them at The Roxy Theatre tonight!

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show on our iPhone app. Hurry,  download it! We’ll announce and email a winner by 2pm PST today.

Bright Antenna’s Birthday Bash Tonight

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Five years ago indie label Bright Antenna set up camp in the Bay Area and tonight we’re celebrating the date! The label home to such musical stars as The Wombats, Middle Class Rut, and OMD continues to churn out electro, alt rock and indie stars. The festivities starts at 7pm at Oakland’s Uptown Theater and features performance from Middle Class Rut, Magic Wands, Flagship, and Beware of Darkness. Sacramento alt-rockers, Middle Class Rut, recently finished a tour with Chevelle and shared a single covering Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” (featured below).

Tickets are $15 and all proceeds go to Ethan Watters’ 826 Valencia writing workshop. If our photos of The Wombats‘ show earlier this week are any indicator (which it should), this will be a great time!

Get your tickets on our iPhone app.

The Wombats and Static Jacks at Great American Music Hall [Concert Review]

The Wombats headlined two back-to-back shows at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on May 6 & 7, 2012. Opening acts were The Neighbourhood, a hip hop influenced rock band, and The Static Jacks who brought their blend of punk, garage and soul to the ears of the young eager crowd.

I have to give major props to The Neighbourhood who got the earlier patrons on their feet, with arms swaying in air. And if that wasn’t enough, The Static Jacks heated up the room with their danceable set. I can’t remember the last time that both opening bands rocked the socks off every person in the venue.

When the Wombats finally took to stage, the fans packed the floor and shouted along to tracks of “Our Perfect Disease” and “Kill the Director.” Tord Øverland-Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard and backing vocals) brought a high-energy presence as he moved, jump kicked and head banged his way through the set. Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard) brought his indie-hair, foot stomping and ear-pleasing British accent to the stage.

Highlights of the set included fan favorite tracks “Tokyo” from 2012’s This Modern Glitch and “Lets Dance to Joy Division” off of 2008’s A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. Check out the remaining The Wombats’ US tour dates, before they return to Europe.

-Written by Maggie Percell Corwin (for the gallery of The Wombats follow the link)

Set List:
Our Perfect Disease
Kill the Director
Girls/Fast Cars
Jump into the Fog
Schumacher the Champagne
Techno Fan
Last Night I Dreamt
Lost in the Post
1996
Little Miss Pipedream
Moving to New York
My First Wedding
Tokyo

Encore:
Anti-D
Lets Dance to Joy Division

The Wombats’ “Tokyo.”

The Wombats and Static Jacks at Great American Music Hall [Photo Review]

The Wombats headlined two back-to-back shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on May 6 & 7, 2012. Opening acts were The Neighbourhood, a hip hop influenced rock band, and The Static Jacks who brought their blend of punk, garage and soul to the ears of the young eager crowd.

-Photographed by Maggie Percell Corwin

Killer Miller, DIIV & Beat Culture at Fast Forward League Night

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Combine four great blogs, a record label, and an amazing music service and you get one awesome event. New Yorkers take note, in two weeks Consequence of Sound, Gorilla vs. Bear, I Guess I’m Floating, and Stereogum team up with Hype Machine, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and Prius for a free show (with grab bag goodies) featuring performances by Killer Mike, DIIV High Highs, and the US premier performance by Beat Culture.  The 21+ show goes down Thursday May 24th at Brooklyn Bowl, and is free to all those who RSVP.

Here’s a taste of what to expect below:

Killer Mike – “Untitled” (ft. Scar)

Beat Culture – “Midori”

Spazmatics at The Viper Room Whippin’ It Good

Their charm will seduce you. The Spazmatics’ new wave sound and geeky style will take you back to the 80s faster than John Hughes can say Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Add in the rowdy college charm of Animal House, toss a couple of Dirty Dancing moves, and you’ll begin to understand why the Los Angeles band has turned heads from LA Weekly, to the bookers at the Key Club, and Rolling Stone‘s Hollywood & Highland.

Don’t miss out on Los Angeles’ hump day secret: catch them every Wednesday night at The Viper Room. Just so you don’t forget, we are offering a VIP pass on our iPhone app that gives you a residency pass for the month of May to every show. By the end, you’ll be doing the “running man” there and “whippin’ it” real good home.

Check out the Spazmatics’ performance of “Blister in the Sun/ Kiss Off.”

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