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El May: “Thrills”

El May’s new record The Other Person Is You comes out at the end of August, and “Thrills” (listen below) is one of the songs on it:

Catch El May open for The Rosebuds on Friday, August 29th at The Satellite.

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El May & Rachael Cantu Show Recap

Monday night (8-16-2010), El May and Rachael Cantu played at The Hotel Cafe in LA.

I was pleasantly surprised that The Hotel Cafe had been renovated and was much larger than the last time I had visited 7 years ago.

El May (Lara May) played a solo set consisting of guitar, experimental looping of vocals and guitar, and piano. Highlights were when she played songs on the piano such as “Draining a Lake” and songs on guitar like “Don’t You” and “Order in the Nothing.”

Rachael Cantu played a great set with an accompanying guitarist with her. Although she didn’t play her cover of “Can You Tell” by Ra Ra Riot, she did play songs like “Thieves and Their Hands.” The use of a guitar slide gave a country twang to some songs. She ended her set with the song “Saturday,” which sounded great with the combination of just acoustic guitar and electric guitar.

Shout out to ATS reader Maribella M. who was also at the show!


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Gulf Coast Benefit Concert Recap

Rachael Cantu, Carina Round, Ben Lee, the Silver Lake Chorus, and Kaki King played at the Mint in LA on Thursday for the Gulf Coast Benefit Concert. Kaki King organized and emceed the concert.


-Ben Lee playing his song “Pop Queen” with Kaki King playing the guitar solo.

-Ben Lee playing “We’re All In This Together” with the Silver Lake Chorus singing back-up vocals.

-Kaki King covering “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths.

Also in attendance were Clea DuvallTegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, Lara May of El May, Ione SkyeLiz Feldman, and Kate Moennig.


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Free Album Download: Ben Lee’s Noise Addict

Noise Addict - 2009

As a young teenager, Ben Lee recorded grunge-rock music and released a few albums with his band Noise Addict. After 14 years, Lee has released a new Noise Addict album, called it was never about the audience. Click here to download your free copy.

Featuring 15 songs, this lo-fi album is a great antidote to slick, overproduced records that value Protools over talent. Lee collaborates with Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow and longtime friend/backing musician Lara Meyerratken (check out her band El May).  Lee discusses the very indie nature of the album: almost all the songs were recorded quickly, after they were written, in a bedroom.

The best songs on it was never about the audience are “Hey Baby,” “Faster Side of Normal,” “That’s How It Goes,” and “Do I Know You.”

For those of you who are familiar with Noise Addict’s work from the 90s, it was never about the audience is much softer, more mature sounding than the teenage anthems of Noise Addict’s past.

Ben Lee as a 14 year old on the far right

Ben Lee as a 14 year old on the far right

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