Kan Wakan played to a full room last night (11/4/2013) at the Troubadour. I wasn’t expecting such a large band — there were seven musicians on stage!
To begin their set, a sole violinist played as the other band members came out, and everyone wore all black (except the singer, who wore a white and red jacket over an all black outfit).
Kan Wakan played effects-laden music with a ton of influences — I heard some tropical/Hawaiian sounds, as well as smooth jazz, psychedelic, experimental, and at times folksy vibes. On the second song, the singer shook a tambourine and one guitarist shook an egg shaker — this percussion as well as the saxophone really added to the overall sound.
I also noticed that the electric guitar player used a slide and the drummer played with his snare drum turned off in a few of the long, jamming songs.
Kan Wakan finished off their set with “Midnight Moon Pt 1 & 11” — the song went on a pretty long time, but the two marimba players were the best part. People in the front of the crowd were really into the music and were moving around.
+ Check out KanWakan.com for more info. on the band.
Diego Garcia headlined the Troubadour last night, playing a good selection of tracks from his new album Paradise.
Diego kicked off his set with “Darling Please” and played other new songs like “Donde Estas” and “Tell Me.” The audience sang along to the newer songs as well as older ones like “Laura” from his 2011 release of the same name.
Diego switched between singing only and singing while playing guitar.
“Truth Will Ring” definitely stood out with all its nice guitar string work, but the highlight of the concert was the last song, “Sunnier Days.” The chorus sounded amazing live, especially the “ohhh, you’re not too far away” part.
On June 13th and June 14th, Phantom Planet are reuniting to play two shows at the Troubadour.
Both shows are already sold out, unfortunately. Stay tuned for more news/possible additional shows!
Nada Surf played two sold-out shows at LA’s Troubadour on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 25th and 26th).
The band played a mix of old and new songs. They played songs from previous albums such as “Happy Kid,” “Blizzard of ’77,” “Inside of Love,” “Do It Again,” and “Always Love.” “Electrocution” was their best new song.
Unfortunately, they didn’t play “The Way You Wear Your Head,” “I Like What You Say,” or their cover of “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” They did, however, play a great cover of “I Fought The Law.”
The soundtrack to this summer’s movie 500 Days of Summer has a lot of great songs.
We’re starting off the soundtrack’s highlights with “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates. The song plays during Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s dance sequence.
I saw a recent video of Hall and Oates playing “You Make My Dreams Come True” at the Troubadour in LA — definitely not as good as the album version.