Last Exit Live Archive

  • It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

    Banana Gun Celebrates Five Years With A Show And A New EP!

    It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

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  • There are few nights that I go out on the town that I can say that the evening was touching, moving and heartwrenchingly emotional. However, this was indeed the case at Last Exit Live last Thursday, February 27th when The Dirty Rascals Presented the Music of Andrew Duncan Brown. Last October 13th, Brown passed away mysteriously while on vacation in France and those who had known him or who had been a fan of his music were devastated. Andrew was a prolific artist with a songwriting talent like few others, I saw him before he left and he was excited...

    Beauty & Pain, Magic & Loss…

    There are few nights that I go out on the town that I can say that the evening was touching, moving and heartwrenchingly emotional. However, this was indeed the case at Last Exit Live last Thursday, February 27th when The Dirty Rascals Presented the Music of Andrew Duncan Brown. Last October 13th, Brown passed away mysteriously while on vacation in France and those who had known him or who had been a fan of his music were devastated. Andrew was a prolific artist with a songwriting talent like few others, I saw him before he left and he was excited...

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  • Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

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  • I haven’t been going to as many shows as I used to, but I’ve been trying to hit up the ones that offer new fodder to my coffer as much as possible. This past weekend I hit back to back shows on Friday and Saturday that were both truly great experiences. One thing I noticed is that I learn more about new bands I’d be interested in by investing a few hours each weekend night at shows just through great conversation with likeminded wonderful people in between sets than I do spending an entire day on the net. I am certainly...

    ShowsAroundTown: Weekend In Review

    I haven’t been going to as many shows as I used to, but I’ve been trying to hit up the ones that offer new fodder to my coffer as much as possible. This past weekend I hit back to back shows on Friday and Saturday that were both truly great experiences. One thing I noticed is that I learn more about new bands I’d be interested in by investing a few hours each weekend night at shows just through great conversation with likeminded wonderful people in between sets than I do spending an entire day on the net. I am certainly...

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  • (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

    All The Pretty Things…

    (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

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  • Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

    Out with 2013, In with 2014!!!

    Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

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  • It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

    Celebration Guns – Quitter EP

    It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

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  • One of the most exciting things about Last Exit Live is the amount of high quality recordings and video literally pouring out of that place. Their newest feature to “Last Exit Live TV” is their “Airstream Sessions” which is where the featured artists perform a song in the RV that serves as the clubs Green Room. In the most recent addition, you get to see what happens when you cram eight of the most amazing local musicians into this very cozy space and let them loose. The result is Dry River Yacht Club showing off a flawless acoustic performance of...

    Last Exit Live’s Airstream Session with Dry River Yacht Club!

    One of the most exciting things about Last Exit Live is the amount of high quality recordings and video literally pouring out of that place. Their newest feature to “Last Exit Live TV” is their “Airstream Sessions” which is where the featured artists perform a song in the RV that serves as the clubs Green Room. In the most recent addition, you get to see what happens when you cram eight of the most amazing local musicians into this very cozy space and let them loose. The result is Dry River Yacht Club showing off a flawless acoustic performance of...

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  • I have to admit that I feel completely privileged to live in a metropolitan area where I can go out three to six nights of the week and experience pure, live, musical bliss presented by the most talented people I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. Maybe this should be called “What A Whirlwind Week!” for that reason, because the weekend started on  Tuesday.  That being said, due to the pace of my musical adventures I totally missed out on Sunday due to a scorching fever and an aching in my bones. I will, however, be back at it tonight...

    What A Whirlwind Weekend!!!

    I have to admit that I feel completely privileged to live in a metropolitan area where I can go out three to six nights of the week and experience pure, live, musical bliss presented by the most talented people I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. Maybe this should be called “What A Whirlwind Week!” for that reason, because the weekend started on  Tuesday.  That being said, due to the pace of my musical adventures I totally missed out on Sunday due to a scorching fever and an aching in my bones. I will, however, be back at it tonight...

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  • The Hourglass Cats describe themselves as “Funky Fresh Latin Reggae and Rock’N’Roll”, but this energetic six piece comes across as mostly good time Ska. This comes across quite clearly on the opening track for their debut EP released this summer.”Keep Steppin’” is a perfect slice of Ska that invites the fun to get started right away on the 432 EP. It also features keys courtesy of Sean Lee from The Veragroove. This brings me back to the days when the two-tone sound ruled the British Mod scene in the early 80s as the world recovered from punk in various ways....

    Hourglass Cats-432 EP

    The Hourglass Cats describe themselves as “Funky Fresh Latin Reggae and Rock’N’Roll”, but this energetic six piece comes across as mostly good time Ska. This comes across quite clearly on the opening track for their debut EP released this summer.”Keep Steppin’” is a perfect slice of Ska that invites the fun to get started right away on the 432 EP. It also features keys courtesy of Sean Lee from The Veragroove. This brings me back to the days when the two-tone sound ruled the British Mod scene in the early 80s as the world recovered from punk in various ways....

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