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21 Aug
2012

It’s hard to believe but it’s almost already time for CMJ. Returning this October 16th through the 20th, the festival has revealed its first round of artists.

The Presets
The Walkmen
The Mountain Goats
Kimbra
GZA
OFF!
King Tuff
Killer Mike
Com Truise
DIIV
Pig Destroyer
The Jezabels
Electric Guest
Poolside
Daughn Gibson
Robert DeLong
Icona Pop
Emma Louise
Mac DeMarco
Prince Rama
Young Magic
The Stepkids (these guys are great, we booked them last year)
MS MR
Sundress
The Soul Rebels
Twerps

30 Jul
2012


Currently in the midst of a world-spanning jaunt including festival stops at Japan’s Fuji Rock, Australia’s Splendour In The Grass, and Outside Lands in San Francisco, Electric Guest has confirmed its return to headliner status for a series of U.S. dates this fall.

The newly confirmed headline shows begin October 16 at the Black Cat in Washington DC and conclude November 4 at the El Rey Theater in the band’s homebase of Los Angeles, with stops in New York City’s Irving Plaza, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, and more.

The announcement of Electric Guest’s fall tour comes as “This Head I Hold,” the smash single from the band’s debut album Mondo (iTunes / Amazon MP3 / CD), is surpassing the 100,000 sales mark–and still continuing to climb radio charts for 16 weeks and counting–not to mention having being performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, featured on HBO’s Girls and HBO GO spots, Grey’s Anatomy, MTV and more.

Electric Guest is comprised of Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton plus a supporting cast of live band members. The band began in earnest when Asa’s brother introduced him via phone to Danger Mouse, sparking a musical relationship that developed organically into Danger Mouse producing the 10 songs that were unveiled to the world this April as Mondo. Since then Electric Guest has toured relentlessly, been hailed by MTV as an Artist to Watch and nominated for an MTVu Woodie, and had its praises sung by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (“Winking falsetto and retro swagger… the best new micro-genre of the season”), FILTER (“infectious”), NYLON (“for a quick Friday night pump-up… turn up the volume”), TIME OUT NEW YORK (“exquisitely catchy retropop. The band is quickly moving toward mainstream status… catch them while you can”), BLACKBOOK (“it’s rare that you come across an unknown band with such raw, unbridled talent and well-constructed songs… you’ll understand that this may be the beginning of something truly great”), MTV BUZZWORTHY (“Electric Guest stormed out of L.A. this year with a sound that’s both Motown classic and electro fresh on their debut album… Clear off your desk, you’re going to need some room to move.”) and scores more.

ELECTRIC GUEST
FALL U.S. TOUR 2012

Tuesday October 16th, 2012 Black Cat Washington, DC

Wednesday October 17th, 2012 The Southern Charlottesville, VA

Thursday October 18th, 2012 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

Saturday October 20th, 2012 Irving Plaza New York, NY

Sunday October 21st, 2012 Paradise Boston, MA

Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY

Thursday October 25th, 2012 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH

Friday October 26th, 2012 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL

Saturday October 27th, 2012 Firebird Saint Louis, MO

Sunday October 28th, 2012 The Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS

Tuesday October 30th, 2012 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO

Wednesday October 31st, 2012 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday November 4th, 2012 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA

19 Jun
2012

Written by Ace Ubas, Photos by Marcello Ambriz

There really is nothing better than free festivals, especially Make Music Pasadena which has been going on for five years strong in the gorgeous city of Pasadena and has been growing vastly each time. Stages were located throughout the historic Old Town, while shutting down a portion of Colorado Boulevard. This year’s lineup featured bands that have been on the rise in the past year or so such as Electric Guest, Grouplove, Grimes, and Cults. Of course, the festival wasn’t limited to those bands as the smaller stages featured tons of local acts spanning a diverse music genre range. Unfortunately, I was able to cover only the main stage and was unable to cover Grimes, who played about a mile away from the main stage. For the folks in southern California that were unable to make it this year, hopefully you’ll be there next year. Did I mention that it’s free?

THE HAPPY HOLLOWS


The Happy Hollows opened up the main-stage about half-past noon. If you know me, then you’ll know that I simply love and adore this band. They’re easily one of my favorite bands to see live because they’re one of the most fun acts to see with the amounts of energy and genuine joy that they bring on stage. Though the sun was at its peak and the crowd was in the midst of arriving, those that braved through the heat witnessed a set that didn’t disappoint. The band is comprised of vocalist/guitar-virtuoso Sarah Negahdari, bassist/keyboardist Charlie Mahoney, guitarist Matt Fry and drummer Richy Epolito (the latter two are new faces). Having wrapped up their as-of-yet untitled sophomore LP, their set consisted of new songs. If you’ve seen them live recently, you’ll notice that they added a new dynamic in their songs by adding more synths to it, akin to “High Wire” (which you may have heard in a certain Samsung commercial a couple of years ago). Songs such as “Whispers,” “Amethyst,” “Endless,” and “Galaxies” feature synth melodies and also showcase the band’s impressive musicianship. Negahdari’s always impressive guitar ability brings to mind early Sonic Youth while the stellar and stout rhythm section by Mahoney, Fry, and Epolito is reminiscent of Blonde Redhead and The Pixies. They finished up their set with a familiar tune in “Lieutenant” and another new number in “Choplifter.” On the former, however, the band experienced some sound issues as Negahdari’s guitar kept cutting out, especially during the song’s most blistering part that featured precise finger-tapping. But regardless of the issues, the Happy Hollows still put on a great set. At this point, they really should be on your radar in the next few months as they look to put out their upcoming release.

ELECTRIC GUEST


The Los Angeles-based Electric Guest is easily one of the hottest bands of 2012. From playing a free residency at the Echo to playing on The Late Show with David Letterman and numerous festivals around the world, they have certainly skyrocketed in fame and success in such a short amount of time. By the time they got on, a block of Colorado Boulevard was heavily packed with people who were patiently waiting under the hot weather. Their set consisted of songs from their acclaimed debut Mondo, providing a diverse sound of funk, soul, blues, and rock. Slow-churner “Amber” got everyone to sing along and moving to the thick bass riffs. Their single “This Head I Hold” received the biggest cheers (to no surprise) that displayed vocalist Asa Taccone’s impressive falsetto while keyboardist Tory Dahlhoff’s piano melodies got the crowd to dance. To round out their set, they played “Troubleman,” a seven-minute number that was as great live as it is on record. It’s practically composed of three parts that opens with Taccone singing the first couple of verses with an acoustic guitar until drummer Matthew Compton picks up the tempo with his steady and solid drumming. The great musicianship on-stage was mesmerizing enough that the crowd was sucked-in for the entire duration of the song.

CULTS


New York-based Cults were up next, bringing their signature sound of vintage tunes to the massive crowd of Pasadena. Regardless of what vocalist Madeline Follin or guitarist Brian Oblivion did, girls were screaming their lungs out at every opportunity. With Cults still riding the success of their acclaimed self-titled debut, their set consisted of songs stemming from it. It was impressive that the crowd sang along word for word throughout the entire set, but that’s what a band like Cults does – create infectious tunes that make it easy for everyone to follow. Follin’s impressive vocals really stood out in open air, hitting her higher registers to near-perfection, especially on “Most Wanted” and “Walk at Night.” Oblivion delivered sharp riffs especially on “Never Heal Myself” where it reverberated throughout the whole block. Of course, it was “Abducted” and “Go Outside” that got the crowd screaming insanely. Who can blame them right? That’s what ridiculously catchy hooks to do you.

GROUPLOVE

As the headliners for the afternoon, everyone in attendance tried their best to fill the block and alley as best they could within safety regulations. Fans even trekked the strenuous mile or so after Grimes’ set on a separate stage (where I hear they filled a nearby parking structure that worried the local law enforcement). Some ambitious and dedicated fans even climbed surrounding rooftops to catch Grouplove. It was really a perfect atmosphere since Grouplove just closed out their first-ever headlining tour and this festival served as their homecoming.

Each and every time that I’ve seen Grouplove live, they never ever disappoint. It’s really amazing to see a band showing intense energy from start to finish without ever slowing down. Whether it’s bassist Sean Gadd pumping up the crowd or vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hooper’s joyous dancing, the band gave 110% to their set and the crowd. What’s even more impressive is that the fans were right along with them, screaming, dancing, singing along, and holding up their homemade banners to show their love. This happy relationship between performer and audience was perfect for a summer day. They opened their set with “Itchin’ on a Photograph” and “Love Will Save Your Soul,” which featured vocalist/guitarist Christian Zucconi’s yearning vocals and on the latter the crowd shouted emphatically the backup vocal parts. They slowed down the pace with “Gold Coast” from their self-titled EP that not many people were too familiar with, but followed it up with a more familiar tune by playing the highly popular “Naked Kids.” Gadd took over lead vocals on “Chloe” while being backed by guitarist Andrew Wessen, who delivered psychedelic riffs filled with tremolo. For their encore, the crowd started to get even crazier as they nearly toppled over the front security barricade because of their jumping and dancing. But nevertheless, no one seemed to get hurt and enjoyed themselves with a few crowd surfers as Grouplove played their top hit “Tongue Tied.” They ended the afternoon with an up-tempo cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and another fan-favorite in “Colors” that surely satisfied the crowd.

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28 May
2012


Currently touring in support of their debut album Mondo (Downtown/Across The Universe)–featuring the “winking falsetto and retro swagger” of single “This Head I Hold,” which landed one of 12 spots on Entertainment Weekly’s spring playlist– Electric Guest have now been added to the epic 2012 Bonnaroo line up! They will be playing The ‘This Tent’ on Friday, June 8th.

Electric Guest will also be making stops at this weekend’s Sasquatch! Festival and will be playing at Outside Lands later this summer. They’ve also added a smattering of West Coast dates, all dates below.

06/02/12 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
06/03/12 – San Diego, CA – Sandy Parts Festival
06/04/12 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
06/08/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06/16/12 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW Presents Make Music Pasadena
08/10/12-08/12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

23 Apr
2012

A day before the April 24 release of their highly anticipated debut LP Mondo, Electric Guest are premiering the music video for single “This Head I Hold” across all MTV platforms. Directed by Keith Schofield (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck, Justice), the video sees a peculiar dance audition set in a mundane auditorium–until lead singer Asa Taccone’s stage fright sends him into a post-apocalyptic fantasy… or reality? Check the video out and judge for yourself:

Electric Guest is scheduled to make its network television debut May 4th on The Late Show With David Letterman, performing “This Head I Hold.” Currently on the second leg of its North American tour, the band have recently confirmed sets at some of this summer’s most anticipated festivals, including Washington’s Sasquatch Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands.

Early reviews of Mondo have been resoundingly positive: Filter Magazine calls them “infectious,” The Los Angeles Times praises Asa Taccone’s “romantic falsetto” and Blackbook raves “it’s rare that you come across an unknown band with such raw, unbridled talent and well-constructed songs… you’ll understand that this may be the beginning of something truly great.”

Electric Guest North American Tour Dates

04/25/12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/26/12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
04/27/12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
04/29/12 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake
04/30/12 – Montreal, QC – Il Monotore
05/01/12 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05/02/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05/04/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
05/05/12 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
05/07/12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/08/12 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s
05/09/12 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
05/10/12 – Austin, TX – The Parish
05/25/12-05/28/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/12 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

29 Mar
2012


Electric Guest a/k/a Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton have just finished up a successful run of live dates including a grand slam slew of performances at this year’s SXSW. Now, as the countdown to the April 24th release of their debut LP Mondo (Downtown Records) begins, the band have revealed a brand new website; an interactive puzzle which once completed unlocks streams of non-LP bonus track “Jenny” and an acoustic version of their first single “This Head I Hold”. Point your browsers to www.electricguest.com to take a stab at unlocking these two aural pleasures.

The album version of the single debuted at #38 last week on the Alternative Radio Charts and is gaining spins by the minute.

Critics took notice of Electric Guest as they made their first visit to Austin’s SXSW where they played several showcases including Filter Magazine’s party and the Third Man Records Texas Stand-Off. The Austin Chronicle predicted “most eyes will be on Electric Guest,” and The Los Angeles Times said “singer Asa Taccone graces the songs with a romantic falsetto,” while Billboard picked up on their “electro-pop flair” citing them as on of the “Top 20 Breakout Bands” at SXSW. Be sure to catch the duo’s rousing live show as they kick off the second leg of their U.S. tour in Visalia, CA on April 10th.

04/10/12 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theatre
04/25/12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/26/12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
04/27/12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
04/29/12 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake
04/30/12 – Montreal, QC – Il Monotore
05/01/12 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05/02/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05/04/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
05/05/12 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
05/07/12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/08/12 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s
05/09/12 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
05/10/12 – Austin, TX – The Parish

31 Jan
2012


Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton–collectively known as Electric Guest–have confirmed an April 24 release date for their Danger Mouse-produced Downtown Records debut album, Mondo.

The record’s release is preceded by utterly infectious first single “This Head I Hold,” available now as a free stream http://soundcloud.com/electricguest/this-head-i-hold and was released digitally on January 24. (Check out the art on the right)

Meanwhile the thoroughly unsettling video for album cut “American Daydream,” directed by Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live), premiered across MTV’s various platforms beginning January 23 on MTV, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV.com. (Watch it below)

Electric Guest will also be bringing its live experience, hailed by NYLON as “pretty much irresistible,” to Los Angeles’ Echo club for a free residency beginning Monday February 6 and continuing every Monday through the end of February. The free weekly 11 p.m. live sets represent the band giving something back to the Los Angeles homebase that has embraced it since KCRW named album track “Troubleman” a “Today’s Top Tune” (http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu/tu111101electric_guest_troub).

Following the completion of the Echo residency, Electric Guest will head out on a series of dates in the southwestern U.S., including their first visit to South By Southwest in Austin (Deatils TBD). See itinerary below and check back at ElectricGuest.com for updates.

ELECTRIC GUEST
On Tour

3/10 -The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
3/11- Santa Fe Sol, Santa Fe, NM
3/13-Club Dada- Dallas, TX
3/14-3/17-Austin, SXSW
3/19-The Lowbrow Palace-El Paso, TX
3/20-Club Congress-Tucson, AZ
3/21-Sail Inn-Phoenix, AZ

08 Nov
2011

The subtly and gradually building atmospheric epic “Troubleman” and the sharp hooky chorus-driven “American Daydream” showcase two shades of the potent and diverse sonic spectrum that precedes Electric Guest’s Danger Mouse-produced debut full length (out Spring 2012). The few tracks to seep out this year and the handful of live performances that have followed continue to hint at the potential and scope of this remarkably talented duo made up of Asa Taccone & Matthew Compton.

Limited edition WHITE vinyl is out December 13. Click here to pre-order.

Upcoming Shows
Nov 8th – The Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Nov 10th – Rickshaw Stop (Popscene) – San Francisco, CA
Nov 19th – Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

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www.electricguest.com

02 Nov
2011

Having taken NYC by storm over the course of multiple appearances at last month’s CMJ Music Marathon, Los Angeles’ own Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton–collectively known as Electric Guest–have finally made available two tracks from the duo’s forthcoming first album: Yesterday’s KCRW Today’s Top Tune “Troubleman (http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu/tu111101electric_guest_troub) and “American Daydream” (currently being previewed at RCRDLBL: http://bit.ly/ue4wIh) are both on sale now via iTunes.

The subtly and gradually building atmospheric epic “Troubleman” and the sharp hooky chorus-driven “American Daydream” showcase two shades of the potent and diverse sonic spectrum of Electric Guest’s Danger Mouse-produced debut, due out spring 2012 from Downtown Records. The few tracks to seep out
this year and the handful of live performances that have followed continue to hint at the potential and scope of this remarkable talent and record.

Speaking of, Electric Guest has just confirmed two more west coast dates: a November 8 date at the Soda Bar in San Diego, and a November 10 appearance at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco for that week’s Popscene night. Don’t miss the “electric kick” that NYLON lauded in Electric Guest’s live performance.

“This new L.A. electro-soul-pop group mightily impressed me… a great vocal range, seamlessly switching from clear falsetto to soulful baritone…pretty much irresistible.”–NYLON