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Culture Collide LA Friday – Balthazar, Album Leaf and more

Culture Collide continues tonight in Echo Park with another stellar line up taking place in SIX venues. First things first is the revised set times for Echo Park Methodist Church:

6PM – Maya Johanna | מיה יוהנה
6:45PM – Panda Elliot
8:15PM – Cristina Valentina
9:00PM – Balthazar
10:00PM – The Album Leaf

Tickets are available here.

Here’s our picks for tonight:


Grounders – 6:30pm TAIX

Gounders, a lovely four-piece goes perfectly with the dog days of summer that in Southern California fashion, is dripping ever so warmly into our fall days in October. Releasing their self-titled debut in spring of this year and have been running full steam ever since, showcasing at SXSW, summer festivals, and now Culture Collide this weekend. They’ll stay on tour to play Moe’s Bar-B-Que on October 11 before showcasing at CMJ.


Panda Elliot – 7:30pm Echo Park Methodist Church

Touring here from Argentina, Panda Elliot mixes a cocktail of underground club alt rock, indie dance, and Latin jazz soundscapes with a modern twist. Her love for the dark are lovely come through bright and fresh on her cover of The Cure’s “Love Song,” and then easilly bounces over to acoustic a capella in the recently posted “Velociraptor” recorded live in Jacksonville during their current tour.


Balthazar – 9pm Echo Park Methodist Church

To say I’m ecstatic to finally catch Belgium’s Balthazar would be a huge understatement. Having been a full fan status since 2010’s Applause, the same year of their supreme performances during SXSW, I couldn’t get enough of how Balthazar continued to stretching their musical limbs to the height of a Cirque de Soilie performer, twirly 50 feet above the crowd in breathtaking grace and glory. “Any Suggestion” on Rats, the second album that appeared two years later, goes well with a whiskey neat whilst sitting next to Tom Waits at the neighborhood dive bar. “Nightclub” strums along with dirgy determination, one of the singles from the newest album, Thin Walls, and “Bunker” comes ’round for the latenight walk home, hoody covering your head in the misty moonlit air.


Album Leaf – 10:30pm Echo Park Methodist Church

Album Leaf is another band I have yet to see live since 2010, the year I chatted with Jimmy LaValle after he’d moved to Santa Cruz during his wife’s graduate school education. Five years later, and Album Leaf’s label Sub Pop is in reissue mode of In A Safe Place, out of print since 2007, and will include a black and limited edition colored vinyl of “Loser.” In addition to Culture Collide this evening, Album Leaf is set to perform said album in its entirety at at All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” and then again at Prestatyn Holiday Centre, North Wales, UK, November 27th-29th.


Full Culture Collide Schedule for Friday, October 9 – tickets are available here.


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