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Kneebody and Daedalus explore jazz at Johnny Brenda’s on 3/12

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Kneebody | photo by Chris Clinton | courtesy of the artist

The SoCal quintet Kneebody and the stable of eclectic artists on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label have both been rethinking the meaning of “jazz,” albeit from opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Kneebody – keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – steer a recognizable jazz quintet line-up into unexpected waters, detouring through electronica, indie rock, hip-hop and new music en route to an of-the-moment sonic palette. Spearheaded by his own uncategorizable mash-ups, meanwhile, Lotus has made Brainfeeder a home for artists who use genre as an element, not an end.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at MilkBoy, J Mascis and Kneebody at World Cafe Live

Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below. Continue reading →

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Kneebody will rival the most random iPod shuffle at World Cafe Live

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Kneebody | Photos by Kim Fox

Millennial jazz will undoubtedly be looked back on as the era when the music opened up to its widest array of influences from both inside and outside the genre. Past movements from fusion to Latin Jazz have folded in diverse elements from across the spectrum, but the latest generation has blended together sounds with an eclecticism to rival the most random iPod shuffle.

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