New Weird America Festival, 2nd Edition

If you're looking for July 4th plans, we've got a bunch of suggestions for you.  You can either take a look at our calendar now, or keep coming back over the week as we post the show flyers.  We kick it off with the big festival on Saturday at the Nomad Art Gallery which is nestled in between the home of the newly  bankrupt Dodgers and the 5.  Nearly all of the bands (if not all) on the bill have been plugged on these webpages over theyears, and if our words haven't swayed you to give them a listen, maybe this professional writer at Decibel Magazine can convince you (or guilt you) into showing up:

If you’re in Los Angeles this coming Friday and Saturday, make your way down to the Nomad Gallery for the two days of the second New Weird America Festival. If on Friday you’re choosing to not embark upon a sympathetic celebration of the socialist welfare state to the north known as Canada (July 1st is Canada Day, in case you were wondering), check out the festival launch at the “Twin Infinities” art show, featuring art and photography from over 30 folks, including the likes of Mike Watt, Ross Farrar, Tim Kerr, Ryan Patterson and Stephen O’Malley.

The next day, the finger sandwiches and wine glasses get tossed aside when Red Sparrowes (featuring ex-Isis man, Bryant Clifford Meyer) headline a six-band evening of noise ranging from thunderous de-tuned thrash to psychedelic swirling to post-rock metalgazing. Check out the official press release, show poster, band and artist line-up at this location:

Being 3000 miles from Los Angeles and living in a different country prohibits me from personally attending. However, if it were any way possible for me to make it down, I would definitely do so for two very obvious reasons. First, to finally be able to see Ides of Gemini, featuring our very own J. Bennett alongside his gal pal Sera Timms (of Black Math Horseman), in the sonic flesh. Then, watch Bennett drink and drug himself into a post-gig stupor. Second, to pay witness to the Fucking Wrath. More specifically, the dude in the Fucking Wrath who’s a dead ringer for Ron Jeremy.

We couldn't agree more with his suggestions, which means we'll be showing up close to the two o'clock hour.  The early bands should all work well in the the daytime hour, but you can't go wrong as long as you show up.  The closers should be well known to Angelenos by my hope is the foreigners leave with quite a few more fans.  RADIO MOSCOW's Parker Griggs is up there with LECHEROUS GAZE's Graham Clise as outstanding guitarists that get not nearly enough love from the lamestream music media. Austin's TRUE WIDOW plays metallic slowcore, which is absolutely gorgeous and nothing at all like metalcore.