All posts by Liz O.

I'm a longtime, cross-genre DJ and writer living in Los Angeles.

Happening in L.A.: Thursday, June 13- Wednesday, June 19

Pulp Nite at Underground with Larry G. and Liz O. at Grand Star Jazz Club in Los Angeles on June 14, 2024

This weekend is going to be amazing. Friday night is Pulp Nite at Club Underground. I’ll be playing alongside Larry G. at Grand Star Jazz Club, where both floors of the venue will be open. There will your favorite Pulp jams and deep cuts, plus so much more. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite and Dice, so pick up one for yourself or a few for your crew and dance with us at the Grand Star on Friday night. 

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Pulp Nite at Underground Is This Friday

This Friday, June 14, is Pulp Nite at Underground and I’ll be back to DJ with Larry G. for the two-room bash at Grand Star Jazz Club. You’ll hear Pulp’s hits and deep cuts, plus ‘90s Britpop and indie, on the first floor. Up on the second floor, expect to hear all that plus more of your indie, post-punk, new wave and classic alternative favorites. 

Advance tickets for Friday night are available now. Purchase yours via one of the links below. 

Pulp Nite at Underground tickets on Dice

Pulp Nite at Underground tickets on Eventbrite

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Pulsar, the New Album from L’Impératrice, Is Out Now

L'Imperatrice Pulsar press photos by Augustin JSM
L’Impératrice (Photo by Augustin JSM)

In April of 2021, I saw L’Impératrice live at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Three years later, the thing that stands out about that show is how hard everyone danced.. There was one point when singer Flore Benguigui got low and the audience did the same.

I was in the balcony that night and, from my vantage point, I saw a broken heart totem and a crown totem bouncing above bobbing heads. When L’impératrice turned songs from Tako Tsubo, like “Submarine” and “Peur des filles” into full-blown disco jams — the latter sounding like “Love to Love You, Baby”— it felt like the crowd was moving as a single body. Before that night, I had spent more than a month listening to Tako Tsubo  on repeat, partially because I interviewed L’Impératrice for Audiofemme, but also because the album quickly became a favorite of mine for that year. But, L’Impératrice live is a whole other level of wild energy that I hadn’t heard in their recordings, at least until now. 

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Here’s What I Played at Underground’s 2000s Nite on May 31, 2024

Dance floor scene at Club Underground 2000s Nite at Grand Star Jazz Club in Los Angeles on May 31, 2024. (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
The scene just before midnight on the dance floor at Club Underground. May 31, 2024. (Pic: Liz O.)

I’m not one for nostalgia, but ‘00s Nite at Club Underground on May 31 did make me feel a bit wistful for the final decade of life untethered to phones and social media and streaming platforms. I wouldn’t say the ‘00s were a particularly great decade (like I’ve written before, it wasn’t), but it was nice to not be connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time.

In keeping with this week’s theme at Underground, I busted out one of my favorite mashups, which I had downloaded and burned to a CD for gigs back in the ‘00s, and ended the night with the song that was my closer in the earliest years of that decade. Keep reading for the set list.

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Neutrals, Blood Club and More May 2024 Music

Album cover for New Town Dream by Neutrals released on May 31, 2024

On Memorial Day, right after turning in my last writing assignment of the month, I headed over to Bandcamp and played the new DIIV album. It was the first time I listened to Frogs in Boiling Water.Typically, I don’t like writing about an album unless I’ve given it a few spins, but, in that moment, DIIV resonated with me and I started typing. 

Frogs in Boiling Water is an album that sounds amazing when you’re eyes are about to fall shut at 11:30 a.m. because you had a DJ gig the previous night— your third over the holiday weekend— and you had to wake up early enough to finish some work. That is a very specific situation, but it’s one that I can hear reflected in the tough, hazy sound of the album. This album is not dreamy, as people often refer to shoegaze bands. It’s the sound of pushing forward even when your shoulders slump and you have to close your eyes ever couple minutes.

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Miki Berenyi Trio, Tolhurst x Budgie at Fonda Theatre, May 29, 2024

Miki Berenyi Trio live at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 29, 2024 (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
This was the least crappy cel phone pic of Miki Berenyi Trio I took from the back of the room at Fonda Theatre.

Lol Tolhurst x Budgie were a couple songs into their set opening for Miki Berenyi Trio on Wednesday night when I noticed something strange. The sea of people in front of me at the Fonda Theatre was dark. There was not a single cel phone glowing above their heads. It was a sight I hadn’t seen since the year before the iPhone was released and it was jarring. Did I miss an announcement or something? Was security going to kick me out if I pulled out my phone?

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, May 30- Wednesday, June 5

Club Underground 2000s Nite May 31, 2024

This Friday is 2000s Nite at Underground and I’ll be playing the jams from Peaches, Interpol, Ladytron and more for you at Chinatown’s Grand Star Jazz Club. Tickets are available on both Eventbrite and Dice, so pick up yours now. 

Then on Sunday, I’ll be back at the Grand Star for Disco Matinee. Jus’ B and I will be playing disco, funk, dance-punk and more from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. You can get tickets now on Restless Nites

As for the rest of the weekend and early next week, I have some recommendations for you listed here. 

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Here’s What I Played at Footsie’s on May 26, 2024

Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels on vinyl. (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
At last, the first Dexys Midnight Runners album is mine! (Pic: Liz O.)

On Sunday, May 26, I popped into Footsie’s to play a one hour, all-vinyl set alongside DJs Scarlett Casanova, Ruby Woo 13 and Jenni Gee. It was a good time and I had the chance to play the Dexys Midnight Runners record I found at the Music Center’s record swap a few weeks ago. Here’s the set list. 

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Klub Nocturno Is Back at Catch One on 6/15/24 + My Set List from Nocturno’s San Diego Show

Klub Nocturno Catch One June 15, 2024

On Saturday, June 15, Klub Nocturno heads back to Catch One in Los Angeles for five rooms of dancing. You can hop between Rock en español vs. cumbia, new wave vs. darkwave (where I’ll be DJing), Deftones night, Sad Bunny Night and disco. Tickets are available now. Click this link to get yours.

On Friday, May 24, I headed down to San Diego to play in the new wave vs. darkwave room at Klub Nocturno’s show at House of Blues. This was the first time I’ve played a club in San Diego and it was definitely a good night. The energy was fantastic, with people staying on the dance floor until the house lights went up. Plus, there were some great requests and a few cool band t-shirts that I read as requests.  Keep reading for the set list.

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