Here’s What I Played at Harvard & Stone on May 23, 2024

Family of Light live at Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 23, 2024 (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
Family of Light live at Harvard and Stone on May 23, 2024. (Pic: Liz O.)

My whirlwind Memorial Day Weekend began on Thursday night with gig playing in between and after live sets from Host Family, the Rose Haze and Family of Light at Harvard and Stone. The show, presented by The Witching Hours, was fantastic and you should check out all of the bands on the bill. 

I arrived right around the time Host Family started their set and it felt like walking into Spaceland. The band has a very turn-of-the-21st century L.A. indie vibe, which I really appreciate. The Rose Haze was followed with a set that was a lot heavier than I had anticipated. Kate Ramsey is a fantastic guitarist, as well as a singer.  Family of Light hit the sweet spot between psyche and shoegaze, which influenced a decent chunk of what I ended up playing in this set. 

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Disco Matinee Is Back on June 2. Discount Advance Tickets Available Now

Flyer for Disco Matinee June 2, 2024 disco, funk, dance punk, Italo disco, hi-NRG

Ride a groove through Sunday afternoon at Disco Matinee on June 2. DJs Liz O. and Jus’ B bring a mix of disco, funk, dance-punk, Italo, hi-NRG and more to Grand Star Jazz Club from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Discount tickets for this 21+ event are available now for $6.50 via Restless Nites. Click on this link to get yours now. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $8 (cash or Venmo accepted).

Grand Star Jazz Club is located at 943 N. Broadway, inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza. There is both lot and street parking in the neighborhood, plus, the venue is located right across from L.A. Metro’s A Line stop in Chinatown.

See you on the dance floor on Sunday, June 2.

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 29

Family of Light, Host Family, Rose Haze at Harvard and Stone Thursday, May 23, 2024

Just doing a quick update this week with a smattering of events happening in L.A. over Memorial Day Weekend and into next week. Thursday night, I’ll be playing tunes at Harvard & Stone alongside live performances from Family of Light, Host Family and the Rose Haze. Check out my previous post for more information on the bands playing. This is going to be a very fun night and I hope to see you there. Tickets are available now on Dice. Harvard & Stone is located at 5221 Hollywood Blvd and this is a 21+ event.

Keep reading to see what else is happening.

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I’m Back at Underground on May 31 for 2000s Nite

Club Underground 2000s Nite May 31, 2024

I’ll be heading back to the DJ booth at Underground on Friday, May 31 for 2000s Nite. Head down to Grand Star Jazz Club to hit the dance for all your favorite jams from the likes of White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Ladytron, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Miss Kittin and the Hacker, Peaches and so many more.

Party starts at 9:30 p.m. and it’s 21+. Grand Star Jazz Club is at 943 N. Broadway inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza, next to the Bruce Lee Statue. Both street and lot parking are available in the neighborhood and the venue is across Broadway from Metro’s A Line stop in Chinatown. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite and Dice.

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.

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Target’s Music Section and the Gentrification of Vinyl

vinyl records at Target in Downtown Los Angeles
The vinyl scene at Target

My eyes darted back and forth between two items on a sparsely populated shelf of records at the downtown Los Angeles Target. I couldn’t decide which one was more offensive. Was it the new vinyl reissue of a 15-year-old Celine Dion greatest hits collection? Or, was it the copy of Now That’s What I Call 90s R & B with the sticker that read “limited edition” and “exclusive”? 

Target’s music selection has always sucked. Today, however, it sucks in a way that’s a lot like gentrification. It helps bolster the sales of the music industry’s 1% by selling exclusivity and collectibility to fans inside big box stores, an irony that I still can’t quite wrap my head around. 

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 22

Thank God It's Friday with Donna Summer
Thank God It’s Friday is screening on Friday at WHAMMY! in Echo Park

I hate writing “there’s a lot going on L.A. right now,” but, damn, this city is overflowing with things to do right now. I narrowed it down a lot. As a general rule of thumb, I don’t include the corporate festivals because I figure that your timeline, like mine, is already overrun with ads for them. 

I also try to keep this list specifically for lower priced shows, so I didn’t add Kraftwerk’s nine-night stint at Walt Disney Concert Hall to the list. However, I will say that I’ve seen Kraftwerk twice and they are amazing live. That said, if you can splurge on the tickets, then do it. (And tell me all about it because I’m not going this time around.)

My next club gig isn’t until next Thursday, where I’ll be DJing at Harvard and Stone for the Family of Light, Host Family, the Rose Haze show presented by The Witching Hours. Click on this post for more information, including how you can get tickets. In the meantime, keep scrolling for info on what’s happening between tonight and next Wednesday. 

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Family of Light, Host Family, Rose Haze Play Harvard and Stone on May 23. I’ll Be DJing

Family of Light, Host Family, Rose Haze at Harvard and Stone Thursday, May 23, 2024

On Thursday, May 23, I’ll be playing tunes at Harvard and Stone for the Family of Light, Host Family and the Rose Haze show, presented by The Witching Hours. This is one of those events where I highly recommend early arrival because you won’t want to miss any of the artist’s on the bill. It’s the sort of line up I love, where all the bands have a different, but complementary, sounds.

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Here’s What I Played in the New Wave vs. Darkwave Room for Klub Nocturno’s 4th Anniversary Party

Klub Nocturno 4th Anniversary Party, May 10, 2024,  New Wave vs. Darkwave Room at Catch One in Los Angeles.  (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
Dancing to “Love Will Tear Us Apart” in the New Wave vs. Darkwave room at Klub Nocturno’s 4th Anniversary Party on May 10, 2024 (Pic: Liz O.)

Thanks to Klub Nocturno for asking me to be a part of their 4th anniversary party last night. It was amazing. Online tickets sold out a few days before the event and, from what I saw on Insta, the few remaining tickets at the door went quickly. A big surprise for the night was the first U.S. performance of Depresíon Post-Mortem. I didn’t get to see their set, but did get to hear soundcheck, which was a real treat. You can hear Depresíon Post-Mortem on Soundcloud or Spotify and you should do that as soon as you have the chance because both their covers and original tunes are fantastic. 

I played open to close in the New Wave vs. Darkwave room. Sometime after 11 p.m., while playing “Sex Dwarf,” I flashed back to Stigmata, which was *the* big Friday night alternative club when I was fresh out of high school. It was a combination of the song and the energy inside the room that made me think about being out with my friends when we were 18 or 19 and dancing so hard that we were dripping sweat, but still couldn’t leave the dance floor. I dropped “Sex (I’m a…)” into the set after that and realized that I’m 99% sure that’s how those two songs were played at Stigmata. It was long time ago— like, back in the days of paper flyers and L.A. Weekly club ads— so maybe I’m misremembering, but some things just stick with you. And, for me, those things are usually songs. 

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Happening in L.A.: Thursday, May 9 – Wednesday, May 15

Flyer for Klub Nocturno 4th anniversary party on May 10, 2024 at Catch One in Los Angeles

This Friday, May 10, Klub Nocturno celebrates its 4th anniversary with a bash at Catch One. It’s a massive party with five themed rooms: Rock en Español vs. Cumbia, New Wave vs. Dark Wave, Deftones Night, Sad Bunny Night and Disco. I’ll be in the New Wave vs. Dark Wave room and hope to see you on the dance floor. It’s 18+ and starts at 9:30 p.m. Click here to get your tickets and make sure you get there early. Catch One is at 4067 W. Pico Blvd. 

On Tuesday, I’ll be back at The Mermaid for Dolce Vita and will be playing an Italo vs. French Disco set from 8 p.m. until closing time. I’m really excited to dig up some heat for you, so stop by. The Mermaid is at 428 E. 2nd Street in Little Tokyo. There’s no cover and it’s a 21+ venue. 

I know there’s a lot going on this weekend and next week, but here are some more suggestions that aren’t Cruel World and still have reasonably priced tickets available. 

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Digging for Heat at On the Record Vinyl Fair

The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 4, 2024 for On the Record Vinyl Fair (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)
On the Record Vinyl Fair at The Music Center on May 4, 2024 (Pic: Liz O.)

Salt Box Records has never steered me wrong. So, when I saw a 7” with a tag on cover the sleeve that read “Italo-style Spanish synth pop,” I grabbed it. I had never heard of the band Tango?— or, at least, in that moment, I thought that I hadn’t heard them— and the song title “Breve Síntesis de los Huecos,” sounded completely unfamiliar to me. I bought it strictly because that descriptive tag, written in Sharpie by an actual human, said, “Listen to me, Liz” in a way that algorithmic suggestions never do. 

Later on, I would realize that I had previously heard Tango?, who were based in Barcelona and active in the mid-1980s. They had a self-titled song that was included on the stellar compilation, Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie and House. The two songs couldn’t be more different, though. “Tango?,” the song, is a slow groovy piece suited for pool parties and bars where they serve tapas on shady, outdoor patios. “Breve Síntesis de los Huecos” should have accompanied a montage in an ‘80s movie. It’s a vibe.

But, back to the record shopping. 

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