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The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles 90012


901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, California 90012
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Today's Shows

Mon, September 16, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Counterfeit. with Starbenders
Counterfeit.

Hailing from London, punk-rock outfit Counterfeit. are Jamie Campbell Bower, Tristan Marmomt, Roland Johnson, Sam Bower and Jimmy Craig. Last year they unleashed their debut album ‘Together We Are Stronger’ via Xtra Mile, which is full of punk-rock flair and showcases front-man Jamie Campbell Bower’s raw and honest vocals. The 10-track record garnered widespread acclaim from both fans and critics alike, including Kerrang! where front man Jamie graced the cover around the album’s release, Rock Sound, Upset Magazine and Radio 1’s Rock Show with Dan P Carter. Nominated for Best British Newcomer in 2016 at the Kerrang! Awards, and winning Best Live Band in 2017 at the AIM Awards, the 5-piece have gone from strength to strength since exploding onto the scene in 2015. Having played sold out shows up and down the UK, Europe and now the U.S, Counterfeit. are no stranger to the live circuit with numerous festival appearances such as Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk, Hurricane and Southside, and many more. Counterfeit. are currently holed up writing and recording the follow up to their debut album due in mid 2019....

$15 GA / $75 VIP

Upcoming Shows

Tue, September 17, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:15pm PDT )
The Brother Brothers with Nick Jaina
The Brother Brothers (Early Show)

The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time on their debut full-length album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, out October 19, 2018 on Compass Records. Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. Their palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene; The Brother Brothers have recently opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves and more. The album's title, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, refers to the personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, it’s a reflection of ourselves.” For example, “Mary Ann,” written by David, is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. “Banjo Song,” written by Adam, conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup. Though he’s usually on fiddle, Adam plays banjo on the track; throughout the album, David plays guitar and cello. Recorded at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge in New York City with producer Robin Macmillan and engineer Jefferson Hamer, The Brother Brothers capably capture a modern snapshot of their surroundings. Yet, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW retains a timeless feel – something that the brothers were aiming for. “I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says of the album. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they're listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.”

$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
Tue, September 17, 2019 (9:30pm - 11:30pm PDT )
MainMan, JEMS
MainMan / JEMS

Dwelling somewhere between the grandiose rock of Pink Floyd, the experimental staccato of Built To Spill and the shuffling disco of Earth, Wind & Fire lies MainMan, a Southern California quartet of artists born from frustrated prior incarnations and longtime friendship. Their debut EP “Mistaker” featuring the first single “WWH” (What Will Happen) is a true departure from the ordinary. Singer Morgan Demeter’s plaintiff and urgent vocals alternately sooth and jar as he wrestles with themes ranging from the understanding the human experience to examining our relationships between one another. Backed by former Bear On Fire members Chris Mintz-Plasse and Nick Chamian, and Fig's Vision's Mike Musselman, Demeter’s melodies float among ethereal yet strangely familiar tones. Indeed what truly draws you into MainMan’s songs is their musicality, originality and knack for making the unpredictable seem effortless.

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show
Wed, September 18, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Jackson Guthy with Cody Lovaas
Jackson Guthy $12
Thu, September 19, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Love Fame Tragedy
Love Fame Tragedy

Gorillaz. The Postal Service. Gnarls Barkley. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. When musicians from differing points on the sonic spectrum collide, magical things can happen; there’s a fatalistic creative urge to spin the barrel and see what fires out. And so it was for Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy and the array of stellar alt-rock and pop guests that make up his new project Love Fame Tragedy. Relocated away from his Wombats bandmates in LA, from 2016 he found himself collecting songs that didn’t seem to fit on The Wombats’ Top Three 2017 album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ and itching to explore new musical avenues. “I just wanted to try something new, something that didn’t involve any politics ,” he says. “I don’t think it was an ego thing, it was just something I wanted to experience and see how it turned out. I wanted to start a project that’s much more brain-to-mouth, so to speak. I think it, I record it, I release it and there’s not much bullshit in between those stages, which is how music is leaning now. I wanted to give myself an avenue in which to do that - to collaborate with whoever and do whatever and there be no politics about it.” So when, over the course of 2018, Murph set about recording the batches of songs he’d put aside for his new project with producer Mark Crew ( Bastille / Rag’n’Bone Man / The Wombats) , he’d play contacts list roulette. While he was recording at 64 Sound in LA “hipsterville” Highland Park, he invited his old touring mate and now golf buddy Joey Santiago from Pixies to pop down after the eighteenth hole and spend a few hours unleashing his sordid swamp rock beast on ‘My Cheating Heart’ and ‘Everything Effects Me Now’. “I tried to put my own spin on it, it was very quick and painless,” Joey says. “He pretty much knew what he wanted, when it was good, it was good. He’s a very talented man.” Mark Stoermer from The Killers also dropped in to the LA studio to play bass on ‘Everything…’ while, in London, Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J got the call from One Eyed Jack’s studio in South London, where his good friend was looking for striking ambient keyboards add to ‘Backflip’ and take ‘Brand New Brain’ in a glitchy future soul direction. “I’ve been good friends with Gus since about 2013,” says Murph. “He loves to get stuck in with anything - he made that song so exciting for me. It’s great to have talented musicians, musicians who have their own niche. When you hear Joey play the guitar you can just tell it’s him and the same thing with Gus with the key melodies he chooses and the distinct sound of his voice . It’s great to have artists and musicians like that playing on songs of your own because it makes them ten times cooler, at least in your own head. They’re not like featured artists. I’ve got the songs and if a friend’s in town who wants to play on them… it’s as much of a collaborative thing as it is a band. It’s also a good excuse to hang out with people and have a laugh.” As the songs began to snowball - “ I found myself really inspired by creating something new,” Murph says - he realised he needed a fresh voice. He’d previously written a song for Suki Waterhouse “which I don’t think she liked”, and heard through the grapevine that Suki’s sister Maddi was interested in making music too. “I listened to a couple of her songs and her voice is so soft and cool in that ‘Sexy Boy’ vein,” he says. “I really wanted that on a couple of songs.” Now all Murph needed was a name for the project. And for a concept bordering on the surreal, high art had the answer. “I went to see this Picasso exhibition in the Tate Modern,” Murph recalls. “I wouldn’t say it was a eureka moment but the whole exhibition really resonated with me. I was after a title for the project that had this looping feeling to it - Love Fame Tragedy [the name of the exhibition] seems like an endless cycle or way of being. It triggered a lot of things and a lot of songs flew out after that.” As intended, Love Fame Tragedy will flow unhindered into the world. One track a month, starting in midsummer, will compile into a debut four-track EP of adventurous, uninhibited alt-pop running the gamut from infectious industrial synth-pop (‘My Cheating Heart’) to chrome-plated electro-blues (‘Backflip’) and pure 21 st Century pop in ‘Pills’, a song Murph describes as “a really fucked up Murph version of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. The project has clearly blown wide Murph’s musical horizons - he even considers forthcoming track ‘Everything Effects Me Now’ as “my attempt at Don Henley’s ‘Boys Of Summer’… I don’t think I’d be getting away with that in any other scenario”. Yet, at its core, Love Fame Tragedy bears all the hallmarks of Murph’s classic synth-pop confessionals, where hedonism, responsibility, anxiety and the fragility of love collide. ‘Brand New Brain’ finds him losing it in a haze of wild mania (“did I push it to the limit, did I throw a rock at your car?”) and, come the regretful dawn, struggling to hold his relationship together: “it’s taking it way too far and having to claw your way back into whatever normality there was before… A lot of the songs are trying to make sense of the surrounding world and why I do certain things the way I do them”. ‘Pills’ concerns the comedown hollowness when the drugs - medicinal or recreational - stop working. And ‘Backflip’ and ‘My Cheating Heart’ dissect disintegrating relationships; the former a portrait of a dysfunctional affair between the damaged and the lonely (“we’re just a poorly-timed backflip”), the latter an autobiographical glance back at Murph’s early days of living in America, roaming San Francisco gorging on the Californian “money, women, cars” rock’n’roll lifestyle. “It’s looking back on those times with a slight smirk on my face,” Murph explains, “and dealing with monogamy as a way of life. I should write a song about polyamory and see what that’s like.” Content to work both alone and with the odd friendly musical partner, including Bastille’s Dan Smith for the next batch of tracks, who knows who else, or what else, Love Fame Tragedy will involve. “It was about trying to find as many new ideas and do as many new things as possible,” Murph says. “Different feelings and vibes and tempos to songs than I’d normally do, feeling more creative.” What follows love, fame and tragedy? We’d bank on success.

$18
Fri, September 20, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT )
Tamino with STACEY
Tamino

Of Belgian, Egyptian and Lebanese heritage the 21-year-old musician has written and shaped an album of startling, visceral, sit-up-and-listen power. “Amir” features a handful of tracks from his debut EP, “Habibi” including Indigo Night which features Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood on bass guitar. Although the majority of the playing heard on “Amir” is Tamino himself, he is joined by a collective of Arabic musicians based in Brussels called “Nagham Zikrayat”. The Firka (orchestra) is predominantly made up of professional musicians from the Middle East, most of which have refugee status having predominantly fled from Iraq and Syria. Over the course of “Amir”, Tamino captures a range of emotions from romance to desolation, and almost everything in between. It’s mood music, painted in a number of different shades. Tamino: “Some of the songs on “Amir” are more on the romantic side, whilst others are more on the apathetic side. In my own life, I can look at the world and at life in both ways depending on my state of being. The conflict creates an imbalance. “Amir” is about balance” Tracklisting: Habibi, Sun May Shine, Tummy, Chambers, So It Goes, Indigo Night, Cigar, Each Time, Verses, w.o.t.h., Intervals, Persephone Tamino tours Europe throughout September November, including three nights at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. Visit www.taminomusic.com for more details.

$15.00
Sat, September 21, 2019 (6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Rachael Yamagata
Rachael Yamagata (Night 1 of 2)

Since Rachael Yamagata first broke onto the music scene with her critically acclaimed debut album Happenstance (2004), she has shed her skin as the “troubadour of heartbreak”, emerging with an edge-laden sound characterized by universal themes of perseverance, compassion, and owning your own power. Yamagata has been touring worldwide with her latest album Tightrope Walker (2016), released via Frankenfish Records/ Thirty Tigers to her audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Inspired by a mystical vision and focused on human condition struggles, the album has received great praise including 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent, The Arts Desk, Daily Mirror and Reader’s Digest. Yamagata co-produced the album with 3x-Grammy nominee John Alagia and it features a wealth of new sounds like saxophones, mandolins, French spoken word, metallic ironing board and ladder drums, loops and layered harmonies. Grammy winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes) mixed much of the record. Allison Janney stars in the video for the single ‘Let Me Be Your Girl’ directed by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). Tightrope Walker is Yamagata’s second independent release after eight years on the majors – RCA (Happenstance) and Warner Brothers Records (Elephants) and is her fifth full-length album to date. She recently returned from a seventeen-city tour of Asia selling out eleven of the shows and premiering her latest EP Porch Songs. She has had extensive song placements in film and TV and has made guest appearances in The O.C., 30 Rock, One Life to Live and the film To Write Love on Her Arms. She has also released 5 EPs and collaborated with the likes of Ryan Adams, Bat for Lashes, Ray LaMontagne, Conor Oberst, Jason Mraz and many others. She’s been touted by a diverse fan base that includes Deepak Chopra, Howard Stern and Gregory Colbert (Ashes and Snow) and has performed at two Obama presidential events.

$25
Sat, September 21, 2019 (9:30pm - 11:30pm PDT )
80s Live Band Karaoke
80s Live Band Karaoke

You asked and we listened... Karaoke Time Machines presents the debut show for our newest event - the 1980's! We can't wait to premiere the most anticipated event yet! Song list coming soon ;) Full live band. Your voice. Grab the mic and rock the stage to all of your favorite 80s hits. DOORS at 9:30PM $8 PRE-SALE $10 AT THE DOOR

$8 - $10
Sun, September 22, 2019 (6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Rachael Yamagata
Rachael Yamagata (Night 2 of 2)

Since Rachael Yamagata first broke onto the music scene with her critically acclaimed debut album Happenstance (2004), she has shed her skin as the “troubadour of heartbreak”, emerging with an edge-laden sound characterized by universal themes of perseverance, compassion, and owning your own power. Yamagata has been touring worldwide with her latest album Tightrope Walker (2016), released via Frankenfish Records/ Thirty Tigers to her audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Inspired by a mystical vision and focused on human condition struggles, the album has received great praise including 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent, The Arts Desk, Daily Mirror and Reader’s Digest. Yamagata co-produced the album with 3x-Grammy nominee John Alagia and it features a wealth of new sounds like saxophones, mandolins, French spoken word, metallic ironing board and ladder drums, loops and layered harmonies. Grammy winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes) mixed much of the record. Allison Janney stars in the video for the single ‘Let Me Be Your Girl’ directed by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). Tightrope Walker is Yamagata’s second independent release after eight years on the majors – RCA (Happenstance) and Warner Brothers Records (Elephants) and is her fifth full-length album to date. She recently returned from a seventeen-city tour of Asia selling out eleven of the shows and premiering her latest EP Porch Songs. She has had extensive song placements in film and TV and has made guest appearances in The O.C., 30 Rock, One Life to Live and the film To Write Love on Her Arms. She has also released 5 EPs and collaborated with the likes of Ryan Adams, Bat for Lashes, Ray LaMontagne, Conor Oberst, Jason Mraz and many others. She’s been touted by a diverse fan base that includes Deepak Chopra, Howard Stern and Gregory Colbert (Ashes and Snow) and has performed at two Obama presidential events.

$25
Tue, September 24, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Chelou
Chelou (Early Show)

Some people were destined for greatness, and some people were destined for something a little more extraordinaire. Not so much a conscious effort just life enacting somewhere between Lost In Translation and the Truman Show. Chelou, a Gemini with an unborn twin is one such character. A product of the Camden-Punk Scene his parents were native to. His Mum left home at 14 to run away with the circus, her act was to be shot out of a cannon. With that spirit Chelou adopted the ethos that life was a blank canvas for ourselves to complete however and whatever we see fit; Chelou drifted to music as his medium. Inspired by the varied music floating around his existence; Chelou taught himself to play the guitar by ear and still to this day can't read music. He also managed to complete a degree without ever owning a computer and a phone only on occasion. Emerging in 2014 after leaking his bedroom produced track, "The Quiet", Chelou has not looked back. The track went viral amongst the bloggers and garnered strong support on BBC Radio 6 from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft. The EP that followed saw Chelou support Thurston Moore and Natalie Prass and go on tour with All We Are and make his debut festival appearances. Chelou followed The Quiet EP up 6 months later, releasing a cover of Nirvana’s "Aneurysm" which too went viral amongst the bloggers and his Mothership EP which was pressed to 12” vinyl. His sound also caught the ears of Maya Jane Coles who featured Chelou on her debut Nocturnal Sunshine album and began inviting him to her studio to work on material. The follow up EP was championed by both Annie Mac and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, with online coverage at this point stretching from The Wall Street Journal to i-D Magazine. Single "Don’t Hate On Me" quickly followed and the success on both the internet and airwaves transcended to the road with performances supporting Bloc Party at their sold-out London dates, The follow up to this single "Halfway To Nowhere." This track proved to be a turning point as it gathered momentum online, radio initially shunned it showing no support. The video which was a collaboration with long time friend Polly Nor was released to rapturous reception gaining coverage from Dazed Digital to Playground to Mixmag. The video went on to reach over 5 million views on YouTube with a further 5 million streams across other streaming platforms. Chelou released a last single "Damned Eye See" in the Autumn of 2017 before featuring on Maya Jane Coles single "Darkside" taken from her album Take Flight. 2018 saw Chelou concentrate on touring and finaliZing his debut full-length record, he featured on Pote’s track "Untune," which came out in June 2018 on Benji B’s label Deviation. Chelou has performed in 18 countries to date in 50 + cities to date. Key festival appearances have included Green Man Festival, Wilderness, Sziget, Bestival, Love Saves The Day, Shambala, Eurosonic, Where’s The Music, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Zandari Festival (South Korea), FARR, Meadows In The Mountains (Bulgaria), Brainchild Festival, Antigel, One In A Million, Larmer Tree, Naked Song, Duizel In Het Park, Terra Incognito, Clap Your Hands, MaMa, Live At Leeds, Hit The North. Chelou’s been featured in the following publications, among many others: Dazed Digital, Playground Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, i-D Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music, Canal +, DIY Magazine, Juxtapoz, Clash Magazine, Noctis Magazine, Notion Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Beat Magazine, Mixmag, Its Nice That, Boooom and The 405.

$12.00 - $15.00
Wed, September 25, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Taylor McFerrin
Taylor McFerrin

With ‘Love’s Last Chance,’ his brilliant new studio album and first solo release in five years, Taylor McFerrin has emerged as the “complete artist” he’s always dreamed of becoming, writing and singing his own lyrics and vocals on top of his dazzling instrumental and production work for the very first time. Recorded in his recently adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the collection finds McFerrin working with more freedom and spontaneity than ever before, tapping into the moment with captivating performances that blur the lines between old-school R&B, classic funk, experimental electronic music, and progressive jazz. Vintage synthesizers and keyboards dominate the sonic landscape, propelled at every turn by hypnotic percussion grooves and breezy melodies, and an adventurous sense of improvisation infuses the songwriting with an air of infinite possibility. It’s McFerrin’s voice that steals the show here, though, warm and tender with a gentle confidence. His vocals convey both deep intimacy and unsparing self-reflection, and their very presence on the album signals the start of a brand new chapter in an already-impressive career. “Something deeper happens when you sing, something that lets listeners feel like they’re truly getting to know you,” McFerrin explains. “Singing brings me closer than ever to being able to share everything that’s going on inside of me.” When McFerrin released ‘Early Riser,’ his 2014 debut for Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, he largely focused on instrumentals, relegating the occasional vocal part to special guests (including his father, the ten-time GRAMMY Award-winner Bobby McFerrin). The collection—which also featured appearances by Hiatus Kaiyote frontwoman Nai Palm, bass/production wizard Thundercat, and R&B titan Robert Glasper among others—earned praise on both sides of the pond, with Pitchfork hailing it as “an album built for slow weekend mornings spent in bed with a loved one” and The Line Of Best Fit calling it “superb.” Tracks from the album racked up nearly 20 million streams on Spotify alone, and McFerrin landed festival dates everywhere from Glastonbury to Central Park Summerstage. In addition to discovering the power of his voice on the new album, McFerrin also discovered a new approach to recording thanks to his work with the jazz fusion supergroup R+R=Now, which found him teaming up with Glasper, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson, and synth/vocoder player Terrace Martin, who’s produced Kendrick Lamar and Talib Kweli among others. Cut in just five days, the album offered up a masterclass in letting go and surrendering to the moment, in valuing emotional authenticity over technical perfectionism. It was an experience that reminded McFerrin of his father—best known for the timeless mega-hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”—who was a born improviser that gleefully shared his passion with his children at home and on the road. “Our father was always just making music and singing, always down to jump onstage with anybody,” says McFerrin, whose sister Madison is also a critically acclaimed artist in her own right. “He was fearless and excited about the unknown, and watching him perform taught us that the purest way to express yourself was to just be totally open and genuine and free.” ‘Love’s Last Chance’ is precisely that, a heartrending snapshot of love, faith, anxiety, and endurance, all delivered with honesty, empathy, and, virtuosity. “I called this album ‘Love's Last Chance’ because in life, you don’t get a million opportunities to get love right,” McFerrin concludes. “Sometimes, with both your art and your relationships, you realize that it's now or never. For my first time writing and singing my own lyrics, I didn’t want to be messing around with make believe and fantasy. This record is real life.”

$16 Advance / $18 Day of Show