“Happy Valentine’s Day to all 3 of my babies!!! Very Way Back Valentine’s Day Photo!” — Annie Nelson
[Thank you Annie Nelson, for sharing this precious family photo.]
We recently put out the call for the best under-the-radar L.A. groups performing live around town, and we heard back from tons of you - not surprising considering L.A. is the country’s musical epicenter.
Now, it’s time for second round of voting. Below is a poll that lets you chose among the 67 bands who were nominated. One vote per person, please. We’re watching you!
The ten bands with the most votes will make it to the finals, held in the coming weeks. So vote, and spread the word!
Janis and I got to see Micah Nelson and the Insects versus Robots perform three times on our recent adventure: at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Fort Worth, at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Back Yard, in Austin, and then as part of the Nickel Circus, at the White House Ranch Gallery, in East Austin.
There were games and challenges and animal balloons, contortionists, and one act I couldn’t watch, that involved drills and nails and it looked painful.
The world’s most limber guitar player ever and Janis from Texas.
Keep up with the band, find out about their shows and new album at their website:
Erin Joyce is an independent curator, art critic, and scholar of contemporary art. Erin is the editor-in-chief of ULTRA:EXTRA Magazine, an arts and culture writer for Art Wednesday (London), and contributing writer to Hyperallergic (New York).
Erin’s projects include exhibitions throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica region. Erin has also served as a consultant for SXSW on the implementation of art during the festival and was the inaugural art editor for Aslan Media Inc., a contributor to Salon, Gnovis Journal, and content writer for the Modern Art Iraq Archive.
As a curator, Erin seeks to bend the notion of how contemporary art is presented and understood. Looking both inside and outside the construct of the museum and gallery as venue for art presentation, Erin seeks to refract art through the prism of the environment and contexts in which it was created.
J. Micah Nelson comes from a lineage of musical and cultural pioneers, growing up touring with his father Willie Nelson and his brother Lukas Nelson, he has always been surrounded with vibrant and authentic creative spirits. Both a talented visionary artist and iconoclastic musician, he has performed on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and at events like SXSW, FarmAid, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Neil Young’s Bridge-School Benefit. He has showcased his artwork and music in countless other venues, spanning the creative spectrum. From his involvement in the psych-punk-orchestra Insects vs. Robots, his live performance-painting and multi-instrumental contributions to the band POTR with his brother Lukas, to his cymatic visualizations of dancing water molecules, idiosyncratic charango performance, and singing/songwriting/guitar playing with his neo-psych-folk-rock band Pårticle Kid, Micah is constantly exploring the symbiosis of light/sound/vibration, striving to discover new emotions through various forms of expression, and seeking to touch the outer reaches of the synesthetic experience.
Insects vs Robots has a new album, available on ITunes, and available to order (in limited quantity) on cassettes and vinyl at their website. Follow the band on FaceBook, or Twitter. The band is so advanced they probably have other ways of communicating directly with you from their heads to yours, but I don’t plan on getting that involved. I am crazy about this band and their music, and continually amazed by the art of J. Micah Nelson. Check his art out at his website, and here’s some chances to see the band; see them when you can. Their shows are greatly entertaining; they are all so talented, in many ways.
Jan. 23, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA
Feb 24, The Echo (opening for Kera & the Lesbians), Echo Park, CA
March 11, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice CA
March 13, SXSW Heartbreaker Banquet, Luck, TX
March 25, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice CA
April 2, The Wiltern (opening for Willie Nelson) , Los Angeles, CA
Photo of black-light banners created by Micah Nelson for the band Flosstradamus ‘s stage setup. The stage theme is a grow room. See more of Micah’s art at his website.
March 15, 2011 (Washington, DC) The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is honored
to announce the exclusive release of the Rolling Stones classic “Wild Horses”
Performed and produced by the legendary Willie Nelson and his family members.
The Nelson family is donating the proceeds from the sale of the song to AWI.
Willie and his family are long-time supporters of AWI and its efforts to end horse slaughter and preserve the right of wild horses to roam free.
Willie Nelson (lead vocals/lead guitar/co-producer), daughter Paula Nelson (lead vocals), son Lukas Nelson (lead vocals/harmony vocals), daughter Amy Nelson (harmony vocals/co-producer), grandson-in-law Matt Hubbard (vocals/bass/co-producer), son Micah Nelson (vocals/Charango), daughter Susie Nelson (vocals), grandson Anthony Brewster (vocals), granddaughter Rebecca Thomas (vocals), great-grandson Zack Thomas (vocals), granddaughter Martha Jewelle (drums), grandson Nelson Fowler (vocals), grandson Bryan Fowler (vocals), great-grandson Dean Hubbard (vocals), Landis Armstrong (rhythm guitar/ vocals), Waylon Payne (harmony vocals) Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin, TX, engineered and mixed by Matt Hubbard and released by Folk Uke Records.
Turk Pipkin holds the first DVD copy of, “Angels Sing”, which he and wife Christy presented to Willie Nelson in Las Vegas yesterday. The movie, starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Connie Britton and featuring Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Lyle Lovett, is in out in theaters now, and is now also available on DVD, as well as available for streaming and rental. A great holiday gift!
The movie, filmed in Austin Area, was based on book, “When Angels Sing”, written by Turk Pipkin.
Learn more about the movie and the incredible soundtrack (with Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Ball and more) at http://www.angelssingmovie.com/
Purchase your copy now!
The gospel set last night at the Golden Nugget was so moving. It felt like church, and I mean church in the good way where you feel hopeful about life and inspired and you love everybody. And it was fun, too. Willie doing what he loves, with the family he loves, for fans who love him.
I really did see the light, too.
“Keep an eye out on our posts for a release date! #newrecord #workingoutthedates.”