vansgirls:

Hailing from Oakland, California comes the psychedelic garage punk trio, Shannon & The Clams. This incredibly fun band incorporates playful doo-wop inspired melodies, surf-punk rips, and a rockabilly aesthetic to bring music that is completely unique to their own. We met up with their talented bassist and singer, Shannon Shaw, to discuss her roots and inspiration in music, and to hear just how passionate their fans are. 
Read the interview after the jump.
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vansgirls:

Hailing from Oakland, California comes the psychedelic garage punk trio, Shannon & The Clams. This incredibly fun band incorporates playful doo-wop inspired melodies, surf-punk rips, and a rockabilly aesthetic to bring music that is completely unique to their own. We met up with their talented bassist and singer, Shannon Shaw, to discuss her roots and inspiration in music, and to hear just how passionate their fans are. 

Read the interview after the jump.

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acehotel:

Fullerton, CA
We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 


The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:

acehotel:

Fullerton, CA

We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 

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THE GARDEN at BURGERAMA

The twin brothers of The Garden were a two-man act but certainly sounded like a whole stage full of crazy grunge beats and kinky drum fills. The unique drummer/guitar duo shouted out names of songs and instantly began shredding for the crowd. In between tracks like “The Apple,” the drummer would stand up on his seat, do a little dance of his own, and immediately get back to playing as if the dance break never happened. All eyes were on The Garden as curious concert-goers witnessed a memorable performance from the new-comers. 

Photos: Grant Hatfield

BLACK LIPS at BURGERAMA

If you were in the crowd for Black Lips, chances are you were having a hard time moving as the band easily packed the sold out show as the headliners of Saturday’s lineup. Moshing and crowd surfing was at an all-time high and while singing what seemed to be the anthem of the Burgerama festival itself, “Bad Kids,” the crowd could be heard over the band for sure. Their performance was the perfect ending to a day full of rock and roll. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

COSMONAUTS at BURGERAMA

With no warning, Cosmonauts rolled right on into their mesmerizing set of trance-filled tunes like “What Me Worry” off their Persona Non Grata album. Moving all around the stage, their energy was almost the complete opposite of the laid back music they were putting out, creating a fun atmosphere for the crowd.

Photos: Grant Hatfield 

SLEEP at BURGERAMA

Sleep captivated the Observatory with their 90’s metal rock and it was much appreciated by all the metal heads in the audience. The San Jose band needed no introduction as they walked onto the stage, taking their time setting up as the crowd chanted their name in excited anticipation. Starting off with solid instrumentals, the crowd was loving every minute of the “stoner metal” sound Sleep is so famous for, and so was the band. 

Photos: Grant Hatfield

TOGETHER PANGEA at BURGERAMA

The LA rockers got the night started as the sun went down and fans filled the lot to get a glimpse of Together Pangea at Burgerama this Sunday. The band surely delivered with a raw and edgy set that pleased the crowd playing favorites like “Badillac” and “The Offer.” These dudes know how to rock and make it sound as fun as it looks every time. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

KOOL KEITH at BURGERAMA

Kool Keith and friends had the whole Observatory packed as well as the stage itself! Wearing a Viking hat and sunglasses indoors, the Bronx MC wowed the audience with rap after rap flowing perfectly without a hiccup and letting his friends get in on some freestyle fun as well. Kool Keith was definitely one of the most entertaining acts of the day and everyone was digging the old school throwbacks. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens