Event Sat 5/28: Play Like a Girl

I’m very excited to contribute to the first Play Like a Girl show at The Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles.  The LA community has been really good to me, and I’ve made so many great friends and been privy to witness and experience such talent and art and fun.

In particular, I’m digging the amazing network of women handling it and supporting each other:  Women Fuck Shit Up Fest, BlkGrrrl Book Fair, SnatchPower, Inspired Women of Los Angeles, Beating-Lights, We Choose Art

This Play Like a Girl LA event is going to be SICK!  I saw Kera and the Lesbians a bit ago at Grand Ole Echo, and they were incredible!

The event is Saturday, May 28th from 5:30PM-9:00PM

Check out the details!  My info is at the bottom with the vendors…

The Echo & Play Like A Girl Present
The Bulls | Kera and The Lesbians | The Regrettes | Night Talks
at The Echo

TIX ON SALE NOW: bit.ly/LikeAGirlEcho

Saturday, May 28nd, 2016
5:30 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)
Presented by KROQ Locals Only + GIRLSCHOOL

A once-a- month lady-powered showcase that celebrates some of the raddest female acts around. ALL ARE INVITED to this ALL-AGES show.

Check out PLAY LIKE A GIRL ZINE -about music, culture, art, politics- released once a month the night of the show, and extra special content online @playlikeagirlLA.

The Bulls:
The Bulls came to be when violinist and multi-instrumentalist Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event / Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and guitarist Marc Sallis (The Duke Spirit) discovered their mutual love for 80’s and 90’s new wave and shoegaze during a chance meeting in the Mojave Desert. The Bulls premiered their debut single “Come Unwound,” featuring Bulbrook’s hazy vocals and soaring strings, on Consequence of Sound and the track received critical acclaim from blogs around the world. The song’s accompanying video was premiered by LA Weekly and received over 5,000 plays in its first week. A remix of the track by Morgan Kibby (M83 / White Sea) features the Grammy-nominated artist contributing her signature vocal harmonies and lush electro-orchestral arranging to create a new, cinematic musical landscape. In March of 2015, the Bulls were Alt 98.7’s featured “Artist in Residence,” which saw the radio debut of “Come Unwound.” During the same month, KROQ started spinning the Bulls’ still-unreleased song, “Small Problems,” which will feature on the band’s upcoming debut EP.

“A beguiling hybrid of dream pop and shoegaze. Warms the heart and shakes the bones” Consequence of Sound

“21st Century shoegaze at its finest” Diffuser.FM

“And we love it! … ethereal, female-fronted alterna-pop” PerezHilton.com

“Teetering between slacker shoegaze and delicate dream pop… They sound like they’re gonna be on the up from here on in” The 405

“The duo have created a unique sound… all soaked in a shiny production with plenty of reverb” The Wild Honey Pie

“A remarkable debut song” ALT 98.7

Kera and The Lesbians:
Kera and the Lesbians, hailing from San Diego and currently residing in Los Angeles, lovingly refer to their musical style as ‘bipolar folk’. Bipolar in the sense that in one song drummer Michael will pound his drums, expelling his demons with sheer force, while Kera croons and screams and serenades, enchanting all within earshot. Eamon’s guitar playing is reminiscent of sleepy desert afternoons, spent on porches accompanied by the smell of leather and aging wood, while Phil’s bass lines get the crowd moving and grooving. Brandon’s use of brass is at once warm and rounded, but so tactfully manipulated that it inevitably raises goosebumps. The lyrics more literally embody the band’s polarity, telling tales of anxiety, friendship, insanity and ill-fated love, from Kera’s very unique point of view.

This is a band to see live. Kera’s passion is tangible, at times bringing the crowd to tears, but most consistently keeping a dancing crowd completely enraptured, hanging onto every word her very expressive being has to sing. She brings heaps of charm to the set, with her joking between songs and her Elvis-like dance moves, it’s obvious that she and the whole band live for this. Their range has allowed them to perform with a diverse list of acts including Devendra Banhart, Best Coast, and Crystal Castles.
The band has a definite DIY work ethic, having self released two EPs, and a debut coming out early 2014. They also do their own booking and artwork internally. Their newest single ‘NAILBITER’ is a manic blues track covering one of Kera’s most aggravating habits and instilling in the listener a mounting feeling of tension that it mercifully relieves, while still giving a taste of the madness of obsession.

The Regrettes
“The Regrettes are Lydia Night’s latest project with friends Genessa Gariano(guitar, vocals), Sage Nicole(bass, vocals) and drummer Maxx Morando. The Regrettes have been tearing up the LA club scene playing with Kate Nash, Peaches, Bleached, Deap Vally, PINS, La Luz, Kim & the Created and Summer Twins leaving L.A.’s jaded rock critics to write such things as “Everybody was floored by Regrettes—the new poster children for local teen garage rock.” and “Regrettes rocked with a ferocity and penchant for hooks that schools most indie rockers twice their age. They will surely run an empire in ten years tops.” In late 2015, they were hand picked by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams to open for JOJ’s farewell tour in the UK.”

Night Talks:
Night Talks is a Los Angeles-based alternative rock band formed in the spring of 2013. Band members Soraya Sebghati (Vocals), Jacob Butler (Guitar), Josh Arteaga (Bass), and Cris Arteaga (Drums) have been playing in bands together since they were 13 years old. They are currently writing, recording, and playing shows in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area.


**Lorna Alkana Art – Surreal Coloring Book Installation**

This installation presents a collection of carefully placed lines (drawings and words) that you can color in and cover over. There are pages that have traveled beneath LA artists’ pencils (etc.) for the past 3 years, and pages that are newer or blank. The more you add, the more you’ll see. Make new shapes with positive and negative space. Find the familiar in the unintended. Unintentionally discover the familiar. Add words to the page to tell your stories.
Lorna Alkana bounces between Los Angeles and Orange County. She uses zines, blogging, digital art, poetry, and whatever mediums she can get her hands on to explore perception and perspective through a feminist lens.

**Trade School LA Bake Sale **
Trade School LA is volunteer-run community organization that offers classes to the public using barter instead of money. Since 2014, we have offered a variety of workshops – from Flamenco Dancing to French Philosophy, from Social Media Marketing to Soap-Making; from Screen-Printing to Tarot Reading – all without charging a monetary fee. Our goal is to offer an accessible education resource that also builds trust & community connection in Los Angeles. We believe that everyone has something to offer.
TradeSchoolLA.org /

**Tarot Readings by Natalia Molina**

Facebook: @LornaAlkanaArt and @LAWordSalon and @AffectComic
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I post on (or around) Mondays with new art/discussion of the process of works in progress, and (or around) Fridays with Comic Lorna in the form of an audiobio comic series called,Affect.


  1. Kera and The Lesbians has to be one of the coolest band names I’ve ever heard (:

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