Bonus Track: Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Festival
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By Crystal Larsen
For those who weren't able to make the pilgrimage from Southern California to the Lone Star State for the Austin City Limits Music Festival this past weekend, Los Angeles had the perfect supplement — Filter magazine's first-ever Culture Collide Festival. Held Oct. 7–10 in popular venues such as the Echo, Echoplex and Spaceland, across the quaint, hipster neighborhood of Echo Park, bands from all over the world came together for a four-day music mecca that was sure to quench the thirst of music lovers far and wide.
Kicking off the festival's first night were Australian indie rock group City Riots and Atlanta natives the Black Lips. By midnight the somewhat subdued crowd had been replaced by hardcore slam dancers who were untamable once the garage-flavored punk rock vocals of the Black Lips' Cole Alexander blared through the PA system. The set came to a shouting pulse at the start of "O Katrina!" — which aptly appears on the soundtrack for the part Japanese anime, part real-life film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
Friday night belonged to the Canadians as pop/rock outfit the Suuns, indie rock group the Besnard Lakes and alternative act the Land Of Talk each put on hour-long transcendent sets. Montreal quartet the Besnard Lakes no doubt left a lasting impression on those who caught the rapturous show that dripped psychedelic rock. The evening culminated with a midnight performance from Klaxons, considered the pioneers of the defunct UK new rave scene, and the Boxer Rebellion — a band that truly proved Britpop is still alive and well. It's likely the band also gained some fame in the United States after a short cameo as Justin Long's sought-after band in the film Going The Distance.
For those who had yet to tire of the all-night, venue-hopping marathon that Culture Collide was becoming, Saturday evening concertgoers were initiated with performances from Israeli band Pink Noise, Los Angeles natives the Franks, Finnish duo Zebra And Snake, and German group Bambi Kino who, along with members of Guided By Voices and Nada Surf, performed a special 70th birthday tribute to John Lennon at French restaurant Taix.
As the final day of the festival neared, the rocked-out people of Los Angeles were treated to a Sunset Boulevard three-stage block party on Sunday evening. Taking the stage again were the Boxer Rebellion for a day that featured performances from Canadian high-energy alternative group Tokyo Police Club, Israeli garage rock revival trio Monotonix and an acoustic closing set from highly acclaimed indie singer/songwriter Alex Church of Sea Wolf.
After four days and a more than satisfying palette of music to sample, I think the entire city of Los Angeles would welcome such a worldwide musical collision again next year.
Culture Collide Sample Playlist
"Some Other Guy" — Bambi Kino (iTunes>)
"Disaster" — the Besnard Lakes (iTunes>)
"O Katrina!" — the Black Lips (iTunes>)
"If You Run" — the Boxer Rebellion (iTunes>)
"Burning Me Out" — City Riots (iTunes>)
"Ray Gunn Radio" — the Franks (iTunes>)
"Gravity's Rainbow" — Klaxons (iTunes>)
"Some Are Lakes" — the Land Of Talk (iTunes>)
"Set Me Free" — Monotonix (iTunes>)
"You're A Wolf" — Sea Wolf (iTunes>)
"Up Past The Nursery" — the Suuns (iTunes>)
"End Of A Spark" — Tokyo Police Club (iTunes>)
"The Colours" — Zebra And Snake (iTunes>)
(Photo information: Jenny And Johnny perform at Filter magazine's Culture Collide Festival on Oct. 10 / Photo: The Recording Academy)