Battle of the Bands: Echo Park Rising takes on Guns ‘N Roses

Scenes from past Echo Park Rising events | Nathan Solis

ECHO PARK — Over the next few days thousands of music fans will be pouring through Echo Park. One group will be headed to Dodger Stadium for a two-night stand (Aug 18 & 19) by rock legends Guns N’ Roses. The other group will be hitting the clubs, bars and restaurants to listen to a decidedly less well known line up of musical talent at the sixth annual Echo Park Rising (Aug. 18 – 21).

You probably know what to expect from Guns N’ Roses but might be less familiar with groups like Kids in Heat and Chola Orange that will be playing at Echo Park Rising.  The Eastsider asked Nathan Solis  to peruse the Echo Park Rising lineup and came up with some picks that highlight the range and breadth of the free festival:

Thursday, Aug. 18

  •  Featherwolf: Frenetic math rock, with soaring string work built on the foundation of an instrumental structure. A common cure to shoegazing. 6:45 p.m. – Lost Knight
  • Risa Rubin: An appreciation of the frail is built on top of Rubin’s pronounced vocals. Fans of Joanna Newsom will find a familiar spirit (and harp). 7:45 p.m. – Spacedust
  •  Kron: This newfangled love of all thing 80s seems to undergo a mutation with this L.A. trio who bring along a densely populated landscape of synth and percussion; bring dance shoes or a boat to wade through the ambiance. 8:40 p.m. – Echoplex
  • Dios: Where dreamy harmonies meet guitar whispers in a kaleidoscope of feel-good vibes and folk jams. 11:30 p.m. – Echo

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Kids in Heat: Given that the muffler is gone and no one understands why the car is filling up with noxious fumes punk jams like Kids in Heat will continue, but maybe at the wrong backyard party.  4 pm – Short Stop
  • Emily Gold: Emily Gold’s coming in loud in clear like a transmission from a bygone era. Fans of Siouxsie and the Banshees will find lots to like. 6:00 p.m. – Trencher
  • Raener: A slow cooked batch of doleful indie rock, with heart-on-sleeve lyrics and vibrant buildups that make the world bright again. 8:20 p.m. – Taix Champagne Room

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Brit Manor: Brit Manor carries the mantle of the last several generations of electronic soul naturally, pirouetting from dance grooves to a more telling honest portrait of the artist. 6:15 p.m. – Taix Champagne Room
  • The Paranoyds: No one wants to peel donuts in the empty parking lot. It’s tradition. The Paranoyds pick up the tradition of noise/garage acts. The four-piece will remind of Bratmobile and other riot grrrl bands. 6:30 p.m. – Echoplex

Sunday, Aug. 21

  • Dead Dawn: This L.A duo captures something akin to the indecipherable punk rock t-shirt, shredded and faded, but instantly recognizable. 7:00 P.M. – Little Joy
  •  Chola Orange: An instrumental outfit from La Puente that appreciates the space in between, but also the overlapping of keys/strings melding into a gooey soup of several generations of funk. 8:30 p.m. – Lost Knight

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  1. Ooh, I want to hear you SCREAM. For ice cream that is. At Icy Rush. Where the rush is icy. Icy rush.

  2. Just give them all baseball bats and have a real battle of the bands, because their music is crap. Especially Gums and Bozos.

  3. Chola Orange is a god damed dirty sin!

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