By Ashley Beasley
Props to whomever booked the music for this year’s fast-approaching Abbot Kinney Fest, happening on Sunday, September 25.
There are a lot of acts playing and a mile long street on which on which to see them. Here’s a quick review of some of the must-sees, so you can plan accordingly:
Thundercat is the alias for Steve Bruner, the ex-basist for Suicidal Tendencies. While this fact alone may peak your curiosity to hear him live, his music will leave you no less curious. Call it experimental future jazz with astral breakbeats. FYI, his most recent album was produced by Los Angeles dub and cut-hop maven, Flying Lotus.
Mia Doi Todd, a L.A. based prolific singer-songwriter, has been releasing albums since 1997. Her honey like voice can remind you of a warm summer breeze and bring you to tears all in the same album. Todd’s new album, Cosmic Ocean Ship, has a light and lovely bossa feel.
Hanni El Khatib’s unique sound is raw, 50’s and 60’s inspired, garage rock, blues and doo-whop all in one. Although he plays with a drummer on stage, Khatib is a one-man band, writing, playing and recording all the music himself. FYI, he’s half Palestinian, half Filipino, 1st generation American. Makes for an interesting background.
Lastly, Sweatson Klank (aka Take ) is a cutting-edge cut-hop/dub-pop producer from Topanga Canyon. If you’re into beats, check him out. He’s got a delightfully produced sound that catches hold and doesn’t let you go. Sonic impressions will be made.
Stay tuned to http://abbotkinney.org/ for set-times and stage detail.