The Fratellis: Scottish Rock Band at the Wiltern
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Glasgow buzz band The Fratellis rock The Wiltern. This show is in support of their new album Here We Stand. Opening acts are The Airborne Toxic Event and Electric Touch.
A brashly melodic indie rock outfit from Glasgow, The Fratellis feature vocalist/guitarist Jon Fratelli, drummer Mince Fratelli and bassist Barry Fratelli. The witty trio played its first show in early 2005, maintaining that the band’s moniker was merely an homage to Barry’s original surname (however, other rumors suggest that the Fratellis borrowed it from the nemesis family featured in Steven Spielberg’s film The Goonies). Such trivia only added to The Fratellis’ growing appeal upon their performance debut, and the band’s limited-edition self-titled EP arrived in April 2006.
The band�s full length debut, Costello Music_, followed in September and features the singles “Chelsea Dagger” and “Flathead”, the latter of which was chosen for an iPod commercial. Rolling Stone stated "_Costello is like a madcap Glasgow pub crawl: It makes you elated in the moment and sorry when it’s over." Their new album Here We Stand was released in June of 2008 and includes the new single “Mistress Mabel.”