December 21st, 2010

Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour – [Photos]

Images by Michael Orlosky

Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour – Monday, December 20th

Middle Brother
Middle Brother

Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour   [Photos]
John McCauley

Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour   [Photos]
Mountain Man & Middle Brother

Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour   [Photos]

December 16th, 2010



Thank you for visiting Rollo & Grady. We’re an online music publication and music supervision, licensing, management, and production company based in Los Angeles. Our goal is to provide a convenient and efficient way to discover and rediscover quality music. We’re excited to share the music that we listen to. At Rollo & Grady, you’ll find tracks from the past, the present, and everywhere in between, as well as local and national music news, reviews, music videos, and interviews.

Rollo & Grady Productions focuses on placing up-and-coming indie artists in film, television, commercials, and the internet. We’ve served as music consultants for both film and television, working with Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, and Seth Macfarlane on Season 5, 6, and currently on season 7 of the Fox program American Dad and with Fox Searchlight on the film Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth In Revolt, The Good Girl) and produced by Jim Burke and Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways). Rollo & Grady have recently been hired to consult for the war film, Love And Honor, starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.

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In addition to consulting, Rollo & Grady Productions handled music supervision duties on the documentary Sing, a film about the 2008 Hotel Cafe tour and the indie comedy, Last Call starring Christopher Lloyd and Tom Arnold, executive produced by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).

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October 5th, 2010

Rollo & Grady Presents Lord Huron @ Hotel Café – 11/4

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Artwork by Ben Schneider

October 1st, 2010

Lord Huron :: Hotel Cafe – Thursday, November 4th

Lord Huron :: Hotel Cafe   Thursday, November 4th
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Thursday, November 4th

September 23rd, 2010

Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

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Voice of an Angel

Over the past decade, the haunting, love-sick voices of Beth Orton, Regina Spektor, and Chan Marshall have helped pave the way for a new crop of talented female singer-songwriters: Lissie, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Alela Diane. One of the most promising artists in this category is Brooklyn-via-New Jersey’s Sharon Van Etten. The beautiful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics of her 2009 debut album Because I Was In Love landed her on many critics’ year-end best-of lists. On her forthcoming album, Epic, Van Etten is joined by a full band and expands her sound with the accompaniment of electric guitar, piano, lap steel, drums, and backing vocals from Meg Baird (Espers) and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). Epic will top lists once again, and Van Etten, a unique talent, will be making music for years to come.

I caught up with Sharon earlier this summer to discuss touring, Tennessee, and her new album.

Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

R&G: Hey Sharon, how are things with you?

Sharon: Good, thanks.

R&G: I recently received an email from you regarding Zoom. What are your day-to-day responsibilities at Ba Da Bing?

Sharon: I do mostly publicity and so write a lot of emails, whether a record is coming out or a band is coming through or is going on tour. I’m still learning the whole process as I’ve only been officially full-time for the last year and I’m learning as I go. I try to write people and hope that they already like the band, and if they don’t know the band, I introduce it to them. I’ve had to learn about what’s too intrusive to say and what’s annoying and how to phrase emails.

R&G: Last year you toured with the Great Lake Swimmers, Rain Machine, Megafaun, Bowerbirds, and Antlers. What did you take from the shows while touring with those musicians?

Sharon: One of the things I gathered was their level of professionalism. The bands that I’ve gotten to open up for, they’ve been doing this a lot longer than I have. They’re really organized, they’re really poised, and they’re really patient. When bands tour that often, at some point, the shit is going to hit the fan. Something’s going to go wrong. Someone doesn’t show up. Equipment fails. Whatever. But they’ve gotten to the point where you do what you can and it’s not always perfect and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have the best show or if someone’ talking or whatever. They really helped me a feel more confident in that things just happen and you just do your job.

R&G: You lived in Tennessee for five years. Can you tell me a little bit about the time that you spent in the South?

Sharon: I had just graduated high school and I was really idealistic about the world. I thought that I could go to college and actually start taking classes in music and not worry about general education classes anymore. I also wanted to go far away from home, but I found a school that was tied for number one with Berklee for recording and it was really cheap to go there. That became the one thing that I could talk to my parents about, saying, “This is a responsible decision. I get to pursue music, but it’s also a back-up plan for a real job.” So I went down there and hated it. I dropped out of school and ended up getting a job at an all-ages venue called The Red Rose.
Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

September 20th, 2010

Rollo & Grady Interview with Lord Huron

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Presence of the Lord

Lord Huron, the mysterious band that appeared out of thin air earlier this summer, is actually the work of musician Benji Schneider. In a short period of time, he’s created a buzz similar to that surrounding Bon Iver several years back. Bands hate comparisons; still, the first time I heard Lord Huron’s music, I thought of Fleet Foxes, but with a pulse. Make no mistake about it: Benji’s band is worth all of the hype and attention that it’s received thus far. Benji creates music that makes you want to tell everyone you know about it.

Benji is a soft-spoken, humble guy from Michigan. I did find it a bit odd that he would only let me address him as Lord during our interviews, but hey: it is Los Angeles. Our first meeting took place at Barbrix in Silver Lake. Lord joined me with his drummer and childhood friend Mark Barry. We had a great time drinking beers, chatting, and eating average food, but the recording of our conversation turned out to be shit, so we caught up a couple days later by phone. Lord expressed his enthusiasm for his forthcoming EP and his excitement to spread the gospel beyond Los Angeles. Here’s what went down on our call.
Rollo & Grady Interview with Lord Huron

September 2nd, 2010

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

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Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
1. Active Child
2. Balam Acab
3. Baths
4. Best Coast
5. Blondes
6. Braids
7. Candy Claws
8. ceo
9. Cloud Nothings
10. Cults
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
12. DOM
13. Dominant Legs
14. Frank (Just Frank)
15. Frankie Rose And The Outs
16. Games
17. Gayngs
18. Givers
19. Glasser
20. Gold Panda
Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
21. How To Dress Well
22. Julian Lynch
23. Kingdom
24. Lower Dens
25. Minks
26. MNDR
27. Mountain Man
28. Mr. Dream
29. Perfume Genius
30. Prince Rama
31. Tamaryn
32. Tame Impala
33. Tanlines
34. Teengirl Fantasy
35. Tennis
36. Twin Sister
37. Warpaint
38. Wild Nothing
39. WU LYF
40. Zola Jesus

Mountain Man

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Simple Girl
Minks – Funeral Song
Wild Nothing – Confirmation
Dominant Legs – Clawing Out At The Walls
Glasser – Home

July 30th, 2010

The Kills

The Kills

MP3: The Kills – Last Day of Magic
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