Our fourth year at Make Music Pasadena was a lazy one in comparison to former years – and not just because the bill was smaller and less impressive. Embracing the cooled weather (in comparison to the 90sF in former years) we kept it simple, mostly catching the artists at our favourite Playhouse/SESAC stage. While not the best round of MMP, we still can’t wait to return again next year!
Photos by Zane Roessell
Words by Britt Witt
Kera & The Lesbians
Her hip swivels weren’t the only Elvis Presley nostalgia Kera & The Lesbians brought to the stage. The cowgirl gypsy folk this trio brings is reminiscent of simpler times but by no means does this degrade the talent. Between shuffling through several guitars (including a brand new one), excellent harmonies and high kicks, this is one show we never want to pass up.
For a musician formerly in a punk band, it was entertaining to see Nick Long of Dark Waves on stage meddling with a computer to create the beats filling out his vocals (note: he usually has a band with him). But the humor wasn’t lost on the ladycharmer, who made fun of himself for the same thing. While the set wasn’t as full as it could be, Long brought a level of emotional intensity that will drop you to your knees.
Von Zipper, everyone’s favorite instagram of the day.
How To Dress Well
While we didn’t seek out How To Dress Well, we were whole-heartedly impressed. In between the beautifully echoing songs, Tom Krell was chatty and amusing, never missing a chance to address the crowd. Explaining that he and his drummer Andrew had been friends since adolescence, Krell not only gave out Andrew’s cell phone number (and his “lovely” parents), but also enlisted the crowd in a birthday sing-a-long.
Post-set shenanigans with Kera & The Lesbians
Pre-set shenanigans with electro-duo Oyls
While this set was a little underwhelming, it still didn’t seem long enough. Avid Dancer ran through tracks from the debut album 1st Bath and sweatily said sayonara to Make Music Pasadena 2015.