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Music Industry Reception

Thurs Apr 26

Music Industry Party to Honor the Sync Mission
By Invitation Only

Damian Lazarus Thurs May 3

Damian Lazarus at the Echoplex

Sir Simon Rattle May 3 - 6

The Return of Sir Simon Rattle: Four Performances with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Curt Smith Fri May 4

Curt Smith (of Tears for Fears) Live in Concert at McCabe's in Santa Monica

Allo Darlin Sat May 5

Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures Live at the Echo

Music Industry Party to Honor the Sync Mission

Thursday, April 26th • By Invitation Only

Sponsored by UK Trade & Investment in partnership with The BPI and the MPA
Hosted by Bri-tish Consul-General, Dame Barbara Hay

Music Industry ReceptionThe annual Sync Mission, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment, The British Recorded Music Industry (The BPI) and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), each year brings 30-40 UK music companies to Los Angeles to meet with top music supervisors, creative executives, licensing directors and composers. The 2012 Sync Mission will take place April 24-26.

The purpose of the Sync Mission is to educate UK music companies about the business of licensing music to and composing for all visual media, including film, television, videogames, advertisements and motion picture trailers. The mission covers such topics as storytelling with music; how supervisors and producers make creative decisions; pitching music effectively; fee structures and how music supervisors work with music artists, labels and publishers. UK delegates participate in 3 days of presentations and private discussions with US industry leaders, and selected site visits. The Mission also includes an invitation-only networking party at the British Consul-General's Residence in Hancock Park.

Music Industry ReceptionThe Sync Mission first ran in 2005. It has been covered extensively in the UK by BBC Radio, Music Week (including a cover story on 17 April 2010) and Record of the Day. In 2011, a record 43 UK companies participated.

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Damian Lazarus at the Echoplex

Thursday, May 3rd • 9pm
The Echoplex | 1154 Glendale Blvd. • Los Angeles CA 90026

Performing with Check Yo Ponytail 2 Tiga / Light Year / Franki Chan
Tickets $22 in advance • Click here for tickets and information

Damian LazarusSince the moment he spun his first record, Damian Lazarus's mission has been a clear and urgent one: to blow away the mediocre, the over-inflated, the obsolete; to seek out and celebrate the energetic, the important, the new. Always rebelling, always going places.

Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humour, he's used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet. Drawn to the darkness, but buoyed by the light, ever ready to embrace new ideas and different perspectives on music and the dancefloor, Lazarus is always ahead of the curve, with a wry smile on his face and a neat trick up his sleeve, How many DJs do you know who've played Reviewing The Situation (from the Oliver! soundtrack, no less) half-speed to a jubilant crowd at DC10 in Ibiza. How many DJs do you know who've received a sitting ovation on the dancefloor?

Damian was born in London, where he lived until he relocated to Los Angeles in 2009. During childhood, Damian was naturally drawn to classic pop music, and inherited from his grandfather an affection for showtunes which continues to exert itself in the strangest of ways. He spent his teens immersing himself in the sounds of hip-hop, electro, soul and funk, before discovering house, hardcore and jungle at university - sparking a love of twisted, innovative dance music that endures to this day. After working as Music Editor then Assistant Editor at Dazed & Confused, he joined London Records and in 2001 became head A&R of the City Rockers label. Here he helped sign and release some of the biggest tunes of the era. According to DJ Magazine, Damian Lazarus plays the best underground records in the world.

Click here to read Damian's full bio

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The Return of Sir Simon Rattle

Four Performances with the LA Philharmonic

May 3, 4, 5 & 6 • Walt Disney Concert Hall

Classical Music

Music Director of the illustrious Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle has a long history with the LA Phil but has never led the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall...until now. The celebrated conductor returns with masterpieces by Ligeti, Wagner, and Mahler (the touching RŁckert songs, sung by his wife, acclaimed mezzo Magdalena KoěenŠ). He concludes with Bruckner's transcendent Ninth, for which he has received rave reviews.
Sir Simon Rattle

Click here for tickets and information

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Curt Smith

Curt SmithA Live Performance in an Intimate Setting

Friday, May 4th • 8pm (doors 7:30pm)
McCabes • 3101 Pico Blvd • Santa Monica, CA 90405

Acclaimed musician Curt Smith is the co-founder of seminal British music group Tears For Fears, with which he continues to tour worldwide. He also writes music for film, television and the web, and has become a regular speaker at creative, media and technology events, including TEDxHollywood, TEDxSan Francisco, and the USC Annenberg Online Communities program.

All ages general admission tickets $22.50. For tickets and info:

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Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures at the Echo

Saturday, May 5th • 5pm
The Echo | 1822 Sunset Blvd. • Los Angeles CA 90026

Performing with Yellow Red Sparks
Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door • Click here for tickets and information

Allo DarlinAllo Darlin' is the music of Australian-born, London-based songwriter Elizabeth Morris. Originally from a country town in Queensland, Elizabeth moved to London in 2005 and, inspired to write songs by her purchase of a ukulele from the famous Duke of Uke shop in Brick Lane, began to make music. Although she has been releasing music under various guises since 2007, it wasnít until 2009 that she hooked up with Paul Rains (guitar), Bill Botting (bass) and Michael Collins (drums) and Allo Darlin' was properly born.

Early in 2009, Allo Darlin' cut their first single, Henry Rollins Donít Dance, which received glowing reviews in places such as the Metro, The Fly and The Guardian, the latter calling it "the best indiepop song for years". The bandís single that followed, The Polaroid Song, was named as one of Drowned In Sound's Top 50 singles of 2009, while their latest single Dreaming was voted Single Of The Week by Jarvis Cocker, Peter Hook and Huw Stephens on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6music round table (beating MGMT, The Radio Dept. and Kate Nash in the process!).

In their brief lifetime, Allo Darlin' have been interviewed (three times) by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and also recorded live sessions for John Kennedy on XFM and Lauren Laverne on 6 Music. They've played Indietracks Festival (stealing the show with their impromptu station platform performance two years ago and this year playing on Friday's main stage), have toured in Sweden and Germany, and appeared at the prestigious Swn Festival in Cardiff promoted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. In March of this year they headed out on their first major UK tour as support to The School, followed by trips to the States for SXSW festival, NY Popfest and an East Coast tour, the appearance at NY Popfest leading to a glowing review on the front page of The New York Times website! Steve Lamacq also selected them as his choice for BBC's Introducing week, resulting in a session at Maida Vale and a filmed interview for the BBC, and they'll shortly be returning to XFM for a full electric session.

The WaveOne of the most hardworking and prolific bands in the UK, The Wave Pictures return with a new album BeerIn the Breakers on April 18th on Moshi Moshi Records. The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm. In 1998, Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold where they started playing music together, with Hugh J. Noble on drums. The band was called Blind Summit. When Hugh decided he didn't want to play drums, he went to Exeter to study Philosophy instead. The band changed it's name to The Wave Pictures, and Hugh was replaced by several drummers, until Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm became the permanent replacement.

For a few years, The Wave Pictures have played sporadically in the UK, France and New York. During this time, highlights have included playing at the Mofo Festival in Paris at the invitation of friend Herman Dune, and playing shows with Herman Dune and The Jeffrey Lewis Band. David also sang The Wave Pictures song Dust Off Your Heart with Herman Dune on a radio session for the great John Peel. The Wave Pictures have also served as backing band and co-songwriters for John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, the results featuring on a seven-inch single released by 4AD records.

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