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Thursday, March 13 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Gram Rabbit

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Gram Rabbit RadioAngel and the RobotBeat(Royal Order) November 13, 2007 Band Members Jesika von Rabbit –vocals, keys, guitar, programming Todd Rutherford –vocals, guitar, bass, programming Ethan Allen-guitar, programming Brain Macleod-drums Gram Rabbit’s third record, RadioAngel and the RobotBeat (Royal Order) takes a turn back towards the band's electro roots. Still, Gram Rabbit uses a wide variety of styles and sounds as they explore the state of Western Pop-Culture and the commercial apparatus that continues to lead us towards cultural bankruptcy. Produced by Ethan Allen (The 88, Luscious Jackson, Patti Griffin) who decided he loved the Rabbit so much he now joins them live on guitar, RadioAngel is the next logical step in the band's recorded evolution. On their previous two releases, Music To Start a Cult To & Cultivation for Stinky Records, Gram Rabbit explored the notion of a happy cult. Wind-whipped arid desert air, otherworldly landscapes and the mind-bending, acid-altered thoughts of a tweaked out Manson worshipper contributed to the band's butt rockin’, happy dance vibe. Combined with childlike imagery of bunny rabbits juxtaposed against the hyper-sexuality of front woman Jesika von Rabbit, Gram Rabbit connected with their fans like a right hook from Bob Hoskins. Founded in 2004 by Jesika von Rabbit and Todd Rutherford in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California Gram Rabbit quickly gained attention for their offbeat styles as well as their decidedly bent take on modern music. Using beats, twangy guitars, programmed samples, a healthy dose of mind-altering lyrical illusion and super-charged sexual energy, Gram Rabbit were hailed as best new LA Band in 2005 at the LA Weekly Music Awards. Momentum built as the band sold out West Coast clubs and earned rave reviews in monthly, daily and International publications. Their rapid ascent from outsiders to the top of the L.A. club scene could be attributed to the dichotomy of their audience. Well-heeled hipsters in low-slung jean and ironic t-shirts could be found next to actress Scarlet Johansson. Uberfan John Cusack rounded out his iTunes celebrity playlist with music from the band. It's easy to see how the bands classy image combined with it’s dirty sound was a lethal combination for their divergent audience. When the band hopped the pond for some shows in the United Kingdom, the toast of Southern California made quite an impression on the tight-knit world of the London press with write ups in Time Out London, Dazed and Confused, The Independent and others. They were then invited to perform at the Wireless Festival in London sharing the stage with Basement Jaxx, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem. Gram Rabbit’s must-see live show, their fantastic sound and their geographic desirability helped secure a much sought after gig at the desert music festival, Coachella. The trade magazine Daily Variety commented: “Sunday’s Coachella fest got off to a slow start with unimpressive performances by hyped artists like Fiery Furnaces and M.I.A. (with the definite exception of the acid-trip costume show by local, sexy psych-rockers Gram Rabbit.).” The adulation was not lost on Hollywood. A bevy of licensing opportunities were presented to the band. CBS’s “CSI”, MTV’s “The Assistant” with Andy Dick, NBC’s “Dateline” Fox’s Head Cases” and Bravo all found the band's sound resonated. With RadioAngel completed and the band hitting the road, Gram Rabbit is set to embark on the next phase of their career. Their fans are set for more hare-raising gigs, vital new additions to the live band and a sound that will surely get their asses moving and minds bending. Beatrix Potter couldn’t have written it better herself. For more information, please contact Joshua Mills, It’s Alive! Media, 323-464-6314, josh@itsalivemedia.com, www.itsalivemedia.com
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Thursday March 13, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Volume 614 E 6th St

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