89.9 KCRW Presents New Years Eve at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood with: Jenny and Johnny, Cults, and DJ Marion Hodges - Sat, December 31, 2011, Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm (event ends at 1:00 am) The Standard Hotel, West Hollywood, CA $75.00 - $125.00. Start the new year with two of the sassiest and best regarded indie rock duos in one epic night - Jenny and Johnny and Cults. Free champagne toast at midnight for all. This will be the best New Year's Eve rock n' roll party in L.A. even if the world ends when it turns into 2012.
Jenny and Johnny first started working together in Los Angeles in 2005, after being introduced by Conor Oberst. Rice had traveled to Nebraska to make his first record before moving to L.A., where Lewis was beginning work with Mike Mogis on her solo debut Rabbit Fur Coat. They both ended up playing on each others recordings, and struck up a lasting creative relationship. Rice joined Lewis' band for the Rabbit Fur Coat world tour in 2006, and has played live with Lewis at every show of her solo career thus far. Jenny contributed both songwriting and singing to Johnathan's Further North in 2007, and he was quick to return the favor as one of the producers of Lewis' album Acid Tongue and again joining her on the road. During the Acid Tongue sessions, the band cut the song "Carpetbaggers" with Elvis Costello. The legendary songwriter was so inspired with the collaboration that he enlisted Lewis, Rice, their Acid Tongue crew, and the Imposters to help make one of his finest records of recent years, 2008's Momofuku.
Cults, a duo from New York City, have been described as Swedish indie pop meets 60’s girl groups, complete with retro vocals and a throwback pop sound. Formed in 2010, Cults are best known for their first single “Go Outside”.
Marion has been DJ-ing since the summer of 2007. She co-founded the DJ team Squaregirls, and was a co-creator of the still active indiepop/northern soul dance party, Hungry Beat! The loungier sister of Hungry Beat!, Sophisticated Boom Boom, takes place on the first Saturday of every month at Tony’s Saloon, Downtown Los Angeles. She frequently spins at Wurstkuche (both locations), Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, and various other concert venues around town. At least eighty-five percent of her wardrobe is comprised of vintage items.