Formed in 2010 by the coalescing of a Venice music collective The Mowgli’s began as a 10+ member group playing house parties and warehouse gatherings.
Their major label debut LP, 2013’s Waiting For The Dawn, saw immediate success with the hit single San Francisco. The record - which focused on the joy of bringing people together - immediately connected in a cynical world and the band quickly found themselves playing to sold out clubs around the US and inundated by requests for press, sponsorships and partnerships. Appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Osheaga, Bottlerock and many other festivals followed as did performances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan and a stint as the SXSW House band for Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live (Bravo).
The follow up LP, 2015’s Kids in Love (which spawned the feel-good single “I’m Good”) and their third LP Where’d Your Weekend Go? which came in the Fall of 2016 continued to build the band’s reputation for uplifting alternative pop. Throughout it all, touring has been the essence of the group. Known for inclusive, powerful performances, they’ve crisscrossed the US more times than they remember, mostly headlining shows but occasionally as support for bands including Manchester Orchestra, The Maine and Walk The Moon. They’ve played for the US military in Honduras and Guantanamo Bay and been a chosen favorite of brands ranging from Abercrombie to Intel, Dunkin to Budweiser.
Now independent, and half of their original size, The Mowgli’s released back-to-back EPs I Was Starting To Wonder and American Feelings in the past year, which have produced one of their biggest songs to date in Kansas City. They also wrote and performed the title song to Disney’s #1 animated show, Big City Greens.
Always with a mission to bring hope and positivity into the world, The Mowgli’s have been involved with numerous charities including The IRC, Heal The Bay, Happy Bottoms and many food banks and homeless shelters.
The band is:
Joshua Hogan - vocals/guitar
Katie Jayne Earl - vocals
Matthew Di Panni - bass
David Appelbaum - keys/guitar
Andy Warren - drums
To describe Arms Akimbo is a maddening series of clichés that manage to form something truly original. They met in college. They all liked the same bands (Portugal.The Man, Local Natives, Hippo Campus, Walk The Moon). They released a self-produced EP (“Vignettes”) that found quick success. They opened for some bigger bands...
This would be tiringly familiar were it not for the surprising speed with which the band gained fans in their Los Angeles hometown. They sold out a small club, sold out a larger club, then another, then sold out legendary club The Troubadour.
For a local band, standing out can be a slow and painful task but Arms Akimbo’s Peter Schrupp, Christopher Kalil, Matthew Sutton and Colin Boppell have tapped into that post-college-now-wtf vein of hope, insecurity and “fuck it, let’s just enjoy this” with their most recent EP “The Wrong Kind Of Dance Party”. Instantly familiar, the EP (songs from which are interspersed by recordings from an actual house party they threw in their former house), immediately drops you into a typical kegger with all the promise of a good time as well all the dashed hopes and inevitable heartbreak. But the EP slowly exposes the deeper side. The part where you end up at the end of the night, sitting with your best friend in the driveway and wondering what the point of life is.
Whatever it is, the band has hit a nerve. Maybe it’s that never ending nag that this time in life is fleeting, that responsibility is knocking hard on the door. Maybe it’s the inspiration that you don’t ever have to lose this feeling. Maybe it’s also a sign of the times…that in an increasingly unpredictable world, the only thing you can count on are friends, and the moment.
This performance is a General Admission, Standing Room Only event in the Ballroom of the Taft Theatre. All patrons require a ticket.