Wicked cool evening tonight for The Airborne Toxic Event and their L.A. (and L.A.-bound) fans, as excitment mounted these past few weeks for their epic performance at Disney Hall with The Calder Quartet and other special guests. It’s part of Los Angeles Philharmonic’s West Coast, Left Coast festival. For Airborne, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the music and culture of their East L.A. neighborhood – and an opportunity to play with their friends, the magnificent Calder Quartet, in a really classy setting. You can probably tell that I’m just a tad envious of all those who will be in attendance tonight. However, all is not lost – the performance is being filmed for a DVD release.

In other news, huge congratulations to Silverlake forebears Silversun Pickups for picking up a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist”, which maybe shows the Grammys have come at least a short way from when Jethro Tull beat out Metallica for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance”… Also spotted: People Magazine’s Grammy nomination predictions, where Airborne Tox got a mention in the Best New Artist category as a band to “keep an eye on”. Next time, guys… next time.

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