Matt Ellis Births, Deaths & Marriages Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:23:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cinema Bar July 13 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:57:00 +0000 CinemaBar_07_13_14Matt Ellis and Cinema Bar present another blowout at Westside’s favorite dive bar on Sunday July 13th.

Old favorites “Restavrant” return to close out festivities, with “Boys School” making their debut. Matt Ellis and his band will be previewing tracks from his soon to be released new album, while Lacey Kay Cowden gets the crowd stomping early at 3:30pm.

And if that aint enough, special guest Brian Dunsmoor and his crew from “The Ladies Gunboat Society” will be slinging Crawfish all afternoon out back! $12 bucks gets you in, gets you fed, and all the bands below!

Checkout the Facebook invite here.



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Texas May 2nd & 3rd Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:16:17 +0000 2014_web_poster-01__large

Matt Ellis returns to Texas, Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3rd, playing tracks from his new album, scheduled for a Summer release.

Ellis and his band takeover Austin’s Frank on Friday May 2nd and then head South to join the line up at The Texas Crawfish Music Festival, Saturday May 3rd. Matt hits the stage at 2pm sharp, alongside Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Ben Kweller and more.

Matt and his band travelled to Tucson back in December, tracking live at WaveLab (Neko Case, Calexico, Howe Gelb) and adding overdubs back home in L.A. through winter. The result is a bigger, tougher sounding record dripping with pedal steel, 12 string guitars and Matt’s trademark powerful, smokey vocals.

Matt plans to release several singles over the coming months, leading up to the album release in Summer. Catch the band on this Texas run performing the new tunes live for the first time.


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Standing Sun Winery Feb 15 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:52:13 +0000 2014_Feb15_Article_560x260Matt Ellis performs a rare solo acoustic show, with his wife Vavine, Sat, Feb 15th at Standing Sun LIVE.

Ellis will perform 2 sets at 7pm and 9pm, featuring brand new material he’s currently recording, along with favorites from past albums. Tix are $10 and $15 for reserved seating, available now through Standing Sun Winery.

Standing Sun Winery is located 2 hrs north of L.A. at 92 Second St – Unit D, Buellton, CA 93427.

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Jam In The Van Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:26:38 +0000 Matt and his band recently jumped onboard to record a few live tracks with the Jam in the Van crew.
You can watch all three videos here, or check the original post on




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“Candy” Video Launch Sat, 19 Oct 2013 22:17:10 +0000

Many thanks to Jordan Levy for directing and shooting Matt’s new video for his recent single, “Candy”. Shot at the transforming Lincoln Place in Venice, CA, the clip follows Matt and his wife Vavine through parallel universes, separated by time.

Directed and photographed by Jordan Levy
Edited by Tony Papa
Colored by Michael Kellogg

Extras: Patrick Wilkins, Adeline Wilkins, Joey Indrieri and Josh Gomez.

Matt Ellis re-works Iggy Pop’s 1990 hit “CANDY”, soaking it in Pedal Steel and Banjo with his wife, Vavine, taking the female vocal. The original B-Side, “DANGERS OF THE NIGHT”, takes you on a ride through the desert night with a misfit couple looking for thrills.

The double a-side single is available online and here with a limited edition T-Shirt.


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Surfrider Mixtape Vol.1 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:23:13 +0000 SurfriderCompilationThe Surfrider Mixtape Volume One is out now! Featuring Lucas Nelson, The Olms, Tom Freund, Matt Ellis and many more, copies are now available at Touch Vinyl and online. Tapes are $15 with all profits being donated to the Surfrider Foundation West L.A. Chapter.

Surfrider Foundation campaigns for safe, clean beaches and oceans around the world. Their ‘coastal preservation’ campaign in West Los Angeles/Malibu has been active since 2009. To find out more, visit


Track listing:

1. Morello “On The Westside” 03:57
2. The Tulips “California Vine” 02:18
3. Alicia Murphy “Appreciating” 03:13
4. The Olms “Wanna Feel It” 02:42
5. Fauntella Crow “Grow” 03:25
6. Chris Joyner “I’ll Be Fine” 04:39
7. Troup “Mickey Mouse Teeth” 03:30
8. Daryl Hannah “Freedom For The Stallion” 02:37
9. Solomon’s Seal “Lazy Eye” 03:48
10. Parker Ainsworth “Time To Let Go” 04:33
11. Sonia Rao “You Say I” 03:13
12. We Are The West “Groene Hart” 06:15
13. JaJa Valentine “Ache” 03:18
14. Sid Jordan “Wind” 03:49
15. The Dustbowl Revival “Joesphine” 04:05
16. Greg Johnson “California’s Fine” 03:59
17. Clayton Joseph Scott “More Love” 04:25
18. MK & The Gentlemen “China Police” 03:18
19. Tom Freund “Wounded Surfer Boy” 03:29
20. Matt Ellis “River Too Wide” 02:43
21. Minnie Driver “Stars & Satellites” 05:19
22. Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. “Don’t Take Me Back” 09:08



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Joshua Tree Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:20:47 +0000

Celebrated photographer, Paddy Wilkins, paid a visit to Matt recently, when he stayed on Burnt Mountain in the Yucca Valley, writing new material. All shots are untouched, scans from original Polaroid prints.

Matt Ellis, Burnt Mountain, Yucca Valley, Feb 2013.

Photo: Paddy Wilkins

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Grand Ole Echo Sun July 28 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:52:02 +0000 2013_GOEcho_Article_560x260Matt Ellis returns to the Grand Ole Echo on Sunday July 28th. Ellis joins Rod Melancon and Charlie Faye from 5:30pm at The Echo, located at 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. 

Matt and his full band will perform tracks off the “Briths, Deaths..” album, the recent single and a selection of brand new material. This early show is FREE and ALL AGES.

Photo: Paddy Wilkins


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Limited Edition Pack gets published Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:08:55 +0000 2013_HandmadePack_Article_560x260Matt’s limited edition release of “Births, Deaths & Marriages” has been featured in the new edition of “Handmade Packaging Workshop”. The publication showcases the best in custom packaging from around the world and is now available at Amazon.

712efHWOHQL._SL1000_500 signed, handmade CD-packs showcasing Matt Ellis’ album, “Births, Deaths & Marriages” were released one year following the albums original digital launch. Designed by the artist, this memento box contains the first pressing of “Births, Deaths“, custom buttons, handwritten lyrics, six photos spanning his life and career plus a few other surprises. Each pack is unique, personally signed, numbered and available for $20. A few limited edition packs are still available here in the store and at shows.

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June Acoustic Shows Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:01:43 +0000 2013_JuneAcoustic_Article_560x260 Matt Ellis has two stripped back acoustic shows in June, showcasing new material.

Catch Ellis with pedal steel player, Tim Walker, and his wife V at The Del Monte Speakeasy, on Tuesday June 11th, opening up for Tom Freund at 9pm.

Guitarist Josh Norton joins V and Matt the following week at The Cactus Room at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood on Wednesday June 19th. Doors are at 7:30pm and entry is free.

Photo: Paddy Wilkins

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