(By Alexx Calise from MusicConnection.com)


Material: Ivy Wood, a fantastic sludge-rock duo consisting of Julien Baptiste and Dennis Nillsson, have long been one of LA’s best-kept secrets. However, it seems the secret’s finally starting to make its way out, as they’ve landed a coveted opening slot on a tour with Charming Liars, and they’ve amped up their light show, promotion and stage presence in a way that longtime IW fans haven’t seen out of the alt-rock twosome before. Their new tunes, including the gritty, hauntingly beautiful “Bleed Me Clean––which was a recent pick on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlist—have a delightfully dirty, southern tinge; like a much more thoughtful, evocative and murky Black Keys.


Performance: One thing this band has nailed down is vibe. They’ve always managed to put on a pro-level show, especially with their lighting. Baptiste and Nillsson are purposeful in their movements. Not showy. Reactive when the music calls for it. The only complaint would be the distance between the two band members on stage. Because of how far apart they were from each other, it created a bit of a disconnect, and Baptiste had to walk quite a ways if he ever wanted to interact with Nillsson.


Musicianship: Baptiste’s guitar work has always been second to none. A master of tone, Baptiste is able to wail away on guitar just as well as he does his vocals. Also impressive is his stellar independent motion, having the ability to shred complicated riffs all while singing equally difficult vocal counterparts. Nillsson is an equally artful drummer and gives Ivy Wood that lazy, sludgy movement indicative of this genre of music.

Summary: Ivy Wood is on a great path, It’s only a matter of time before you hear their tunes during a chain gang scene or something equally audacious in an edgy TV show or film.





UPCOMING: Coming Soon


08/17/19   Oskar Blues - Basement, Colorado Springs, C​O

08/16/19   Hodi's Half Note,  Fort Collins, CO

08/14/19   Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO

08/10/19   Emerald of Siam, Richland WA

08/09/19   Fawcett Hall @ Alma Mater, Tacoma, WA

08/08/19   Chop Suey, Seattle, WA

08/06/19   Harlow's Upstairs, Sacramento, CA

08/04/19   1720 DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

08/03/19   SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA 

08/01/19   Parish @ House Of Blues , Anaheim, CA (Postponed TBA*)

06/13/19   The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (W/ Rivers And Suns & Bobbyrock) Get Tickets

11/29/18   The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (Supporting Toby Rand W/ Satellite Sky) Tickets

11/09/18   The Rockers Ball, Boardners By Labelle, Hollywood, CA 

10/02/18 ​  Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood, Acoustic set*

09/06/18   The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA, (W Rivers And Suns, The Scenic Underground, Balto)​
12/10/17   Amnesia Beer And Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, USA
12/08/17   On The Y, Sacramento, CA (With: Nova Sutro and Diversity Of One) 
12/06/17   Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, NV (With: The Wild Sparrows)
10/29/17   The Mint, Los Angeles, CA (Meanwise App Launch) 
10/05/17   The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (W Disciples Of Babylon, Yard Of Blondes)
07/20/17   Skinny's Lounge, Los Angeles, CA 
07/12/17   The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (W Riot Child, I Don't Know How But The Found Me)
07/10/17   The Dresden, Los Feliz, CA (With Luke Strand and Dylan Chambers)
06/21/17   The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (With Tara Who?)
02/26/17   Santa Ana, CA (Details TBA)
02/25/17   Loaded Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
02/08/17   Los Globos, Silverlake, CA, USA
01/18/17   Union, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA (With TBA)
12/02/16   Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA (With SOC, StickBall, Dirty Cakes)
07/23/16   Zeta DTLA, Downtown Los Angeles, CA (With L.A Coyote)
06/27/16   Viper Room, Weho CA (With Jeff Angell's Staticland, Crux the King)
05/29/16   PBW, Pomona, CA
05/18/16   DTLA Showcase, Los Angeles, CA (Details TBA)
05/12/16   The Complex, Glendale, CA (W Socionic, Cage 9, The Edge Of Paradise)
05/04/16   Metro Ale House, Pomona, CA,  (With Fallen Electric)

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