Distant Cousins, Zalman Krause, 7 Less, PLVNK

Distant Cousins

Zalman Krause

7 Less


Saturday, September 15

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

  • 7 Less - 8:30
  • Zalman Krause- 9:15
  • Distant Cousins - 10:00
  • PLVNK - 11:15

Distant Cousins
Distant Cousins
LA-based folk-pop trio Distant Cousins offers up a blend of music that, like the band name, suggests both deep connections and a wide variety of genres – all on display in their Jullian Records’ debut album, “Next Of Kin,” out this fall.
Their original music reflects a fluid collaboration of three distinct songwriters, producers, and performers. In the studio, the cousins share various roles as producers, writers and musicians. At their live shows, however, roles are more delineated; Ami sings, plays bass, and handles looping responsibilities, Dov sings, plays drums, and acoustic guitar, and Duvid sings and is the maestro of a myriad of stringed instruments. Onstage, the band also augments it sound with “honorary cousins” as guest musicians.
Each cousin brings his unique background to the group. Duvid grew up in the Middle East, on a small musical commune in Israel full of hippies and gypsies - owning only record players as appliances. Ami and Dov grew up on the East Coast, attending the same high school in New Jersey a few years apart. Ami is formally trained from Berklee (spelling?) and is forever a fan and student of bold and modern production values. Dov and Duvid come from the organic perspective of stripping a song down to its essentials—guitar and voice—to test its mettle. The blend of these two vantage points—cutting edge pop sonics with classic songcraft—is a thorough line that runs deeply through the Distant Cousins song catalog.
The 11 tracks on Next Of Kin, traverse folk-pop, anthemic pop, heartland pop-rock, and bluesy hues,. “I think what ties the songs together is honesty. What comes from the heart goes to the heart,” explains Duvid. Select standout cuts include “Lights On,” “Running,” “In My Blood,” and “Mighty Love.” Stanky James Brown grooves, swampy New Orleans second line funk, flourishes imbue “Lights On,” a be-true-to-yourself banger.
Subtle layers of meaning provoke thought on the stirring sing-along “Running, which Dov explains as “examining today’s faster-than-ever pace. With all the constant motion, we ask ourselves ‘Am I running to or running from?’” Cultural pride swells on the tender slow burner “In My Blood.” And the rousing “Mighty Love” is a stark reminder to hold your next of kin close to protect them in these volatile times.
Up next, Distant Cousins are planning a national tour and crafting more indie-pop masterpieces. Mulling over the meaning of this familial journey in music, Ami says: “In this business, you can get lost in the grind. Music can become a service rather than an art. With Distant Cousins, we bring all the skills we’ve acquired in the grind back to being art. And that’s because of our connection as a trio—it’s truly a blessing.”
Zalman Krause
Zalman Krause
Zalman Krause is a NY/LA based musician and comedian.​
He is best known for his serenading series on Youtube, racking in over 60 million combined views and 160,000 subscribers on his Youtube channel.  He has collaborated with popular channels such as "Coby Persin," priorly known as "Model Pranksters," "MaxmanTV Malaysia," "MoeandET," "Rich Ferguson," "yesfunnyyes," "jinkiesTV," and "DennisCeeTV."
​Zalman has received over 4 million Spotify plays on original songs such as, "Will You Be Mine?," "What Was It All For?," and "I Need Your Love," and "Blessed Like Me feat. Coby Persin." At age 19, Zalman was signed to Water Music Studios, home to artists such as Beyoncé, and Jason Mraz and has since worked with Grammy award winning recording artists such as C. Lanzbom.
​He has appeared on television in various shows such as MTV's "Say It In A Song," Facebook's first show "Make Up Or Break Up," an interview on Malaysian national television KLTV for his serenading series, various Channel 9 news interviews regarding viral pranks, and appeared as a finalist in "A Jewish Star, International Singing Competition."
​After being flown out to Asia by MaxManTV in 2015 for prank videos, Zalman has tapped into the Asian music market is fresh off of a 2017 tour through Asia where he performed his music throughout Malaysia and Thailand.
​Zalman is currently touring the USA and Asia and is working on his 4th studio album.
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Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035