Best Live Band - 2011
Free Moral Agents
For Free Moral Agents, more is decidedly more. Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Mars Volta) brought together the collective of Long Beach musicians (the number is ever-morphing, but fixtures include singer Mendee Ichikawa, drummer Ryan Reiff, guitarist Jesse Carzello and bassist Dennis Owens) so he could properly execute the multitude of sounds in his head. The result? A band that produce an incandescent blend of rock, trip-hop, funk, psychedelic and soul music that's perfect for getting stoned to or watching late at night with your jaw hanging open.