L.A. BURNING: WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, APRIL 24TH TO APRIL 30TH, 2017
Los Angeles is recovering from Coachella, I am recovering from the monster show at the Palladium with Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles, but there are a lot of legends playing this week.
Monday 24th is the last residency of Draemings with Lauren Ruth Ward, Cassini, Francisca Valenzuela, Ones to Watch. I have seen Draemings three times already, and the grand finale will probably be even more incredible than the previous nights, as for Lauren Ruth Ward, I saw her at the Hi Hat last month and she is spectacular, beautiful and feisty, kicking the air and stamping her boots.
This is also Irontom’s last night at the Satellite with Grandpa vs. Prowler, Thumpasaurus, and Grandson.
And folk-electronic duo Sylvan Esso is at Amoeba. I saw them at Make Music Pasadena 3 years ago, and I haven’t clearly followed them since, but at the time singer Amelia Meath had awesome slow-break-dance moves and sounded like a cross between Grimes and Bjork.
On Tuesday 25th, Vieux Farka Toure and Omar Velasco play at the Echoplex. Although I have never seen them, Vieux Farka Toure is a must-see: he is nicknamed the Hendrix of the Sahara, and he is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. Velasco was a guitarist touring with the band A Fine Frenzy and then with Jonathan Wilson, but he has now embarked on a solo career with a debut album, ‘Golden Child’, coming out this summer.
Clara-Nova with Kauf, Paper Pilots, Rainstorm Brother play at the Bootleg: I saw Clara-Nova and Kauf at the Echo last year, and Sydney Wayser (her real name) had interesting stripped-down all-electro-percussion compositions and a quite a voice, she had a sort of Lykke Li vibe with a Florence and the Machine powerhouse. As for Kauf, he is an electronic guy, building very dense and hypnotic dancescapes, with a basic synth-drums-bass combination, experimental but very catchy at the same time.
Also, Gaz Coombes play at the Hi Hat with Simone Turkington Magic, Marjorie Fair… Gaz Coombes was in UK rock band Supergrass and he has a new album on Matador, so that should be interesting. Plus it will literally be a magic night as Simone Turkington Magic is a real magician working at Hollywood Hills’ Magic Castle.
Lastly, the legendary Pixies are playing two dates at the Theater at Ace Hotel on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th, but Tuesday is already sold out.
The 1975 have added a second show at the Greek theater, so they now play on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th.
On Thursday 27th and Friday 28th , another legendary band, Magnetic Fields, have two concerts at UCLA Royce Hall.
But talking about legends, the Sloths are playing at Amoeba on Thursday 27th, and you can be sure they will bring back the legend to the Sunset strip! I have seen them numerous times, but they are always a lot of fun, and they will certainly put the place of fire.
On Friday 28th, the Theater at Ace Hotel has another night of talk and music featuring visual artist Shepard Fairey, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Garbage’s Shirley Manson and the Doors’ drummer John Densmore. The subject is very important in these confusing times: the relationship between music and activism. The artists will perform acoustically and an all-star jam session is also scheduled.
On Saturday 29th, the Theater at Ace Hotel, which is definitively a great place to be this week, has another legend, The Zombies. They were the second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, and although the group broke-up in 1968, they have apparently more or less resurrected… it may be important to note that the theater is a seated venue, considering the age of this audience.
Also, Chicano Batman is at the Glass House, in Pomona. It may be a bit far from LA, but you have to know it is already sold out, like every venue these superheroes play.
On Sunday April 30th, Willie Nelson plays at Santa Barbara Bowl, it is a 2-hour drive from LA, may be more or less on a Sunday night, but if you are a fan, you have to go, wasn’t Willie feeling too good lately? He is 83…
Also, another legend, Richie Ramone, will play the Echoplex the same night with The Tissue and Readership Hostile. He is the only Ramones drummer to be credited as the sole composer and writer of 6 Ramones songs, and he is one of the three surviving members of the iconic band (the others being Marky Ramone and C.J. Ramone) so this should be enough to make you go!