L.A. BURNING: WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, May 1st TO May 7th, 2017
New month, new residencies, and I could hardly keep up with the previous ones! Actually many residencies will start next week, may be because May is such a long month, full of Mondays this year.
On Monday, rock ‘n’ soul band The Diamond Light kicks off its residency at the Satellite with Robbery Inc., Zachary Kibbee, Well Hung Heart
Also on Monday, it’s a School Night at Bardot has the Veers but especially Lauren Ruth Ward (plus a secret guest!). I saw Lauren once, and she was a special treat, kicking ass and truly beautiful… I keep seeing her name in the lineup of many shows around L.A., but I am always busy with something else, so it’s good to know she is playing again.
Also on Monday, the Echo has a special show instead of its usual residency, Brant Bjork with Royal Thunder, Black Wizard, Barrows: you just have to know that drummer Brant Bjork was a member of two of the 1990s’ leading stoner rock bands, Kyuss and Fu Manchu, and that he began playing with Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, and John Garcia. He also founded his own indie label, El Camino Records/Duna Records and launched a solo career with the 1999 release Jalamanta after being briefly an early member of Queens of the Stone Age. Does this mean I have to go? The rest of the night promises to be very heavy.
And if you like metal, Monday is going to be a big dilemma because Weedeater, The Obsessed, primitive man, FATSO JETSON, and Karma To Burn are all playing at the Regent, for a night presented by Metalsucks, Church of the 8th Day and Spaceland… doom and death metal fans, you are warned!
Trendy girl band Haim has two shows at the Teragram ballroom on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd, but the only way to get in is to register through Facebook in the hope to be selected. Does it mean it’s free? So far, there’s no price indicated on the page!
On Tuesday 2nd, the Bootleg offers an intimate evening with Okkervil River. I remember seeing them a long time ago, I honestly didn’t know they were still around. The show will be intimate, if you like acoustic folk sad songs.
The Hi Hat doesn’t have a Monday residency but a Tuesday one with Omar Velasco, who was in A Fine Frenzy and then in Jonathan Wilson’s band. I imagine him to be a more classic side of Devendra Banhart?, since his music uses diverse blend of rock, folk, world and Latin influences.
Also on Tuesday, Laura Marling is playing at the Mayan theater, the UK folk singer songwriter does not play folk anymore, but she is a bit weird, surprising, intellectual and quite interesting.
On Wednesday, one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters, Robyn Hitchcock is playing at the Troubadour, while actor-converted-musician Kiefer Sutherland is taking over the Roxy. Any Jack Bauer fans?
On Thursday 4th, Norwegian singer songwriter Sondre Lerche is playing at the Troubadour, he has opened for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, and someone who knew I loved Elliott Smith tried very hard to convert me to him a few years ago. I will let you be the judge, Dedekind Cutis opening.
Also on Thursday, Day Wave has an intimate show at Amoeba. I saw them last year, opening for the Psychedelic Furs at Santa Monica’s Twilight Concerts, they had bouncy indie pop with big choruses and kaleidoscopic harmonies, plus an obvious dreamy side. They will be signing their new record, ‘The Days We Had‘ at Amoeba.
On Friday 5th, the Hi Hat has a second residency with John Isaac Watters who has been described as landing somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen. Matt Rose, Laura Jean Anderson, and JACARANDA are opening.
Starting Friday 5th, Feist has three shows at the Palace Theater, downtown LA, which seems to be a newly restored venue? I mostly know her because of this iPod commercial and her ties with Broken Social Scene, but she has a new album, ‘Pleasure’, which is getting mostly good reviews.
On Sunday May 7th, Honey Child, a group of honeyed voices fronted by ex opera singer Claire McKeown, release their single ‘Sleepy Hands’ with its video. You also have to know that the track has a message very useful for these difficult times: ‘There’s only one way out, that’s through it’.
Also on Sunday, Save Music in Chinatown 12 has a great punk lineup with Alley Cats, Tabitha, Schizophonics and My Revenge. I only know the Schizophonics, they are always on fire and this is an understatement, so that’s enough to make me going!