L.A. BURNING: WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, May 22nd TO May 28th, 2017
Choices, choices, so many things to see this week, and I am only scratching the surface of Los Angeles music scene
On Monday 22nd, the residencies will continue with Barrows, Mothdrops, Psychic Jiu-jitsu, Dream Phases at the Echo, The Diamond Light are at the Satellite with Ivory DeVille, The Violet Mindfield, and Children, and Calvin Love, Los Angeles Police Department, Nani at the Bootleg theater. The quiet bedroom pop of Los Angeles Police Department and the badass and bluesy kaleidoscope of guitars of the Violet Mindfield should be a must see.
Lastly, Magic Giant is at It’s A School Night with Azul, Pop Noir and Glades. When I saw them in 2014, I knew they would make it, they are Mumford and Sons meets Edward Sharpe with an EDM envy.
Meanwhile, the Echoplex offers a Burger records night with Kikagaku Moyo, Sugar Candy Mountain, Levitation Room… I only know about this last band, a quartet with a sort of Tame Impala vision, a strong 70s psychedelia vibe and a British invasion’s style.
On Tuesday 23rd, Matisyahu is at Amoeba for an acoustic set celebrating his new album ‘Undercurrent’, and yeah he has cut his hair/beard a long time ago.
Girlpool will bring their ravishing harmonies and common girl dairies at the Teragram Ballroom with Snail Mail.
Air Traffic Controller preview their album and their catchy songs at the Satellite, Low Hums is opening.
Mother Mother are playing at the Troubadour with Smoke Season and Preston Graves… Smoke Season play twice this week, and it’s a good time to check out their explosive genre-bending songs.
On Wednesday 24th, the always eccentric Amanda Palmer will bring her punk cabaret at the Troubadour with Edward Ka-Spel.
On Thursday 25th, JR JR are at the Echo; they used to call themselves Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and their OK-GO style punchy dynamism and gimmicks, their playful bubble-gum vocal harmonies and weird electronics, may transform the Echo into a party ground one more time.
The Hi Hat will probably have another punk fun night with No Parents, C ROY, Dumb Fucks, Enemy, Musty Boyz… No Parents are a crazy bunch to handle, their frontman plays your favorite SNL drunk uncle with unpredictable antics, you are warned.
At the Wiltern, Midnight Oil are playing at the Wiltern, as if it was 1987… Beds are still burning apparently, but if U2 can bring back their Joshua Tree, why not?
Band Of Horses are playing at the Greek theater with Frightened Rabbit. I saw both bands and if scruffy and beardy Band of Horses have a real passion and energy, heartfelt harmonies and a fierce confidence, the Scottish Frightened Rabbit have epic and almost bombast songs which never totally succumb to the genre.
On Friday 26th, English punk band The Adicts and their Clockwork Orange imagery are playing at the Belasco Theater, while Prettiest Eyes, Moaning, Rearranged Face and Cat Scan will be taking over the Smell for a really good night, that’s a given. Moaning has damn powerful sweeping rock songs and Prettiest Eyes are the best punk around, they are charging from every corner of the stage with a real aggression and some electronic buzzing weirdness.
But if you feel tired of so much punk in my lineup, you may check out the legendary Brian Wilson and his pets sounds at the Pantages Theatre, he is also playing on Saturday,
On Saturday 27th, the Echoplex has a great event bringing you many interesting bands, Kitten, Smoke Season, Sisu, Blimes Brixton, Hewan, The Bedroom Witch, Stars at Night, Twin Temple, Spare Parts For Broken Hearts, Iress, Vowws (DJ Set), Kera and the Lesbians (DJ Set), HONEY POWER (DJ Set), Smash Club (DJ Set), Super Deluxe, Night Talks… I have seen many of them, and Kitten is a fiery performer, sure to bring her dance mayhem to a new level. Psychedelic folk rockers Smoke Season, gothic R&B Twin Temple, anthemic Spare Parts For Broken Hearts (among many others) will surely make this night memorable.
At the Bootleg theater, the mighty Japanese trio Shonen Knife are opening another chapter of their USA Ramen Adventure with Winter and French Vanilla.
At the Hi Hat, the Lovely Bad Things, Wild Wing, The Red Pears, JOOS will take the night, and it’s surely gonna be wild with music falling within the realm of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., and Weezer/
On Sunday 28th, Jurassic Shark, Espresso, Clit Kat, Keif Season, Kuromi are all at the Echo for another punk night, while the Regent has another episode of Sex Cells with many DJs including Cold Cave, Sky Ferreira, Matthew Pernicano, Danny Lethal… I have heard these nights can be pretty wild!
As for me, I will be in Las Vegas for the weekend, attending Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival, headlined by the godfather of punk himself, iggy Pop!