Boy Kill Boy / Monsters are Waiting @ Spaceland (Free) – London’s Boy Kill Boy play that catchy dance-rock that you might like if you’re into Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand. They’ve been on tour with Charlatans and Echo & the Bunnymen, so take advantage of seeing them for free. They’re also playing Lollapalooza and Reading and Leeds. You might have even heard their first single, “Suzie” on the radio. Monsters are Waiting are doing the free Monday night residency throughout June.
Gliss @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – They’re a prolific local band that’s doing the residency every at Silverlake Lounge every Monday in June. They’ve toured Europe with BRMC, Billy Corgan and the Editors.
Languis / Whysall Lane @ the Echo (Free) – Remember how I’ve been praising Languis’ new four-piece lineup? That is no more. They’re back to a two-piece (but a different two-piece, because Marcos is gone). I missed last week’s show, but people walked away a little confused. Remember New York City’s Versus? They were a solid nineties indie band. Whysall Lane is the lead singer’s (Richard Baluyut) new project.
Echo & the Bunnymen @ the Fonda ($23) – Do you have Crocodiles and Ocean Rain?
Negativland @ Silent Movie Theatre ($22) – I doubt Bono shows up.
Irving / Army Navy / Minor Canon @ Viper Room - Solid local lineup.
The Tyde @ Cinespace ($5) – Echo Park’s the Tyde appearing at Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak night at Cinespace. Interesting. Tim Burgess of the Charlatans and Alan McGee of Creation Records will be guest DJ’ing. The Tyde’s third album is already out in the UK, but won’t be out in the US until August 29th.
Juana Molina / the Watson Twins @ Tangier ($12) – Argentinean Juana Molina writes pretty songs with guitars and light electronic sounds. The Watson Twins backed Jenny Lewis up on her recent solo album and they make their own records too.
Calexico / Black Heart Procession @ the Fonda ($18) – Calexico’s latest album was a bit of a departure, but they didn’t lose their Western sounds completely. Black Heart Procession has some Latin elements on their latest CD.
Walter Schreifels @ Spaceland ($8) – He was in Quicksand (mid 90’s pleasure) and Rival Schools. He’s also playing Hotel Café on Monday and Viper Room on Wednesday. There’s also an Arthur Magazine sponosored Imaginational Anthem Tour happening with UK folky James Blackshaw, Sean Smith and Sharron Kraus.
The Holograms @ Key Club (Free)
She Wants Revenge / Ima Robot @ Wiltern ($22.50) – Two nights at the Wiltern? Really?
Wolfmother / deadboy and the elephantmen @ Fonda (Sold Out) – Wolfmother’s actually a fun band to listen to (probably as influenced by the White Stripes as Black Sabbath). Their lyrics are very silly, but if they’re good enough to sell iPods. Deadboy and the Elephantmen are an indie duo with a female drummer and male guitarist/singer. They’re worth checking out.
Mountain Goats @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – For the indie rockers. John Darnielle is a very well respected songwriter.
She Wants Revenge / Monsters are Waiting @ Wiltern ($22.50) – The second night.
DJ Quik @ House of Blues ($27) – For the old school rap fans. I’ve gotta confess that I listened to Quik Is the Name just this weekend.
Black Crowes @ Greek Theatre ($54.50) – Southern boogie rockers
Cex @ Derby ($8) – IDM dude’s latest album is called Actual Fu**ing. The All Music Guide says it’s an intelligent commentary on the pretentiousness of bands like Radiohead.
Yotokyo @ Zen Sushi – I accidentally saw these local kids at Spaceland last week. They like to drink Red Stripe and Red Bull (together). They’ve got a clean indie pop sound (they kinda reminded me of Ben Folds) and the lead singer (apparently he’s Glen Campbell’s son) has a good voice. They even got Beck’s dad to do the string arrangements on a couple of tracks on their record. Very nice guys and they’re playing every Wednesday in June at Zen Sushi. Download “Kumashea”
Priestess / The Vacation @ Spaceland ($10) – I’ve seen Priestess twice in the past year at Spaceland. They’re a heavy Canadian rock band, not an all girl Judas Priest cover band (as their name implies). I like them.
The Walkmen / Mazarin @ El Rey ($17) – The Walkmen’s latest album is a departure from previous albums. More Dylan, less post-punk. Mazarin is a pysch-pop band from Philly.
Helen Stellar / Talkdemonic @ the Echo ($7) – Do you respect Cameron Crowe’s taste in music? Do you like shoegaze? Then check out this local band. Download “IO” Do you like instrumental post-rock? Then check out Talkdemonic.
Eagles of Death Metal @ Fonda ($15) – They’re a joke-y metal band with Josh Homme from QOTSA on drums. Sleazy songs that are all in fun.
Sound Team / Division Day / Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Troubadour ($10 adv / $12 dos) – Do you like indie rock? This one will sell out, so get your tickets soon. Austin’s Sound Team just put out a record on Capitol and the bloggers love it. They get compared to Interpol, Spoon and krautrock. Division Day is a local indie band and candidates for nicest band in LA.
The Bird and the Bee @ Tangier ($10) – A collaboration between Greg Kurstin (keyboard player for Beck and No Doubt) and Inara George. They’re inspired by jazz standards and got signed to Blue Note. Joey Waronker will join them on drums.