I saw Infinity (the Journey cover band) at Spaceland this weekend. It was crazy packed and very entertaining.
Languis / Kind Hearts and Coronets / Ill Lit / @ the Echo (Free) – Languis is playing every Monday at the Echo in June. They put out a very good spacey rock EP earlier this year. You need to see them live (and immerse yourself in it) before judging them. Download “In the Fields of (Lonely Fences)”
Monsters are Waiting / The Outline @ Spaceland (Free) – Monsters are Waiting is playing every Monday night at Spaceland in June. They’ll also be at Sunset Junction, opening for She Wants Revenge and doing one of Little Radio’s barbeques. They’ve also got over 10,000 friends on Myspace.
Gliss @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Gliss is playing every Monday night at the Silverlake Lounge in June. From the LA Weekly: “The atmospheric Silver Lake band Gliss (named after the musical term glissando) conjure up a bigger and grander moodiness than you might expect from a trio who swap instruments. Majestic guitars unwind across the spiral galaxies of "Velvet Stars" as Martin Klingman’s breathy, languidly world-weary vocals contrast the glittery settings laid down by collaborators Victoria Cecilia and David Reiss...”
Gram Rabbit @ Viper Room ($10) – Voted LA Weekly’s best new band. They’ve got a unique sound. Kind of like what would happen if you mixed Massive Attack and Calexico.
Murder By Death / Rocky Votolato / Metal Hearts @ Troubadour ($10) – Download Rocky Votolato’s “White Daisy Passing” Download Metal Hearts’ “Foothills”
Bruce Springsteen @ the Greek (Sold Out) – Touring with his Seeger sessions band.
Kids of Widney High / The Holograms @ Key Club (Free) – From their site: “The Kids of Widney High are a group of students from Widney High School, a special ed. high school in Los Angeles, who write and perform original songs.” They recently appeared in that Johnny Knoxville movie, The Ringer. Here’s a clip of “Every Girl’s My Girlfriend” Download The Holograms “Are You Ready For It”
Hank Williams III / Danzig / Rudy Ray Moore @ the Fonda ($30) – Celebrate a night of evil? Does anybody know if Danzig still lives on Franklin? I heard he moved. I keep forgetting to look for his Jaguar when I drive by. As I mentioned last week, I don’t mind Hank III. He’s playing Sunset Junction too.
Icarus Line / the Vacation / Burning Brides / Darker My Love @ El Rey ($6.66 adv / $8 dos) – The Concert of the Beast. Another show that was booked to celebrate 06/06/06. All these bands are fast. Download The Vacation’s “White Noise” Darker My Love’s doing the Monday night residency at Spaceland in July and they have an album out on Dangerbird on 8/22. Just got it in the mail last week and I’m still working through it. My first impression is that fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre should like it. I’ve gotten albums from all of these bands in the mail over the last couple of years too.
Charlatans UK / Boy Kill Boy @ the Avalon ($20) – I think Tim Burgess of the Charlatans still lives in LA these days. Boy Kill Boy is a British band with some good buzz over there. They’re playing the Reading and Leeds festivals and Lollapalooza. I just got their CD in the mail this weekend and it’s dancey-rock. Probably for fans of Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand.
Mellowdrone / Monsters are Waiting @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
The Raconteurs @ the Fonda (Sold Out) – Jack White, Brendan Benson and the rhythm section of the Greenhornes. This is one of their first shows, so all the bloggers will be writing about it. The album has grown on me a little, but hopefully they’re a little more entertaining live.
Young People @ the Smell ($5) – They’re a local band that generally gets good reviews. Pitchfork gave 2003’s album an 8.2/10. Their new album came out in March on Too Pure Records. The All Music Guide calls them “a fascinating mix of rock, country & avant garde.” Download “El Paso”
Sons and Lovers @ Safari Sam’s ($5) – This is the official V2 Records after party for the Raconteurs show at the Fonda. Sons and Lovers has a retro sound that will appeal to fans of the Greenhornes.
Hello Stranger / Dirty Little Secret / Illinois @ Spaceland ($7) – The band formerly known as Vagenius. If you’re going email Hello Stranger because they have a big list and they’re playing every Wednesday in June.
8-Bit @ Spaceland ($8) – Highland Park’s 8-Bit are known for dressing up in crazy robot costumes and putting on energetic shows. According to their website they “are a robotic old school nintendo rap crew.” Download “You Ain’t No Robot”
The Roots / Talib Kweli / Blackalicious @ House of Blues (Sold Out) – Veteran backpack rap.
Dengue Fever @ Tangier ($10) – The best local psychedelic Cambodian rock band. If you haven’t seen them, they’re well worth checking out.
The Weepies @ Knitting Factory ($12) – A very mellow folk-pop duo