Once again Band of Horses was disappointing. They were better than when I saw them at King King, but the Echo was so crowded and it was hot in there. The lead singer seems really nice, but it's kinda lame that he forgot the words to one of his songs (they've only got one album) and they played the same song twice (I'll excuse the Pixies for doing it) and they destroyed a Hall and Oates song.
Darker My Love / Grimble Grumble @ Spaceland (Free) – Darker My Love have a record coming out on Dangerbird Records on August 22nd. To me it sounds a bit like the Brian Jonestown Massacre. I haven’t seen them live yet but they're supposed to be more rocking.
The Spores @ Viper Room ($10) - See the weekend write-up.
Kenny Loggins @ the Hollywood Bowl ($8-$145) - Fireworks and KL. Also on Monday.
God’s Gang @ Silverlake Lounge ($5) – Most clubs are closed so if you really have to see music, this is about your only choice.
Electric Eel Shock / The Grates @ Spaceland ($10) – Japan’s EES play fun, riff rock. The lyrics are funny and the energy is infectious. I’ve seen them a few times and never been disappointed. The Grates are from Australia, so see 'em before they go home.
Built to Spill @ Troubadour ($17.50) – They put on a great show on Saturday night. Opening with my favorite song, “Car,” they went on to play a two hour set of new songs and greatest hits. They ended with a 20 minute jam that I could have probably lived without, but overall it was fantastic. Some fans have complained that they played too many covers on the last tour, but they kept it original and tight this time around. And the sound at the Troubadour is so good.
Belle & Sebastian / The Shins @ the Hollywood Bowl – This should be an incredible night of music. Two of my favorite bands together at one of the most iconic venues in the world. When are you going to get a chance to see Belle & Sebastian with the LA Philharmonic again? They put on the show of the year earlier this year at the Wiltern. The new Shins record has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. Can you believe it’s been three years since their last record? They’re hit or miss live, but hopefully they play some new songs.
Silversun Pickups @ Hammer Museum [10899 Wilshire Blvd] (Free) – Their new album is really good. It’s been in regular rotation since I got it last month. I’m already hearing it on Indie 103.1 so catch them before they go on a national tour later this month.
Dengue Fever @ Tangier ($10) – Cambodian psych pop.
Tilly & the Wall @ Troubadour ($12) – I heard the record’s good, but I haven’t heard it yet.
The Brokedown / Great Northern @ the Echo (Free) - These talented local guys are working on their first full length. Great Northern is kinda like Earlimart without Aaron.