Birdmonster / Divison Day @ Spaceland ($8) – I'll check this out. Both of these bands have embraced the blogger community and the blogger community has embraced them. Birdmonster’s from San Francisco and Division Day are local. Division Day are the nicest guys around. Download Division Day’s “Tap-Tap, Click-Click”
The 88 / Gram Rabbit @ the Troubadour ($12) – The 88 are a local band done good, and they prove that hard work can pay off. They’ve gone from handing out CDs at other bands’ shows to being on national TV all the damn time. They get compared to the Kinks a lot, but I’m not really sure what era of Kinks those people are talking about? You can’t argue that they’ve got solid songs. I haven’t seen them in a while? Has any of that sync licensing money gone towards better suits? Download “All the Same” Gram Rabbit are weird desert dwellers who combine disparate elements into unique music.
The Good Listeners @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) From the Fold’s website, “For Fans of Eno, Belle and Sebastian, Air, and the Kinks.” Why does everybody sound like the Kinks all of a sudden?
Silversun Pickups / Darker My Love @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – The Silversun Pickups have broken big in LA. They’re new album is definitely worth picking up especially if you like crunchy guitars and grew up listening to the Smashing Pumpkins. If you slept on this (it’s sold out) you can still see them at the F-Yeah Fest on Saturday. Download a 38 minute live appearance from Woxy.com HERE
Craig Wedren & Adam Wade (Shudder to Think) @ Spaceland - I was a fan of Shudder to Think in college.
The Lovemakers /Bright Light Fever @ the Echo ($8) - The All Music Guide compares them to Human League, Alphaville and the Cure. Alphaville? I remember liking Alphaville's "Forever Young" back when I was 10. Download Bright Light Fever's "Broken Hands"