Last Friday I went to the Echo for Oranger and the Parson Red Heads. The Parson Red Heads were very good live. Very energetic. If you like retro, late sixties, Byrds-inspired music, then I recommend having a look. I picked up their EP after the show and it doesn't quite live up to the live set. Hopefully they get into the studio and lay down some tracks that rival their impressive live sound. Oranger put on an energetic live set too. They opened with a theremin-driven song (for other nice uses of the theremin in modern music see Jon Spencer, Cornelius and the Deathray Davies). I was very happy that they gave Arthur Lee a shoutout and covered "Little Red Book" (not written by Lee, but done well by him).
Lots of really solid local music options tonight:
400 Blows / The Bronx @ the Roxy – For the punk rockers. Download "Heart Attack American" from the Bronx.
Kennedy @ Largo ($5) – For the comedy rockers. Download "Your Mama"
Satisfaction @ Safari Sam’s ($10) - For the pop rockers. Download "Nothing, Oh Nothing"
The Brokedown / Patrick Park @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) - Park is a very talented local singer-songwriter. His live sound has yet to be captured as well on record. Download "Life Is a Song" The Brokedown is one of the last local bands on my list that I still haven't seen but I'm hearing really good things about. Download "Down in the Valley"
The Subways @ Troubadour (Sold Out) - That girl's way too young for you. Stay away you lecherous record industry types.