Annuals Perform at Spaceland Tonight
Annuals / Jim Noir / Tralala @ Spaceland ($8) – Annuals are a group of kids in their early 20s from North Carolina. Their new album had a ton of hype before it even hit the streets. Does it live up to the hype? Like most records – yes and no. When you hear the first song you might think about Arcade Fire. Then you might start thinking about Broken Social Scene. Then you might start thinking, where’d that metal guitar lick come from? Then you might start thinking that it’s all just a little too emo for you. Either way, they’ve written a handful of good songs and the clips I’ve seen on Youtube of their live performances show that they’re energetic. I’m curious enough, so I’ll definitely be there. Download Annuals’ “Brother” Jim Noir’s a talented young singer-songwriter who recently released a record on Barsuk. Parts of the record have the great 1970’s pop singer-songwriter sound that I love. One of his songs was featured prominently in an Adidas ad during the World Cup (which made me hate him before I had a chance to hear his other material). I don’t love everything on his record, but again, I’m intrigued enough by the songs I do like to want to see him live. Download “Key of C” Don’t know too much about Tralala except they apparently work at Other Music in New York. Here’s what the Other Music newsletter had to say about them: “….Tralala's infectious, punky, '60s girl-pop influenced sound, however, their sophomore album finds the seven-piece turning the energy up a couple of notches.” Listen to a clip from “We’re Coming Out”
Monsters Are Waiting / Low vs. Diamond / The Deadly Syndrome @ Safari Sam’s ($10 dos) – I’ve seen all three of these bands recently. The Deadly Syndrome are a young band with a lot of promise. I really liked their recent set at Spaceland. They’re along the same lines at Tapes ’n’ Tapes or Oh No! Oh My! but better. Low vs. Diamond are getting some good buzz too. They opened for Voxtrot at the Troubadour. Monsters Are Waiting recently did the Monday night residency at Spaceland.
Mike Stinson / I See Hawks in LA @ the Scene ($5) – For the honky tonk fans. Stinson’s my favorite local country singer.
Daedelus / Flying Lotus / Resident DJ: Nobody @ Airliner 2419 N. Broadway ($5) - For the underground hip-hop fans.
Softlightes / New Young Pony Club @ Stone Bar – 5221 Hollywood Blvd. ($8) – I’ve driven by the Stone Bar at least 500 times and always wondered what it was like inside. This is a Modular records party. I got the Softlighes new EP in the mail and it’s not too bad. Almost danceable indie pop.
The Colour / Delta Spirit @ Troubadour ($10) – The Colour will be doing a Thursday night residency at Spaceland in January and Delta Spirit is currently doing the Monday night residency.
Primus / Gogol Bordello @ the Palladium ($35) – Who are the people willing to pay $35 to see Primus in the year 2006? A lot of people love Gogol Bordello’s crazy gypsy music.