The promise of seeing Paul Williams at the Roxy last night was too much. He was billed as a special guest as part of Donovan Leitch's show. The show was packed. Leitch came out in Hedwig attire and did a few songs from the show. I haven't seen the Hedwig film since it came out in the theater, but I thought he did a great job with it. Eventually they did some Phantom of the Paradise songs and Paul Williams joined them on stage for one song. He joked that he couldn't remember the lyrics to a 30 year old song, but the crowd loved him anyway. At one point a marching band invaded the crowd and went up on stage. For the grand finale, Dave Navarro appeared and played guitar on a Stooges song and a Bowie song. It was exactly the kind of bizarre entertainment you want on the Strip. Does anybody know what the cameras were doing with Paul? Is somebody filming a documentary?
The Moon Upstairs / High Society @ Bordello ($7) - High Society is Jason Moore’s band. He’s got a rotating cast of musicians that includes Josh Schwartz, Kip Boardman and Mike Stinson. It’s basically a bunch of talented guys playing bluesy rock and country rock songs/covers. People like to get up and have a good time at the shows. The Moon Upstairs is a local band with a serious George Harrison influence. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Hoodoo Gurus @ El Rey ($20) – I was a fan back in junior high. I haven’t heard their recent stuff.
Club NME: Datarock / Scanners / Lady Tigra @ Spaceland ($8) – This is a big show for the indie dance scene and Dim Mak. Scanners are a Dim Mak band from the UK. Their album was well received by the critics. Datarock has an electro dance album coming out in June on Nettwerk. They’re from Norway and played some well received shows at SXSW this year.
Low End Theory Club: Prince Paul / Tom Burbank @ Airliner ($8) – Prince Paul produced De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising and De La Soul is Dead. That’s serious cred. Anybody make it down to the Low End Theory Club? What’s the scene like?
The Ebbs @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Imaad Wasif / The Queens of Hearts in the Forest City (members of Hello Astronaut Goodbye Television) @ the Old Baldy Brewery (Free, All Ages) – This is about 40 miles from Silver Lake. But if you’re out in San Bernardino County and happen to read this blog….