Quite a busy weekend. David Vandervelde put on a great show at Spaceland on Friday. While I think his album is great, it does come off a bit T. Rex obsessed. His live show is much more rocking. With just a bass player and drummer, he really impressed me. The guy's still so young; I expect great things from him in the future. Pitchfork flavor of the week, Blitzen Trapper were disappointing. Stylistically they jump from one genre to another without any discernible identity. I enjoyed the jammier sounding tracks and was irritated with the more yelp-y/indie tracks. The world really doesn't need another yelp-y indie band. These guys have already been a band for seven years, but maybe with the right producer they could come up with something a little less jarring and more interesting. I also saw that Harry Nilsson documentary. Very interesting and quite sad. I recommend seeing it if you get the chance.
Eskimohunter / Christopher Blue / Minutes ‘Til Midnight / Evan Slamka (of Marjorie Fair) @ Spaceland (Free) – The noise pop band continues its Monday night residency.
5 O’Clock Somewhere / Thee LA Gentleman Callers @ the Echo (Free) – The good time country band continues its Monday night residency.
Light FM / Tigers Can Bite You / Yes Me to Death @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – The indie rockers continue their Monday night residency.
High Society @ the Scene
Anavan @ the Smell ($5)
Happy Hollows / Hearts of Palm UK / Thailand / Good on Paper @ Viper Room
Rooney / Hello Stranger @ Roxy – Record Release Party
Vampire Weekend / Grand Ole Party / Delta Spirit @ Troubadour ($5)
Ferraby Lionheart @ Tangier ($5) – Talented local singer-songwriter who I have yet to see live. I recently got his EP and its quite good. New album out on Nettwerk records on 9/4.