Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wednesday's Live Music Options 9/26/07

!!! Play the Avalon Tonight

Monday night’s show at the Echo was a convention of Eastside indie bands. Bronson said he counted members of 24 different bands. He knows a lot more musicians than I, but I did see members of Silversun Pickups, Radar Bros., The Broken West, Division Day, Le Switch, Dengue Fever, The Little Ones in addition to the four bands who were playing. Timothy James was in good spirits which means that the Movies put on a great, high energy show. The entire front row appeared to be photographers with professional grade equipment (by that I mean detachable lenses). There should be some great photos of James kicking and punching at them. No “Rock in the Slingshot” but they played a lot of their other best songs. The Happy Hollows also put on a high energy show, and converted a lot of new fans.

Wednesday 9/26/07:
Tivo Alert: Bright Eyes on Letterman; The National on Ferguson; Devendra Banhart & Patton Oswalt on Conan

!!! / The Field @ Avalon ($20) – As far as all the indie dance stuff goes, !!! is about as good as it gets. And since chicks really dig !!!, this will probably be a good time. There are way too many bands with field in their name (kind of like wolf). If you're trying to think of a band name, please don't use either of these words. Anyway, The Field apparently plays minimal techo and Pitchfork gave them a 9.0.
Club NME: Maps / Coco B’s / Army Navy @ Spaceland ($10) – Maps is a British guy named James Chapman. Maps was nominated for the Mercury Prize this year. Maps plays pretty good shoegazey, atmospheric music. Maps aren’t the most original band in the world, and their songs aren't super memorable, but they're better than a lot of bands? Maps seems to be influenced by Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine and Boards of Canada. Maps might appeal to you if you like that sort of thing. Maps probably won’t be playing Spaceland next time they come to the US, so this is a really good opportunity to see them at a small club.

Klaxons / Mystery Jets @ the Fonda ($17.50) – Klaxons won the Mercury Prize this year. They play upbeat guitar rock that you could probably dance to. Their first label dubbed them nu rave probably because they like to cover rave songs. Their songs reference William Burroughs, Aleister Crowley, Thomas Pynchon and Richard Brautigan.

Voxtrot / Sleeping States @ the Glasshouse ($16) – The drive to Pomona ain’t that bad. Here’s a chance to see Voxtrot without Arctic Monkeys.

Bad Brains @ House of Blues ($25) - Punk legends.

Jamie T / Nu-Tra @ Troubadour ($15) - Jamie T was also nominated for the Mercury Prize this year. That's three British sensations in one night. He's young and the British press compares him to Arctic Monkeys and the Streets.

Magic Mirror / Cuchillo / Lion of Panjshir / Electromagnetic @ the Echo ($5)

Buddy / Sara Lov / John Gold @ Bordello ($8) – The last night of Buddy’s residency. If you're into some more American flavored indie rock, this is your best bet.

Upsilon Acrux @ the Scene

Filter’s Revenge of the Sunset Strip: Hello Stranger / Port O’Brien @ the Roxy ($10) – Port O’Brien’s on tour with Rogue Wave.

Sarah Blasko @ Hotel Café – Download “Planet New Year

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