Monday, May 12, 2008

LA Live Music Options 5/12/08 - 5/18/08

Everest Play the Viper Room on Monday and Conan O'Brien on Friday
Monday 5/12/08
[Recommended] Everest / Film School / The Savages / Castaneda @ Viper Room ($10 or free w/ RSVP to Viper Room’s Myspace) – Here’s a great night of free music. Don’t forget that Everest’s new record came out last week. I’m patiently waiting for the vinyl. Be sure to catch them Friday on Conan O’Brien. Film School’s well worth catching too. Joe at Radio Free Silver Lake is a big supporter of the Savages.
[Recommended] Le Switch / Division Day / Henry Clay People / Princeton @ the Echo (Free) – I caught Le Switch’s show last week and now that I’ve absorbed the new record, it’s great to hear the songs live. Last week they did a rousing cover of McCartney’s “Monkberry Moon Delight.” This week is their “Covers Night” so they’ll do a song by each of the support bands and each support band will do a cover of Le Switch. Get there early and stay all night because The Henry Clay People go on first and are followed by Division Day.
[Recommended] Mezzanine Owls / We Barbarians / Eagle and Talon / Black Kites @ Spaceland (Free) – Night two of the Mezzanine Owls residency.
Porterville / Anchors Aaweigh / Daniel Ahearn @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Nikki and Aaron Embry / Lukas Haas @ Hotel Café – I finally saw Amnion last week at Le Switch’s residency. Aaron Embry’s an extremely talented musician. The first half of the set had a total mid-70s Stevie Wonder vibe and they got a bit more experimental in the second half. Tonight they’re playing acoustic.
Poi Dog Pondering @ Troubadour ($20)

Tuesday 5/13/08
Radio Alert: The Submarines on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15 AM.
[Recommended] Dr. Dog @ Hotel Café (Sold Out) – Early show at 8:00 PM. One of my favorite bands. This is a great chance to see them in a small venue before they come back in August to the El Rey.
Gran Ronde / Sleepercar / Aushua / The Republic Tigers @ Spaceland ($8 / Free with RSVP to Gran Ronde on Myspace) – Sleepercar is Jim Ward from At the Drive-In’s new band. The record’s good. Gran Ronde is doing a Tuesday night residency. They’re getting some good press – a lot of people compare the lead singer to Robert Smith (but the music’s more upbeat than most Cure).
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Port O’Brien / The Black Watch @ the Echo ($10)
Joe Jackson @ Orpheum Theatre ($35-45) – His new record’s good. I saw him in Austin a few years ago and had a lot of fun.
The VLA / This Century @ Knitting Factory
I Make This Sound / The Breakups / Avi Buffalo @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – I Make This Sound are a lot of fun to see live.
Willoughby / The Billionaires / Western States Motel @ Hotel Café – Later show.
Brett Dennen / Missy Higgins / Mason Jennings @ Barnum Hall in Santa Monica ($25)
Tokio Hotel @ Avalon
Modified By Man @ Viper Room

Wednesday 5/14/08
Radio Alert: Matt Costa on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15 AM.
Club NME: Efterklang / Slaraffenland / Karin Tatoyan @ Spaceland ($8) – Efterklang are a talented post-rock band from Denmark. Their two albums have gotten 7.4 and 7.9 from Pitchfork. Slaraffenland is Danish too and got a 7.9 from Pitchfork.
Langhorne Slim / Ferraby Lionheart @ Troubadour ($12) – Slightly askew folk troubadours
Cloud Cult @ Knitting Factory ($10) – There was a big feature on these guys in the Wall Street Journal last week. Their performance includes an artist who paints a picture which is then auctioned off at the end of the night.
The Last Goodnight @ the Roxy
Kate Nash / Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ The Fonda ($20)
Yoshida Brothers @ El Rey (Sold Out)
Brett Dennen / Missy Higgins / Mason Jennings @ Barnum Hall in Santa Monica ($25)
The Spider Problem / Queen Kwong @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Metallica @ the Wiltern ($203.50) – It’s a benefit, but I doubt that Ticketmaster is donating the $22/ticket convenience charge to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. I’d probably pay it if I was a big fan.
Saint Motel / The Ringers / Satisfaction @ Viper Room ($10)
[Eraser] Five Year Anniversary Reunion @ Airliner

Thursday 5/15/08
Radio Alert: Mia Doi Todd on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15 AM.
[Recommended] The Little Ones / Ra Ra Riot / Army Navy @ Troubadour ($12) – The Little Ones put out some of my favorite indie pop songs in 2006 and recently put out a new EP. They’re always a ton of fun to see live.
The Time of the Assassins @ The Roxy
Hearts of Palm UK / Lady Tigra @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Eisley @ El Rey ($19)
Blowfly / Antiseen @ Knitting Factory ($15)
South / Silver State @ the Echo ($15)
Miss Derringer @ Bordello ($10)
Tina Deco / AM @ Hotel Café ($12)
Brant Bjork & the Bros / Chuck Dukowski Sextet @ Viper Room ($12)
Camp Freddy @ the Roxy ($20) – Tons of high profile guests.

Friday 5/16/08
Tivo Alert: Everest on Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien
KCRW Alert: Salt & Samovar at 11:15 AM on Morning Becomes Eclectic
[Recommended] Big Business / 400 Blows / Qui / Triclops! / Crystal Antlers @ The Scene ($8) – Originally scheduled for Charlie O’s, the show has been moved to the Scene. It’s a great lineup with some of the best heavy music (not just local, but anywhere). Nice to see that Matt Cronk from Qui is playing shows again.
American Music Club / Gordon Gano & the Ryan Brothers @ the Echo ($12) – A couple of alt rock legends. Download AMC’s “All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco
Crowded House @ Orpheum Theatre ($42 - $52)
Jesca Hoop / Salt & Samovar / Let’s Go Sailing @ Hotel Café ($10)
The Proclaimers @ El Rey ($25)
Ozma @ Knitting Factory ($15)
Kathleen Edwards @ Troubadour ($18)
D.I.M. / Thomas Von Party @ the Echoplex ($17)
Radio 4 @ Spaceland ($12)
Year Long Disaster @ Viper Room ($15)
Kate Walsh / Brandi Shearer / Joe Purdy @ the Roxy ($13)
Shwayze / Cisco Adler @ Crash Mansion ($15)
Mia Doi Todd / Mariee Sioux @ McCabe’s ($15)
Shiloe / Repeater / The Hundred Days @ Bordello

Saturday 5/17/08
[Recommended] Earlimart / Voxhaul Broadcast / Siggy / Light FM @ the Echoplex ($14) – Aaron Espinoza’s been actively recording a new album that will come out this summer. Hopefully he’ll preview some tracks tonight.
What Made Milwaukee Famous / The Dead Trees / The Whip Saws @ Spaceland ($8)
The Dirtbombs / Dan Sartain @ Troubadour ($15) – Fun live band.
Robyn / Mellowdrone @ Wiltern ($20) – Swedish pop singer finally seems to be breaking in the US.
Merlinmoon @ Crash Mansion ($20)
Crowded House @ Orpheum Theatre ($42 - $52)
Mac Curtis @ Safari Sam’s ($20) – Rockabilly
Matt Costa / Delta Spirit @ El Rey (Sold Out)
The Smithereens @ Crash Mansion ($20) – I saw them back in high school. Fun times.
Armin Van Buuren @ Vanguard

Sunday 5/18/08
Tally Hall / De Novo Dahl / Low vs. Diamond @ El Rey ($16) – A night of quirky indie pop. Low vs. Diamond’s album is coming out on Epic Records on 7/29.
Grande Ole Echo: Stonehoney / Leslie and the Badgers @ the Echo (Free) – Early show at 3:00 PM.
Rocco DeLuca @ Hotel Café ($12)
Blake/e/e/e / Tim Rutili (from Califone) @ Echo Curio
Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Prom: Fol Chen / Castledoor @ All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock (Free)
The Hectors / Kissing Cousins @ Spaceland
Matt Costa / Delta Spirit @ Glass House in Pomona ($20)
Murder By Death / dios (malos) @ Troubadour ($12)
Brunch Americana: The Last Americans @ Safari Sam’s (Free) – Noon – 6:00 PM.
The February Fifths / Leviathan Brothers @ Tangier ($8)

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