Monday, December 15, 2008

Live Music Options: 12/15/08 - 12/21/08

Mercury Rev Plays El Rey on Tuesday

All in all, given the proximity to the holidays, it’s a really good week for shows. I’ve been scattered and busy, and haven’t seen many shows.

But I did see Oasis in Las Vegas on December 6th. I’ve never considered myself a huge fan, but they sounded great. The Pearl Theater at the Palms is a great place to see a show. With a capacity of about 2,800, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Great sightlines and sound. I only saw enough of Ryan Adams to be reminded what a pissy little brat he is, but his band sounded good and he played one of his best songs, “Come Pick Me Up.” There were a lot of people out in front of the show just giving away tickets. So if you’re ever in Vegas, and somebody you like is playing there, you might swing by there around show time and get lucky.

This past Friday night I journeyed down to Brixton in Redondo Beach to see Leon Russell. Almost everybody there was at least 15 years older than me, so it was a little bit of weird scene. We got asked to move a few times, because we had the audacity to stand in front of the stage (all the chairs were occupied). This led to a lot of people dragging their bar stools up on the dance floor to try to get around us. Russell had a strong band, but his set list skipped over some originals I would have liked to hear in favor of covers by many of the bands he’s played with over the years. Glad I got see him though…

Monday 12/15/08
[Recommended] The Movies / Nico Stai / Demo Team / The Savages @ Spaceland (Free) – I missed the show last week, but I’m going to try to make it this week.
[Recommended] Funny or Die! Secret Awesome Show @ Largo ($25) – Prolly a safe bet that this will be cool.
Roni Stoneman / Mike Stinson / Dave Gleason / David Serby / West of Texas @ Echoplex ($10) – Great country lineup.
Gangi / BlackBlack / Laco$te / Voices Voices @ the Echo (Free)
Cheap Trick @ House of Blues Sunset ($62.50)
Gowns / Uggamugga / Stellaluna / No Paws (No Lions) / Kevin Greenspon / Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk @ Pehrspace
The Color Turning / Melanoid / Links / Kira @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Test Your Reflex / Ken Oak Band / You Me and Iowa @ Hotel Café
Jake LaBotz @ Redwood Bar

Tuesday 12/16/08
[Recommended] Mercury Rev / Imaad Wasif @ El Rey ($25) – Although I never managed to pick up either of these bands recent records, I really like both of them.
A Pablove Supreme Benefit: Eulogies / The One AM Radio / Sara Lov @ Space 15 Twenty (Free) – Dangerbird Records is putting this on to raise awareness for their benefit CD. Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Tamborello and Daedelus will be DJ’ing too.
[Recommended] The Sword / Year Long Disaster @ Viper Room ($20) – I like the Sword. Supposedly Metallica likes to show up at their tour mates shows on their nights off.
These Arms are Snakes / Trap Them / Narrows @ Knitting Factory ($12) - I’ve heard really good things about TAAS.
Mike Stinson / Dave Gleason @ Redwood Bar & Grill – Good local country lineup.
Amanda Palmer / The Danger Ensemble / The Builders and the Butchers @ The Fonda ($24)
Karin Tatoyan / War Tapes / Seasons / Exitmusic @ Spaceland ($8)
Cheap Trick @ House of Blues Sunset ($62.50)
JD Souther @ Largo ($25)
Native Fauna / God’s Gang / Sprit Vine / Vum @ The Echo (Free)
The Atma / Black Apples / Easy Marks / Kingsize @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Gary Jules / Ian Ball / Jim Bianco @ Hotel Café
Oren Lavie @ Hotel Café – The Early show
Camp Freddy @ The Roxy
Resident Hero @ Troubadour

Wednesday 12/17/08
[Recommended] Low End Theory: Flying Lotus / The Long Lost @ Airliner ($10) – Flying Lotus got crazy good buzz this year. What I’ve heard is good.
Earl Greyhound / Annie Stela / Angel Taylor @ Hotel Café – I’ve heard good things about Earl Greyhound.
Metallica / The Sword @ the Forum ($25 - $85)
The Virgins / Hockey / Audrye Sessions @ Troubadour ($14)
Horse Thieves @ Echo Curio
Straight No Chaser @ Largo ($25)
Jail Weddings / The Growlers / Some Days @ The Echo ($7)
Club NME: Them Terribles @ Spaceland ($8)
Mezklah / Fitter @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Ladytron DJ Set @ Viper Room ($20)

Thursday 12/18/08
Metallica / The Sword @ the Forum ($25 - $85)
The Mormons / Bastidas / The Health Club / Family Tree Analog @ the Smell ($5)
Juliette Commagere / Obi Best / wait.think.fast @ Troubadour ($8)
Ozomatli @ House of Blues Sunset ($24)
Nobunny / Thee Makeout Party @ Echo Curio
Straight No Chaser @ Largo ($25)
The Porpoise Code / Matthew Setzer / dEaThSaUcE / Kalish @ Pehrspace
Spaceland on Ice: Dogweed / Bollweevil @ Pershing Square (Free)
Amazing Baby / Warpaint / Light @ Bordello ($10)
Victim Vision / Ure / Guppies @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) Emily Wells / Arden Kaywin / Sweet Talk Radio / Kate Tucker / Horse Stories @ Hotel Café
The Jakes / Glare of Rockets @ Viper Room ($12)
Metallica / The Sword @ the Forum

Friday 12/19/08
[Recommended] Darker My Love / The Soft Pack (f/k/a The Muslims) / Lumerians / Christmas Island @ Echoplex ($12) – Darker My Love put out a good record this year. The Soft Pack is the band formerly known as the Muslims. They’ve gotten a lot of good buzz this year.
[Recommended] Jon Brion & Friends @ Largo – One set only
Pigeon John / Illa J / Daedelus @ Knitting Factory ($14)
People Under the Stairs / Ugly Duckling / Cut Chemist @ El Rey ($16.50)
YaHoWha 13 / The Moon Upstairs @ Spaceland ($12)
Fiend Folio II: Manhattan Murder Mystery / Spider Problem @ Echo Curio – Brought to you by the Classical Geek Theater
The Duke Spirit / The Cheat @ The Roxy
Ozomatli @ House of Blues Sunset ($24)
Khalija / Dog of Tears Orchestra / Defrag / Arctic Hospital @ Pehrspace
Ragsy / The Abdomen / Caitlin Crosby / George Stanford / Jared Lee @ Hotel Café
People Food Drive: The Gray Kid @ Redwood Bar
Alas Alak Alaska / Fancie / VOICEsVOICEs / Voice on Tape / American Gil and the Major Dudes @ The Smell ($5)
Dustin Kensrue / Chris Conley / Jim Ward / Jon Foreman @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Pussycat Dolls Lounge @ Viper Room ($25)

Saturday 12/20/08
[Recommended] Will Sheff of Okkervil River / The Tallest Man on Earth / Bird of Youth @ Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge ($15) – I’m a big Okkervil River fan.
X / New York Dolls / Cracker @ Club Nokia ($39.50)
The Gift Machine / Soul Junk @ Echo Curio
Hepcat @ El Rey ($22)
Keith Sweat / Guy / Tony Toni Tone @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Ozomatli @ House of Blues Sunset ($24)
Greg Proops Holiday Bash @ Largo – Dana Gould, Fee Waybill & Jon Brion
Davin Givhan / Learning Music / The Hurt / Eugene @ Pehrspace
Whispertown 2000 Holiday Extravaganza @ Relax Bar
The Great Deceivers (Tribute to King Crimson) / Ninja Academy / Polar Goldie Cats @ Spaceland ($8)
Steve Carlson / Joe Brooks and Orlando Napier / Alexa George / Sonos @ Hotel Café
Ugly Duckling / Foreign Legion @ The Roxy
Thee Makeout Party / A.M. / Christmas Island / Wet Cassette @ The Smell ($5)
DeLeon / The Sway Machinery @ Troubadour ($12)
Pussycat Dolls Lounge @ Viper Room ($25)
English Beat @ Key Club ($20)

Sunday 12/21/08
Snow in LA: Daedelus / Busdriver / The Mae Shi / Rumspringa / The Entrance Band / Fools Gold / Haim @ Echoplex ($10)
Buddyhead Christmas Party: The Duke Spirit / Dead Meadow / Entrance Band / Josh Homme / Jeordie “Twiggy” White / Xu Xu Fang / Wires on Fire / Dios Malos @ The Hotel Café ($10)
The Terrapin / Summer Darling / Vaudeville / Correatown @ Spaceland (Free) – I like Correatown, but I’m not familiar with the other bands.
Part Time Punks @ The Echo
An Evening of Sorrow: Emily Kokal (Warpaint) / Thousand Dozen Gloves @ Bordello ($8)
Monstrous @ Redwood Bar & Grill
Benefit for the Downtown Women’s Center: All or Nothing H.C. / The Outskirts / Las Sangronas Y El Cabron / Anus Kings / We Float / Ladies and Gents @ the Smell
Tyler Hilton @ Troubadour ($14)
Lil’ Wayne @ Gibson Amphitheatre

2 comments:

Scott said...

Brixton? There's a venue in Redondo Beach?

Duke said...

yeah - who the hell knew. seemed to be a lot of nostalgia acts - eddie money, berlin, etc....the sound wasn't bad, bottled beers were $6, cover was kind of steep, held about 450 people i think.