Monday, August 17, 2009

Live Music Options: 8/17/09 - 8/23/09


I made it out to the Henry Clay People circus on Friday and Le Switch's show at Spaceland on Saturday. The Henry Clay People had a lot of guests on a lot of covers and it was great to hear a bunch of new Switch songs.
This week is pretty stellar. Get off your couches....
Monday 8/17/09
[Pick of the Night] The Flaming Lips / Ghostland Observatory / Stardeath & White Dwarfs @ Greek Theatre ($44 - $55) – I broke up with the Flaming Lips a few years ago, but it’s impossible to ignore them. The new song is pretty good (haven’t heard the whole album yet).
[Recommended] Depeche Mode / Peter Bjorn and John @ Hollywood Bowl (Sold Out) – I had front row tickets to see Depeche Mode once back in the early 1990s. Great show.
[Recommended] Lower Heaven / Nic Jago / Miranda Lee Richards / The Meeting Places @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – My favorite lineup of the Lower Heaven residency nights.
[Recommended] Clipse / Cool Kids @ House of Blues Sunset ($23) – Some of those skinny jeans hip hop kids.
[Recommended] Local Natives / Voxhaul Broadcast / Soko / The Lonely H @ Spaceland (Free) – Local Natives are packing them in every week.
The Growlers / Xu Xu Fang / Thelonious Monster @ The Echo (Free)
Lovers / Black Kites / The Cartographers @ Echo Curio
Neil Finn @ Largo (Sold Out)
Dawes @ Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa (Free)

Tuesday 8/18/09
[Pick of the Week] Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes / Lucinda Williams @ Greek Theatre ($33 - $68) – Two legends. Pretty, pretty good.
[Recommended] The Minor Canon / Blank Blue / The Grownup Noise / Justin Janer Quartet @ Spaceland ($5) – I’m a huge fan of the Minor Canon. I like Blank Blue as wel…
[Recommended] Jay Reatard @ Amoeba Music (Free) – 6:00 PM – I recommend his new record.
[Recommended] The Flaming Lips / Ghostland Observatory / Stardeath & White Dwarfs @ Fox Theatre in Pomona ($42) – If you don’t mind driving out to Pomona…
Correatown / Marvelous Toy / The Breakups / Killsonic @ The Echo ($5) – Good local bill.
Lovemakers / We Should Be Dead / People @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
TD Lind / Leftover Cuties @ Bordello ($8)
Dept of Real Estate / Dos @ Echo Curio
Neil Finn @ Largo (Sold Out)
Hatebreed @ Glass House ($20)
Down / Melvins / Weedeater / Danava @ House of Blues Anaheim

Wednesday 8/19/09
[Pick of the Night] Club NME: Max Tundra @ Spaceland ($10) – Max Tundra’s past few records have gotten between 8.5 and 9.2 on Pitchfork. It’s glitchy, electronic but not completely inaccessible.
Emiliana Torrini / Anya Marina @ El Rey ($19) – Talented Icelandic singer.
Kenan Bell / Fitz and the Tantrums / The Futhamuckas / John Forte @ Troubadour ($5)
Great Northern @ Pershing Square (Free) – 7:00 PM
Dawes / Mississippi Man / The Romany Rye @ The Echo (Free)
Tracy Chapman @ The Wiltern ($50 - $75) – Believe it or not, I saw her live back in the late 1980s.
Kid Infinity / When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth / Florene / Melted Cassettes / Neon Navajo @ The Smell ($5)
Low End Theory: Subtitle / Lexicon / Intuition & Verbs @ Airliner ($10)
Patti Labelle @ Hollywood Bowl ($1 - $96)
Daughtry / David Hodges @ The Fonda (Sold Out)
Harper Simon @ Largo ($10)
Cosio / This is the State / Samuel Stewart @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Atmosphere @ Hollywood Palladium ($30)
D12 @ The Glass House ($12)

Thursday 8/20/09
[Pick of the Night] J Tillman / Evan Way / Big Search @ The Echo ($12) – The Fleet Foxes’ drummer makes his own music too.
[Recommended] Le Switch @ Cinema Bar in Culver City – It’s a tiny little bar, so if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s a fun place to go. Elliott Smith used to jump on stage every once in a while.
[Recommended] ZZ Top @ House of Blues Anaheim – The Aerosmith tour got cancelled, but you can still see ZZ Top.
Sylvain Sylvain / Angus Khan / The United Snakes / Adam Bones @ Knitting Factory ($15) – I was honestly never much of a New York Dolls fan, but a lot of you probably were. Angus Khan recently received some nice words from David Fricke.
Quentin Tarantino @ Amoeba (Free) – 8:00 PM
Jedi Mind Tricks / MC Esoteric @ El Rey ($22)
Hockey @ Troubadour (Free w/ RSVP)
Purple Rhinestone Eagle / Harsh Sunshine / The Amazements / Bad Assets @ The Smell ($5)
Mother Mother @ Spaceland ($8)
Low Red Land / Appomattox / Firs @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Al Qaeda (featuring Mike Watt) / Endometrium CxPx / Droughter / Ultraviolet Astronaut @ Echo Curio
Margaret Cho @ Largo ($20)
Social Action and Surfboards Venice / Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real @ Santa Monica Pier (Free)
Set Your Goals @ The Glass House ($15)

Friday 8/21/09
[Pick of the Night] Steely Dan perform Aja @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($65 - $275) – I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a big fan of smooth music (whether it be jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, country, etc.). Steely Dan might be the exception. If you’re going to make really polished, smooth music, you should do it in the anally, precise way they did…
[Recommended] The Sonics / Prima Donna / Japanese Motors @ Echoplex ($24) – All time great garage rock band. “Strychnine” is a total jam. I’ve got some tickets to give away for this one.
[Recommended] Benji Hughes / B.R.A.M. @ Spaceland ($12) – Benji Hughes is a lot of fun to see live.
[Recommended] ZZ Top @ House of Blues Sunset ($77)
Los Campesinos! / Girls / Ramona Falls @ El Rey ($20)
Hockey / The French Semester @ the Echo ($10)
Tea Leaf Green / Coffee Bean Brown @ Troubadour ($18)
Captain Ahab / Fleshtone / Sickboy Droon / tik tik / Guidance Counselor / Beast Cop @ The Smell ($5)
International Tennis Champions / Mini Mansions @ Bootleg Theter ($5)
Diana Krall @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $116)
Shotgun Showdown / The Cartographers / Shatto @ Echo Curio
Jon Brion @ Largo ($25)
Tijuana Panters / Paleface / Silver Darling / Ema and the Ghosts @ Pehrspace
Jedi Mind Tricks @ The Glass House ($18)

Saturday 8/22/09
[Pick of the Night] Sunset Junction: Mary Wilson / Sly & Robbie / Dengue Fever / Conor Oberst / Islands / The Delta Spirit / The Submarines / Warpaint @ Sunset Juction ($20)
[Recommended] Steely Dan perform Gaucho @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($65 - $275) - I'd much rather see Aja, but...
[Recommended] Benji Hughes / The Belle Brigade @ Spaceland ($12 / $6 with Sunset Junction wristband)
Los Campesinos! / Girls @ The Glass House ($15)
Eagle and Talon / Video @ Echo Curio
The Matches / Neon Trees / Dizzy Balloon @ Troubadour ($15)
Lamps / Drunk Driver / Bipolar Bear / Shoot It Up @ Redwood Bar
Panda @ The Wiltern ($40)
Former Ghosts / Casey and Brian / Cristopher Cichocki / Puppy Dog @ the Smell ($5)
LA Salsa Music Festival @ Greek Theatre ($30 - $100)
Kings of Leon / The Whigs @ the Forum ($46) - The Whigs at the Forum is pretty wild.
The Cult / Year Long Disaster @ Club Nokia ($40 - $50)
Diana Krall @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $116)
Harvey Danger @ Largo ($25)
Seasons / Odd Modern / The Health Club / The Manhattan Murder Mystery @ Pehrspace
Ramana Viera / Fabiano Do Nascimento & Trioganico @ Bootleg Theater ($18)

Sunday 8/23/09
[Pick of the Day] Sunset Junction: Built to Spill / The Sonics / Morris Day / Arrested Development / Mika Miko / Chris Clark with Arthur Adams / Tiny Masters of Today / Fool’s Gold / Night Horse / Local Natives / Nico Stai / Very Be Careful @ Sunset Junction ($20) – Sunday’s the day to go. Unfortunately Arrested Development, Built to Spill and Morris Day are all playing at the same time.
Little Radio Summer Camp @ 2017 East Seventh St. ($10) – Not sure about the lineup yet.
Friendly Fires / The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ The Glass House ($14)
Los Campesinos! / Girls @ Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa ($14)
Peanut Butter Wolf @ Amoeba (Free) – 1:00 PM
The Heroes of Woodstock: Starship / Ten Years After/ Big Brother & the Holding Company @ Greek Theatre ($25 - $50)
Night Control / Phonecalls / Rapid Youth @ The Smell ($5)
Part Time Punks: Widow Babies @ The Echo ($5)
John Wicks / Paul Collins @ McCabe’s ($15) – “Starry Eyes” is an all time great jam.
Vans Warped Tour: NOFX / 3OH!3 / Less Than Jake / Fishbone @ Home Depot Center in Carson ($35)
Smooth Summer Jazz: Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson / George Duke @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $98)

1 comment:

Anthony said...

I got out to the sat. show at spaceland as well, and i gotta say...I didn't dig 'The World Record.' However; Le Switch and Roadside Graves were great, thanks for pointing in the right direction.