It was my first time seeing Paul McCartney last week. All in all it was a really good show (his band sounded great, the setlist was solid, his voice sounded mostly great). The big complaint was getting there. Usually I take the LA Zoo shuttle, but for some reason it wasn't running (leased show maybe?). Instead we parked and took the shuttle up from Hollywood & Highland. Over and hour later we were finally at the Bowl. Ridiculously aggravating. Fortunately McCartney delayed the start of the show and I didn't miss anything, but when you're paying over $1 a minute to see somebody, you don't want to miss anything....
[Pick of the Night] Helen Stellar / Mere Mortals / Luna Vista / Hexham Heads @ Spaceland (Free) – Helen Stellar’s doing the Monday night residency at Spaceland this month. They added a second guitarist and their sound is even thicker and fuller than before.
[Recommended] Walking Sleep / Stevenson Ranch Davidians / Sons of August / Carsick Cars @ The Echo (Free) – Walking Sleep is the new name for the Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. They’re doing the Monday night residency at the Echo this month.
[Recommended] Demo Team / Charlie Wadhams / Henry Wolfe @ Bootleg ($7)
So Many Wizards / Big Whup / Voice on Tape / The Fall Trees @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – So Many Wizards is doing the Monday night residency at the Silverlake Lounge this month.
Jakob Dylan @ Grammy Museum ($18)
Chris Hardwick / Adam Savage @ Largo ($20)
David Scott Stone @ Echo Curio
Fangs / Rare Grooves / The Real Noriegas / Hello My Name Is Red @ Pehrspace
The Church @ the Roxy ($32)
The Numerators @ L’Keg
[Pick of the Night] RJD2 / Busdriver / Happy Chichester @ El Rey ($22) – RJD2’s most recent was a return to his roots.
Signals / The Numerators / Po Po / Allah Las @ The Smell ($5)
Alicia Keys @ Staples Center
LA Font / Kazai Rex / Latin Meds / Blok @ Spaceland (Free)
Paper Tongues / Stars Align @ Troubadour ($12)
Moonshine and the Drugs / Toy Robot / Useless Keys / Regrets and Brunettes @ Detroit Bar (Free)
Five for Fighting / Matt Wertz @ the Wiltern
Wake Up Lucid / Welldiggers Banquet / Martyrs @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
[Pick of the Night] Miles Kurosky / Pancho-San / Sexy Jail @ the Echo ($12) – Kurosky was the lead singer of Beulah. I still pull out When Your Heartstrings Break every once in a while.
Club NME: Deep Sea Diver / The Fling / Foster the People ($5) – The lead singer of Deep Sea Diver has toured with Beck and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and they’ve opened for Conor Oberst.
Wet & Reckless / Cinderella Motel @ Bordello ($7) – Wet & Reckless features Jess (bass player from the Movies).
Lelia Broussard / Andy Davis / Sharif @ Hotel Café
Craig Wedren @ Bootleg ($10) – Formerly of Shudder to Think.
Samuel Stewart / Thurlow / John Isaac Watters @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
The White Sundays / P.K. 14 / Carsick Cars / AV Okubo / Chase Allen @ Viper Room ($15)
Owl City / Lights / Paper Route @ Fox Theater (Sold Out) – Have you heard that song that sounds a lot like Postal Service?
Citizen Cope / Sandrine @ the Wiltern
Low End Theory: Eliot Lipp / Egadz / Edison @ Airliner ($10)
A Fine Frenzy @ Largo ($20)
Roska / Eprom / Eskmo @ The Roxy (Free w/ RSPV to Scion)
[Pick of the Night] The Minor Canon / Terraplane Sun / Lincoln Bedroom @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – One of my favorite local bands. Great, melancholy stuff.
[Recommended] Raekwon / Blu / UNI / Dom Kennedy / Diz Gibran @ Echoplex ($15)
HoneyHoney / Rocco Deluca @ Hotel Café
We Are the World / We Are the Wolves / Sir Heffington’s Fingered @ The Echo ($8)
Veil Veil Vanish / Seaspin / Repeater / In Waves @ Spaceland ($5)
Depswa / Opus Dai / Drugstore Fanatics / Rishloo / Eenik @ Troubadour ($10)
Revolver Golden Rods: Slash / Rob Zombie / As I Lay Dying / The Devil Wears Prada @ Club Nokia ($33 - $100)
The Deluge / Theendisthebeginning @ Bootleg ($10)
Bad Religion @ House of Blues Anaheim
[Pick of the Night] The Knux / Nocando / 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers / The Holloys @ Spaceland ($10) – Presented by our pals over at Passion of the Weiss. The Knux is great fun to see live. I’ll be giving away tickets to this later in the week.
[Recommended] Les Blanks / The World Record @ Casey’s Downtown (Free) – Les Blanks is doing a Friday night residency. The World Record’s one of the most underrated local bands.
[Recommended] Terry Reid @ McCabe’s ($20) – He could have been the lead singer of Led Zeppelin
[Recommended] Carsick Cars / P.K. 14 / Av-Okubo / The Monolators / Signals / M31 @ American Legion Highland Park ($7) - Three Chinese bands and three LA bands. Sounds like fun. Located at 227 N. Avenue 55. Bronson at Buzz Bands really likes Carsick Cars .
Andrew W.K. / The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Key Club ($10) – Hipsters used to hate on Andrew W.K. and now all of a sudden they’ve embraced him. By all accounts he’s one of the nicest dudes around.
Murder By Death / Ha Ha Tonka / Linfinity @ Troubadour ($15)
The Janks / Family of the Year @ Bootleg ($10)
Cary Brothers / Truth & Salvage Co. @ Hotel Café
Suki Ewers / Old Toy Trains / Space Waves @ Pehrspace
Michael Buble @ Staples Center
Owl City / Lights / Paper Route @ Fox Theater (Sold Out) – Have you heard that song that sounds an awful lot like the Postal Service?
Opeth @ the Wiltern
Bad Religion / Chuck Ragan @ House of Blues Anaheim
Edie Sedgwick / Former Ghosts / Tearist / Fantasica Bastidas @ The Smell ($5)
Nikka Costa @ the Roxy ($25)
The Watkins Family Hour @ Largo ($20)
Sharp Objects / The Ignorant / Cumstain / Blvd. Beat @ Redwood Bar
[Pick of the Night] Liars / Fol Chen @ El Rey ($17) – Art rockers.
Saint Motel / Voxhaul Broadcast / The Pity Party / Mississippi Man @ Echoplex ($12)
Adam Green / The Dead Trees @ Troubadour ($20) – Formerly of the Moldy Peaches, his new record has a Transformer vibe to it.
Slough Feg / Bible of the Devil / Professor / Green and Wood @ Spaceland ($10)
6 D Watt Kid / Dirt Dress / Speculator / Tan Dollar @ Synchronicity ($5) – Dirt Dress are getting a lot of good buzz lately.
Mint Condition / Mateo @ Club Nokia ($20 - $45)
Wires in the Walls / Olin and the Moon @ Bootleg ($8)
Bad Religion/ The Dickies @ House of Blues Sunset
Patty Griffin / Buddy Miller @ The Wiltern ($30 - $50)
Murder By Death @ Detroit Bar ($15)
Very Be Careful @ Alex’s Bar
Adler’s Appetite @ Key Club ($18)
Catwalk / Sea Lions / Sweater Girls / Waterlaso @ The Smell ($5)
Graydon @ Hotel Café
Mayday @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Jackshit @ McCabe’s ($15)
Jail Weddings / Gestapo Khazi / The Beat Killers / Stab City @ Redwood Bar
The Health Club / Manhattan Murder Mystery / Ingenue @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Harmala @ 3 of Clubs
[Pick of the Night] Grand Ole Echo: I See Hawks in LA / Wheelhouse / Mars Arizona @ The Echo (Free) – Starts at 5:00 PM; Wheelhouse features Brian Whelan and Ross Flournoy of The Broken West
The Living Sisters @ Amoeba (Free) – 5:00 PM set; Inara George, Becky Stark and Eleni Mandell
The Boats / Sharp Objects / Gestapo Khazi @ Echo Curio
Neil Hamburger / Jon Daly / Chris Garcia @ Spaceland ($8)