Le Switch Celebrate Their Record Release on Thursday at Spaceland (photo credit: Brian Looby)
Damn fine week for live music...
[Pick of the Night] Deerhunter / High Places / Casino vs. Japan @ Music Box ($20) – The new Deerhunter record’s a leading contender for album of the year from all your favorite blogger/writers. It shows a lot of artistic growth.
[Recommended] Black Apples / John Carpenter / Whispering Pines / Johnny O’Donnell (Free) – Black Apples are doing the Monday night residency this month at the Echo. If you haven’t seen John Carpenter yet, I highly recommend you check him out.
[Recommended] Dirt Dress / Traps PS / Tijuana Panthers / Rare Grooves @ Spaceland (Free) – Dirt Dress are doing the Monday night residency at Spaceland in November. Their music has a sort of lo-fi, early Velvet Underground vibe. Three of these bands are part of the DIY, Papermade collective.
The Apples In Stereo / Fol Chen @ Echoplex ($15) – OG Elephant 6 band channel ELO on their latest album.
Chasing Kings / Pacific Hurt / Eyes Lips Eyes / Judson and Mary @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Chasing Kings is doing the Monday night residency at the Silverlake Lounge this month.
Paul Gilbert @ House of Blues Sunset ($22.50)
Aloe Blacc @ Amoeba (Free) – 7:00 PM
[Pick of the Night] White Denim / Devon Williams @ Spaceland ($14) – Schizo, jarring, classic rock inspired Austinites who are known for their energetic live shows.
Stew and the Negro Problem / Candypants @ Echoplex ($23 or $28 for seated) – Bronson previewed this show for the LA Weekly. Check it out here. I haven’t seen them for over a decade.
Two Door Cinema Club / Funeral Party / Generationals @ The Music Box ($20) – Catchy Electropop/Indie rock from Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
The Californian / Alpine Decline / Death To Anders @ LaBrie’s in Glendale (Free)
Ingrid Michaelson / The Guggenheim Grotto @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Lewis Black in conversation with Craig Ferguson @ El Rey ($25 - $95)
The League Live @ Largo (Sold Out) – The FX show about Fantasy Football
The Sleeping / Tides of Man / pmtoday / Just Like Vinyl / Happy Body Slow Brain @ The Glass House ($12)
The Livingston’s / Symbol Six / White Flag Down @ Redwood
Gov’t Mule @ House of Blues Anaheim ($34)
Kristian Hoffman @ M Bar ($5)
The Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet @ Redcat
[Pick of the Night] Elton John & Leon Russell @ Hollywood Palladium (Sold Out) – The two legends celebrate the release of their new T Bone Burnet produced album. I’ve never been that into Elton John, but I’m a huge Leon Russell fan.
[Recommended] Ornette Coleman @ Royce Hall ($43 - $83) – Free jazz pioneer.
Marnie Stern @ the Echo ($10) – A bit experimental and noisy. I’ve always enjoyed Zach Hill’s drumming.
Glasser / Teen Inc. @ Troubdaour ($12) – Her first album on True Panther Sounds is getting good reviews.
Gary Numan / Motor @ El Rey ($35) – Playing his classic album, Pleasure Principle from start to finish.
Paul Weller @ The Wiltern ($46 - $56)
Snoop Dogg / Mike Epps @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($35 - $92)
Actress / Co. Fee / Tully @ Airliner ($10)
Ingrid Michaelson / The Guggenheim Grotto @ The Music Box (Sold Out)
Kelli Scarr / 8MM @ Hotel Café
Eddie Nichols @ Redwood
Donavon Frankenreiter @ The Roxy ($25)
Natacha Atlas @ The Conga Room
[Pick of the Night] Le Switch / Mississippi Man / Shirley Rolls / Big Whup @ Spaceland ($7) – This is the record release party for Le Switch’s second long player, The Rest of Me Is Space. I volunteered to write some of the press materials for the record, so I definitely recommend it.
[Recommended] Physical Forms / Figurine / Contemporary Casuals / XBXRX @ The Smell ($5) – Interesting night of music at the Smell. Physical Forms is ex-Mae Shi, Figurine features Jimmy Tamborello and Contemporary Casuals features Boom Bip and Josh Klinghoffer.
[Recommended] Freddie Gibbs @ Key Club ($15) – Very talented rapper. I saw him at Spaceland recently.
Gary Numan / Battle Circus @ El Rey ($35) – Playing Pleasure Principle from start to finish.
Ghostland Observatory / DJ Jack @ Club Nokia ($28) – Hipsters really turned on these guys.
Walter Meego / Dominant Legs / White Apple Tree @ The Echo ($10) – Chicago transplants.
Reel Big Fish / Goldfinger @ House of Blues Sunset ($23)
Enter Shikari / Haste the Day / Sleeping With Sirens / Lights Go Blue @ Troubadour ($15) – English post-hardcore band
Godsmack / 5FDP / Drowning Pool @ Nokia Theatre ($30 - $50)
Drake @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($57 - $83) – Former child actor turned #1 artist.
Emily Wells / Henry Wolfe @ Largo ($20)
Nellie McKay / Shane Alexander / Persia White @ The Roxy ($15)
Ruben Albarran of Café Tacuba @ Detroit Bar ($20)
Colour Revolt / Dahga Bloom @ Origami (Free) – 6:00 PM
Circa Survive @ House of Blues Anaheim ($26)
Honeychild @ Space 1520 (Free) – 7:00 PM start
[Pick of the Week] Dr. Dog / Here We Go Magic / Good Old War @ The Wiltern ($35) – Great albums and a lot of fun to see live.
[Recommended] Trans Am / Nice Nice / Jonas Reinhardt @ Spaceland ($14) – I’ve always enjoyed their robot rock.
[Recommended] Mavis Staples / Billy Bragg @ Royce Hall ($33 - $58) – Both of these artists have benefit from affiliations with Wilco.
Cold War Kids @ The Glass House ($20) – Does anybody else think the new Black Keys sounds a little like the Cold War Kids?
Helmet / Intronaut @ Key Club ($18)
Bayside / Senses Fail / Title Fight / Balance and Composure @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – For the swishy hair crowd
Alan Jackson / Chris Young @ Nokia Theatre ($50 - $80)
Great Big Sea @ House of Blues ($25)
Djavan @ Club Nokia ($40 - $85) – Brazilian singer-songwriter
Ryuichi Sakamoto @ El Rey (Sold Out)
Gov’t Mule @ The Music Box ($30)
Paula Cole @ Largo ($40)
Shooter Jennings @ House of Blues Anaheim ($25)
Dokken @ Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana
[Pick of the Night] Kisses / Obi Best @ Spaceland ($8) – Kisses is Jesse Kivel from Princeton’s side project. They’ve benefited from some good buzz for their singles.
Florence and the Machine / Hanni El Khatib / Grouplove @ The Wiltern ($30 - $35) – Her voice draws comparisons to Kate Bush, they sell a ton of records and are critically acclaimed (especially in the UK).
Mike Gordon @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Co-founder of Phish
The Heavy / Wallpaper @ El Rey ($18)
The Monolators / The Tleilax Music Machine / BoxViolet / Hot TV @ Pehrspace ($5)
Too $hort @ Key Club ($35)
Senses Fail / Bayside @ House of Blues Anaheim ($24)
Circa Survive / dredg / Codeseven / Animals As Leaders @ Avalon ($25)
Tim & Eric Awesome Tour, Great Job! / Pusswhip Banggang / Neil Hamburger @ Club Nokia ($25 - $35)
The Thrilling Adventure Hour @ Largo ($25) – Staged production of old-time radio featuring Chris Hardwick, Janet Varney, Romany Malco, Busy Phillips and Maria Thayer
Laurence Juber @ McCabe’s ($20)
Young the Giant / Vanaprasta / The Smiles @ The Roxy ($12)
No Joy / La Sera / Lower Dens @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM
Nitzer Ebb @ Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana
[Pick of the Night] Bear in Heaven / Lower Dens / Sun Airway @ Troubadour ($15) – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn band.
[Recommended] The Dodos / The Deadly Syndrome @ Detroit Bar ($12) – Pretty good reason to drive down to Costa Mesa on a Sunday night.
PVT @ Spaceland ($8) – Aussie/Londoners on Warp Records.
Massive Attack / Thievery Corporation / Red Cortez / Saint Motel / Voxhaul Broadcast @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($72 - $90)
Frontier Records 30th Anniversary: Adolescents / The Middle Class / Rikk Agnew / Flyboys / The Pontiac Brothers @ Echoplex ($15) – Stars at 4:00 PM
Ledisi @ El Rey ($32)
Confide @ The Glass House ($12)
Richard Shindell / Krista Detor @ McCabe’s ($22.50)
Sweater Girls / Sourpatch @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM
Night Horse / Lecherous Gaze / Nails @ Alex’s Bar in Long Beach (Free)