The Vaccines - Next Big Thing? or British Hype?
Last week I caught Dunes and No Joy. Dunes were way too rough around the edges for me. No Joy had potential. This week offers lots of great local acts, lots of hyped acts and several established indie bands...
[Pick of the Night] Wanda Jackson and the Third Man house band featuring Jack White on guitar / Haunted George @ El Rey (Sold Out) – The Queen of rockabilly. I saw her at SXSW about a decade ago and really enjoyed it.
[Recommended] Iron & Wine @ Amoeba (Free) – 7:00 PM; I still haven’t listened to their major label debut.
[Recommended] The Fling / The Belle Brigade / Lucy Schwartz / Jenny O @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] (Free)
[Recommended] Gary Clark Jr. / Royal Bangs / The Vaccines DJ Set @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP) – Blues artist from Austin
Kinch / The Californian / Risers / Free Camp @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Get there in time for the Californian.
Cold War Kids / Grouplove @ Bootleg ($20) – Good chance to see the Cold War Kids in an intimate venue.
Cannoneers of the New Command / Tender Box / The Mo-Odds / The Street and Babe Show @ The Echo (Free)
Connie Lim / Jennifer Quiroz @ Hotel Café
Whitman / Jon Barba / Former Ghosts / No Paws (No Lions) @ Pehrspace ($5)
Phil Alvin @ Redwood Bar
John Jorgenson @ Grammy Museum ($15)
Pacific Hurt / Foster the People @ Detroit Bar (Free)
[Pick of the Night] The Vaccines / Sweaters / Bixby Knolls @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] ($12) – The Vaccines are the latest big, British buzz band. Their US debut went over well last week in NYC.
[Recommended] The Monolators / Walking Sleep / The World Record @ LaBrie’s (Free) – Strong free lineup. The World Record are one of the most underappreciated local bands.
Cold War Kids @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM show
Motorhead / Valient Thorr @ House of Blues Anaheim - Lemmy
WPA / Tom Brosseau @ Hotel Café
[Recommended] Low End Theory: Tokimonsta / Fu22 @ Airliner ($10) – One of two local artists playing tonight that’s on the Coachella bill.
Foster the People / White Sea / Chain Gang of 1974 @ The Echo (Free) – It apparently got pretty packed last week, so get there early. They’re on the Coachella bill this year.
Toh Kay @ Bootleg ($10) – Late show at 10:30 PM
Kath Bloom @ Bootleg ($10) – Early show at 8:00 PM
Johnnyswim @ Hotel Café
My Chemical Romance @ Grammy Museum (Sold Out)
Reel Big Fish @ House of Blues Anaheim
[Pick of the Night] Monotonix / Ty Segall / Devin Therriault / Tijuana Panthers @ Echoplex ($10) - Should be a high energy night.
The Get Up Kids / Steel Train / River City Extension @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Comeback for the Lawrence, KS band.
Lucero / Steve Soto and Twisted Hearts @ Alex’s Bar ($15) – Great chance to see Lucero at a small venue.
Amos Lee / Vusi Mahlasela @ The Music Box ($25)
The Blow / The Smart Brothers @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] ($12) – There are a lot of diehard fans of the Blow.
Social Distortion / Aggrolites / Chuck Ragan @ Hollywood Palladium ($39)
Nina Storey / Karina Denike @ Hotel Café
Grouplove @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM show
Stalking Zappa @ Grammy Museum ($10)
Railroad Earth @ The Roxy ($27)
Kath Bloom @ Origami (Free) – 4:00 PM
[Pick of the Night] Melvins @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] (Sold Out) – Details for tonight: Melvins set (current line-up performing normal set) and Stoner Witch in its entirety; wrapping up their residency with another classic album.
[Recommended] Les Savy Fav / Dirt Dress @ Echoplex ($17) – Les Savy Fav are known for good live shows.
[Recommended] Crocodiles / Tamaryn / Heavy Hawaii @ The Echo ($12) – Good lineup. Tamaryn seems like one of the better bands from the Mexican Summer label.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($25)
Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub / Rocco DeLuca @ El Rey ($25) – Famous producer Lanois’ band with Trixie Whitley and Brian Blade.
Free Energy @ The Roxy ($21) – This must be their fifth or sixth LA-area show this year. I saw one of the first at the Echo.
The Shrill / Third Rail Order / Like Giants / Hazel / The Lyon Crowns / Phoebe Bridgers @ Troubadour
moe. @ The Music Box ($28)
Social Distortion / Lucero / Chuck Ragan @ Hollywood Palladium ($39)
Juke Cartel @ Hotel Café
Weekend Takes A Break / Professor Calculus @ The Smell ($5)
Peter Case @ McCabe’s ($20)
Exene Cervenka @ Redwood Bar
Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven / Travis Howard / Uncle Lucius / Deadman @ The Mint ($10)
Ying Yang Twins @ Key Club ($22)
Black Apples @ Origami (Free)
Amos Lee / Vusi Mahlasela @ House of Blues Anaheim
Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz @ Galaxy in Santa Ana ($25)
The Humpers / Throw Rag / Electric Frankenstein / The Bourbon Saints @ Alex’s Bar ($15)
[Pick of the Night] Ween @ The Wiltern ($42 - $47) – There was a Ween show in Austin, TX circa 1999 that stands out as one of the most memorable shows I’ve ever seen.
[Recommended] Darwin Deez / Fol Chen @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] ($10) – One of the recent buzz sensations out of Brooklyn. Other Music in NYC describes it as a cross between the Strokes’ demos and Phoenix.
[Recommended] Patton Oswalt @ Largo (Sold Out) – One of my favorite stand up comedians.
Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) @ El Rey ($32) – I am a Mott the Hoople fan, but never followed his solo career.
Social Distortion / Lucero / Chuck Ragan @ Hollywood Palladium (Sold Out)
The Handsome Family / Sean Rowe @ McCabe’s ($15)
Tyler Hilton @ Hotel Café
Whitman / Jon Barba / Casey Chisholm / Crazy Band / Rob Thomas and His Unicorn Warriors @ The Smell ($5)
So Many Wizards / Moses Campbell / The Cosmonauts @ 252-D South Main Street in Pomona ($5)
El Ten Eleven / Superhumanoids @ Detroit Bar ($10)
Lower Heaven @ Origami (Free) – 8:00 PM
Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz @ Royce Hall ($28 - $38)
The Zeros / The Humpers / The Dragons / The Ringleaders @ Alex’s Bar ($15)
[Pick of the Night] Peter Bjorn and John @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($12) – I still really like the Falling Out and Writer’s Block records.
The Finches / Sun Foot / Anna Oxygen / Wolf and Cub @ The Smell ($5)
Neil Hamburger / The Kenny “K-Strass” Yo-Yo Extravaganza / Clownvis Presley @ The Satellite [f/k/a Spaceland] ($8)
Adrian Legg @ McCabe’s ($18)
Somos Mysteriosos / Sylvia Juncosa / Electric Children / Lightnin Woodcock @ Redwood Bar
Fences @ Origami (Free) – 6:00 PM
Space 15 Twenty Record Fair @ 1520 Cahuenga – Get yourself some records.