Sunday, February 27, 2011

Live Music Options: 2/28/11 - 3/6/11

Mavis Staples Performs at the Satellite on Thursday

Monday 2/28/11
[Pick of the Night] Red Cortez / Richard Swift / Everest / The Dead Trees @ The Satellite (Free) – I’d definitely pay to see Richard Swift and Everest, so free is impossible to beat.
[Recommended] Jenny O  / Jonathan Wilson / J. Tillman @ Bootleg (Free) – Talented lineup.
Slang Chickens / Papa / Help / The Lovely Bad Things @ The Echo (Free)
Robotanists / War Tapes / Endless Hallway / Skull Tape / The Neighborhood @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Puro Instinct @ Paul and Andre’s
Deaf / Lost Lake / The Hectors / Black Elephant @ 5 Star Blue (Free)
Phil Alvin @ Redwood
Eulogies / Family of the Year @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP)

Tuesday 3/1/11
[Pick of the Night] Arbouretum / Endless Boogie / Imaad Wasif @ The Satellite ($8) – Some good stoner rock…
Biffy Clyro / Moving Mountains / The Blank Faces @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Scottish alt rockers
Joseph Arthur / Line and Circle @ Bootleg ($10)
Hillsong United @ Staples Center (Sold Out) – Aussie Christians
Jukebox the Ghost / My Pet Saddle / Gardens and Villa @ The Echo ($10) – Record for Yep Roc, get compared to OK Go and Ben Folds.
Found Footage Festival @ Largo ($20)
State to State / The Cooling Time / Standing Shadows / Open Source Rebellion @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Panic at the Disco @ Roxy

Wednesday 3/2/11
[Pick of the Night] A Hawk and Hacksaw / Infantree @ The Satellite ($12) – Mostly instrumental band with all those Eastern European influences (plus he was in Neutral Milk Hotel).    
The Bellrays / Bare Wires / Dirt Dress @ The Echo ($8) – Good lineup.
Low End Theory: Syd from Odd Future / Cadalack Ron @ Airliner ($10)
Ferraby Lionheart / Demo Team / Captain and Holland @ Bootleg ($7)
Swans / Devendra Banhart / Wooden Wand @ El Rey ($32) – Underground legend.
Biffy Clyro and Mark Z Danielewski @ Bootleg ($25) – The author and band perform and discuss how his novel influenced the band. I saw him do this for his previous novel,
House of Leaves and it was pretty interesting.
Damon Packard / Pregers (Dean Spunt) / Earn @ Dem Password (Free)
Lords of Acid / ANGELSPIT / Radical G / Skum Love @ Club Nokia ($23)
John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours @ Key Club ($20 - $60)
Kaki King / Zoe Keating @ Largo ($25)
Sean Kangataran / Brad Standley and the Foxlies / Garrett Pierce @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
CKY @ Viper Room ($15)

Thursday 3/3/11
[Pick of the Week - Mavis Staples @ The Satellite ($25) – Early show, doors open at 7:00 PM; I’m really excited to see soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples. Check out her latest album with Jeff Tweedy.
The Entrance Band / Sun Araw @ The Satellite ($10) – The Entrance Band is doing a Thursday night residency at the Satellite month.   
Crystal Castles / Suuns @ Fox Theater Pomona (Sold Out)
Elliot Randal & the Deadman / Sima / The Goodnight Noises @ Viper Room ($10 w/ flyer) – For the Americana, twang fans…
Great Northern / Sabrosa Purr / Moving Picture Show @ Bootleg ($10)
Civil Twilight / The Daylights / Voxhaul Broadcast @ Troubadour ($12)
Emilie Autumn @ El Rey ($20)
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister @ Downtown Central Library ($15)
Eddie Spaghetti / Blag Dahlia / Sean & Alexander @ The Echo ($12)
Meshell Ndegeocello @ Largo ($30)
The Devil Whale / Yellow Red Sparks / The Sunshine Factory / Glen Martin @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
I.E. / Laco$te / Simo Soo / Broken Eyes @ The Smell ($5)
The Broken Numbers Band / Coyote / Sonark / The Lonely Wild @ The Airliner ($5) 
Michael Nhat / Halloween Swim Team / So Many Wizards / Magick Orchids @ Lot 1 ($5)
Alexi Murdoch / The Watson Twins @ Detroit Bar ($20)
Red Cortez @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Friday 3/4/11
[Pick of the Night] Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ The Satellite (Sold Out) – Loads of the Olivia Tremor Control, El Power, Neutral Milk Hotel folks play the music of those bands. I was a big fan of so many of those bands..
[Recommended] Autolux / The Soft Moon @ The Echoplex ($15) – Autolux is a great live band, if you’ve never seen them.  
[Recommended] Cut Chemist @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM
Wild Nothing / Abe Vigoda @ Natural History Museum ($9) – Early show starts at 5:00 PM. Pitchfork generation.
Wet & Reckless / The Holloys / Tandemoro @ Bootleg ($8) – Good local lineup.
The Concretes / Millionyoung / Blackbird Blackbird @ Troubadour ($15) – The veteran Swedish indie pop band is back.
Missing Persons @ Key Club ($18 - $54)
Conspiracy of Beards @ The Mint ($15)
Sweater Girls / Neverever @ The Echo ($8)
Trey Anastasio @ The Music Box (Sold Out) – Phish lead singer.
MUSINK: Suicidal Tendencies / Biohazard / CKY @ OC Fair & Event Center ($25 - $108)
Nodzzz / Audacity / Tijuana Panthers / Ale Mania @ The Smell ($6)
Civil Twilight / The Daylights / Voxhaul Broadcast @ The Glass House ($10)
Noel Paul Stookey @ McCabe’s (Sold Out) – Paul from Peter, Paul and Mary
Anni Rossi / Whitman / Ezra Buchla / Emily Lacy @ Echo Park Country Outpost
Texas Terri Bomb @ Redwood
Hugh Cornwell @ Viper Room ($20)
Gold Motel @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Saturday 3/5/11
[Pick of the Night] Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland @ Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sold Out) – Jazz legends.
[Recommended] Autolux / The Soft Moon @ Detroit Bar ($15) – If you missed them at the Echoplex.
[Recommended] Mike Watt & His Missingmen / Sassafrass @ Redwood
Baths / Braids / Gobble Gobble @ Troubadour ($12) – Local, electro-pop kid put out a well received record on Anticon last year.
Diamond Rings / PS I Love You @ The Satellite ($10) – Big buzz and good reviews for this guy.
Japanther / Tinylittle / Jehovas Fitness / Joyce Manor @ The Smell ($6)
Conspiracy of Beards @ The Echoplex ($10) – Early show at 3:00 PM. Acapella group that performs Leonard Cohen songs. Benefit for 826 LA.
Alexi Murdoch / The Watson Twins @ Bootleg ($25)
Voxhaul Broadcast / Nico Stai / The Sea of Cortez / Summer Darling / Hi Ho Silver Oh @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($10)
Michael Showalter / David Wain @ The Echo ($14) – Early show at 6:00 PM
MUSINK: Thrice / Circa Survive @ OC Fair & Event Center ($25 - $108)
Julieta Venegas / Ceci Bastida @ Nokia Theatre LA Live ($25 - $100)
The Thrilling Adventure Hour @ Largo (Sold Out)
Faster Pussycat @ Key Club ($18)
Chick Corea & Gary Burton @ Royce Hall ($43 - $83)

Sunday 3/6/11
[Pick of the Night] Broken Records / US Royalty @ The Satellite ($10) – Scottish band on 4AD that gets compared to Arcade Fire and Springsteen.
Morcheeba / The Mumlers @ The Music Box ($28) 
The Velvet Teen / Themes @ The Echo ($10) – Early show at 5:30 PM
David J / Sleepmask / The New Room @ The Echo ($10)
We Barbarians / The Union Line @ Detroit Bar ($10)
Yemen Blues @ Troubadour ($25)
MUSINK: The Used / Hot Water Music @ OC Fair & Event Center ($25 - $108)
Gobble Gobble / Captain Ahab / Foot Village / Heller Keller @ The Smell ($5)

Friday, February 25, 2011

New Music Releases: February 22, 2011

Unfortunately I haven't gotten too deep into any of these releases yet. A few of them sound promising though...

Releases That Got My Attention:
Adele: 21 (Columbia) – The winner of 2009’s Grammy for best new artist releases her second album. At the Palladium on 6/9/11. Listen HERE
Julianna Barwick: The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty) – For fans of pretty, ethereal, vocal records.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Cairo Gang: Island Brothers (Drag City) – Latest 10” single.
The Caribbean: Discontinued Perfume (Hometapes) – Sixth album from the indie rockers.
Johnny Cash: Bootleg Volume 2 – From Memphis to Hollywood (Sony Legacy) – 57-track collection with 16 never issued recordings, 11 singles, 11 outtakes. Listen HERE
The Cave Singers: No Witch (Jagjaguwar) – Third record from the “rustic” “backwoods” bluesy band with the singer with the love it or hate it voice. At the Autry on 3/13/11. Listen HERE
Danielson: Best of Gloucester County (Sounds Familyre) – It’s been five years since Ships. This one features guest appearances from Jens Lekman and Sufjan Stevens. At the Satellite on 4/9/11.
David Dondero: A Pre-Existing Condition (Ghostmeat) – Some originals and lots of covers (including Little Feat, Charlie Pride, Neil Young, Doug Sahm, Dylan and Jawbreaker).
Eagle and Talon: In Manila (Bi/Akka) – Local band alert
Earth: Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1 (Southern Lord) – One of the more critically adored heavy bands. Getting good reviews.
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Authorized Bootleg – Fillmore East 11/7/70 (Hip-O) – I haven’t listened to this yet, but this is post Gram Parsons.  It’s still a prime band and they play all the songs you’d want to hear.
Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here (XL Recordings) – Jamie from the xx reworks Gil-Scott Heron’s I’m New Here record. Interesting idea to put these two artists together.
Light Asylum: In Tension (self-released) – New York critical darlings. Cold, steely, Depeche Mode meets Ian Curtis (P.S. that’s a woman singing).
MP3: Dark Allies (via Pitchfork)
Loch Lomond: Little Me Will Start A Storm (Tender Loving) – Folk influenced indie music from Portland.
The Low Anthem: Smart Flesh (Nonesuch) – Americana fans take note. At the Autry on 5/9/11.
The Luyas: Too Beautiful To Work (Dead Oceans) – I try to listen to everything on the Dead Oceans label (but haven’t gotten around to this yet). Tied in with the Montreal scene (Owen Pallett, Sarah Neufeld and Bell Orchestre help out).  At the Autry on 3/23/11.
Malachai: Return To the Ugly Side (Domino) – Eclectic Bristol duo touches on pretty much ever genre. Geoff Barrow Listen HERE
Medication: Judgment Day EP (Sacred Bones) – Lo-fi indie rock mang.
Brad Mehldau: Live In Marciac (Nonesuch) – Local jazz pianist does original material and covers Nick Drake, Radiohead, Nirvana and The Beatles.  At Largo on 4/14/11.
Dustin O’Halloran: Lumiere (Fat Cat) – You like Devics?
The Psychic Paramount: II (No Quarter) – Experimental New York band with the drummer from one of my favorite college bands, Panel Donor. Haven’t heard it yet.
Puro Instinct: Headbangers In Ecstasy (Mexican Summer) – Local sisters. Gorilla vs. Bear loves this. The cover is like the American Apparel of album covers.
Sister Crayon: Bellow (Manimal) – Female fronted group with a Portishead meets CocoRosie vibe.
Six Organs of Admittance: Asleep On the Floodplain (Drag City) – Some groovy acoustic guitar playing (as usual).
Slug Guts: Howling Gang (Sacred Bones) – Aussies with a bit of a Birthday/Mudhoney vibe.
Toro Y Moi: Underneath the Pine (Carpark) – Best new music on Pitchfork (if that sorta thing impress ye). Expands on his chillwave sound, but still not my bag baby. At the Troubadour on 3/23/11.
Various Artists: Blue Valentine Soundtrack (Lakeshore) – Mostly Grizzly Bear stuff.
Various Artists: West Indies Funk (Trans Air) – Another cool compilation worth tracking down.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recent Live Music Announcments

The Music Box
4/23/11: Bassrush – Chase & Status (Saturday at 10 AM)
4/28/11: The Airborne Toxic Event (presale now, password = MIDNIGHT; Saturday at 10 AM)
5/22/11: Aloe Blacc (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = NEEDADOLLAR; Saturday at 10 AM)
5/24/11: Yeasayer / Smith Westerns / Hush Hush (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = AMBLING; Saturday at 10 AM)
6/24/11: Black Lips / Cerebral Ballzy (Saturday at 10 AM)

El Rey
4/5/11: Neil Finn / Matt Costa (Saturday at 10 AM)
4/20/11: Kara DioGuardi (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = IDOL; Saturday at 10 AM)
4/27/11: The Airborne Toxic Event (presale now, password = MIDNIGHT; Saturday at 10 AM)
5/10/11: Pinback (Saturday at 10 AM)

4/26/11: The Airborne Toxic Event (Friday at 1:00 PM)
6/6/11: Orange Goblin (now)

The Satellite [sold through Ticketfly]
3/3/11: Mavis Staples (now)
3/8/11: Andy Clockwise (now)
3/30/11: Air Sex Championships (now)
4/6/11: Rademacher (now)
4/14/11: Yuck (now)
4/22/11: Movits (now)
4/25/11: Airbone Toxic Event (Friday at Noon)

Nokia Theatre LA Live
4/15/11: Charlie Wilson / Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday at 10 AM)
5/13/11: Brian McKnight (Friday at 10 AM)
6/24/11: Men of Soul – Peabo Bryson / Howard Hewett / Freddie Jackson / Jeffrey Osbourne (Friday at 10 AM)

Echoplex [Ticketweb]
3/22/11: Soundtrack of Our Lives (now)
4/8/11: Naked and Famous (now)
5/1/11: Mudhoney (now)
5/21/11: Houses / The One AM Radio (now)

The Echo
4/29/11: Royal Bangs / Superhumanoids (now)
5/2/11: Battles (now)
6/1/11: Gruff Rhys (now)

Club Nokia
3/26/11: Seth MacFarlane Swingin’ in Concert / Sara Bareilles (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = MUSIC; Saturday at 10 AM)
4/3/11: Talib Kweli / David Banner / 9th Wonder (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = RAINBOWS; Saturday at 10 AM)
4/20/11: The Original Alice Cooper Group / Duff McKagan’s Loaded / Sebastian Bach (now)
5/8/11: Ghostland Observatory (presale now, password = RONDO; Friday at 10 AM)
5/13/11: The Royal Family Ball / Soulive / Lettuce (presale now, password = ROYAL; Friday at 10 AM)

Citizens Business Bank Arena (Pomona)
6/24/11: Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour- Willie Nelson / Jamey Johnson / Randy Houser / Lee Brice / Brantley Gilbert / Craig Campbell / Lukas Nelson (presale now, password = YEEHAW; Friday at 10 AM)

9/3/11: Jenni Rivera (Saturday at 10 AM)

Hollywood Palladium
3/22/11: Girl Talk (now)
6/9/11: Adele [moved from The Wiltern] (Saturday at 10 AM)

Gibson Amphitheatre
6/12/11: Bruno Mars / Janelle Monae / Mayer Hawthorne & the Country (Saturday at 10 AM)

The Forum
5/20/11: Rammstein (Saturday at 10 AM)

The Wiltern
4/13/11: Queens of the Stone Age (now)
4/30/11: Hollywood Undead (Friday at 10 AM)
5/21/11: Adam Carolla (now)

3/29/11: The Sounds (Friday at 10 AM)

Fox Theater Pomona
4/20/11: Kottonmouth Kings (presale Friday at 10 AM, password = LEGALIZE; Saturday at 10 AM)

4/28/11: Watkins Family Hour (now)
4/29/11: Punch Brothers (now)
4/30/11: Ed Helms Whiskey Sour Hour (now)
5/1/11: Steep Canyon Rangers with Steve Martin (now)
5/6/11: Grant Lee Buffalo (now)

3/29/11: Washington (now at Ticketfly)
4/3/11: Dan Bern (now)
4/16/11: Lake / Agesandages (now)

Grammy Museum
3/23/11: Raphael Saadiq (now)
3/25/11: Los Lonely Boys (now)

The Glass House
3/10/11: The Concretes (Friday at Noon)
5/7/11: Ghostland Observatory (Friday at Noon)
6/25/11: The Black Lips / Cerebral Ballzy (Friday at Noon)

Bardot (RSVP)
3/7/11: Pop Levi / Broken Records / Johnossi
3/14/11: Polock
3/21/11: Teddy Thompson

Detroit Bar
4/16/11: Yuck (now)
5/12/11: The Greenhornes (now)
6/23/11: Black Lips (now)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ticket Giveaway: Sebadoh and Quasi at the Echoplex

The gifts keep on coming.. I've got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away for the Sebadoh and Quasi show that's going down this Friday (February 25, 2011) at the Echoplex in Echo Park. Sebadoh's calling their tour "The Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour" which is pretty incredible since those are my two favorite Sebadoh records. Not coincidentally, both of those records will be reissued/expanded later this year on Sub Pop. The band for this tour consists of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico.

Opening the show will be Quasi. I haven't seen Quasi for a really long time (maybe not since they toured as Elliott Smith's backing band). They've been a trio for the last five years and feature: Sam Coomes, Janet Weiss and Joanna Bolme. Janet and Joanna are also in Stephen Malkmus' backing band, the Jicks.

To win these tickets, email me [dukeufo at gmail] with the name of your favorite character from The Wire. Please put "Sebadoh Contest" in the subject line. The contest closes Friday at Noon.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ticket Giveaway: Telekinesis & The Love Language

I've got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away to see Telekinesis and The Love Language show this Thursday at the Echo. Opening the show will be One Trick Pony. As I mentioned last week, I'm really enjoying the new Telekinesis record.

To win these tickets, email me [dukeufo at gmail] with the name of your pick for Best Picture at this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Please put "Telekinesis Contest" in the subject line of the email. The contest closes Thursday at Noon.

MP3: Telekinesis - Car Crash (via Spin Magazine)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Live Music Options: 2/21/11 - 2/27/11

Shitload of great shows this week, dig in to some...

Monday 2/21/11
[Pick of the Night] Slang Chickens / Everest / Papa / Young Hunting @ The Echo (Free) – Another chance to see Everest for free.  
[Recommended] Red Cortez / Eastern Conference Champions / Allah Las / Mid Cities @ The Satellite (Free) – Get there at 9 for Mid Cities - a new band with Jonathan Price from Henry Clay People.
[Recommended] Robotanists / Hands / Light FM / The Secret Language @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Good lineup for free.
[Recommended] Gang of Four / Hollerado @ The Music Box ($33) – Entertainment! Is a classic.
[Recommended] West Memphis Three Benefit: Patton Oswalt / Sarah Silverman / Paul F. Tompkins / Aimee Mann / Michael Penn @ Largo (Sold Out) – I recently watched After Innocence – the justice system can still be pretty upsetting.
Jenny O  / Harper Simon / Gregory and the Hawk @ Bootleg (Free)
Cake @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Bob Schneider / Joe Firstman / Marianne Keith @ Hotel Café ($20)
311 @ Grove of Anaheim
Dirtbike Puppet Theatre / Meagan Boyd’s Puppet Funeral / Cobra Lillies @ Pehrspace ($5)
Phil Alvin @ Redwood
Less Than Jake @ House of Blues Anaheim ($25)

Tuesday 2/22/11
[Pick of the Night] Versus / Polls @ The Echo ($10) – I enjoyed seeing these guys back in the late 1990s.
[Recommended] Army Navy / A House For Lions / Sing the Body Electric / Soft Swells @ The Satellite ($8) – Buzz Bands curated night.  
[Recommended] The Western States Motel / Andrew Lynch / The World Record @ LaBrie’s (Free) – Always nice to see The World Record.
Vivian Girls / Catwalk / Cold Showers @ The Smell ($8)
Joseph Arthur / Craig Wedren @ Bootleg ($12)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor / OM @ Fox Theater Pomona (Sold Out)
Wayne White: You’re Supposed to Act All Impressed @ Largo ($20) – One of the original designers and puppeteers on Pee Wee’s Playhouse
Andy Grammer / Sara Lindsay @ Troubadour ($15)
The Muddy Reds / Jason Diaz / The Lyon Crowns @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Sarah Lee Guthrie / Johnny Irion / Selena Garcia / The Young Romans @ Hotel Café
Tribute to Teena Marie @ Grammy Museum ($20) – Lalah Hathaway and Shanice Wilson will perform and they and others will discuss

Wednesday 2/23/11
[Pick of the Night] Freddie Gibbs with The Park [live band] / Free the Robots / DaVinci / 87 Stick Up Kids
@ Troubadour ($12) – Freddie Gibbs is the real deal as far as rappers go. I was very impressed when I saw him at Spaceland.
[Recommended] Yo La Tengo / The Urinals @ El Rey ($25 / buy tix at Origami to avoid fees) – They’re starting out their set with a spin the wheel game which could entail any number of weird sets of songs.
Low End Theory: Dustmite (aka DNTEL) / Take / Teebs @ Airliner ($10)
Last American Buffalo / Blue Blood @ The Satellite (Free)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Evangelista @ The Music Box (Sold Out)
The Hood Internet / Kid Static @ The Echo ($12) – Mash-up DJs.
Linkin Park / The Prodigy @ Staples Center (Sold Out)
The Watkins Family Hour @ Largo ($25)
The Meditations / Arise Roots @ Echoplex ($15) – The Meditations will be honoring Bob Marley on this tour.
Sonos @ Bootleg ($12)
Audrey Ryan / Square on Square / Alice Austin / Telegram @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Chocolate Genius @ Bootleg ($15)
Anna Nalick / Angel Taylor @ The Hotel Café
John Waters – The Filthy World Goes Hollywood @ Royce Hall ($28 - $48) – Special guests Elvis Perkins and Matthew Gray Gubler

Thursday 2/24/11
[Pick of the Night] Telekinesis / Love Language / One Trick Pony @ The Echo ($10) – I’m really into that new Telekinesis record right now.  
[Recommended] Sebadoh [Bakesale/Harmacy remembering time tour] / Quasi @ Troubadour ($18) – Bakesale’s one of my all time favorite records. I’ll be checking it out at the Echoplex on Friday. Quasi’s great too.
[Recommended] Shadow Shadow Shade / The Black / Silver Lake Chorus / Twilight Sleep @ The Satellite ($10) – A really solid night of music. The Silver Lake Chorus could probably sell out The Satellite by themselves at this point. The Black features members of Voxtrot. Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups will also be DJ’ing.
[Recommended] Yo La Tengo / The Urinals @ Detroit Bar ($25)
[Recommended] The Sweet Hurt / Willoughby / Dave Smallen / Brother Bear John @ Lot 1 ($5) – Good night to see some quality local bands.
Best Coast / Wavves / Hunx & His Punx @ Music Box (Sold Out) – Big homecoming show for Best Coast.
The Shape Shifters / Freestyle Fellowship / Sole and the Skyriders / Blue Sky Black Death / Astronautilus / Dark Time Sunshine / Cheschi & Anonymous Inc / Cars & Trains @ Echoplex ($20) – Early start at 6:00 PM
Sarah Silverman @ Largo ($25)
Arrica Rose & …’s / Spain / Brett Shady @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Holly Conlan / Shawn Amos @ Hotel Café
Erykah Badu’s Birthday Party & Jam Session @ House of Blues Sunset (Sold Out)
dubBumba / Gibbons and the Sluts / Emma and the Ghosts / pek pek @ The Smell ($5)
Fireball Ministry / Night Horse / The Fucking Wrath @ Viper Room ($15)
Slow Skate @ Origami Vinyl (Free) – 7:00 PM
Miranda Cosgrove @ House of Blues Anaheim ($39)

Friday 2/25/11
[Pick of the Week] Sebadoh [Bakesale/Harmacy remembering time tour] / Quasi @ Echoplex ($15) – Can’t wait to see Lou and Jason (and Bob D’Amico) perform highlights from my two favorite Sebadoh records. Quasi’s great too.
[Recommended] Har Mar Superstar / Samantha Ronson / Marijuana Deathsquads / Slapping Purses @ The Satellite [f/ka/ Spaceland] ($8) – Har Mar brings the party vibe.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($25)
Sic Alps / Whitman / White Fence / Literature @ The Smell ($5)
Max Bernis / Joel Jerome of Dios @ Troubadour (Sold Out) 
Glassjaw / Tidal Arms / These People / Cerebral Ballzy @ El Rey (Sold Out)
Justin Townes Earle / Dawn Landes @ Autry Museum ($15)
How To Dress Well / Shlohmo @ The Echo ($12)
Lucero (the Latin one, not the indie one) @ Nokia Theatre ($40 - $128)
Miranda Cosgrove @ Club Nokia ($20 - $100)
Pendulum @ The Wiltern ($35-$41)
Infected Mushroom @ Grove of Anaheim
Texas Terri Bomb / The Neurotics / A Pretty Mess / Million Kids @ Redwood
Russell Simmons @ Grammy Museum ($35)
The English Beat @ Key Club ($25 - $75)
Dirty Smiles (f.k.a. Cab20) / Wake Up Lucid @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Saturday 2/26/11
[Pick of the Night] Local Natives @ Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sold Out) – I wish they’d do more than one indie rock show a year. They seem to be very successful. The Local Natives’ record really grew on me last year.  
[Recommended] Death / RTX / Sic Alps @ Echoplex ($14) – Death is a proto-punk band from Detroit. Seek out the Drag City reissue, For the Whole World to See – really cool record.
[Recommended] Les Blanks / Dirt Dress / Black Elephant @ dA Center For the Arts in Pomona ($5) – Good show if you’re out in Pomona.
Zola Jesus @ Skybar at the Mondrian (Free w/ RSVP) – If you can’t bear the scene at the Mondrian on a weekend night, Zola Jesus will be at the Satellite in early May.
Alexis Murdoch @ Bootleg ($25)
Hollerado / Ume @ The Satellite ($8) – I’ve heard Hollerado’s a fun live band.
Rocco DeLuca @ R Bar
Rocky Votolato / Matt Pond @ Troubadour ($15)
Stone Temple Pilots / Jetstream @ Fox Theater Pomona (Sold Out)
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band / Scott Hutchison @ The Music Box ($25)
Paul F. Tompkins @ Largo ($25)
Glassjaw / Tidal Arms / These People @ The Glass House (Sold Out)
Some Days / Gestapo Khazi / My Pet Saddle / The Diet Thrills Foreman @ Mime School ($5)
Young the Giant / We Barbarians / Kitten @ The Roxy ($12)
Dasgubell / Laco$te / Raised By Television @ Silver Factory Studios ($8)
Lords of Altamont / Death Hymn #9 / Action 45 @ Redwood
The Hectors / Seasons @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM
Fireball Ministry / Night Horse @ Alex’s Bar ($10)

Sunday 2/27/11
The Frustrators / The Phenomenauts / The Billy Bones / The Bombpops @ Troubadour ($12)
Neil Hamburger / Found Footage Festival / Chris Thayer @ The Satellite ($8)
Leftover Crack / Retox / Manhattan Murder Mystery @ Echoplex ($14) – Early show at 5:00 PM
Love Grenades / The Holloys @ The Echo ($5)
Streelight Manifesto / Terrible Things / A Loss For Words / Larry and His Flask / Lionize @ The Glass House ($15)
Silje Nes / Steffaloo @ Lot 1 ($5)
Bestial Mouths @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Music Releases: February 15, 2011

So much music to try to keep up with this week. I'm starting to remember why I stopped doing these posts....

Pick of the Week:
Telekinesis: 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge) – With this record, Telekinesis should cross over to snag Death Cab For Cutie’s audience. Produced by DCFC’s Chris Walla, it’s very well done breakup indie rock with a bit of punch. While I did like their first album, I’m surprised how much I like this new one. At the Echo on 2/24/11. Aquarium Drunkard has a free download HERE.  
Other Recommended Releases:
Arbouretum: Gathering (Thrill Jockey) – You’ve got to be open to stoner rock to appreciate this one. Slow, dense riffs with an almost pastoral quality. Cool shit in my book. At the Satellite on 3/1/11.
PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (Vagrant) – This record’s full of anti-war songs, complex arrangements and dramatic singing. Some of it’s pretty accessible and a lot of it’s challenging.  Harvey’s releases are always interesting listens. This one should please her fans. At Coachella on 4/17/11. Listen HERE
Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop) – They brought back the vocals. Plenty for heavy post-rock fans to be happy about. At the Mayan on 5/10/11. Listen HERE
Yuck: Yuck (Fat Possum) – I saw them live before listening to the record, which made me give them the benefit of the doubt. Really good live show, pretty good album (maybe too many ballads?). Live, they’re sort of like a young, British version of Dinosaur Jr. (circa 1991). At the Echo on 4/13/11 and The Satellite on 4/14/11. Listen HERE
Other Releases That Got My Attention:
Asobi Seksu: Flourescence (Polyvinyl) – Dream poppers; The vinyl is pink. At the Troubadour on 3/9/11. Listen HERE
The Babies: The Babies (Shrimper) – Kevin Morby (bass player in Woods) and Cassie Ramone (guitar in Vivian Girls) play damaged pop. The vinyl doesn’t come out until late March.
Beans: End It All (Anticon) – Ex-Anti Pop Consortium
Bright Eyes: The People’s Key (Saddle Creek) – I’ve never gotten into Connor Oberst or Bright Eyes, so I don’t have much to say. At the Fox in Pomona on 4/13/11 and Coachella on 4/16/11 Listen HERE
Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway) – The first time I saw Carll was back to back with Ryan Bingham, and I just preferred Bingham. But I haven’t heard this record yet.
The Dears: Degeneration Street (Dangerbird) – The Montreal collective’s second album for local label, Dangerbird. At the Troubadour on 3/10/11. Listen HERE
Dream Diary: You Are the Beat (Kanine) – This Brooklyn band’s being marketed to twee pop/Sarah Records fans.
Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots (ATO) – Their 11th album. Listen HERE
East River Pipe: We Live In Rented Rooms (Merge) –This is the indie singer/songwriter’s seventh album. Haven’t spent enough time with this one yet.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Cervantine (L.M. Duplication) – Eclectic tunes. Very capably played folk music from all around the world. At the Satellite on 3/2/11.
La Sera: La Sera (Hardly Art) – Katy Goodman is the bass player in Vivian Girls.
Peaking Lights: 936 (Not Not Fun) – Weirdo guitar synth psych dub music.
The Skull Defekts: Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey) – Daniel Higgs from Lungfish joined these Swedes. It’s a weird, experimental rock record. Still digesting this one..
Sonic Youth: Simon Werner a Disparu (SYR) – Instrumental album that grew out of recording the soundtrack to a French film Simon Werner a Disparu (known as Lights Out in the US). I haven’t heard it, but it’s getting good reviews (critics are saying it’s atmospheric and experimental).   
The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop) – Greg Dulli’s back with the Twilight Singers. At the Music Box on 5/25/11. Listen HERE

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recent Live Music Announcments

The Raveonettes Have a Slew of Local Dates Scheduled

The Wiltern
4/12/11: Queens of the Stone Age perform their debut album in its entirety plus b-sides and more (presale now, password = dostuff; Friday at 10 AM)
5/12/11: Elvis Costello (now)

2/23/11: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Portugal. The Man, Best Coast (now)

4/11/11: k.d. lang (2/24/11 at 1:00 PM)
4/25/11: The Head & the Heart (Friday at 1:00 PM)
4/26/11: Airborne Toxic Event (2/25/11 at 1:00 PM)
4/28/11: Spectrum (today at 1:00 PM)
5/5/11 – 5/6/11: Raveonettes (Thursday at 1:00 PM)
5/12/11: Hayes Carll (today at 1:00 PM)

The Satellite [sold through Ticketfly]
4/2/11: Candye Kane Band (now)
4/25/11: Airborne Toxic Event (2/25/11 at Noon)
4/27/11: The Builders and the Butchers (now)
5/20/11: Joe Pug (Friday at Noon)

4/1/11: Together Again – Robyn Hitchcock, Grant-Lee Phillips and Jon Brion (now)

Staples Center
5/28/11: Glee (Saturday at 10 AM)

Honda Center
4/23/11: Lil Wayne, Nikki Minaj, Rock Ross, Travis Barker (Saturday at Noon)
5/27/11: Glee (Saturday at 10 AM)

San Manuel Amphitheatre
6/4/11: Tim McGraw (Friday at 10 AM)

Gibson Amphitheatre
3/18/11: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Cameo, Zapp, Con Funk Shun (Friday at 10 AM)
4/9/11: Thirty Seconds to Mars (Friday at 10 AM)

Fox Theater Pomona
5/5/11: Atmosphere, Blueprint, Grieves with Budo (Friday at 10 AM)

The Music Box
3/18/11: The Dan Band (Saturday at 10 AM)
5/25/11: The Twilight Singers, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s (Saturday at 10 AM)

Long Beach Arena
4/7/11: Rise Against, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Four Year Strong (Saturday at 10 AM)

El Rey
4/14/11: Scala, Kolacny Brothers (Saturday at 10 AM)
4/26/11: Zion I & the Grouch, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Saturday at 10 AM)

Greek Theatre
4/20/11: Slightly Stoopid, Bad Brains, Barrington Levy (Saturday at 10 AM)
6/13/11: Florence + the Machine, Hanni el Khatib (Friday at 10 AM)
8/14/11: Gipsy Kings (Saturday at 10 AM)

The Echo
4/13/11: Yuck (now at Ticketweb)
4/19/11: Lost in the Trees (now)

The Glass House [sold through Ticketfly]
4/18/11: CSS / Princeton (Friday at Noon)
5/4/11: The Raveonettes, Tamaryn (Friday at Noon)

Detroit Bar [sold through Ticketweb]
4/6/11: Middle Brother (now)
5/1/11: Boxer Rebellion (now)
5/9/11: The Raveonettes, Tamaryn (Friday at 8:00 AM)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ticket Giveaway: Lucero at the Echoplex on Thursday

I've got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away to see Lucero and Olin and the Moon this Thursday (February 17th) at the Echoplex. Lucero's got one of the most intensely dedicated fanbases. For the uninitiated (I guess some people still hadn't heard of Arcade Fire before last night) think gruff, slightly twangy heavy drinking rock'n'roll.

To win these tickets email me [dukeufo at gmail] with the name of your favorite Lucero record. The contest closes at 6:00 PM on Wednesday. Winners will be notified by Noon on Thursday. Please put "Lucero Tickets" in the subject line.   

Live Music Options: 2/14/11 - 2/20/11

Beach House Play Two Local Shows

It was a good weekend of live music. Yuck and Smith Westerns on Friday night at the Echo - Yuck really impressed me and Smith Westerns were good (as expected). Apex Manor put on a great show at the Satellite on Saturday. Lots of really good musicians in the band (and a great cover of Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire" and a surprisingly good cover of the Outfield's "Your Love"). 

Monday 2/14/11
[Pick of the Week] Lucinda Williams / Augustana @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP) – Great chance to see Lucinda for free.
[Recommended] Red Cortez / Everest / College Kids / The Union Line @ The Satellite (Free) – Everest for free.
[Recommended] Slang Chickens / Papa / John Carpenter @ The Echo (Free) – You need to check out John Carpenter.
[Recommended] Jenny O  / Leslie Stevens / Henry Wolfe / John Gold @ Bootleg (Free) – Leslie from Leslie and the Badgers.  
Phil Alvin / Frank Fairfield / Lucky Otis @ Redwood – Check out Frank Fairfield
Ne-Yo / Monica and Miguel @ Nokia Theatre LA Live ($50 - $130)
Kenny G / Michael Bolton @ Gibson ($80 - $110)
Goapele / DJ Eque @ Troubadour ($23) – Contemporary soul singer
Robotanists / Oh Darling / Kissing Cousins @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Disco Bunny / Narwhal Party / C.J. Boyd / 333 Boyz / Koban @ Pehrspace ($5)

Tuesday 2/15/11
[Pick of the Night] Mountain Man / Haroula Rose / Whispering Pines / Jeffertiti’s Nile / Kim Churchill @ Hotel Café ($13)
[Recommended] Susan James / Old Californio / Tony Gilkyson / Kip Boardman / The Quarter After / Evie Sands / Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg / Double Naught Spycar / Cosmo Topper @ The Echo ($5 or $10 w/CD)
The Western States Motel / Judson & Mary / Disaster Speaks @ LaBrie’s (Free)
Wayne White: You’re Supposed to Act All Impressed @ Largo ($20) – One of the original designers and puppeteers on Pee Wee’s Playhouse
Mother Mother / Honey Loving Cells / Marcus Very Ordinary @ The Satellite ($10)
Joseph Arthur / Madi Diaz @ Bootleg ($12)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Walt Disney Concert Hall ($51 - $123)
Todd Snider / Elizabeth Cook @ El Rey ($25)
Chris Young / Gretchen Wilson @ Club Nokia ($25 - $40)
Swords of Fatima / Sylvia Juncosa @ Redwood

Wednesday 2/16/11
[Pick of the Night] The Radio Dept. / Young Prisms @ El Rey (Sold Out)
[Recommended] Beach House / Papercuts @ The Music Box (Sold Out)
[Recommended] Low End Theory: Blank Blue / Natasha Kmeto @ Airliner ($10)
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister (covering the Velvet Underground) / Vanaprasta / Erik Hassle @ The Satellite ($10)
Gram Rabbit / Indians / LA Font @ Bordello ($10)
Twilight Singers @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM
The Ross Sea Party / Hello Electric / The Californian @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
TRMRS / The Hindu Pirates @ The Echo ($5)
Henry Rollins “50” @ Largo ($25) – Celebrating his 50th birthday.
Generationals / Nightmare & the Cat / Scars on 45 @ Hotel Café
Back to the Future the Ride / Robedoor / Suzi Star / Pure Shit @ The Smell ($5)

Thursday 2/17/11
[Pick of the Night] Beach House / Papercuts @ The Music Box (Sold Out) – Good record.
[Recommended] Dawes @ Royce Hall (Free for UCLA students, $15 otherwise)
[Recommended] Lucero / Olin & the Moon @ Echoplex ($18) – Good live show
[Recommended] Everybody’s Talkin’: Les Blanks / Jonah Ray / Kumail Nanjiani / Duncan Trussell / Steve Agee / Natasha Leggero / Al Madigral / Sean Patton / Host Matt Dwyer @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($5 donation) – Mostly comedy with some good music thrown in.
[Recommended] Shadow Shadow Shade / Minks / The Black Apples / Generationals @ The Satellite ($10)
Dum Dum Girls @ Skybar at the Mondrian (Free w/ RSVP)
Duniven / Queen Kwong / The VLA / The Delabre @ Bootleg ($5)
Michael Beach / The Antiques / Broken Numbers Band @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) 
BB King @ House of Blues Anaheim ($90)
Ocean Grove / Moderne Man / Bleu @ Troubadour ($5)
Henry Rollins “50” @ Largo ($25) – Celebrating his 50th birthday.
Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Allstar Jam @ Club Nokia ($40 - $95)
Celso Pina @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM
Stars at Night / Coastline Apparition @ Airliner ($5)

Friday 2/18/11
[Pick of the Night] Har Mar Superstar / P.O.S. / Marijuana Deathsquads / Skoal Kodiak @ The Satellite [f/ka/ Spaceland] ($8) – Har Mar and Marijuana Deathsquads residency continues. There should be a lot of people out to see alt-rapper P.O.S.
[Recommended] Scott H. Biram / Ralph White of the Bad Livers / Lightnin Woodcock @ Redwood
Colleen Green / Peter Pants / The Monolators / Disaster Speaks @ Lot 1 ($5)
Marnie Stern / Tera Melos / Power Axe @ The Echo ($12)
Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) / Tom Freund / Cowboy & Indian @ Hotel Café ($13)
Vanessa Paradis @ Orpheum Theatre ($35 - $55) – Johnny Depp’s lady friend.
Mike Viola / Debate Team / Kate Micucci @ Bootleg ($15)
Cake @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Henry Rollins “50” @ Largo (Sold Out) – Celebrating his 50th birthday.
Bun B @ Roxy Theatre ($35)
Old Lumps / Moses Campbell / Smithfield Bargain @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($10)
All Star Weekend Kevin Hart Afterparty @ Club Nokia – Hosted by Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
J. Cole / Wale @ House of Blues Sunset (Sold Out)
Twin / Eva Klassen / Big Black Delta / Tinylittle @ The Smell ($5)
Eluveitie / Three Inches of Blood / Holy Grail / System Divide @ The Glass House ($22)
Too Short @ Key Club ($28 - $40)

Saturday 2/19/11
[Pick of the Night] Admiral Radley / The Sea of Cortez / Blonde Summer @ The Satellite ($12) – Admiral Radley’s Aaron and Ariana from Earlimart and Jason and Aaron from Grandaddy. Central Valley all stars..
[Recommended] Ted Leo (Solo) @ Skybar at the Mondrian (Free w/ RSVP)
Rocco DeLuca @ R Bar
Glass Candy / Austra / Bobby Birdman @ Echoplex ($12)
Rick Ross / Gucci Mane / Soulja Boy @ Hollywood Palladium ($95)
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx @ Grove of Anaheim ($55 - $98)
Enrique Inglesias @ Gibson
LA Guns @ Hotel Café ($13)
Cake @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Chromeo / MNDR / The Suzan @ Fox Theater Pomona ($25)
Henry Rollins “50” @ Largo (Sold Out) – Celebrating his 50th birthday.
Narwhal Party / Peter Pants / Tes Elations / Pulse Out @ The Smell ($5)
Starpool / The Debonaires / La Banda Skalavera / Save the Swim Team / Stupid Flanders @ The Glass House ($10)
David Lindley @ McCabe’s ($20)
Vaud and the Villains / Triple Chicken Foot @ The Mint ($19)
DJ Quik @ Key Club ($30 - $90)
Magic Bullets @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Sunday 2/20/11
[Pick of the Night] Man or Astroman @ The Echo ($15) – I was a big fan in college. Nerdy surf rock.
[Recommended] An Evening with Ted Leo @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock ($10) – Solo performance, Q&A with Keith Morris and Ted Leo; stand up comedy by Paul F. Tompkins, Sklar Bros, Jen Kirkman, Jonah Ray and Kurnail Nanjiani
[Recommended] Gang of Four / Hollerado @ House of Blues Anaheim ($34)
Beth Hart / Souls on 11 @ Echoplex ($17) – Early show at 6:00 PM
Louis and Genevieve / Rick / Anenon @ Bootleg ($8)
Cake @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Part Time Punks: Smiths/Morrissey Night w/ acoustic performance by Jose Maldonado @ Echoplex ($8)
LA Guns @ Hotel Café ($13)
Bobby Brown @ Key Club ($30 - $90)
Henry Rollins “50” @ Largo ($25) – Celebrating his 50th birthday.
Stab City / Heller Keller / Vietnambla / Bird Mad Girl @ The Smell ($5)
Luis & the Wildfires @ Amoeba (Free) – 5:00 PM
David Lindley @ McCabe’s (Sold Out)
Torches in Trees / AV Club / Disaster Speaks @ Lot 1 Café ($5)