Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Monday Show Low Down (Or "Draw Up A List Of The People You Kissed Last Year")

I usually skip writing anything like show reviews because, hey, if you missed it, what good is it going to do you? But there were three nights last week that were so fantastic that I have to mention them…

Last Monday night, the free residency show at The Echo with The Airborne Toxic Event, Radars to the Sky, and The Happy Hollows was incredibly fun. All three acts performed with such energy, verve, and panache that it couldn’t help but remind you how great live music can be.

Then Thursday night, Detroit’s Saturday Looks Good to Me had a practically flawless 60's-tinged pop performance at Spaceland, their lead displaying so much talent and effortless charm that it was almost galling at times.

And then there were local favorite Earlimart at The Getty on Friday night… The stylish and austere grounds there are one of the most beautiful places in SoCal and the gorgeous purple cloud-framed sunset that occurred made it even dreamier… So, it was a pretty fitting setting for the lush sounds of the band playing with a, wow, string quartet backing.

Aaron and crew played a handful of songs from their upcoming album – some which have been released online already, like Answers & Questions and Never Mind The Phone Calls, and others that haven’t, like the final encore where The Parson Redheads singing back-up – and then earlier heartbreakers like We Drink On The Job and The Hidden Track.

They were good times… Where were you? We missed you. (And I thought we’d had that discussion about you coming out more…)

Tonight at The Echo has the potential to be as good as those shows, too. Like I mentioned last week, KXLU 88.9 FM and Radio Free Silver Lake are teaming up to present a night of acoustic sets by six great local bands… The Airborne Toxic Event, Foreign Born, Eagle & Talon, Correatown, Mezzanine Owls, and Peter Walker … acts who are all worth coming out for singly alone, but together? It’s going to be murder.

It’s free, they have some dork MCing the night, and it’s going by the name of "Electricity Free Silver Lake."

Here’s what the rest of the week is looking like:

- The Airborne Toxic Event, Correatown, Mezzanine Owls, Peter Walker, Foreign Born, & Eagle & Talon (Acoustic) @ The Echo (Free)
- Berko, Low vs. Diamond, Fionn Regan, & Children Collide @ Spaceland (Free)
- Buffalo Roam & Castle Door @ The Silver Lake Lounge (Free)

If you haven’t skipped the intro above, then you already know my choice for Monday night.

- Youth Group & In Waves @ Spaceland
- Fairmona & Thao Nguyen @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- The Breakups & Corazon County @ Molly Malone’s
- Hearts of Palm UK, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, & Daniel Ahern @ The Echo
- El Perro Del Mar @ The Jensen Rec Center

Much as I’d like to check out In Waves, The Breakups, Fairmona, and Hearts of Palm UK, I’ve had tickets for 60’s style pop act El Perro Del Mar for about six weeks now. Why do good shows dogpile on the same night so often?

- El Perro Del Mar & The One AM Radio @ The Hotel Cafe
- Dr Dog @ The Troubadour

I’ve heard that Dr. Dog is pretty good, but haven’t heard them. Seeing El Perro Del Mar at such a small venue would be fantastic, if you could somehow blackmail someone into giving you a ticket.

- Charlie Wadhams and The Harmony Brothers & Ivy Walls @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Death To Anders @ Zen Sushi

The Central Second Collective’s Death To Anders are a punk/folk outfit with an enormous amount of heart.

- Casxio & The Briggs @ The Knitting Factory
- Lots of Love @ The Hotel Café
- The Youngs @ Abbot's Habit (Venice)

Casxio seem fun for people who like crazy dancey stuff and The Youngs are nice and experimental and weird.

- The Youngs @ The Cocaine at Live Jazz

(See above.)

- Divsadero, Land of Ill Earthquakes, The Henry Clay People, & Enid the Dowl @ The Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club at All-Star Lanes
- Au Revoir Simone, Frida Hyvonen, & Under Byen @ The Knitting Factory
- Via Violenta, Blue Checkered Record Player, & Fierce @ The Scene (Free - 5pm)

Tough call. The Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club boasts several renegade pop acts, while Au Revoir Simone are made up of three extremely pretty women from NYC who all play keyboard… And then there's a free show at the increasingly fun venue The Scene out in Glendale.

That’s it. Did I miss anyone? If so, please lemme know. (I'm just heading back from Chicago, so haven't been able to do a full update.)


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