Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Monday Show Low Down (Or "Basic Cable Now Outlawed Under The Geneva Convention...")

I made it out to Chicago last week to spot check the corporate offices of our smarter, prettier sister-site Radio Free Chicago and their EIC Brad Knutson took me out to The Empty Bottle to see The Bitter Tears, who are kind of country-fried rock w/ tourettes. In the nicest way.

They contained entertainment, playing all in drag w/ a lead singer that had CRAZY EYES and led off one song saying, "speaking of sexist vampires, this is a song about David Allan Coe..."

They'd be a good pairing w/ local baroque punk act Death to Anders, if they ever make it out here to push their soon upcoming album.

Monday, February 9
- Aquarium Drunkard presents Le Switch, Blank Blue, Vaudville, & Les Blanks @ Spaceland (FREE)
- The Rhone Occupation @ The Airliner
- Sean Carnage Presents Big Digits, Birth!, & Showgirls @ Pehrspace
- The Mae Shi, Hungry Ghost, Sad Horse, & Residual Echoes @ The Smell
- Saber Tooth Tiger, Red Exiles, Holloys, & California Party Girls @ The Echo
- KROQ Locals Only, Buzzbands LA, Metromix, Citizen LA, and The Fold present Local Natives, Meeting Places, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, & Marvelous Toy @ The Silver Lake Lounge (FREE)

DECISION:
I missed The Mae Shi when they were in Chicago because I felt like going to another town and seeing an LA band would be pretty ridiculous -- but damn if I didn't want to go see them play. So damn good.



Tuesday, February 10
- The Parson Redheads, Light FM, The Spires, & French Semester @ The Echo (FREE)
- BIG DIGITS + FAAV + IE + BASECK + GUMSHOE @ Echo Curio
- Miranda Lee Richards, Lower Heaven, Whispering Pines, & Nick Jago @ Spaceland
- Check One Twosdays @ Echoplex
- Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan @ The Troubadour
- Glen Iris, Ghost Machinists, Boxviolet, Vital Transformation, & Odd Modern @ Mr T's Bowl
- Mad Planet, The Strange Familiar, & The Surrender @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- BIG DIGITS + FAAV + IE + BASECK + GUMSHOE @ Echo Curio
- Mike Stinson & Dave Gleason @ Redwood Bar
- Gary Jules and The Group Rules w/ Brian Wright & Phil Krohnengold @ The Hotel Cafe
- Mike Stinson & Dave Gleason @ Redwood Bar
- Cat Power @ The Avalon

DECISION:
If you like the indie pop, you need to catch the excellent line-up at The Echo on Tuesday night. It's four great local bands that are all well-worth catching individually -- folk pop The Parson Redheads, synth pop Light FM, happy/sad pop The Spires, and shoegaze pop The French Semester -- plus it's FREE.



Wednesday, February 11
- Marathon Live w/ Nightfur, The Karabal Knightlife, & C-Horse @ 3 of Clubs
- Low End Theory @ The Airliner
- Cat Power @ The Avalon
- Illa J @ Amoeba Music (7PM)
- Free Moral Agents, Blank Blue, & FIM @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Orenda Fink, Stephanie Drootin, Whispertown 2000, & Deep Sea Diver @ Bordello
- Club NME presents Sweethead, Run Through The Desert, Tan Analog, Pedestrian @ Spaceland
- STANDING ROOM ONLY presented by IMRADIO BENEFIT with STONE CIRCLE GROOVE + BANDA PLATANO + SWEET SUN CHARIOT @ Echo Curio
- Dub Club w/ Mighty Diamonds @ Echoplex
- Set Your Goals @ The Troubadour
- PROTECT ME, Au, Naima Earth, & The Keyishe @ The Smell
- Levator, Rocking Horse People, Electric Children, & Spirit Vine @ Mr T's Bowl
- Styx @ The House of Blues

DECISION:
I'm really glad that garage act Nightfur are playing again. They've got a new album due out soon, so they've got a few nights coming up to support it, including Weds at 3 Clubs. (Here's the trailer to their lead's upcoming film, which bears the same name.)



Thursday, February 12
- The Airborne Toxic Event, The Henry Clay People, & Rademacher @ The Henry Fonda Music Box
- Heart Records presents The Happy Hollows, The Movies, Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians @ The Echo
- Jonneine Zapata, Leslie and The Badgers, & Band of Annuals @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Lemon Sun, Rumspringa, Voxhaul Broadcast, & Restavrant @ The Troubadour
- Respect @ Echoplex
- Dirty Sweet, Night Horse, Sea of Air @ Spaceland
- Deathday Party, Bobb Bruno, & Entropy Density @ The Smell
- Cola Cola Band, Shiloe, The Monthlies, & Writer @ The Scene
- Bi-polar Nights @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Dick and Jane, Lucas Gonze, Sam Mellon and The Skylarks, Blind Pony @ The Hyperion Tavern
- EVAN MILLER + MARBLE SKY + PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT + HUMAN HANDS + EARN @ Echo Curio
- The Binges @ Amoeba Music (7PM)

DECISION:
Some fantastic local line-ups on Thursday evening at The Henry Fonda Music Box, The Echo, and more... I'm terrible at remembering to buy tickets in advance for bigger shows, but made sure to get some for The Airborne Toxic Event, The Henry Clay People, and Rademacher. Not sure if that one's sold out yet, but if it is, you can't go wrong with The Movies and The Happy Hollows, too. Not a night to stay home, in any case.



Friday, February 13
- Jon Brion @ Largo
- Origami Ghost, Mr. Nervous, The Sundowners, Space Junkies, & The Kicks @ Mr T’s Bowl
- ALO & Big Light @ The Troubadour
- Don Caballero, sBACH, DD/MM/YYYY @ Spaceland
- Static Aktion presents Friday the 13th w/ Marble Sky, Evan Miller, Concern, Rale, Infinite Body, & Monsturo @ The Smell
- Jack Wilson Jr., The Spires, The Voyeurs, & Franklin for Short @ Pehrspace
- Stones Throw & The Echo present Peanut Butter Wolf and special guest Prince Paul plus Egyptian Lover @ Echoplex
- THE SAND PEOPLE + SI, CLARO + THE BROS (members of MIKA MIKO) @ Echo Curio
- Demetri Martin @ The Henry Fonda Music Box
- Echo & Club Underground present The Soft Pack (formerly The Muslims) & Tijuana Panthers @ The Echo

DECISION:
If for whatever lame reason you miss the free show with melancholy pop act The Spires on Tuesday night (like, y'know, being in Boston...), you can catch them and friends at Pehrspace on Friday. Here's a new -- homemade -- video.



Saturday, February 14
- Golden Boots & Eagle Winged Palace @ The Knitting Factory
- Yo Majesty & Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart @ Echoplex
- Gil Mantera’s Party Dream @ Spaceland
- "Above Us Only Sky" Group Show curated by Suki Ewers @ Pehrspace
- Ricky Lee Jones @ Largo
- The Dirty Diamond @ The Troubadour
- Funky Sole @ The Echo
- Extreme Animals, ANAVAN, I.E., Puppy Dog, The Tleilaxu Musci Machin, & Faav @ The Smell
- Northern Sky, The Hectors, & more @ The Scene
- The Dirty Callahans, The Bexar County Bastards, Psychostar, Tatooed Millionares, & Witch @ Mr T’s Bowl
- The Quakes @ The Henry Fonda Music Box
- TJ AND THE NEXT OF KIN + OLIN AND THE MOON + LOS OLVIDADOS + BELLY OF THE WHALE @ Echo Curio
- Beat Junkies presents "Nightlife" w/ JRocc, Babu, Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc @ Echoplex
- Horrorpops @ The Avalon

DECISION:
Nothing says "romance" like Gil Mantera's Party Dream. (This is the eighth time I've posted this video, but it never gets old.)



Sunday, February 15
- Radio Free Silver Lake & The Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club Present UNDER COVERED - a night of great LA bands celebrating great LA bands - featuring The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, Radars to the Sky, Marvelous Toy, & Death to Anders @ All-Star Lanes (8PM)
- Valentine’s Zombie Prom w/ Saint Motel, Craft Club, The Airlines, & Hello Vegas @ Spaceland
- Grand Ol Echo presents Ted Russell Kamp, Dead Rock West, Mike Stinson @ The Echo
- Part Time Punks @ The Echo
- The Music Tapes, Nana Grizol & Brian Dewar @ Echoplex

DECISION:
If you haven't read all the details about UNDER COVERED yet, go right fucking here. To quote Annie Hall, it should be "transplendent."



That's it. Did I miss anything? Please lemme know.

1 Comments:

Blogger Radio Free said...

Joe, you forgot to mention the lead singer of the Bitter Tears looks like a Muppet. A Muppet, I say!!

9:57 AM  

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