By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
316 W. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Region: Melrose/ Beverly/ Fairfax
BEACH HOUSE AT THE MUSIC BOX
It's been a minute since we've heard from Baltimore dream-pop act Beach House, but house calls are always welcome, as evidenced by the band's back-to-back sold-out nights at the Music Box. Fans no doubt are hoping to hear some new material from singer-organist Victoria Legrand and guitarist-keyboardist Alex Scally, but really anything from the duo's three-album back catalog would do. Their 2006 eponymous debut was a spellbinding affair — hazy, layered and cool with a certain psychedelia to it. With 2008's Devotion, Legrand's velvet-lined vocals were given more emphasis and the gauzy arrangements more warmth, leading to moments of true catchiness like "Wedding Bells." Their latest, Teen Dream, found Beach House buttressed by a bigger budget and bringing their already cavernous, beatific sound to a church converted into a studio. The results were, to paraphrase one critic, like tuning into the band at the correct frequency for the first time. Also Thurs. (Chris Martins)
NICOLE ATKINS & THE BLACK SEA AT THE TROUBADOUR
Nicole Atkins' just-out Mondo Amore finds the New Jersey "pop" singer-songwriter diving deep into something dark and painful, almost mangled — all of which, true to form, she delivers with a transcendent grit not unlike the old blueswomen she seems to carry inside. These are very tough-minded, brave performances, bound to split opinion on whether Atkins goes too far over the obsessive edge in her search for some kind of perspective on the pitiless storms of loss and disillusionment she's had to confront and conquer. This is the sound of the way love feels in our own grim times, and it is, not so paradoxically, enthralling. [Ed.'s note: The album cover is pretty striking too: Google it.] Atkins' ambitions are blessedly high; she's also guided away from mere rock emo-bathos by this smart, no-bullshit band to back her up, the Black Sea. (John Payne)
THE RADIO DEPT., YOUNG PRISMS AT EL REY THEATRE
No one who plays in a band can be truly shy, but the Radio Dept. can sure sound like it. Through a dozen-plus years of balancing delicate, guitar-based dream-pop (notably on debut Lesser Matters) and synth-'n'-drum-machine–generated indie dance (the disappointing Pet Grief), these elusive Swedes have kept things neatly introverted and quietly romantic. Last year's appropriately titled Clinging to a Scheme, despite being four years in the making, is more concise than ever (at just 34 minutes) and marks both a return to form and an artful melding of Matters' and Grief's more effective elements (though more from the former than the latter). TRD floats wistful, wandering lyrics on buoyant, sometimes baggy beats and sunny sheens of guitar sown with almost flippant electronic chiming. They ache hard but with apparently mendable heartache. Openers Young Prisms bring insistent, oil-projector psychedelia straight from their San Fran garage. (Paul Rogers)
Also playing Wednesday: SPONGE at Key Club; GRAM RABBIT at Bordello; VANAPRASTA, HE'S MY BROTHER SHE'S MY SISTER at the Satellite.
LUCERO, OLIN & THE MOON AT THE ECHO
Memphis country-rock band Lucero is one of the hardest-working groups out there, touring almost 200 days a year. Their sixth studio album and major-label debut, 2009's 1372 Overton Park, embraces their Memphis roots with the addition of a horn section and arrangements by legendary session musician Jim Spake (Al Green, Cat Power, etc.). The driving force behind Lucero is raspy-voiced frontman and guitarist Ben Nichols, who sings about good loving and good drinking and will no doubt bring a raucous, drunken hootenanny. Idaho-bred, L.A.-based roots favorites Olin & the Moon's twangy country anthems will melt your heart and conjure up dreams of prairie sunsets, dusty roads and deserted towns. Just a few weeks ago they released their new record, Footsteps: Hopefully they'll play new tracks like "Not in Love," a soul-crushingly sad but beautiful tale of love and loss. (Lainna Fader)
BEACH HOUSE AT THE MUSIC BOX
Also playing Thursday: JAMIE FOXX'S FOXXHOLE ALLSTAR JAM at Club Nokia; SHADOW SHADOW SHADE at the Satellite.
CARLOS GUITARLOS, BIRTHDAY GIG - "The former Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs guitar maestro goes slippin' and a-slidin' through his deep catalog of blues-rocking originals and classic covers" - L.A. Weekly
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: L.A. Acoustic Meetup Fridays @ Cafe Audrey 6701-B Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90068 (entrance on Las Palmas, north off Hollywood Blvd. w/ parking lots adjacent)
Friday February 18th, 6:30/7:00pm to 9:00/10:00pm C.P. Time (Carlos People Time) Note: Señor Ayala traditionally (monthly, every 3rd Fri.) opens, doing the 1st set, solo. Open-mic follows w/ the unpredictable hombre. $5.00 "Special Guest Performer" contribution requested, performance tips encouraged & independently produced CDs for sale.
You & Performing-Organizer JAMILA FORD - DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: L.A. Acoustic Night Friday @ Cafe Audrey 6701-B Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90068 (entrance on Las Palmas, north off Hollywood Blvd. w/ parking lots adjacent) Friday February 11th, 6:30/7:00pm to 9:00/10:00pm. (performance times based on turn-out & participation) A unique coffee shop for the creative, feed your body & nourish your soul. Stop by, join-in & experience this quaint little, Hepburn themed coffee shop.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: SHOWCASE and OPEN / MIC JAM: Every Thursday - Companion Events“A community-supported, multi-genre & diverse, patron of the arts Renaissance.” SHOWCASE: 7:00pm - Regular Host “D” & her In-House “Lady & Gentlemen” Live Jazz Trio2/10 Pro-Vocalist - Gayle LaRone, A Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration w/ Nurse “Nightin-Gayle”
OPEN MIC / JAM: 8:00pm (sign-up 7:30pm) w/ Regular Host - “D”, You, other very special guest, VIP & D’z stellar In-House “Lady & Gentleman” Live Jazz Trio feat. Master improv-accompanist/soloist; Karen Hernandez - Music Director/piano & Tony Dumas - bass, Ralph Penland - drums.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: @ HSB&G (Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill/Gower Gulch) FREE admission w/ min.: food/beverage purchases (see server). Reservations given pre sign-up consideration. Patron of arts contributions solicited and pay2sing &/or play tips encouraged. Self-parking-lot FREE.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: SHOWCASE - FEBRUARY CALENDAR
2/17 Benefit - S.O.S. (Society of Singers) “the only nonprofit devoted to helping professional singers.” Pro-Vocalist - Pamela Clay, Effie Joy, Perry Lambert, Cassie Miller, Rehya Stevens “Voice support!”2/24 Pro-Vocalists - Karolina Niezimiec & John Destler, Experienced Standards interpreters.
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