Live in L.A.: Voxtrot, Booka Shade, Plants and Animals, Spectrum, Jared Lee
Austin five-piece Voxtrot had its 15 minutes as indie-pop darlings in 2005-06, when back-to-back EPs and the charisma of frontman Ramesh Srivastava fueled blog buzz over its heart-on-sleeve, Brit-inspired music. Pitchfork numbers were high, and so were spirits, until Voxtrot's 2007 full-length, which was overthought if not overwrought. And as indie-pop audiences are wont to do, it was on to the next darling. Srivastava recently announced the band's demise in a long confessional in which he talks about Peter Falk and to Fran Healy and describes his band's career as "truly one of long, simmering build, explosion, and almost instantaneous decay." The band's eight-date farewell tour, which hits the Echoplex tonight, won't have the feel of smelling a rotting corpse; think of it as one final time to catch a whiff of Voxtrot's fragrant songs.
Elsewhere: Berlin electro duo Booka Shade veers back toward its strength, house music, on its latest release, "More!," and Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier bring their beats to the Music Box tonight.
Also: Plants and Animals at the Troubadour; Jared Lee and Sara Haze at the Mint; Little Brother at the key Club; Enrique Bunbury at the House of Blues; TD Lind at the Hotel Cafe; Sky Parade at the Silverlake Lounge; Evelyn Evelyn at Largo; Mad Planet at 3 Clubs; Learning Music at Echo Curio; Groundation at the Roxy; and Hypermyth at the Viper Room.
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