The Best Concerts to See In L.A. This Week

Sander Kleinenberg -- See Monday
Sander Kleinenberg -- See Monday

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Monday, July 15

Sander Kleinenberg


Sander Kleinenberg brings his "This Is" stamp to Sound's Monday Social. The Dutch DVJ (that's a combination of disc and video jockey) custom-makes his patented visuals and controls them live in tandem with his music selections. Kleinenberg is known for this unique presentation, as well as the This Is brand, which showcases his original productions, carefully culled material from others and signature night-club experiences. Kleinenberg is sure to create an inspired iteration of this at Monday Social, Los Angeles' longest-running weekly club night, which just found a new club location at Hollywood's Sound. Kleinenberg sticks to a mixed bag of styles, from soulful house to minimal techno, and this well-rounded selection keeps the flow interesting and unpredictable. --Lily Moayeri

Tuesday, July 16



Unpretentious and undiluted, this Cincinnati quartet are pop-punk personified, making short, spunky, tuneful ditties with conversationally confessional lyrics and distinctive trade-off/unison co-ed voices. Mixtapes make max use of mellow, often acoustic intros to set up fuzzy, rambunctious, two- to three-minute soundbombs detailing everyday youthful angst, adventure and optimism with good-natured humor and plainspoken insight. Though only formed in 2010, Mixtapes have been ridiculously prolific, with myriad self-releases, compilation contributions and free downloads, and they're only the stronger for it on their just-released sophomore LP, Ordinary Silence. Battling boisterous beats, bouncing bass and fizzing twin guitars, the ever-improving vocals of Ryan Rockwell and, in particular, Maura Weaver prove that there's much magic to be milked even from a well-trodden formula. --Paul Rogers

Bruce Springsteen Tribute Night


There are two great things about Bruce Springsteen -- he likes model trains, and he covered Suicide. Wait, three great things -- he made his lonesome guitar-and-voice album Nebraska, which I sometimes can't believe came out on a major label and which showed that you could take away just about everything from his massive arrangements and he'd still have something to say. That makes him perfect for a tribute night, because his songs are indestructible. You can take them apart, put them back together so they have new space for you inside, and they'll still work just fine. First billing on this event is The Henry Clay People -- an impeccable booking -- and following are Shivers, Races and other quietly desperate and righteous American bands who've got nowhere to run and nowhere to go. --Chris Ziegler

Wednesday, July 17



You know the heartwarming story of Burger Records, right? True-hearted teengenerates resurrect rock & roll on planet Earth with an endless supply of cassette tapes from their storefront in the O.C.? Now you need dessert, which in this meal comes in the form of the local Lollipop Records, who have their own set of corridor-city psyche-punka-delicos. Corners are one of their best acts, a raw and ramshackle three-piece that comes off like The Swell Maps reborn in some back-of-the-swamp hunting shack. They'd fit fine with The Allah-Las, The Abigails and The Growlers -- they're kinda doing for '60s garage B-sides what Tav Falco did for '50s rockabilly A-sides, which is to say holding them underwater until the bubbles stop coming. The longer you listen to their album Beyond Way, the farther away it sounds. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Burger Records and the Lo-Fi Cassette Revival


Thursday, July 18

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers


Clap your hands, stomp your boots and sing along, because there's nothing grand or pretentious about The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. Nope, they're just a bunch of good pals from the neighborhood who got together through a mutual love of, why, just plain singing and playing not for the money, just for the joy. The eight-member crew revives that old-time feeling with a flavorful blend drawing from gospel greats like Washington Phillips and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Along the way they take cues from the likes of The Black Keys, Wilco and Calexico, and in the process also untangle the roots of the varied blues, indie rock, folk and bluegrass sounds they love. Voices are raised to the rooftops, and rest assured there's no skimping on the banjos. --John Payne

Fol Chen


Fol Chen has always been experimental, but the group rises out of the murk of the underground with its latest and most satisfying album, The False Alarms. The Highland Park electronic act sounds almost commercial on tracks like "200 Words" and "I.O.U.," on which Sinosa Loa purrs hooky melodies against the backdrop of Samuel Bing's spacey synthesizers and funky beats. "The house is empty now/I'd say it's safe to take a swim," Loa intones remotely over the frozen tundra of Bing's icy soundscape. The contrast between her ethereal vocals and Bing's mechanized bumps and grinds makes Fol Chen far more than just mindless electro-pop escapists or avant-garde showoffs. Such songs could easily be hits -- even if they sound they like emanate from other planets. --Falling James

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