The Best Free Concerts in L.A. This January
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Monday, January 5
Featured on our list of L.A. bands set to blow up in 2014, Holychild introduced their sugary "brat-pop" with their debut EP, Mind Speak, signed to Glassnote Records, and spent the past year touring with artists ranging from Tune-Yards and Tove Lo to Ryan Hemsworth and The 1975. On the heels of their latest single, the infectious "Running Behind," Holychild bring in the new year with a month-long free residency at the Echo every Monday night.
Tuesday, January 6
The Dustbowl Revival
Are you a fan of good old-fashioned bluegrass with a hint of Americana soul? Like old-timey jazz and string bands? Then the Dustbowl Revival is the band for you. Though the band hails from Venice, they're storytellers with Southern twang.
Friday, January 9
As co-founder of the Numero Group, a record label with a penchant for unearthing forgotten records from decades past, Rob Sevier knows a thing or two about timeless music. Sevier will perform a DJ set featuring tracks from the Numero Group's forthcoming release, The Universal Togetherness Band (out Jan. 20), compiled from five semesters of a visionary Chicago group's musical explorations through soul, jazz, funk, new wave, and everything in between, captured on tape by Columbia College's audio engineering program .
Monday, January 12
One day Florida natives Chris Hess and Adam Winn found their inner Euro psych-rockers and started a band called Swimm. A spoonful of Stone Roses, a dash of Tame Impala, and a sprinkle of U2 makes up the Swimm sound, but the duo isn't afraid to dabble in the electro-pop realm from time to time, as well. Swimm is joined by "slacker punk" duo Sego. Get ready to get vibey.
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Playing a self-described genre called "New-Wop," Los Angeles sister-brother duo The Fontaines are a throwback to the sunny, sparkling days of doo-wop, but with a contemporary indie-rock twist that separates them from the rest of the retro-wave riders.
Tuesday, January 13
"Rock. No Gimmicks. No Bullshit," says the description on Malaki's Facebook page. If that (and frontwoman Shauna Lisse's powerhouse pipes) sound like your cup of tea, get yourself down to the Troubadour.
Sunday, January 18
Tape Waves' debut, Let You Go, found itself on several independent music blogs' lists for top albums of the year, and for good reason. Full of simple, sunny beach pop, Let You Go delivers the same feel-good SoCal vibes that Best Coast gave us back in 2010 with Crazy For You; it's like a shot of summer to save you from this unusually cold L.A. winter.
Friday, January 23
IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Ruth Cunningham and Ana Hernandez, otherwise known as "alternative chant" duo Harc, arrestingly take on Christian classics like "Ave Maria" and "This Little Light," but Harc's repertoire of songs are hardly restricted to church music. With an entire album of mantras and chants from Hinduism, Buddhism, and even Kundalini meditation, Harc makes any spirituality sound beautiful.
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