This weekend: The Swell Season, MGMT, One Day as a Lion, Die Antwoord, Shelby Lynne
It's a bill made for date night on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl as some of music's favorite collaborative couples team up to provide a soundtrack for your wine and cheese.
Of course, the Swell Season -- Glen Hansard of Irish rockers band the Frames and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová -- once were more than just collaborators, around the time of Once, the 2007 flick that earned the duo an Academy Award for the song "Falling Slowly." Their boy-girl folk has done anything but fall slowly since, with last year's album Strict Joy earning cuddles from critics, and, quite possibly, plenty of air time over candlelight dinners.
(For something really surprising, though, check out the Swell Season's clothing company-sponsored cover of the 1976 disco tune "Young Hearts Run Free.")
By comparison, the boy-girl pop of She & Him might seem like heavy metal, but it seems that nobody hates on M. Ward or fails to swoon over Zooey Deschanel, even if some of us are apprehensive about them together. Their follow-up to Volume One, titled Volume Two of all things, is notable for its cover of NRBQ's 1977 hit "Ridin' in My Car."
And hopefully all you young couples will be comfortably seated for openers the Bird and the Bee, the pairing of L.A. chanteuse Inara George and producer/keyboardist Greg Kurstin. From their arty, jazz-pop beginning, George and Kurstin have flown surprising places -- like into the rock 'n' soul vortex for this spring's Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.
Pass the cabernet, please?
Elsewhere: One Day as a Lion, the Zack de la Rocha/Jon Theodore project that's been circling the airport for a couple years now, plays two shows this weekend at undisclosed locations. Stay tuned. ... John Doe and Exene Cervenka, along with the Living Sisters and Ferraby Lionheart, do a show tonight at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. ... MGMT continues its big tour tonight at the Greek Theatre. ... And with Saturday's HARD L.A. canceled, one of the acts that was scheduled to play that festival, South African rappers Die Antwoord, does a show Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre.
Also today: Iranian rockers Hypernova at the Troubadour; Lil' Kim at the Key Club; Pepe Aguilar at Gibson Amphitheatre; Cypress Hill at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Lords of Acid and My Life with the Trill Kill Kult at Club Nokia; Kahled at Disney Hall; Sub Pop trio Happy Birthday at Spaceland; Secret History and Sweater Girls at the Echo; Eastern Conference Champions and Links at Space 15 Twenty; Wounded Lion and So Many Wizards at the Grandstar in Chinatown; Zane Lamprey at the House of Blues; Mahjongg at the Bootleg Theater; Caravan Palace downtown at California Plaza; Signals at the Smell; Tyrone Wells at the Hotel Cafe; Juke Kartel at the Viper Room;
Also Saturday: Two Shelby Lynne shows at McCabe's in Santa Monica; Thrice and Kevin Devine at the Fox Theater in Pomona; Gipsy Kings at the Greek Theater; Dead Meadow at Spaceland; Teenage Bottlerocket at the Troubadour; Stevenson Ranch Davidians at Casey's downtown; Simon Joyner at Echo Curio; Dirt Dress at Mr. T's Bowl; Laura Jansen at the Hotel Cafe; Let Live at the Smell; Oh Yeah, The Future at Pehrspace; Jeremy Messersmith at the Mint; Moses Campbell (1 p.m.) at the Malibu Library; Windy City Gentleman at the Roxy; Otto's Daughter at the Viper Room; and Foxtail Somersault and the Meeting Places at the ninth anniversary of the shoegazers mecca, Club Violaine at Roberto's in Chinatown.
Also Sunday: Tool at Nokia Theatre; Ludacris at Club Nokia; Dave Gleason and Wheelhouse at Grand Ole Echo at the Echo; Gipsy Kings at the Greek; Red Cortez at Cinespace; Vaud & the Villains at Cub Fais Do Do; Jay Nash and Joe Firstman at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach; Drink Up Buttercup at Spaceland; the TV Babies at the Viper Room; MGMT at the Fox Theater in Pomona; Cults and Superhumanoids at Synchronicity Space; and the "LA Approved" show at Bar Melody (9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., near LAX) featuring the Pity Party, Signals, Dunes, Foot Village, Future Ghost, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Kissing Cousins.
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