This Week's Best Concerts, in Handy Playlist Form
Photo by Chean Long
It's L.A.'s entire week in music, in handy playlist form. Fire up the ol' Spotify and read below for more details on this week's concerts, festivals and other happenings.
Down at the Observatory in Santa Ana, the second annual Berserktown kicks off three days and nights of insanity with over 100 noise, punk, hardcore, electronic and experimental bands. We already made an entire separate playlist devoted to the festival, but we decided to include Friday night headliners Thee Oh Sees in this playlist, too. Because they're awesome.
Closer to home, Echo Park Rising is another three-day festival heavy on local indie and alternative bands, including Cambodian psych-rockers Dengue Fever, spacey surf trio Man or Astro-Man?, fast-rising local punk favorites No Parents, indie rap rhyme-smith Open Mike Eagle and others way too numerous to mention. We could make a whole 'nother playlist just for EPR, but we're know you're busy, so let's move on.
This Friday also marks the release of Straight Outta Compton, the long-awaited N.W.A biopic. If you haven't read our cover story about the film's complicated and sometimes troubled history, you really should. It might be more entertaining than the actual movie.
As if all that's not enough, L.A. also gets a rare appearance this Friday by seminal Bay Area '60s garage/psych-rockers The Chocolate Watchband, who are headlining the Whisky a-Go-Go.
Whew! It's still only Friday and we're already exhausted. What else does the week have in store for us?
Pop-punk trio No Small Children (whom we profiled earlier this week, and who really should play a double-bill with No Parents someday) are at El Cid for an album release party in honor of their latest, Hold Tight, I'm Flying. Berlin group Ballet School brings their arty dream-pop to the Bootleg, along with local synth-poppers Pr0files. And house heads can worship at the DJ booth at Sound Nightclub as Miguel Migs and Marques Wyatt bring the 4/4 beats.
KCRW's annual Reggae Night returns to the Hollywood Bowl with a special celebration for what would have been Bob Marley's 70th birthday. Sons Ziggy and Stephen Marley will rep their father's music, with support from Inner Circle and The Skatalites.
Courtesy of the artist
It's Mosh Pit Monday at the Teragram Ballroom, as Toronto hardcore six-piece Fucked Up bring their heavy, high-energy sound to L.A.'s newest rock club.
Mesmerizing African desert blues band Tinariwen returns to DTLA, as does jazz guitarist Perry Smith. He's at Bluewhale with his trio; Tinariwen play the Regent, likely with a surprise guest or two (last time we saw them, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer joined them for a few hypnotic guitar jams).
Scottish post-punk legends The Jesus and Mary Chain will drench the Fonda Theatre in feedback for two nights, ahead of their highly anticipated headlining slot at FYF Fest. They've been at it for over 30 years, so maybe over at Staples Center, Kelly Clarkson should dedicate her latest single, "Invincible," to the venerable Reid brothers. It's not like she can dedicate it to American Idol. (Zing!)
We recently premiered the latest video from L.A.-born Iranian-American rapper Azad Right, who has the skills to blow up any day now. Until that happens, you can catch in the intimate confines of the Mint. Fellow Angeleno Ariel Pink tackles a slightly larger venue when he headlines the free Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier. If there's a way for him to finish his set atop the ferris wheel, we're sure he'll figure out how to do it.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.