This Week's Best Concerts, in Handy Playlist Form
Claude VonStroke: see Saturday
Photo by Dan Wilton
Starting with this weekend's FYF Fest and appearances by Claude VonStroke, Modest Mouse and Motorhead, it's another great week for live music in Los Angeles. Fire up the ol' Spotify and read below for more details on this week's concerts, festivals and other happenings.
The almighty Motörhead roars into the Shrine and former Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio does a solo set at Catalina's, featuring his gargantuan, 100-piece tuned drum kit. For folks in search of something a little less heavy, L.A. singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell plays a homecoming show at Hotel Cafe in support of her latest album, the dusky, all-acoustic Dark Lights Up. And if you're looking to get your groove on, Exchange L.A. is the place to be, as Dirtybird label head Claude VonStroke brings his grimy house beats to DTLA's best dance club.
Of course, the main draw this weekend is FYF Fest, now in its 12th year and bigger than ever, with an eclectic, Coachella-like lineup boasting some truly buzzworthy headliners and a host of noteworthy bands in the flyer's fine print. Crooners dominate both days — in addition to R&B superstars
Frank Ocean and D'Angelo, the lineup boasts mope-rock king Morrissey, Australian electro-soul heartthrob Chet Faker, and the ethereal, impossible-to-categorize FKA Twigs. There's also plenty of dark electronica (Cold Cave, Shlohmo) and the indie-cred legacy acts that are the bread-and-butter of every major festival nowadays (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dinosaur Jr., Spiritualized). Most of FYF's punk-rock roots are hidden in the undercard, but they did score a few great heavier acts this year, including mercurial noise-rap terrorists Death Grips and U.K. post-punk upstarts Savages. [Update: And Kanye West! Swooping in to save the day after Frank Ocean bowed out. Is there nothing that man can't do?]
Persian classical and folk music master Sahba Motallebi plays a free concert at California Plaza as part of Grand Performances' summer concert series, with help from members of Niyaz and other special guests.
Kid Cadaver: see Tuesday
Photo by Rebecca Ramirez
To hear NOFX's music, you wouldn't think they take anything seriously enough to keep at it for 25 years. But not only have Fat Mike's snot-punks been a going concern since the '80s, they've also anchored Fat Wreck Chords, the label Mike founded with his now ex-wife, Erin Burkett, for 25 years. To celebrate a quarter-century of not giving a fuck, NOFX headlines "Fat Wrecked for 25" at the Hollywood Palladium, alongside such other Fat Wreck stalwarts as The Flatliners and Lagwagon.
Local heroes Kid Cadaver headline an evening of shout-along-worthy indie-pop at the Satellite, along with fellow locals Coyote and Layne.
Dub maestro Hopeton Brown, aka Scientist, emerges from his lab for a live mixing session at Dub Club, the Echoplex's long-running weekly night for the deepest, darkest and most psychedelic of Jamaican grooves.
Riff-tastic power trio Mutoid Man brings the thunder at the Echo, with support from Wild Throne and He Whose Ox Is Gored.
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