Those Abe Vigoda kids, so hard to pigeonhole.
The noisy, tropical smirk of the L.A. quartet's 2008 debut album Skeleton has been shelved for the follow-up effort, which in keeping with the naming scheme, ought to be called "Pale Flesh" instead of Crush. Released last week, the album is at once forebidding and urgent, its oppressive synths and electronic beats hardly letting up save for a few moments of well-placed guitar fuzz.
Abe Vigoda celebrates the release of Crush -- and its impending tour supporting No Age -- with a show at downtown's La Cita on a night two other artists are also playing in support of their new releases:
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-- Pete Yorn plays to a sold-out Roxy to mark Tuesday's release of his self-titled album, a raw and edgy return to his roots that was produced by Frank Black.
Elsewhere: The Black Keys kick off two nights at the Palladium, with the Growlers opening. .... And three September residencies draw to a close -- Eastern Conference Champions at Spaceland (where Helen Stellar, Moving Picture Show and Therapy Session support); Vanaprasta and Pacific Hurt at the Echo (with Chasing Kings and Kissed Her Little Sister); and Family of the Year at the Silverlake Lounge (featuring Seasons and an acoustic set from Grouplove).
Also: Bettye LaVette at Largo; Semi Precious Weapons at the El Rey Theatre; Dragonette and Jump Jump Dance Dance at the Troubadour; Torche at the Bootleg Theater; Juke Cartel at the Hotel Cafe; Christopher Hawley at the Mint; and TV Buddhas at the Smell.