Tonight: Concrete Blonde, We Barbarians, Tame Impala, Frank Fairfield, Diego Garcia
If only there were movies and TV shows about vampires for songs like the ones on Bloodletting.
Oh, wait. There are. Few, though, are as truly dark and compelling as Concrete Blonde's seminal (so to speak) 1990 album, which gave the band its biggest hit in "Joey" and certified Johnette Napolitano as a singer and songwriter of power and substance even beyond the goths who swooned over the title track.
Napolitano and guitarist James Mankey have reconvened and toured to mark Bloodletting's 20th anniversary -- and the release of a deluxe edition with five B-sides, including an en francais version of the title track.
Concrete Blonde hasn't been playing the entire album on its 16-date tour, which winds up tonight at the Music Box. But setlists have included seven of Bloodletting's songs, along with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" and Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" alongside band staples like "God Is a Bullet," "Tomorrow, Wendy" and "Still in Hollywood." Suffice to say that decades later, Concrete Blonde still has teeth.
Elsewhere: Australian buzz band Tame Impala (which has two shows Tuesday at the Silverlake Lounge) plays a support set at Rainbow Arabia's residency at the Echo. ... We Barbarians wind up their residency at Spaceland, where last week Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett sneaked in a short acoustic set with a couple of new CWK songs. That's liable to be reprised again tonight. ... One of this town's favorite banjo-toting bluesmen, Frank Fairfield, holds forth at the Redwood Bar. ... And what's Diego Garcia up to now that Elefant is done? Find out at midnight at the Viper Room.
Also: Line and Circle at the Silverlake Lounge; Anjulie and a secret guest at the RSVP-only It's a School Night at Bardot; and One Eskimo at Largo.
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