There seems to be a lot on Ramona Gonzalez's mind these days, at least judging from the title track to Nite Jewel's new EP, Am I Real?
"How did it get so wrong with me?" she asks at the outset, moving on through a spandex-worthy web of bass, beats and synth to wonder "What can I say for myself?" and to wrestle with titular question. Existential quandaries aside, her sweet voice sounds real enough, though maybe reincarnated from the 1980s.
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Except for buzzed-about remixes of songs by Caribou and HEALTH, the EP is the first new music from Nite Jewel since last year's buzzed-about debut album, Good Evening. She and bandmates Cole M. Greif-Neill and Corey Lee Granet are working on a new one, of course, and among her collaborators is Dam-Funk.
Elsewhere: Natacha Atlas, the Anglo-Egyptian songstress know for fusing electronica with Arabic and African music, plays this week's installment of the free Sunset Series at the Skirball Center (8 p.m.). ... Brooklyn's Here We Go Magic, behind their widely praised sophomore album Pigeons, visits the Troubadour, with Beach Fossils supporting. ... And Heavy Young Heathens (visit their site to get their new Make Room for the Youth? EP for free) play Spaceland as part of the annual International Pop Overthrow festival.
Also: Nathaniel Rateliff at the Echo; the free Spaceland Under the Stars show (7 p.m.) at Pershing Square with Walking Sleep and Spirit Vine; Transfer and Queen Caveat at the Viper Room; Benji Hughes at Largo; Vanity Theft at the Silverlake Lounge; Learning Music at Echo Curio; Ready, Set Go! at the Mint; Brother Clyde at the Roxy; Patrick Park and George Ellias at the Standard Hotel in WeHo; Richard Walters at the R Bar; and Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.