Photo by Erin WilliamsThe Germs at Safari Sams, Friday May 18
In a bizarre case of art imitating life, actor Shane West, who plays Darby in the film What We Do Is Secret, was given the thankless job of fronting these reunion gigs.
Interpol at KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta, Saturday May 19
Please be courteous to Interpol. Wearing suits and ties in 90-degree heat is a lifestyle choice that should be respected.
The Sea and Cake at the Troubadour, Saturday May 19
A blend of jingling intricacy, prefab textures and radiant mellowness, the Sea and Cake have always been a refreshing lite alternative to their post-rock peers sour and stout brews. Their latest album, inclusively titled Everybody, is no exception.
Joey Altruda & Crucial Riddims at the Bordello, Saturday May 19
Its serious: They conjure the full spectrum of reggaes evolution, from ska to rocksteady to mind-bending hard dub, with an acuity and instinct that seem downright out of place for a Los Angeles nightclub, and were damn fortunate to have em.
Petra Haden at Syd Barrett tribute at Spaceland, Sunday May 20
J.F.A. at Safari Sams, Sunday May 20
Championed by skate great Tony Alva, J.F.A. were one of the first and most exciting skate-punk combos, and a major influence on subsequent skater-musicians like Duane Peters.
Lowrider Band at the Doheny Blues Festival, Sunday May 20
Actually, these are four of the founding members of Los Angeles funk kingpins War, and the Lowriders still churn out the superlative, streetwise soul-funk
El-P at El Rey Theatre, Moday May 21
Slipstreaming from Pimp My Ride and peak oil to Twin Peaks and dystopian futures beyond, dead haymakers like Smithereens, Flyentology and The Overly Dramatic Truth are the most alive exercises of the year. (Scott Thill)
The Mononlators, playing Wednesday, May 23 at the Echo
Because the Monolators are a guitar-&-drums duo, they get the usual White Stripes comparisons, but their sound is actually weirder and more expansive on their latest CD, Our Tears Have Wings. (Falling James)
The Health Club, playing Thursday, May 24 at Mr. T's Bowl
The L.A. trio also have post-punk influences in the way Katyas bass lines and Gerards guitar patterns intersect with an angular, Joy Division majesty, but the songs on the Health Clubs Rarities & Outtakes CD stand out with bright hooks that contrast their gray, minimalist settings. (Falling James)