People love Greg Laswell, and it's not just the music supervisors who've funneled his ballads of heartache into shows such as "Grey's Anatomy," "90210" and "The Hills." The 36-year-old singer-songwriter's deft ability to turn melancholy inside out served him well on his 2006 breakthrough "Through Toledo," and after the ill-advised 2009 "Covers" EP -- on which he schmaltzed up the likes of Kristin Hersh, Mazzy Star and Morphine -- Laswell is back with the resplendent "Take a Bow," out today on Vanguard Records. Tonight he'll kick off a nationwide tour in support of the album by playing to a sold-out Troubadour.
Elsewhere: The Ruby Friedman Orchestra brings its siren's songs to the Hotel Cafe. ... Straight outta Budapest, Hungarian quintet the Moog visits the Viper Room, with excellent locals Useless Keys and Links supporting. ... Oh Darling and Actress head up a strong local bill at Spaceland. ... Kitten, the quartet featuring 15-year-old frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, opens for Juliette Lewis at the Echo. ... And Coheed and Cambria (with Circa Survive in tow) rock a sold-out Fox Theater in Pomona.
Also: Broken Social Scene's 6 p.m. in-store at Amoeba; Chasing Kings at Saint Rocke; Rebelution with Zion-I at the House of Blues; Oh Darling and Actress at Spaceland; David Francis Doyle at the Smell; the Knives at the Key Club; Alex Kemp at the Silverlake Lounge; Angela Peterson at the Dakota Lounge; Steven Brower and the Silent Majority (doing Ween songs) at the Bootleg Theater; and the Kacey Cubero Band at the Mint.