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Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:45 AM

click to enlarge Sander Kleinenberg -- See Monday
  • Sander Kleinenberg -- See Monday

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Monday, July 15

Sander Kleinenberg


Sander Kleinenberg brings his "This Is" stamp to Sound's Monday Social. The Dutch DVJ (that's a combination of disc and video jockey) custom-makes his patented visuals and controls them live in tandem with his music selections. Kleinenberg is known for this unique presentation, as well as the This Is brand, which showcases his original productions, carefully culled material from others and signature night-club experiences. Kleinenberg is sure to create an inspired iteration of this at Monday Social, Los Angeles' longest-running weekly club night, which just found a new club location at Hollywood's Sound. Kleinenberg sticks to a mixed bag of styles, from soulful house to minimal techno, and this well-rounded selection keeps the flow interesting and unpredictable. --Lily Moayeri

Tuesday, July 16



Unpretentious and undiluted, this Cincinnati quartet are pop-punk personified, making short, spunky, tuneful ditties with conversationally confessional lyrics and distinctive trade-off/unison co-ed voices. Mixtapes make max use of mellow, often acoustic intros to set up fuzzy, rambunctious, two- to three-minute soundbombs detailing everyday youthful angst, adventure and optimism with good-natured humor and plainspoken insight. Though only formed in 2010, Mixtapes have been ridiculously prolific, with myriad self-releases, compilation contributions and free downloads, and they're only the stronger for it on their just-released sophomore LP, Ordinary Silence. Battling boisterous beats, bouncing bass and fizzing twin guitars, the ever-improving vocals of Ryan Rockwell and, in particular, Maura Weaver prove that there's much magic to be milked even from a well-trodden formula. --Paul Rogers

Bruce Springsteen Tribute Night


There are two great things about Bruce Springsteen -- he likes model trains, and he covered Suicide. Wait, three great things -- he made his lonesome guitar-and-voice album Nebraska, which I sometimes can't believe came out on a major label and which showed that you could take away just about everything from his massive arrangements and he'd still have something to say. That makes him perfect for a tribute night, because his songs are indestructible. You can take them apart, put them back together so they have new space for you inside, and they'll still work just fine. First billing on this event is The Henry Clay People -- an impeccable booking -- and following are Shivers, Races and other quietly desperate and righteous American bands who've got nowhere to run and nowhere to go. --Chris Ziegler

Wednesday, July 17



You know the heartwarming story of Burger Records, right? True-hearted teengenerates resurrect rock & roll on planet Earth with an endless supply of cassette tapes from their storefront in the O.C.? Now you need dessert, which in this meal comes in the form of the local Lollipop Records, who have their own set of corridor-city psyche-punka-delicos. Corners are one of their best acts, a raw and ramshackle three-piece that comes off like The Swell Maps reborn in some back-of-the-swamp hunting shack. They'd fit fine with The Allah-Las, The Abigails and The Growlers -- they're kinda doing for '60s garage B-sides what Tav Falco did for '50s rockabilly A-sides, which is to say holding them underwater until the bubbles stop coming. The longer you listen to their album Beyond Way, the farther away it sounds. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Burger Records and the Lo-Fi Cassette Revival

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