Everything L.A. Witch do happens in a thick sea of reverb, which transforms the songs on their 2017 self-titled album and Octubre — a 2018 EP in which the local trio refashioned some of their obscure early tracks — into a state of heightened mystery. Sade Sanchez’s vocals burn through the self-induced haze and shadows with a serene majesty that evokes Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, except that everything is cranked out with an electric garage-rock atmosphere and punk-rock drive by bassist Irita Pai and drummer Ellie English. L.A. Witch are the most compelling part of another edition of Mondo Hollywood, whose other highlights range from the surf-rock shtick of Man or Astro-man? and the roots-rock affectations of Bloodshot Bill to the intense punk-rock frenzy of The Flytraps. Let’s hope the soundperson doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel again, as happened at last year’s Mondo Hollywood, when headliners The Detroit Cobras’ vocals were so inaudible, much of the crowd left early. Plus, Mark Sultan, Levitation Room, The Night Times, King Flamingo, The Surfbroads, and Savage Gospel. Also burlesque performers Vanessa Burgundy, Kira Von Sutra, V.V. Venom, Kristina Nekyia and Brynn Route.
Catch One, 4067 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; Sat., Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; $25; ages 18 & over. (323) 737-1159, https://catch.one.
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