Andy Clockwise is a former comedian from Australia who put the punchlines aside and stationed himself on these shores a couple years ago, seemingly intent on making Los Angeles his personal playground.
The man born Andy Kelly has certainly become something of a local phenomenon -- equal parts bawdy rocker and tender balladeer, Clockwise exudes a roguish charm and a changeling musical persona that finds him mining pop, rock, glam and soul to frame the stories he delivers in his sometimes-croaky baritone.
His forthcoming album "The Socialite" features a cameo from Illinois-bred folkie Lissie, whom Clockwise met through the the loose group of artists known as the Beachwood Canyon Rockers Society at Crane's.
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To hear the howling "Everybody's in a Band," you'd think Clockwise was an L.A. lifer, or just in it for the laughs, but then he delivers an anthem like "Stealing Cars (Second Wind)" or a torch song like "Casanova (Remember Love)," and it's apparent he's in it to win.
Clockwise headlines the Troubadour tonight, supported by Marvelous Toy.
Elsewhere: Electro-funk party-starters Spirit Animal celebrate the release of their first album "The Cost of Living" at the Bootleg Theater (if you haven't shaken your fanny to "Ants!," get it free here) ... Elisa Randazzo, whose new album "Bruises and Butterflies" is just out on Drag City, headlines Spaceland. ... And you have some serious ska at the Key Club, where Streetlight Manifesto visits from the East Coast.
Also: Pato Banton at the Glass House in Pomona; Eytan and the Embassy and Ballerina Black at the Silverlake Lounge' MRK1 and Juan Basshead at Smog Sessions at the Echo; Admiral Radley's free 7 p.m. in-store at Amoeba; Sam Bradley at the Hotel Cafe; Kingsizemaybe and Double Naught Spycar at 3 Clubs; Modern Time Machines and the Sister Ruby Band at El Cid; C-Horse at Echo Curio; Zion I at the Roxy; and Hey Champ and Imagine Dragons at the Viper Room.