Ramona Gonzalez may be growing up, but the music she is making as Nite Jewel isn't growing out.
On her new EP, Am I Real?, made in collaboration with Cole Greif-Neill, follows up last year's debut album Good Evening with more spare, spacey explorations of electro-funk and disco-pop. It's bedroom knob-twiddling at its most literal -- you can almost imagine the songwriter dancing with herself.
The new disc does include a collaboration with art-funk newbies Daniel and Andrew Aged of Teen Inc., who will open tonight's show at the Troubadour, where Peanut Butter Wolf will lend his DJ skills.
Elsewhere: Dr. John and the Lower 911 brings a taste of New Orleans to the Santa Monica Pier for a free concert. ... Avant-pop cellist Ian Cooke plays the Silverlake Lounge. ... At the Echo, Marijuana Death Squads (that's P.O.S., Har Mar Superstar, Isaac Gale, Ryan Olson of Gayngs and former members of Cows) start the party, with Holloys and Woah Hunx opening. ... And at the Key Club, back from the abyss, it's Wang Chung.
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Also: Greg Laswell and Brian Wright at Saint Rocke; Graham Forest and George Ellias at Spaceland; Pete Molinari at the Redwood Bar; Seneca Hawk at the Hotel Cafe; Kisses at Cinespace; Universe and Lovey Doveys at the Smell; the White Panda at the Roxy; and An Epic Theory at the Viper Room.