The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, from the revived and consistently interesting Slumberland Records roster, is at the Echo. They're playing with San Francisco band Girls, newly signed to Matador Records, who made a splash this week with a great interview they did with the Guardian UK (via The Daily Swarm).

“There's this intersection called Pill Hill in San Francisco, an L-shaped block of pill dealers,” [Chet “J.R.”] White says. “That's pretty much what we were on through the whole recording process for our record.”

They could record their album without difficulty on prescription pills?

“Oh yeah, it felt fine. It felt great,” White says. “But when you're making plans to come to London and stuff … We had to stop. Relationships were suffering. All we could think about was getting more pills.”

Here's the band covering the Vivian Girls:

Intriguing. Also on the bill is the wonderfully twisted rock of LA band Champagne Socialists.

Japanese Motors continues its residency at the Echoplex. In tow: The Growlers, Sweaters and Grand Elegance.

Devendra Banhart continues his overthrow of Space 15 Twenty. On Saturday night he hosted a book release party, and tonight he curates a film screening. No word as of yet what's showing, but it'll no doubt be worth a visit to find out.

Andy Clockwise's residency at Spaceland enters its third week. He's joined this week by Little Red Radio and Pterodactyl.

Last American Buffalo gig their second to last residency show at the Silverlake Lounge.

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