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.
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.