Remy Zero winds up a bittersweet reunion tour tonight, but it might not be the last fans have heard of the Alabama-bred, L.A.-based quintet.
The band known best for the single “Save Me” (the theme for TV's Smallville) reunited earlier this year to play shows in memory of their drummer Gregory Slay, who died at age 40 on New Year's Day from complications of cystic fibrosis. Proceeds from the current series of dates will benefit the Honeymoon Trust for Slay's family.
Remy Zero had parted ways eight years ago, its members going on to other projects (most notably, Cedric LeMoyne's collaboration with Orenda Fink as O+S, for which Slay played drums), but the band has new music in the works. In September, they released a new single, “Til the End” for free download. Good stuff for any fan of the band's “Villa Elaine” (1998) or “Golden Hum” (2001).
Tonight, Remy Zero plays Spaceland, supported by Great Northern.
Elsewhere: Eels visit the Music Box behind the release of Tomorrow Morning — the ninth album from the pen of Mark Oliver Everett and the last in a trilogy including Hombre Lobo (2009) and End Times, released earlier this year. Jesca Hoop opens. … And speaking of new albums, L.A. quartet the 88 play the Troubadour behind the release of their newest, a self-titled and self-released affair that's just about as good as power-pop gets.
Also: Jack Johnson at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Macy Gray at the Roxy; the Orb at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery; Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Disney Hall; Fran Healy at the Hotel Cafe; Alice in Chains, the Deftones and Mastodon at the Gibson Amphitheatre; the Script at the Wiltern; Punch Brothers and Chris Thile at the El Rey Theatre; Dave Koz at the Grammy Museum; the Blakes, the Sea of Cortez and Lord Huron at the Bootleg Theater; That Noise at the Viper Room; Silver City Dead and Olentangy John at the Silverlake Lounge; the Paper Melody at the Mint; and the Limousines at Cinespace.