by Brad Roberts
Two musicians who were primary lures in dragging me back to Rock and Roll, now nearly ten years ago, are making appearances in L.A. this week. Super Furry Animals were the first band I wandered out of my cocoon to go see live in November 2005 at The Avalon and Gruff Rhys was one of the reasons. I can't believe that the ninth anniversary of that show is coming up on the 29th. Trying to describe their genre-blurring psychedelic music was always a challenge, and the same is true of Rhys' solo output. With that band on hiatus since 2010, band members have pursued solo projects and this time Gruff Rhys has a particularly interesting tale to relate involving one of his own distant relatives. The result involves a film, a book, a CD and a concert tour which lands at The Echo this Thursday.
Amanda Palmer first invaded my conscience early in 2006 when music videos on TV were my main source for discovering new contemporary music. It was the manic music video for "Girl Anachronism" and I was immediately attracted to the blatantly theatrical artificiality of it all. Her range as a performance artist is thrilling and I'm proud to have seen her nearly a dozen times. Now she has written a book and is doing a book-signing/concert tour which has sold out the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.
Local band, Dirt Dress, are releasing a new EP called Revelations on Tuesday, then celebrating with a Record Release Party on Sunday at the Part Time Punks weekly show. In fact there are a few Record Release Shows this week including Bell Gardens, releasing Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions, at The Virgil on Wednesday and Swing Hero release You've Never Been So Alone on Thursday at Silver Lake Lounge.