by Brad Roberts
The week I get to see Broken Bells (at right) from the front row, center at The Orpheum. How the hell did I ever score that ticket?! Well, I was just cruising around the internet and thought I'd check out the availability of tickets one day and came up with a row "M" ticket for the Friday show and thought, I just saw them at The Fonda in April, and that's not good enough. On a whim, I tried Saturday and "Woo Hoo" I got into the front row! It was a bit pricey, but I couldn't pass it up.
Tuesday offers a special show at the Bookleg HiFi, where Hobart W. Fink are playing their final show before a short break till December (and they have a special announcement). The varied line up includes Draag celebrating a single release, Via Echo, Hi Ho Silver Oh (hot off their residency there) and End Of Summer for a fully packed program.
Saw a couple of incredible concerts last week, both top quality, though one was huge and the other was intimate, but both had a similar impact on me. First was The New Pornopraphers, touring their new album at The Wiltern (at left) on Friday night. Then on Saturday I went downtown to catch The Family Doom at Casey's Irish Pub. This Riverside band made a huge impression on a friend of mine at Make Music Pasadena and he got me their EP which I quickly became addicted to and swore to see them as soon as I could. This was their debut Los Angeles performance and I feel honored to have been present. They're everything the CD promises... and more. Then Seasons followed with one of the best sets I've ever seen them play. They're at Redwood Bar this Thursday (see my write-up inside).