by Brad Roberts
Another very busy week with lots of big shows, and some great smaller shows as well. After a hot and hectic four days of shows that included Beirut and three days of Culture Collide and nearly 20 bands, I'm tired! But I have about 10 new favorite bands.
On Friday and Saturday Father John Misty (at right), and Mikal Cronin play The Wiltern (I'll be going on Friday), Florence + The Machine performs at Hollywood Bowl, and Deerhunter and Atlas Sound are at The Regent Theatre for a bunch of L.A. two-fers.
Also on the Friday slate, other big name bands in town compete for our attention. The National have a two show Benefit for the Cooperative For Education at The Troubadour, a date at Teragram Ballroom for El Ten Eleven with Sego and The War On Drugs at The Greek. Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are at The Wiltern, and My Morning Jacket play Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday. Superhumanoids at El Rey on Wednesday. It's like a festival in Los Angeles spread out over a week. Or maybe that's just October.
On the local front, The Entrance Band are continuing their residency on Wednesdays at The Satellite, Seasons plays a birthday party at Lot 1 on Friday, and a new favorite, Yard of Blondes, are at El Cid on Saturday. Indie art rockers Wages premieres a new art project at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on Thursday called intriguingly "Timelines": A Sound Art Installation.