by Brad Roberts
Holiday week. Only a couple of days of work, then five days off. Though Wednesday and Thursday are pretty much out of the picture owing to the Thanksgiving holiday, the rest of the week offers more than a few compensations. I have a ticket to go see Family Of The Year at their sold out Saturday night show at The Troubadour which I'm really looking forward to. They have really capitalized on their unique hippie rock sound, which they play with such unabashed enthusiasm that questions of whether their an homage band or a satirical band go right out the window. There's a depth and a feeling to the music that makes it sound like the genuine article to me. And it's just exactly what I need after the past weeks' world events. They sold out Saturday and had to add a Friday date, for which tickets are still available. Do yourself a favor and go.
Other highlights of the week include Avid Dancer, who have been all over the place, but are back in town on tour with BØRNS, and playing at the big El Rey on Monday. Local winners, Winter are part of a bill on Tuesday at The Echo, Gogol Bordello are always a bizarre treat, at The Wiltern on Friday on an anniversary of one of their albums, Copeland are a band I followed back in the mid 00's, and they are at The Troubadour on Wednesday.