by Brad Roberts
SXSW is underway and there's some local response event, amusingly called WEST x WEST WEST, taking place Tuesday through Thursday at Bootleg Bar and Old Towne Pub (graphic for that night at right) featuring stay-at-home bands like Mojo Stone, Las Brujas, TÜLIPS and The Black Heartthrobs. A big chunk of L.A.'s bands and fans are in the lone star state, so the city is a little dark and quiet this week.
There's a few spotty highlights here and there, and I'll try to dig them out. Big names in town include Russian Circles at El Rey on Monday, No Age at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on Friday, and Royce Hall on the UCLA campus has Laurie Anderson on Saturday, appearing with Kronos Quartet, after playing their own show there on Friday. And Ozomatli has a free show at Amoeba Music on Tuesday at 6 PM.
More on the local side of things with The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers being joined by Rainbow Jackson at Monday's residency show at The Satellite, Rough Church and The Maybe Somedays are at Harvard & Stone, also on Monday. Hobart W. Fink, has a good show at The Satellite with bikos and Derde Verde on Wednesday. Carsick Cars are here from Beijing and play Los Globos on Thursday. All good shows.
Sad to hear about the closing of one of the city's best venues for independent music. A combination of bad weather, over-zealous city permits and bad luck have forced Chris Hejak to close down Echo Country Outpost after last weekend's final two shows. But fear not, Hejak has a way of resurrecting his beloved performance/art space. He's had to do it before. Stay tuned for details.