by Brad Roberts
Dead Meadow cast such a dreamy spell over their audiences, it sometimes feel more like a seance than a concert. I've seen this band seven times already in venues as varied as The Troubadour, Hotel Cafe and The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where, by the end, people were just laying around on the floor, vibrating , as we let the music just sweep over us. A most memorable night. I last saw them when they opened for Super Furry Animals at The Roxy in February (above) but they're back at The Satellite on Friday, and I hate to let any chance to see them slip by. They are one of my favorite live bands.
The psychedelic-drenched, psycho-rock of Death Valley Girls has been committed to their first album, Glow In The Dark on Burger Records which they celebrate with an Album Release Party at The Echo on Thursday. Also on the bill, back from a tour, Peach Kelli Pop bring their sunny vocals offset by dark punk undercurrents, and Frankie and the Witch Fingers, who capture a sixties acid rock sound most honorably, make this a bill that's hard to top.
I was happy to hear that The Smell has been given a one year reprieve from the wrecking ball and that there will be help in finding a new location when the time comes. A celebratory spirit should infect their shows on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday this week.