by Brad Roberts
Next Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and it seems to be a big deal this year with loads of shows celebrating the event. The biggest of which is this extravaganza over at Los Globos (see flyer at right) which goes all day. Find out about the rest under the Saturday listings.
Are you used to our new look yet? I think it's quite clear and legible. I guess we had the last look for three years, so change is good. It's hard to believe that I've also been doing this column for over three years now. I've seen so many changes in those years as the scene has expanded and contracted, shifted and reinvigorated itself countless times. Bands grow and evolve, sometimes right out of existence, only to have the musicians reappear in new and exciting projects. It seems experimentation is a powerful force and it's stimulating to me as a listener and writer, to see so much pure creativity pouring out of so many. I feel privileged to have witnessed at least two musical revolutions in my lifetime.
I think I'm just riffing on my concert experiences last week when I saw The Strawberry Alarm Clock come out of the dust of the '60's to present an awesome set at The Satellite last Wednesday night, which was as fresh and musically engaging as any set by my favorite new bands. I never saw them originally so I can't really compare, but they can hardly have been any better than they are now. They even played new material, as well as the inevitable "Incense and Peppermints". This was immediately followed by an amazing double header at The Echo with Vetiver on Thursday and Fruit Bats on Friday, where both bands were flush with all band members and full sets of past and present hits. Both sounded as good as I've ever heard them and it was a three night high.
This week is pregnant with possibilities. Lots of big shows from major stars like Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros at The Greek bringing along Aaron Embry to open for them and Lindsay Buckingham is back at The Wiltern, both on Friday. Jack White shows off a new solo project on Monday at The Mayan. Commercial superstars, Coldplay are in for a three night stint at Hollywood Bowl. There's a bit of a lull mid-week, but things really pick up by the weekend.