by Brad Roberts
Turning up the volume with this New Year's Eve celebration selection has got to bode well for the upcoming week, if not the month and the year. (Might as well be optimistic as we go over the fiscal cliff) And this week, though rather sparse, offers some wonderful shows scattered randomly here and there, including one of my own.
First Friday's kicks off the 2013 season this week at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with a show by the soon-to-be-huge band Lord Huron. If this band's combination of high spirited tropical-pop with a haunted, dark-toned undercurrent doesn't get the old dinosaur bones dancing in their dioramas, nothing will. Wildcat! Wildcat! is another band poised for a bright future and are the opening band for this event.
Then there are good shows on Saturday and Sunday, making next weekend a pretty busy round of activities. Feed Your Head has my monthly show at Lot 1 with Dawn of Sequins on Saturday and Sunday, BuzzbandLA and Moheak Radio present Seven Saturdays and Pageants at The Satellite.
Monday, December 31
- New Year's Eve w/ The Henry Clay People, The Lonely Wild, Torches, Kissing Cousins @ The Satellite
- Cake, The Lucky Stars @ The Wiltern
- New Year’s Eve Ballroom Blitz with Redd Kross & The Melvins @ The Alexandria
- Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils, Nacosta, Blakwater Jukebox, My Nights in Bejing @ Lot 1
- Nit Grit, Artifact, Stephan Jacobs, GoldRush, Russ Liquid @ The Central
- NYE feat. James Friedman, Split Secs, Cosmic Dan, Dirty Dave @ Los Globos
There's a nice array of Holiday shows, but tradition dictates that the place to be tonight is The Satellite, for what I believe is the fourth New Year's Eve celebration The Henry Clay People have hosted there in five years. (They were out of town in 2010) There isn't one of them that I remember the end of, but by the same token, there isn't one that doesn't figure in my favorite New Year's Eve parties of all time. Tonight, helping them welcome in 2013 is the soaring spaghetti-western sound of The Lonely Wild, the mood-enhancing psychedelics of Torches and the sweet, sultry gothic sounds of Kissing Cousins, making this also one of the best bills of the week. The threat of this being the final Henry Clay People show notwithstanding, I will hold out hope that we are doing this again next year. The photo is from the wedding reception of Ben McShane and Cindy Nyuyen last Saturday when we raised our glasses in a toast during their set at Seafood World in Westminster. And another round of congratulations to the happy couple.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
- Religious Girls, Hex Horizontal @ The Smell
Wednesday, January 2
- The Sister Ruby Band, The Hallucinations, LA Witch, Son of the Velvet Rat @ Silver Lake Lounge
- Oak Street Blues, The Pocket Rockets, Bodhi @ The Central
- Michael Davis with Lions record release, Soviet Red, Merry Christmas @ The Echo
Thursday, January 3
- INTIMATCHINE, Roman Aeon, Let's Drive To Alaska, ineas Albies @ Silver Lake Lounge
- Diamonds N Scratch, Welcome to Concrete, American Death Truck @ The Good Hurt
- Sucker For Pumps, Lostine, Young Empress @ The Satellite
- Douglas and the Furs, The Hindu Pirates, Black Sea @ The Echo
- Valida & Heidi, The Blank Tapes, The Sister Ruby Band @ The Del Monte Speakeasy at Townhouse
The Sister Ruby Band are playing again tonight, but at The Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice with The Blank Tapes, another band to keep your eyes on in 2013. Also out on the coast, American Death Truck play at The Good Hurt.
Friday, January 4
- Angel Olsen, Matt Kivel @ Bootleg Bar
- First Fridays w/ Lord Huron, Wildcat! Wildcats! @ Los Angeles Natural History Museum
- FOMO 2013 w/ The Abigails, Beach Party, Cosmonauts, Gothic Tropic, Incan Abraham, James
Supercave, Monte Mar, Steffaloo, Tashaki Miyaki, VUM @ Echoplex
- K'moup & Kelly, Mark Ballas, Travis Garland, Savannah Van Band, Derek Anthony Gray, Melted Vinyl @ The Troubadour
- Six Foot Nurse, Orphanette, Jefsetter, special guests @ The Central
- Future Dancing @ The Satellite
- Silver Daggers, Godzik Pink, Los Cincos, The Pope, Qui @ The Smell
It's First Friday night at The Natural History Museum with Lord Huron (at right) and Wildcat! Wildcat! as profiled above. Also of note is the series of free shows running for most of the first two weeks of the year at The Satellite which began last night and continues tonight with Future Dancing. Happy New Year from the folks at The Satellite.
Saturday, January 5
- Ash Reiter @ Origami Vinyl
- Feed Your Head presents Dawn of Sequins, The Brothers Zmed, Jonny Polonsky,
Niilo Smeds @ Lot 1
- Rocstedy, 14 AI, Paris Comone, Young Skywalker, Thee Area @ The Troubadour
- Steve Carlson @ Hotel Cafe
- The Sharp Ease, Get Hustle, Godzik Pink, The Centimeters, Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound, The Pope @ The Smell
- Chief, Brian Whelan @ The Satellite
Feed Your Head has it's first show of the year at Lot 1 tonight and I'm excited to be presenting Dawn of Sequins. As The Monolators are on hiatus for the time being, Eli and Mary Chartkoff (at right) are focusing their attention on one of their newer offshoot projects, Dawn of Sequins, and I'm proud to showcase them on a bill including The Brothers Zmed, Jonny Polonsky and Niilo Smeds, the latter two making return appearances.
Sunday, January 6
- Saccharine Trust, Deadbeats, Trembling Hills @ The Echo
- Seven Saturdays, Pageants, Ash Reiter @ The Satellite
And another very hot show happens tonight at The Satellite for free. Seven Saturdays (at right) blew my mind a few weeks ago in a set that added two hot vocalists to the musical tapestry that had always heretofore been instrumental. They join a growing category of new bands that seriously explore the relationship between classical music and indie rock, bands like Lost in the Trees, Fort King or Horse Feathers. Throw in the highly lauded Pageants, from Long Beach, and Ash Reiter and you've got a very good reason to go out tonight.
I expect a drastic uptick in the number of shows next week. 2013, here we go...