by Brad Roberts
As a person who always valued summer way more than any other season, I was a natural to relocate from New England to L.A. Never been sorry I did.
This week leading up to the week of Fourth of July festivities is a little quiet but still there are some little jewels hidden among the week's listings. As I write this I am about to head over to The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles to try to get my Iron and Wine fix so I don't have to go see them at their October show at The Orpheum (that just hit the schedule). Of course it could have the opposite effect and force me to go right out and buy a ticket. Their new album, Ghost on Ghost, ventures comfortably into easy-listening territory and we'll see how that translates live.
Looking ahead, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals hasn't been in town in a while and on Thursday The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will present Neon Neon, his latest collaboration with music producer Boom Bip.
Lots of other good shows listed inside, but special attention must be paid to the screening of After the Apocalypse about a group of vagabond L.A. bands, filmmakers and fans who ventured out to Salton Sea to make music and film a documentary. This is the result. Screening at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena where our exhibit "This Ain't A Scene" continues. The film will be followed by a performance by Matthew Teardrop.