by Brad Roberts
There are a couple of competing festivals next weekend, and both have much to recommend them as well as both having some drawbacks. The line up for the two-day, two stage event: Newport Folk presents WAY OVER YONDER, WAY OVER YONDER at Santa Monica Pier is heavily weighted with talent like Neko Case, Calexico and Jenny O among the best on Saturday, and Sunday with Conor Oberst, Aaron Embry, Frank Fairfield and more. Unfortunately, tickets are on the pricey side at $60. a day or $105. for a two-day pass, which is out of my budget at the moment. On the other side of our city is the Eagle Rock Music Festival 2013 taking place on Saturday on Colorado Blvd. which this year veers off the traditional indie rock path it usually follows to feature a wildly eclectic selection of new and unusual artists. Everything from DJs to fold duos, to country and classically oriented artists, and a dance troop or two. With the popularity of smaller, more neighborhood friendly festivals since the demise of Sunset Junction, this one seems to be staking out some uncharted territory.
Three-fers abound with Moby on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at The Fonda Theatre and Further playing The Greek Friday through Sunday, as Arctic Monkeys round out a run at The Wiltern on Monday and Tuesday.
Unusual and unique international musicians are the subject of Tuesday's concert at The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles where Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds, performs his ambient/classical compositions and Germany's Hauschka mans his tortured/altered piano to both amusing and moving effect. I recommend this show to those looking to stretch their musical boundaries.he black apples