by Brad Roberts
Typical summer week in L.A. with a lively variety of shows culminating in the return of Arcade Fire for a two night run at The Forum. Makes me very glad I attended their Halloween show last year at Hollywood Palladium during the week they released Reflektor. It's a show I'm still reeling from, all these months later. (The photo at right is from their Capital Records Rooftop launch of the album last October.) The Forum is simply too far out of L.A. for this bus rider and besides, I don't want to be a football field-length away from them when I see Arcade Fire. I'm missing the upcoming Fleetwood Mac shows there for the same reason, plus the absurd ticket prices. Also to my chagrin. And at such a distance you might just as well say you were in the same state as them the night they played. And to those naysayers, Arcade Fire exists and is one of the great rock and roll bands, so, yeah, I wish I was going to be there.
Locally, there's the final night for this month's Monday residencies, and a couple of my favorite new bands are playing this week. Winter has taken a headlining spot on Tuesday at Bootleg HiFi. Congratulations, well done. Also Psychic Love are back at El Cid again on Wednesday. Haunted Summer have sneaked a show into Harvard & Stone on Wednesday and Aaron Embry is out in Venice at The Speakeasy at The Townhouse with Manhattan Murder Mystery on Thursday. Mary & Eli's First Friday is an acoustic show flooded with the talents of Tommy Santee Klaws, Rob Danson, and of course, Madame Headdress at Pehrspace (on Friday, of course).
Saturday marks another Feed Your Head show at Lot 1. I'm really happy to be presenting The Pretty Flowers at long last, along with Joey Siara and his new music project post-Henry Clay People. A band I haven't seen before, Many Distant Cities, but who impressed me with their music on line, and I do like a band with an enigmatic and evocative name, play at 11:30. Storyteller Scott Schultz opens the night.