by Brad Roberts
A couple of my big fall shows appear this week. Mimicking Birds at The Satellite on Wednesday. Then on Friday night I see Mew again, (the shot at right is from Friday night at The Observatory in Orange County) the first time since their hiatus which began in 2008. Looking forward to both of these shows.
Each time I've seen Mimicking Birds they have cast a spell over the audience that few bands can boast about. Playing a hypnotic, reverie-inducing indie chamber music that is underpined occasionally by lush orchestral arangements, the uniquely strange and subtle lyrics reveal a thoughtfulness which peak ones curiosity delivered by the sleekly silver-throated Nate Lacy. Rich and moody music that you can open your mind to.
Friday night is a crowded field but I had to go with Mew at The Fonda as I wasn't sure we'd ever see them again after a hiatus of six years. And this dramatic and intensely grandious band is daring to me in that they skirt very close to the over-produced, and maybe even pretentious, genre of rock opera, but never tip over into self-indulgence. Seeing them live five times between 2006 and 2009, each exposure was a chance to see the honesty and integrity of this Danish wonderband in a live setting. Their seriousness of intent made meaningless any charge of over-indulgence. Indulge me more! And I'm not usually that big of a fan of falsetto vocals. Their earlier shows are all among my favorites of that period.
Radio Free Silver Lake has such a long and loving relationship with The Lonely Wild that it pains me not to be able to attend this week's Album Release Party for their highly anticipated second album, Chasing White Light, but it happens on Friday night at Echoplex and I'll be at The Fonda. Boo Hoo.
Another highly anticipated album, Better Nature, is due from Silversun Pickups on Friday, and on Sunday they begin an unprecedented four night run at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. All Sold Out! I'm bitching about that too.
And the weekend brings more festivals on Saturday with Tarfest 2015 at The La Brea Tar Pits beginning at noon, and The Chinatown Moon Festival in Chinatown Central Plaza starting at 5PM. Also the Psychedelic Space Camping - Part III is happening out in the desert.