by Brad Roberts
I think the highlight of my week is on Thursday night when Yo La Tengo (at right) play The Fonda. Formed 30 years ago this band has never really stopped and their influence is felt far and wide. Their latest album, their 13th, Fade was released in January.
We've been working hard on Make Music Pasadena where Radio Free Silver Lake where will present musical acts, and a rock and roll photography exhibit, at The Armory (adjacent to the park which houses the Levitt Pavillion) for the June 1st festival. We'll reveal the super line up we've assembled for the stage very soon.
And speaking of summer, some of my favorite bands are set to be openers at Hollywood Bowl and The Greek for a bunch of bigger, more famous acts that they threaten to overshadow. Our own Lord Huron is opening, with DeVotchKa, for Rodrigo y Gabriela in July and Beirut opens for Vampire Weekend in September at The Bowl. The xx, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, System of a Down and Fleetwood Mac are also scheduled to appear. New sensation, Divine Fits, are opening for The Postal Service on the second night of their two-night engagement at The Greek in July and The National headline a show there in August.
Check inside for a load of great local shows...