by Brad Roberts
Another of the advantages of living in Los Angeles was made apparent on Saturday night when Andrew Bird introduced Fiona Apple to join him on stage to sing "Left Handed Kisses" (at right) during the first of his two sold out shows at The Theatre at Ace Hotel this past weekend. Ordinarily on his current tour he's had to sing both parts of the song, but we in his newly adopted hometown, were lucky enough to get the real deal, as Apple also lives here. And it was fabulous! I love L.A. The whole concert was pretty magical from my third row seat.
This could be a non-stop run of shows with no nights off, as each night brings out some of the finest of the local scene. I don't know how to pick the best from among this bunch. There are so many buried treasures I will simply list them and leave it to you to page down to find out who is where and when. Look for The Henry Clay People, Fruit Bats, Leslie Stevens, Seasons, The Absolute, Two Sheds, Emily Gold, Emerson Star, The World Record, The Dustbowl Revival, and Psychic Love (above left).