by Brad Roberts
Finally, a fairly normal week. Though today (Monday) is Labor Day, there are no festivals. The weekend's Made In America festival (8/30 and 8/31) went right by me, but people packed into downtown L.A. for the West Coast edition of this bi-coastal event which was a huge success by all accounts. It also featured some high visibility acts for a price that was not prohibitively steep.
Mother Falcon are back in town for a show on Thursday at Echoplex. I saw the Austin band in February at The Echo and was so impressed I picked up all three of their CDs. This orchestral/indie band, that employs as many as twenty musicians at times but often tours with slightly less, began as a high school quartet called Red Armada String Quartet and retains a majority of strings in their ensemble. Recently re-formed and back on the stage, Afternoons joins them. With their own impressive classical skills this makes a great pairing.
As recently as June, I presented the band Facts On File (at left) at a Feed Your Head night and I enjoyed their set a lot. But it was the CD I got from them that night, Bring It Back, that made me realize just how good they really are. Not hurt by the fact that they remind me of Maximo Park, who, incidentally, became one of my favorite bands this May when I saw them at The Troubadour, this album has been on repeat play on my iPhone ever since and I need to see them again, pronto. So they kindly agreed to my request to have then back again for my September show this Saturday.