By Brad Roberts
Seems to be another great week of music with lots of tours coming through town and the steadfast local scene, filling in all the gaps. And last Saturday night, when I was at El Rey for Owen Pallett, Avi Buffalo and Foxes in Fiction, my whole impetus for concert-going was rejuvenated by a show so inspiring and uplifting that I'm still on fire. Musical genius isn't a term I throw around lightly, but this night was suffused with it. More! More!
I get to see one of my favorite performers again this week when Andrew Bird (right, middle) once more pays a visit to the Hollywood Bowl, to open for legendary singer/composer Caetano Veloso (right, top), and with another favorite, Devendra Banhart (right, bottom), also playing an opening set. As I've seen him at the Bowl before, I will enjoy seeing his render a crowd of 17,000 into dead silence as he did easily when he opened there for The Decemberists way back in 2007.
This weeks festivals include the Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014 on the Sunset Strip Saturday and Sunday and TARFEST 2014 which takes over La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday. In fact Saturday presents a positive glut of festivals with the addition of the BEDROCKtoberfest at Bedrock Studios.
It's Karen O week as she hits town for a three night stand at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery starting on Wednesday, after a preview in-store performance at Amoeba Music on Tuesday. Speaking of Amoeba, Avi Buffalo is doing an in-store on Wednesday. And Beck is is town for a couple of expensive shows at The Orpheum on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bootleg seems to be abandoning the local indie scene at the moment. It's funny, but lately it's been noticeable that frequently, our clubs and theatres go through droughts that leave some rather large holes in our indie rock attendance. The Troubadour and The Satellite, too. It seems like a scene in transition.