by Brad Roberts
It feels like Chrismas is right on top of Thanksgiving with one less week between them this year. You barely digest the turkey and Christmas shows start right up. Arcade Fire are coming back to town to take part in the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2 at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night, while Arctic Monkeys headline the Saturday night opening installment. Unfortunately, the $100.+ price tag put it way out of my range, but it still sounds like a fantastic show. Fortunately, the concerts are benefits for very worthy causes. Night 1 benefits Para Los Ninos, designed to try to raise at-risk children out of poverty, and Night 2 is for the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, which provides safe after-school environments for children in South Central Los Angeles. Both shows are sold out proving Los Angeles has a big heart.
So many other shows to choose from this week and I really haven't made any plans. Except Monday affords the chance to see one of the biggest 'buzzed-about' bands that I've seen come down the pike in a while. That would be De Lux (above), who are on the "School Night!" bill at Bardot, courtesy of Chris Douridas at KCRW. Their music has already caused something of a sensation around here and I'm so happy for Sean Guerin, who has been doing sound for my Feed Your Head shows at Lot 1 for a couple of years now, and his collaborator, Isaac Franco.
On Tuesday there's a record release show for LA Font at The Echo. Brendan Canning is a favorite of mine through Broken Social Scene, and he's playing a set at The Echo on Thursday, and on Friday the ever entertaining bikos are at Taix.