by Brad Roberts
There are some nice shows out there this week with one of my highlights being the swing through town of Matt Pond PA (at right) on tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of his album Several Arrows Later with a show at The Troubadour on Thursday night. One of the first bands to pull me back to music, his 2004 album Emblems was one of my first favorite albums of the new century, as it seemed to bridge the divide between 70's rock and indie rock. With an ever-revolving team of collaborators, Pond has always managed to maintain a stylistic consistency that is self-assured and comforting. I've seen them many times through the years and plan on attending this as well.
The Monday residency of note would be Odessa at Bootleg HiFi presented by BuzzbandsLA and KROQ Locals Only with acclaimed artists Henry Wolfe and Becky Stark to sweeten the pot. Velasco and Leslie Stevens have been teamed on some recent shows and are at Harvard & Stone again, also on Monday.
Emerson Star play El Cid on Tuesday, Sullen Ray are part of a strong bill at Los Globos on Wednesday, Willoughby and The Futures League are at The Satellite on Thursday, and Broken Arrow and Matt Van Winkle can be seen at Bar Lubitsch on Saturday.
At the week's most interesting show, actress Amber Tamblyn will present a reading from her latest book Dark Sparkler at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday with a musical performance by the wonderful band Yo La Tengo.