by Brad Roberts
March in like a lion? After this weekend of primordial weather, that seems to be the case. Then, we get the red headed lions back for a show at The Satellite when The Parson Red Heads return to their adopted home on Sunday night while on a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band! (the shot at right is from The Satellite last November) That means that it's been nearly ten years since I was reawakened from my slumber when The Parson Red Heads was one of the touchstone bands of my musical rebirth. It was December 2006 when I first saw them, that means I only missed the first two years of The Parson Red Heads.
It was an exciting time as bands like Silversun Pickups, The Happy Hollows, The Monolators, The Movies, Airborne Toxic Event, The Henry Clay People and others were starting to really gather steam and Silver Lake was coming alive with new bands and new clubs (and new audiences) that all fed and nurtured each other. As someone who stumbled almost as if by accident into the local music scene, I was immediately impressed at the strong sense of community that characterized the movement. And in the midst of all this stood The Parson Red Heads as, practically, a community all by themselves.
They barely fit on the stage at The Echo and with the combination of joyous exuberance, strong indie/folk music, a powerful collaboration of sometimes 13 or 14 musicians... and white clothes, they seemed to be gently mocking the cult-like attraction of The Polyphonic Spree with their communal style. I became an instant fan and have seen them play over 25 times. When I began to wonder how long being a newby in the scene would follow me around, they made me feel like one of the family. Sunday I get to say thank you.
Among the other highlights this week are a record release show for D A & The Jones, when they open for The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers residency at The Satellite on Monday night. Or the James Supercave residency at The Echo with the electronica dance/trace music of De Lux. Haunted Summer are at Los Globos on Thursday, Seasons at Silver Lake Lounge and Light FM at El Cid on Friday and NO at The Troubadour on Saturday which pretty much fills up the week.