Incoming: U2, Spoon, The Moth & the Flame, Freedom Fry, Cillie Barnes, Golden Coast, Refused, Kopecky, Two Sheds, Gold Star, Erick Macek, Aaron Watson, Dignitary, Neutral Milk Hotel, Knox Hamilton, Spirit Club, Bones Muhroni, Will Butler, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Tori Kelly, King Tuff, L7, The Do, Flux Pavilion, Big Search, Little Red Lung, Josh Rouse, William Elliott Whitmore, King Washington, Smallpools, Com Truise, Thundercat, Caifanes, Los Highway Festival, Desert at the Palms Festival, the Knocks, Diarrhea Planet, Vistalite, the Bangles, the Dan Band, Xavier Rudd, Ciara, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Wire, Twin Peaks, Snakehips, ESKMO, Courtney Barnett, Vanish Valley, Rocket From the Crypt, Jason Bonham, Dengue Fever, Jack Garratt, the Airborne Toxic Event, Mobb Deep
Above: Courtney Barnett’s video, Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge, for “Dead Fox,” from her album “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.”
Hope you are having a most enjoyable holiday weekend. I like to think of Sunday nights as “halftime” of these three-day affairs, so I’ll try for a little musical spectacle on tonight’s L.A. Buzz Bands Show on KCSN (88,5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org). Join me at 9 p.m. for songs from forthcoming albums by Gold Star, Two Sheds, Northern American, Zella Day and the Bird and the Bee. In addition, I have new songs from MUNA, Trapdoor Social, Sneakout, Vanish Valley, DTCV, the Briggs and Kyle Krone. Plenty of variety there. Tune in while you’re taking it easy. Below, the playlist, subject to last-minute tweaking.
► Bay Area rockers Train team up with the Fray and Matt Nathanson for a big night at the Hollywood Bowl. Above, the video for the title track to Train’s latest album “Bulletproof Picasso.”
► Magic Wands have a new album coming the fall, titled “Jupiter,” and they’re playing it tonight at the Satellite on a night that incudes Drinking Flowers, Beat Hotel and Joe Levi & the Black Raspberries.
► It’s the legendary X at Saint Rocke.
► It’s the also-legendary Shuggie Otis at the Troubadour.
► Day 2 of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival brings Big Brother and the Holding Company, Guitar Shorty, Spencer Davis Group, the Record Company, Jeffery Broussard and more to Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park. [Set times here.]
► Part 2 of Topanga Days has the Tubes, Ana Popovic, Calico the Band and more at the Topanga Community House (1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd.).
► And Jesse Marchant headlines the Echo, supported by Names of War and Elijah Ocean.
► Bay Area quintet Ceremony was known for making fast-paced hardcore punk rock, but their new album “The L-Shaped Man,” their first in three years, sounds more like rock-solid post-punk. See their double video for “The Separation” and “The Understanding” above. They play the Echoplex tonight along with Negative Approach, Gun Outfit and Mrs. Magician.
► Seattle rapper Grieves and his Rhymesayers labelmates Grayskul visit the El Rel Theatre, with L.A.’s Nocando joining in.
► Prog rockers the Dear Hunter play the Troubadour, supported by Northern Faces and Naïve Thieves.
► Isaac Rother & the Phantoms celebrate the release of their new album “The Unspeakable Horror Of …” with a show at El Cid, supported by Zig Zags and Black Mambas.
► On the local festival beat, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival kicks off, with Big Bad Voodoo Dadday, Canned Heat, the Magnolia Sisters and more at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park. Set times here.
► And Topanga Days brings the Stone Foxes, Jesus Sons and more to the Topanga Community House (1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd.). Set times here.
“Quiet Time” is the first new music from L.A. trio Roses since August’s “Dreamlover” EP, and it places them squarely in the court of kings of sad wave such as the Cure and Moz. Though Roses aren’t the kind to wear shiny or black things, the trio of singer-keyboardist Marc Steinberg, bassist Victor Herrera and ex-Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez can craft a pop song. Here, over a melancholic bass line, echoing guitar licks and twinkling keys, Steinberg sings about seeking solace in solitude. The song is available on 7-inch (free at a show, the band says) or on a split cassette release with Moses Campbell offspring Moaning.
||| Stream: “Quiet Time”
||| Live: Roses play tonight at the Bootleg HiFi along with VATS and Dunes.
If you know L.A.’s Jarell Perry from swooning electro-R&B stylings, a new collaborative EP with Toronto producer Will Diebel — aka Deebs — casts the singer in a different light. “Shift,” released this week via Time No Place/Kompakt Records, Perry’s precise, emotive vocals wriggling through Deebs’ minimal, left-field production. It’s an experiment in beat-driven, atmospheric music that works, trippy glitch-hop with a heavy heart. Writes Perry: “I can honestly say this project changed my life — giving me a chance to stretch my sound in new ways and inspire a new creative wave for the vision to come.” In other news, Perry says he’s going to start a blog; may the force be with him.
If we had a buck for every recent press notice that touted “your new favorite psych-rock band,” we could buy enough psychedelics to be trippin’ for the summer. Based on their new single “Golem,” though, L.A. five-piece the Ambient Light might be a contender. From their roots as a post-rock band, the San Gabriel Valley-bred quintet — singer-guitarist Steven Martinez, guitarist-singer Christopher Alvarez, bassist Steve Lizarraga, keyboardist Michelle Carrasco and drummer Daniel Jurado — have set out for dreamier territory. A taste of the full-length “I Want to Exist” due this summer — a follow-up to 2013’s “Nostalgia Trip” — “Golem” eschews droney din in favor of a meandering arrangement, loud/soft dynamic and dramatic segues from fuzzed-out guitar blasts to sweet-n-spacey vocals. Got any more like this?
While those other British dudes were playing a show across town, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds alighted at the Orpheum Theatre for 90 minutes of audacious, brass-accented rock that included five songs from the band that ruled Britpop and brotherly brawls, Oasis. The show was in support of the High Flying Birds’ second album, “Chasing Yesterday,” released in Feburary, and featured seven of the new songs, highlighted by “You Know We Can’t Go Back” and “In the Heat of the Moment.” (“Do the Damage,” which appears on the deluxe edition of the new album, kicked off the proceedings.) “The Death of You and Me,” the biggest single from the band’s 2011 debut, made an appearance halfway through the set, which was capped by a three-song encore ending with the Oasis hit “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”