Hello, dear Rockness reader. Let's talk about the good shows happening week.
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Three good bands for one low price I love when this happens. The entire bill at The Echo tonight is 100% solid. South Carolina's Elvis Depressedlymakes melancholy eccentro-pop that will make you feel better about things even though it's sad. Brooklyn's Mitski plays power shred pop that's really good live. And eskimeauxhas been slinging lo-fi pop goodness since 2008, son. Go to this one.
Japanese math-post-rock legends toe play The Regent and considering they came over from the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD to play their meandering (and completely tight) instrumental rhythms for you the least you could do is show up for it. #goodness #6years4dayswithoutMichaelJackson
You probably know that Television are music titans. But you may think they suck now because the '70s were quite some time ago and guitar god Richard Lloyd doesn't play with them anymore. Well, I just saw Television a few months ago and I can flat-out tell you this - THEY DO NOT SUCK NOW. Tom Verlaine is still one of the best guitar players I've ever seen and a musical god in his own right.
Brooklyn's Sannhet play beautiful brutal post rock metal. Yeah, this shreds hard and the beats can be deafening in the best way but listen closely for the pretty melodies floating above the fray too. Because they're there, man. The pretty melodies are there.
Emo vets The Appleseed Cast celebrate their best album (in my opinion - good thing this is my blob) turning fifteen years old (!) tonight at The Echo. I'm talking about “Mare Vitalis," of course. The band is playing the whole thing - start to finish - first track to last. A classic. Here is the best song from that album. Disagree? Cool. Please tell me your thoughts in the comments section this blob has thankfully never had.
Let's talk about good shows. Please remember, if a show happening this week in the greater (sweeter) LA area isn't mentioned in this article that means that show totally sucks. JK. These recommendations are completely subjective. LOLS. We like what we like but other things are fine too. ROFL. Nothing matters. Haha. Welcome to Costco. I luv U.
Before Perry Farrell or whoever eventually gets around to maybe suing for trademark infringement, Lolipop Records' Lolipalooza returns to Echoplex for another year. A whole bunch of bands are playing including White Fence + Winter + like 25 more or something I counted all of the bands playing this day/night fest super quickly. Tickets still available. Please note before you buy: this is not Lollapalooza. Amen.
Grand Montreal band, Braids, play their euphorically dramatic synth pop HITS at The Lyric. Let's go feel the feels and leave feeling better. Or, just stay at home on the couch and continue to feel like shit. Either way is totally chill.
Everybody loves Best Coast because Best Coast is the best so you've surely already made plans to go to this excellent show at The Wiltern tonight however please do whatever it takes to show up early enough to see Bullybecause Bully is also the best and I just saw both bands play in Brooklyn and they were great so I think I know that of which I blob about this time.
The most modern of modern day troubadours, Devendra Banhart, talks about his rock steady music career (drink a shot every time he's asked about “freak folk"), his new book, and his art at LACMA today. Thankfully, he will also play some songs with his band too. Because it's always been about the music, man. Free w/ RSVP. LACMA and San Dimas high school football RULES.