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L.A. Burning: West Coast Concert Picks, May 15th To May 21th, 2017

Conor Oberst at the Way Over Yonder festival in 2013


The week always starts with Monday residencies, that I was too busy to catch last week, but I will get there soon, hopefully.

On Monday 15th, Calvin Love continues his residency at the Bootleg Theater with glam sensation Fatal Jamz, Shannon Lay (of Feels) and Alyeska. That should be interesting.

Rock ‘n’ soul band The Diamond Light are at the Satellite withThe Black and The White, Hydro Kitten, while Barrows, Hepa.Titus, Boarchucker, VS Colour are at the Echo… since I don’t know any of these bands I can’t comment, but everything is free!

Plus there is a rare treat at Amoeba that I will surely miss because it is happening at 4 pm (why Conor, why?): yes Conor Oberst will play an acoustic mini-set at Amoeba in honor of his last album ‘Salutations’. He just wanted to do a favor to unemployed people I guess, since who else can line up that early for a show on a Monday early afternoon?

On Tuesday 16th, Omar Velasco continues his residency at the Hi Hat, with the too-rare singer songwriter Jenny O. and the beautiful ethereal-americana harmonies of Mapache.

Omar Souleyman with Egon, DJ Paul Devro (Mad Decent), and Special Guests: London Contemporary Orchestra with heat up the Echoplex with his electronica from Syria. I have seen this man twice and believe me nobody can resist to his infectious dance floors.

At the Echo, there is a family reunion with Redd Kross and The Side Eyes as Astrid McDonald is the Side Eyes’ frontgirl and the daughter of Redd Kross frontman Jeff McDonald.

Los Amigos Invisibles will play a set at Amoeba at 6 pm the same day, and I am sure that their Latin disco-funk-jazz fusion will bring the store on fire.

On Wednesday 17th, dream pop duo Phantogram is at the El Rey with the dreamy R&B falsetto of How to Dress Well, and this is a benefit show for the David Lynch Foundation.

And Silent X, a hard rocking band I saw recently at the Hi Hat, is playing at the Redwood Bar, while riotous glam rock Egrets on Ergot is at the Resident.

On Thursday 18th, hardcore band (are they still hardcore?) Ceremony play their first of the three shows scheduled at the Echo. Each show will feature a different lineup: it’s gonna be The World, The Coltranes, Leisure World, DJ Bethany Cosentino on Thursday, Antwon, Sabertooth Zombie, DJ Tamaryn on Friday and Cold Beat, Initiate, DJ Rob Moran on Saturday for an early show… I saw Ceremony a few times and they were fantastic each time, it was rage, fury and piles of bodies… you could buy a pass for the 3-days but they are already sold out!

Also, soulful British talent Michael Kiwanuka is performing at the Fonda theater. I saw him a few years ago at Amoeba, and the place was not even full! These days, not only he sells out the Fonda, but he also supported Adele in 2011, and collaborated with Danger Mouse for his last album,… Kiwanuka is doing really well.

On Friday 19th, Ho99o9 is going to take over the Echoplex, and I would really like to see these United States of horror and don’t ask me why because the gig promises to be bloody and scary. Their bio is amazing, I saw pictures of their previous shows and they look insane, with music oscillating between rap, metal, hardcore and everything else.

But if you are looking for something calmer and classier, The Jesus and Mary Chain play at the Wiltern. The Warlocks, and their dark throbbing-psychedelic music are supporting.

The Malibu Guitar festival starts on Friday and continues through the weekend, with tons of artists including the dynamic Soft White Sixties which will bring their soulful R&B full effect and a frontman who has the presence of rock legends. And talking about rock legends, Mick Fleetwood and his blues band is headlining the festival, and Robby Krieger of the Doors is also playing.

Bauhaus legends Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, joined by Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, have a new project called Poptone, and they will be performing at the Teragram Ballroom on Friday, spanning their career with cuts from the Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets catalogs.

On Saturday 20th, electro pop Nite Jewel will bring her dancefloors at the Getty museum, as she kicks off the annual series ‘Off the 405’.

Miike Snow headlines an event at the brand new Los Angeles State Historic Park, the old location of the FYF fest which has been refurbished and improved. It’s a mini electronic festival called Skyline brought to you by Radio Hill, a new collective of concert producers, and KCRW. Skyline will also bring art, food, and performances by Miike Snow, Duke Dumont, Lido, Eden, Michl, Elohim and Jason Bentley.

And if you feel nostalgic for the 90s’, U2 will be performing Joshua Tree at the Rose Bowl (also on Sunday), The Lumineers are opening.

Finally, on Sunday 21st, atmospheric shoegazing DIIV will play at the Regent and the night will be very hip and beautiful because Tashaki Miyaki and the Paranoyds are supporting.

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