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The Best Shows In Los Angeles This Coming Week

Alice Bag at the Echo last year


Here are the best shows to see in Los Angeles this week:

Saturday April 1st (also Sunday 2nd), the FYF fest is presenting a 2-night show at the Hi Hat with Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Final Conflict, Gatecreeper, Haarm, the Eulogy, Human Garbage. You’ve guessed it, looking at these monikers you must be prepared for a very brutal night filled with rawness and punk metal assaults. I remember seeing Nails opening for Ceremony years ago, and they are not for the fainting hearts, you have to be aware that their drilling noise may kill you!

Monday April 3rd: At the Echoplex, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: ‘A celebration of The life & music of Joe Strummer’ (In Benefit Of The Joe Strummer Foundation) with Cheap Tissue, Soulutionaries, Pedal Strike, Sunny War, Andrés Berry & Earthquake Weather, DJ Roger Mars, & More TBA: It’s a celebration of the man who continues to inspire so many, during a night of music to benefit The Joe Strummer Foundation, and this is enough to make me going. I don’t know much about the bands which are going to perform, but they were surely inspired by the Clash to be there, and they have announced very special guests! This is a public announcement! and a show even more relevant during a Trump/Pence regime.

The same night, Draemings start their residency at the Echo with Holy Wars, Iress, Petheaven. I have already seen Draemings and Holy Wars and this promises to be a great night of band led by badass frontwomen. Dreamings’ Kimi Recor is born from a powerful glam inspiration, a reinvention of Siouxsie Sioux and Ziggy Stardust, singing dark catchy pop songs with Florence and the Machine’s pipes, while Holy Wars’ Kat Leon will certainly blow you away by her magnetic presence and physical prowess, over a wall of distorted fuzz…. a gut-and-ear-punching experience.

And as if Monday wasn’t busy enough, the always explosive IRONTOM will kick in their April Residency at the Satellite with Zachary Kibbee and The New Electric Sound. Be prepared for a night with an arena rock vibe on a small stage.

Tuesday April 4th, Patti Smith and Her Band “Horsin’ Around’ play at the Teragram Ballroom, and I am just mentioning the show because it is a unique occasion to see the great priestess of punk rock in an intimate venue, although, of course, the show sold out a long time ago.

Also on Tuesday, Mastodon visit Amoeba in Hollywood for a probably very crowded in-store. There is no chance you will get in if you don’t buy a CD/LP, plus, take your day off as the line will form early in the afternoon. There will be no signing after the show, but if you miss it, the band will play at the Palladium later this month.

Thursday April 6th at the Echoplex: Bleached with The Regrettes, Upset, The Side Eyes, Allison Wolfe (Sex Stains, Bratmobile) DJ, No Parents (DJ). A great lineup, once again very female oriented, with real riot grrrl Allison Wolfe Djing the party. I have experienced Bleached and their fuzzy California sunny punk sound a large number of times, and you could say that their legacy is in good hands with the next generation, represented here by the Regrettes (fronted by the stage commanding Lydia Night) and The Side Eyes (fronted by Astrid McDonald, the progeny of Redd Kross’ Jeff McDonald and The Go Go’s Charlotte Caffey).

Also on Thursday, The Damned are playing at the Belasco, a place I have never been to! Alice Bag and the Sissy Bears are opening. By herself, punk goddess Alice Bag is always a must see, I saw her at the Echo last year and she was so angry, she screamed her rage with so much allure and empowerment that nobody was touching the ground during her set.

Friday April 7th: How To Dress Well is playing at the Fonda, opening for Classixx. I saw both bands but Tom Krell’s voice is quite exceptional and has an amazing range, a crazy falsetto sounding like a reincarnation of Michael Jackson’s pipes, whereas the music is a sort of cross between alt soul-R&B and electronics with a church-y vibe.

Saturday April 8th, the very popular Foxygen is playing at the Fonda, with Gabriella Cohen & Kingdom of Not. I have never seen them but I have heard they are quite good live.

Also on Saturday April 8th at the Echoplex (another show was added on Sunday April 9th since Saturday show sold out very quickly): Brooklyn synth pop duo Chairlift will play 2 nights at the Echoplex during their farewell tour. This is your last chance to hear Caroline Polachek’s ethereal vocals with Chairlift, since they have announced their break up last December.


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