Listen to Barnaby Monk's club and concert picks covering the week of February 20–26, 2014.
Jagjaguwar artist Stephen McBean (Black Mountain) and his other other other Canada band Pink Mountaintops set up at Soda Bar Sunday night. The Mountaintops are touring in advance of April’s Get Back release. They are on tour with Band of Horses, but this night, Isolde Touch opens the show and Marissa Nadler headlines. You can check out PM’s nasty new track “North Hollywood Microwaves” online.... Other mentioanbles: Tower Bar’s got a cavity-rattler Sunday night, as the hard-rocking Bad Dad, Wha?, and Gloomsday set up under the City Heights spire...that “nihilistic storm of art punk and dark psychedelia” Candy Warpop’s at Kava Lounge on Kettner...while just up the street at Casbah you got the L.A.-based R&B singer Lawrence Rothman, whose bruised Leonard Cohen baritone digs into the secret psyche a la Charles Bukowski.
Lo-fi “badroom pop” oldster R. Stevie Moore sets up at Soda Bar. Since 1969, the “lo-fi legend” (according to the New York Times) has released over 400 cassettes and CDs. Moore’s a shapeshifting singer of many mooning characters. My favorites are the who-knows-how-many-times-removed biz-reffing biographicals like “Why Can’t I Write a Hit?” Memories and Karl Blau set him up.... Otherwise, West Coast hip-hop hit Dom Kennedy’s out to tout his latest, Get Home Safe, released via DK’s Other People’s Money record company. He’s on the mainstage at Soma after Skeme...and Casbah’s got a freebie featuring ’70s soft-rock shills Yacht Party and “mystery punk” quartet Tan Sister Radio.
Oakland-based psych-folkie Neil Campau, aka Electrician, will play an in-store at M-Theory in Mission Hills Tuesday at 6p. That night he’ll be up at Ché Café with Little Bear and Redrick Sultan for what promises to be some pretty heady sets at the campus collective. Electrician sounds hell bent on bending hell out of Phil Elvrum’s Microphones, and though nowhere near the Mic’s austere Glow Part 2, Electrician’s sampler Wet and Ripping the Lake in Two is hard-wired into Glow’s shivering morning-chill.... Also on Tuesday, Irish alt-rockers Kodaline bring A Perfect World to Casbah...while L.A. Chamber-pop big band Mother Falcon closes out its monthlong res at Soda Bar.
Eighties East Coast hardcore quartet Madball (an Agnostic Front offshoot) bounces into Soda Bar Wednesday night. I don’t think Freddy Cricien has taken a break since his big bro Roger Miret (Agnostic Front’s front) handed him the mic. Twitching Tongues, Burn Low, and Sculpins fill this hella fun punk bill.... Best of the rest humpnight finds L.A. indietronica act Chain Gang of 1974 at Casbah behind this year’s Daydream Forever...whilst ELO tribute — and the only of its kind in the known universe — Electric Light Overture lands at House of Blues after Cars coverers the Dangerous Types. I unashamedly and unapologetically can’t not go to this show, so don’t bring me down, Bruce! Or whatever he says...