Fri Nov 17th through Tues th 21st.
Many band “disbandments” are followed by a triumphant return just a few years later, but still, it was a surprise when the dance-punk outfit came back so soon after its grand finale in 2014. Here the seminal indie crew returns with five shows and a new album from James Murphy & Co.
Sun Nov 19th through jan 7th 2018.
Descanso Gardens’ light-up experience has ditched the kitsch in favor of a whimsical, wondrous, curiosity-driven display that’s among L.A.’s most stunning and, more importantly, most fun. The interactive, nighttime program has set up eight illuminated installations around the botanical garden grounds, from luminescent forests to free-standing hands-on art pieces.
Tues Nov 21st.
For two decades, Scottish instrumental post-rock greats Mogwai have stood tall atop the genre alongside their American counterparts Explosions in the Sky. While the latter band have carved out their path going a more accessible, melodic route, Mogwai have taken a more circular, less palatable trajectory. Emerging as a moody beast fueled by angst and power chords on their 1997 debut, Young Team, Mogwai have adeptly explored the heavier and quieter ends of the post-rock spectrum, with forays into electronica and synthesizer-laden soundscapes propelling their musical machine in recent years. Mogwai’s latest record, Every Country’s Sun, still checks off the prerequisite boxes of their current playbook, but with a de-emphasis on the synthesizers and a less sprawling songwriting approach, it’s their most focused record in years.
Fri Nov 24th.
Established in 2006, the Echo Park Farmers’ Market has grown steadily to become one of the most popular and well-attended of SEE-LA’s certified markets. Every Friday, 15 local farmers set up their tables and offer up a wide variety of produce and value added products like jams and jellies, honey, and fresh farm-grown flowers.
Wed Dec 6th.
tUnE-yArDs is returning to their club roots for a series of seven intimate shows this year on the east and west coasts. The shows are sure to be thrilling from the group known for “superbly visceral” (The Guardian) live shows. tUnE-yArDs most recent album ‘Nikki Nack’ was one of the most well received albums of 2014. New York Magazine called it “possibly the catchiest record of the year,” the New Yorker praised its “joyful energy.”
Fri Dec 8th.
Landon Fleischman, better known as Boy Willows, is making some serious waves in the indie scene: after releasing his single “I’m Good” in December 2016, the track was featured on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlist, before climbing to #9 on Spotify’s Viral 50 list.
Thu Dec 14th.
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Theo Katzman has enjoyed success as the singing drummer/guitarist for the funk rhythm section Vulfpeck, as a solo artist at the prestigious Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and as the musical director and opening act for Darren Criss (of Fox’s GLEE). In addition to playing festivals like Bonaroo and Outside Lands with Vulfpeck, trading guitar solos with Blake Mills, and singing duets with Børns and Allen Stone, the year 2016 finds him finishing his second solo album, “Heartbreak Hits,” due for release in early 2017. In his own words, Katzman says about his music, “I write songs to soothe your post-Y2K pop culture hangover.” He also wrote this bio.
Sun Dec 17th.
Music History is rich with rock bands fronted by Dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara – an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place – a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong’s almost unhinged performance style. A skilled vocal stylist who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, Armstrong can unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next.
Every Monday-Friday till March 31st.
Expanded from its original opening date in June, the Grammy Museum finally unveils its latest exhibit, “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” A tribute to L.A. music torch-bearers Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake, the collection assembles photographs, instruments, clothing, handwritten lyrics by Cervenka and Doe, artwork by Cervenka and concert flyers. The display also includes screenings of W.T. Morgan’s excellent 1986 documentary, X: The Unheard Music. Part portrait collage, part musical bio, the film features interviews with all four band members (as well as producer Ray Manzarek and Rodney Bingenheimer) discussing X’s formation in 1977, in addition to home movies, live and studio performances and some of their best songs off their first four albums, namely “Los Angeles,” “White Girl,” “Soul Kitchen,” and “Johnny Hit & Run Paulene.”