By Alfred Montez
Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend, which means we’re losing an hour of sleep and the nights will grow even shorter. For us nighthawks, this time of year finds us cringing at the idea of more exposure to UV rays and sunburns. But I’ve got the perfect solution for us: hide out in dim concert halls and take in some live music! Here are some of my personal recommendations for those seeking asylum on the Eastside:
Tonight, Thursday, March 10, the Entrance Band continue their residency at The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) in Silver Lake. I can’t tell for sure from looking at their website, but it looks like they may have recently signed to a pretty big label, so this may be a chance to catch a great band on their way up. The music is driving and groove laden, but psychedelic seems almost too crude for it. The guitar licks are jam inspired gold, honed into thoughtful, well rounded songs. I’m guessing the band will bring out some longer versions of their tunes live, from the feel of what they’ve recorded into their video. Looks like the show is all ages, and tickets are $10.
Mike Watt and The Missingmen
On Friday, March 11, Mike Watt and The Missingmen take over The Echo in Echo Park. You may have seen Watt playing bass in the current incarnation of Iggy Pop’s Stooges, or you may remember him from his legendary bands The Minutemen, or FIREHOSE, or even by his chosen moniker, “The man in the van with the bass in his hand”.
Watt has been a bastion of DIY culture ever since he was a kid and “jammed econo” with his band as far as they could go. A reference to his Ford Econoline Van, and the thrifty and common sense approach he takes to his music and life, We Jam Econo was also the title of a documentary on the Minutemen released in 2005. Any way you slice it, be ready for intense rock and roll, jazz infused hyper thunderous bass lines delivered deftly and with a trapeze artists approach, always leaving you wondering how he can string together, what he just did with his eyes closed.
Twisted Hearts & Joey Cape
Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts will be opening for Joey Cape at the Echo on Saturday, March 12. Steve Soto has been in a smörgåsbord of bands from the O.C. and L.A., most well known for O.C. surf-punkers Agent Orange and the Adolescents. These days he’s fronting a more laid back, countrified group of musicians and showing some more range with the Twisted Hearts.
Joey Cape is known for his bands Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut, but he is performing solo material that explores the folk punk genre. It almost seems natural to play punk songs on an acoustic guitar sometimes, so to hear Joey Cape do it definitely sounds interesting. More pensive, personal, intimate with the instrument, but also going through acoustic versions of Lagwagon classics. Combined with Steve Soto’s new band opening the night, this could be what you’re looking for if you enjoy handy guitar work, and heartfelt songs.
The Chop Tops
If you like your guitars revved up and cranked through reverb dripping amps at full volume, then Saturday night should find you at Mr. T’s Bowl in Highland Park. The Chop Tops will be headlining, on tour from Santa Cruz. Sinner, the drummer, also sings, and performs standing up or marching style. They have a penchant for drape coats and Murray’s hair grease, Gretsch guitars and chopped up cars.
They’re almost constantly on tour, and have a stage presence and show that is tight and energetic. Shelby, the guitarist, is known to jump on an audience member’s back and play a guitar solo while getting a piggy back ride through out a venue. Brett (formerly of 3 Bad Jacks) plays bass solos on the upright that are downright mind blowing.
The bill also promises a burlesque show, The 454’s, another rockabilly/rhythm and blues band, and the Sugar Daddys, an all around swinging band featuring ex members of the Moonlight Cruisers.
The show is 21 and over, and there is a $13 cover charge.
Next week, Young Legionnaire perform at The Satellite on Monday, March. The power trio features Paul Mullen, formerly of The Automatic on guitar. The new band is heavier, with the sharpness and deeper crunch of much more aggressive music. Heavy progressions holding down the beat, mixed with bouncy, almost finger tapping guitar licks. The show is free, and Young Legionnaire is opening for The Living Things, so show up early. It’s also 21 and over.
There’s a lot of music out there. Eastside Mix will help guide you to noteworthy shows and keep you up to date on Eastside venues, bands, artists and labels. Did we miss something? Send an email to [email protected].