5 Reasons to See Architecture in Helsinki Tonight
5. The Melbourne, Australia-based sextet will perform a high-energy, boogie-inducing set featuring songs from their third LP, "Places Like This" (due August); so if you've seen them before, it's time to go back for more. AIH incorporates what's best described as Australian bush yelping reminiscent of early Midnight Oil while managing to sound at times like the B-52s, Gang of Four, Devo, and Talking Heads. Oh, and vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Kellie Sutherland has a most charming way of occasionally singing like a young Olivia Newton John or Belinda Carlisle (in a good way).
4. But first, Brooklyn-based neo-primitivists Gang Gang Dance bring the Big Beat -- about as intriguing an opener as possible especially considering....
3. This is one of those rare shows with a stacked 4-act lineup that is bound to blow you away from several directions. Opening bands can be rough on a school night, but not in the case of this $18 quadruple-feature. Warming up the aforementioned Architecture in Helsinki and Gang Gang Dance is Echo regular, BHHS graduate, and hyper-prolific lo-fi folk-wave freaker, Ariel Pink (videos at his Web site). At 8 p.m., Portland-based Yacht takes the stage (he opened for LCD last week) to strut his electro-fly, possibly numa numa-inspired stuff.
2. Tickets are still available -- TM or box office, OR -- dine outside the (Music) Box at the adjacent Blue Palms grab dinner before the show and you'll be guaranteed primo balcony seats (while supplies last). The Henry Fonda Theatre is one of LA's best small-medium sized venues (ala Avalon, El Rey) and the sound is killer. Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can ONLY go to the Bowl.
1. You will "Do the Whirlwind" (see below).
photo of Architecture in Helsinki from Vancouver, 6/14, by stevelouie via flickr.