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Head In The Clouds

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Don’t blink the first time you look for The Echo or you might miss it. Sans sign on this stretch of Sunset Boulevard you could be half-way to downtown or Silverlake. But when you do find it, there is every reason to believe you could become a regular. This little sister to Spaceland, The Echo has the same free Monday night thing going on. Parking on most night can be found within a block along Sunset or on a side-street.

This week featured The Cloud Room, who you might remember from last summer’s indie hit, Hey Now Now. The NYC indie band has certainly not had an easy path. Their music isn’t really a mainstream radio format and they signed under a new indie label. Promotion has been grassroots and slowly as hits catch on, they have found a strong following, as witnessed Monday night. The crowd was engaged and toe-tapping throughout their 45-minute set.

Performing before The Cloud Room was Josh Haden. Some of you might have heard of him from his dad, the famously jazzy Charlie Haden. Josh was the leader of Spain but you know how band guys are and now Josh is off doing his own thing. His music was smooth and more acid jazz than indie. He was quite the crooner working through his set with little to no interaction with the crowd who didn’t seem to mind.

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If you happened to be one of the throngs of people who went to see Wolfmother Monday night at Spaceland, The Cloud Room is performing two shows in San Diego this weekend. Looking for something a little similar to sway to? Try OK Go, Bloc Party and Interpol.

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