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Fri 5/19 - Kelley Stoltz / Irving / The Little Ones @ the Echo ($10) – This is a very strong lineup for the indie pop fans. San Francisco’s Kelley Stoltz put out an overlooked album earlier this year on Sub Pop. He sounded great at the Echo in February, but his set was cut short by a DJ night. Hopefully he won’t be rushed tonight. He writes songs that are informed by all the classic music you love from the late 1960s / early 1970s, but still manages to make them his own. Download “The Sun Comes ThroughYou've already heard us talk about Irving several times before. Their latest album is super catchy and they always put on an energetic live show. Their songs cover the spectrum from early 1980s, Cure-influenced songs to Elephant 6 pop. Download “SituationThe Little Ones are one of our favorite new local bands. They seemed to spring out of nowhere (the lead singer was actually in a popular emo-ish band called Sunday's Best) and immediately caught the attention of the blogosphere. They play sing-along indie pop in the mold of the Shins and Fruit Bats. Download “High on a Hill

Sat 5/20 - Benefit for Fyn Stec @ El Cid ($10 donation) – This is a rare chance to see a bunch of your favorite local bands on one stage. See Aaron and Ariana of Earlimart, Kennedy, Great Northern (acoustic), Tigers Can Bite You (Dave Woody from Fiver’s new band) and surprise guests. It’s both a great cause and a chance to keep tabs on what’s been happening around the Echo Park/Silver Lake music scene. It’s a Ship Collective thing, so Irving and/or the Silversun Pickups will probably be hanging around too. Download Kennedy’s “Your Mama” Great Northern’s “Into the Sun” and Tigers Can Bite You’s “Hawks (demo)” If you're more into the Cahuenga corridor/Dim Mak party scene, check out the Neighborhood Festival in Long Beach.

Sun 5/21 - Smiths and Morrissey Tribute Night @ the Echo (Free) – Celebrate Morrissey's birthday. See Lavender Diamond and The Moon Upstairs play some covers and DJs (Jeremy Jay and Part Time Punks' guys) spin the originals.

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Photo: Kelley Stoltz / The Little Ones