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Duke Logan

  • Arts and Entertainment
    Do you like to be rocked to sleep, or rocked like a hurricane? Fri 6/16 - Juana Molina / Jose Gonzalez / Psapp @ El Rey ($21) - All three of these artists performed on Morning Becomes Eclectic this week. Juana Molina's a critically acclaimed, Argentinean singer-songwriter who recently released her third album. Her music is pretty, electro-folk and she sings in breathy, Spanish. Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish singer-songwriter. The Onion compared him...
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    Mon 6/12 - Boy Kill Boy / Monsters are Waiting @ Spaceland (Free) - Spaceland's always a safe bet on Monday night. London's Boy Kill Boy play that catchy dance-rock that you might like if you're into Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand. They've been on tour with Charlatans and Echo & the Bunnymen, so take advantage of seeing them for free. They're also playing Lollapalooza and the Reading and Leeds festivals. Their first single,...
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    Fri 6/9 - Silversun Pickups / Film School @ the Echo ($10) - The Silversun Pickups drop their debut full-length, Carnavas, on July 25th on Dangerbird Records. The record is consistently strong and they're one of the handful of local bands with a really good chance of blowing up this year. Expect to hear a few Smashing Pumpkins comparisons in the reviews (classic Gish/Siamese Dream-era Pumpkins). San Francisco's Film School frequently gets favorably compared...
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    Any apprehension about seeing the Raconteurs at the Fonda last night disappeared when they took the stage. On the album, each song sounds like a different band trying on a new style. But in person, they're tight, unified and rock nice and hard and loud (are your ears still ringing a little too?). On tour the band (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler) is supplemented with a fifth member who mostly...
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    Be Your Own Pet Be Your Own Pet (Ecstatic Peace) - Thurston Moore signed this teenage band from Nashville. Critics like to compare the lead singer to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Most critics think it's a fun, infectious record but detractors criticize the lack of sophistication. The whole thing only lasts 33 minutes. Tickets are still available for their show at the Troubadour on June 27th. Carla Bozulich Evangelista (Constellation) -...
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    Infinity (the Journey cover band that played Spaceland on Friday) is a lot of fun to see live. Here are some other bands that are hopefully fun live..... Mon 6/5 - Languis / Kind Hearts and Coronets / Ill Lit / @ the Echo (Free) - Languis is playing every Monday at the Echo in June. They put out a very good spacey rock EP earlier this year. You need to see them live...
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    Fri 6/2 - Mike Stinson / Flash Express / Stax of Women @ El Cid ($7) - Mike Stinson is one of LA's finest practitioners of honky tonk music. He's obviously a huge Gram Parsons fan, but also pays tribute to Parsons' heroes like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Dwight Yoakam opened his Population Me album with Stinson's "The Late Great Golden State." His extremely talented guitarist, Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice) has an...
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    A couple of very cool local artists have an opening this weekend. You might recoginize his work from graffiti and stickers around Echo Park/Silver Lake as well as Spin Magazine, Vans shoes, the hallway at Little Joy and album covers for Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Get Up Kids, New Amsterdams, etc. You might recognize her work from album covers by the Silversun Pickups, Irving and/or hanging on the walls of the Mustard Seed in...
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    Tues 5/30 - Bedroom Walls / Let's Go Sailing / Lavender Diamond @ Troubadour ($8) - Catch three strong local bands on one bill. Bedroom Walls has a new, critically acclaimed album on Baria Records. Download "Somewhere in Newhall (string quartet version)" Let's Go Sailing is Shana Levy with various members of Silversun Pickups, Tanya Haden and others helping her out from time to time. Lavender Diamond is Becky Stark backed by some other...
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    The Monday holiday makes it a very light week for new releases. Here are a few things that caught our eye.... Dave Alvin West of the West (Yep Roc) - This is a concept album about California from the former leader of the Blasters. All these songs were written by California songwriters (Alvin co-wrote one of the songs). He covers Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne, John Fogerty, Jerry Garcia, Tom Waits, The Beach Boys and...

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