eels-a-new-alphabet-song-premiere-456

The musical year is now in full swing, and this weekend sees another run of shows in LA that are well worth catching. As usual there is more happening than it is possible for any two-legged being to attend, but I’ve picked out three shows that offer an eclectic mix of the weekend’s best live offerings in the City of Angels.

Foxygen @ The Echoplex – Friday, February 15th – SOLD OUT

foxygen4-581x385

A double treat down on Sunset tomorrow evening as locals Foxygen headline to promote the retro delights of their wonderfully named album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic, an effort that wears its ’60s and ’70s influence on its sleeve. The duo will be getting able support from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whose own soulful second album has just been released. LAmb’s own David Fisch will be in attendance to let you know what you missed if you were not able to get tickets for the sold-out show.

Eels @ The Fonda Theater – Friday, February 15th – Tickets

eels

Mark Everett, better known to the world as E, has one of modern music’s more fascinating back stories in regards to his well-publicised family tragedies. He’s just as well-known as a fine songwriter and a prolific musician, though, having just released the tenth Eels album, Wonderful, Glorious, and he will be treating the Hollywood audience on Friday to songs from that album as well as older treats from a seriously impressive back catalogue.

Mouse on Mars @ El Rey Theatre Bootleg Theatre (location change) – Saturday, February 16th – Tickets

mouseonmars_gruen

This German duo has been around on the electronica scene for almost twenty years now, and their appearance in the US on their current tour is their first in six years. They are riding a bit of a critical wave off the back of last year’s excellent album, Parastrophics, and though they have never made huge strides commercially, their particular brand of experimental, playful, funky dance music feels even more relevant now than it has for much of their career. I will be posting a review of this one next week.