Weekend Jumpstart 042613

That’s it. Coachella 2013 is over. It’s all come to a close, and it’s time to reassess our musical plans for the rest of the year. Of course, it’s not like we’re left waiting all year for another Coachella without sustenance. Luckily, we have 50 weekends filled with excellent live shows, and this one is no exception. The following are just a few of the artists performing in LA this weekend that will more than live up to what you witnessed over in Indio and keep you riding that high of awesome live music.

Crystal Castles & Doldrums @ Hollywood Palladium – Friday, April 26th – Tickets

Friday night is going to be an electric one if you plan to head over to the Hollywood Palladium as Crystal Castles will be headlining. Now with three albums under their belts, the experimental male/female co-op has plenty of material with which to shred up the venue and turn the ballroom into a straight-up club. Their penchant for emotionally-charged performances will ensure an excellent and provoking experience, and tickets are still available through Live Nation.

Crystal Castles will be joined by another Canadian electronic act, Doldrums, whose debut album this year has sparked much fanfare. Be sure to check out LAmb writer Jay Chirinos’ review of their set at the Bootleg Bar from last month to get an idea of what you can expect (Hint: lots of awesomeness).

The Veils @ The Echo – Friday, April 26th – Tickets

If loud and abrasive electronic music isn’t your thing on Friday night, you can always go with the more acoustic and alternative stylings of The Veils. The UK band just released their fourth album this week, entitled Time Stays, We Go, and frontman Finn Andrews recently spoke in an interview with fellow LAmb writer Angelica Corona about the new album, so you might want to catch up on your reading with that before heading on over to The Echo. Tickets are still available!

Shuggie Otis @ El Rey Theatre – Saturday, April 27th – Tickets

Never one to let his status as a rhythm and blues icon go idly by, Shuggie Otis is back on the scene and better than ever. You likely know him as the singer/songwriter of the original “Strawberry Letter 23″ from 1971, but he’s got so many other soulful jam gems like “Aht Uh Mi Hed,” “Inspiration Information,” “Not Available,” and “Island Letter” that he’s practically cemented himself as a legendary singer/songwriter in his own right. He’ll be at the always-great El Rey Theatre, so be sure to grab a ticket and see this true soul man in action.