Weekend Jumpstart 051013

We’re not even halfway through the month, but May has already been a virtual smorgasbord of hotly anticipated releases, including albums from Savages, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Little Boots to name just a few. With sufficient time during the work week to take those in, it’s now time to unplug and and get your music fix in person this weekend.

Whether you want to dance, rock out, or wiggle somewhere in between, we’ve got you covered. Looking at the upcoming concert calendar, one thing is for sure: last week’s Brit Week was just the beginning. The UK’s exports are LA’s biggest commodity right now!

Touche @ The Echoplex – Friday, May 10th – Tickets

Ok, so our first performers of the weekend don’t hail from across the pond like our other two, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out Touche’s record release show this Friday. The San Fran/LA duo just released their debut album, It’s Fate, on May 1st, and tomorrow night they’ll be making sweet, catchy pop music to dance to at the Echoplex. Check out their buoyant, 80’s inspired “I’m a Man not a Machine” for a taste of what to expect.

Touche

Marina & The Diamonds @ The Shrine Auditorium – Saturday, May 11th – Tickets

Welsh-born Marina Lambrini Diamandis (and her Diamonds) were causing such a stir in LA that her show had to be moved from Club Nokia to The Shrine in order to accommodate all the demand. The wide-eyed, glossy dance pop princess will no doubt be putting on a show worth attending alongside opener Charli XCX. And hey, if you’re feeling lucky, you could maybe even win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of LA Music Blog.

Marina+D

Tom Jones @ The Troubadour – Sunday, May 12th

Much like The Rolling Stones who rumbled through town last week, Jones has been making music (and women swoon) since his ‘60s heyday, and he is still going strong. Now more worldly and distinguished, this former man-about-town has come a long way from those panty-slinging days in Vegas. Performing a two-night stint at the Troub, the singer’s diverse and emotionally taut Spirit in the Room album will be on display. Both shows are currently sold out, but that’s really just a technicality. I’m sure a savvy music lover such as yourself can find a way in.

TJ album