New York, when seen at a distance, through Internet websites and airplane windows, is just another city, with just another set of bands playing music in dark clubs smelling of cheap beer and duct tape. At a distance, it is just like Los Angeles. Though the inspirations may vary on the west and east coasts, good music can be found in both locations. Music is music wherever you go, and there are always new bands to explore and artists to meet. This sound reasoning kept me from running hysterically out of the Virgin America terminal at LAX and away from the plane that was to transport me to my new life and residency in New York in March.
After living in New York for the past seven months, I am happy to say my theory was right; there are great bands to be seen in both dynamic cities (I’m falling in love with Invisible Days and Heliotropes — both Brooklyn bands — as I write this). Suffice it to say the musical transition from LA to NY has been a smooth one. That is, of course, until last night.
Curious about the Los Angeles music scene I left behind, I jumped onto a couple of the websites I would normally peruse for upcoming events, and I do not think I have ever been so jealous of Los Angeles in all of my life. The Satellite and The Bootleg Theater have two of the most wonderful residency lineups coming up this month, and if it weren’t completely illogical and economically unfeasible to fly back and forth from coast to coast to attend these fantastic (and FREE) shows every Monday, I would do it. I would.
Spirit Vine — of Echo Park origins — will be emoting their punk/rock vibes at The Satellite this month with such subdued fierceness it would make the Yeah Yeah Yeahs stop to listen. Their self-proclaimed style of “Witch Punk/Chola gaze” is quite possibly the best way to describe their unique sound. Tracks like “Cold Living” and “Wolves” off of their album Blue Star will transport you into a world of leather lounge chairs, Christmas light-adorned dive bars, and bottled beer. You have three chances left to see them: October 14th, 21st, and 28th. If you enjoy staying up late on a Monday night and arriving to work drunk on memories Tuesday morning, you won’t regret seeing Spirit Vine.
It should be noted that Spirit Vine will be accompanied by other great bands that will hopefully one day call The Satellite their resident home. Halfbluud, joining Spirit Vine on October 28th, can make singing about white out liquid paper relevant, as heard in their song “White Out” off of their self titled album. Former LA Music Blogcast guests The Reflections, opening for Spirit Vine tonight, October 14th, slide cooly in indie pop fashion with songs like “Summer Days” off of their newest album, Limerence, with a sound reminiscent of Terraplane Sun (who also found their feet at The Satellite at the beginning of the year as opening band for The Mowgli’s).
The Bootleg Theater
Perched on the opposite side of the sound and style spectrum from Spirit Vine is the artist in residence at The Bootleg Theater: Max and the Moon. This band brings to Los Angeles a ’90s pop flavor à la Barenaked Ladies (only slower and more mellow) mixed with the Passion Pit-esque pop style of today. It’s not difficult to sink into this music. “Light House” off of their self-titled album is the most catchy song you will hear this month, unless of course you’re listening to their other track off the same album, “Out of My Head,” which, as the title suggests, will be suck in your head for a while. You also have three more chances to see Max and the Moon: October 14th, 21st, and 28th.
Max and the Moon will be accompanied by some wonderful bands, a few of which have been covered on LAmb before. El Sportivo & The Blooz, who graced us with their musical majesty on the LA Music Blogcast in March, will be performing with Max and the Moon on October 28th. Line & Circle will be performing that night as well, and I was lucky enough to see them perform at Origami Vinyl during Echo Park Rising last year. Harper Blynn, a native New York band joining Max and the Moon on October 21st and 28th off of their tour with Sara Bareilles, packs so much punch and rock into their every falsetto lyric. Need I remind you these shows are FREE?
Please let me live vicariously through you this month as you experience these great bands live. Tweet about your good time. Post photos on Instagram. Tag @lamusicblog all over your shameless bragging. It’s okay, I can take it. Because though you have Spirit Vine for a whole month, they’re throwing the east a bone and performing at The Paper Box in Brooklyn October 15th. Take that, jealousy!