I’m calling the start of summer right now. If you’ve lived in LA your whole life, that might sound insane, but trust me, as an immigrant to this city from a country that never sees the sun (it’s normally blocked by rain clouds), I would say your summer runs from the end of February through about the end of November.
That means the nights are getting warmer, so it’s definitely time to get your weekend glad rags on and get to a show. Here are a few of the best available.
Marissa Nadler @ The Church On York – Friday, February 21st – Tickets
Friday night sees a headline show from Marissa Nadler over in Highland Park. The Boston-based singer-songwriter has made waves this year with her sixth album, the wonderful July, and will be bringing those gorgeous and haunting songs to the appropriate venue of a converted church. I will be there, and should you choose to purchase a ticket, so will you. If you haven’t discovered the wonder of July yet, tonight might be a good time to do so.
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ El Rey Theatre – Friday, February 21st – Tickets
This Scottish indie band with an absolutely amazing band name has been around for a few years now, and indeed it has been two-and-a-half years since the release of their last album, In The Pit Of The Stomach. That has not stopped them from making the trek over here for a headline show on Friday night in mid-Wilshire, though, but that’s not surprising as their popularity is arguably more pervasive here than it is in their native UK. LAmb writer Gerry Doot will be at that one, so if you do end up missing it, check out his review next week.
Phantogram @ Hollywood Palladium – Saturday, February 22nd – Tickets
The Greenwich, New York duo is pretty popular around the LA Music Blog, and their sophomore album, Voices, finally saw the light of day this week. The electronic pop act has collaborated with the likes of Flaming Lips and the mighty Big Boi from Outkast in the meantime, but now they are back to take center stage at the Palladium this Saturday night. LAmb writer and semi-regular Blogcast host Marcus Slater will be at this one.