Halloween weekend is fast approaching and there’s no legit reason not to celebrate the looming holiday, starting now. Get out your fishnets and face paint out, LA, ‘cause we’re dressing up pretty and going out dancing…all week long.
Tuesday, October 25
Gringo Star @ The Bootleg
Yes, their name is questionable, but don’t let the moniker deter you from checking the big, loose, psych-coated garage rock of this four man outfit from Hotlanta, GA, (sorry couldn’t resist). Gringo’s sound is similar to the Black Lips, and the group’s sophomore album 'Count Yer Lucky Stars', released today, was produced by Ben Allen (of Animal Collective, Deerhunter and Gnarls Barkley fame). Is that enough name dropping to get you to the Bootleg? Oh wait, The Janks and The Wind open.
Doors 8pm, $10
The Bootleg, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, at Roselake Avenue, (213-389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org)
Wednesday, October 26
Grouplove @ The El Rey
One of the pages on Grouplove’s website is devoted solely to the band members thanking the people and places who have had an impact on their lives. LA is thanked twice. Return the good karma by cheering extra loud at Grouplove’s sure-to-be-excellent hump day indie rock revival at the El Rey.
The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, at South Dunsmuir Avenue, (323-936-6400 or theelrey.com)
Thursday, October 27
Trentemoller @ The Music Box
It’ll be Scandinavian electronica (what a genre!) at its finest when Denmark’s Trentemøller returns to Southern California after his standout performance at Coachella in April (I got a half dozen texts during his set alerting me about what an epic time I was missing). So yeah, I’ll see you at The Music Box. Xylos and Summer Twins open.
7pm doors, 10pm show, $20
The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, at Gower Street, (323-464-0808 or themusicbox.la)
Friday, October 28
Hard Haunted Mansion @ The Shrine Expo Hall
The first night of this two-day electronic dance music event (don’t call it a rave) features the Macbook styling of DJ/producers including Fatboy Slim, Rusko, Laidback Luke, 2ManyDJS, Switch, SBTRKT and local fav Gaslamp Killer. Day two of the annual dance party will feature Soulwax, Skrillex and Major Lazer, and, I assume, many, many Halloween costumes with the word “sexy” in the description.
Shrine Expo Hall, 665 West Jefferson Boulevard, at South Figueroa Street, (213-748-5116 or hardfest.com)
Saturday, October 29
Tinariwen @ The Luckman Fine Arts Complex
African electric blues /psych group Tinariwen, (which translates to “people of the deserts”), was formed in refugee camps in Libya and Algeria. When the members returned to their homeland of Mali, they fought as rebel soldiers against the government and also made their own instruments and studio. Their DIY lo-fi cassette recordings circulated throughout the region, eventually catching the ear of French group Lo’Jo and then gaining world wide recognition. What’d you do today?
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, at Circle Drive, (323-343-6600 or luckmanarts.org)
Sunday, October 30
What with all of the Halloween tricks and treats going on around town, I’m going to go ahead and assume you had a pretty raucous Saturday night, (good for you!). Los Angeles will be recovering as well with an evening light on musical events. You thus have permission to take the night off, but only if you promise to spend the evening at home watching 'It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.'
Monday, October 31
Zola Jesus @ The Echoplex
Zola Jesus’ haunting wail evokes a bit of Joy Division and a good deal of moody atmosphere. Imagine a goth-er, shorter, blonder Florence Welch, and you’ve got an idea of what fate holds for you on all hallows eve.
The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Boulevard, at Park Avenue, (213-413-8200 or attheecho.com)