’s Concert Picks for the Week of 1/3/2011


Picked by Jesse Diener-Bennett, Laurel Kathleen, & Lauren Novik

Who: Grouplove w/Guards

Where: Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

When: Monday Jan. 3rd, 9:30pm

Cost: Free!

Age Restrictions: 21+


From Laurel Kathleen:

This January, catch one of Los Angeles’ hottest up and coming bands for free every Monday night at The Bootleg Theater. They’re called Grouplove, a quirky indie five-piece with male and female vocalists that suddenly seems to be everywhere on the scene. A fellow indie music junkie first turned me onto their infectious mix of alt rock, pop, and some other yet-to-be-named genre, but I soon found Grouplove’s music to be as hard to stop listening to as they are to categorize. How could you not love a band that calls one another soul mates? It’s difficult. Somehow, they make a happy song sound wistful and deep, and sad songs nostalgic and full of life. Again, it’s difficult. In addition to the sweet sounds of Grouplove every Monday, don’t miss DJ sets from members of The Morning Benders and Local Natives, as well as opening bands Chief, White Arrows, and bands still yet to be named. Grouploves’ self-titled EP will be released in the U.S. on January 25th, stay tuned to their Myspace page for details.The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The shows are all free, but you must be 21 and older to enter.


From Lauren Novik:

What’s better than normal one on one love, or better than a little menages a trois?  Grouplove.  Lucky for us they’ll be rocking The Bootleg Theater this Monday, January 3 sans an entrance fee!  The retro vibe they’ve got going on is totally worthy of little live listen, so all you twenty-one and overs come out and hang!





Picked by Kristina Villarini

Who: Talib Kweli, SAS, Jean Grae/Guest appearances by Red Cafe, Shawn Pen (aka Little Shawn), Joell Ortiz, DJ K Salaam, Mickey Factz, & Naturally Amazing…


Where: Highline Ballroom

When: Doors open @ 8PM, Concert starts @ 10PM

Cost: Tickets $22.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show.


Age Restrictions: Check with venue



Picked by Sherene Hilal

Who: Yellow Ostrich

When: Tue 1/04, 10pm

Where: Mercury Lounge, NYC


Age Restrictions: 21+



Picked by Monica Christoffels

Who: Ana Sia, Alex B. and Tiger Fresh

When: Friday, January 7 at 9 p.m.

Where: WOW Hall, 291 West 8th Ave., Eugene OR 97401

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

Age Restrictions: All ages.



Picked by Monica Christoffels

Who: Celilo, The Parson Red Heads and Norman

When: Friday, January 7 at 9 p.m.

Where: Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland OR 97227

Cost: $7. Purchase tickets here.

Age Restrictions: 21+



Picked by Liz Livengood

Who: Fauxbois

Where: The Woods, Portland, OR

When: Friday, January 7

Cost: $7

Age Restrictions: 21+



Picked by Claire Gallagher

Who:  The Hush with Satellite Thieves, thatwasthen, People By the Sea, Bethpage Black, The Modern Drone

Where:  The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

When: Saturday, January 8.  Doors open at 7 pm

Cost: $12 at door

Age Restrictions:  All Ages