’s Concert Picks for the Week of 9/20

Picked By: Todd Prodanovich
Where: Soho in Santa Barbara, CA
When: Monday, September 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $16.85
Age Restrictions: All Ages

These Los Angeles natives have won the hearts of droves of indie-rock lovers as of late, and for good reason. Their sound captivates with gorgeous instrumentals and vocal harmonies that raise the bar to a staggering new height. The harmonies sound pitch-perfect, and their music as a whole carves a unique path that truly leaves no room for comparison. To read the whole run down on the five piece, check out this preview, but hearing is believing and you should get down to Soho on Monday night to experience Local Natives with your own two ears.

Who: To All My Friends Tour with Atmosphere and special guests Blueprint, Grieves & Budo, DJ Rare Groove
Where: McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
When: Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 p.m.
Cost: $23.50 Adv, $26.50 Day of
Age Restrictions: All Ages
Picked By: Cervante Pope
Where: Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Ca
When: Wednesday, September 22nd at 8 p.m.
Cost: $14 Adv, $16 Day of
Age Restrictions: All Ages
Picked By: Daniel Burnett
Where: Neumos in Seattle, WA
When: Thursday, September 23rd at 9 p.m.
Cost: $20 Adv, free with Decibel Festival 2010 tickets
Age Restrictions: 21+

As part of the Decibel festival, Flying Lotus will be headlining a show full of some of the most experimental techno artists in the country. Flying Lotus has taken a place as, not just a highly acclaimed musician, but also an inspiration to many prospective DJ’s. His most recent EP, titled Pattern+Grid World, is due to be released a mere two days before the show, promising a slew of previously unheard material at the show. Joining him is partner in crime Samiyam, whose use of melodic samples and sliding trip-hop beats act as a complimentary distinction between himself and Flying Lotus. Eskmo’s application of chattering percussion and sparsely implemented tuneful swings will likely test the pitch clarity of the highly successful Neumos speakers to their limit. Trance musician Lorn provides the most succinct melodies out of the line-up, while implementing more uni-directional beats to summon a hypnotic daze. To read my full Truckasaurus preview, click HERE.
Picked By: Lauren Novik

Next Friday, September 24 at 8:30pm The Bootleg Theater will play host to Rumspringa‘s highly anticipated second album!  The shindig requires an of age I.D.- so make sure to grab the CD on itunes the next day if the man is standing in your way from celebrating with the pseudo psychadelic rock group!  (Can you tell I’ve been waiting for this record for a long time?!)  Invest the eight bucks at the door and prepare to have your ears treated to some auditory tricks!
Where: Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, September 25th at 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $16 ADV, $18 Day of
Age Restrictions: All Ages
Picked By: Laurel Johnston

This Saturday, Lochrann’s Irish Pub and Eatery in Frisco, Texas will be home to the inaugural OysterFest in Frisco. OysterFest is a one-day music festival featuring 20 bands on two stages. Some of the big names include New York solo rock artist Rhett Miller, North Carolina’s acoustic americana group Bowerbirds, and Danish indie pop group Efterklang. The great thing about these kind of festivals is that they draw different acts from all every place and genre, and you end up catching groups that you never would have had an opportunity to see. For instance, Mount Righteous (acoustic freak folk), RTB2 (rock/blues), and Telegraph Canyon (indie/folk) are all from the Dallas/Fort Worth area near Frisco, but they could not sound more different from one another. The same can be said for groups Hooray for Earth and Buke & Gass: both groups are from New York, but while Hooray for Earth is electro/indie pop, Buke & Gass is more surf/pop. If you’re planning on attending OysterFest, I would also highly recommend seeing Brooklyn group Via Audio. After catching their set at the NX35 Conferette in Denton this past March, I was hooked on the foursome’s irresistibly danceable beats and alluring pop melodies. Be sure to check out the video below for details on Via Audio’s live performance.

OysterFest is an all-ages show at Lochrann’s Irish Pub and Eatery. Doors open at 11am. Lochrann’s is located at 6195 Main St in Frisco, TX. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to fishermen of the Gulf and GulfAid. If you’re in the area and want to come support the Gulf and up and coming musicians, then OysterFest is the festival for you!
Picked By: Michael Rincon
Who: Passion Pit opening for Muse
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
When: Sunday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $35-$65 depending on seats
Age Restrictions: All Ages