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Sarah Harmer, Bermuda, Old Californio @ Spaceland

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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer’s Oh Little Fire is a collection of poppy tracks that earns its title—failing to ignite any blazing passions, these songs instead evoke the familiar warmth of a smoldering campfire. Harmer’s alt-country gets a radio-friendly make-over here at the hands of Metric producer Gavin Brown, who bolsters the singer’s unembellished vocals with a swell of blustery horns here (“I Think I Will Sail”), a little lap steel guitar there (“Silverado”). Little Fire‘s lead single, “Captive,” is perhaps Harmer’s greatest misstep, a blandly shimmering sugar-pill-of-a-song in which the singer’s delivery sounds more like producer Brown’s other leading lady, Emily Haines, than Harmer herself. In fact, one of the prevailing characteristics of these eleven songs is that they mostly lack a distinctive style, erring instead toward the kind of spiceless pleasantness that would make Harmer’s music easy to slip into pop-country radio rotation. The real treasures here are her lyrics, in which she confronts such themes as regret and self-absorption with a maturity that sets her apart from the rest of the “accessible” crowd. “I’ve left it so long / Coasting along / But I know I was wrong,” she sings on “Careless.” Oh Little Fire won’t top any year-end lists, but its thoughtfulness, packaged in these worn-in and unfussy arrangements, would make any of this album’s tracks a welcome respite from the puerile sentiments and diva posturing of Harmer’s pop-country contemporaries. – Paste Magazine

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Old Californio

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8:30pm / $15 / 21+

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White Hills, Mount Carmel @ Spaceland

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Eastern Conference Champions, Therapy Session, Moving Picture Show @ Spaceland FREE SHOW

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True, unapologetic modern rock and roll with folk influences, Eastern Conference Champions is a bit unique in their approach, tweaking their style from track to track. At times they highlight the “let the choir sing” angle (if only with their instruments), while at other times they work the subtle backbone component that is percussion. Smart music for a generation that’s been ready for it. – Beat Crave

ECC are set to make a comeback, as we highlight the strength of this 5 song EP and their recent inclusion on the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack. The group beat out over 400 bands for that gig! What you will find on Santa Fe is that the trio has definitely grown in sound, as they have a much more focused and complete rock foundation that ebbs, flows and builds larger sound structures. This is all good news, as we anticipate their new full length Speak-Ahh slated for release this fall. Santa Fe is merely a good catch up of where they have been and won’t disappoint! – The Fire Note

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Moving Picture Show
Therapy Session

8:30pm / FREE / 21+

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Neil Hamburger, Steve Agee, Major Entertainer Mike H, Keith Lowell Jensen @ Spaceland

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Neil Hamburger

If Neil Hamburger wasn’t the Funniest Man in America, why would the record company keep letting him make so many albums? Can’t answer that question, can you? No, it’s beyond dispute, he is the funniest. End of debate. Don’t even mention Jack Kevorkian, Neil is waaaaay, waaaaaaaay more side-splittingly hilarious, and he’s a much bigger bummer. And he’s got a million of ‘em – why, if one of his jokes falls flat or makes you groan or feel like gagging, or say the next 80 or 90 “gags” don’t exactly make you howl with uproarious laughter, just wait, because Neil will pounce with just a killer, killer line that will make you pee in your pants and nudge the guy next to you so he spills his drink (and when he hits you, that’ll be funny too). You’ll be glad you shelled out your money and chose to spend your time, on a Sunday night, no less, with America’s funny man, Neil Hamburger. – LA Weekly

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Steve Agee
Major Entertainer Mike H
Keith Lowell Jensen

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8:30pm / $8 / 21+

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Thelonious Monster, Speedbuggy @ Spaceland

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A sort of all-star collection of L.A. scenesters and musicians, Thelonious Monster formed in 1986 and specialized in what would best be described as drunk-rock in the tradition of the Replacements. Ramshackle, loose live performances — one was never sure if the band would actually turn up or finish out — seemed to be their hallmark, yet at times lead vocalist and lyricist Bob Forrest was capable of brilliance. No matter the lyrical scenario, nothing was ever good enough for him. The band began with a messy, four-guitar record, Baby….You’re Bumming My Life Out in a Supreme Fashion in 1986 with Pete Weiss, drums; Jon Huck, bass; K.K., guitar; Bill Stobaugh, guitar; Chris Handsome, guitar; and Dix Denney, guitar. They followed it with Next Saturday Afternoon, a more coherent effort. The John Doe-produced Stormy Weather in 1989 was a step up, as the band had since been taken under the wing of X and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, serving as a support act and getting some informal studio help from Doe and Flea on occasion. The lineup revolved, but in the end, Weiss, Denney, and Handsome remained true to Forrest. Beautiful Mess, an uneven, all-star gala (appearances by Tom Waits, Al Kooper and Soul Asylum) came out three years later. Forrest occasionally appears as a solo acoustic act, and the band tours sporadically. ~ Denise Sullivan, All Music Guide

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Modern punk bands have been adding scratchers, samples, and other ‘hip-hop’ elements to try to evolve the genre, but SPEEDBUGGY instead has turned to our American musical roots. “Punk rock and old country mixed easily. We cover Hank Williams, Buck Owens, and George Jones… it’s kind of strange to see kids jumping off stage… during a cover of I Saw the Light.” The band has already completed three national tours (including Bad Religion, Punk Rock Karaoke tours) and have released three albums. Their hard work is paying off as people realize more and more that SPEEDBUGGY may just be the best new cow-punk band in the nation. – Happy Magazine

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Earthless, Crom, Bastard, LSDJs @ Spaceland

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Hailing from San Diego, Earthless comprises the talents of Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton and Isaiah Mitchell. Rubalcaba has banged on the cans for a host of left coast icons including Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, and the criminally undersung ’90s artcore pinups remembered as Clikitat Ikatowi. With such strong and lasting ties to the Gravity Records phenom, it’s interesting to consider how the fabulous sloppiness that gave that label’s roster a large part of its appeal has now given way to the kind of technical precision needed to pull off the hammer-pulsed fury of Earthless.

Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky sticks to (by the band’s own admission) the same formula of their previous outings – Japanese psychedelic guitar heroics crossed with Krautrock’s experimental underpinnings. The first part of that equation is most evident in the album’s three tracks, with a heavy debt paid to Japan’s High Rise in “Godspeed.” (Which features five individual “movements,” though at the end of the day really just bashes skulls in glorious repetition for slightly south of half an hour.) Nearly identical turf is danced mightily upon in “Sonic Prayer,” which bruises limbs and bloodies eardrums for a similar duration. “Cherry Red,” by comparison a hastily delivered Groundhogs cover, makes no less of a statement. – Dusted Reviews

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Bastard
LSDJ’s

8:30pm / $10 / 21+

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TOMMY KEENE performing “Songs From The Film,” Threes and Nines, Check Out Girls @ Spaceland

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In what seemed like an attempt by Geffen to make a “big” pop record and endear Keene to an audience wider than critics and a small cult of discerning record buyers, renowned producer Geoff Emerick (Elvis Costello, Beatles) only succeeded at rounding the edges, thus stealing the spark from Keene’s performance. The drums are buried in the mix and Keene’s distinctive vocals obscured behind a wash of studio processing, but fortunately, Keene’s talent shines through in memorable songwriting and biting guitar solos. “In Our Lives” and “Goldtown” are classic Tommy Keene melodic power rockers, while “The Story Ends” stands among his best Beatlesque ballads. But the infectious “Places That Are Gone,” which opens side one, sounds awkwardly sped up and doesn’t come close to matching the quiet intensity of the version that appeared as the title track of the 1984 Dolphin EP. The story has it that Geffen rejected the original Songs From the Film sessions, produced by T-Bone Burnett and Don Dixon, to make this record, although the label at least momentarily came to their senses and released tracks from those sessions later that year on the excellent Run Now EP. [Geffen's 1998 CD reissue of Songs from the Film includes the Run Now EP, plus four previously unreleased songs: "Take Back Your Letters," "We're Two," an alternate full-band take of "Faith in Love" and a live cover of the Flamin' Groovies' "Teenage Head."] – All Music review of “Songs From The Film”

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8pm / $8 adv, $10 dos / 21+

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Brass Bed, George Glass, Verb the Adjective Noun @ Spaceland

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“…Midnight Matinee is a kaleidoscope of orchestral flourishes, psych-pop contagiousness, fuzzed-out rock, wilting country winks, and even the occasional detour into noise. It’s an ADHD modus operandi that probably shouldn’t work, but thanks to watertight songwriting, is miraculously cohesive.” -Flagpole

“Midnight Matinee is full of exuberant indie-pop tunes that take some of the spacey and rocking moments of earlier Wilco records and ditch the country influences in favor of soaring pop hooks a la James Mercer of the Shins… In the end, Midnight Matinee ends up something like a well-attended benefit show: fun you can feel good about.” -Bradley Occhipinti, Have You Heard?

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8:30pm / $8 / 21+

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Eastern Conference Champions, Andy Clockwise, Come On Go With Us, The Pity Party @ Spaceland

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8:30pm / FREE / 21+

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Typhoon, Y La Bamba @ Spaceland

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Hell Ya! Presents Fiction Company, Black Mercies @ Spaceland

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Casxio record release, The Dancy Party, Yellow Alex & The Feelings, SeanShan @ Spaceland

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Radio Moscow, Night Horse, The Shrine, Make Up Sex @ Spaceland

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, Le Butcherettes @ Troubadour -SOLD OUT

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The Pacific Hurt, Vanaprasta, Cue The Moon, The Hundred Days @ The Echo – FREE SHOW

9pm | 21 Yrs + | Free Admission

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Tamaryn, Puro Instinct, Dunes @ The Echo

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Autolux, Gold Panda, Matthew David @ El Rey

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Jeff The Brotherhood, Tyvek, Wounded Lion, PROTECTME @ The Smell

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Local Natives, The Love Language, The Union Line @ Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre

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The Parson Red Heads, Le Switch, Flashing Red Lights @ Spaceland

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