Princess. The Prince cover band earnestly fronted by SNL vet Maya Rudolph and LA singer songwriter Gretchen Lieberum. They played during SF Sketchfest, but this wasn’t comedy. It was a real rock show, a live band, and a couple major Prince fans onstage blowing the excited crowd away. For more on it, check out this review by our friends over at Spinning Platters. (Photos by Dakin Hardwick)
Dum Dum Girls – Too True (Sub Pop) Dee Dee is back with an appropriately melancholy yet dreamily retro collection of songs on the new Dum Dum Girls LP. Doing a gothy take on the Spector sound is the thing, and it always sounds lovely if not necessarily new. The Dum Dum Girls certainly nail it.
Broken Bells – After the Disco (Columbia) The sophomore release from Danger Mouse and James Mercer show the boys definitely getting their groove on. It’s almost a lazy after party take on a night at the club, filled with Mercer’s Shins style melodies fused with some sexy synths. Turn down the lights for this one.
Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Polyvinyl) Another slightly bothersome yet slightly pop-ish album from Jamie Stewart, filled with the bleak moments you’ve come to expect while still delivering beautiful sounds… mostly. An acquired taste, for sure.
also out now:
The Lawrence Arms – Metropole (Epitaph)
The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage (Nettwerk)
Gardens & Villa – Dunes (Secretly Canadian)
– Mo Herms for the Independent FM
Hey, did you catch Robert DeLong at the El Rey last week? Did he make you f**king dance? Although he is considered an EDM artist in some circles, he still wowed a capacity crowd with an actual band and actual instruments, and made the whole place f**king dance. Tracks like “Happy” and “Here” worked the crowd up, so when he came back for an encore of “Global Concepts,” the place was primed to explode. With all that f**king dancing, of course.
– Mo Herms for The Independent FM
If you’re heading to Disneyland for Dapper Day on February 23rd, you’re going to want to hit the fabulous after party. Or maybe you just live in the OC and want to dance with all the swelegant peeps who will be there? Either way, we’ve got your tickets! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you want to go. If you hear back from us, you and a friend are IN!
The Phat Cat Swingers
The Jazz Kitchen (21+)
Hey kids, do you like to dress up? Do you like Disneyland? We do! So we’re teaming up with the fashionable folks at Dapper Day to give away passes to some of the events they will be hosting at Downtown Disney! For more info on everything happening Dapper Day Weekend in Anaheim, check out their website at http://dapperday.com and keep listening to The Independent FM to win tickets!