This weekend: Best Coast, Stars, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Fistful of Mercy, Mayer Hawthorne, Junip, Pennywise, Ghostface Killah
"I went from being a college dropout to being NME's top-four cool list," Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino tells the Weekly's own Gustavo Turner in last week's cover story. "It's just bizarre the way life kind of turns and changes sometimes."
Yeah, we'd say so. The L.A. trio's modest frontwoman and their modest little album Crazy for You have been all the rage in 2010. Her music has been embraced by everyone from kids to hipsters to NPR ("Morning Becomes Eclectic" today at 11:15, kids). There have been sold-out shows, festival appearances, fans hanging on Cosentino's every tweet and, recently, a collaboration with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo on a song called "Go Away."
There are two dates supporting Weezer at the Gibson Amphitheatre coming up too, but first Best Coast has a couple of sold-out homecoming dates, Saturday and Sunday at the Troubadour.
Other highlights: Fistful of Mercy (the new collaboration between Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison) do sold-out shows Saturday at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ... NYC indie-pop darlings the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, joined by Weekend and Sonny & The Sunsets, headline the Echoplex. ... Junip, the trio featuring Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez and two of his longtime friends, plays the Music Box on Sunday, supported by Sharon Von Etten.
Also tonight: Stars at the Wiltern; Ghostface Killah at the Roxy; Misfits at the Key Club; Mayer Hawthorne & the County at the Music Box; the Ruby Friedman Orchestra at the Sunset Room; Lucy Schwartz at the Hotel Cafe; Teitur at the Bootleg Theater; Free Moral Agents at the Airliner; Laco$te at the Smell; Over the Rhone at the Troubadour; the Bank Tapes, Incan Abraham and the Silverlake Chorus at Spaceland; Funeral Party, Red Cortez and Astra Heights at Dinner House M (1263 Temple); the Darling Stilettos at the Viper Room; the Mother Hips at McCabe's; Matt Taibbi with Michael Penn at Largo; Mae at the Glass House; the Muddy Reds at the Redwood Bar; and the Joe Corso Band at the Mint.
Also Saturday: Mae and Terrible Things at the El Rey; the Aggrolites at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach; Kottonmouth Kings at the Key Club; American Royalty and Mini Mansions at the Bootleg Theater; Bo Burnham at the Music Box; Or, The Whale and Chris Pureka at Spaceland; Pepper, Fishbone and Chali 2na at Club Nokia; Yellowcard at the Glass House in Pomona; the Alex Nester Project at the Viper Room; Tyrone Wells at the Hotel Cafe; Whitman at the Smell; Darren Criss at the Mint; Zoobombs at the Redwood.
Also Sunday: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's at the Echoplex; Procol Harum at the Orpheum; Meg and Dia at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach; Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer and Gilby Clarke at the House of Blues; Stars, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Geographer at the Glass House; Masaki Batoh (of Ghost) and White Magic at Spaceland; Marc Cohn at the El Rey Theatre; Jack Tempchin at the Hotel Cafe; Diva Dompe at the Smell; and Zoobombs at the Redwood.