Stand Back: These Los Angeles Bands Are About to Blow Up
Jenny O.: Not to be confused with the turkey, Venice-based singer Jenny O. possesses a honeyed sweet voice, and is backed by a country-fried rock band who have a country twang but, strangely, no name. With her unguarded smile and tomboy appearance, Jenny O. is easy to like, but her songwriting contains a brutal honesty that will snap your head back. She confronts would-be elder suiters -- "Ooh sugar, I'm too young for you. ... I am a child. You have a child" -- and the theme of personal ambition being derailed by amor -- "I can't lose sight of what I'm here for to do, love." Jenny's debut album, Automechanic, will be out on Thirty Tigers in February.
Francisco the Man: Since forming in 2007, Silver Lake's Francisco the Man have put out one ambitious EP after another, each more expansive and interesting than the last. Named for the character in One Hundred Years of Solitude who wanders from town to town spreading the news through music, the group's three EPs serve this purpose as well.
Their latest and best 7-inch, "Broken Arrows," is a rampage of good-hearted rock, like you might hear on a teenage TV drama as the leads bond during a paintball fight. After putting on ferocious shows during their Satellite residency this year, Francisco the Man are back in the studio. Hopefully someone will pony up soon so they can complete their debut.