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Free Music in March
All the L.A. rock music residencies fit to print
It might seem like every musician in Los Angeles is heading to Austin this month for South by Southwest, but there are plenty of opportunities to catch up-and-coming acts during a string of residency shows in March.
Harper Simon at the Satellite (Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
Simon’s run at the Satellite precedes the release of his second solo album, Division Street, on March 25. The son of Paul Simon has played at festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW and as a member of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.
Think: His dad, of course, but also “Miss Misery”-era Elliott Smith.
Harriet at the Echo (Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The local quartet returns to L.A. stages after a triumphant Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $12,000 to fund its debut album. The band’s single “I Slept With All Your Mothers” takes the modern paradigm of soft-spoken indie rock, and, finally, plugs in the guitars and lets loose.
Think: If Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie had grown up in roadhouses instead of Starbucks.
THEblack&THEwhite at the Central Social and Pleasure Club (Mar. 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The March 5 kickoff of the band’s residency will also be its first set of public performances. With only one single, “Future,” available to the public, TB&TW is an almost unknown quantity, which adds a mystique to the run. Attendees could witness the launch of something big or something woeful.
Think: If modern radio-friendly EDM had a soul
Robert Francis at the Hotel Cafe (Mar. 5, 12, 19 and 26)
After working on the follow-up to his album Strangers in the First Place, the baritone-voiced Francis returns to L.A. stages for four nights in March. His dark lyrics and husky tone set a moody vibe, but at his best Francis also pulls off upbeat, poppier numbers.
Think: M. Ward playing in a dark bar at the end of the night.
Hunter Hunted at the Bootleg (Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
Due to the departure of drummer Matt Frankel, the trio of Lady Danville has become a duo. In the short period since announcing the change, the newly christened Hunter Hunted has released an EP and appeared on Conan. Expect sing-a-long hooks and melodies drenched in California sunshine.
Think: The bouncy, indie-pop mix CD normally reserved for road trips.
No Small Children/F U MaryLou at the Redwood Bar (Mar. 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The music created by the trio of Los Angeles schoolteachers in No Small Children bears little resemblance to any sounds emanating from a teachers’ lounge: aggressive guitars, vocals stranded between singing and yelling, and plenty of attitude. The band released its first EP in January. F U Marylou, a garage punk band that writes songs for people still amused by profanity, will join them throughout the month.
Think: The early, more punk-oriented days of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (No Small Children); if the local high school’s talent show winners were left unsupervised (F U Marylou)
Listen: Bandcamp (No Small Children); Soundcloud () (F U Marylou)
Jeff Crosby and the Refugees at the Silverlake Lounge (Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
Crosby and company are touring to support the March 5 release of Silent Conversations, the band’s first new music since an eponymous full-length album released in 2011. The band takes expands on the alt-country ethos of musicians like Ryan Adams with songs that would be at home at the honkiest of honky-tonks.
Think: The soundtrack to a Silverlake-based cowboy hat store.