L.A.’s January Residencies: SWIMM, Magic Bronson, and More

Five bands kick off a new year of music with free shows

The New Year starts with five very different acts holding down the residency stages in Los Angeles, from the psychedelic flavoring of SWIMM to the big guitar riffs of Silver Snakes. It even includes a new band performing in a new-to-residencies space downtown. Here we go:

SWIMM at the Echo (January 4, 11, and 25; January 18 at the Echoplex)
The L.A.-via-Florida duo went out on tour in support of The Bright Light Social Hour last fall, including dates in New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C. Last August, SWIMM released “Beverly Hells,” its first EP since arriving in Los Angeles; their gig at the Echo marks their first residency in their new home.
Think: Psychedelic folkish rock in the vein of Tame Impala.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

Magic Bronson at the Satellite (January 4, 11, 18, and 25)
The band is finishing up a new EP set for release in the spring. Their cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” made its way to X107.5 Las Vegas’ “The Beatdown” showcase, while the original “Go Get It” earned a placement on the season finale of FX’s You’re the Worst.
Think: A mix of synthetic blip-pop and beautifully messy, human vocals, and songwriting.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

Omar Velasco at the Bootleg Theater (January 4, 11, 18, and 25)
The Goleta native has played guitar in the touring bands for A Fine Frenzy and Jonathan Wilson and released his first solo album in 2015. He’s spent the post-release time playing around Los Angeles and accompanying Odessa on an East Coast tour.
Think: Half border state roadhouse, half coffeehouse, all traveling troubadour.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

The Pyramids at the Love Song (January 4, 11, 18, and 25)
A new project involving longtime Jack Johnson bassist Merlo Podlewski, the band performed at the Love Song in December to warm up for the January stint.
Think: It’s a mystery. There’s no music available online
Listen: See above
Cover: Free

Silver Snakes at the Silverlake Lounge (January 11, 18, 25, and February 1)
This residency is a warm-up for the band’s opening slot on Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming tour, with stops in San Antonio and Toronto among other cities. The quartet’s album, Saboteur, comes out in early February.
Think: Heavy guitar riffs and alternatingly screamed and whispered vocals; a post-hardcore throwback.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

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