L.A.’s February Residencies: Lena Fayre, Adult Books, and More

A loaded musical calendar for the shortest month of the year

For a month with the fewest days, February is bringing a tremendous number of residency performances to Los Angeles stages. Between a dual residency at the Satellite and a pair of split-month setups at the Hotel Café, genres ranging from trip-hop to power punk can be found across town. Check them out:

Lena Fayre at Bootleg Theater (February 1, 8, 15, and 22)
The 19-year-old L.A. native has already been featured in Rolling Stone, played at SXSW, and had her music licensed for CW’s The Vampire Diaries. She’s also won awards from music publisher ASCAP and Indie Music Digest, the latter for her 2014 debut full-length OKO.
Think: Synth-heavy R&B/pop, somewhere on the spectrum between fka twigs and Lorde.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Adult Books at The Echo (February 1, 8, and 15, February 22 at the Echoplex)
The L.A.-based (but Orange County-born) trio is prepping to release its debut album, Running From the Blows, in March. “Suburban Girlfriend,” the record’s lead single, was named Song of the Week by KPCC for the end of January.
Think: Clever, wiry power-pop played at punk’s tempo.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

The Controversy/Pom Poms at The Satellite (February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29)
The former released its second album last spring and got good airplay with the single “Two Voices.” The latter, which played its first show just last September, warmed up for the residency by opening for SWIMM on the final night of the band’s month-long stay at the Echo.
Think: The Controversy: Where electro-pop meets trip-hop. Pom Poms: if ’60s girl groups had grown up with Joan Jett and Ramones records.
Listen: The Controversy: via Soundcloud; Pom Poms: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Andrew St. James at the Resident (February 2, 9, 16, and 23)
St. James returns to an L.A. stage after an eastern swing that saw him play in New York, Boston, and Chicago, among others. The San Francisco troubadour was named one of the top 10 unsigned artists of 2015 by music site PureVolume.
Think: Driving across the Southwest in a beat up old car, listening to Bob Dylan on cassette.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Scarlett & the Fever at Redwood Bar (February 3, 10, 17, and 24)
The Whittier band celebrated its two-year anniversary in early January and released its first EP in August of last year. A debut full-length is tentatively set for April.
Think: A soulful take on classic pop, suitable for burlesque shows or speakeasies.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: TBA

Austin Kolbe at Hotel Café (February 19 and 26, March 11, and 18)
The singer/songwriter will spend his 21 birthday on stage, playing a celebration show at State Social House on February 4 in advance of his Hotel Café dates. His single “Lips,” released in 2014, was his first for Seattle label London Tone Music.
Think: If “blue-eyed funk” was a thing.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10

Tyrone Wells at Hotel Café (February 20, 27, March 5 and 12)
Wells returns from a Christmas-time gig in Honolulu to break in some new songs over four weeks at the Café. The singer/songwriter spent most of November 2015 playing throughout Brazil after a larger tour last October.
Think: Driven songwriter pop, the type that wins American Idol and appears as background music on ABC dramas.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $15