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Who’s playing where in February in Los Angeles

Thank god Valentine’s Day with its overpriced prix fixe dinners, boxes of chocolate and forced urgency to Be Romantic! only happens once a year. The rest of the month, you can try to impress your significant other with a trip to a free concert at a local nightclub. Here are the bands in residence across the city.

The Reflections at the Satellite (Sundays: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24)
Just days after its first headlining show, the trio takes over the Satellite on Sunday nights to play its particular brand of polished indie rock. Cold and pulsating, “Disconnected” is music made for hustling between midnight connecting flights in a desolate airport while staccato synthesizer notes give the song “Summer Days” its energy.
Think: The jangly guitar and mid-tempo bounce make feel like a music bed for the closing credits of your favorite indie film.
Listen: via Tumblr

Mystery Skulls at the Bootleg Bar (Mondays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
All it takes is a guy and a computer. In this case, the guy is Luis Dubuc and the computer is pumping out synth-heavy jams that resemble modern EDM remixes of ’90s R&B. Dubuc’s falsetto-heavy vocals have a hint of Maxwell to match.
Think: If Daft Punk got its hands on the catalog of New Jack Swing maestro Teddy Riley.
Listen: via Soundcloud

Wires in the Walls at the Silverlake Lounge (Mondays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The indie rock quintet takes the do-it-yourself aesthetic seriously, posting photos of members building light fixtures on its Facebook page. When not acting as carpenters and electricians, they’ve found time to record an EP, their first follow-up to 2011’s “New Symmetry.”
Think: A rougher-around-the-edges version of Death Cab For Cutie.
Listen: via Soundcloud 

Kan Wakan at the Echo (Mondays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The Silverlake troupe only started performing in late 2012 but is already mastering its first album, and, on the strength of one single, has earned praise from LA Weekly and KCRW. Lead singer Kristianne Bautista has a smoky, soulful voice that feels custom-made for the band’s dramatic string arrangements.
Think: Fiona Apple singing in front of a classical quartet.
Listen: via Soundcloud

A House For Lions at the Echoplex (Mondays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
After raising more than $12,000 online to record its debut full-length, A House For Lions will celebrate at the Echoplex with four nights featuring “live painting, live freeform writing, video projections [and] a photobooth.” In between the bread and circuses, expect earnest modern rock of the type that used to be a major force on commercial radio and in film soundtracks.
Think: If the Gin Blossoms got its start performing at southern roadhouses.
Listen: via Soundcloud

The Mowgli’s at the Satellite (Mondays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The first thing you’ll notice about The Mowgli’s: The band is huge. All eight members are gearing up for a nationwide tour with Family of the Year. They’ll take their brand of feel-good, singalong pop through SXSW, the eastern seaboard, and back around to Seattle. Warm up your voice before attending; audience participation on the group’s standout track, “San Francisco,” is mandatory.
Think: Hippie pop that would feel at home in a DJ set alongside tracks by Grouplove and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Listen: via Facebook

The Lovely Bad Things at the Echo (Tuesdays: Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The chant-and-jump-along hooks and the fuzzy guitar laid over hidden vocals might be college-radio ready (especially since college radio’s peak was in the sonically-similar late ’80s and early ’90s), but TLBT couple those traits with a strong sense of harmony and dual male-female vocals that conjure memories of Velocity Girl at its peak.
Think: Buzzy garage rock that owes a heavy debt to the Pixies.
Listen: via Soundcloud

Leftover Cuties at Rockwell Table and Stage (Tuesdays: Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The Venice-based quartet has seen its brand of jazz-pop show up on national commercials during the Olympics and as the theme song to Showtime’s The Big C. The combination of Shirli McAllen’s voice and Austin Nicholson’s ukulele manages to be sweet without being cloying, even on covers of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity.”
Think: The perfect soundtrack to any respectable speakeasy.
Listen: via Soundcloud

Wild Pack of Canaries at the Silverlake Lounge Thursdays: (Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28)
The Long Beach band is releasing its second album, In the Parian Flesh, during February’s residency. Songs like “Emeralds” take strong melodies and bury them in layers of guitar and feedback, while “Crustaceans” is an almost straightforward AM radio pop homage.
Think: A mashup of experimental rock, punk, and electronic music.
Listen: via Soundcloud