Your Guide to L.A.’s April Music Residencies: Transviolet, The Black Watch, and More

That whatever fest in Indio doesn’t have to monopolize the month’s schedule

While the focus of the larger music world shifts to the desert for three straight weekends (Coachella, Coachella, and Stagecoach, respectively), there’s still plenty of music to celebrate closer to home, with more Monday residencies than there are Mondays and chances to watch artists develop on stages across the city on nearly every weeknight. Here’s your lineup for Los Angeles’ residencies:

Transviolet at the Satellite (April 4, 11, 18, and 25)
With Tweeted co-signs from Katy Perry, Twin Shadow, and Harry Styles along with a television appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, this may be one of the last times Transviolet plays a venue so small. A full-length album is due this summer—a quick turnaround for a band that only played its first show last September.
Synth-pop with sing-along choruses suited for stadiums 
via Soundcloud 

Korey Dane at the Echo (April 4, 11, and 25; Echoplex on April 18)
Supporting his 2015 album Youngblood, Dane toured the Eastern seaboard in early March, playing shows from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C. ABC’s Nashville recently used his song “I’m Your Man” in an episode, and he released a video for “Pony & the Kid” at the end of March.
Think: Americana primed for last call at the rural dive bar
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

Robert Francis at the Silverlake Lounge (April 4, 11, 18, and 25)
The troubadour returns to L.A. fresh off of a European tour that featured stops in Amsterdam, Paris, and London. His most recent full-length, Valentine, is an out-of-character, front-to-back cover of jazz great Chet Baker’s album Chet Baker Sings.
Think: Southwestern folk-rock, roadhouse-compatible
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

Iska Dhaaf at the Bootleg Theater (April 4, 11, 18, and 25)
The band has been holding listening parties for its second album, The Wanting Creature, alongside custom-made visuals across the country. The duo was in Paris playing gigs around the city at the time of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan last November; they stayed in Paris and continued to perform after the massacre.
Think: If Death Cab For Cutie was young and hungry
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

War and Pierce at the Hotel Café Second Stage (April 4, 11, 18, and 25)
The dueling vocals of Sunny War and Chris Pierce form the foundation of the young band’s puntastic name. Their “Any Day Now” was featured as KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune on February 9, and the band released its debut EP in late January.
Think: Front porch country/blues with harmonica and harmony
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $7

The Black Watch at The Lost Knight (April 6, 13, 20, and 27)
The four-piece may be one of the most experienced bands to sign up for a month-long residency; the band is 29 years in, and its 2015 release, Highs and Lows, is its 17th CD. The Black Watch also played a residency last month at 5 Star Bar in downtown Los Angeles.
Think: Jangly ’80s British rock without a hint of cheese.
Listen: via Bandcamp
Cost: Free

Alex Dezen at the Hotel Café (April 6, 13 and 27)
The singer/songwriter continues his residency into April with more dates in support of his recently-released self-titled album. Dezen will be taking the stage at the Café backed by the much-missed L.A. band Harper Blynn (a.k.a. Mosco Rosco).
Think: Clever mini-stories set to comparatively-glossy alt-folk
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $10

PPL MVR at the Hi-Hat (April 12 and 19)
Three musicians in ape suits walk into a bar—and perform a mini-residency in Highland Park’s newest venue. The trio played several festivals in 2015, including Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme last fall.
Think: Heavy power pop with a voice box and Auto Tune, but without vowels
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $15

Cynnie at the Love Song (April 2, 15, 23, and 29)
The young performer, currently a sophomore at USC according to her bio, only has an unreleased EP to her name, (meaning she’ll likely be performing several covers in her set). She’s recorded versions of Sam Smith and Disclosure’s “Latch,” Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” and Lana Del Ray’s “Blue Jeans” for her YouTube channel.
Think: A gifted American Idol contestant with full control of her setlist
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Jake Troth at the Hotel Café (April 12, 19, 26, and May 3)
As a songwriter, Troth has worked with everyone from Outkast legend Big Boi to dance great (and one-third of Swedish House Mafia) Steve Angello. He released Double Black Diamond, a short film with companion music, in late March.
Think: Quirky singer-songwriter vibes, as if the most talented performer in the coffee shop’s history somehow got a budget
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10

Sara Melson at the Love Song Bar (April 14, 21, and 28)
The singer/songwriter has played with Moby on The Tonight Show and The Dandy Warhols on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic along with lending her tunes to various television shows. Her next full-length record is due out this spring.
Think: “Adult Alternative” reminiscent of late-’90s Sarah McLachlan but up an octave
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free