L.A.’s April Residencies: Odessa, Tennis System and the Return of Dorothy

Like Coachella, but no sandstorms … and $350 or so cheaper
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For those who like sunstroke, rubbing shoulders with 17-year-olds on their first drinking binges and porta-potties, there’s Coachella. For music fans who prefer full sets, drinking in front of the stage and not sleeping in a tent on a polo field, there are these (mostly free) residencies in Los Angeles during the month of April.

Tennis System at the Echo (April 6, 20 and 27)
The band will play at the Echo on April 13 as well, but as the opening act for the reunited shoegaze trailblazer Luna. Its second album, Technicolor Blind, came out last October.
Think:
Beautiful shoegaze pop with an extra shot of adrenaline, like early Slumberland Records projects.
Listen:
via Soundcloud
Cover:
Free

Dorothy at the Satellite (April 6, 13, 20 and 27)
blues-rockers Dorothy return to the residency stage after a successful stint at the Bootleg Hi-Fi last November that resulted in a feature in LA Weekly. Dorothy’s debut E.P. came out last fall, and the band has been spotted everywhere from Sundance to South by Southwest thus far in 2015.
Think: The Black Keys with added sleaze.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Odessa at the Bootleg Hi-Fi (April 6, 13, 20 and 27)
The four-night stand for the singer/songwriter finishes up the day before the release of her debut album. She spent the month of March on tour with The Lone Below, playing throughout the east coast and Midwest.
Think:
Dido, hold the trip-hop and with extra folk.
Listen:
via Spotify
Cover:
Free

Barrows at the Silverlake Lounge (April 6, 13, 20 and 27)
If you head to the Silverlake Lounge to see Barrows, be on time and stay for the full set: The band specializes in concept albums that tell full stories, and you can expect the live show to be crafted similarly from start to finish. Barrows recently returned from a tour of the southwestern U.S, including dates in Tempe, Tucson and San Diego.
Think:
Instrumental rock in the mold of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Listen:
via Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/barrows)
Cover:
Free

Fairground Saints at the Hotel Café (April 9, 23 and 30)
The folk-pop trio released its first single on March 24, so expect a host of newer tracks and the occasional cover—a version of Kanye West, Rihanna, and Paul McCArtney’s “FourFive Seconds” to name one—in the set. The group signed with the label Verve Records last August.
Think:
Finger-picking adult contemporary, perfect for the stripped-down Hotel Café environs.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $10

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