L.A.’s August Residencies: Meiko, The Bulls, and More

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Despite Bootleg Hi-Fi losing its monthly residency in the venue’s office shakeup, Los Angeles still has plenty of stages where, during a series of shows over the course of a month, young artists can build a fan base and more established performers are able to work on new material. In August, five acts spread across four venues will set up shop to celebrate new releases, try out new songs, and promote their friends by sharing stage time. Here’s what to expect, and when:

Fakers at the Echo
(August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)
Made up of members of The Henry Clay Band, Vanaprasta and other local favorites, The Fakers will be celebrating the release of its first ever 7” with five nights at the Echo. The band’s residency will also be one of the few at the Echo to take advantage of the back patio, with performers there as well, meaning that as many as six acts will be taking to a stage in an evening.
Think: Rollicking drinking songs made to be played very, very loud.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

The Bulls at the Satellite
(August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31)
With a cosign from KROQ for their residency and a debut EP ready for release at the end of August, Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and Marc Sallis (The Duke Spirit) are ready to launch what they’re calling #GIRLSCHOOL, the first 100 percent female-fronted residency. Expect appearances from The Bulls’ ladyfriends including White Sea, Gothic Tropic, Nightjacket, and more.
Think: Ethereal shoegaze pop that could easily open for either Phantogram or Depeche Mode.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

Los Angelics at the Silverlake Lounge
(August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31)
The foursome released its debut EP, “Land of the Brave and Dangerous,” this past spring and has been a regular performer at venues throughout Orange County and Los Angeles.
Think: The edge of Veruca Salt, the sound of ‘80s synth-pop revivalists.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: Free

Meiko at the Hotel Café
(August 6, 13, 20, and 27)
According to her social media feeds, the singer/songwriter is leaving the Los Angeles area for Nashville. Even so, she will take to local stages throughout the fall, with shows in Costa Mesa and Hermosa Beach. Her latest EP, Lovers and Fighters, came out in February.
Think: A featherweight version of Vanessa Carlton.
Listen: via SoundCloud
Cover: $10

Eddie Berman at the Hotel Café
(August 19, 26; September 2 and 9)
The solo singer/songwriter is a favorite of local Americana tastemakers at The Bluegrass Situation (the organization is presenting Berman’s four nights at the Hotel Café) and will be performing at the Edmonton Folk Festival in the run-up to his L.A. dates.
Think: The only artist you and your Texas-bred friend can agree on for a road trip across the west.
Listen: via SoundCloud 
Cover: $10

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