L.A.’s June Residencies: Mike Posner, Tennis System and More

Hitmakers and dreamers dot the month’s musical landscape
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The June lineup of residency acts at clubs and bars around Los Angeles is as diverse in terms of success as it is in style: There are acts with platinum records and acts with one recorded song to their name, all of them looking to hone new material and develop stage chops. Here’s where to go and who to see for June:

Who Is Fancy at the Hotel Café (June 7, 21 and 28)
An Arkansan who left the Razorback state at 17 for Nashville, his first song “Goodbye” was a surprise viral hit, to the point where the song made an impression on many before the person behind it had even been revealed. He is being billed by Hotel Café just as “Fancy” for this three-night stand, called “Sunday Serenades,” so don’t expect a high beats per minute range.
Think: Most other pop factory acts of the modern era, this time with better marketing.
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: $10

Mike Posner at the Hotel Café (June 3, 7, 15 and 22)
The songwriter had a huge hit in “Cooler Than Me” in 2010, and played Bonnaroo and the Warped Tour. Since then, along with performing his own material, he’s written songs for Justin Bieber (“Boyfriend”), Big Sean (“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”) and Maroon 5 (“Sugar”), giving him a portfolio of Billboard-charting favorites.
Think: The sound of a collegiate rapper/singer, growing up.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $10

Tennis System at the Echo (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29)
The band’s latest album, Technicolor Blind, came out during a busy 2014 (which carried into 2015 with an appearance at February’s Air + Style Festival). The June residency is a make-up of sorts: The trio had been slated to be the Echo’s April resident act, but cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Think: Beautiful shoegaze pop with an extra shot of adrenaline, like early Slumberland Records projects.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

HUNNY at the Bootleg HiFi (June 1, 8, 15 and 22)
The septet has paired each date in its June residency with a theme, including a black tie night (June 15, for those who need advance notice for dry cleaning purposes) and a barbecue cookout on June 22. KROQ has gotten behind the band, and the station is sponsoring the four-night stand.
Think: Modest Mouse with more spine.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

The Crash Kings at the Satellite (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29)
The L.A. trio will be recording each of its residency shows for an eventual live record release, and fans who give the band their email addresses will receive free live downloads each week. The Kings will also be playing material intended for a third full-length album, due out later in 2015.
Think: If Coldplay tried to record an ode to CBGBs.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

The Noogies at Silverlake Lounge (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29)
The trio has been making the bar rounds recently, playing venues like The Trip in Santa Monica and The Kibbitz Room on Fairfax. Its song “No Good” was recently featured on The Vampire Diaries.
Think: A solid Pixies cover band, moving into playing originals.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

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