L.A.’s March Music Residencies: LP, John Isaac Watters, and More

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In a month during which it can feel like the bulk of the city’s artists are in vans driving down to Austin for South by Southwest, the lineup for Los Angeles’ residencies in March feels unusually full, with acts ranging from EP debutantes to national television performers. In fact, a dedicated concertgoer can see a different performer on most every night of the week (save for Sundays—but a day off will do your liver some good). Here’s the who, what, and where of local music this month:

LP at the Echo (March 7, 14, and 28; March 21 at the Echoplex)
After her November 2015 residency at No Vacancy, the veteran songwriter and Vagrant Records artist (home of The 1975 and AlunaGeorge, among others) went back to work on her forthcoming full-length. But she’s keeping busy otherwise, too, with a performance on March 2 on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the announcement of a supporting spot on Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry’s late summer tour.
Think: Bluesy rock-and-roll with uncommon soul and an arena-ready voice.
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: Free

Fell Runner at Bootleg Bar (March 7, 14, 21, and 28)
The foursome released its debut album in September of 2015 but is ever-restless: According to their Facebook page, the band is in the process of finalizing mixes on a new batch of music, and they released a song to BuzzBands.LA at the end of February to celebrate the upcoming residency.
Think:
Taking math rock into the garage.
Listen:
via Soundcloud 
Cost:
Free

Mating Ritual at the Satellite (March 7, 14, 21, and 28)
Three days before the beginning of their month-long run at the Satellite, Mating Ritual—led by songwriter Ryan Marshall Lawhon—will drop a debut EP. The group’s 2015 single “I Wear Glassses” has already racked up more than a million streams on Spotify.
Think: The hook-heavy synth-pop theme music of a dive bar Don Juan.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Third Vision at the Silverlake Lounge (March 7, 14, 21, and 28)
The band returns for their second residency in five months at the Silverlake Lounge, having played the Sunset Avenue room in November 2015. The last month-long stop coincided with the band’s release of an EP, Always Have a Secret Plan.
Think: A future mainstay of KROQ, played alongside acts like Imagine Dragons.
Listen: via Soundcloud 
Cost: Free

John Isaac Watters at the Hi-Hat (March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29)
Watters was born in Mexico City, raised there and in Tucson before arriving in Los Angeles for architecture school in 2002. More than a decade later he’s got three full-length albums to his name, and he’s also collaborating with producer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Chester on a three-EP project titled Rainstorm Brother.
Think: The rambling troubadour tradition that birthed Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and others.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Emerson Star at Harvard and Stone (March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29)
The five piece band returns to the venue for a five-week residency. It’s a rare repeat-booking for the group, which has played on seemingly every club stage in the city over the last year: The Satellite, El Cid (opening for Reggie Watts, no less), Club Los Globos, All Star Lanes—the list goes on.
Think: Reserved power pop, like a stripped down version of The New Pornographers.
Listen: via BandCamp
Cost: Free

Echo Park Social Club at the Lost Knight (March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30)
The band considers their hometown to be split between Echo Park and San Diego, and radio stations in the latter have noticed. San Diego’s 91X has hosted the band in concert on multiple occasions. Their single “Let’s Say Aloha” also got heavy play on a geographically-appropriate station, making the charts on Star 101.9 in Honolulu.
Think: The bouncy synth-pop of a Capital Cities with nods to the Cars.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Alex Dezen at the Hotel Café (March 30; April 6, 13, and 27)
The singer/songwriter released his self-titled album, which includes interesting track names like “This is the Last Song I’ll Ever Write (On This Guitar)” and “A Little Less Hell,” in February. 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

Austin Kolbe at Hotel Café (February 19, 26; March 11 and 18)
The young Kolbe, who turned 21 in early February, finishes his split-month residency with two Friday performances in March. His single “Lips,” released in 2014, was his first for Seattle label London Tone Music.
Think: “Blue-eyed funk,” if that was a thing.
Listen: via Soundcloud 
Cost: $10

Tyrone Wells at Hotel Café (February 20, 27, March 5, and 12)
The singer/songwriter continues his residency into March, breaking in some new songs at the Café. Wells spent most of November of 2015 playing his way through Brazil after a nationwide tour last October.
Think: Driven songwriter pop, the type that wins American Idol and appears as background music on ABC dramas.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $15

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