12 Artists You Need in Your Life Are Playing (Mostly) Free Shows Around L.A. in May

Catch Mr Hudson, Gavin Turek, Jonny Two Bags, and more
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Two of the biggest names in recent residency history, Mr Hudson (of Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” and Kanye West’s “Paranoid”) and Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags, are setting up shop at the Bootleg Theater and Hi Hat respectively. But they are only two of 12 different acts on the May lineup. We’ve got the complete guide:

Gavin Turek at the Bootleg Theater (May 16, 23, and 30)
The singer/songwriter spent April dancing and performing at Coachella, guesting with collaborator TOKiMONSTA and Australian electro-poppers Miami Horror, and doing shows in Orange County and Chicago.
Think: If Tina Turner had been influenced by disco rather than the other way around.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Rod Melancon at the Silverlake Lounge (May 16, 23, and 30)
The singer/songwriter’s 5-track EP, LA 14, is a prelude to a full-length due out later in 2016.
Think: Southern fried country-rock.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

The Soft White Sixties at the Satellite (May 16, 23, and 30)
The L.A.-by-way-of-San Francisco quartet has been a regular presence on X107.5 in Las Vegas and in clubs like Acerogami in Pomona. You might have already seen them at the Satellite earlier this year—or at South by Southwest. The band’s latest single, “Sorry to Say,” debuted in early March.
Think: Power pop made for sing-a-longs.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

VS Colour at the Hi Hat (May 16, 23, and 30)
The band’s debut album, 9-9-D9, came out last July. They’ve opened for acts like Warpaint and James Supercave and can regularly be found playing Echo Park/Silver Lake venues.
Think: Garage rock with unpredictable rhythmic impulses.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Rozzi Crane at Hotel Café Second Stage (May 17 and 31)
As the first signee to 222 Records, the label run by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Crane has opened for Gavin DeGraw and Owl City as well as Maroon 5. Her debut album is due out “soon” according to her Facebook page, and the remix of her single “Psycho” features Pusha T.
Think: American Idol-esque pop with strong vocals over late-’80s synthetic R&B tracks.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $10

Swerve at Resident DTLA (May 17, 24, and 31)
As an introduction to the month of shows, Swerve released a new single, “Are You Coming Home With Me?,” on April 26. The band will also be dedicating part of each evening of its residency to one of its influences (think the Beatles and David Bowie).
Think: If one of the Gallagher brothers from Oasis, sans accent, had fronted (and fought with) Nirvana.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: Free

Spain at the Love Song (May 17)
The alt-rock band’s latest album, “Carolina,” is set for release in June. It was recorded in producer Kenny Lyon’s apartment/studio in the historic Gaylord Apartments in Koreatown, meaning that, if you like singer/songwriter Josh Haden’s work, you may be able to buy him a beer at the HMS Bounty.
Think: The yin to Mazzy Star’s yang.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

Mr Hudson at the Bootleg Theater (May 12 and 18)
The in-demand singer, songwriter, and producer has collaborated with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Future, among others. His stint at the Bootleg, which began on April 20, is said to have been inspired by “Canadian hip hop in Vancouver, country music in Nashville [and] hiking in Yosemite with my ukulele in my rucksack,” according to a Facebook status update.
Think: Radio-ready electro-soul felt uncommonly deeply.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

Adam Friedman at the Hotel Café Second Stage (May 11, 18 and 25)
The singer/songwriter played the Whiskey a Go-Go in late February after racking up more than 500,000 plays on Spotify with his first single, “Pretty Things.” He’s also been helping out his pal Mike Posner (“Cooler Than Me”) with the latter’s sophomore album, due out this month.
Think: Recent vintage Coldplay.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10

Jonny Two Bags at the Hi Hat (May 18 and 25)
The Social Distortion guitarist released his debut album, “Salvation Town,” in 2014 and has been posting photos from studio recordings on Instagram. He was also added to the lineup for the Ohana Festival, headlined by Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Rey, in Dana Point in August.
Think: Southern California roadhouse tunes, custom-made for, say, Pappy and Harriet’s.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $10

Drinking Flowers at the Echo (May 16, 23, and 30)
The five-piece L.A.-based, O.C.-born band has been touring the country with Magic Wands this spring. Their new album, “New Swirled Order,” was released on March 18.
Think: A shoegazing band DJing an ’80s Brit-rock party.
Listen: via Bandcamp
Cost: Free

Patrolled by Radar at the Lost Knight (May 11, 18, and 25)
The band follows a busy April (with sets at the Satellite, Cinema Bar, and Resident) with three straight Wednesdays in Echo Park. The trio will also be special guests at a different residency during the month, playing with Rod Melancon on May 23.
Think: The sound of the Wallflowers with the vocals of an intelligible Bob Dylan.
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

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