L.A.’s May Residencies: The Moth & the Flame, Golden Coast, and more

A dual residency and lots of new tracks from road-tested acts

Whether it’s the two-headed residency at the Echo, where The Moth & The Flame and Freedom Fry will both take the stage each Monday, or the residencies-on-the-road of Golden Coast and Emily West, there are plenty of different approaches to the form from which to choose this month. Here’s a rundown of May’s residency calendar.

The Moth & The Flame/Freedom Fry at the Echo (May 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The Moth & The Flame recently released “Young & Unafraid,” the lead single from its upcoming album, at the end of April, while also wrapping up a western U.S. and Canadian jaunt opening for Big Data (the band, not the tech concept). Freedom Fry, meanwhile, is returning to Los Angeles after a tour stint opening for French pop star Stromae and a set at Popscene in San Francisco with In the Valley Below.
Think: Synth-assisted alt-rock that will be right at home on KROQ and with bands like The Naked and Famous (The Moth & The Flame)/The boy-girl gypsy pop of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home” (Freedom Fry)
Listen: The Moth & The Flame
 and Freedom Fry
Cover: Free

Cillie Barnes at the Satellite (May 4, 11, 18 and 25)
Barnes opened for Jenny Lewis at the latter’s “Localchella” show at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, and two weeks later she digitally released “Friendly Witch,” an EP of recent singles. She recorded them with the help of members of Bright Eyes, and her voice sounds at home in the center of the 00s’ “Omaha sound.”
Think: Hazy memories of campfires and late-night drives along Mulholland Drive.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Golden Coast at the Bootleg Hi-Fi (May 4, 11, 18 and 25)
The duo is getting stage time in bulk in May: Golden Coast has residencies in four different cities throughout the month. In addition to the Bootleg, they’ll be playing on Sundays in San Diego, on Wednesdays in Costa Mesa and Thursdays in Santa Barbara. Don’t buy them drinks after their set–buy them a gallon or two of unleaded.
Think: Electro-pop for cheery poolside vibes during the summer.
Listen: via Soundcloud

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Emily West at the Hotel Café (May 6, 13, 20 and 27)
The “America’s Got Talent” runner-up is setting up shop in cities across America in the spring: She’s played residencies in New York and Philadelphia in April and will be on to Chicago in June. In the midst of the run, she sang the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Think: A cross between a jazz standards singer and an old-school country diva.
Listen: via Soundcloud

Cover: $10

King Washington at the Hotel Café (May 21, 28, June 4 and 11)
The band has promised, on its Facebook page, to be debuting “a whole bunch” of new songs during its four-week run at the Hotel Café. King Washington was named one of L.A.’s “top emerging artists” in 2014.
Think: Feel-good, 60s-influenced pop melodies.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $10