L.A.’s December Music Residencies

It’s a light schedule but you can see Kissing Cousins, Girlpool, the Sunset Drifters, and more
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Holiday shows and schedules traditionally make December a light month for Los Angeles music residencies, but stalwarts like the Echo, the Satellite, and the Bootleg are still hosting free shows on Monday nights (in between office parties and frenzied present shopping runs). Here’s who to see for free in December 2014.

Girlpool at the Echo (December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
The guitar and bass duo just returned from a European tour that coincided with the release of its E.P. on indie label Wichita Recordings. Prior to heading abroad Girlpool opened for Jenny Lewis on select East Coast dates.
Think: If Daria had recorded a Sleater-Kinney-produced album in the late ‘90s
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Kissing Cousins at the Satellite (December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
The band, formed almost a decade ago by lead singer Heather B. Heywood, will release the E.P. In With Them on December 9. Along with five nights worth of free music, the residency also features a specialty cocktail list that includes the “Throw Her Body in the River,” named for both the band’s song and a felony.
Think: Gothic, brooding guitar rock with a sneer
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: Free

The Sunset Drifters at Silverlake Lounge (December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
With a recent gig at the Westside Hayride and lyrics like “Thank god for whiskey, let the drinkin’ begin,” the band members have moved far from their previous indie pop and psych rock projects. The quartet has received praise from Axs.com (the media arm of AEG) and performed at the Echo, El Cid, and Sassafras.
Think: Honest-to-God-or-Johnny-Cash country music
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: Free

The Black and the White at Bootleg Hi-Fi (December 1, 8, 15, 22)
The trio returns to the Bootleg for four nights after spending the autumn at venues such as the Echo, the Glass House, the Satellite, and the Casbah in San Diego. Their four-night stand is sponsored by KROQ, meaning the band has a decent chance of getting some airplay in between Red Hot Chili Peppers spins.
Think: Extremely danceable indie pop that’d be at home opening for Ellie Goulding or MGMT
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

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