L.A.’s January Music Residencies: Leighton Meester, Sego and More

Hotel Café leads a full slate of shows to kick off 2015
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Local concert venues will ring in the new year with a double-digit number of residencies for the month of January, half of them setting up shop at the Hotel Café. From country acts worthy of their spurs to dark, moody indie rock and even ’60s throwbacks, here are the acts setting up residencies in Los Angeles during the month of January, 2015.

HOLYCHILD at the Echo (January 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The self-described “brat pop” duo performed with indie-pop faves like MO, at festivals like Las Vegas’ Life is Beautiful and played Toronto, New York, New Orleans and nearly everywhere in between. A new album is expected in 2015.
Think:
In the mold of Charli XCX, with rounder edges.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Wilding at the Satellite (January 5, 12, 19 and 26)
The trio laid low for much of 2014, recording new material for an album and performing occasional shows at Casey’s in downtown. The first night of Wilding’s residency also falls during the venue’s “Satellite Nights,” a string of seven free concerts in eight nights starting January 2.
Think:
A darker take on anthemic indie rock, like if Interpol crawled into a bottle of whiskey.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

The Fontaines at the Silverlake Lounge (January 5, 12, 19 and 26)
Movie-obsessed Los Angeles is the right city for the brother-sister duo, judging by the song titles on their new E.P.: “Dustin Hoffman,” “Paul Newman” and (according to L.A. Weekly) “Cate Blanchett” all make appearances. Also, each night of the band’s January residency will be a tribute to a different Cameron Crowe film (costumes are encouraged).
Think:
‘60s doo-wop at a slightly slower, Nashville-esque pace.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Josh Kelley at the Hotel Café (January 5, 12 and 19)
The country/pop crossover artist currently best known for being Mr. Katherine Heigl takes three nights at the Hotel Café to run through a deep catalog of tracks, spanning seven full-length albums. His biggest hit, 2010’s “Georgia Clay,” was his first country release after several adult-contemporary releases.
Think:
The soundtrack to a patriotic beer commercial.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $10

Sego at the Bootleg Hi-Fi (January 5, 12 and 19)
The duo released an E.P. last year that was picked as one of the top 40 in Los Angeles by Buzzbands.la and performed at the tastemaking School Night showcase. Cities played in 2014 included New York, San Francisco and Toronto.
Think:
A perfect opener for a reunited LCD Soundsystem.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: Free

Leighton Meester at the Hotel Café (January 6, 13 and 27)
The “Gossip Girl” star released her debut, folk-tinged album late in 2014, after gaining attention for a guest spot on a Cobra Starship hit and her own non-album single, “Somebody to Love.” She’s also performed songs for soundtracks of her acting gigs; Meester appeared on four songs between the two soundtracks to 2010 film “Country Strong.”
Think:
Wispy-voiced folk-rock, at home with artists like Heather Nova.
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: $28

Ivory Deville and Jackson Tanner at the Echo (January 6, 13, 20 and 27)
Presented by the country mavens at the Grand Old Echo, the Tuesday night residency pairs local Americana five-piece Ivory Deville with country foursome Jackson Tanner. The former released its self-titled album in December, while the latter put out a six-song E.P. in 2014 as well.
Think:
Honkytonk harmonies (Ivory Deville) and countrified, road-trip Americana (Jackson Tanner).
Listen: Ivory Deville via BandCamp
, Jackson Tanner via Spotify
Cover: Free

Laleh at the Hotel Café (January 7, 14, 21 and 28)
The Swedish pop singer is making her first trip to the United States for four acoustic dates at the Hotel Café. She was nominated for the Swedish equivalent of Grammys for Artist and Producer of the Year, among others, in 2005.
Think:
A widescreen version of Dido, more suitable to bigger spaces.
Listen: via Spotify
Cover: $10

Josh Beech at the Hotel Café (January 8, 15 and 22)
The singer/songwriter will set up at the Café for a pair of full-band performances, bracketing an acoustic set on the 15th. He’s due to release his first solo album in 2015, so expect new songs mixed in with those from his band, Beech.
Think:
If Chris Martin had come up through “American Idol” and played guitar.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $5

Freddy and Francine at the Hotel Café (January 17, 24 and 31)
The duo, which contains neither a Freddy nor a Francine, met in L.A. while performing in a staging of the musical “Hair” at the Met Theatre. The Hotel Café residency will act as a launching pad for the band’s February tour, which will take the duo through the southwest and all the way to Missouri before returning to Southern California.
Think:
A family sing-a-long around a campfire in North Carolina.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cover: $10

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