Whether it’s a reggae/hip-hop fusion songwriter on Sundays or a rising beatmaker on Thursdays, there are residencies happening across Los Angeles on almost every night of the week in October (sorry, Saturday).
The Morose Project at Hemingway’s Lounge (October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
That electronica act the Morose Project would find a month-long home at Hemingway’s is little surprise; the foursome has played several dates there. Its song “Tired” has gotten the attention of the Inland Empire tastemakers at KUCR.
Think: A Ministry of Sound “chillout” compilation circa 2003 with added guitars
Mia Maestro at the Hotel Café (October 1, 8, 15, 22)
Mia Maestro, the star of FX’s The Strain, releases her debut album, Si Agua, on October 7, but you can find clues to her soun on “Llovera,” her contribution to the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack. Between filming conflicts, the Argentine singer has warmed up with shows at Hollywood Forever and Los Globos.
Think: Elements of Feist, Damian Rice, and Marisa Monte melded into quirky, bilingual indie pop
Mystery Skulls at Dirty Laundry (October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
The Dallas-bred, L.A.-based performer plays five Thursdays at Hollywood bar Dirty Laundry as a run-up to the release of his debut album, Forever, which comes out on October 27. When not in L.A., his October itinerary includes a stop at the influential CMJ Music Festival in New York and the Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.
Think: Infectious electronic grooves mixed with disco fun and a sense of humor. Listen: via Soundcloud
Halo Circus at the Hotel Café (October 3, 10, 17)
Former American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta has moved beyond reality TV, forming a group that Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reportedly called “the best live band in the U.S.A.” Since forming in 2013, the collective has signed with Manimal Vinyl and is working on a debut album tentatively set for 2015.
Think: Dark, anthemic rock with a knack for soaring hooks.
Listen: via Soundcloud
Daniel Bambaata Marley at the Bootleg Hi-Fi (October 5, 12, 19, 26)
The son of Ziggy (and grandson of Bob) combines the family business with hip-hop. He has spent parts of the last few years opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill during her sporadic tours and has played acoustic sets at Saint Roche in Redondo Beach and in Northern California.
Think: The rhymes and hooks of Canadian emcee k-os
Dream Boys at the Echo (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
The Los Angeles quartet spent the summer recording a new single, “Positive Arguments,” and playing a handful of shows in L.A., San Francisco, and Orange County. While the schedule has looked light, they’ve performed with the Dum Dum Girls, the Allah-Las, and at both Noise Pop in San Francisco and Echo Park Rising.
Think: The 1960s as seen in a carefree Sundance flick
Magic Giant at the Bootleg Hi-Fi (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
The Venice crew may be the only folk band in history that lists a DJ among its members. It is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut E.P. when not hanging out at the beach or playing wine festivals in Las Vegas. Look for Magic Giant at “Wine Amplified” in Sin City on October 10.
Think: Mumford and Sons as very lightly remixed by Avicii
Zane Carney at the Hotel Café (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
John Mayer’s touring guitarist returns to the Hotel Café for his second residency in four months. In between, Zane Carneyhasplayed a food festival in Chicago and the famous Mercury Lounge in New York.
Think: Guitar instrumentals somewhere between the jazz club and the roadhouse
Aeges at the Silverlake Lounge (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
The post-hardcore quartet released its sophomore album, Above & Down Below, in late September and will be taking victory laps for four nights at the Lounge. The new record received kudos from Alternative Press and Revolver magazine, the latter of which named it Album of the Week.
Think: Noisy hard rock unafraid of melody, like Queens of the Stone Age
PLaNETS at the Satellite (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
Part band, part art performance troupe, the PLaNETS live show features shadow puppets, extensive lighting effects, and choreography. For the residency, the band is hosting costume theme nights for the audience. First week: “horror classics” like The Shining and The Exorcist.
Think: The soundtrack to a horror film set in the badlands
Popheart at the Silverlake Lounge (October 7, 14, 21, 28)
The band made its live debut in late February and has been working on an E.P. while playing shows everywhere from The Smell to the Steve Allen Theater.
Think: The Smiths. Very, very The Smiths