With all of the amazing shows that Red Bull is sponsoring with its 30 Days in LA during November, some other great events get lost in the shuffle. Here are five shows to check out in the LA area that could have flown under your radar:
1. Widowspeak, Quilt (Wednesday, Nov 11: The Bootleg)
For those in search of a modern day version of Mazzy Star, Widowspeak from New York (by way of Tacoma, Wash.) provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying our long-awaited fall weather. Allow yourself to curl up with their haunting melodies and entrancingly slow rhythms.
2. Ride (Thursday, Nov 12: The Wiltern)
After their blistering comeback set at Coachella this year, the LA return of Ride has been anxiously awaited from any and all shoegaze fans. With "Vapour Trail," they cemented themselves as one of the godfathers of the genre, only solidified after releasing "Nowhere" in 1990. For fans of jangly guitars, their latter era material can be heard influencing Radiohead and every other Brit Pop fan that came after them.
3. The Joy Formidable (Thursday, Nov 12: Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
If blast pop were a sub-genre, the Joy Formidable would be its main advocates! With blistering vocals provided by singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan, the triumphant return of the Joy Formidable will make the Masonic Lodge resonate with catchy guitar riffs, beautiful melodies and tons of double bass action.
4. Tamaryn, Froth, Roses (Thursday, Nov 12: The Echoplex)
Who knew having singer-songwriter Tamaryn collaborate with Shaun Durkan of Weekend would make the perfect formula for "Cranekiss" to become not only her best work, but a showcase of her vocal capabilities and genre-defining songwriting skills that has expanded the shoegaze genre.
5. Peaches: Rub Tour, Christeene, Regrettes (Friday, Nov 13: The Regent)
If you did not get a chance to see the always captivating Peaches at Amoeba Music in September in support of her new album “Rub,” now you can see a headlining set at the Regent on Friday. From her collaborations with MIA, Major Lazer and Christina Aguilera to her foray into film and photography, you are sure to be rewarded with interesting set arrangements, provocative dance moves and generally an entertaining time out.
Bonus: Leon Bridges with Kali Uchis (Monday, Nov 9 & Tuesday, Nov 10: Fonda Theatre)
If you were lucky enough to get tickets to either of these two shows before they sold out at the Fonda, consider yourself lucky! If not, Leon will grace Los Angeles with two additional shows in 2016 at the Wiltern. With his soulful voice fully displayed on his most recent Spotify Sessions, you can get a great perspective of what his live show will entail: crooning, beautiful background vocalists and lots of sax.