Scott H. Biram—aka the Dirty Old One Man Band—comes to LA for a raucous gig at the Echo to play behind his latest album, Nothin' But Blood. Not just another dude with a guitar hailing from Austin, the metal-country-punk bluesman-slash-record producer has garnered a serious reputation for his badass live performances—a one-man act, he plays all of the instruments himself simultaneously amid an impressive collection of vintage guitars and a handmade stomp board.
The man with the iconic sneer (no, not Elvis) hits town with a new autobiography and his first LP in nearly a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground. Dig the new material, and expect to dance in rockin' '80s-leather fashion to hits like "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Hot in the City" from the former Generation X punk. Oklahoma garage-rock brothers Broncho will open Idol's two Wiltern dates, with a sweet scuzz that should please fans of FIDLAR and the Black Lips. The Feb. 18 show has sold out, but tickets are still available for the following night.
Milo Greene is in fact an L.A.-based quintet, with four out of the five members sharing lead singer duties. (They named the band after their fictitious, British, albino booking agent.) The self-described cinematic pop band creates mellow, pastoral indie-folk music that it imagines playing in movies, livened by propulsive drumming and melodic coed vocals. Here, the group plays the El Rey behind its upbeat sophomore album, Control, scheduled to drop in January.
Buzzworthy Austin indie-folk outfit Wild Child has a sound and vibe similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Black Keys, meshing multiple sounds together to create a fun, upbeat atmosphere. The lead male and female singers alternate harmonizing amongst folksy songs with pop elements and instrumentation including violins, ukeleles and banjos. Hear the group peddle its charming, homegrown ditties in L.A. at the Roxy.
Oakland's veteran metal icons Machine Head have been on a roll ever since the release of their 2003 LP, Through the Ashes of Empires, with a Grammy nomination and newfound respect to show for their labors since then. Now the group hits town in support of its freshly released, visceral eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds. Catch them at the newly revived Regent Theater, as Spaceland presents "An Evening with Machine Head."
Body Language, led by Grant Wheeler and Matt Young, layers molten bass under sunburst synths to create a sound that both kicks and shimmers. The Brooklyn quartet is known for seducing crowds with its languid, disco-inspired beats. The genre-hoppers marry soul, R&B and late '70s funk on their latest album, Grammar, and are currently working on a follow-up. Catch their set at this intimate Echo gig.
Bubblegum pop-soul singer Meghan Trainor started behind the scenes in the music business, penning tracks for Rascal Flatts and Disney star Sabrina Carpenter before "bringing booty back" with her chart-dominating 2014 breakthrough, "All About That Bass." The size-savvy singer—and record-of-the-year Grammy nominee—stops by the El Rey for two nights on the heels of her latest single, "Lips Are Movin'," and her major-label debut, Title.
Now known by the nom de plume of Caribou, esoteric electronica artist Dan Snaith has always come off as dorky, earnest and uber-Canadian. Image quirks aside, the psychedelic popster has an undeniable talent for spinning expansive, thoughtful records out of a sprawling range of pop elements. His brand-new Merge release, Our Love, stands out for its evident R&B and hip-hop influences, juxtaposed with more personal lyrics than Snaith's past efforts. Catch him in one of three nights at the Fonda.
Giraffage is the stage name of San Francisco electronic-music producer Charlie Yin (formerly Robot Science). He's garnered early praise from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader for both his solo tracks and beloved R&B remixes—The-Dream and R. Kelly are just two of the artists he's reworked lately. Come watch Mr. Yin lay down his beats at the El Rey behind his latest release, EP No Reason.