What is Tom wearing? Pulsating rhythms, matched with blinding flashes of white light so bright you can’t see when Tom Meighan (lead vocals, co-frontman) steps onto the stage. The music continues pumping as the lights die down to find Kasabian’s co-frontman standing with a drink in his hand.
Recommended Show of the Week: Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Cal Plaza. Best known for their performance on Paul Simon’s Graceland, LBM will ululate, grunt and roundhouse kick their way to your heart Friday night.
Recommended Show of the Week: Built to Spill @ House of Blues. This is what indie rock is all about. Frontman Doug Martsch isn’t pretty, doesn’t care for the spotlight, writes epic songs that are familiar yet unpredictable and puts on a hell of a live show. Catch BTS Thursday or Friday at the House of Blues.
Recommended Show of the Week: Ozomatli @ Cal Plaza. Kick off the long weekend with a free outdoor concert by LA groovemeisters Ozomatli. Wear your dancing pants–anything these guys touch turns to party. Friday at 8.
Recommended Show of the Week: David Byrne, Arcade Fire @ Hollywood Bowl. Head to the Bowl Sunday night to watch the indie rock version of Rocky V. Aging veteran Rocky (David Byrne) takes the young hotshot Tommy Gunn (Arcade Fire) under his wing. Tommy wins some matches, gets really arrogant and then drops Rocky. Gunn gains the title belt but loses favor with the masses and realizes the only way to gain respect is to beat Rocky one-on-oneâ€¦