Rabbits Black Weekend (of the dead) Preview

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No doubt you dabbled in a little Rabbits Black magic this All Hallow’s Eve (see what I did there?). But as legend has it, the common cure for the Halloween hangover is the heaven’s sweet nectar of music. So as we now move from Halloween to Dia De Los Muertos, keep in mind that this weekend in L.A. offers a scary good lineup of shows to wean you back to health – no trick, it’s most definitely all treat.

Friday, November 1

The Neighbourhood @ The Observatory (Santa Ana)

Conveniently, much of this week has been feeling a lot like sweater weather here in Los Angeles. With November imminently upon us, fall and all its trappings – including those of the knitted variety – are here. No band knows better about this subject than The Neighborhood (well maybe Weezer does) which will be playing The Observatory tonight. These Southern California-based rockers took the radio by storm with their “Sweater Weather” single off this year’s I Love You LP. The ominous alt-rockers made headlines for another reason this year with the release of the video for their latest single, “Afraid”. In the video, lead singer Jesse Rutherford exposes all of himself in a full frontal capacity. Though Friday’s show won’t be quite as intimate, The Neighbourhood will no doubt be putting on quite a show.


Also on Friday:

Atlas Genius @ House of Blues, Anaheim

Two Door Cinema Club @ Fox Theater, Pomona




Saturday, November 2

HARD, Day of the Dead @ Los Angeles State historic Park

Get your sugar skulls and pan de muerto ready because HARD Day of the Dead is here.  This two-day festival (Nov 2-3) will have you praying at the altar of the EDM gods. Dance the night away to the wee hours until you’re just a zombified shred of your former self. Saturday boasts a lineup that includes Skrillex, Nero, Boys Noize and so much more (Sunday’s lineup is perhaps even more star-studded).


Also on Saturday:

Janelle Monae @ Club Nokia

Father John Misty @ The Wiltern





Sunday, November 3

Clara-Nova – The Bootleg Theater

Clara-Nova is the new project from French-American singer-songwriter, Sydney Wayser. Wayser made waves with her latest effort under her own name, the delightfully intimate yet poppy Bell Choir Coast; and now she’s taking the fruit of that effort and evolving it just a bit further. LA-bread but New York-based, Wayser set to recording Bell Choir Coast amid a dark New York winter that left her creative juices just as stagnant as the dreary weather.  To get into the proper mindset for the album, Wayser set herself adrift in a purely fictional world of her own conjuring. Clara-Nova? – the perfectly conjured inhabitant of this fictional world. Now at the helm of her alter-ego – produced of fairy dust, a little bit of California, and a dash of French Summers – Wayser is embarking on a new musical journey. Her music is like soulful drive up the California coast at dawn. The haze lifts over the pacific as you traverse the mountain ranges and rocky cliffs, all the while with magic blue oceans in sight. If this imagery was the inspiration for her latest project, I’m in. Wayser can’t seem to go wrong with a perfect mix of California backcountry and thoughtful French musings.


Also on Sunday:

Johnny Marr @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

HARD Day of the Dead @ Los Angeles Historic State Park


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Marni Epstein

Los Angeles-based music journalist and avid music-discoverer. Lover of indie rock and pop, in all their wonderful machinations. Music should either make you dance or make you cry. Interviews, album reviews, show/festival coverage.


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