Tonight in L.A.: Athlete, We Barbarians, Sweaters


[Brandon Flowers, 29 years old today. In an amazing coincidence, “Crossfire,” the first single from his forthcoming solo album, was released to iTunes today.]

Top 3 ways to mark your official start of summer:

‣ London quartet Athlete (latest album “Black Swan,”) brings its lovely Britpop to the Troubadour.
‣ The lineup for tonight’s Week 3 of We Barbarians’ residency at Spaceland is quite strong – Red Cortez, Pacific Hurt and La Ghost support.
‣ Gypsy punks and frenetic showmen Gogol Bordello play the first of a two-night stand at the Mayan Theatre.

Your tastes may vary: Miley Cyrus at the House of Blues (streamed live at and other outlets, kids); Sweaters supporting Line and Circle’s residency at the Silverlake Lounge; Abe Vigoda supporting Rainbow Arabia’s residency at the Echo; Desktop Rulers (ex-Pedestrian) at the Bootleg Theater, where Samuel Stewart’s new band with his brother Django Stewart, Nightmare & the Cat, makes its debut; Fishtank Ensemble at Kenneth Pattengale at the RSVP-only It’s a School Night; Shaimus at the Hotel Cafe; Phlying Saucer at the Viper Room; and Steelwells’ residency at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.