Picks for the first Monday in March:
‣ The last we heard of glammy punk politicos Living Things was when the quartet was cast in the role of the Ramones in the movie “The Runaways” (nicely done there) and trading volleys with one of our favorite L.A. Times writers (maybe not so much). Their 2009 album “Habeas Corpus” didn’t get as much love as we would have suspected, but the Berlin brothers are back, ostensibly with new music (or so we suspect), and the mere suspicion they might be as fun as they were on New Year’s Eve 2005-06 – we dug into the archives for a show photo, above, from the Little Radio warehouse (R.I.P.) – makes the opening night of their Satellite residency quite a curiosity. Useless Keys and Robotanists open. [Trivia: This might be the first time I see two St. Louis-bred acts – the Berlins and Useless Keys’ Michael Bauer – on the same bill. Now if we could only get the Vacation to come out of retirement.]
‣ AM & Shawn Lee debut the live version of their collaboration that has so many people buzzing.
‣ HoneyHoney, the collaboration between Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo, are due for a second ride after their “First Rodeo” – they’ll be displaying new wares on the first night of their residency at the Bootleg Theater.
‣ Outstanding lineup for the RSVP-only It’s a School Night at Bardot, where Broken Records, U.S. Royalty and Johnossi team up.
‣ And Lykke Li does a free in-store at Amoeba (6 p.m.).
Spirit Vine’s residency at the Echo (with the Silent Comedy and Stone Darling supporting)
Wildboys’ residency at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa
The Drive-By Truckers’ sold-out show at the Troubadour
Bowery Beasts’ residency at the Silverlake Lounge
Balmorhea at the Echoplex
Autumn Twilights at the Mint
Helen Earth Band at Lot 1 Cafe
LaCo$te at Pehrspace