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Fiona Apple, Dirty Projectors and the Ettes to perform in LA this week

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Recording artist Fiona Apple performs during the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle 2011 Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

This week, say goodbye to July and hello to a new crop of concerts around LA....

Tuesday night is all about the synths and pianos, starting with the gorgeous, swirling electronic-pop stylings of  St. Lucia, plus Beat Club and Mr. Little Jeans at the Echo.  The Dim Mak Studios will also heat up with the likes of Mumbai Science and Matzerath.

If Wednesday's got you yearning for something decidedly different, then Ava Luna is your ticket. Leftfield, funky, punkish and brainy, this Brooklyn-based band is like nothing like we’ve heard around here recently. This eclectic eve at the Echo is rounded out by Bobby Birdman and Moon Pearl. If more traditional indie rock is your thing, Voxhaul Broadcast plays the Troubadour with Mini Mansions and LA Font.

It’s true, the best things life are free- or at least the best Thursday night concerts in LA.  That’s when electronic mastermind Nosaj Thing gives it to us gratis at the MacArthur Park Levitt Pavilion.  Kind Hearts and Coronets also plays for free tonight at Pershing Square, a band that LA Weekly describes as “a modern-day psychedelic cabaret show — pretty melodies, enthusiastic harmonic choruses and a fantastic horn, blended to orchestral pop perfection.”

Friday, we’re in love- with more free shows, that is. The nine-piece ruckus-inducing soul/funk/rock group Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, and Salem, IO Echo, and Health (spinning a DJ set) will all be performing at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Swoon!

Saturday is chock full of options for concert goers, starting with the hipster darlings Dirty Projectors at the Wiltern, having just released their sixth studio album, “Swing Low Magellan.” Arabian Prince, Egyptian Lover and Javelin take the MacArthur Levitt Pavilion stage (another free show!), and Sun Araw, Computer Jay, Farmer Dave, Crimekillz, and ESMK pack the Echo.

Sunday brings the 90’s songwriting waif Fiona Apple to the Hollywood Palladium, now grown up and out with a fourth studio album (get ready), “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.”

More options (mostly with A/C) below...

7/23

Conveyor, Fierce Creatures, Dear Left Brain @ Silverlake Lounge
JMSN @ Bootleg Theatre
Gardeners Logic @  Detroit Bar
Walk the Moon @ Key Club
Harry and the Potters @ Troubadour
Pangolin, Health Club @  Los Globos
Kiddo Black, Young Lovers, the Littlest Viking @ pehrspace
American Royalty, Calvin Love, the New Division @ the Echo

7/24

Mia Doi Todd, Simone White @ Largo
City of Ships, Vacation Vinyl @ Origami Vinyl  (free)
Kelly Paige @ Bootleg Theatre
Blondfire, In the Valley Below, Omniflux @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club (free)

7/25

The Ettes, Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, the Dead Ships @ Alex's Bar
The Family Crest, @ Bootleg Theatre
The Dig, Act as If, Max & the Moon @ Silverlake Lounge
The Manic Low, Sederra, Neo Geo @ the Observatory (free)
The Do, Boom Chick @ the Satellite

7/26

Noah and the Megafauna @ Bootleg Theatre
Anthony Valadez @ Hammer Museum
The Heavy Guilt @ Origami Vinyl
Spoek Mathambo, gothic tropic @ the Echo
Aloha Radio, Sons of August, Heavy Petal, DJ Velvet Touch @ Alex's Bar
The Intelligence, Neverever, the Shilohs, the High Drops @ the Satellite
Teenage Bottlerocket, the Dopamines, Elway, Margate @ Troubadour
Dashboard Confessional (solo/acoustic) @ House of Blues Anaheim
Paula Frazer, Aaron Embry, Aaron Robinson, Fort King @ the Echo

7/27

King Tuff, Jaill, the Coathangers @ the Echo
Highlands @ Origami Vinyl (free)
Lonestar @ Club Nokia
Psychic Paramount, Life Coach (Phil Manley of Trans Am) @ the Satellite
Mewithoutyou, Kevine Devine, Buried Beds @Troubadour
Jon Brion @ Largo

7/28

Mariee Sioux, Origami Vinyl
Mewithoutyou, Kevin Devine, Buried Beds @ the Glass House
Brannigan's Law, Heller Keller, Seacats, Michael Nhat @  the Smell
Jackie Greene,The Young Evils @ the Observatory
The Ettes @ the Satellite
Nick Waterhouse, the Getty

7/29

Abe Vigoda, Javelin, Pregnant @ the Smell
Crystal Stilts, the Mantles, Sea Lions @ the Echo
Funeral Club @ Bootleg Theatre
Sinden @ Drai's
The Memorials, Cityzen, Bethpage Black, Sixstep, Mission Bells @ Troubadour

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