Brazilian Girls

New York hipsters Brazilian Girls play music without borders. It drifts through styles — electro-dance, bossa nova, reggae, jazz, etc. — and languages (alluringly mysterious vocalist Sabina Sciubba sings in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English) with breathy ease and pulsating force. Coalescing around the progressive Nublu club in Manhattan in 2003, the multinational band — members are from Rome, Buenos Aires, California and Kansas — made their name amongst downtown bohos by combining cosmopolitan musical influences with Sciubba’s flirtatious stage persona and, um, interesting fashion sense. Their self-titled debut caught fire, and their new record, Talk to La Bomb, is fanning the flames, landing them an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and a headlining theater tour which takes them to the Wiltern in Los Angeles on Halloween night.

The Wiltern LG, 3790 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles, (213) 388-1400



Arthur Nights Arthur Magazine is the painfully hip indie-folk publication that is rapidly becoming known around Los Angeles as the ‘zine that puts together painfully hip music festivals. Arthur Nights, the four-night extravaganza happening at the Palace Theatre from Oct. 19-22, is only adding to that reputation. Each individual bill is packed with bands buzzing with both national and local hype. Some of the biggies: psych-folk demigod Devendra Banhart; adolescent punks Be Your Own Pet (pictured); Michigan garage trio Awesome Color; Echo Park dub ensemble Future Pigeon; occasional Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark; legendary jazz experimentalists the Sun Ra Arkestra; heavy-trippy noise-rockers Comets On Fire; and daring Brooklyn duo the Fiery Furnaces — among many, many others. It’ll certainly be the most talked about festival of the month. Until the next Arthur event comes around, at least.

Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Visit arthurnights.imeem.com for more information.



The Pogues w/ Dirty Pretty Things

It is a lineup that must have been ordained by some divine force. First of all, you’ve got the Pogues, a band that, back in the early 1980s, took the driving force of punk and grafted it onto traditional Irish folk and through that miraculous welding discovered two great sounds that sound great together. Probably second only to U(2) know who, the band is one the best to ever emerge from the esteemed country of Ireland, riding atop rollicking instrumentation and the marvelous gutter poetry of legendarily erratic wildman Shane MacGowan. They’ve had ups, downs, breakups and makeups over the years, but now, the gang is back together, performing in the United States for the first time in years. Then, on top of that, there’s openers Dirty Pretty Things (pictured). You may know frontman Carl Barât as the ex-Libertine who did not date Kate Moss and does not get arrested every three days. After his already-iconic group flamed out amidst the made-for-tabloid drama of his relationship with junkie nutcase Pete Doherty, Barât moved on to this band who are arguably every bit as good. And as if that weren’t enough, topping it all off are rockabilly-tinged punks Throw Rag, a tremendous live group of epic proportions. Put it all together, and this looks to be one of the best shows of the season, and it’s coming to the Grove in Anaheim on October 17.

The Grove, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700



Darker My Love

LA psych-rockers Darker My Love started in 2001 as a side project for two high school friends, singer-guitarist Tim Prelsey and drummer Andy Granelli. Once their involvement in their other groups dissipated, the band began to pick up steam, landing opening gigs for the likes of the Kills and the Warlocks and mining a sound between the drone of My Bloody Valentine and the Velvet Underground and the swirling tunesmithery of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Their eponymous debut — evoking in equal measures the Stooges, Stereolab and Black Sabbath — made them the toast of Los Angeles hipster community of Silver Lake. The band is known for their strong live performances, and will give one on October 6 at the Echo.Downtown Brewing Company, 1119 Garden St.,

The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 413-8200

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