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Relief Alert: Haiti benefit at Echoplex on Friday

The folks at Manimal Vinyl are putting a stellar line-up together this Friday for a Haiti relief benefit show at the Echoplex. If you haven't given already, or are willing to give up some more, The American Red Cross will be standing by to collect the $10 entry fee for immediate relief. Scheduled to play: Nico Vega, Adanowsky, Jenny O., SoKo, Corridor, Pizza!, and the LA Ladies Choir. RSVP on the Facebook event page for more updates.


Coachella speculation frenzy ends; include appearances by Deli LA favs

We never wanted to partake in the Coachella line-up guessing game because, well, we might as well be writing fan fiction, so we patiently waited for this glorious graphic to surface this morning. Unless you've been living under a proverbial digital rock, here it is. Congrats to Deli LA favorites Mayer Hawthorne and Local Natives for scoring a spot on one of the most diverse bills the festival has seen in recent memory. We'll be bringing you a complete round-up of LA artists slated for Indio in days to come, just in case the itch for a local preview hits you.


Music Go Music bring a neo-sort of '70s to Echo next Thursday

Music Go Music | "Light of Love" (Live on "Face Time)

Avant-pop outfit Music Go Music are the kind of group that you know grew up secretly obsessing over the songbooks of Abba, The Carpenters, Blondie and anyone else who dominated AM radio, but they channel back to their non-guilty influences with a dignity that leaves all chances of it being intentionally kitsch on the side. We highly recommend checking out their "Face Time" sessions on their YouTube page for a full showcase of this super faceted and mega talented group. If it tickles your fancy, check out their Echo set next Thursday night.


Joe Sib gets mega raves about "California Calling," comes back to Largo

The last time we caught up with Joe Sib, he was fronting a reunited Wax at Weezer's Palladium set a few months ago. It seems Sib has put the punk theatrics away (at least for awhile) for "California Calling," his one-man show about growing up all things punk. The debut went so well that Sib will be touring the show coinciding with a monthly Largo residency on Feb. 10, which will also feature new Deli favorite, singer/songwriter Audra Mae (of Sib's label Side One Dummy).


Residency Alert: Oren Lavie at Hotel Cafe every Monday

Oren Lavie | "Her Morning Elegance"
Dir. by O. Lavie, Yuval and Merav Nathan

Singer/songwriter Oren Lavie is on his way up. The newly LA-based is seeing a fair share of notoriety, from scores of sets on both coasts to a noteworthy television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But what really got heads turning was Lavie's video to "Her Morning Elegance," released early last year. With nearly 10 million views (not including the heaps of copies floating around the web), Lavie's vision of big, dreamy landscapes in small spaces is resonating. Not bad for a first-time filmmaker.

Oren Lavie plays the Hotel Cafe every Monday in January -- 21+