Operators, Miranda Sings, free stuff at Congress


Yes, we have an entire music feature this week about Future Islands, the headliners of a show at 191 Toole on Monday, Aug. 25, but can we take a second to talk about Operators, the Dan Boeckner-fronted analog synth dance-pop act that's opening up? Boeckner's been in all the bands—Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and most recently, indie-supergroupish Divine Fits, with Spoon's Britt Daniels and Spencer Krug from Wolf Parade—but based on his new project's new EP (simply titled "EP 1" and available now), this might be my personal favorite thing he's done, featuring dark pop songs with a danceable edge that would have fit on a new wave comp from 1983. Admittedly, that's exactly the sort of thing I tend to enjoy, so there might be some of you somewhat less in the band's target audience, but here's the point, go to the Future Islands show for the occasional death metal growls and the exuberant dancing, but get there early enough for Operators. Tickets for Future Islands and Operators are $18 in advance, $20 at the door (if there are any left) and available at


So, YouTube? If you ever want to feel really old and out of touch with what young people enjoy, start trying to understand the world of the YouTube celebrity, of which Miranda Sings, is definitely among. As far as I can tell you, here's the premise: Miranda is a terrible singer who covers popular songs, performs comedy sketches with other YouTube celebs and misunderstands current events while mispronouncing various words and wearing comicly absurd makeup and clothes. She also has nearly 2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and 176,338,162 total views (the woman who performs as Miranda, Colleen Ballinger, has her own YouTube channel and another 97,963,117 views). So, while you could listen to the radio and live your life unaware that there are people who are only famous via YouTube, they're out there and your kids/nieces/younger siblings/etc. probably adore them. Want to take one of them (or maybe yourself, no judgment) to see Miranda's live show? She's playing the Rialto on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are mostly $25, with meet and greet packages also available. More info at


If you enjoy free things, make note of's two night Summer Psych Fest at Club Congress on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, Aug. 27. Both nights kick off at 7 p.m. and are absolutely free for the 21 and older set. Gap Dream, Low Hums, the Night Collectors, and (my personal favorite) Part Time play Tuesday; the Lolipop Records Adventure Tour takes over Wednesday, with Corners, Froth, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Banana Cream Dream, and Burning Palms on the schedule. Part Time somehow manage to be summery, sarcastic and sexy all the same time on their lo-fi synth-heavy songs and like any cool band these days, they once released a cassette on Burger, so you know you probably should be into them. More info on the two nights of shows at


More on HoCo Fest next week in this space, but the 10th edition of the annual event kicks off on Thursday, August 28 with a free show headlined by L.A. remixers/producers Classixx at 8 p.m. Two catches: you have to be 18 or older to attend and you have to RSVP at Classixx are a ton of fun, so it's worth the extra minor hassle considering the show's free, right? More info on the four stellar nights of HoCo (the lineup for the free celebration of local music on Saturday, Aug. 30 is stellar) at


In late notice news, there's a solid show at Flycatcher on (what might be tonight for some of you, too late for others) Thursday, Aug. 21 with Haley Jane (working on a new album, apparently) and adept prog-rockers Invisible World and Black Heart Thieves opening. The show starts at 9 p.m. Also at Flycatcher on a different Thursday (the 28th), possibly my new favorite band (based on their name, not necessarily based on the music, but I'm ready to be won over by that as well) Lou Reads the Bible takes the stage, opening for Oddkinn (RIYL: shoegazery stuff with soft male voclas) and Hibris (RIYL: music that goes quietLOUDquietLOUD) for a 9 p.m. show. The Flycatcher site isn't great about telling what shows actually cost to attend, but I'll guess $5 for each? Seems right. More info (well, sorta) at

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