LA Upcoming: 826LA, Boyz II Men, Little Boots

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: The Submarines, The Growlers, Pity Party, Summer Darling
    Vitals: Echoplex on Saturday, March 6
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Downtown
    Music: Boyz II Men
    Vitals: Club Nokia on Saturday, March 6
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Miracle Mile
    Music: Little Boots, Dragonette, Class Actress
    Vitals: El Rey on Wednesday, March 10
    (details at LA Weekly)
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Feature: Dirty Projectors interviewed by SMS

The Dirty Projectors may be responsible for the year’s best album, a manic and schizo piece of art-pop released last month titled Bitte Orca. It’s the kind of record that begs a lot of questions — thoughful questions that couldn’t, say, be crunched into the 140-character limitations  of a Twitter post, or squeezed to the parameters of a series of SMSes. And yet, the latter is exactly what went down when, after ducking my best attempts to conduct a proper interview, DP’s David Longstreth at last offered his undivided attention — via text message. Click here to read the story (via LA Weekly), which unfolds this modern narrative in the context of the new album’s importance.

Vamos a Guatemala!

Howdy there web friend. Things will be a little quieter around Funny Ha Ha for a little bit, as this blog’s sole author/editor is heading to Guatemala tomorrow morn. I’ve got a ton of fresh work dropping while I’m gone, starting with this somewhat unusual Dirty Projectors piece, Balls Deep In The R&B (via LA Weekly). I’ll attempt brief updates from time to time but all bets are off until my return. Fresh jungle air is calling…