Recent live highlights: Two Door Cinema Club, Postelles, Constellations

Two Door Cinema Club got one of the best LA debut crowd reactions that I've seen

Two months ago, the Troubadour folks were telling me that the Two Door Cinema Club show would likely sell out.  When the Irish band played on Jimmy Kimmel May 3, they were tight and energetic.  Two nights later, the club was filled for the band’s LA debut.  That energy was there from the beginning, and the band really took off about three or four songs into their set.  These guys can play and they’ve also got a bunch of good songs.  Soon enough, the fans in the second floor bleachers were up and dancing–a rare sight at this club that’s seen it all.  By encore time, it was just plain loud in there.  A huge triumph for a bunch of young kids playing their first LA show.

I’ve been raving about The Constellations, who blew me away this year at SXSW.  They were my big discovery this year among bands descending upon Austin without hype.  8-strong from Atlanta, they invaded Spaceland and brought their buzz to LA.  They play great and with amazing energy, the musical parts are inventive, and Elijah Jones is a true front man.  They take from various genres.  Their fine “Southern Gothic” album drops in June, and I think this band can be one of the biggest new groups of 2010.  First single “Felecia” is doing well around the country.  You can check out my interview with them herePostelles lead singer Daniel Balk said onstage that The Constellations are the best live band he’s ever seen.

I knew precious little about The Postelles before catching them at Spaceland following The Constellations.  These New Yorkers are another guitar-oriented band with strong melodies and garage roots.  I was there to see The Constellations and figured I hang around for a song or two.  The band is compelling and got me to watch the whole thing.  Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes is producing their forthcoming album, and you can download their cool “White Night” song from their site.  They’re definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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