Fleet Foxes at the Palladium

The Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes will perform at the Hollywood Palladium on May 7.  The five-person group describes their style as baroque harmonic pop and is widely recognized for their lyrics and harmony.  The group formed among a group of high school friends who idolized Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  After gaining a following on their Myspace page, the Fleet Foxes rose to popularity by late 2007, and their fan base spread until they earned a record deal with Warner music. Their upcoming album Helplessness Blues, which is set to release on May 3, is being anxiously awaited by critics and fans. The hope is that the new album will echo the same lyrical brilliance and musical originality as the last.  Fans can see for themselves by purchasing tickets, ranging from $60 all the way up to $200.

Xavier Rudd sings of social themes

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd will perform at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2.  After establishing a strong following in Australia and Canada, Rudd began to gain recognition in the states by performing in music festivals and concerts.  He often integrates themes of social consciousness into his music, singing about environmentalism and the rights of the Aboriginal people. Known for his original mixture of styles and themes, Rudd covers many different subjects in his music, all unified by romantic idealism and folk style.  To make his act even more unique, Rudd plays a wide variety of instruments, including guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes, djembe drums, and slide banjos.  Tickets to see this rare and rising artist range from $25 to $60.

Yelle at Music Box

Yelle, a French electro-pop and dance favorite consisting of lead singer Yelle and her band mates, will perform on May 21 at the Music Box in Los Angeles.  The band gained a following on Myspace after posting their first single, “Je ve te voir.”  The song attracted the attention of the record label called Source.  After rising to fame in France, the band has captured attention globally despite making songs completely in French.  They have completed a North American tour and also performed at the Coachella Music Festival in 2008.  Their diverse fan-base from multiple countries can finally enjoy the group’s second album, Safari Disco Club, which was just recently released.  Yelle fans can look forward to a spirited, humorous and energetic night of dancing at the Music Box for the price of a $25 ticket.