If geographical locales could have house bands, Los Angeles Spindrift would be a prime candidate to provide a perpetual soundtrack for Death Valley. Originally conceived as a more low-key trio 17 years ago, while frontman Kirpatrick Thomas was living in Delaware, he eventually migrated to L.A. and nurtured his lysergic, Wild West-embracing vision into a sprawling seven-piece featuring players from Brian Jonestown Massacre and Psychic TV. Those heady ingredients synthesize into an excellent recipe for feeding Ennio Morricone aficionados and fans of dark, narcotic drone a la the Black Angels. Its also hardly a novelty act; Thomas is a complete artist who has also started to expand to include filmmaking. His neo-spaghetti western, The Legend of Gods Gun, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last summer. With Black Nite Crash, Levator.
Sun., June 28, 8 p.m., 2009