The Black Tibetans

Selling most of their records in Japan today, it’s easy to forget The Black Tibetans started out recording music humbly in Fountain Valley in 2011. Fast forward a couple years and they’ve not only played alongside the Arctic Monkeys but have also had a single produced by Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach (who won the 2013 Grammy for Producer of the Year–no big deal). But when you listen to “Sheila” and other Black Tibetan originals, it makes sense why they’ve been able to snag such high-profile collaborations: like the music of Auerbach and the Arctic Monkeys, The Black Tibetans sound pays tribute to classic rock n’ roll–particularly, the kind with blues and punk influences and makes you want to buy a black leather jacket. But the best part? Even if the songs have that cool kid vibe, they remain earnest–and that might be The Black Tibetans’ winning quality.

Tue., July 7, 9 p.m., 2015

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