I've had some delightful nights at the reassuringly frozen-in-amber Echo Park French restaurant Taix -- a one-hour interview with Jenny Lewis that turned into three hours of cracking wise over endless soup and salad; a first date that yielded my current relationship (those two nights were on different occasions, alas). But we've always gone for the salty-old-man-in-a-bow-tie vibe, never for music.
That's going to change Friday. As part of Filter's Culture Collide Festival, a bunch of shows got rejiggered and some unexpectedly marquee shows ended up in the restaurant's bar.
Avi Buffalo, who we've profiled at length, has gone through a pretty major re-imagining of his Sub Pop-signed indie project, with a very different lineup and (we hear) a new focus on his roots in blues and gospel guitar styles. If you haven't seen him play, let it be known that he puts jaws on the floor any time he touches an instrument. He headlines the night at 11:30, atop a solo set from Ian Ball of Gomez and the spritzy pop-rock of the Postelles.