SARA BAREILLES: Her get-in-our-head-and-stay-put ditty "Love Song" has certainly been one of the powerhouses of pop music of the last couple of years; in fact, there are few other songs that have equaled its reach. And when we recently read that our First Lady loves "Love Song," too, we thought: well, there it is. This will go down as one of those memorable sweet treats of the aughts. The winsome lass behind the hit is singin' up a veritable storm at Hotel Cafe through Friday, March 13. 1623 1/2 Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood. 323-461-2040
ALSO ON MARCH 12...
FOR PUNK FANS: Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is screening not one but two movies about Brit outfit The Fall. Riveting stuff, especially when you consider that this particular band had dozens -- and dozens -- of members over the course of time. 8PM.
FOR ALT-COUNTRY FANS: Seems like there was a time that whenever we tuned into Sounds Eclectic, twangy sweetheart Shelby Lynne was strumming away. Which is good, because one can never hear enough Shelby Lynne. She's playing with Raul Malo of The Mavericks at HOB Sunset Strip. 8:30PM
FOR LOVERS OF FRENCH POP: Yelle is all about electronic flights of fancy and surreal soundscapes achieved via synth-y streams. Pouty Parisien late-night fun, found at the El Rey on Wilshire at the reasonable hour of 8PM.