So many shows, so little time – so let’s it to it…
Tues. Sept. 16
Top Show: I don’t know much about the New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints but they really impressed me with their album How Red Is The Blood, which stands up to any Americana that an American band can dish out. They’ll play the Coffee Gallery Backstage with 10 String Symphony.
Of Montreal lands at the Mayan with Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan) serving as the opener. Radkey, Rise Against and Touché Amoré have a two-night stand at the Wiltern.
Wed. Sept. 17
Top Show(s): Karen O celebrates her recently released, and critically acclaimed, solo debut Crush Songs with 3 nights at the Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge. The Buzzcocks are this week’s entry in the reunited punk rock band front. They’ll be at the Fonda.
Dave Mason has had a long history in rock (most notably as a founding member of Traffic), which he will showcase at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine. The young rock outfit Empires plays the Troubadour in front of their major label debut Orphan that is due next week, while Pree plays the Silverlake Lounge.
Thurs. Sept. 18
Top Show(s): The cup runneth over today. The Old Crow Medicine Show continue to be on the top Americana act around, and their live shows are always a delight. You’ll find them at the Wiltern. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds serve up their rock n’ soul music at the Hotel Café; Chuck Ragan (ex-Hot Water Music) also has a set at there. Blake Mills celebrates his mighty fine new album Heigh Ho at the El Rey. Neutral Milk Hotel and the Breeders offer a blast bacl to the ‘80s college rock era – except that they will be at the Hollywood Bowl, not some beer-sticky club.
The bluesy Davina and the Vagabond headline the Mint while the Littlest Birds bring their folksy tunes to the Mint’s backroom, the Mid-City Music Lounge. The Echo welcomes Meg Myers, Irontom and Bizzy Kiddo. Lovelife plays their smooth tunes at the Roxy. Lynda Kay will do her last gig at the Three Clubs for a while.
Fri. Sept. 19
Top Show: Alice Boman is another talented Swedish import. She’ll perform her spare, stirring music at the Bootleg.
The talented singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson has a show at McCabe’s and the Kennedys play the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Young Dubliners and King Washington fill the bill at Anaheim’s House of Blues. Bell X1 lands at Largo and you can dig The Dig at the Satellite while The Cerny Brothers return to the Mint. Relive the British Invasion as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Chad & Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, Mike Pender’s Searchers and Denny Laine rock it old school at the Beverly Hills’ Saban Theater. Candye Kane will belt out her bluesy tunes at San Pedro’s Godmothers; she’ll also be part of the big Make The Music Go Bang festival Saturday at Santa Ana’s Observatory. Rock photographer Deborah Feingold will have a book talk and signing for her photo anthology Music at Book Soup.
Sat. Sept. 20
Top Show(s): Beck will spend the weekend at the Orpheum. Anais Mitchell brings her bracing acoustic music to McCabe’s. X, The Blasters, The Paladins, Lee Rocker, Los Straitjackets, The Avengers, Victoria Williams, The Farmers, James Intveld and Jamie James & The Kingbees are among the rootsy punk rockers on the awesome lineup for the Make The Music Go Bang Festival at Santa Ana’s Observatory.
Joan Jett, Bow Wow Wow, Violent Femmes and Naked Eyes are a few of the “oldies” playing Jack’s 9th Show at the Honda Center. Laidback soft rockers Stephen Bishop, Dan Hill and John Ford Coley are at the Saban Theater.
Sun. Sept. 21
Top Show(s): Andrew Bird, Devendra Banhart and Caetano Veloso form a really intriguing Hollywood Bowl bill. Marcia Ball and Terrance Simien will make the Saban Theatre rock, New Orleans-style.
Blues master Guitar Shorty plays Hermosa Beach’s Sainte Rocke. Meshell Ndegeocello headlines the El Rey.
Mon. Sept. 22
Stu Larsen, who recently was in town on a bill with Passenger and The Once, has a solo set at the Hotel Café. Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello’s long-time keyboardist, has a solo show at Largo. Promising UK singer Pete Molinari will be at School Night at Bardot.