It’s one of those weeks where I feel like there should be more shows on my radar, but this is what I have so have at it. (update: okay, so I did overlook some that have now been slipped in. Hopefully I won’t have to do it again.)
Top Show: Leon Bridges has gotten a lot of good words said about him – and justifiably so. He has a great, classic soul sound with a nice rock kick to it. He’ll be appearing at the Grammy Museum, which (sadly if you don’t have a ticket) is sold out already.
And as I mentioned last week – The Bulls, a new “dreamgazer” band from the Duke Spirit’s Marc Sallis and Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event/Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), begin their Monday night August residency tonight at the Satellite.
Top Show(s): Those singing Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg bring their First Aid Kit to the Cathedral at Immanuel Presbyterian Church to perform their sweet harmony and folk-rock tunes. Opening for them is Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf. Wilco comes to the Greek in the aftermath of their surprise release of Star Wars, which is a free album actually worth having.
Adrien Reju showcase the folk-poppy songs from her upcoming album Strange Love and The Secret Language at the Hotel Café. The Hotel Café will also play host to L.A.-bred singer/songwriter Eddie Berman (who has worked with Laura Marling, just as a reference point) Wednesday nights (starting tonight) through September.
Top Show(s): Speaking of Laura Marling, she’s playing the Palace Theatre tonight. She recently put out a “Director’s Cut” version of her latest CD, Short Movie, which was greatly inspired by her time living in Southern California. Alynda Segarra and her band Hurray for the Riff Raff brings their rootsy tunes to the Skirball (and if you haven’t gone to their Bill Graham exhibit, make a point of seeing it).
Tonight’s Santa Monica Pier concert features Matt & Kim, James Bay, Saint Motel, and Wolf Alice. Tame Impala celebrates their new CD, Currents, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight and tomorrow night. Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at the Roxy, while Django Django appears tonight at the Mayan Theatre and tomorrow at Santa Ana’s Observatory.
Top Show: Last Saturday night, the Jayhawks played a mighty fine show in Pershing Square. Tonight, Mark Olson, who co-founded the band but now is on his own, has a solo show at McCabe’s.
Sky Ferreira checks into the Ace Hotel for a concert. Grand Performances downtown welcomes a night of indie Latin music with Gaby Moreno and Jorge Dexter. You can show some love for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin when the band plays the Satellite.
Sat. Aug. 8
Top Show: I don’t think there are tickets left but Dwight Yoakam and X are performing by the Annenberg Center for Photography in Century City.
Saturday boasts several good free shows: Mia Doi Todd at One Colorado in Pasadena, Meshell Ndegeocello at Marina Del Rey’s Chace Park and Gary and the Playboys play Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. Sharon Van Etten will performing her haunting music at the The Theatre at the Ace Hotel.Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band and the Orpheum Theatre make for a retro pairing.
Sun. Aug. 9
Top Show: Louisiana roots rockers Cowboy Mouth return to Southern California with a free concert at the Hermosa Beach Pier with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Mon. Aug. 10
Top Show: Nashville’s Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Brandanini) rides into the Satellite in advance of her debut Blue Gold. She has a cool slow twang sound that is worth checking out. The Grammy Museum plays host to Icelandic chamber pop/rockers Of Monsters And Men, who released Beneath The Skin earlier this summer.