My Guide To Stagecoach

If I were going to Stagecoach this weekend, here are the acts that I would try to catch. Some are obvious – Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, ZZ Top, Hot Rize, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert. And some not so – Lindi Ortega, Lydia Loveless, Nikki Lane, Caitlin Rose, Daniel Romero, John Moreland, Lone Bellow, Andrew Combs, Handsome Family, Ben Miller Band, Devil Makes Three…oh, let me just stop there and give you my picks.


Merle Haggard Plays Friday Night

Merle Haggard Highlights Friday Night

Lindi Ortega 1-1:35

Haden Triplets 1:30-2:05

Pegi Young 1:50-2:40

Lydia Loveless 3-3:50

Handsome Family 3:20-4

Lone Bellow 4:10-5:00

Parker Millsap 4:20-5:10

Sturgill Simpson 5:20-6:10

Kacey Musgraves 6:10-7

Time Jumpers w/Vince Gill 6:30-7:20

Steve Earle 7-8

Merle Haggard 7:45-9


Daniel Romero is a fine way to start off Saturday

Daniel Romero is a fine way to start off Saturday

Daniel Romero 1-1:35

John Moreland 1:45-2:25

Nikki Lane 2:40-3:25

Caitlin Rose 3:20-4

Mac Davis 3:40-4:25

Anais Mitchell 4:20-5:10

Eli Young Band 6:05-6:55

Gregg Allman 6:50-7:50

Devil Makes Three 7-8

ZZ Top 8:15-9:30

Dierks Bentley 8:45-9:45

Miranda Lambert 10:15


The reunited Hot Rize are a Sunday must-see.

The reunited Hot Rize are a Sunday must-see.

Andrew Combs 1-1:35

Maddie & Tae – 1:15-1:45

Jason Eady 1:30-2:05

Logan Brill 1:50-2:30

Ben Miller Band 3:20-4:10

Outlaws 3:40-4:25

Chatham County Line 4:40-5:30

Eric Burdon and the Animals 4:45-5:35

Hot Rize 6-7

George Thorogood and the Destroyers 7:15-8:30

I’m sure that I missed a few gems in there. And, not surprisingly, more of my picks are early in the day than the nighttime headliners!

If you’re heading out to Indio – enjoy the shows and be safe out there.

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Go See Hear In L.A. April 21-28 (The Nikki Lane/Caitlin Rose Edition)

Well, Coachella is finally behind us but Stagecoach now is galloping in this weekend. But there is plenty of music to keep you occupied whether you are tired from Indio, headed back to Indio or ignoring Indio all together

Tues. 4/21

The popular Aussie rock band The Cat Empire will be prowling around the El Rey with the Canadian outfit Current Swell opening. Willis Earl Beal is an eccentric cat who makes, as I can best describe as, atmospheric soul music. Check him out at the Echo. The always busy Ty Segall drops into the Satellite with The Cario Gang’s Emmett Kelly and Wand’s Cory Hanson also on the bill.

Nora Jean Struthers

Nora Jean Struthers

Wed. 4/22

Top Show(s): The delightful Nora Jane Struthers brings her band The Party Line to the Hotel Café to share their rootsy tunes from their fine new Wake. More impressive Americana can be heard at the Mint, where The Grahams will be previewing songs from their impressive upcoming album, Glory Bound, which is bound to attract them some attention.

Thur. 4/23

Top Show(s): The local duo Big Harp will share their big indie pop-ness at the Echo, which will also host the alluring Lady Lamb. You can depend on a great show from the Drive-By Truckers, who will roar into the Regent.

Nashville garage rockers The Turbo Fruits party had at the Roxy in support of their just released CD No Control. Eternal Summer will open for them. Another strong double bill take places at the Troubadour where indie rock vets Matt Pond, PA and youngsters Young Buffalo will be performing. Things will be humming at the Hotel Café, where The Bluegrass Situation will present Humming House and Moonville Collective; the bands will be playing in Costa Mesa on the 24th.

Humming House

Humming House

Fri. 4/24

Top Show: The Bluegrass Situation will also be presenting the terrific Nashville-based performer Caitlin Rose at the Fold.

The eclectic instrumentalists Double Naught Spy Car share their latest, all-improv’d CD, Panorama City, with their hometown fans at Taix. The intense singer/songwriter Damien Rice headlines the Greek Theatre, while Australia-born troubadour Stu Larsen plays a set at the Hotel Café and Delicate Steve returns to town with a show at the Bootleg HiFi. Jon Brion will be during this thing – with his band and his special guests – at Largo.

Sat. 4/25

Polaris, the real fake band from the cult TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete, lands at the Echoplex. Stephen Stills, Neil Young, The White Buffalo, Chris Stills and Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle are slated to appear at the Pantages for Light Up The Blues Concert, which benefits Autism Speaks. Folk music icon Jim Kweskin will dig into his deep reservoir of music at McCabe’s. BritWeek brings the Kaiser Chiefs to the Wiltern.

Sun. 4/26

Top Show: The Roxy tonight hosts a powerhouse Americana lineup: the dynamic Nikki Lane headlines with the fiery Lindi Ortega and up-and-comer John Moreland also on the bill.

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

Louise Goffin, a talented singer/songwriter who also is the daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, has a show at McCabe’s.

Mon. 4/27

Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin has a solo gig at Largo.

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Go See Hear In L.A. April 14-19 (The Rosie Flores/Cloud Nothing Edition)

It’s the bridge week between the two Coachella festivals. So some folks are sleeping in and resting up, while others just keep on rocking.

Tues. 14

Top Show: Cloud Nothings, the pride of Cleveland, bring their fast and furious garage rock to the Echo.

Wed. 15

Top Show: The Replacements. The Palladium. The boys are back in the town. It won’t be like the old days at the Variety Arts Center. We’re all older and hopefully wiser.

Here’s them doing “Alex Chilton” up in Seattle. Feel free to sing along…

Phox Rox Roxy (I couldn’t resist, sorry). Invisible Familiars hit a kinda of woosy George Harrison psychedelic vibe on their new single “Act One.” The NYC-based band, led by Jared Samuel, has a gig at Harvard & Stone. North Carolina’s Sylvan Esso fill the Regent with their chilled out grooves; they’ll at Pomona’s Glass House on the 16th. The French band Christine and the Queen share their electro dance pop at the Echo while ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin brings his avant outfit Tuatara to the Mint to perform songs from their Underworld album

 Thur. 16.

U.K.’s The Cribs update classic rock with some New Wave touches; they’ll be sharing their new CD For All My Sisters at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room and the Roxy on the 17th. Interpol is one of the bands who have a local gig between their Coachella appearances; you can catch them at the Shrine. Another Coachella surivor, Toro Y Moi, has a Fonda concert. The German electro-pop band Milky Chance has a sold-out show at the Mayan and the Grammy Museum will have another screening of the Tower Records doc, All Things Must Pass.

Fri. 17

Top Show(s): Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival may sound like a someplace for seeing rope tricks and square dancing and, while you can do that there, you can also see an impressive lineup of musical acts: Rosie Flores performs tonight. Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars, Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards and Ian Tyson are on Saturday’s bill while Dave Stamey, Deke Dickerson, Lucky Stars, Sons of the San Joaquin and Three Bad Jacks are Sunday’s fare. Gruff Texas guitar slinger Gurf Morlix returns to McCabe’s with his new mighty fine new CD, Eatin’ At Me.

Moira Smiley & VOCO present their innovative blend of vocal harmonizing and acoustic music at Claremont’s Folk Music Center. Pat Benatar and her longtime musical collaboration and husband (and another Cleveland boy) Neil Geraldo headline the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Synth popsters Dinner open up for Mac DeMarco at the Ventura Theater.

Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

 Sat. 18

Top Show: Old school soul man Charles Bradley follows up his Coachella appearance with a show at the Roxy.

McCabe’s welcomes Noel Paul Stookey – the Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary. Amy Black previews tunes from her Muscle Shoals Sessions CD at the Hotel Café. It’s a lovely collection of soulful songs that will bring a smile to your face. Jakob Dylan headlines a special benefit at the Troubadour that will raise money to help cure Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

Sun. 19

Susie Glaze & The Highlonesome Band celebrate their new CD, Not That Kind of Girl, with a show at McCabe’s with Houston Jones.

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Flashback Friday: Translator and Kingbees

A pair of early ‘80s bands that I dug back in the day are seeing reissues this spring, both courtesy of the awesome archive-loving folks at Omnivore Recordings.

The Bay Area band Translator is best known – if known at all – for their hit “Everywhere That I’m Not,” which had big MTV play back in 1982. The group, which was on the hip 415 Records label (Romeo Void, Wire Train, etc.), was part of the wave of “College Rock” bands of that time whose smartly crafted music was too jittery for power pop and too hooky for art rock. R.E.M. probably is the most successful graduate of this school but others included bands like Guadalcanal Diary, Swimming Pool Q’s, the Reivers, Colorblind James Experience, to name a few. (raise your hand if you had one of these on vinyl or cassette?). To continue on this road of obscurity, I always associate “Everywhere That I’m Not,” with the even lesser known tune, “What Do All The People Know,” by the semi-one-hit-wonders, the Monroes.

At the end of March, Omnivore released Sometime People Forget, which collects 22 of Translators’ demos onto one disc – 20 of them have never been released before. The compilation does include “Everywhere That I’m Not,” but I wish it had a couple tunes (“Everywhere” and “Sleeping Snakes”) from their classic Heartbeats and Triggers album that I would have liked to have heard but it does have this one:

The Kingbees was part of another early ‘80s music movement, the neo-rockabilly/retro roots rock scene. The Stray Cats, another MTV-fueled success story, ranks as the most famous of this scene. The Kingbees came out of Los Angeles, where they rubbed shoulders with groups such as the Blasters and Rank & File that also loved music of the past. The Kingbees favored a slightly poppier sound, akin to Marshall Crenshaw doing rockabilly. The self-titled debut was a fun slice of vintage-flavored rock ‘n’ roll; however, they never took off like the Stray Cats – maybe because their label folded around the band’s second album.

On April 28, Omnivore will reissue an expanded version of the group’s 1980 debut. It will be bolstered by a half-dozen demos and a trio of live cuts that you might recognize (“Somethin’ Else,” “Not Fade Away” and “Bo Diddley”).

Here is the best known track “My Mistake” that should have been a bigger hit.

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Go See Hear In LA April 6-13 (The Howl/Luna/Ride Edition)

For those gearing up for the first weekend of Coachella, or just sitting it out, there is plenty of music to enjoy. The week has a particularly flashback flavor as there are performances from musicians from the ‘60s (Arlo Guthrie, Barry McGuire, PF Sloan, Graham Nash & David Crosby), the ‘70s (Jackson Browne), the ‘80s, (Jim Lauderdale, Sam Phillips, Syd Straw, Colin Hay, Neil Finn, Bruce Hornsby, Dwight Yoakam), and early ‘90s (Ride, Ron Sexsmith).

Mon. 4/6

It’s been 50 years since Arlo Guthrie spun the tale of Alice’s Restaurant. He’ll be celebrating this milestone with a performance at Disney Hall.

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale

Tues. 4/7

Top Show(s): Americana kingpin Jim Lauderdale returns to Southern California with a gig at the Echo. Another week, another fantastic David Lynch Foundation benefit. This time, they’ll celebrating the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem, Howl, with Devendra Banhart, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Courtney Love, Macy Gray, Beth Orton and Lucinda Williams among the musicians scheduled to appear.

The Nashville-based, South Africa-bred rock band Civil Twilight comes to the Troubadour in advance of their next release, Story Of An Immigrant. Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has a new project, Marching Church, that will be performing at Jewell’s Catch One with Them Are Us Too. Matt & Kim, whose new CD is called New Glow, have an Amoeba in-store free show

Wed. 4/8

Top Show(s): The much revered songwriter Ron Sexsmith hopefully will be sharing some of songs from his new CD Carousel One at the Hotel Café. The wonderful Sam Phillips is among the guests for the Watkins Family Hour at Largo. The Grammy Museum is hosting a Concert For Social Justice, with Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Melissa Etheridge, and David Crosby & Graham Nash scheduled to perform.

Garage rockers BRONCHO opens up for Tame Impala at Pomona’s Fox Theatre.

Thurs. 4/9

Top Show: Old School Shoegazers Ride have reunited, performing together for the first time since 1995, and they’ll be at the Roxy. I was really impressed with Next Year People, the new disc from Colin Hay (yes, the Men At Work guy). He has a show at Largo. The multi-talented Jenny Lewis will be playing the Echoplex, while Benjamin Booker heats up the Roxy with his bluesy rock gumbo.

The Coffee Galley Backstage flashes back to the Sixties with a bill featuring Barry McGuire, PF Sloan and one-time Byrd John York. Kimbra comes to the El Rey. The Maine has sold out the Anaheim House of Blues, while the Relationship returns to the Viper Room.

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

Fri. 4/10

Top Show: Elliot Brood is a really interesting band from Canada. You can find out what sounds they are up to at the Satellite.

The esteemed piano man Bruce Hornsby plays the Broad Stage tonight and tomorrow night. First Friday at the Natural History Museum featuring a performance from the hot local band Cherry Glazerr. Harvard of the South has a show at the Anaheim House of Blues. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg and Matt Cartsonis will be performing at McCabe’s.

Sat. 4/11

Top Show: The delightful Syd Straw will entertain folks at McCabe’s. I won’t say how many years ago I saw her perform there but it was a wildly fun time.

Sun. 4/12

Neil Finn and his son Liam will team up for a show at Largo tonight and then again on the 14th. Americana songstress Pi Jacobs has a record release show for her new album Hi-Rise Ranch as part of the Grand Ole Echo.

Pi Jacobs

Pi Jacobs

Mon. 4/13

Top Show(s): The Whisky A Go Go will turn into a honky tonk tonight as Dwight Yoakam celebrates his fine new CD Second Hand Heart. Those moody music makers Luna appear at the Echo with Tennis System.

The eclectic Michigan band The Accidentals will do a set at the Hotel Café.

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Go See Hear In L.A. March 31-April 5 (The Yonder Mountain/North Mississippi All-Stars edition)

Hey it’s Spring Break so I’m doing a “once over lightly” version of this week’s concert roundup.

Tues. 3/31

Top Show(s): Whoops – a correction: the Jessica Lea Mayfield/Seth Avett homage to Elliott Smith takes place tonight at the Wilshire Ebell, not last night as I wrote last week. Sam Outlaw, a real rising star on the L.A. country scene, has a gig at Bardot.

Death Cab for Cutie does a free show at Amoeba to celebrate the band’s new offering: Kintsugi.

Wed. 4/1

Top Show(s): It’ll be a hot time at the Troubadour as the North Mississippi All-Stars team up with Anders Osborne to perform some raucous, gritty bluesy rock ‘n’ roll from their recent collaboration, N.M.O. Jim James, Moby, Wayne Coyne, Duran Duran and Sky Ferreira are among the acts scheduled to play at the music of David Lynch at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to mark the 10th anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation.

The Relationship, featuring Weezer’s Brian Bell, U.S. Bomb’s Nate Shaw, Jon LaRue and the Bravery’s Anthony Burulich play their crunchy rock at the Viper Room.

Thurs. 4/2

Top Show(s): The Punch Brothers display their instrumental virtuosity at the Fonda, with also quite interesting Gabriel Kahane opening. The sisters HAIM will be making merry at the Troubadour. Guster serves up their smart, catchy tunes at the Wiltern.

The intriguing found sound artists known as the Public Service Broadcasting appear at the Roxy. The band Buxton showcases their latest, Half A Native at the Satellite, while Tim Jones from the Truth & Salvage Co. celebrates his solo debut, It Sure Got Late Early, at the Hotel Café.

Fri. 4/3

The much buzzed about trio, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, come to the Fonda. The Viper Room welcomes power popists Rain City Rockers (with veterans of Sum41 and Goldfinger). SoCal country mainstay James Lee Stanley performs at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

Sat. 4/4

Top Show(s): The eloquent U.K. father/daughter folk duo Martin & Eliza Carthy make it a special night at McCabe’s. The Yonder Mountain String Band and Ben Sollee create some potent acoustic music at the House of Blues. Ace guitarist Kaki King presents her multimedia project The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body at the Masonic Lodge.

Sun. 4/5

His Name Is Alive celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Echo.

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Go See Hear In L.A. March 24-30 (The Whitehorse/Last Bison Edition)

Hopefully those returning from SxSW aren’t suffering with too much of an Austin hangover because it’s a busy week starting with an especially crowded Tuesday night. (and apologizes for the number of late additions…)

Tues. 3/24

Top Show(s): The Last Bison really impressed me with their cinematic Americana sound. They have a new EP Dorado and a show at the Mint. The acclaimed local troubadour Tom Brosseau showcases his terrific new album Perfect Abandon at Largo, while another talented singer/songwriter Matthew E. White, who got much love from the New York Times for his SxSW performances, plays fresh, feisty tunes from his just released Fresh Blood at the Echo. Jam band kings Widespread Panic will reign at the Orpheum Theatre tonight and tomorrow night and punk icons Gang of Four take over the El Rey – the band, with guitarist Andy Gill as the sole O.G., put out What Happens Next last month.

NYC-based indie rocker Rubblebucket will shake things up at the Echoplex with Vacationer.

Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic

Wed. 3/25

Top Show: The Mavericks, who have another great album Mono, will headline at the Fonda. Largo hosts another edition of the Watkins Family Hour, with Milk Carton Kid Joey Ryan and John C. Reilly among the guests.

Futurebirds land at the Satellite. Cheeky U.K. singer/songwriter Beans On Toast (aka Jay McAllister) comes to the Mint – track down his tune “New Orleans Honeymoon, it’s a fun one. The Grammy Museum hosts a screening of the Tower Records doc All Things Must Pass, with filmmaker Colin Hanks and store founder Russ Solomon in attendance.

Thurs. 3/26

Top Show: Whitehorse, the collaboration between the husband-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, showcase their inventive, eclectic music at the Hotel Café. They released the quite captivating Leave No Bridge Unburned about a month ago. Also on the Hotel Café bill will be Julian Moon, who will be presenting songs from her bright, poppy debut Good Girl.

Roots rockers Rose’s Pawn Shop will play at the Roxy and BRONCHO returns to town with an Echo show. The Moscow-based rock band Pompeya has a Satellite gig. Michael Rault will preview tunes from his upcoming Burger Records album Living Daylight at El Centro’s Strangers Bar and will also be at Burgerama on the 29th at Santa Ana’s Observatory. The electronic duo Humans will populate Los Globos to celebrate their recently released CD Noontide. One-time Byrd John York plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage with Chad Watson and Billy Darnell.

Fri. 3/27

Top Show: The one and only Roky Erickson plays the Roxy with his band, The Hounds of Baskervilles.

Beguiling jazz chanteuse Hailey Tuck checks into the Hotel Cafe to share an eclectic set of tunes. Folk scene mainstay Christine Lavin comes to McCabe’s. It’ll be a wild time at Jewel Catch One as the King Khan & BBQ Show will be performing. A pair of MonkeesMickey Dolenz and Peter Tork – will play at Indio’s Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. JEFF The Brotherhood will rock things up at the Troubadour while Colleen Green is on the Echo’s bill.

Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Sat. 3/28

Top Show: It’ll be a damn good time at the Mint as the Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band will be playing in support of their raucous, fun new disc So Delicious.

Laguna Beach’s Blue Water Music Festival takes place today and tomorrow. Pato Banton, Pawn Shop Kings and The Record Company are among today’s bands while Allen Stone, Brett Dennen, the White Buffalo, The Truth & Salvage Co. and Magnolia Memoir play on Sunday. Up in the Theatricum Botanicum, there will be a salute to the songs of Pete Seeger with Suzie Glaze, the Geer Family Singers and Stephen Michael Schwartz among the performers. Those old wise-acres Cracker comes to the  House of Blues on Sunset. The clever Twerps celebrate their Merge debut Range Anxiety at the Echo with Jacco Gardner and Happyness. The three bands will also be part of Burgerama’s show on Sunday along with White Fence, The Entrance Band and other groups.

Sun. 3/29

Along with the big Burgerama, the Grand Ole Echo will be having a twangy time at the Echo and Denny Laine, who played guitar in Wings and the Moody Blues, has a show at McCabe’s.

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett

Mon. 3/30

Top Show(s): The Fonda Theater is the site for Brian Fest, which salutes the music of Brian Wilson. Among the scheduled performers for this Sweet Relief benefit are Norah Jones, Boz Scaggs, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart, Best Coast‘s Bethany Cosentino, Flaming LipsWayne Coyne and Steve Drozd and Beach Boy Al Jardine. Meanwhile, over the Wilshire Ebell, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett celebrate the songs of Elliott Smith.

Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil come to town with a record release show for their new album, Goliath. Danielson and The Nine-Fruit Tree also are on the bill.

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