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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RIP: Michael Brown and Andy Fraser

This week saw the passing of two musicians from the opposite ends of the rock spectrum, who each helped to create a timeless song that has left indelible mark on pop music.

Michael Brown was the man behind the classic piece of orchestral pop (maybe the first great baroque rock tune) “Walk Away Renee” the big Left Banke hit that he wrote when he was only 16.

Here is a lip-synch clip (courtesy of dailymotion.com and youtube) that when the band was on Where The Action Is (what are the odds that I watched this episode?)

Andy Fraser was also a teen prodigy, joining John Mayall‘s band when he was 15. The story goes that he went to school with Alexis Korner (influential U.K. blues man and d.j.) who recommended Fraser to Mayall. He formed Free with Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Paul Kossoff (the first two later started Bad Company while Kossoff was a guitar wizard who died tragically young). Fraser come up with Free’s signature tune “All Right Now” when he was about 18.

Here is Youtube clip from a 1969 Australia performance

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Joe Walsh, Kurt Cobain and an Old “Walk Away” Video

I went be to my Cleveland rock ‘n’ roll roots the other night to dig up some James Gang on YouTube. I watched this version of their great tune “Walk Away” and seeing Joe Walsh in this video made me think of Kurt Cobain. I’m not the first to think up this similarity but any reason to post this video seems like a good one.

and also note the missing spelling of drummer Jimmy Fox’s name at the beginning.

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Go See Hear In L.A. March 17-24 (The John Doe/Joe Pug Edition)

In case you are still in L.A. and not Austin, here are some shows worth checking out.

Wed. 3/18

Local troubadour Henry Wolfe lands at the Satellite with Night Cruise.

Cory Branan

Cory Branan

Thurs. 3/19

Top Show: Cory Branan released one of my fave CDs of last year, the wonderfully entitled (and quite excellent) No-Hit Wonder. He’ll share his wry, ramshackled roots music at the Roxy. Another talented singer/songwriter Joe Pug showcases his fine new album Windfall at the Echo where Field Report’s Chris Porterfield will also do a set.

Railroad Earth will be laying down some newgrass jams at the El Rey while more jams can be experienced at the Mint where Red Baraat plays their “dhol-n-brass” music. The legendary Chieftains celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with 3 nights at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Fri. 3/20

The Echo will reverberate with the surfy garage rock of the Tijuana Panthers tonight and tomorrow.

Sat. 3/21

Top Show(s): The First Unitarian Church hosts Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe and Exene in what undoubtedly will be a memorable night of music. Tweedy starts its 2-night stand at the Ace Hotel. Tonight Eleanor Friedberger opens and Sunday it’s the Minus 5 (who just released their 10th album: Dungeon Gold on Yep Roc).

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur

The lovely Maria Muldaur presents a “multi-media concert retrospective” at McCabe’s. Bluesman Guitar Shorty returns to Harvelle’s in Santa Monica. And Keith Partridge (aka David Cassidy) will make the ladies remember their tween years when he plays the Saban in Beverly Hills.

Sun. 3/22

Santiparro unleashes some psychedelic-folk sounds at All Welcome Records in Inglewood. The Airborne Toxic Event has a pair of new releases to spotlight at the Tower Theatre. U.K.-born Terry Reid, a cult figure who has been around since the ‘60s, performs at McCabe’s. Of Montreal plays the Regent Theater tonight with Yip Deceiver and on Monday the 23rd they’ll be at Largo.

Terry Reid

Terry Reid

Mon. 3/23

Quirky indie folk/rockers Two Sheds will release their sophomore disc Assembling Out in May but you can hear them at Harvard & Stone tonight with another fine L.A. band, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining.

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Go See Hear In L.A. March 9-16 (The Hey Rosetta!/Hurray For The Riff Raff edition)

Before you start packing your bags for SxSW, take some time to go see some shows in town.

Tues. 3/10

The Aussie group San Cisco, who have a super catchy tune “Too Much Time Together,” has a sold out show at the Troubadour. Local pop/rockers North of Nine has an EP release show at the Satellite.

Wed. 3/11

Hey, the band Hey Rosetta! brings their orchestral rock to the Bootleg HiFi. Mat Kearney has a new album (Just Kids) and is headlining the Wiltern.

Thurs. 3/12

Top Show(s): Hurray, tonight Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the Troubadour. Alynda Lee Segarra is a rising star in the Americana world. The local Tall Tales and the Silver Lining serves up some SoCal-flavored roots music at the Mint.

Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band stir things up at the Echo. Another Australian band, The Griswolds open for Walk The Moon at the Palladium.

Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton

Fri. 3/13

Top Show(s): The soulful troubadour Martin Sexton will be at the El Rey. Lauren Shera serves up folk-pop tunes from her Gold And Rust album at Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke where Jackie Greene will headline. Jackie Greene’s Yep Roc debut Back to Birth is due out in August.

The inventive instrumentalists now known at Tin Hat performs at McCabe’s Alabama rockers Wray play the Hangbag Factory, while Ewert and the Two Dragons, an Estonian indie rock band, checking into the Hotel Café. The Satellite hosts The Record Company, Miranda Lee Richards and Ivory DeVille.

 Sat. 3/14

 Twang guitar virtuoso Junior Brown lays down some licks at McCabe’s. Two survivors of ‘70s arena rock, Blue Oyster Cult and Uriah Heep, share the bill at the Saban Theater. Young shoegazers Title Fight makes some noise at the Regent tonight and Pomona’s Glass House tomorrow night.


Title Fight

Sun. 3/15

Indie folk icon Ani DiFranco will be at the Anaheim House of Blues tonight and L.A.’s Orpheum Theater on the 18th. The chamber-pop trio Pearl and the Beard open both shows.

Mon. 3/16

Ben Ottewell, Gomez’s singer and lead guitarist, does a solo turn at the Hotel Café and the reformed Juliana Hatfield Trio will be their 1993 album, Become What You Are, in its entirety at the Roxy.

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Replacements Update: New Box Set A-Comin’

So if the news of the Replacements‘ reunion tour isn’t enough to make you smile, then here is some news that just make. Rhino Records has assembled a box set of all of the band’s full-length albums – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), Hootenanny (1983)
Let It Be (1984), Tim (1985), Pleased to Meet Me (1987), Don’t Tell a Soul (1989)
and All Shook Down (1990), plus 1982’s Stink EP – all into one convenient collection. There won’t be any bonus material, just the original albums all remastered. Here is the fun press release about it.


So, you don’t have an excuse to keep those old cassettes any more. The box set will come out on April 14, in between their show in San Francisco and the first night in Los Angeles.

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In The News: Glen Campbell, Kurt Cobain and Alex Johnson

Two rather sad stories that I saw on Billboard today.

Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is up for sale. The 1,522 sq. ft. house is listed for $400,000. And the story says that the house contains items, like the dining room table, from when Kurt lived there. Read more at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6494337/kurt-cobain-childhood-home-on-sale-nirvana-listing-washington-aberdeen?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily_digest&utm_campaign=Daily%20Digest&mobile_redirection=false

There was also a story that two of Glen Campbell‘s grown children, Travis Campbell and Debby Campbell-Cloyd have filed a petition against Kim Campbell, who has been married to Glen for 32 years, because they don’t like the way she has been dealing with his medical and financial issues. You can learn more at http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/6487826/glen-campbells-children-fight-wifes-control-of-affairs?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily_digest&utm_campaign=Daily%20Digest

Finally, Spring Training has begun, so my thoughts are turning to baseball. So I was sadden to see the passing of Alex Johnson. He was one of the best hitters in baseball for a short time in the 70’s, but he also had a tumultuous career for whatever reasons troubled him. Johnson played only one season for my Cleveland Indians in 1972 and it probably was his wrong year statistically. His .239 batting average was nearly 100 points lower than this average just two seasons earlier (.329) – I looked this up; I didn’t have it memorized as you perhaps might have guessed.


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