Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 21-24 (the Bon Iver/Blitzen Trapper edition)

Yes, I am a little behind but before I got further behind, I wanted to share some of the great shows for this weekend (and Monday).

Fri. 10/21

Top Show: Lori McKenna’s show at the Hotel Café is not surprisingly sold out, and deservedly so. She is one of the great songwriters around even if she isn’t a household name. The LA Times even did an article on her the other day – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-songwriter-lori-mckenna-on-new-album-and-hits-for-others-20161020-snap-story.html

And just because I found it, McKenna doing a bit of “Humble and Kind” in my old stomping grounds of Gloucester, MA


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his self-titled debut, Peter Case has invited several of his collaborators from that album (like Van Dyke Parks, Steven Soles and Jorge Bermudez) to join him at McCabe’s, and drummer Don Heffington and Dead Rock West will be joining in too. Hey, hey, the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour swings into the City National Grove of Anaheim. Their show last month at the Pantages was excellent. The Mint has two shows tonight – both are recommendable and both star bass players. The early show spotlights Amy LaVere, who hails from the Memphis roots music scene. The late show celebrates George Porter Jr., the fabled bassman for the Meters. Hinds, the all-female garage rock band from Spain, headlines the Regent.

The Violent Femmes play Pomona’s Fox Theatre tonight and will be playing Beach Goth tomorrow (see below). The Coffee Gallery Backstage serves up a double shot of acoustic goodness with the UK Americana band The Good Intentions and the local outfit Susie Glaze Folk Ensemble (who will play McCabe’s on Sat.). Priscilla Ahn is a SoCal singer/songwriter with a lovely, ethereal vibe; she’ll be at Largo tonight. L.A.’s own Dreamers have a record release show at the Troubadour with Night Riots and Mainland. Ra Ra Riot and Young the Giant is a fun marquee pairing for the Greek while you’ll find Andy Shauf with Scattered Clouds at The Echo.


Sat. 10/22

Top Show: Seeing Hiss Golden Messenger (whose new CD Heart Like A Levee is a must hear) at the Bootleg should be great and having Tift Merritt as his special guests only makes it, well, more special.

Shirley Manson and Donita Sparks are scheduled to appear at the screening of the rock doc, The Smart Studios (the fabled studio founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker) at the Echoplex. Ronnie Mack, Chad Watson, Paul Zollo and Matt Cartsonis are among those paying musical tribute to the great songwriter Guy Clark at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Melissa Gotttlieb & E11even The Rave-Ups and Taylor John Williams form tonight’s Mint bill. The 90’s Boston band Letters To Cleo has reformed and will be at the Troubadour. Rachael Yamagata is out with a new album Tightrope Walker; she’ll be playing Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Teragram on the 26th.


Festival break: The GrowlersBeach Goth festival happens at the Observatory Grounds this weekend. Saturday’s lineup includes Bon Iver, Patti Smith, Violent Femmes, Albert Hammond Jr., Gang of Four, Hinds and James Blake while Sunday holds Grimes, Devendra Banhart, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Timber Timbre, Dwight Twilley and Moving Units playing Joy Division.

Sun. 10/23

Top Show(s): It bears repeating that Patti Smith and her band (that includes original members Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty plus Tony Shanahan and Jack Petruzzelli) will perform her landmark album Horses which came out Dec. 1975. Also on the bill are Bon Iver and Hiss Golden Messenger (with Tift Merritt).

Earlier this year, Bloodshot released Luke Winslow-King’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, a bluesy, rootsy meditation on heartache. LW-K will be sharing tunes from this powerful album at the Hotel Café, which also welcomes San Francisco alt-rocker Megan Slankard. Oregon-based folk rockers Blitzen Trapper will do a small club show at the Bootleg.

Mersey Beat-sters Chad and Jeremy visit McCabe’s on what they say is their final US tour. Quite impressive since the duo did their first single in 1963 and scored their biggest hit, “A Summer Song” in 1964.

Here they are playing the song on American Bandstand


The winner of the first annual Harry Dean Stanton Award is…Harry Dean Stanton. Kris Kristofferson, Father John Misty, Karen O, Inara George, John C. Reilly and Harper Simon will pay tribute to Harry Dean in one way or another at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.


Mon. 11/24

Top Show: It’ll be fun time at the Echoplex with Supersuckers, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Jesse Dayton all playing some form of rocked up roots music. The Fray and American Authors will fill the Wiltern with their anthemic rock ‘n’ roll.

Of Montreal arrives at the Regent with a new album Innocence Reaches released back in August. Up-and-coming honky tonker Aaron Lewis has a date at the Hotel Café. Busman’s Holiday is a fun band from Indiana led by brothers Lewis and Addison Roger. Considering this is L.A., I’m guessing that they’ll be playing “Beach Song” at the Belasco.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 6-12 (The Drive-By Truckers/Dixie Chicks edition)

October is rolling along. This week features big names like Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Bob Weir and ZZ Top, but the top show for me would be the Drive-By Truckers/Lydia Loveless shows at the Regent.

Thur. 10/6

Top Show(s): Grammy winner Gregory Porter is one of the eminent singer/songwriters in the jazz world. You can experience his magic at the Orpheum. Guitars will be blazing at the Greek with ZZ Top and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Gregg Allman had to bow out of this tour due to health reasons). Hall of Famer Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens starts the first of two nights at the Pantages. He’s doing a few stripped-down, introspective concert to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his first hit single release, “I Love My Dog.”

Here’s a cool clip from 1967

Califone celebrates the 15th anniversary of its debut Roomsound with a show at Highland Park Ebell Club. The experimental, Americana-ish band will feature its original members: Ben Massarella, Tim Rutili, Brian Deck, Ross Andrews and Wally Boudway.

The Empty Pockets will fill the Hotel Café with their entertaining roots rock and the Georgia-based singer/songwriter Corey Smith has a show at the Mint.


Fri. 10/7

Top Show(s): The Greek offers a big bill featuring The Head and the Heart and the Tallest Man On Earth. The Nashville-by-way-of-Birmingham band The Banditos will rattle the walls at the Hotel Café with potent Dixie punk rock. The Hurdy Gurdy Man himself, Donovan, salutes the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman” with a show tonight at the Rose in Pasadena and at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre on the 8th. Grouplove comes to the Palladium behind its recently released Big Mess CD and Miniature Tigers plays the Echo in advance of their synth-y I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy. Tourist (aka London-based Grammy Award winning writer-producer William Phillips) visits the El Rey.


Sat. 10/8

Top Show(s): Besides it being Cassette Store Day, you can enjoy the talented mother-daughter duo Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche at McCabe’s. The Dixie Chicks will be indoors at the Forum tonight and outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday 10/10.The Allah-Las mine a groovy, ‘60s psychedelic rock vibe on their latest effort, Calico Review; you can dig them at the Regent.


Festival Break: Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, St. Vincent, Questlove, Kyle MacLachlan & Laura Dern, Mel Brooks, Rhye, Frank Gehry and Debbie Harry & Chris Stein are among those scheduled to appear at the The David Lynch Foundation’s first-ever Festival Of Disruption, which will be at the Ace Hotel this weekend. Will Donovan pop by?

Sun. 10/9

Top Show(s): Inara George returns to the bucolic splendor of the Theatricum Botanicum for her annual show there. She’ll have some of her pals joining her for this Theatricum fundraiser. Robyn Hitchcock, one of my all-time faves, will be joined by folks like Emma Swift, Jon Brion and Benmont Tench to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday at Largo.

Check out Robyn and Emma doing “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”

John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley will do an acoustic set of Rolling Stones music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, while veteran singer/songwriter Patty Larkin plays McCabe’s with Kenny White.


Mon. 10/10

Top Show: Bob Weir has put out his first solo album (Blue Mountain) in a long time and he’ll be bringing his “Campfire Tour” to the Wiltern. The Felice Brothers are known for the spirited live shows; you can catch them at the Echo tonight.


Tues. 10/11

Top Show(s): The Drive-By Truckers and Lydia Loveless will make for a great night of Americana music at the Regent (they’ll be there tomorrow night too!). Legendary UK Two-Tone band The Selector will play the Regent tonight and Pomona’s Glass House tomorrow as they make a rare US tour in honor of the 35th anniversary of their breakout Too Much Pressure album.


Colbie Caillat brings her Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour to the Ford

Wed. 10/12

Top Show: Neil Young tunes up for Desert Daze with concerts at Pomona’s Fox Theatre tonight and tomorrow.

Eric Hutchinson, Magic Giant and Anya Marina form the triple bill at the El Rey.


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September Desk Clearing: The Last Waltz, The T.N.T. Show, Van der Graaf Generator and more

Where were you on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. I was at a Thanksgiving table watching an NFL game. But if I could travel back in time, I would go to San Francisco’s Winterland Theatre to experience The Band’s last concert, which became the legendary concert film, The Last Waltz. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Rhino will be reissuing the Last Waltz in four new additions: a 2-CD set featuring the original soundtrack with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes on two CDs; a 4-CD edition that has the complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus The Last Waltz film on Blu-Ray; a 6-LP vinyl version (that includes the rehearsals and outtakes) and a limited edition 4-CD collector’s edition (boasting a second Blu-Ray and a 300-page book). Rarities highlights include rehearsals of “Caravan” with Van Morrison, “Such A Night” with Dr. John, and “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” a song that was not performed in concert, plus other non-film performances like “Furry Sings The Blues” with Joni Mitchell and “All Our Past Times” with Eric Clapton. I’m guessing this is make many of music fan’s gift list.


Tim Buckley is known mostly now as Jeff Buckley’s dad; however, the elder Buckley had his own intriguing career in the mid-60’s through mid-70s. His eclecticism might have been too much to achieve big mainstream success, but he was seemed to be up something interesting. On Nov. 18, Omnivore is releasing the 21-track compilation Wings: The Complete Singles 1966–1974.

Hear Buckley performing “Dolphins,” which is on the new collection, on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1974. He died of a heroin overdose the following year



The T.A.M.I Show is another historic rock concert film. The 1964 filmed concert had an all-star lineup that included Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, the Supremes and Chuck Berry. The Shout! Factory has put together a great Blu-ray pairing the T.A.M.I. Show with its The Big T.N.T. Show. T.N.T, a 1965 filmed concert with performances from the Byrds, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Ike & Tina Turner and more, is something a companion piece to the T.A.M.I. Show; however, it isn’t as well-known because it has been out of circulation more. This Dec. 2 release should rectify that. Shout! Factory also will release a Big T.N.T. Show DVD on that day too.


Check out this old trailer for the film:



I will admit that one of my favorite albums (although I had it on 8-track) in 1972 was Bette Midler’s debut The Divine Miss M. On Oct. 21, Rhino will be putting out a deluxe 2-CD version with bonus material like the previously unreleased demos “Saturday Night” and “Mr. Freedom And I.”


Country Rewind Records has assembled a CD of previously unreleased material from the late, great Waylon Jennings. The Lost Nashville Sessions (due in mid-October) features tracks that Jennings recorded in Scotty Moore’s Music City Recorders in July 1970 for a U.S. military recruitment radio program. These shows done as “promotional-use only” records and only not getting a commercial release.


Continuing on the “lost” theme. Terry Dolan is not a name you probably know unless you were in the Bay Area in the ‘70s and ‘80s (okay, maybe the ‘90s too) as the leader of Terry and the Pirates during those years. Dolan was a talented musician whose solo debut album was mysteriously cancelled by Warner Bros just before its 1973 release. The album, which features Neal Schon, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Sears and Prairie Prince, has a funky, folksy rock vibe that is both of its time and outside of it. You can finally hear it as the album will be released High Moon Records on November 25th.


Listen to its best-known track “Inlaws and Outlaws” here: http://bit.ly/2cqCGqg


Paradise of Bachelors continues its Terry Allen reissue campaign on Oct. 14 when it puts out Allen’s breakout album Lubbock (on everything). This version apparently correctly the tape speed inconsistencies found on the earlier versions of this 1979 album.


Dualtone celebrates its 15th anniversary will a cool compilation. Due out Oct. 7, In Case You Missed It, holds some rare and unreleased tracks. The 19-song set showcases Dualtone’s diverse roster with tracks by the Lumineers, Guy Clark, Shovels & Rope, Delta Spirit, Noah Gundersen, Langhorne Slim, June Carter Cash, Bobby Bare, Shakey Graves, Brett Dennen, Rosco Gordon and Chris Knight.




On Nov. 11, Umphrey’s McGee has been releasing Zonkey, a unique set contains 12 eccentric mash-ups numbers. For instance, “National Loser Anthem” includes Radiohead’s “National Anthem,” Beck’s “Loser” and Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” while “Life During Exodus” combines the Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” with Bob Marley’s “Exodus” – you get the picture, right?


Van der Graaf Generator was one of the ‘70s rock groups that I always thought had a great name and cool album covers, although I never heard much of their music. The avant rock group, led by Peter Hammill, will release their 13th album (and third since regrouping a decade ago). Do Not Disturb, due Oct. 21, undoubtedly will find them exploring some out-there musical territory.


Austin’s long-running country-punk outfit the Hickoids have a covers EP due on Oct. 21 that marks the final recordings of their late guitarist Davy Jones (yes, another rock ‘n’ roll Davy Jones). The 6-song set features tunes by such Texas acts as Roky Erickson (“I Have Always Been Here Before”), Terry Allen (“I Just Left Myself Today”), Willie Nelson (“Night Life”), the Dicks (“Dead In A Motel Room”) and Doug Sahm (“At The Crossroads”).


The Mavericks have a new live CD, entitled All Night Live Volume 1, that will be available on Oct. 14 on the band’s own Mono Mundo Recordings label. It features performances from the band’s 2015 Mono Mundo tour and focuses on tunes from their recent In Time and Mono albums. Country superstar George Strait has teamed up with Walmart for a new collection Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 (due Nov. 18), a three-disc, 56-track collection that olds 36 hit singles, 18 key album cuts and two brand new tunes.


Founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has recorded an album with his wife, and former Rossington/Collins Band vocalist, Dale Krantz-Rossington. The Take It On Faith is a bluesy outing featuring contributions from Billy Gibbons, Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson and Bekka Bramlett. Another standout Southern Rock guitarist, Marc Ford of Black Crowes fame, has fashioned a terrific gritty rootsy rock album The Vulture. Worth noting is that the bassist in his band, the Neptune Blues Club, is Johnny Bazz from the Blasters.



Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders are releasing their first album since 2008. Alone, which was produced with Dan Auerbach (yes, an Akron connection!), has an Oct. 21 due date and the band will be supporting it with a tour opening for Stevie Nicks. 10/21 also is the day for the new CD from Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker (Sony). It is album #14 from the fabled singer/songwriter, who turned 82 in September. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James not only has produced the new Jonny Fritz CD, but he has done his second solo album too; Eternally Even comes out on ATO/Capitol Records on Nov. 4.


On Nov. 11, Throwing MusesKristin Hersh will put out Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, the third CD/Book combo that she has done in recent years. She played all of the instruments on the disc, which drew inspiration from her son Wyatt. There’s also a really wonderfully “graphic novel” biography on Robert Johnson entitled Love In Vain that Faber & Faber is releasing in the US on Nov. 29.




Two folk legends Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are out on tour in support of their just released collaboration Penny’s Farm. Harvey Mandel is another name you will recognize if you have albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s (or just a music geek). He was part of the Chicago blues/rock scene, was a member of Canned Heat and played with the Rolling Stones (Ronnie Wood beat him out to replace Mick Taylor). He has a new album, Snake Pit (his first widely distributed effort in a couple decades) that features him playing (basically for the first time) with musicians who have been performing with Ryley Walker. Tompkins Square will put it out on Nov. 18.


Speaking of the Stones, they will be releasing release a live album and concert film of the performance in Cuba earlier this year Entitled Havana Moon, it will be available on a variety of formats Nov. 11. Nov. 11 also is the date for the mega-massive new Bob Dylan archival release, a 36-CD collection of all of his 1966 live recordings. Just think, if you took just one track from each disc, you would still have a 36-song compilation.


Social Distortion has compiled its first ever vinyl box set. Due Oct. 28 on Concord Bicycle, the 4-LP The Independent Years: 1983 – 2004, contains the Orange Country roots/punk band albums Mommy’s Little Monster, Prison Bound, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll and their “early years” compilation Mainliner (Wreckage From the Past).


Here’s a live acoustic version of their hit “Reach for the Sky”


On Nov. 11 Columbia/Legacy offers up a 2CD/2LP live document from Mike Watt‘s famous 1995 tour. Ring Spiel Tour ’95 captures the San Pedro icon out supporting his solo debut ball-hog or tugboat?, performing at Chicago’s The Metro club where he was aided by pals like Eddie Vedder, Dave Gohl and Pat Smear. The set includes renditions of Daniel Johnston’s “Walking The Cow,” Rank and File’s “Big Train,” Blue Oyster Cult’s “The Red and The Black” and Madonna’s “Secret Garden” – yes, it was that type of show.


Frenchkiss Records has done deluxe editions of the Hold Steady’s first two albums, Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday, that they will unveil on vinyl and CD Nov. 11. Almost Killed Me boasts five bonus tracks, including the band’s first 7” single “Milkcrate Mosh,” while Separation Sunday has six extra tracks, including previously unreleased songs “212-Margarita” and “The Most Important Thing.”


Merge has a couple of interesting upcoming reissue projects in December. They have packaged The Magnetic Fields’ first two albums, The Wayward Bus (1991) and Distant Plastic Trees (1992), together as a double LP (their vinyl debut). The Clean’s 2001 album Getaway will be put out as a double LP and double CD. The second CD (which will be available with the LP version) contains the New Zealand band’s hard-to-find, tour-only releases Syd’s Pink Wiring System and Slush Fund.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Sept. 24-25 (the “Sammy Hagar Weekend” edition)

Just wanted to circle back and offer up some weekend options for music-going.

Sat. 9/24

Top Show(s): Yes, it will be a “Sammy Hagar Weekend,” or at a Sammy Hagar Saturday, hopefully. And I am referring to today’s McCabe’s show by Bob Forrest. Apparently it’s his first show there in 25 years. Forrest is an L.A. rock legend, particularly for those around in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He fronted the great (beyond just its awesome name) Thelonious Monster, whose did the song, “Sammy Hagar Weekend.” Man, I wish I could get my hands on that old Stormy Weather cassette.

Here’s a video of a live rendition circa 1989

Pinning a label on U.K. singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas is difficult except to say she’s terrific. She’ll be playing the Teragram Ballroom. There will be great substance to the Peter Hook & The Light’s Wiltern concert as they will perform Substance, the 1987 compilation of Joy Division‘s and New Order‘s music (up to that point), which they will play sequentially. I don’t remember a compilation being the subject of a “play-an-entire-album” concert but I’m sure it has happened before. Sigur Rós graces the Hollywood Bowl stage for the first time in a decade to share their avant-rock soundscapes.

The Armenian-American world music band Element has a free show at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. The final Saturday of the LA County Fair will be a country night featuring Billy Currington and LeAnn Rimes.

The Broad Museum’s Summer Happening series continues into the Fall with performances by JD Samson and SOPHIE as well as by Charles Atlas creating a live video mix to the electro-ethereal music of Julianna Barwick.

Sun. 9/25

Top Show(s): The fantastic power pop outfit Sloan brings their One Chord To Another 20th anniversary tour to Santa Ana’s Constellation Room. I think I had that on cassette too.  Jess Abbott fronts the band Tancred, which serves up some raw ‘90s-style indie rock (I could say something like a punked-up Liz Phair but I haven’t heard enough to start making comparisons. I have heard enough to recommend their show at the Resident.

Take a look and listen to Tancred’s tune “Bed Case.”

Neil Finn and his son Liam play at Largo tonight and on Tuesday the 27th. Tonight’s show is billed was “and special guests” while Tuesday’s is “A Night with the Finns” featuring Sharon and Elroy Finn too plus friends. Either way it will be a night of mighty fine songwriting.

There will also be a family gathering at McCabe’s where the life and music of the great songwriter John Stewart (he penned “Daydream Believer”) will be celebrated by his wife, singer Buffy Ford Stewart, Shana Morrison, Bill Mumy and other friends at McCabe’s. And did you what that And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will be at the Echo tonight? They will with Creepoid and Culture Abuse also on the bill. The Skirball, meanwhile, welcomes the acclaimed Israeli folk electronic trio A-WA. It’s one of KCRW’s World Music Nights and tonight’s “world” is the world of indie rock with a big bill of heady rock ‘n’ roll featuring Bloc Party, Bob Mould and Ezra Furman.

and yes I know that Bob Mould has done so much great music since Husker Du but this song popped into my head today so I thought I tagged on this video from 1985.

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AMA Honors Isbell, Stapleton, Harris & Crowell

In you didn’t have the good fortune to get to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival, you missed out on many things including the Wednesday night’s Award show.

I just wanted to salute the winners that night:

Album of the Year: Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell, Produced by Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Group/Duo of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: “24 Frames” Jason Isbell; Written by Jason Isbell
Emerging Artist of the Year: Margo Price
Instrumentalist of the Year: Sara Watkins
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music
Association and the First Amendment Center: Billy Bragg
President’s Award: Woody Guthrie
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Shawn Colvin
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: William Bell
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Bob Weir
Lifetime Achievement Award, WagonMaster: Jim Lauderdale
Give a listen to Isbell performing the Song of the Year with his wife, the equally talented Amanda Shires.

Lauderdale also marked his 14th year serving as master of ceremonies for this show, which also offers “in memorium” tributes to Americana titans Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Stanley and Guy Clark.
This week also the passing of the preeminent songwriter J.D. Loudermilk. Loudermilk wrote such classics as “Tobacco Road” and “Indian Reservation” and had his songs covered by everyone from David Lee Roth to Solomon Burke, the Flying Burrito Brothers to the Everly Brothers.
Here’s a version of “Tobacco Road” by Eric Burdon and the Animals from a German TV appearance in 1967.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Sept. 20-23 (the St. Paul/Sister Sparrow edition)

This week is shaping up to be a soul-tastic one. So much good stuff that I am only taking you all through Friday night.

Tues. 9/20


Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Top Show(s): The Hollywood Bowl have one of their fantastic lineups that almost seems too good to be true: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Hall & Oates. It’s a trifecta of sublime soul music, all coming from slightly different viewpoints but all coming together to serve up sweet music. St. Paul & The Broken Bones avoid the sophomore slump with potent Sea of Noise. The Alabama rock ‘n’ soul outfit headline the Wiltern. Get there early to see the also highly recommended Seratones. The Greek Theater will be home to Mumford & Sons tonight and tomorrow. Catfish & The Bottlemen open tonight and Raury is tomorrow’s opener.

Youngsters might not remember that Fleetwood Mac started as a blues band. Big Mick returns these roots with his Mick Fleetwood Band. Featuring guitarist Rick Vito (a one-time Mac member), they will perform a mix of originals, Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac tunes (like the wonderful “Oh, Well”) and blues classics at the Ford Amphitheatre. The Balkan Beat Box lays down an eclectic groove at the Troubadour in advance of their upcoming Shout It Out CD

A pair of fine local rockers have hometown dates: Avi Buffalo will be at the Resident with the Kickback, while Groves headlines the Roxy.

Wed. 9/21


Will Hoge



Top Show: Will Hoge is a Nashville who should be better known, even though he has a Grammy nomination. There’s just a real-ness to his music and words. You can hear for yourself at the Mint.

Dinosaur Jr. starts its three night run at the Teragram Ballroom in support of the new Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not. I have a soft spot for the Massachusetts duo Tall Heights because they shot a video in one of my favorite places: Rockport, MA. They also make quite lovely chamber folk music, which you can get of taste of at the Resident.

Thu. 9/22

Top Show(s): This week’s hot and soulful rock ‘n’ roll continues with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performing at the Greek. Get there early to enjoy Jamestown Revival. Lera Lynn brings her smoky, twangy noir-ish tunes to the Bootleg.


Lera Lynn

Fresh from opening for Mumford & Sons earlier this week, U.K. rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen have their own show at the Wiltern. SHōTA is the name of a young singer/songwriter from Las Vegas with a Jack Johnson laidback vibe. He is out for the first time with his first EP and is playing Genghis Cohen. A little further south on Fairfax, at Molly Malone’s, L.A.-based country rocker Michael Colton will be showcasing his upcoming EP California Blue with his band. Musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins will perform her indie-folk, art-pop song cycle Girls in Trouble at the Skirball

Fri. 9/23

Top Show: Fountains of Wayne has been a fave since their first album. Now co-founder Chris Collingwood has his first solo project, Look Park. You can find him at McCabe’s tonight. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will make things funky at The Echo. The duo Twin Shadow will perform Prince’s landmark Purple Rain album in its entirety at Hollywood Forever (no comment about the choice of location). Tom Brosseau will be showcasing his new album, North Dakota Impressions (the 3rd of a trilogy started with 2014’s Grass Punks and 2015’s Perfect Abandon) at the Sanctuary in Santa Monica.


Foy Vance

Singer/songwriter Foy Vance also have a new album, The Wild Swan, that will be sharing at the Troubadour; Trevor Sensor starts the show.

Texas-style rock will fill Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion courtesy of Stonehoney. Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch bring a little bit of Nashville to the Forum tonight and Irvine Meadows tomorrow night. Tonight at Irvine Meadow will be a Jack FM nostalgia fest with Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Garbage, Violent Femmes, and Everlast with House of Pain. Band of Skulls will be rockin’ the Wiltern, while Royal Canoe surfaces at the Hi Hat; they’ve just released Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit.


Vintage Trouble

Downtown Long Beach is the spot for the Music Tastes Good festival. The 3-day event will certainly have plenty of musical goodness. The Specials, Iron and Wine, Squeeze, Dr. Dog, De la Soul, Twin Peaks, The Melvins, Living Colour, Sylvan Esso, Son Little, Pokey La Farge, Cody Chesnutt, Nick Waterhouse, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Foy Vance, Skinny Lister and Vintage Trouble are just some of the performing acts. Check http://mtglb.co for more details.


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A Festive Saturday, This Saturday (Sept. 17, that is)

If you are looking for something special to do this Saturday, there are a number of terrific music festivals taking place in Southern California.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned how the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Did you know that they formed in Long Beach? They are playing their first “hometown” show in over 40 years as they headline the 4th annual Long Beach Folk Festival. LBFF boasts its best-ever lineup with The White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan, JD McPherson, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Willy Tea Taylor, Leo “Bud” Welch and Moonsville Collective among other. And the family-friendly festival has its home at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon.


JD McPherson

We Are L.A. Family Music Festival is a rare event that brings together some of the top family music acts around: Yo Gabba Gabba, OzoKidz, Heidi Swedberg, Rhythm Child, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, the Hollow Trees and Lisa Loeb. However, the evening boasts “more adult” performers Rachel Platten. Kevin Costner & Modern West and The Reluctant Apostles with Katey Sagal. The festival, which is at Carson’s StubHub Center, holds a bunch of activities for kids and parents and will benefit a number of charities.

Things will be a little wilder at the 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride, boisterious day of rootsy rock ‘n’ roll featuring the Rev. Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, Manic Hispanic, Junior Brown, Supersuckers and Eddie Spaghetti and El Vez.


Junior Brown


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