Go See Hear In L.A. May 25-27 (the Mother Hips/Son Little edition)

For the sake of time considerations, I will be splitting this week into two parts. Part one will go through Friday and part two (hopefully) will cover the rest.

Wed. 5/25

Top Show(s): Two rock ‘n’ roll survivors, Jonny Two Bags and Bob Forrest, will be playing at the Hi Hat in Highland Park, while modern retro soul man Son Little has a show at the Echo.


The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad recently opened for the Cure (doesn’t their name fit right in with the Cure?); the elegant Scottish trio headlines the Teragram tonight. Hank Green is known for the videos he makes with his brother, author John Green. Hank also has a band, The Perfect Strangers, who will be sharing an unusual bill at the Regent. Also performing are the Driftless Pony Club (led by YouTube star Craig Benzine aka Wheezywaiter), another YouTube big shot Rob Scallon, Andrew Huang and, my personal faves from this bill: Harry and the Potters. Jack Bruno has overcome some addiction problems and is making music again as Raw Fabrics – he’s playing the Roxy tonight.

Thurs. 5/26

Top Show(s): Punk pioneers the Buzzcocks headline the Mayan Theater, with the Residuels.


San Fermin

San Fermin and Ivan & Alyosha make for a night of interesting, adventurous music at the Teragram. The Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery also has a strong double bill featuring Blonde Redhead and the Canadian band Wintersleep.

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Jonah Smith, who has performed on America’s Got Talent, will be doing a set at the Hotel Café. The avant-pop trio Braids come down from Montreal for a show at the Echo, while Maria Usbeck and Yumi Zouma make for a tongue-twisting bill at Los Globos.

Fri. 5/27

Top Show(s): Mother Hips has been a little unsung in the Americana rock scene but you can discover them for yourselves at the Troubadour. Brett Dennen worked with producer Dave Cobb on his new album Por Favor, and it is definitely his most musically diverse outing; he’s at the El Rey tonight.


Brett Dennen

The Atlanta fierce female rock trio The Coathangers come to the Fonda in support of their latest effort Nosebleed Weekend. Spain concludes its residency at the Love Song in DTLA while Jon Brion returns to his home-away-from-home Largo.

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Hey, Ho, Let’s Go: Ramones’ 40th Anniversary Celebration Rocks On

It always seems to happen that as soon as I put together a roundup of interesting music news, that something else interesting arrives in my inbox. In this case, it is the upcoming deluxe reissue of the Ramones‘ eponymous debut. April marked its 40th anniversary and, on July 29, Rhino will release a limited edition super salute to that landmark album.


It will be a 3-CD set – and you will probably ask: “How do you create a 3-disc set from an album that clocked in at under a half hour?” Here is your answer. One disc contains the stereo and mono mixes of the album. Disc two offers 18 rarities, outtakes and single mixes, including such previously unreleased tracks as the demos for “53rd & 3rd,” “Chainsaw” and “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl,” plus the demo and uncensored versions of “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World.” The third disc holds both sets from their Aug. 12, 1976 show at the Roxy in L.A. While the first set has been released before (on the 2001 Leave Home reissue), the second hasn’t – so you can compare and contrast their performances in the two sets.

There will also an LP of the mono mix of the album plus other goodies like production notes from producer Craig Leon, an essay from rock journalist Mitchell Cohen and photos by Roberta Bayley, who did the album’s cover shot.

The music may be 40 years old but it is still as fresh as ever.


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Monday Morning Desk Clearing: Eggs Over Easy, Gov’t Mule & Joan Baez

I wanted to caught up with some of the music news that I have come across so far this month. First,  I will admit it – I am a fan of pub rock music. Brinsley Schwarz, Duck Deluxe, the Motors – yeah, bands you probably know little, if any, about. Eggs Over Easy is the band credited as one of the pioneers of this musical sub-genre. They were an American band who found themselves in England in the early ‘70s. During 1971, they had a regular gig at the Hope & Anchor pub in London and their slightly twangy, slightly soulful rock won over a bunch of local musicians who then started their own bands – thus the start of pub rock. I mention all of this because Yep Roc is releasing a 2-CD Eggs Over Easy retrospective, Good ‘N’ Cheap, on June 24, which will make this group’s music a little more accessible.

Here’s their tune “Pistol On A Shelf”

In more Yep Rock news, Fountains of Wayne lead singer Chris Collingwood has done his first solo outing. Look Park, which is due July 22, is produced by Mitchell Froom and features the vet. rhythm section of bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams) and drummer Michael Urbano (Ron Sexsmith, Todd Rundgren). Collingwood’s bandmate, Adam Schlesinger served as producer for the upcoming Monkees album Good Times, their first new studio album in 20 years, come out on Rhino on Friday.

On June 24, ATO Records and Round Records will put out GarciaLive Volume Six: July 5, 1973 – Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders. This 3-CD collection captures the two playing in a small club in Marin County, CA. Playing with them are drummer Bill Vitt and bassist John Kahn. This show occurred days before they played a concert that was immortalized as Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders: Live at Keystone.


Merl Sanders & Jerry Garcia

In more archival concert news, Concord Bicycle Music has teamed up with Blackbird Presents to release a trio of live recordings: The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia (both via Rounder Records) and The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music (to be issued via Concord Records).

Rhino continues its Mac attack with a deluxe reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage on July 29. The 1982 release will be available in a single CD format, a 2-CD set (with a disc of b-sides and rarities) and the big 3-disc collection (that includes a disc of live recordings).

Back in January, an all-star concert saluted Joan Baez, who turns 75 this year. The show, with included David Bromberg, Jackson BrowneMary Chapin CarpenterJudy CollinsDavid CrosbyIndigo Girls, Emmylou HarrisDamien RicePaul SimonMavis Staples and Richard Thompson, was recorded by PBS, who will broadcast the event on its Great Performances series this summer.

On July 3, Carole King will perform her seminal album Tapestry in its entirety in London’s Hyde Park. Among her guests will be Don Henley and King’s daughter Louise Goffin (who will be releasing a retrospective of her own work on July 1).


Lora McKenna

One of my favorite songwriters Lori McKenna has a new album due July 29. The Bird & The Rifle, produced by the seemingly omnipresent Dave Cobb, is the follow up to the splendid Numbered Doors, which came out in 2014. Esmé Patterson, who so impressed on her solo debut Woman To Woman as well as her work with Shakey Graves, will release her latest effort, the wonderful We Were Wild on June 10 via Grand Jury. And have I mentioned that Elizabeth Cook’s Exodus of Venus is coming out June 17? Take a listen to her new tune “Methadone Blues.”

John Gorka is putting out his debut album, sort of. In 1987, Gorka’s debut I Know came out. However, in 1985, he recorded what he thought would be his first album with producer Jim Rooney. On July 22, Red House (which released I Know) will put out Before Beginning, The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985, which contains these previously unreleased recordings.

On Aug. 5, Gov’t Mule unveils some previously unreleased material. The Tel-Star Sessions (Evil Teen Records) will present the band’s first demos, recorded at Bradenton, Florida’s Tel-Star Studios in June of 1994, and features their original lineup: Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts.


Gov’t Mule

Tompkins Square has reissued a pair of albums done by super cult singer/songwriter Bob Brown in the early ‘70s – The Wall I Built Myself (1970) and Willoughby’s Lament (1971). Both were put out on a label Richie Havens had (Stormy Forest) and Havens produced the two albums too. There’s an interesting article on him on dcist.com: http://dcist.com/2016/05/the_hospitality_of_music_bob_brown.php

In the crowd-sourcing category. Deb Talen, one half of the Weepies, has created a kickstarter campaign for a solo effort. You can learn more at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/debtalan/deb-talan-lucky-girl-the-weepies-singers-solo-reco/.

The Daptone folks are working on a documentary Living on Soul about their label – which should make for a terrific movie – and they too have a kickstarter campaign for it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/192634647/living-on-soul-a-daptone-records-film?token=c86e28ff/.

The benefit album, Welcome To Desperate Times, has had a successful Pledge Music fund drive. The album will raise money for a charity: water, a non-profit that brings clean, safe drinking water to developing countries. It will have acts like Hayes Carll, Kelly Willis, Ben Kweller, Slobberbone, Those Darlins, Sarah Jaffe and Monte Warden & Chip Kinman covering the songs of the Old 97’s. Look for it before the end of the year.

July 29 is the date for the new one from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel is the type of eclectic Americana you would expect from these guys, which now has a new drummer in Tony Leone (who has played with Ollabelle and Levon Helm). The veteran wild roots rock band Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will offer up their latest The Commandments According to SCAC on Sept. 2.  Cass McCombs has signed with Anti Records, which means that there should be a new offering from this acclaimed singer/songwriter somewhere down the road.


Heroes of Toolik

Heroes of Toolik has been described as “an off-kilter, post-punk super group,” and that is pretty accurate. These Heroes include guitarist Arad Evans (who played with Glenn Branca), bassist Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers, The Necessaries) and drummer Billy Ficca (Television, The Waitresses). Their sophomore effort, Like Night, arrives in August and was produced by Wharton Tiers (Helmet, Sonic Youth, New York Dolls).

The Stone Roses released a new tune (“All For One”), which is their first new song in over two decades and they are supposedly working on a full length that Columbia will put out in America. There are some more concrete details on the upcoming Jeff Beck release. Loud Hailer. Due July 15 on Atco, it features Beck playing with a lineup featuring singer Rosie Bones, guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti. It’s the same week that his limited edition book, BECK01, which is packed with rare photos and memorabilia, will be published.

Coming out on DVD June 14 is a decidedly quirky 2001 cult film Southlander that might not be notable except that it features music performances by Beck, Beth Orton, Hank Williams III and the late jazz drummer Billy Higgins as well as having appearances from Laura Prepon, Ione Sky, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and Elliott Smith.

Kesha did a really impressive rendition of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” when Ben Folds had her join him during his L.A. show on May 18. Check it out here:

This July the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit on the Zac Brown Band, which will be up for a year. It will showcase the band’s stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and other memorabilia.

And congratulations to Billboard for creating the Americana/Folk Album Sales chart. Hard to believe but Americana had not been a sales chart until now.


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Go See Hear In L.A. May 18-24 (the Albert Cross/Mudcrutch edition) – Updated

This upcoming week is a particularly rocking one with shows from Bad Company & Joe Walsh, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and the Who to The Thermals, Titus Andronicus and Divine Weeks. And that’s not counting Neil Young and Stephen Stills appearances at the Light Up The Night benefit. UPDATED: I came across a whole slew of shows that slipped past me so now they are included.

Wed. 5/18

Top Show(s): Ben Folds and yMusic will be making beautiful if slightly off-beat music at the Orpheum. They collaborated on Folds’ latest So There. Phases will be laying down their frisky indie pop at the Roxy; the local outfit includes Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes) and Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet). The Troubadour hosts a pair of terrific singer/songwriters: Damien Jurado and up-and-comer Ben Abraham (the Australian released his debut Sirens in March).


The Stray Birds

The Bluegrass Situation will be presenting the Yep Roc trio Stray Birds and Lydia Luce. If you remember the ‘80s fondly, whether you lived through the decade or not, you might want to head to the Grammy Museum where they will screen the CNN’s The Eighties episode: “Video Killed the Radio Star,” and a panel discussion featuring journalist/filmmaker Nelson George and Bangles co-founder Susanna Hoffs.

Thur. 5/19


The Thermals

Top Show(s): The punchy punk pop Portland OR band The Thermals have a great new album We Disappear (on Saddle Creek) – as if you like albums that rock, you’ll like this one – and a headlining show at the Teragram Ballroom. Here’s a pairing you might not expect: Mac DeMarco and Jonathan Richman – however, they both make slightly unhinged yet also sweet music although from different directions. So what happens when they share the bill at the Greek. Southern U.K. rock has been a term placed on Alberta Cross. However, you classify them, they are well worth the listen – they’re landing at the Satellite tonight.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts a 50th anniversary salute to the short-lived OC club The Paradox with appearance by Jim Felder (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Bruce Kunkel (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Steve Noonan and more. The Brit band The Boxer Rebellion showcase their recently released Ocean By Ocean at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge. The Rose welcomes the Motels, who will be at the Canyon Club tomorrow night. Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge and more) has a Book Soup appearance to talk about his memoir Stick It.

Fri. 5/20

Top Show: The Forum will be rockin’ old school with the awesome classic rock bill of Joe Walsh and Bad Company (Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke are on this tour although Black Crowe Rich Robinson is subbing for guitarist Mick Ralphs).

Here’s a relatively recent Walsh rendition of “Funk #49”

Coincidentally, or not, you can experience Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek. Stiff Records survivor Wreckless Eric plays his charmingly quirky tunes at La Cita in DTLA. The Mynabirds and the Fruit Bats make for an interesting bill at the Roxy, while the Show Ponies and Moonshiner Collective are at the Bootleg. You’ll find the Wild Nothing at the Regent It’s country night at the Irvine Amp, with a strong lineup featuring Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae, and more twang can be heard at the Valley Performing Arts Center where Jewel will make a “Picking Up the Pieces” tour stop and at Saint Rocke where Deana Carter has a show.


Sat. 5/21

Top Show(s): Divine Weeks, who were one of L.A.’s top indie rockers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, have released their first album in a long, long while, See Those Landing Lights, which is a bracing blast of music. Garage rock intellectuals Titus Andronicus swing through the Southland with a show at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Fonda on the 23rd with La Sera opening. They’ll have a record release show at Fais Do Do. The 4th annual Light Up the Night Autism benefit presents a great night of music for a great cause. Neil Young, Stephen Stills (and his new all-star band The Ride), Jakob Dylan, Nikka Costa and The War On Drugs are among the scheduled performers. The always interesting troubadour Josh Rouse performs at McCabe’s tonight and the Hotel Café on the 22nd.

josh rouse

Josh Rouse

Thing will be a little wild at Santa Anita Park (and not due to horses) as the Supersuckers, Cadillac Tramps and Cash’d Out have a concert there. Grammy winning, international star Angelique Kidjo performs at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.  Nada Surf and Prism Tats pair up at the Teragram Ballroom, while Norway’s Bernhoft brings his dance friendly electro-pop to the Troubadour and the Echo will welcome King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

Festival break: The annual Doheny Blues Festival will fill this weekend with a packed lineup of blues, rock and other roots-based acts. Saturday’s performers include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Neville, the Edgar Winter Band, the James Hunter Six, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers and the Rip Cat Records Revue (featuring Kid Ramos) while Sunday’s offerings feature Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones (featuring Monster Mike Welch), the Record Company and Roy Rogers with Carlos Reyes and the Delta Rhythm Kings. Saturday holds the Like Total ’80s Festival at Santa Ana’s Yost Theater, which gives you another chance to see the Motels, along with Naked Eyes, A Flock of Seagulls and Dramarama. Sunday, it’s the Claremont Folk Festival, which presents the talented multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, the Grammy Award-winning East L.A. Chicano rock group Quetzal and an acoustic set (perhaps?) from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.


Sun. 5/22

Top Show(s): Tim O’Brien is one of Americana’s real jewels; the versatile performer will be at McCabe’s. The Grand Ole Echo will salute the marvelous songs of Townes Van Zandt, with scheduled appearances by Leslie Stevens, Rob Melancon, Brian Whelan and Brent Rademaker (I wouldn’t be surprised if a Guy Clark tune or two are played too). Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey brings the Who‘s 50th anniversary tour to the Honda Center; they’ll be at the Staples Center on the 25th while the Cure starts its 3-night run at the Hollywood Bowl tonight.

Tim Heidecker, of Tim & Eric fame (infamy?) has a new album In Glendale and a show in the Teragram Ballroom. Jazz Fusion flautist Tim Weisberg, best known in pop circles for his collaborations with Dan Fogelberg, brings his band to the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Blueman Albert Castiglia plays Long Beach’s Malarkey’s Saloon in support of his latest Big Dog and Seattle’s rockers Pony Time will spend some time at the Smell.


Mon. 5/23

Top Show(s): Tom Petty’s new old band, Mudcrutch has a new album and they will be doing two benefits for the Midnight Mission tonight and tomorrow at CSUN’s Plaza Del Sol Theater. Sean and Sara Watkins bring the wonderful Watkins Family Hour back to Largo. Rod Melancon is a great young Americana troubadour from Louisiana; you can check him out at Silverlake Lounge. Red-hot country songstress Margo Price will be playing the Hotel Café, although I’m guessing it is sold out.

Sold out for sure is the Halsey appearance at the Grammy Museum. The Bootleg’s bill features Gavin Turek. Veteran bluesman Guy Davis shares a Coffee Gallery Backstage bill with Matt Cartsonis, while guitarist/producer Pete Anderson will playing the blues at the Burbank Moose Lodge (yes, I doubled checked that).


Tues. 5/24

The Muffs have a free in-store at Amoeba. Body/Head, featuring Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, will be at the Echo along with Telecaves and Emmett Kelly (the band, not the clown). The Hotel Café’s bill includes the Brambles, Adam Levy and Simon Townshend (younger brother of Pete), while Frightened Rabbit and Caveman can be found at the Fonda.

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RIP: Candye Kane


I have been wanting to write about Candye Kane, who lost her valiant, 8-year battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer on May 6. I had the pleasure of interviewing the blues singer some years back for an article and I had wanted to write about her again – unfortunately this is the occasion.


Just looking at her music career, there is much to admire. Kane was a powerhouse blues belter whose singing was full of personality and life. She recorded over a dozen albums, including some for Rounder, Antone’s and Sire, and was a frequent Blues Music Award nominee. Her music exuded a fun-loving, ribald side but there also was a fierceness in her music and her songs also held strong messages of empowerment and inclusiveness.


Beyond the music, Kane lived an extraordinary life. She called herself an “East L.A. white homegirl,” Kane grew up in a broken home, was a single mom at 17. Worked as a adult pinup model while being a part of the L.A. punk/cowpunk scenes of the early ‘80s. By the late ‘80s, her musical interests turned to blues (you can hear Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown, Etta James in her sound) and started her recording career. For some years, she did Tupperware parties. In the early 2000’s, she converted to Judaism in the 2000’s. Kane also was a long-time supporter of social causes, particularly regarding rights of sex workers and the LGBT community. Her life was quite a story, so it is not surprising she helped create a stage musical, The Toughest Girl Alive, based on her story.


Here are a few clips that showcase Kane’s musical career


From last year




from Dutch TV




and going all the way back to 1989



Seek out any of her albums, there are all a treat.

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Go See Hear In L.A. May 11-17 (the Bob Mould/Andrew Bird edition)

I’ve got a crazy busy week so I will skip the preamble and get to the good stuff, and hopefully I won’t discover additional interesting shows after I hit “publish.”

Wed. 5/11

You can bid farewell to the Motion City Soundtrack at Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Belasco in DTLA tomorrow night, as the long-running indie power pop rockers are out on their final tour. This year’s Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies will screen the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. Check www.FathomEvents.com for cinema locations and times. Former Angeleno Chris Cohen returns to town to play his psychedelic-fringed pop at the Echo, while the El Rey will be illuminated with electro-pop sounds of Lights tonight and tomorrow.


Thurs. 5/12

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who backed up Mr. Neil Young on his last tour, ride back into L.A. with a show at the Troubadour. You can find Night Moves (aka John Pelant) at the Echo. The Mint will be welcoming Javier Colon; the former Voice contestant will be sharing his pop/R&B/rock music from his newly released Concord debut, Gravity. The nostalgic rock tours of summer begin with the Journey/Doobie Brothers bill at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.


Fri. 5/13

Top Show(s): Two of the finest songwriters of their generations – John Prine and Jason Isbell – have partnered up for a tour that will be stopping at the Greek. Amanda Shires, Isbell’s wife and talented musician in her own right, also will be performing.

Three of them recently performed Prine’s “Storm Windows.”



Bob Mould is a name etched in the American Punk Pantheon. He has a new album, Patch The Sky, and a show at the Teragram Ballroom. Grammy Museum welcomes Claudette Robinson and Warren “Pete” Moore, two founding members of the Miracles (as in Smokey Robinson &) to talk about the band and Motown in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Miracles. Soul will also be in the spotlight at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, where Charles Bradley is the headliner. The dynamic singer released his mighty fine new CD, Changes last month on Dunham / Daptone Records. The up-and-coming singer Sam Fischer is his opener.


Charles Bradley

Canadian blues troubadour Matt Andersen isn’t that well known in the U.S. outside of blues circles, but he is getting more attention with his new album. Honest Man. He’ll be playing the Mint tonight. NPR’s Bob Boilen has written a book, Your Song Changed My Life, about the inspirations for various musicians’ work; he’ll be appearing at Skylight Books tonight. Macy Gray will sing up a storm at the Saban Theater while Wild Belle and James Supercave form a super, wild bill at the Echoplex.


Sat. 5/14


Richard Thompson

Top Show(s): Richard Thompson is a master guitarist, songwriter and singer, plus he has a great sly English wit about him. It all adds up to a must-see live performer and you can see him at the Teragram tonight. Andrew Bird and John Grant, a pair of idiosyncratic singer/songwriters, play a pair of nights at the Theatre at Hotel Ace tonight and tomorrow. Janiva Magness has a real winner with her new CD Love Wins Again. The blues powerhouse will be performing at McCabe’s.

Here is her doing CCR’s “Long As I Can See The Light”


KROQ’s Weenie Roast, out at Irvine Meadows, is a mixed bag of acts, but the highlights include (in no particular order): Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miike Snow and Lukas Graham.  Blues guitar ace Coco Montoya plays the Arcadia Blues Club tonight while the Hotel Café has a strong night of music, featuring D. Edwards, Matthew Mayfield and the Brambles.


Sun. 5/15

Top Show(s): Sunday is a perfect day to hear The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, who have a show at the Bootleg. The Echo hosts a special celebration of Pet Sounds’ 50th Anniversary. Host by Brian Wilson biographer Domenic Priore, the show features acts like Aaron Embry, Dios, Eleni Mandell, The Henry Clay People and Sam Morrow.

Here’s a vintage clip of the Beach Boys doing the sublime “God Only Know”


Singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose has a fine CD just out, Still The Birds, which has a James Taylor quality to it. He’ll be at McCabe’s with journalist/musician Paul Zollo.  Remember the ‘80s? Remember that great single, “Melt With You?” Well, Modern English will be performing their debut LP Mesh & Lace as part of the PartTimePunk’s 11th Year Anniversary show at the Echoplex. Here’s their original video


Music fun and funny music can be heard tonight at Largo where Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm and “Friends will perform.



Mon. 5/16

The Troubadour welcomes Joseph Arthur, who always has something interesting brewing. Lee Harvey Osmond is his opener.


Tues. 5/17

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen brings his rootsy pop to the Mint with Marie Miller also on the bill.

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Go See Hear In L.A. May 4-10 (the Lily & Madeleine/Peter Bjorn & John edition).

Well, today is May 4. Sometimes celebrated as Star Wars Day or as Cinco de Mayo eve. However you are celebrating the day, I hope you have fun. And here are some recommendations for live music fun for today and into next week.

Wed. 5/4

Top Show(s): John Doe will be at the Grammy Museum to celebrate a pair of project – he has a great new album (The Westerner) as well as a fascinating new book Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.

I hesitated to include Todd Rundgren as a “top show” since I’m not sure what he’ll be doing at the Rose in Pasadena but I still have fond memories of his classic early ‘70s songs. This might not be my favorite Todd tune but it is a neat vintage video clip:

A fave local honky tonkers Dave Serby returns to the Cinema Bar with his band, the Latest Scam. Cult hero guitarist Kid Congo Powers, who has played in the Gun Club, the Cramps and the Bad Seeds brings his Pink Monkey Birds to the Echo. Bleached is a cool Cali pop-blasted punk band. They are out supporting their awesome new CD Welcome The Worms with a show at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and tomorrow night at the Teragram Ballroom; No Parents is their opener.

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles swings through the Southland on her solo tour with a stop at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center, while Mayor Hawthorne serves up some soulful sounds at the Santa Ana’s Observatory.

Thurs. 5/5

Top Show: There’s just something so fun about Gin Wigmore. The New Zealand-born singer blends tough girl rock with some dance floor punch. She headlines the El Rey with Dorothy opening the show.

Jennifer Barwick creates experimental ethereal music. Her new work, Will, comes out on 5/6. She has a show at Highland Park’s Ebel Club with Mas Ysa as well as a sold out concert at the spectacular Velaslavasay Panorama. The female fronted band Lucius have a new CD out (Good Grief) that is more good than grief; they’ll deliver some pop-edged indie rock at the Fonda. Peter Bjorn and John are best known for their wonderful single “Young Folks.” The Swedish trio previews their forthcoming Breakin’ Point at the Echo. Anaheim’s House of Blues welcomes popular country rockers Eli Young Band.

Fri. 5/6

Escondido (seek out their new album Walking With A Stranger) is part of the First Friday event at the Natural History Museum. Korey Dane and Paul Bergmann will also be performing and there will be a listening party for the upcoming Neil Young CD, Earth. Long Beach-based troubadour Mike Jacoby has a hometown show at Brix on the Shore to celebrate his fine new record Northeastsouthwest.  The up-and-coming Twin City group Hippo Campus create quite appealing hooky rock music, both smooth and eclectic – a bit Vampire Weekend-y. They play the Echo with Riothorse Royale.


Hippo Campus


East Coast roots rockers Quiet Life lands at the Satellite; their latest Foggy was produced by Dr. Dog‘s Scott McMicken. Crystal Bowersox, who brought some twang to the Voice, has a show at McCabe’s and SoCal pop-rockers Rooney gear up for the release of their first new album (Washed Away) in a while with a show at the Teragram.

Sat. 5/7

Top Show(s): McCabe’s hosts a pair of six-string wizards Albert Lee and Jerry Donahue. Their credits are too long to mention but they will put on a master class of guitar playing.


Violent Femmes

The mischievous Midwesterners Violent Femmes will be found at the Orpheum in DTLA tonight and at Santa Ana’s Observatory tomorrow night. The trio recently put out We Can Do Anything, their first album in 16 years!

Sun. 5/8

One of L.A. best singer-songwriters Tom Freund has a full band show at Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood tonight, with Laney Jones sharing the bill.

Mon. 5/9


Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon may be from France (and she’s Jane Birkin’s daughter) but there’s an American quality to her folk/pop music. She’ll be performing at the Roxy tonight. Fairbanks will headline this week’s Grand Ole Echo.

Tues.  5/10

Top Show: The Jurkiewicz sisters, better known as  Lily & Madeleine, made music wiser than their years. Their new New West release Keep It Together blends together pop, rock and Americana into a wonderfully dreamy sound. They will be headlining the Troubadour tonight.



Keith Urban will have a sit down at the Grammy Museum to talk about his new CD Ripchord. The Hotel Café hosts a night filled with talented singer/songwriters: Cary Brothers, Jesse Thomas, Garrison Starr and Sam Fischer on the Second Stage and Jeff Foucault on the main stage. The Seattle-based guitar pop outfit Tangerine can be found at the Satellite tonight while Aussie rockers The Griswolds play the Fonda tonight with Magic Man and Santa Ana’s Observatory tomorrow night. Radical Face, who is out showcasing his Family Tree trilogy, has a show at the Teragram (although it is probably sold out by now).


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