Go See Hear In L.A. Nov.24-27 (the Flamin Groovies edition)

It’s a light week because of Thanksgiving but here are some choice shows to see after you have had enough pumpkin pie.

Tues. 11/24

It’ll Blum and Weiss at the Echo tonight. That’s Mal Blum and Allison Weiss, who will present a night of heady, punky music. Blum has a particularly endearing video for her song, “Robert Frost.”


Wed. 11/25

Thanksgiving is a time for families as well as The Family Of The Year. The fizzy indie rock L.A. band is back home to play Pomona’s Glass House tonight and the Troubadour Nov. 27-28. Everclear’s breakout album Sparkle And Fade turns 20 and the band is celebrating the best way it knows how – by performing the album in concert at Anaheim’s House Of Blues. The Bootleg is “deez” place to catch Darwin Deez, who has a new album of hooky guitar pop to share.

Thur. 11/26

Turkey, parades, football and too much dessert.

Fri. 11/27

The Wiltern offers its version of Black Friday craziness with a show of wild gypsy rock ‘n’ roll by Gogol Bordello.

Sat. 11/28


Nikki Lane

Top Show: Feisty country chanteuse Nikki Lane returns to Southern California to perform at the Roxy tonight and Santa Ana’s Observatory tomorrow night. Lane’s All Or Nothin’ was one of my fave CDs for 2014 and she’s working on its follow-up with Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Father John Misty) at the helm. Opening the shows will be Nashville garage rockers Clear Plastic Masks. The veteran cult rock band The Flamin’ Groovies will light up the Bootleg tonight.

Sun. 11/29

Tonight offers two “oldies” acts at the opposite ends of the music spectrum. See what punk’s mischief man Johnny Lyndon is up to when he brings PiL to the Fonda. Meanwhile, McCabe’s welcomes Spanky McFarlane – yes, from the hit ‘60s group Spanky & Our Gang fame whose big hit was “Sunday Won’t Ever Be The Same.” Joining her will be Coco Dolenz (Micky’s sister).


The critically acclaimed British rock band Foals were recently named “Best Act In The World” at the U.K.’s Q Awards. You can see if they live up the hype when they headline the Wiltern tonight.

Mon. 11/30

Sara Hartman, a buzzed-about NY-born, Berlin-based electro/acoustic popster, will be part of the School Night at Bardot’s while singer/songwriter Angelo De Augustine has a set at the Hotel Café.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 16-22 (The Sturgill Simpson Vs. Hayes Carll edition)

This week is a good week to be a fan of gritty country troubadours with Chris Stapleton playing on Monday, Ryan Bingham on Wednesday, Sturgill Simpson and Hayes Carll on Friday and that’s not counting Holly Golightly, Rhett Miller or Lucero.

Mon. 11/16

Hot Show: Chris Stapleton, hot off of his CMA’s triumphs, headlines the El Rey.

Longtime indie rockers Low are at the Troubadour. School Night at Bardot’s welcomes the impressive local vocalist Moses Sumney, Brooklyn-based soulful crooner Kevin Garrett and the fine Aussie folk-rock quintet Boy & Bear.

Tues. 11/17

Top Show: Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford of Squeeze fame make their second local stop on their The “At Odds Couple” Tour with a show at the Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Twin River will intersect at Harvard & Stone where the Vancouver band will play its fizzy, fuzzy indie rock while Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) fills the Fonda with its dark electro-pop and Meg Myers delivers her brooding dance music at the El Rey.

Wed. 11/18


Ryan Bingham

Top Show(s): Rough-hewn troubadour Ryan Bingham headlines a terrific twangy show at the Regent with Jamestown Revival opening. The Palladium hosts the moody sounds of City and Colour with fine Americana outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff. Bruce Springsteen, Eric Church and Jill Scott are just a few of the performers lined up for the Shining A Light: A Concert For Progress On Race In America happening at the Shrine Auditorium.

Two intriguing singer/songwriters El May (aka Lara Meyerratken) and Sara Lov will share their music at the Hotel Café. The Good Life, who are on Saddle Creek, and Big Harp, who have been on Saddle Creek, play the Troubadour tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 19th

Thurs. 11/19

The Mint will be full of joyous soul music tonight with sets from Danielle Nicole and Liz Vice. Broncho and Pearl Charles also make for a strong bill. They perform at the Teragram Ballroom tonight and the Constellation Room on the 21st. Minus The Bear and Murder By Death can be found at the El Rey.

Fri. 11/20

Top Show(s): Hayes Carll is one of my favorite songwriters. You can catch him at Largo with someone who will be hearing more about: Aubrie Sellers. Sturgill Simpson, who had one of 2014’s best albums, returns to town with a show at the Theater at the Ace Hotel tonight and tomorrow night. Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller has a solo show at McCabe’s. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs come to town with their raw rootsy effort Coulda Shoulda Woulda. They hit the Redwood Bar tonight and Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar on Sunday the 22nd.


Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

The Polyphonic Spree celebrates 15 years of eclectic music-making at the El Rey. L.A.’s own Babes will showcase their debut full length – Untitled (Five Tears) – at the Bootleg, while Texas’ Toadies celebrate their new album Heretics at the Hotel Café. One of my favorite band names We Were Promised Jetpacks land at the Teragram Ballroom.

Sat. 11/21



Top Show(s): Lucero, whose All A Man Should Do is one of my favorite CDs of 2015, headlines at the El Rey. The folks at Wild Honey have put together another great concert benefiting the Autism Think Tank with Iain Matthews, Christine Collister and Au Pairs (the new duo from Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Old Ceremony’s Django Haskins) performing at Santa Monica’s intimate Morgan-Wixson Theater.

The Brooklyn Afro-beat outfit Antibalas will get things cooking at the Regent. McCabe’s welcomes veteran folk singer Christine Lavin while singer/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane will be at the Hotel Café.

Sun. 11/22


Francesca Blanchard

Top Show: I have been enjoying the new album from Francesca Blanchard entitled deux visions. The title is apropos because the Vermont-based singer sings in both English and French on it. She’ll be opening for Yuna at the Troubadour.

Two garage rock vets The Pandoras and The Woggles will make for a wild time at the Satellite. Sean Watkins has a solo show at McCabe’s (just wondering if any of his pals will be stopping by) and the El Rey offers Mr Little Jeans and Soren Boyce.

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Weekend Roundup: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, Dion & Buck Owens

I was going to call this a Classic Rock Edition since the majority of items fit that category but there are a few (Jeff Buckley is one, The Arcs are another). Anyway, here are the music world tidbits.

The New Year will see a new album from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion. New York Is My Home is the title of the CD, which is slated to come out Feb. 16 on Richard Gottehrer’s Instant Records (via The Orchard). The title track finds Dion dueting with another New York legend Paul Simon.

Here is the video for that tune:

To Power Pop aficionados, the name Emitt Rhodes is held in mythical proportions. Rhodes released a trio of now-revered albums in the early ‘70s on which he basically played everything. Then the records stopped. Rhodes is finally putting out a new full-length. On Feb. 26, Omnivore Recordings will release Rainbow Ends, Rhodes’ first album in 43 years. This time, he has help in the studio, with Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion and Wilco’s Nels Cline and Pat Sansone being among his guests.


Tom Jones, who has had something of a career revival and reinvention of late, will release his latest effort Long Lost Suitcase (Dec. 4, S-Curve Records) that will serve as a companion to his new autobiography Over The Top And Back. The CD has a pair of originals to with 11 covers that run the gamut from Willie Dixon’s “Bring It On Home” to the Milk Carton Kids’ “Honey, Honey,” Dave Van Ronk’s “He Was A Friend of Mine” to Los Lobos’ “Everybody Loves A Train.”

Here’s his rendition of Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues.”

Before Jeff Buckley made before his debut album, he did some demos of songs to give his producers a sense of what he wanted the record to sound like. Columbia/Legacy has compiled these demos into a CD that will come out on March 16. The tracks include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman”) Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight,” a couple of Smiths’ songs (“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,” “I Know It’s Over”), some old chestnuts (“Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’,” “Poor Boy Long Way From Home) and his originals “Grace” and “Dream Of You and I.”

Give a listen to his take on Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”

Thanksgiving weekend brings a treat to fans of New York City’s No Wave scene of the late ’70s. The Other People label has assembled a Teenage Jesus and the Jerks live CD covering the years 1977-79. The band was led by Lydia Lunch, who has been a major figue in the art/punk universe that grew out of this downtown Manhattan scene. This live album includes material recorded at legendary NYC haunts CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City as well as Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern.

Another option this Thanksgiving is to visit Alice’s Restaurant. PBS stations will be broadcasting Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie. This multi-media show features a full band including Arlo’s son Abe. Arlo-philes will note that the Alice’s Restaurant album came out in 1967; however, the events of the “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” happened in 1965.

A quick Record Store Day Update: Nonesuch Records will put out a 10” six-song EP The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I, with Dan Auerbach’s band The Arcs playing with Dr. John and David Hidalgo. The digital version will be released on Dec. 11.

The Lone Bellow, The Wood Brothers, Will Kimbrough and Sugar & the Hi-Lows are among the Americana acts who have contributed to Phil Madiera’s Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Volume II that has a Jan. 11 release date.

Here’s “Kyrie,” the collaboration between Emmylou Harris and John Paul White of Civil Wars fame.

Another fine sequel is Omnivore’s Buck ’Em! Volume 2: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975). The 50-song 2-CD set of the Bakersfield great includes a number of live tracks and outtake versions of “A Different Kind of Sad” and “He Ain’t Been Out Bowling With The Boys” plus an early version “Down In New Orleans.”


Ronnie Wood told ABC Radio that the Rolling Stones might be returning to the studio, as early as December, to start working on a new album. Their last release, A Bigger Bang, came out in 2005.

On December 5, John Lennon would have turned 75. To honor the man and his legacy, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, will take place at Madison Square Garden. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello, The Roots, Sheryl Crow and Eric Church are among the performers who have been announced as performers. The concert will be broadcast on AMC on Dec. 19.

I don’t know if the holiday movie Love The Coopers will be worth seeing, but the soundtrack seems like it is worth a listen. The 13-track Republic Records release includes Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Otis Redding (“Merry Christmas, Baby”), Nina Simone (“To Love Somebody”), Fleet Foxes (“White Winter Hymnal”), Sarah Jarosz (“Ring Them Bells”) and a new recording by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (“The Light Of Christmas”). No “It’s Christmas In Prison” however.

The Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards took place earlier this week. Organized, naturally enough, by Classic Rock Magazine, the honorees included Led Zeppelin (Reissue of the Year), AC/DC (Band of the Year), Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Night (Classic Album), Queen (Living Legends) and Nils Lofgren (Outstanding Contribution). It seems like what I heard on the radio in 1978 – so it seems right. I do wonder if Lofgren “came to dance.”

In sadder Classic Rock news, Motorhead’s longtime (but often on-again, off-again) drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor died this week at the age of 61.

Condolences also are in order for the family of the great New Orleans musician/producer Allen Toussaint, who passed away on November 9 in Madrid, Spain following a show. He was 77. The marvelously multi-talented Toussaint found success as a songwriter (“Mother-in-Law,” “Southern Nights”) and producer (LaBelle, Dr. John) as well as a musician on his own (like his Grammy-nominated Elvis Costello collaboration Rivers In Reverse). I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert just a few years ago and he brought such a joyfulness to his performing that it was truly uplifting.

Here’s a clip from that L.A show:

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Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 11-16 (The Phil & Dave/Chris & Glenn edition)

Yes, a little late again. But hopefully better late than never…

Wed. 11/11

Top Show: On their Fall Migration tour, the singing cellist Ben Sollee and the indie orchestra Mother Falcon (with a just released CD Good Luck Have Fun) have teamed up to do collaborative shows – one of which is at the Teragram Ballroom.

A.J. Croce is marking the 20th anniversary of his album That’s Me At The Bar with a two-night stand at Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Quilt, who has a quite appealing folksy chamber pop sound, play the Bootleg while Americana-leaning rock duo In The Valley Below surfaces at the El Rey and Moon Taxi rises at the Troubadour behind their latest Daybreaker.

Thurs. 11/12


Suzy Bogguss

Top Show(s): Suzy Bogguss is something of an underrated Nashville performer. Her latest effort is a Merle Haggard salute, Lucky. She plays Don The Beachcomber tonight and McCabe’s on Saturday. ‘90s Brit Shoegazers Ride has returned and will headline the Wiltern. Bitter:Sweet songstress Shana Halligan has a record release gig at the Hotel Café for her solo outing Back To Me. The adventurous outfit Bird Dog will showcase tunes from their upcoming EP Misty Shrub at Venice’s Townhouse. Long Beach’s Federal Bar will host two talented troubadours: Tom Freund and Eric McKeown.

Two veteran singer/songwriters, James Lee Stanley (the twangier one) and Iain Matthews (the British-born, Texas-based one who had a hit with Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”) share the bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Gardens and Villa continue to twist rock conventions on their new disc Music For Dogs.

Fri. 11/13

Top Show(s): Tish Hinojosa is an another under-appreciated roots musician; you can catch her at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The City National Grove of Anaheim hosts that dynamic duo Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford (yes, the Squeeze guys) who are out on an acoustic tour.


Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook

Also doing an acoustic tour is Yo La Tengo, who will be at the Theater at the Ace Hotel. To coincide with the 25th anniversary of their great Fakebook album, they recently put out another fine covers project Stuff Like That There.

Head east to Riverside tonight to join the Ozomatli party at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Head north to Santa Barbara to see the terrific Portland band Blitzen Trapper who are out with a new CD Across The Land. There’s a fun feel to Here We Go Magic’s CD Be Small, which mixes eclectic grooves with some rock bite. They headline the Bootleg with NYC’s Big Thief opening. Vet rockers Collective Souls celebrate their latest See What You Started By Continuing at the Wiltern. The October Project’s Mary Fahl has a solo show at McCabe’s. LACMA screens the Janis Joplin doc Janis: Little Girl Blue with director Amy J. Berg appearing.

Sat. 11/14

Dave and Phil Alvin

Dave and Phil Alvin

Top Show: Dave & Phil Alvin have collaborated on another great album, Lost Time. Their show at the Troubadour should be a real barnburner. Erin McKeown has a date at the Hotel Café with southern troubadour Rod Picott.

The Psychedelic Furs play Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Teragram Ballroom on Monday, which should be better venues for them than the Hollywood Bowl where they played in September. Mark Sebastian, John’s brother, has a matinee show at Coffee Gallery Backstage. Doug Jackson and Van Dyke Parks are supposed to be his guests. Quirky indie rockers Born Ruffians play the Teragram Ballroom behind their new one Ruff. Rootsy rockers King Washington headline the bill at the Echo. Hebraic reggae star Matisyahu has a show at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Jewel performs at the Palace Theatre.

Sun. 11/15

Kali Uchis is a singer with a lot of buzz; she’ll be performing at the Park Plaza Hotel. The Charlatans – not the UK nor the Sixties hippie group but a band with former and current members of Decemberists, Guided By Voices and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Mon. 11/16

Hot Show: Chris Stapleton, hot off of his CMA’s triumphs, headlines the El Rey.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Longtime indie rockers Low are at the Troubadour, while Aussie folk-pop duo Boy & Bear will be part of School Night at Bardot.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 4-9 (The Those Pretty Wrongs/Darlingside edition)

Yes, a little late this week. And it wasn’t because I couldn’t decide what to call this edition. The other choices I came up with were Steel Wheels/Made of Oak, Tushka/ Alyeska or 2Ton Bridge/Leon Bridges. Did I make the right pick?

Wed. 11/4

Phish’s Trey Anastasio does a solo turn with his own band at the Wiltern. Singer/songwriter Heather Maloney performs at Room 5 while Ben Caplan comes down from Canada for a show at No Vacancy.

Thurs. 11/5

Top Show(s): Paul Bergmann, an impressive introspective troubadour with rich, resonate voice, has a set at the Hotel Café in support of his new EP Romantic Thoughts. Audrey Karrasch has a cool sound that’s like a dancier Mazzy Star. She’ll showcase songs from her new one, Forever Audrey at Dirty Laundry.

See what you think:

Ryn Weaver has a show at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and L.A.’s Belasco Theater on 11/7. Eleanor Friedberger and Fay come to El Cid. Made of Oak (the solo project from Syvan Esso’ Nick Sanborn) will be at the Bootleg with Tuskha (a project from Bowerbirds’ Phil Moore) and you can view electro popsters Repter at Club Bahia.

Fri. 11/6

Top Show(s): Check out David Ramirez at the Hotel Café as well as fine new effort Fables, which was produced by Noah Gundersen. The El Rey has a great bill with the quite promising young band Darlingside opening for the exquisite Patty Griffin. Up at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre will be the always excellent Richard Thompson, while out in Riverside, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will raise the energy level at the Municipal Auditorium.

The great Senegalese music Youssou N’Dour will fill Disney Hall will the spirited sounds of his homeland. Midwestern Americana troubadour Jeffrey Foucault will be sharing his songs at McCabe’s

Sat. 11/7

Top Show(s): Maybe this week’s top show is the Wild Honey benefit at the Ivar Theater with Dan Wilson and Those Pretty Wrongs, a collaboration between Luther Russell and Big Star’s Jody Stephens. Alyeska is a local band getting some well-deserved buzz; they have a show at performing at the Americana Lounge at 5 p.m. as part of the Only In Hollywood Music Festival. Another top local Americana group, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining open for Vetiver at the Bootleg. Austin’s soul-tastic band The Nightowls will keep you rocking at the Mint. And in a color coordinated show, the legendary psychedelic band Red Krayola performs at REDCAT

Duncan Sheik has taken time out from creating hit Broadway musicals to do “regular music.” He has a beguiling new album Legerdemain and a tour stop with Suzanne Vega at the Saban Theater. Things will get a little wilder at Pomona’s Glass House where the bill features the Dandy Warhols and Miranda Lee Richards. San Francisco’s R&B/Soul outfit Con Brio will get you moving at the Teragram Ballroom. McCabe’s plays host to the roots music group Steel Wheels and local singer/songwriter Soren Bryce will be at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room.

Sun. 11/8

Top Show: Bloodshot Records’ band The Yawpers will deliver some rough-hewn twang rock at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar this afternoon at 2pm and then at the Viper Room at 8pm.

You can see Art Garfunkel, with Paul Simon, at the Wiltern. Lee Ranaldo, without Sonic Youth at The Echo. Melissa Etheridge, without a band, at the Cerritos Center. At the Trip, meanwhile, you can see 2Ton Bridge, a project by troubadour Alexander Wright.

Mon. 11/9

Top Show(s): Disney Hall will be filled with some beautiful music as Glen Hansard and Aoife O’Donovan have a concert there. Leon Bridges is 2015’s bright new acts. He’ll be at the Fonda tonight and 11/10, with Kali Uchis (perhaps one of the stars for ’16) opens.

Jesse Harris has a show at the Blue Whale tonight and tomorrow will be at Largo for the Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris show; the talented arty folk musician Sam Amidon opens the Largo concert. Tonight, the Largo stage will be filled by The Scott Amendola Band featuring Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Jeff Parker and John Shifflett.

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Friday Desk Clearing: Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, Grateful Dead and Lucinda Williams

Wanted to share some recent news, if case you haven’t heard yet, about upcoming releases, Record Store Day and Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.

In time for the holiday shopping season, Warner Brothers will be releasing special expanded editions of the 1979 Fleetwood Mac CD, Tusk. And if ever an album is more suitable for being super-sized it’s Tusk, a double album was heralded, and criticized too, as the big follow-up to the band’s classic Rumours record. Due out Dec. 4, the reissued Tusk will come in an immense (I resisted using the word “elephantine”) 5 CD/2 LP/1 DVD set that includes outtakes, demos, singles, remixes and 2 disc of period live performances. There will also be a 3-CD version, which has the remastered original, a disc of outtakes, singles and other rarities and an “alternative” Tusk consisted of alternative versions of the album’s tunes – plus there’ll be a single, remastered CD of the original album.

Here’s their famous Tusk video. Watching it made me “where are the tattoos?” and realize how old these college kids would be today…

Also due out Dec. 4 will be a treasure trove of Roy Orbison music. The MGM Years boxset contains the 11 studio albums, the The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack and the many singles and B-sides that he recorded for that label between 1965-1973. Also coming out will be the previously thought lost One Of The Lonely Ones album, which his sons recently discovered. Mastered and restored from the original tape, the 12-song album includes Orbison’s version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The Bottom Line Archives Series has a pair of interesting releases. One is a 2002 concert by the late, great, Doc Watson and the only performance together by Peter Seeger and Roger McGuinn, which took place in 1974.

Here is “8 Miles High” from the McGuinn/Seeger show

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, two of the top tunesmiths from “Down Under” did a tour together in 2013. Their concert at the esteemed Sydney Opera House was recorded and is getting its stateside release through Omnivore Recordings on Dec. 11. The 29-track, 2-CD set Goin’ Your Way contains key songs from both artists’ oeuvres, includes Finn’s work with Crowded House and Split Enz and my favorite Kelly song “Dumb Things,” performed with a full band.

Omnivore will also be releasing a special 10-tune Kelly/Finn vinyl album on Record Store Day as well as a Big Star’s Jesus Christ EP, which has 5 previously unreleased tracks: “Another Time Another Place & You,” a TV mix of “Thank You Friends,” a demo of “Big Black Car” and two Chris Bell instrumentals.

The Grateful Dead’s Chicago Fare Thee Well concerts will be coming out on Nov. 20 in a whole variety of shapes and sizes. Versions will include 3-CD/2-Blu-ray, 2-Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 2-CD “best of” and, for dead.net members, a 12-CD/7-Blu-ray (or DVD) collection. Nov. 27 sees the release of Interludes For The Dead. This 2-CD, due Nov. 27, is material created by the Neal Casal-led band Circles Around The Sun that was played during the intermissions of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts.

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

For her next CD The Ghosts of Highway 20, Lucinda Williams create something of a thematic set-piece with the songs being inspired by her life and Highway 20 (Interstate 20, which runs from Georgia to Texas. While she has written songs about places, roads and people, which will be the first time she has tied them all together. The album, on Highway 20/Thirty Tigers, will have a Feb. 5 release.

The wonderful Rhiannon Giddens will have a new 5-song EP Factory Girl arriving later this year. The vinyl version comes out on Record Store Day, Nov. 27, while a digital version will be available Dec. 11. It’ll feature five songs from her T Bone Burnett-produced sessions that did not make her acclaimed debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.

In more Record Store Day news, Rhino will be putting out The B-52’s: Live! 8-24-79 on gold vinyl, a 4-song Otis Redding 7-in., Brian Wilson‘s Brian Wilson as a double LP and vinyl from Jesus And Mary Chain, Gang of Four and the Buzzcocks.


Congratulations are in order to Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown & the Browns, Grady Martin, who were all inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. The honors are posthumous ones for Martin and Jim Ed Brown, although Brown received his Hall of Fame medallion in June before he passed away from lung cancer.

The past weeks also have seen the passing of the important folk singer/actor/civil rights activist Leon Bibb, who died at the age of 93 (his son is musician Eric Bibb) and influential banjo player, and Bluegrass Hall of Famer Bill Keith, who passed away at the age of 75.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 27- Nov. 2 (The Wild Reeds/Matt Pond PA edition)

There are certainly a lot of treats on the concert calendar this Halloween week. Have a fun time, be safe and don’t eat too many sweets.

Tues Oct. 27

Top Show(s): John Grant has yet to make a name in the States yet but he is big time in Europe. His grand new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure made me think of David Bowie and Frank Zappa at time. Check him out at the Troubadour. The local twang rock duo Honeyhoney will be showcasing their 3rd CD (aptly named III) at Amoeba.



Night Beds went more electro pop/dance R&B vibe on their latest Ivywild; they’ll be at the Echoplex with Dark Waves and Pompeya.

 Wed. Oct. 28

Top Show: Guitar great Warren Haynes brings his Ashes & Dust tour to the Fonda in support on his new solo album. The up-and-coming trio ChessBoxer will back him up and open the show.

Young Australian singer/songwriter Ben Abraham, who can name-checked Emmylou Harris as someone he has toured with, plays the No Name Club on Fairfax. The eclectic outfit The King Khan & BBQ Show is Bad New Boys (pardon the grammar but that’s their album title) on their new album. They play the Teragram Ballroom tonight and the Constellation at Santa Ana’s Observatory on the 29th. Atlas Genius and Passion Pit take on the Wiltern tonight and the Observatory tomorrow night.

 Thur. Oct. 29

Noah Gundersen

Noah Gundersen

Top Show: Noah Gundersen is one of the best young singer/songwriters around. His sophomore effort, Carry The Load, which came out this summer, is a must hear. The show also holds two other excellent acts: the terrific genre-bending Canadian duo Whitehorse and the mighty fine local Americana group The Wild Reeds. The lovely chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux will charm you at the Saban Theater while Laura Stevenson offers a more intense outing at the Echo – her latest Cocksure is a powerful jolt of folk-rock – where the terrific indie rockers Matt Pond PA will be headlining. Halloween comes early to the Echoplex where one-and-only Tav Falco takes the stage with his Panther Burns and guest Mike Watt. The always-entertaining Dustbowl Revival will make it a lively night at Mrs. Fish in DTLA.

Tav Falco

Tav Falco

Not to be overlooked on this busy night is Chris Isaak whose has a strong new album First Comes The Night and a show at the Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson’s new album is called Show My Your Fangs – a good title for a pre-Halloween show – he’ll be playing at the Troubadour. And things will be rocking at the Greek with a Walk The Moon/Saint Motel/Holychild bill.

 Fri . Oct. 30

Top Show: One of my fave local troubadours Tom Freund plays the Del Monte Speakeasy over on the Westside. Tobais Jesso Jr. has been buzzed about all year – find out why at the Fonda tonight.

Local rockers Fidlar, who have a dynamic new album Too, starts their 2-night stand at the Regent Theater. The beguiling Babes partners with Rubblebucket for what should be a raucous time at the Bootleg. Ace guitarist Jonny Lang performs at the Saban tonight and the Canyon in Agoura Hills tomorrow; his opener will be recent LA transplants Runaway Saints.

Sat. Oct. 31

Go out trick-or-treating

Sun. Nov. 1

Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt

Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt

Top Show: Kristin Hersh is known for her bands, Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave but she has written a book about her friend, the late singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. She has an afternoon appearance at Book Soup and an evening performance at the Echo.

The Troubadour has a strong double bill featuring Yukon Blonde and the Canadian band Hey Rosetta!. Kate Taylor, sister of James, returns to McCabe’s. Actor Jeff Daniels is pretty good at music too – he has a show at Largo with his son’s band.

Mon. Nov. 2

Top Show: Julien Baker is a name to remember. She has a raw, spare yet compelling sound reminiscent to Sharon Van Etten. She’s opening for Touche Amore at Anaheim’s Chain Reaction.

There’s a smooth, appealing element to Pure Bathing Culture’s synth-pop. They share the Echo stage with the Wild Ones.

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