So yesterday – August 24 – marked the 34th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Chronic Town. Their first EP, their first I.R.S. release. Where it (basically) all began. I don’t think I have the cassette that I bought back then. Or even the cassette that I copied it on to…


But the R.E.M-iniscing continues as today, the band announced that they commemorating the 25th anniversary of Out of Time in a big way. On November 18, Concord Bicycle will release three different versions of the album. A 2-CD set features a remastered version of the original record paired with 19 demos, including demos of each album track plus some rarities (like Bill Berry singing an early version of “Radio Song” and “Losing My Religion” with different lyrics. There will be a 3-LP version of Out of Time and the deluxe 4-disc collection that contains their 15-song 1991 Mountain Stage live set and a Blu-ray holding the entire album, all of its music videos and the 1991 EPK “Time Piece.”

It is a quite a treasury of music that brings back many a memory…

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Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 24-30 (the California Feetwarmers/Belly edition)

Man, it is hard to believe that it is nearly the end of August. It may be time to think about the new school year or just September but there are some cool shows for these final August nights.

Wed. 8/24

Top Show(s): The Hollywood Bowl presents a very special night of music virtuosity. Mega Nova features the unique talents of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and Karl Perazzo. If that isn’t enough Booker T and the Stax Revue opens the show. Belly is back. Tanya Donelly has gotten her band (circa King) back together and they will be at the Teragram tonight and tomorrow playing their ‘90s left-of-the-dial jangly rock.

You can catch some fine Americana music at South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Golf Course, where Melanie Devaney, Ernest Troost and Ray Bonneville will be performing; Bonneville and Troost will play McCabe’s on Saturday night. Acclaim rock journalist Joel Selvin will be at Book Soup talking about, and signing, his new book Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day

Thurs. 8/25

Top Show(s): D Generation brings their NYC grit and snarl to the Roxy. Jesse Malin has reassembled his old crew and they are out supporting their recently released Nothing Is Anywhere.

here is one of their tenacious new tunes

Bluegrass is on the menu at the Mint as the O’Connor Band, featuring Mark O’Connor and various family members will be performing; they just put the mighty wonderful Coming Home. Julien Baker playing her wise-beyond-her-years songs at the El Rey before being part of the FYF bill this weekend.

If the Belly reunion isn’t enough ‘90s nostalgia, Save Ferris will be playing the Santa Monica Pier with Cibo Matto. The Grammy Museum welcomes Nashville’s The Wild Feather, who will be talking about their new album Lonely Is A Lifetime that they say was inspired by Gram Parsons.



Fri. 8/26

Top Show(s): Play Misty for me. Father John Misty, that is. He’ll be having fun at the El Rey. He will also be at FYF as will Beach House, who have a full concert at the Theater at the Ace tonight. Troubadour Steve Forbert brings his Mississippi-bred music to McCabe’s


Steve Forbert

Well-regarded songwriter Sean McConnell will be at the Hotel Café, sharing songs from his recently released self-titled album. Josh Groban will headline the Greek tonight and tomorrow with Sarah McLachlan and Foy Vance also on the bill. And since it is the final Friday of the month, you can find Jon Brion and his pals at Largo.


Festival Break: So, the FYF will fill Exposition Park with two massive days of music, including sets by Air, Charles Bradley, Chelsea Wolfe, Explosions in the Sky, Grace Jones, Hop Along, Julia Holter, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco Peter Bjorn and John, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Wild Nothing, the previously mentioned bands and more. Down at Dana Point’s Doheny State Park, the Ohana Festival also has an impressive lineup of acts this weekend, such as Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, City and Colour, Band of Horses, Cat Power, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ryan Bingham, Mudhoney, Jonny Two Bags and Wilderado.


Sat. 8/27

If you looking for some good songwriting, head up to Santa Barbara Lobero Theater where Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz and Michael Fracasso will be doing a “Sings Like Hell” concert.

Here’s a slightly old but totally fun Brace & Copper tune

Kaki King performs her multi-media piece The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body at the Ritz in Santa Ana.


Sun. 8/28

Top Show(s): Bill Kirchen, “the Titan of the Telecaster,” will be laying down some hot licks at McCabe’s; he will be playing with his longtime collaborator Austin de Lone who was a founding member of the pioneering pub rock band Eggs Over Easy (whose terrific retrospective came out earlier this summer). The Claire Lynch Band headlines Bluegrass at the Ford, which also features The Brombies and Burning Heart Bluegrass. The Go-Go’s bring their Going, Going Gone Farewell Tour (I just love that tour title) to the Segerstrom in Costa Mesa.

go go

The California Feetwarmers will heat up the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion while Moonsville Collective headline the Grand Ole Echo.


Mon. 8/29

Longtime Black Crowe guitarist Rich Robinson released his latest solo effort Flux in June and he will be talking about it (and playing some) at the Grammy Museum. The Academy of Motion Pictures hosts a special screening of Purple Rain in its Samuel Goldwyn Theater – director Albert Magnoli, actor Jerome Benton, producer Robert Cavallo, and costume designer Marie France will be there to talk about the movie in a discussed moderated by director/writer (and Academy governor) Reginald Hudlin.


Tues. 8/30

When my brother Dan was going through his Prog Rock phase, many of Yes album was played in our house. Tonight the band will be performing Drama, plus Tales From Topographic Oceans (sides 1 & 4) and various greatest hits (hopefully “Close To The Edge” will be among them). Corrine Bailey Rae’s appearance at the Grammy Museum is already sold out – sorry about that. The Mile High Club celebrates its sophomore CD Skiptracing at the Echo.


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Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 19-23 (the Guided By Voices/Marley’s Ghost edition)

This is one of those weekends when the city is packed with music – concerts, club gigs festivals, free shows. You name it, you will probably find it this weekend. Here are some shows that registered on my radar.

Fri. 8/19

Top Show(s): The wonderful Roots On The Rails Revue (Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier, Rick Shea and Christy McWilson) rolls into McCabe’s for a memorable night of acoustic music. The Teragram Ballroom welcomes Dayton’s darlings (okay, maybe they are better described as “indie rock royalty) Guided By Voices for a two-night stand while the Fonda comes alive with the fierce music of PJ Harvey. Ben Harper and the Criminals team with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl; it’ll be the band’s first time playing with a full orchestra so it should be an interesting night.

Over at the Ford, Vaud & The Villains will serve up a night of eclectic tunes. Karla Bonoff was part of the fabled SoCal singer/songwriter scene of the ‘80s; she has a free concert at Levitt Pasadena.  And by the way, The Rooks playing at the Mint aren’t the ‘90s power pop faves but a local band that name-checks Frank Ocean and Talking Heads in describing themselves.

Festival Break: The bill for Echo Park Rising, which runs the 19th-21st, includes Colleen Green The Weirdos, Bleached, Sara Petite, So Many Wizards, Chicano Batman and Batwings Catwings (if only they played back-to-back). Staying on the eastside, the Eagle Rock Music Festival (which is just on the 20th) presents Dengue Fever, Leftover Cuties, Low Leaf and Mostly Kosher, among others.

Sat. 8/20

Top Show(s): Todd Rundgren –  “a wizard, a true star”  (at least that was the title of his 1973 album) – has a free show at Pershing Square with Sofi Tukker opening.

Here’s  Todd on Midnight Special circa 1974

Americana mainstays Marley’s Ghost will appear at the Living Tradition in Anaheim tonight and Levitt’s Pasadena as part of their 30th anniversary tour (they also have a new album The Woodstock Sessions out!). The Hollywood Bowl will host something of a hoedown with Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show.

One-time Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway performs at McCabe’s and Jonathan Wilson will bring Omar Velasco, strings and other things to the Largo tonight. It’s Nashville night at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with Jason Aldean: Six String Circus Tour, which also features Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses and Dee Jay Silver. Meanwhile, Coldplay calls the Rose Bowl home this weekend.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage has a solid bill with Carla Olson, Stephen Kalinich, John York and Paul Zollo. Local Americana singer/songwriter Lauren Adams has a record release show at Genghis Cohen for her latest, Somewhere Else, while Jessica Rotter has a hometown show at the Hotel Café. The Gypsy Kings rule at the Greek with Canadian guitarist Galen Weston as their opener. Roots guitar whiz James Intveld returns to the Arcadia Blues Club. Australian singer/songwriter Jarryd James and the Broods will be at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and L.A.’s Novo on the 23rd. AJJ and John Congleton play the Teragram tonight and Anaheim’s Chain Reaction tomorrow and ROSTAM, who has struck out on his own from Vampire Weekend, can be found at the Broad.

Sun. 8/21

Top Show: Don Heffington, who has probably drummed for every country rock band in L.A. (or so it seems), has a show at McCabe’s.

Among today’s free concerts are Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger on the Hermosa Beach Pier and the Rock ‘n’ Soul masters The Chambers Brothers at Levitt’s Pasadena, which also has an afternoon show by The New Ashgrove Players. Here’s is a short-ish version of the Chamber Brothers’ classic “Time Has Come Today” from the mid-80s.

It’s Ladies Night at the Greek with a double bill of Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge. Michael Nau and David Bazan are at Costa Mesa’s Wayfarer tonight and the Teragram tomorrow. Genre-blender Kadhja Bonet, whose Fat Possum debut arrives this fall, has a show at Saint Heron.

Mon. 8/22

Top Show(s): I am really digging the debut by The National Parks (and not just because of their cool album title). Enjoy the splendor of their rousing rootsy music at the Hotel Café. The Grammy Museum hosts “A WordTheatre Tribute To Langston Hughes: Stories, Poems, Jazz & The Blues,” which should be a memorable night there.

Nico Yaryan, who used to be Hanni El Khatib drummer, has a gig at the Bootleg.

Tues. 8/23

Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick would be a monsters of rock bill if the year was 1981 but they still should make things interesting at, where else but, The Forum.


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Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 3-5 (Greyhounds/Bird Dogs edition)

Quickly I wanted to put together the rundown of shows for the rest of the work-week that grabbed my attention. Hopefully I will get to the weekend shows too.

Wed. 8/3


Top Show: The Explorer Club mine a wonderful Beach Boy-style sound on their new album Together. They play the Hotel Café tonight and the Hi Hat on 8/5. Also at the Hotel Café tonight will be the potent indie rockers Great Caesar.


Take a listen to the Explorers Club’s tune “California Callin’ Ya”


Dead Boy will be live at the Roxy; the L.A.-based band has an interesting Brit-inspired indie rock sound. Their new EP Parts Of A Flowers comes out on Friday. Get ready to feel the grooves at the Pacific Amphitheater as Michael Franti & Spearhead and G. Love & Special Sauce share the bill. Blue-eyed soul crooner Allen Stone has two nights at the Troubadour – tonight and 8/5 (hey what’s wrong with 8/4?). The intense singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler plays the Echo, along with Wrekmeister Harmonies and Muscle and Marrow while UK rockers The Wombats headline the Fonda. It’ll be a classic R&B as Gladys Knight and Tower of Power perform at the Hollywood Bowl.


Thurs. 8/4

Top Show: Boo Ray brings his Gulf Coast roots rock to the Honky Tonk Hacienda at El Cid and he’ll be celebrating his latest CD Sea of Lights, which comes out on Aug. 12. A big-time Nashville concert tour swings through SoCal. Miranda Lambert with special guests Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne perform tonight at the Greek Theatre and tomorrow at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.


This week’s free concert on the Culver City City Hall lawn features the multi-instrumentalist Nuala Kennedy, who also has a date at Boulevard Music on 8/6 The Santa Monica Pier, meanwhile, will have a Latin flair tonight with Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade and Colombia’s Monsieur Periné performing, while locally based Brazilian singer Thalma De Freitas has a free show at the Skirball.


Fri. 8/5



Top Show(s): Find out what Ryan Adams and the Shining is up to – he headlines the Greek tonight with Nice As F*#k (Jenny Lewis, Erika Forster & Tennessee Thomas) Greyhounds are a talented twosome from Austin who deliver raw rock ‘n’ soul music. They’ll be showcasing songs from their hard-hitting new CD Change of Pace at the Mint which also features a set from the recently reunited local twang-rock legends The Rave-Ups (Omnivore recently reissued their Town + Country album) as well as Jared Rabin.

Here is the Rave-Ups doing “Positively Lost Me” that appeared in the film Pretty In Pink


Young L.A.-based musician Kayla Cohen has built up her project Itasca from a solo thing to a band. Check out their wonderfully haunting folkish rock at the Lost Knight. A new album Open To Chance arrives next month. The mighty fine Nashville-based singer/songwriter Amelia White will be at McCabe’s along with the band Calico the Band. Sharon Jones will be making an appearance at the Nuart for the L.A. premiere of the new documentary on her life, Miss Sharon Jones!


Catch the fun & fierce pop punk tunes of The Regrettes at Santa Ana’s Observatory. Josh Haden brings his band Spain to Fingerprints in Long Beach for a free performance. Hunter Hayes and Cassadee Pope makes for a quite strong double bill of Nashville country music at the Pacific Amphitheatre. The Bird Dogs will play their Everly Brothers-like music at a free Pershing Square show today.

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July Desk Clearing: Bowie, Flamin’ Groovies, Black Oak Arkansas & Porter Wagoner

So the big music news this week probably is the announcement that Bruce Springsteen is releasing a companion CD to accompany the publication of this autobiography Born To Run on Sept. 27. The CD, entitled Chapter and Verse, is an 18-track set that spans Springsteen’s entire musical career. And I mean, “entire career!” It will include two tunes “Baby I” and “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover” from his high school band, The Castiles, a song “He’s Guilty (The Judge Song)” from his band Steel Mill and the Bruce Springsteen Band tune “The Ballad of Jesse James.” None of these have been released before. The other rarity is previously unreleased demo of “Henry Boy.”

Here is the teaser trailer

Staying in the archives, Round Records & ATO Records will release the latest addition to the GarciaLive series (Volume 7, for those playing at home) on Aug. 19. This 13-track double disc captures the Jerry Garcia Band live at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, CA. The previously unreleased and uncirculated tapes were discovered recently by Donna Jean Godchaux, who was part of this band as well as the Grateful Dead. The rest of the group on this recording are one-time Elvis Presley drummer Ron Tutt, frequent Garcia collaborator John Kahn on bass and Keith Godchaux on keyboards.

Fans of early Pink Floyd will go into “interstellar overdrive” over the news of the upcoming big box set Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965 – 1972. This massive 27-disc collection, which will be available on 11/11/16 through Legacy Recordings, delivers around 12 hours of music along with more than 14 hours of audio-visual material. While too much to neatly summarize, I will give you some numbers: 20 unreleased songs, 7+ hours of previously unreleased live audio, plus BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions. If this is all too much, there will also be a 2-CD “best of” the boxset with 19 of the 27 tracks being previously unreleased.

A good way, at least chronologically, is the next David Bowie box set (due Sept. 23 on Parlophone). Who Can I Be Now (1974-76) is a 12-CD includes Diamond Dogs, David Live (in original and 2005 mixes), Young Americans, and Station To Station (in original and 2010 mixes) as well as Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 and Re:Call 2 (a compilation of single versions and non-album b-sides). It also contains the infamous The Gouster album, which was recorded in 1974 but hasn’t come out before as a complete album and has three previously unreleased mixes: “Right,” “Can You Hear Me” and “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” This collection will be released in various incarnations on various formats.

Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (due Sept. 16 on Atlantic/Swan Song) upgrades the 1997 BBC Sessions with 8 previously unreleased tracks. This includes 3 tunes (“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman”) from a 1969 “lost” session plus performances of “Dazed And Confused” and two separate versions of “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” This release, which will come in a variety of formats, also features all remastered material supervised by Jimmy Page and in-depth liner notes.

The Connells were an unfortunately underappreciated band from the “college rock” golden age of the late ‘80s and ‘90s. (well, underappreciated except by their loyal fan core, which includes my brother Dan). Hopefully, more folks will get introduced to the North Carolina’s smart, melodic music. Stone Cold Yesterday: Best of the Connells (due Sept. 16 on The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group) collects 16 gems from the group’s career.

Here’s the video to one of my favorite Connells’ songs, “Something To Say”

Tompkins Square Records continues their deep crate digging and have put together a new installment in their Imagination Anthem series. Due Sept. 18, the compilation contains cuts from talented but obscure guitarists –  Perry Lederman, Joe Bethancourt and Kip Dobler – whose private pressed recordings came out between 1968-1995.

Soul, country, funk and punk – Real Gone Music has a real eclectic mix of music scheduled for their September releases. Dive knee-deep into the funky sounds of New Orleans on the 40-track collection A Message from The Meters—The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977. Featuring organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, the Meters was one furious foursome of players. In 1980, the Isley Brothers recorded a “live” album at Bearsville Studios, complete with dubbed in audience reactions and a spirited intro by the energetic introduction of MC “Gorgeous” George Odell. It wasn’t what CBS was looking for so it was shelved. Now, Groove with You…Live! will get a belated CD release the way the brothers wanted it to be. Porter Wagoner’s The Definitive Collection holds 40 tracks from the Nashville great, including every Top Ten solo hit as well as songs from his adventurous concept albums, like Soul of a Convict and Other Great Prison Songs and The Bottom of the Bottle. Last but not least, is a British punk classic, Germfree Adolescents by X-Ray Spex. This limited edition offers this 1978 release in vintage (and pink!) vinyl.

Rhino will be celebrating “Rocktober” by releasing a batch of rockin’ albums on vinyl. On Oct. 18, for example, they’ll be putting out Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies on green, yellow, & orange marble colored vinyl with a “1 billion dollar bill” insert, the Faces’ debut album First Step on orange vinyl and The Stooges’s self-titled album on gold and brown colored vinyl. The next week T. Rex’s eponymous album will be issued on both vinyl and CD while the Flamin’ Groovies’ Groovies Greatest Grooves will come out as a 2-LP set.


If you are a vinyl-loving Ray Charles fan, then listen up. Rhino will be releasing a 7-LP boxset covering Charles’ Atlantic years. Due Sept. 23, this collection – in glorious mono on 180-gram vinyl – contains : Ray Charles (1957), The Great Ray Charles (1957), Yes, Indeed! (1958), What’d I Say (1959), The Genius Of Ray Charles (1959), The Genius After Hours (1961), and The Genius Sings The Blues (1961). Is this set a work of genius? Yes, Indeed!

Bubblegum aficionados are salivating over the the new Archies compilation. Cleopatra has packaged up all 5 of the band’s albums into one sugar-rush box-set, with each CD sleeve replicating the original LP artwork.

This year’s Monkees mania continues with Rhino releasing a pair of compilations on August 26. Monkees 50 holds 50 of the band’s top tunes on a 3-CD set, while there is also a 14-track single disc Forever. And, of course, there’s also the 10-disc Blu-ray collection of the Monkees TV series. Additionally, Dr. Rosanne Welch has written the book, Why The Monkees Mattered, not that I need convincing.


Another favorite childhood show was Hee-Haw, which (for better or for worse) was one of my biggest introductions into country music. If you are a Hee Haw fan (whether you admit it or not) you will want to circle Aug. 30 on your calendar. That is the that Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition will be available. This 14-disc set is packed with plenty of the show’s signature cornpone humor as well as vintage performances by Country icons like Tammy WynetteGeorge Jones, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty.

On Sept. 16, the off-kilter Canadian instrument group Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet will get their three albums – Savvy Show Stoppers, Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham, and Sport Fishin’:  The Lure of the Bait, The Luck of the Hook – back in circulation via digital download courtesy of Yep Roc. The band might be best known in America for supplying music to the show Kids In The Hall.

Titus Andronicus has put together a live album S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights At The Opera, from their five-night stand last year at Shea Stadium (the Brooklyn club, not the former Queens stadium). Merge is streaming an accompanying full-length video companion on YouTube.


In other music movie news, the documentary on Miss Sharon Jones premieres this weekend in NYC, L.A. on Aug. 5, and should roll into other cities afterwards. The film’s soundtrack, which includes songs from throughout the career of Jones & the Dap-Kings plus the new tune “I’m Still Here,” comes out Aug. 19. And the wonderful documentary on Tower Records, All Things Must Pass, comes out on DVD Sept. 13 via MVD Entertainment. Directed by Colin Hanks, it offers a highly informative, quite colorful and even touching look at the fabled record store chain.

At the beginning of the 21st century, legendary songwriter Chip Taylor teamed up with an up-and-coming Americana performer Carrie Rodriguez for four terrific albums (plus one EP). They have partnered up again for a “10th Anniversary Red Dog Tracks Reunion Tour” that celebrates a deluxe reissue of their Red Dog Tracks album. Earlier this year, Rodriguez released an excellent album, entitled Lola, while Taylor last month put out a pair of CDs, Little Brothers and I’ll Carry for You, that serves as a reminder that he can write an interesting song about just about any topic.

This fall, Elvis Costello & The Imposters will come to America with their “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour, which will focus (not surprisingly) on Costello’s 1982 album, Imperial Bedroom.

Temple Of The Dog is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their one and only album with their first, albeit it short, tour. The Seattle supergroup, featuring Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam‘s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam), will be performing in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle this November, while Ume releasing Temple of the Dog on September 30th in various formats, including a four-disc Super Deluxe version

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Toad The Wet Sprocket’s breakout fear album and Toad’s frontman Glen Phillips will be putting out Swallowed By The New, his first solo album in a decade on Oct. 7

One of the more unusual tribute albums is now out. Quiero Creedence finds Latin rockers saluting the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival; the disc (from Rounder Picante) features acts like Juan Gabriel, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Andres Juanes and La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia.

“Go Jim Dandy, Go!” Musicians like Shooter Jennings, Greg Ginn, Jimbo Mathus, Eddie Spaghetti and Jello Biafra have contributed Mutants Of The Monster: A Tribute To Black Oak Arkansas. As you can tell, BOA busted out of the Southern Rock to influence a bunch of musicians. Saustex Records releases the CD on Aug. 19 and the vinyl on Sept. 19.

Here are the originals doing “Jim Dandy” on Midnight Special in 1975.

 Patti Smith and her son Jesse Paris Smith are involved in an upcoming tribute project too. They have collaborated with the experimental trio Soundwalk Collective on Killer Road, A Tribute To Nico. Due Sept 2 from Sacred Bones, the project features Patti Smith reciting Nico’s lyrics and poetry set against experimental soundscape.

Great songwriter Guy Clark passed away earlier this year, but his long-in-the-works biography on Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark will be published Oct. 18 on by the Texas A&M University Press. It written by Tamara Saviano, who utilized over 200 interview subjects to create this impressive book. She also is working on a documentary that looks at the lives of Clark, his wife Susanna and their friendship with another songwriting icon, Townes Van Zandt.guyclark Belated condolences go out the family and friends of Alan Vega, who was one half of the pioneering NYC band from the ‘70s Suicide. One thing I wasn’t aware of (or at least didn’t remember) is that Springsteen was a fan and has performed the Suicide song “Dream Baby Dream” over the years.

Check out this lo-fi video of Suicide doing that tune:

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Go See Hear In L.A. July 28-Aug. 2 (The Rev. Horton Heat/C.W. Stoneking edition)

Somehow it is nearly the end of the week so I will get right at it.

Thur. 7/28

Top Show(s): The Greek delivers a great double bill of powerful music with the National and Lone Bellow; it’s so good that it is sold out. Local troubadour Tom Freund plays the Hotel Café’s Second Stage. It’ll be a good night to go to Largo since it’s the Watkins Family Hour again.


Sean & Sara Watkins

Country star David Nail will shine at the El Rey. Juliette Lewis, who is in the new film Nerve, will do her musical thing at the Fonda. New Orleans roots rockers Cowboy Mouth is touring behind their recently released greatest hits CD so expect a show that covers their career when they play Sainte Rockne tonight. Multi-instrumentalist Sinkane can’t help but to make multi-cultural music. He was born in England, raised in Sudan and then moved to Ohio (my home state) and now lives in Brooklyn. He’ll have a free show at the Skirball tonight. The Santa Monica Pier hosts a pair of innovative Jamaican bands: Raging Fyah and Protoje, while Grizfolk headlines the free show at Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Regional Park.

Fri. 7/29


Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Top Show(s): Two country pioneers Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, who have played together frequently over the years, will play together for two nights at McCabe’s. Another performer from the Southern California scene since the ‘60s, David Lindley will be filling Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion with a world of music. Benjamin Francis Leftwich performs his thoughtful songs at the Hotel Café.

It’s the last Friday of the month so it’s Jon Brion and guests at Largo. The Pacific Amphitheatre welcomes the timeless tunes of Chris Isaak. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be getting down and dirty at the Mint.

Sat. 7/30

Top Show(s): Expect to hear some songs from the British Invasion when Peter Asher and friends Billy J. Kramer and Denny Laine play Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. And expect some wonderfully rugged roots rock when Reverend Horton Heat and the Blasters do their free show at Pershing Square. C.W. Stoneking is an Australian with a love for rootsy American music. Check out his awesome new release Gon’ Boogaloo and his early show at the Echo. The great Bonnie Raitt will “dig in deep” when she comes to the Greek this evening.



Honeyhoney serves up some sweet music that blends rock, pop and a little twang at the Troubadour. Sara Melson probably will be sharing some of her genre-blurring songs from her upcoming Safe And Sound CD (due Sept. 9) at Top Tune. Richard Hell is part of the eclectic bill of artists at the Broad Museum tonight. If you are “hungry like a wolf,” then head to Irvine Meadows for the Duran Duran show with Chic featuring the great Nile Rodgers. Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage to play some old-time ditties. Nocona, Ben Reddell Band and The Coals have a no-cover show at the Lost Knight in Echo Park.

Sun. 7/31

Top Show(s): UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey, English Beat, Jo Mersa Marley form a one-of-a-kind night of reggae and rock at the Pacific Amphitheatre. McCabe’s has an all-star lineup performing a benefit for Owen Shelly, the stepson of Chad Stuart (of Chad & Jeremy fame). Expected to perform are Billy J. Kramer, The Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, The Records featuring John Wicks, Ron Dante (The Archies, Looking Glass), Chris Montez, Coco Dolenz, Rosemary Butler, Andrew Sandoval and John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades,

If you have the chance, get over to the Grand Ole Echo and catch Freddie and Francine’s set; their new CD Gung Ho is worth hearing too. Dylan Earl, Don Gallardo and Summer Dean nicely fill out the GOE bill. Handsome and Gretyl is part of strong lineup at the Mint. It’ll be a nice of smooth crooning when Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs perform at the Greek.

Mon. 8/1

Top Show: Margo Price is a red-hot performer in the Americana scene. She’ll have a chat & play at the Grammy Museum tonight.


Margo Price

Bear Hands and Atlas Genius partner up at Santa Ana’s Observatory.

Tues. 8/2

Top Show(s): It’s another interesting evening at the Grammy Museum as it hosts a special look at the Beatles’ 1964 American tour. Josh Haden and his band Spain start their 5-week residency at the Love Song Bar (in the Regent Theater) tonight to celebrate their new album Carolina.

The rousing blues-folk duo Smooth Hound Smith lands at the Satellite. The Hotel Café has a packed lineup of talented singer/songwriters featuring Keaton Simons, Christian Lopez and Tony Lucca. Meanwhile, the Bluegrass Situation presents Melaena Cadiz at the Hotel Café’s Second Stage. Up-and-coming soul/pop songstress Emily King headlines the El Rey.

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Go See Hear In L.A. July 19-25 (The Michigan Rattlers/Dixie Chicks edition)

If I use the “too many shows, too little time” excuse for the short intro will you still understand?

Tues. 7/19

Top Show: The Regrettes calls themselves “cupcake punk” and that’s a pretty right on description of the sweet but fiery music.


Wed. 7/20

Top Show(s): Michigan Rattlers are a Michigan duo who recently transplanted to L.A. They have a really appealing sound, a little scruffy, a little twangy, a rock ‘n’ roll and a six-pack of cheap beer – basically good Midwestern boys. They play the Hi Hat tonight and School Nights at Bardot on the 25th.  A duo of another sort – Bela Fleck and Chris Thile – will create a night of virtuoso acoustic music at the Theater at the Ace. The Hollywood Bowl hosts a wonderful salute to the great Allen Toussaint. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Cyril Neville, Galactic and, in a rare local appearance, Irma Thomas will fill the Hollywood hills with the glorious New Orleans sounds that Toussaint created.


The Minneapolis trio On An On come through town on their pre-hiatus (i.e. farewell) tour to perform their thoughtful indie pop at the Echo. The Dixie Chicks bring their DCX World Tour MMXVI (aka their reunion tour) to the Irvine Meadows tonight (they will play L.A. in Oct.). Sticking in the OC, The Offspring and Jonny Two Bags will be rockin’ up the Pacific Amphitheatre, and then out to Riverside for a show there on the 22nd. Gabe Dixon and Keaton Simons will share some songs at the Hotel Café.


Thurs. 7/21

Top Show(s): Hayes Carll and Luke Bell form a great bill of rough-edged, witty troubadours. Carll has been a longtime fave while Bell really impressed with his neo-honky tonkin’ tune “Sometimes.”



You can catch another fine singer/songwriter at the Viper Room where Paul Cauthen (from Sons of Fathers) showcases smartly crafted tunes from his upcoming debut My Gospel.  Robert Ellis comes to town behind his excellent eponymous album. He’ll be at the Echoplex with the wonderful Leslie Stevens.


 Wilderado serve up a big rock sound with a hint of twang when they play the Resident to celebrate their new EP Latigo, which comes out on the 22nd. The Psychedelic Furs bring their intense, dark tunes to the balmy Santa Monica Pier for a free show. Opening is the geographically appropriate Day Wave.

Here is a cool acoustic version of the Furs’ “Into You Like A Train”


Another ‘80s rock survivor Soul Asylum has a concert at the Whisky A Go Go. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down will be getting down at the Skirball with their eclectic, funky indie rock.



Fri. 7/22

Top Show(s): Reggae icon Bunny Wailer (as in Bob Marley and the Wailers) makes an all too infrequent appearance in town with a show at the Regent. Get an early listen to the songs that John Paul White (of Civil Wars fame) will have on his debut Beulah (due Aug. 19) when he plays the Troubadour. The Secret Sisters are opening so get there early.


Jam band lords Phish will be found at the Forum (which will probably be re-christened the Phorum probably). The vet. Texas country rock band Reckless Kelly returns to town with an El Rey concert. Local songsmith Bill Berry (not the R.E.M. drummer) has a real clever way with a lyric celebrates his new CD at Molly Malone’s. Hopefully he’ll play “The Day We Stole Steve Martin.” The humor continues at the Hollywood Bowl, which hosts Weird Al Yankovic.


Sat. 7/23

Top Show(s): McCabe’s will present a terrific evening of music with Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton headlining the night and Sophia Knapp opening. You can listen to Madeleine Peyroux sings, which is a lovely thing to experience, at the Broad Stage tonight; she’ll be at the Coach House tomorrow night. Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale plays at Malibu’s Casa Escobar. If you haven’t seen him, you should. Another guitar giant – Albert Lee – has a free show at Levitt Pasadena.

Here’s a fun clip from some years ago


The Happy Together Tour with the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsey, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett and Spencer Davis Group relive the Sixties at the Saban tonight and the Pacific Amphitheatre tomorrow night. Twenty One Pilots visit the Forum with their Emotional Roadshow tour. The Getty Center has a Burger Records-flavored night featuring The Garden, The Muffs, Gap Dream, Jessie Jones and VAJJ, while Nas and Wild Belle do a free show in Century City.


Festival Break: The Lost Highway Festival tour, which includes Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eagles of Death Metal, Chevy Metal (featuring Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tony Joe White, Colt Ford and Paul Cauthen comes to the San Manuel Amphitheater.

Dirty Laundry TV hosts an all-ages summer festival at the Echo/Echoplex with Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, Guantanamo Baywatch, Mike Watt & The Missingmen among others performing.


Sun. 7/24

Top Show(s): The king of Americana (or something like that) Jim Lauderdale has a show at McCabe’s. John Doe, Jane Wiedlin and Tom DeSavia (and who else) will be at Book Soup to discuss and sign Under The Big Black Sun.


The Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will feature a screening of Rock N Roll High School, with director Allan Arkush and actress PJ Soles as well as some surprise guests. Dengue Fever will be found in Coldwater Canyon Park as part of the TreePeople concert series there. The Grand Ole Echo welcomes Agastock, Neptuna, Greg Felden, Tony Gilkyson and Waynesboro. It’s Throwback Sunday at the Greek with a bill of Barenaked Ladies, OMD and Howard Jones. Hapa and Tupua bring the sounds of the Pacific Island to the OC Fair’s Hanger Stage.


Mon. 7/25

Top Show: Swamp Pop legend Tony Joe White has a sit-down at the Grammy Museum. And remember the Michigan Rattlers at Bardot.

The Strokes will be headlining the inaugural City of Angels Benefit Concert to raise funds for the non-profit whose programs aid the homeless.

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