This week has seen flooded floors, clogged drains and accidentally locked bathroom doors that needed to be McGyver-ed open with a plastic card. So some nice music is definitely in order.
Thursday has a packed lineup of possibilities The indie rock “supergroup” Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley (Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit) comes to the Echo. UK songtress Imelda May plays the El Ray. Texas outlaw country fave Jimmy LaFave is at the Coffee Gallery Backstage while personal fave Loch & Key perform at the Satellite. Probably the most intriguing lineup is at the Bootleg where Seasick Steve brings his hobo blues and Frank Fairfield performs his vintage country sounds.
Friday also has some great shows. Henry Wolfe (who I need interviewed for City’s Best L.A.), Ferraby Lionheart and Charlie Wadhams team up at the Hotel Café. Tish Hinojosa brings a little Tex-Mex to McCabe’s. Folk legend Arlo Guthrie performs at UCLA’s Royce Hall, with Abe Guthrie and the Burns Sisters also on the bill. John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour stops at the Nokia Theatre. Susan James showcases her fine new disc Highways, Ghosts, Hearts and Home at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and the Dodos do their things at the El Rey. Friday’s top show is at Largo where Ron Sexsmith headlines (he has a new album Long Player, Late Bloomer) and Caitlin Rose opens. I am really impressed with Rose’s terrific debut Own Side Now. Check it out.
After all of those options for Thursday and Friday, there isn’t much on the radar for Saturday or Sunday. Danielson has a show Saturday at the Satellite, behind their new album, Best of Gloucester County and Ruthann Friedman comes to McCabe’s on Sunday.
Looking into the next week, the Grammy Museum hosts an evening with blind pianoman Henry Butler on Monday.