Go See Hear In LA: April 11-17 (Band of Heathens meets 10,000 Maniacs

Forget about your taxes, at least for a little while this week, and go out and hear some music. Also, don’t forget Saturday is Record Store Day, so patronize a local record store.

The Show of the Week honors must go to Wednesday’s terrific trifecta of bands at the Mint. Band of Heathens headlines. Their fine new disc Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son will make you think that this Austin band is from New Orleans; however, this group, with its Band-meets-Little Feat sound, seems poised for big things. Also playing are up-and-coming gritty rocker Jonny Burke (I’m a big fan of his Distance and Fortune disc) and the rootsy Americana band Patrolled by Radar. You can also catch this L.A.-based band at the Farmers Market on the 23 and the Cinema Bar on the 30.

Overall, it’s a pretty light week (in case you really do need to do your taxes).

However, on Tuesday the Australian singer-songwriter Lenka plays Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar and then she’s at the Troubadour. I really like her tune, “My Heart Skips A Beat,” – a delightful slice of pop that is totally crush-worthy.

Another promising young singer-songwriter Bobby Long has a show a McCabe’s on Friday. This British troubadour displays some older-than-his years qualities on his ATO debut A Winter Tale that came out earlier this year.

Agesandages is another young band that caught my eye. This Portland OR band, which has a Bootleg Theatre show on Saturday with Lake, mixes some Arcade Fire fervor with Flaming Lips quirks. They just released their debut Alright You Restless on Knitting Factory Records.

It’s not all youngsters to recommend this week.

Veteran guitar-for-hire Smokey Hormel brings some of his pals to McCabe’s on Saturday. He has played with the Blasters, Beck, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash as well as having a duo with Miho from Cibo Matto. Also on Saturday, 10,000 Maniacs are at the House of Blues. Granted, Natalie Merchant is long gone but they are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

And veterans of the Cleveland ‘70s punk scene, folks like Cheetah Chrome, the Pagans’ Mike Hudson, Pere Ubu’s David Thomas and Human Switchboard’s Bob Pfeifer will be doing book readings and reminiscing at this “Cleveland Confidential” event at the Grammy Museum on April 14.


About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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