The spotlight seems to be shining on some returning vet performers this week.
Colin Hay is best remembered for fronting the Australian band Men At Work but he has been churning out some very nice solo work (including his latest Gathering Mercury). He’ll be at Largo on May 11.
Those ‘80s hitmakers the Cars are back. They pull into the Palladium on the 12th to play old favorites plus songs from their reunion album Move Like This.
Also on the 12th, that Americana ensemble the Knitters (featuring X’s John and Exene and Dave Alvin) have a show, appropriately enough, at the Autry.
Elvis Costello has been a favorite of mine ever since his debut album. He’ll be at the Wiltern May 11-12 with the return of “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook.”
The Grammy Museum opens a new exhibit on musical icon Bob Marley on May 11, while the museum welcomes Booker T for an intimate evening of talk and music on May 12.
Urge Overkill has done their first album in 15 years – Rock&Roll Submarine. They’ll be at the Troubadour on the 13th.
Folk troubadour Bob Neuwirth will be at the opening of an exhibit of his paintings at Track 16 on May 14.
Pegi Young, Neil’s wife and a singer-songwriter in her own right, plays the Hotel Café on May 10.
Chris Robinson may not have the Black Crowes to kick around anymore but he still is alive and kicking, with a show at the Echoplex on the 9th.
Merle Haggard fans should head to the Grove of Anaheim to see the great man perform.
The top show of old school talent is the UCLALive show pairing bluegrass legend Del McCoury with the Preservation Hall Jazz band. The two have a very intriguing new collaboration, entitled American Legacies, which is definitely worth exploring.
Among the younger acts, the Low Anthems’ show at the Autry on 9th. I loved their Charlie Darwin a few years back and they now have a new one, Smart Flesh now out.
Anna Waronker has a show at the Satellite on 5/11; I reviewed her fine new CD, California Fade, for M Music and Musicians magazine.
If you like sisters, then you’ll want to know that the Watson Twins will be at the Satellite on 5/12, while the Chapin Sisters are at the top of the bill for a benefit show at the Echoplex on Sunday the 15th.
Two terrific local band, Shadow Shadow Shade and the Henry Clay People team up at the Satellite on the 13th and 14th.
The eccentric, eclectic ensemble Of Montreal should shake things up at the Avalon on the 14th; that night, the Brooklyn outfit Rubblebucket roars into the Mint on the 14th, Peter Bjorn and John celebrate their latest (Gimme Some) at the El Rey and Tin Hat bring their inventive instrumentals to McCabe’s.
The super impressive Haroula Rose headlines a show at the Bootleg that also includes Charlie Wadhams and Terra Naomi on the 15th while Patrolled by Radar (give their new pub-rock-ish new disc Be Happy) lands at the Satellite.
Also worth noting
KT Tunstall with Charlie Mars and Miggs are at the El Rey on 5/9
My Jerusalem, a very intriguing project featuring Jeff Klein and members of the Polyphonic Spree, Midlake, Great Northern, Bishop Allen and the Twilight Singers), has a show at the Bootleg on the 9th.
The avant garde Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra has a show at REDCAT on the 9th. It’s pop night at the Silverlake Lounge on Monday when Mike Viola and Rooney guys Ned Brower and Taylor Locke all have sets.
Tuesday finds Mogwai at the Mayan, while the highly buzzed about Le Butcherettes fill the Bootleg with their punky garage music.
The Kills come to the Music Box o the 13; that’s also the night that Soulive brings their spirited music to Club Nokia and John Maus performs at the Echo, while the arty indie rockers Joan of Arc performs at the Smell on the 14th