How did it get to be Tuesday already? Whoops. Well, let’s rock on anyway.
While it’s too late to see these Monday shows, you should make an effort to see Tift Merritt the next time she comes to town. For years she has been a darling of the Americana scene, but in recent years she has expanded her musical palette in interesting musical directions.
Yael Naim is a popular star in Israel and France. Naim just released She Was A Boy, which showcases her beguiling Euro-chanteuse sound that is both airy and substantial.
Tuesday, Lelia Broussard comes to the Hotel Café. I am totally enamored with her tune, Satellite, which I have raved about in the past. She has a delightful style that’s quirky and poppy and elevates before the standard girl-with-a-guitar act. She’s also one of the 4 finalists for Rolling Stone Magazine’s “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star” contest, so I am not the only one impressed with her.
The Fiery Furnaces will light up the Largo stage on Tuesday while on Wednesday night they will host another edition of the Watkins Family Hour.
The Hotel Café’s strong week of shows continues on the 18th with a bill that includes Kevin Devine and The Wealthy West (which is an interesting solo turn from the Rocketboys’ Brandon Kinder). I’ve liked the little that I heard of them. “Love Is Not The Answer” is a lightly dusky, thoroughly compelling slice of Americana.
Wednesday also finds Thao with the Get Down Stay Down playing Royce Hall with Morning Teleportation (who also play the Satellite on May 25)
The Mint’s lineup includes Southern troubadour Shawn Mullins and ex-Bangle Susanna Hoffs, while Satellite has the Stripminers, the new project from the Donnas’ Brett Anderson and DJ Bonebrake.
The show of the week, however, is at the Echo on Wednesday night when Caitlin Rose and Johnny Flynn share the bill. I caught Flynn last year solo and he was quite charismatic. This time around he’ll have his band the Sussex Wit around to flesh out his Brit folk tunes. Rose’s Own Side Now is one of the best debuts of the year. It’s well worth checking out as well as seeing her live.
Hightail it up to the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Thursday for an appearance by the legendary Texas songwriter Butch Hancock.
Friday offers the younger troubadour Joe Pug at the Satellite. Fiery country rocker Kara Clark plays the House of Blues’ Foundation Room, while Kina Grannis comes to Largo and Julian Velard performs at the Hotel Café. And there’s the much buzzed about (and rightly so) Belle Brigade at McCabe’s.
McCabe’s has a packed weekend with veteran singer-songwriter Willie Nile on Saturday (I greatly enjoyed his appearance there a few years back) with Peter Lewis of Moby Grape fame opening, and folk-tronic songtress Jesca Hoop on Sunday.
Saturday’s go-to show is at the Hotel Café where the NYC-based Shivers showcase tunes from their impressive new release More and the Janks play their Americana/60s-style pop music. 80s faves Echo and the Bunnymen have a show at Club Nokia on the 21st and Anaheim’s House of Blues on the 22nd. Rival Schools is back after a long hiatus with a new album Pedals and a show at the Bootleg on the 21st (and Chain Reaction on the 20th). Also on Saturday night, Other Lives and S. Carey are at the Satellite.
Steve Earle will be having a book reading of his new novel I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive at the Bootleg on Sunday at 5pm. More details on a book review that I will be doing on this novel in the future. Also on Sunday, there is a very special event at the Broad Stage. The L.A. Acoustic Music Festival presents Ellis Paul, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion and Joel Rafael as well as a tribute to Woody Guthrie: Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway. Preceeding the concert will be a community festival with an instrument petting zoo, a jamming tent and more.
Yeasayer will be at the Glass House on the 22nd and the Music Box on the 24th.
And peaking into next week (and just in case I don’t get to this until Tuesday again) the Dirty Dozen Brass Band fills the Mint with the sounds of Nawlins on Monday while Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood populates the Echoplex.
Go out and enjoy some live music.