Memorial Day has come and gone, but June is here so summer’s itching to arrive like a swarm of mosquitos (or maybe with a swarm of mosquitos).
The show of the week has to be the return of Buffalo Springfield, complete with Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. The great ‘60s band not only rocked but also was a country rock pioneer. Opening the shows (June 4-5 at the Wiltern) will be Gillian Welch, who has new album The Harrow & The Harvest on June 28.
A reunion of a slightly younger – although influential in its own right – band Archers of Loaf brings their fractured ‘90s indie rock to the Troubadour on June 3-4. Another ‘90s indie rock survivors Damon and Naomi come to the Satellite on June 3.
Two great songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will be sharing the stage at the Valley Performing Arts Center on 6/3. A couple of Los Lobos – David Hidalgo and Louie Perez – have a special show of stories and songs at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Another vet singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn headlines the El Rey on May 31, but it’s the opener Jenny Scheinman who gets me more excited. Besides playing in Cockburn’s band, violinist/composer/singer Scheinman will be showcasing her own music. Back in ’08, she released an instrumental album Crossing The Field and a self-titled vocal album.
The 31st is a particularly packed mid-week night of fine shows. The wonderful roots duo Gwyneth & Monko will have a full band show at Villains Tavern. The red-hot Swedish singer Lykke Li brings her cool tunes to the Wiltern with the intriguing Grimes playing her atmospheric sounds as the opener. The Mint welcomes the promising young country-rock singer Lydia Loveless, who has her Bloodshot debut coming out in the fall, while the Eternal Summers perform their spirited Sixties garage pop at the Echo (with a 5 pm free instore at Origami).
June commences with Architecture in Helsinki filling the Music Box with boppy synth pop while the Wombats invade the Troubadour.
The Louisiana band Givers serve up their rock gumbo at the Bootleg in advance of their June 7 release of their beguiling debut In Light.
Inlanders can catch the Arctic Monkeys and the Vaccines at Pomona’s Fox Theater.
The 3rd holds a wealth of concert options. John Grant plays his emotionally powerful music at Largo with Bella Union labelmate Heidi Spencer opening. The Hotel Café also have a fine bill featuring Jenny O, Barcelona and Holcombe Waller, whose album Into the Darkness gets reissued on June 21. The Antlers will run wild at the El Rey, while you can show some love for the dandy local band Grouplove at the Troubadour.
Flogging Molly has a fiery and fantastic new album, Speed of Darkness, that uses Detroit’s economic troubles as its background. Well worth seeking out. They return to Southern California with shows in Pomona on June 3 and the Hollywood’s Music Box on June 6.
Saturday offers a special benefit show at the Bootleg from The Bird and The Bee. The haunting Danish songstress Agnes Obels will perform at McCabe’s with Lucy Schwartz also on the bill. Sundays’ choices include Rutles founder (and ex-Bonzo Dog) Neil Innes at McCabe’s, Sourdough Slim’s set at the Autry Museum and a great bill of the Old 97’s and Sarah Jaffe graces the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Also, Haroula Rose, who I have praised here before, will be at the Satellite on a bill that also features power popster Mike Viola.