Go See Hear In L.A. – June 6-13 (Los Straitjackets and Death Cab For Cutie edition)

This week’s Go See Hear starts off on a charitable note.

In case, you haven’t heard, a Rhino Pop-Up store has popped up again – this time at 10952 Santa Monica Blvd., but only until June 12. Proceeds from the store sales will benefit the charity MusicCares. The store is hosting a number of in-stores. This week, for example, Little Willie G (from the legendary Latino rock band Thee Midnighters) performs on Monday night, the fabulous Ruby Friedman Orchestra is there on Tuesday, Gaby Moreno will showcase songs from her fine disc Illustrated Songs (check it out!!) on Wednesday, Kristian Hoffman is there Thursday and Friday has the double bill of Susan James and Martha Davis.

Another big benefit will take place Tuesday night at Club Mayan in downtown L.A. that will help raise money for Los Straitjackets’ Danny Amis, who is battling multiple myeloma. The ‘jackets will be playing along with Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band (from the Conan Show), along with guests like Ben Vaughn, Big Sandy, Pete Anderson, Cesar and David from Los Lobos, Rosie Flores, Stan Ridgway and Conan himself. It promises to be a special night to help a special guy.

Continuing on the medical front, Adele has had to postpone her hotly anticipated show Monday at the Greek with Wanda Jackson and Thursday at the Palladium due to a bad case of laryngitis. No word on when the British soultress will return to Southern California.

Still, there are more than enough great shows happening this week. Death Cab for Cutie will showcase their new album Codes and Keys at El Rey on Tuesday. Come early to catch The Lonely Planet, who play earnest and endearing indie pop-rock. “Turn Off This Song and Go Out,” is a great tune to get introduced to their music.

The wonderful power pop band Sloan plays the Bootleg on Wednesday night. It’s a rare opportunity to see this veteran band in a small setting (I’m guessing the club will be packed). The Canadian group’s new Yep Roc disc The Double Cross continues their recent hot streak of albums.

Speaking of veterans, two venerable singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright and John Prine share the bill on Friday night at the Orpheum Theater. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a show with two more skilled songwriters.

The red-hot local band The Belle Brigade lands at the Satellite on the 10th. Another buzzed-about duo Jenny & Johnny come to the Music Box on the 11th. Joining them on the bill are La Sera and Nik Freitas (who has a strong new album, Saturday Night Underground, sparkling indie folk-pop). The Bootleg also has a fine bill Saturday when Timber Timbre and Marissa Nadler perform their quiet but compelling music.

The Iron and Ink Festival happens this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and its lineup includes bands like the Sonics, the Buzzcocks, Detroit Cobra and Adolescents. Also this weekend, The Playboy Jazz Festival comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Dianne Reeves, The Roots and a New Orleans salute (which includes the Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and Mr. Michael White) highlight Saturday night while Sunday includes Buddy Guy, John Scofield and Harmony 3 (with Ronnie Laws, Walter Beasley and Stanley Jordan)

Tiger Army’s Nick 13 has gone twangy on his solo debut on Sugar Hill, and impressively so. He’ll be at the Troubadour June 10-11.

This week, the talented Henry Wolfe (whom I have praised and written about in the past) starts a new Monday night residency at the Bootleg. Make note of the lineup on the 20th  (which includes Jenny O) and the big bill on the 27th (when Charlie Wadhams, The Chapin Sisters and Harper Simon are scheduled to play). Meanwhile, the eclectic vocal group Sonos has a Wednesday night residency this month at the Hotel Café and the local popsters The 88 continue their not-quite-a-month-long Friday residency there through June 17.

A band called Shakespeare’s Fool creates songs out of the Bard’s verses. They will be performing at Genghis Cohen on the 7th. Wednesday the 8th finds the quirky Irish singer Julie Feeney at Largo, while the Silverlake Lounge welcomes Vermont-based singer-songwriter Kris Gruen and Portland, OR’s John Heart Jackie (I have been impressed with their languid rustic folk music).

On the 9th, Neal Casal will be at the Bootleg. While he has been playing in Ryan Adams’ band of late, Casal has been a much admired singer-songwriter since the early ‘90s and on the 11th, the Quick & Easy Boys deliver their funky and fun 70’s-inspired rock to Villains’ Tavern.

I want to make mention of all of the fine concerts happening on June 13th, an extraordinary number for a Monday. Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry has his first studio album out in 11 years (Ark, which is just his second solo album). He’s sharing the El Rey stage with the Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie. The Civil Wars’ disc is one of the years’ best debuts. The duo will play two nights at Largo (June 13-14). Another good singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow opens. The dynamic Florence and the Machine will heat up the Greek Theatre, and, if you are looking for more options, the Hotel Café has sets from the smooth and soulful Nigerian singer Asa as well as boppy Chicago rockers, Gold Motel (I see them as like a rockier Blondie).

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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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