Go See Hear In L.A. June 14-19 (The Wooden Birds – Wildbirds & Peacedrums edition)

The week leading up to Father’s Day features a number of strong shows, although nothing that really grabs the Show of the Week title. That said, and given that Father’s Day is Sunday, I will make note of two father-ly figures coming to town this week. Booker T. Jones, the great soul organ man (and not a bad guitarist either) lands at the Satellite on the 16th, while the legendary singer-songwriter (or is it songwriter-singer in his case) Chip Taylor plays McCabe’s on the 19th (Father’s Day, appropriately enough).

The 19th also finds Jason Isbell & The 400 playing at the Troubadour. The former Drive By Trucker has really bloomed on his own. In my review of his latest Here We Rest, I said that he has created a “superb set of Southern-set songs.”  That day too, Ted Russell Kamp will be showcasing tunes from his new terrific album. Back To The Land. Hopefully I will get to write more about that one too.

On the 17th, Mia Dyson plays Molly Malone’s with Hotels & Highways. I always have enjoyed this bluesy Australian musician and expect her to break out here any time now.

Also notable are the shows the Civil Wars have with James Vincent McMorrow at Largo on the 14th and the El Rey on the 15th.

Tuesday the 14th also offers an eclectic show selection: the hip vocal group Sonos is at the Hotel Café, while the Nashville noisy rocker Mona (don’t get the two band names confused) comes to the Echo. The soulful Marc Broussard headlines the El Rey on Tuesday with Matt Hires and Chic Gamine. Mother Mother brings their Human League-like sounds to the Satellite while the Hollywood Bowl hosts Motley Crue and the New York Dolls (if you haven’t checked out the new Dolls disc Dancing Backward In High Heels, then you should).

Actress Alicia Witt shows off her musical skills at Café Was on Wednesday. She actually is a classically trained pianist, in case you didn’t know. The Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums come the Satellite on the 15th. I have heard a couple of their tunes, which I have quite haunting and bewitching, and left me wanting to hear more. Also on the 15th, Matt and Kim play the Music Box at the Henry Fonda, while the Meat Puppets go to Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar before their show at the Echo on the 16th.

The 16th also has a couple of interesting bills. Longtime UK folkie Bill Callahan comes to the Troubadour along with Michael Chapman and Lambchop’s William Tyler. Meanwhile, the LA Public Library is the place to find Russian-American singer/songwriter Alina Simone, who will performing tunes from her CD Make Your Own Danger as well as doing a reading from her book of essays, You Must Go and Win.

Grant Lee Phillips performs with the Section Quartet and other special guests at Largo on the 17th, while Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock share the bill at the Troubadour (please resist requesting Juno songs). I’ve only heard a few songs by the Wooden Birds (led by Broken Social Scene’s Andrew Kenny) but they are quietly stirring acoustic-based numbers. Looking for something louder, then go to the Bordello for the Von Ehrics’ punch of cowpunk.

Saturday’s selections feature the cool Dengue Fever heating things up with their Far East/Silverlake rock fusion at the Getty while Brett Dennen brings his Loverboy tour to the Orpheum. Loverboy is the name of his impressively soul-filled album, not a salute to the old Canadian band. Not quite as old as Loverboy, but the always-interesting Matthew Sweet plays McCabe’s on the 18th and Big Head Todd and the Monsters will rock Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke. Todd recently spearheaded a cool centennial salute to Robert Johnson.

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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