The big Fourth of July weekend is done and hopefully you don’t have any post-fireworks ringing in your ears. There are plenty of shows this week to fill up your ears.
The Greencards arrive at the Mint on July 5 with a new CD the Brick Album in tow. The acclaimed acoustic group works outside the bluegrass lines to great effect. Check them out if you have the chance.
The arty, Brit-like local band Saint Motel has shows at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar (7/6) and, appropriately enough, the LA County Museum (7/7) with the Silent Comedy. Saint Motel’s song “Puzzle Pieces” is a pure delight. Another up and comer, the Portland, OR-based Priory brings their sparkling indie pop rock to the Bootleg on the 7th. Foster the People has gotten a lot of hype for their kicky tune “Pumped Up Kicks.” If you are going to their 7/7 El Rey show go early to check out the also nicely hooky Gardens & Villa. And if those aren’t enough choices for the 7th, Darwin Deez will be at the Echo on Thursday.
Ian Moore rolls into the Bootleg on Friday with his band the Lossy Coils to celebrate their new release El Sonido Nuevo. Moore has attracted quite a following for his gritty guitar prowess. Softer, poppier sounds can be found at the Echo where Class Actress will share their dreamy pop music.
Friday also marks the opening night for Steely Dan’s two nights at the Greek. Night one will find the classic rock outfit performing Aja as well as some of the band’s greatest hits, while Steely Dan will do a fan-voted set list on the 9th. John Doe and Jill Sobule will have a more modest two-night stand at McCabe’s Friday and Saturday nights. The longtime friends released collaborated on an album, A Day At The Pass, which was funded by fans.
The young but talented “progessive alt.folk” band MilkDrive has a Saturday afternoon show at Coffee Gallery Backstage and an evening show at Boulevard Music.
The weekend wraps up with the much buzzed-about Anais Mitchell returning to McCabe’s. No word if she will be taking the audience on a trip to Hadestown.