The first full week of September offers a particularly full week of music.
I have to rate Sunday’s Hollywood Bowl show featuring the National, Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten as the top concert of the week, and not just because I will be reviewing it for the LA Weekly. The bill contains a trio of distinctive artists and it will be interesting to see how they fit on the big Bowl stage.
Another notable show is Tommy Keene’s gig at the Silverlake Lounge on Tuesday the 6th. If anyone can be described as having a fierce power pop sound, it’s him. The cult legend has a terrific new album, Behind the Parade, just out and he’ll be showcasing it and other song from his deep trunk of tunes. Another cult figure – this time of the Americana variety – also plays in town this week. Tim Easton plays McCabe’s on the 9th (with Johnny Corndawg opening). Easton is supporting two, yes two, recent releases (Beat The Band and Since 1966: Vol. 1) that showcase his electric and acoustic sides.
A couple of talented young female singer-songwriters will be swinging through the city. The NYC-based Robin Bacior will be at Origami Vinyl on the 5th and the Hotel Café on the 7th. Her first full length Rest Our Wings is due in November, but her EP Aimed For Night serves up some alluring music.
Also, on the 7th, Amanda Shires will be at the Mint. The former Thrift Store Cowboy (and teenage fiddler for the Texas Playboys) sounds a bit like a Texas-version of Neko Case. She’s been attracting attention with her latest release Carrying Lightning.
And on the 10th, Amy Levere will be at the Hotel Café. The Memphis-based bassist is a talented performer in her right and has a new disc to share entitled Stranger Me.
The Latebirds will be landing in L.A. for a show at the Bootleg on the Sept. 7 and an appearance at Amoeba on the 9th. The Finnish group, featuring a pair of Laika and the Cosmonauts, although this band delves more into an Americana sound. Check out their terrific disc, Last of the Good Ol’ Days; there’s also a bonus EP where they collaborate with folks like Gillian Welch, Kris Kristofferson and Levon Helm).
Bluegrass lovers will want to high-tail it to the Echo on the 6th to catch Chatham County Line. This NC band has evolved wonderfully from a trad outfit to a group that embraces a world of acoustic music. Things will be much louder the next night when Iggy and the Stooges take over the Hollywood Palladium. The heralded band, Le Bucherettes open so get there early to experience them.
Other shows to circle on your calendars: The Ladybug Transistor will perform at the Satellite on the 6th with songs from their new one, Clutching Stems. Colin Hay will be a “man at work” at Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke on 9/8. That night you can also corral the Band of Horses at the Wiltern.
Born Gold (formerly known as Gobble Gobble) will light up the Echo on the 9th, while High Places have a free show at Space 15 Twenty on the 10th.
Other good Saturday night options include Jack Shit at McCabe’s, Ray LaMontagne at the Greek Theatre and The Kills and Eleanor Friedberger at the Wiltern.
Last but least, the Doheny Days Music Festival will take place over the weekend in Dana Point. Acts include Weezer, Ben Harper, Cake, G. Love, Black Uhuru, JJ Grey and Mofro and Ziggy Marley.