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A number of old favorites will be performing in town this week. I started to get into Joe Henry back when he was a singer-songwriter on the Mammoth label. Now known more for his award-winning production work, Henry has just released an album of his own tunes. Reverie is a terrific, richly textured disc (I wrote about him on Relix.com) and he’ll be showcasing them at Largo on 10/11.
I’ve been a big fan of Fountains of Wayne since their first album. “Survival Car” still runs through my mind. They have a new Sky Full of Holes, which is stocked with wit and hooks (check out “A Road Song” or “Richie and Ruben”). They hit the Troubadour on 11/13.
If you have been captivated the recent HBO maxi-documentary on George Harrison, then you will want to check out the new Harrison exhibit, “Living in the Material World,” at the Grammy Museum that opens on Tuesday.
Will he “go insane” at Royce Hall? Lindsay Buckingham has a new disc Seeds We Sow, and a local show at UCLA on Thursday.
Shelby Lynne will have a pair of intimate shows at the McCabe’s Oct. 14-15, while the former Roxy Music frontman, and ever influential, Bryan Ferry comes to the Greek with the Phenomenal Handclap Band backing him up.
Friday night also offers a unique “show-down” between two 80s synth pop stars. Howard Jones has a show at the Music Box, where he’ll be performing his first 2 albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action. Meanwhile, over at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Thomas Dolby will present a performance/lecture about his game, “The Floating City: A Dieselpunk Dystopia.” He also will be at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 17, in case you can’t be in two synth pop places at once on the 14th.
Several impressive younger acts also will be coming through L.A. I had a sweet spot for Katie Herzig’s last album, Apple Tree. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new effort, The Waking Sleep, and a gig at the Bootleg on the 14th.
The fiery British troubadour Frank Turner (another Relix subject of mine) comes to the El Rey on the 13th. Seek out his England Keep My Bones album.
The Head and the Heart head down from Seattle with a folk-rock sound that has won over the KCRW tastemakers for a show at the Music Box on the 13th and John Heart Jackie perform at the Hotel Café on the 10th, and the Wandas, a strong new band out of Boston, tops a bill at the Mint on the 14th.