Sure this week includes local appearances from such legends as Gordon Lightfoot (UCLA, 11/8) and the legendary B.B. King (Club Nokia, 11/11), but I want to mention some notable younger acts coming to town.
Friday night is soul night in L.A. as two of my favorite rock ‘n’ soul groups are coming to town, and both are on the east side so there is a chance to get to both. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will stir things up at the Echoplex. The terrific Canadian rock band the Sheepdogs shares the bill (forget their Project Runway appearance, these guys can rock). Over at the Satellite with be J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound. Their Bloodshot debut Want More is a great album of energetic rockin’ soul music (check out their cool cover of “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”).
The Western States Motel has checked into On The Rox at the Roxy for a month-long residency (Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29) to coincide with their fine, fine new CD Freeway Freeway Riverbed. The brainchild of LA-based musician Carl Jordan, WSM has some Wilco by way of Southern Californian country rock in their sound. Since they are playing on several different nights, you might know to go see First Aid Kit at the Troubadour on the Nov. 8). This Swedish sister act creates absolutely enchanting folk-rock music.
A few years back, Honeyhoney caught my ear with their irresistible tune “Little Toy Gun.” They are back with a new record, Billy Jack, which offers a strong set of melodic and memorable Americana music. They share the bill with Joshua James at the Troubadour on the 13th.
Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble is an eclectic German group that intriguingly blends arty electronics with more organic instrumentations. Their debut full length Mr. Machine is a fascinating listen. They will perform at the Satellite on the 10th and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the 12th.
If you are going to see Feist at the Wiltern on the 12th, get there early to hear the opening set from Mountain Man, an ethereal old-timey all-female folk trio. Pree is another impressive female singer-songwriter, who has a new album Folly and an instore at Origami Vinyl on the 10th.
The breakout Canadian band Hey Rosetta boasts a winning rock style. They probably will showcase tunes from their upcoming debut on Dave Matthews’ label ATO when they play the Echo on the 8th. .
I wrote about the L.A.-by-way-of-Boston singer/songwriter Bleu a while back for City’s Best AOL. Just seeing his name makes me think of his wicked awesome anthem, “B.O.S.T.O.N.” He has a show at the Bootleg on 11/12.
I also wrote about Over The Rhine for City’s Best and they return to town for a show at El Rey on 11/13 with the Milk Carton Kids. Their latest, and terrific, effort The Long Surrender was produced by the talented Joe Henry.
Several “well-known in small circles” bands also stop in Southern Calfornia this week. Ra Ra Riot shares the bill with Delicate Steve at the El Rey on the 10th and the Damnwells check into the Hotel Café on the 9th. Brokedown in Bakersfield (featuring Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm, members for ALO and others) is a West Coast music collective enamored with the California country sound. They come to the Mint on the 10th.
Maybe the best double bill of the week is Jay Farrar and Bobby Bare Jr., who will be at Largo on the 12th. It will be interesting to see how Farrar’s more serious side meets with Bare’s often more lighthearted approach.
However, the top cult figure playing in town this week is Tav Falco, the wild roots rocker who started his band Panther Burns with the late, great Alex Chilton. Tav has a new book about Memphis and a show at the Echo on the 10th. This should be one of the most interesting shows of the month, if not the week. Ken Stringfellow, from the Posies, also is on the bill, making this evening more special.
Other notable shows include the Aussie rockers Little Red at the Satellite on the 8th, Atlanta’s O’Brother at the Mayan on the 8th and the House of Blues on the 9th, and country singer-songwriter Brett Detar, who shares the Mint’s 11/11 lineup with Cory Branan and Olin and the Moon.
It may no longer be the Year of the Cat, but you can catch Al Stewart this weekend at McCabe’s, 11/12-13). Blues fans looking for something more than Mr. B.B. King, might want to know that Guitar Shorty will at Harvelle’s by the Third Street Promenade.