As I wrestle with a turkey hangover, I am noticing that the upcoming week is as light on shows as I am feeling heavy.
The notable weeknight shows both occur on Tuesday with the Troubadour offering a nice double bill of singer-songwriters: Rachael Yamagata and Mike Viola, while the Bootleg hosts the avant acapella ensemble Sonos.
Things start to heat up on Thursday. The big show is the My Morning Jacket concert at the Gibson with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings opening (that should be an intriguing mix). If you are looking for a club gem, head to the Mint for the Rene Lopez set. This NYC-based singer creates a multi-cultural sound that he has dubbed “Electric Latin Soul.” Whatever it is, Lopez’ music is mod and retro, groovy and rockin’. He’ll be showcasing his latest effort, ELS (as in “Electric Latin Soul”). The Jigsaw Seen also has a new release (a seasonal song cycle, Winterland) and they can be seen at the Silverlake Lounge.
Friday finds the return of Grant Lee Buffalo to the Largo stage. Peter Case, meanwhile, will return to the McCabe’s stage to record a live album. He has shows both Friday and Saturday.
Another L.A. roots rock mainstay, the Blasters, shares the bill with the Supersuckers at the Troubadour on Saturday. The French chanteuse Jane Birkin brings pay tribute to the man, the myth, the legend Serge Gainsbourg at the Luckman on the 3rd, while KCRW hosts its first holiday show with acts including the Belle Brigade, Iron & Wine and The Secret Sisters. Chelsea Wolfe brings her eerie, ethereal tunes to the Satellite and Beady Eye, fronted by one of the infamous Gallagher brothers (I think it’s the more notorious Liam), comes to the Wiltern.
The terrific Shannon McNally has a show on Sunday the 4th at McCabe’s with the master of the strings, Greg Leisz. Another guitar whiz, Monte Montgomery will be playing at the Hotel Café.
Dark Dark Woods, a wonderful rustic Canadian band will play the Satellite on Sunday the 4th (with Taylor Locke and the Roughs on the bill) and then Hotel Café on the 5th with Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies (who put out an impressive album on Sugar Hill this year) also performing that night.