Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 5-12 (The Dark Dark Woods Trampled By Turtles edition)

It’s a wonderfully busy week of music. My personal choice for “Show of the Week” would be the Elizabeth Cook show at the Mint on Thursday night. I had the pleasure of interviewing her earlier this year and I ranked her last disc Welder as one of the top albums of 2010.  She is just a brash and ballsy in concert as she is on disc. As an added bonus, she will have the talented Tim Carroll by her side.

But just to go through the week day by day. Monday’s top choice would be the Canadian “Americana” band Dark Dark Woods at the Hotel Café with local luminaries Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies also on the bill.

Tuesday finds the Tuareg guitarist known as Bombino playing his Afro-eclectic music at the Mint. I have impressed with the hooky indie rock on Girls’ disc Father, Son, Holy Ghost; it was one of those discs that make you want to listen to repeatedly. Meanwhile veteran indie rockers The Sea and the Cake will be surfacing at the Troubadour.

On the 7th, check out Devon Williams if you can at the Satellite. His new disc Euphoria is an alluring set of dreamy pop tunes. If that isn’t enough the magnificent Miniature Tigers will be playing there too as will Tennis (whose new Patrick Carney-produced disc Young and Old comes out on Fat Possum on February).

Thursday offers a wealth of options. Besides the aforementioned Cook concert, the locally based Jonathan Wilson has a show at the Troubadour. He has a dandy disc on Bella Union called Gentle Spirit, which is both gentle and spirited. Another talented singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson performs with his friends at Largo, while the Satellite with the rocking with the retro dream/garage rock of Radiation City.

My top choice for a crowded Friday night is at the Hotel Café. Besides an appearance by cool L.A. chanteuse Arrica Rose, there is an early set Charlie Frye and Will Sexton. Frye put out well-named, and well-made, disc Travels with Charlie this year. Sexton has a new terrific new album Move The Balance available. He also has made a strong recovery from a stroke that suffered in 2009. A good double-bill can also be found at the Bootleg where Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Ha Ha Tonka will be churning out their versions of Midwestern indie rock.

Things will be festive at the Wiltern where Aimee Mann hosts her annual holiday show (and who never know who will show up). BTW, Mann is readying a new album for a Spring, 2012 release. The root rock sounds of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers will be filling the Key Club, while Sara Bareilles and Joshua Radin perform their well-crafted tunes at the Palladium. McCabe’s welcomes the Belle Brigade, the local sibling act who put out a strong debut this year. Last, but not least, Trampled by Turtles will be kicking up some raucous bluegrass at the Troubadour.

After all that’s happening on Thursday and Friday, the weekend is a little quieter. Jesse Sykes is the prime ticket for Saturday with an appearance at the Bootleg. While her band is named the Sweet Hereafter, her music on her latest disc Marble Son, is a dark Americana that’s more rock than twang.

The Bootleg also has an impressive – and all female – lineup on Sunday with local favorites Correatown and Haroula Rose among the performers.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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