Since I running a little behind the clock – to mangle some metaphors – I thought I’d just run down this week’s shows day-by-day.
Tuesday finds the Serenades at the Bootleg. The duo features Markus Krunegard and the Shout Out Louds’ Adam Olenius. Their Oceans EP contains some marvelously hooky, melodic pop. The 13th also offers Mariah McManus and Ernie Halter at the Hotel Café and the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Christmas (with Sara and Sean Watkins) at Pepperdine U.
The 14th offers the first of two possibilities to catch Shelby Earl around the Southern California. Tuesday, she’ll be Saint Rocke while Saturday she’s at the Bootleg. I would recommend the Bootleg show as The White Buffalo will also be playing. Earl is a talented singer-songwriter from the Northwest (Ann Powers sings her praises) with a sharp-eye and sharp songwriting skills. The White Buffalo is the burly-voiced Jake Smith, who has a fantastic new album, Once Upon A Time In The West, coming out next year.
Thursday’s options include the versatile and talented singer Carina Round (check out her work in the Early Winters) and local country-rockers Dead Rock West at the Hotel Café. The Silverlake Lounge, meanwhile, hosts a night of Light Record Company acts like Michael Bloom, Nik Freitas and Miracle Parade. Also, Erik Deutsch, Kaveh Rastegah and Scott Amendola will be at the Blue Whale.
The Belle Brigade, one of this year’s top local breakout bands, headlines the Satellite on Friday with Oh Darling and Harlan. Over at the Bootleg you can catch El May (aka Lara Meyerratken). There is a beguiling lo-fi charm to her music. See if you can check her out.
Saturday finds Aaron Neville at the Luckman and Tori Amos starting her 2-night stand at the Orpheum. The Hotel Café hosts its annual holiday benefit show on Friday and Saturday nights, while the fine local country rock outfit Paladino plays there on Sunday. The club has another benefit show, Songs for Kids, on Monday night.