Go See Hear in L.A. Dec. 21-31 (The Yukon Blonde Winter Solstice edition)

The final roundup will serve to cover the last couple weeks of the 2011.

So happy happy. Merry merry and here’s to a rockin’ 2012.

Thursday the 22nd finds Yukon Blonde at the Echo. This Vancouver-based band impressively strides the intersection of rock, pop and folk, with a not-too-soft, not-too-hard sound that’s easy to enjoy. They have a new disc slated for the new year.

Local favorites Old Californio will ring out the old year with a show at the Satellite on the 23rd. Their Sundrunk Angels was one for top choices for local album of the year.

If you’re a “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” who love “Old Time Rock And Roll” then…oh, I’ll stop with the Bob Seger references and just say that he’s at the Staples Center on Dec. 28. He has finally put together a greatest hits package that is prime, no-frills Midwestern-bred rock ‘n’ roll.

The next night, film auteur Woody Allen brings his New Orleans Jazz Band to Royce Hall, which should make for an interesting show. Here’s a chance to how much Woody swings.

Friday the 30th, the place to be is the Echoplex where Matthew Sweet will perform his album Girlfriend, which rates for me as one of the great guitar rock albums of the last 20 years. It’s hard to believe that it is actually 20 years old.

My top New Year’s Eve choice is Jenny and Johnny – aka Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice – who will be making sweet music at the Satellite.

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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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