The year picks up a little more steam this week.
On the 12th The Milk Carton Kids will be at Largo (and then at Zoey’s in Ventura on the 14th). I initially thought of them as some type of emo-punk-pop band but I must have gotten them messed up in my mind with the Get Up Kids. MCK is an LA-based duo composed of Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan. Together they have created a wonderful folk-pop sound full of rich harmonies. There’s a bit of Simon and Garfunkel, a little CSN, although they mostly remind me of the Cash Brothers (who are better known in their native Canada than stateside). They are actually giving away their album, Prologue, for free on their website. http://www.themilkcartonkids.com/?page=music
On Friday, the House of Blues welcomes a rare West Coast appearance from Sister Hazel. If you only know them from their hit “All For You,” then you have missed a lot. The Southern rock band has released a number of terrific albums over the years, most recently 2010’s Heartland Highway. (full disclosure, I have done a couple of their press bios).
McCabe’s has a couple a great musicians this weekend. Friday holds the ace guitarist Albert Lee. The UK-born, LA-based guitarist’s guitarist (and expert American root rock player) has played with Emmylou Harris, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton, and many many more. I am a particular fan of his 2007 album, Road Runner. Then on Sat. and Sun., the one and only Dave Alvin will take over the McCabe’s stage – although his shows (not surprisingly) seem to have sold out.
Another Saturday option is the Wheeler Brothers who will be playing at the Mint. This Texas band, who released their debut Portraits in the summer, crank out a melodic twangy rock sound that is easy to enjoy.
Over at the Bootleg on Sunday will be the always-interesting Eleni Mandell on a bill with Aaron Embry (sometime Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros sideman), Daniel Ahearn & The Jones and Last in Class (which features Charlie Wadhams).