This week offers a string of terrific midweek shows. On Tuesday, Sugar & The Hi-Lows (a Nashville duo consisting of Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup) will be at the Hotel Café. Their short but sweet debut is a wonderful record that is an early ’12 highlight.
Another Nashville resident (and a personal fave for the way he blends humor and heart in his songs), Will Kimbrough will has a show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on the 17th and then an early show at the Bootleg on the 18th opening for Joy Kills Sorrow, whose debut last year left a very favorable impression on me.
The Early Winters, featuring Carina Round and Justin Rutledge, bring their harmony-rich folk-rock to the Hotel Café on the 17th.
The Americana outfit Elephant Revival swing through town with a show at the Mint on the 19th with the El May and Owen show at the Troubadour being another fine billing.
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen take their Portlandia show off the screen and onto the stage with a performance at the Echoplex on the 16th. Also that night, the local suave pop group, Princeton, starts their Bootleg residency; they will also be there Jan. 23 and Jan. 30.
Barry Adamson, who was a member of both Magazine and the Bad Seeds, showcases his new disc I Will Set You Free at the Hotel Café on Jan. 18. Up and coming singer-songwriter Adam Arcuragi has a set at the Bootleg on the 18th.
The Twin Cities rock band the Melismatics are touring behind their new disc Mania! and will stop by the Silverlake Lounge on the 19th.
Tween superstar Selena Gomez comes to the House of Blues on the 20th (just don’t tell my daughter and I won’t tell yours).
The Good Natured will deliver their noir-ish pop tunes at the Echo on the 20th and the Bardot on the 23rd.
McCabe’s has some fine shows once again this weekend. Friday features Beausoleil (avec Michael Doucet) while Robyn Hitchcock has a pair of sure to sell out shows (if they aren’t already). The early show is solo show while the late one finds him playing his Eye album – with special guest Susanna Hoffs.
The old-timey twang of the Driftwood Singers will fill the Echo on the 21st. Also that night, a pair of impressive singer-songwriters Scotty Alan and Maureen Toth will be performing. Ex-Eels drummer Butch Norton will be manning the kit for both acts. The legendary keyboardist Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic and Talking Heads) will be jamming at the Bootleg on the 22st with Mike Watt, Money Mark, Lili Hayden and Leo Nocentelli among his scheduled guests.