Royce Hall is definitely one place to frequent this week. On Friday night, Lucinda Williams performs there with Blake Mills opening and playing with her (look for my preview in the LA Weekly this week). Then on Saturday, They Might Be Giants has a double-header – a family show in the afternoon and an “adult” show in the evening, which will celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Another big name in town this week is Wilco, who will be hopping around to the Palladium on the 24th, the Wiltern on the 25th, and the Orpheum on the 27th. Jeff Tweedy will also be at Largo on Monday night in conversation with comic/actor/Chicago native Jeff Garlin.
Largo also will hot the Watkins Family Hour on Wednesday and a Jon Brion appearance on Friday – who never know who will be sitting in at either one of these shows. Meanwhile on Thursday night, the Wood Brothers will be sharing their fraternal harmonies.
Probably the hippest show on my radar this week is the Alabama Shakes show at the Troubadour on the 25th. Singer Brittany Howard is a soul-rock dynamo and the band seems more exciting than the Alabama-LSU championship game (ok, that’s not saying much – but that’s not the point).
If you aren’t at the Wilco Palladium show on the 24th, then head over to Molly Malone’s where Geoff Koch has a set. The St Louis-based musician recorded his last album with one-time Wilco drummer Ken Coomer and he has impressive Americana troubadour sound. The 24th also boasts another top show with legendary Tommy Keene doing an infrequent local show at the Silverlake Lounge. Last year, Keene released the terrific Behind The Parade CD.
The Good Lovelies will blend folk, bluegrass, swing and other sounds at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theater on the 25th. The next night, the Deleted Scenes bring their lush, dramatic rock sound to the Echo. The uniquely cross-cultural rock group Dengue Fever (who released one of my brother Rob’s favorite albums last year) return to their hometown with a show at the El Rey on the 27th (and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 28th).
Melodic power pop will fill the Bootleg on Friday night with the triple bill of Mike Viola, Bleu and Taylor Locke and the Roughs. The weekend offers a pair of recommendable shows at McCabe’s with folk singer Lucy Kaplansky there on Saturday and the wonderful Ray Wylie Hubbard sharing with wild Texas tales there on Sunday. Down in the Long Beach at Alex’s Bar, the Reigning Sound will reign for a weekend’s work of Memphis-bred garage rock.