Go See Hear in L.A. Feb 27-March 4 (the Soft Swells/Dunwells edition)

It’s one of those weeks when you can check into the Hotel Café and stay the week.

On Monday, there’s the Dunwells. This young UK band smoothly blend British folk-rock and Americana into a harmonious sound. While they may not be the next Mumford & Sons, expect to hear a lot of them. Their wonderful new album is entitled Blind Sighted Faith.

Tuesday finds the Soft Swells doing a record release show there. The LA band creates catchy pop-rock music that’s dosed with electronics. They also have a free instore at Origami on the 29th.

On the 29th is a special show from Crooked Fingers – Archer of Loaf Eric Bachman’s other band who last year returned with a new album, Breaks In The Armor, on Merge.

I’ll skip ahead a few days to the 1st, when Haroula Rose and Madi Diaz will both be performing. Diaz is a lovely singer from Nashville (although don’t call her country) who released her debut Plastic Moon recently. Another impressive female singer-songwriter Eliza Rickman will be at the Hotel Café on the 3rd.

There are plenty of other good shows happening elsewhere than the Hotel Café. One of the best choices is the Pack A.D./Elliot Brood show at the Echo on the 3rd. The potent Pack A.D. duo certainly delivers a powderkeg of explosive garage rock while the Brood crew crafts thoughtful but surprisingly muscular Canadiana music.

On Monday, you can be enchanted by the local outfit Milo Greene at the Satellite.  The next night, the Bootleg hosts actor John C. Reilly doing his music thing with the support of Becky Stark and Tom Brouseau. Also Cinefamily with be screening the Harry Smith film Heaven and Earth Magic.

Wednesday’s choices are highlighted by the eclectic Portland rock band the Quick and Easy Boys at the Silverlake Lounge, the legendary Merle Haggard at the Grove of Anaheim and Chadwick Stokes at the Bootleg. Stokes, maybe better known as the Dispatch’s drummer Chad Stokes, has an impressive solo album entitled Simmerkane II that is definitely worth hearing.

March opening day choices features the sibling duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman (aka Wild Belle) rockin’ up the Echoplex. Songwriters Shane Cooley and Adam Smith will be in town for a show at WitzEnd Live in Venice and Jenny Owen Young comes to the Bootleg. The top choice undoubtedly is Roky Erickson, who will be performing at the El Rey. His 2010 album True Love Casts Out All Evil was a terrific disc.

The Bay Area all-female group Blame Sally comes to McCabe’s on Friday. Check out their marvelous new release Speeding Ticket and A Valentine when you can. Zola Jesus will be part of the First Friday activities at the Natural History Museum.

Guitar Shorty will bring his Chicago blues to Harvelle’s on Saturday night while O Brother can be found at the Satellite.

The week wraps up with a busy Sunday. The acapella masters the Bobs have a show at McCabe’s. Young banjo ace Jayme Stone plays the CTMS Center for Folk Music and the always intriguing Jolie Holland comes to the Bootleg.

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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