Jim James/Yim Yames follows up his participation in the Monsters of Folk with a new collaboration with Jay Farrar, Anders Parker and his fellow Monster Will Johnson in New Multitudes, an album where they crafted tunes from old Woody Guthrie lyrics. They play the Mayan on Wednesday the 7th and have a free show at Amoeba Thursday afternoon. Opening the show is the up and coming Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, whose new album I will be reviewing for American Songwriter.
This week is marked by a number of interesting pairings and bills. One show that jumps out to me is the Peter Case/Paul Collins gig at the Echo on the 7th (yes, the same night at the New Multitudes show). Case and Collins played together in the punk band the Nerves years ago (Blondie’s hit “Hanging On The Telephone” was a Nerves’ tune) before going off in separate directions (Collins fronted power poppers the Beat and Case the Plimsouls and then has had a long career as a troubadour). Opening for them is an excellent sisters act The Summer Twins who should be headlining shows soon.
The Mynabirds’ What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood was my favorite album of 2010. Laura Burhenn has a new ‘birds disc, Generals, set for a June release, which will undoubtedly previewed at their March 10th Hotel Café show. Also on the bill is Rosie and Me, a young band that has really impressed me.
The Parson Red Heads and Blitzen Trapper team up for shows at the Troubadour on the 7th, Santa Barbara’s Soho club on the 9th and Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar on the 10th. PRH, btw, will be releasing an EP of never-before-heard tunes (entitled Murmurations) on March 20. The Smell will be alive with the post-Riot Grrl sounds of Coasting and Cool Moms on Thursday the 8th. Singer-songwriters Rachael Yamagata and Dan Wilson, meanwhile, will reside at the Hotel Café March 5-6. Alt-troubadour William Fitzsimmons and Denison Witmer form a great double bill at, appropriately enough, the Troubadour on the 9th. Santa Ana’s Observatory hosts a rockabilly festival on the 10th with a killer lineup including Wanda Jackson, the Reverend Horton Heat, the Supersuckers and more.
A couple of really wonderful genre-smashing bands have competing shows on the 9th. The Punch Brothers, featuring Crooked Still’s vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, while Bela Fleck leads his Flecktones into the Orpheum.
If those aren’t enough choices, there are a number of other interesting shows throughout the week.
Robert Francis returns with a Chris Douridas’ School Night at the Bardot Monday night in advance of his May 22nd Vanguard debut, Strangers in the First Place. The duo John Heart Jackie comes to the Silverlake Lounge on Tuesday the 6th. The Mint welcomes guitarist Tony Furtado on the 7th,with original JJ Grey & Mofro guitarist Daryl Hance on the bill. Flogging Molly will help you celebrate an early St. Paddy’s Day when they bring their annual Green 17 tour to West Hollywood’s House of Blues on the 7th (and the one in Anaheim on the 9th) and the Grove of Anaheim on the 9th. Their excellent 2011 album Speed of Darkness took a searing look at contemporary America.
L.A.-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe has a show at the Bootleg on the 8th (maybe he will still be celebrating his mother’s Oscar triumph). The 9th finds Dustbowl Revival at McCabe’s and blues legend Joe Louis Walker will be storming the Arcadia Blues Club on the 9th and Hermosa Beach’s Café Bugaloo on the 10th. The 11th holds a show by the U.K. duo Slow Club at the Echoplex while the cool Australian artist known as Teeth & Tongue stops by the Homeroom on the 11th and the Echo on the 12th on her way to SxSW.PRH