Tuesday shapes up to be the hottest night of the week (if not the month, or next several months). One of my favorite singer-songwriters Paul Kelly comes to Largo. I saw him last year at the Hotel Café, where he performed his always smartly written songs. Over at the Satellite will be Bahamas. Barchords is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I’m curious how Afie Jurvanan brings his smooth sound to the stage. Opening will be the gentle lo-fi folk duo, The Driftwood Singers, who are also worth the price of admission. At the Mint, Little Tybee will deliver their Southern-fueled orchestral pop. I was impressed with the tunes on their Humorous To Bees CD. The headliner is Chuck Mead, whose fine new album of covers Back At The Quonset Hut, I reviewed for M Magazine. 2:54 is a London-based duo of sister Colette & Hannah Thurlow, who have an interesting EP Scarlett. The Wiltern will be the place to see the unique sights and sounds of Of Montreal and Deerhoof. Wait, there’s more. Sharon Van Etten is an intriguing, haunting songtress with a newly released album, Tramp to share. She’ll be at the Avalon with War on Drugs opening.
My top choice for Wednesday is Lucero at the Music Box. I just dig their soulful, Southern garage rock. Dawes will be the special guests at Wednesday’s Watkins Family Hour at Largo. The Ting Tings do their thing thing at the El Rey March 21 and 22.
Martin Zellar used to front the Gear Daddies back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s (I was just thinking of their “Zamboni” song the other day). He just released a terrific, acoustic-based album, Roosters Crow.
The Magnetic Fields light up the Orpheum Theater on Friday night, with Bachelorette opening. Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a solo show at the Bootleg to celebrate her new disc Lung of Love. You can find local country rockers Truth and Salvage Company at the Troubadour, while McCabe’s hosts a wonderful double bill of singer-songwriters, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli.
On Saturday, McCabe’s welcome Jim White and his unique Southern tales. Ani DiFranco will stir things up at the Orpheum while the Satellite hosts Imperial Teens with Radiation City.
Sunday finds the legendary Ravi Shankar at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Good Old War brings their lovely harmony-filled folk-rock (you can find my review of Come Back As Rain on americansongwriter.com) to the Avalon with Family of the Year. Rose Cousins really grab my attention with her new album, We Have Made A Spark. It’s definitely one to check out. She’s opening for the esteemed singer-songwriter John Gorka at McCabe’s on Sunday night.