Go See Hear in L.A. July 3-8 (The Blind Pilot/Pretty Things edition)

If you are looking for something than watching fireworks on the 4th, then you can check out the Dig’s show at the Silverlake Lounge. If you are busy, the New York band will light up the Lounge with their hooky rock on the 11th, 18th and 25th as well.

I’ve talked about the great shows at Levitt Pasadena and this week offers two. Thursday is one of them when Red Baraat will create a party with their global gumbo of music, while ex-Nickel Creek-ster Sara Watkins showcases some of the wonderful music off of her recently released Sun Midnight Sun album.

The Pretty Things

The American Cinematheque screens the unreleased documentary The Pretty Things: Midnight To Six 1965-1970 along with the Small Faces: All Or Nothing 1965-70 doc. Together, these films offer a cool look at the mid-to-late ‘60s UK rock scene as bands blossomed from R&B rave up combos to more adventurous musical territory – the Pretty Things created the psychedelic rock opera SF Sorrow, while Odgen’s Nut Gone Flake stands as the Small Faces’ opus.

McCabe’s spotlight is on guitarists this weekend. The wonderful Albert Lee will show off his nimble fretwork on Friday while California Guitar Trio display their virtuosity on Saturday night. On Saturday night, the annual Hootenanny returns to Irvine’s Oak Canyon Ranch with Lucero, Rev. Horton Heat and Rancid as headliners with the Supersuckers, Lee Rocker and 3 Bad Jacks also among the folks rocking things up. The Mississippi-born Cory Branan brings his rootsy tunes and Southern charm to the Mint on the 7th with Audra Mae. His new Bloodshot disc, Mutt, is a pure-bred winner.

Cory Branan

Saturday’s top pick is Blind Pilot, who headline at the Fonda. The Portland band appeared on my radar a few years back with their 3 Rounds and a Sound album and they continue to impress with their recent sophomore outing We Are The Tide. The group, who first toured by bicycles, has now done tours with acts like the Decemberists, The Shins and Josh Ritter.

Jezzy & The Belles has been described as a “dreampop folktronica” group, and they do have possess an alluring, sultry sound. The Brooklyn-based band comes west for a show at the Trip in Santa Monica on Sunday night.

Jezzy and the Belles

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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