Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 6-12 (The Shovels & Rope/Sigur Ros Edition)

This week starts off with another terrific Tuesday.  LA glam-pop legends Redd Kross is back with a new album Researching the Blues (on Merge) and a show at the Roxy with Tijuana Panthers, Pangea and Keith Morris playing D.J. Blues lovers, meanwhile, will be getting to the Greek where blues icon Buddy Guy and younger guitar slinger Jonny Lang share a bill.

Buddy Guy

If you like your music with a little gypsy flavor, you have two choices on Tuesday. The Annenberg Beach House should be a delightful place to enjoy the eclectic sounds of French violinist Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys while the Peach Kings (Paige McCain Wood and Steven Trezevant Dies) peform their “gypsydelic” music at Harvard & Stone. This duo actually has a residency there on Tuesdays throughout August.

KCRW fave Jesca Hoop will showcase her new album, The House That Jack Built, at Largo with former Norah Jones collaborator Jesse Harris as her special guest.  Singer-songwriter fans have several concert choices on Tuesday. The Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts a Listening Room Festival show featuring Aaron English, Ken O’Malley, Garret Swayne, Steve Meckfessel, Jeff Young, Genna and Jesse, and Fran Snyder. LA to Nashville Songwriter’s Round with Kevin Fisher, Stefani Scovolo, Shantell Ogden and Henry O’Neill takes place at Genghis Cohen, where Xander Smith will play later in the evening. Nashville-based Ogden will continue her West Coast this week with shows at M Bar on Wednesday, the House of Blues’ Voodoo Lounge on Thursday, Venice’s Talking Stick on Friday and UnUrban on Saturday.

Langhorne Slim

More great singer/songwriters can be caught on Langhorne Slim and Jessica Lea Mayfield share the bill at the Troubadour. Each is a unique stylist who is well worth seeing. Wednesday, the Echo has a strong bill with Peaking Lights, Wet Illustrated and Woods, a cool jangly band from Brooklyn.

Thursday night is another night where there are just too many damn good choices. Iris DeMent makes all too rare local appearance with one of those great “chat ‘n’ play” events at the Grammy Museum. The talented young rising Americana star Sarah Jarosz headlines the Troubadour, while another up-and-coming Americana act, Shovels & Rope drops into the Hotel Café. The duo, consisting of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, have an awesome Dualtone debut O’ Be Joyful, filled with wonderful rough-hewn roots music – think of them as the “unCivil Wars.”

Jesse Harris’ old musical partner Norah Jones arrives in town for a Friday show at the Hollywood Bowl in support of her Danger Mouse-produced disc, Little Broken Hearts. Local rockabilly heroes Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys have a free show at the Farmers Market. My top choice for Friday is Paul Thorn. The Mississippi-based musician is an under-rated roots troubadour. His latest album What The Hell Is Goin’ On (full disclosure: I did his press bio for that disc) is a cool covers disc of some his favorite tunes.

Jack White has a couple of shows at the Shrine Aug. 10-11 as well as an appearance at the Grammy Museum. I doubt if any tickets are available for any of these events but it might be worth checking out since I heard great things about his last area concert. A Saturday alternative is John Doe, who has a free show at Pershing Square with Gram Rabbit opening.

Sunday wraps up a busy week with another overly stuffed lineup of concerts. New Wave pretty boys Duran Duran will be “hungry like the wolf” (or something like that) at the Pacific Amphitheatre. The eccentric Icelandic Sigur Ros warms up the Hollywood Forever with a nocturnal lawn show there. The Denver band, Tennis, will impressed me with their highly tuneful, Ralph Carney-produced disc Young and Old; they’ll headline the El Rey while the Greek Theatre boasts the memorable double bill of Andrew Bird and Sharon Van Etten. I caught Van Etten last year at the Hollywood Bowl and she stole the show from Neko Case, which isn’t an easy thing to do. Her praiseworthy current album, Tramp, shows her continuing to evolve as an artist.

Kelly Hogan

However, the show that tops this crowded night is Kelly Hogan’s McCabe’s concert. Hogan, maybe best known as Neko Case’s sidekick, is a longtime fave of mine and just a gorgeous singer. Her new Bloodshot album, I Like To Keep My Self In Pain is a lovely album that is one of the year’s best (and makes me want to request that she doesn’t take so long to put out her next album!).

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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