Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 22-26 (The Dustbowl Revival/Driftwood Singers Edition)

As the dog days of summer wear on, this week is marked by some youngblood talent.

Tuesday offers a contrast in roots rock. The raw edged duo, The Peach Kings continue their Harvard & Stone residency while the slicker (or is it just poppier) Canadian band The Trews play the Viper Room. The Hotel Cafe will showcase the cinematic Americana of Lord Huron, who can also be seen on Friday at a special MOCA show. I’ve liked what I have heard of them; their debut Lonesome Dreams, arrives Oct. 9.

Dana Falconberry

Americana fans should flock to the Satellite on Wednesday night where the bill includes the talented Driftwood Singers and the delightful Dana Falconberry. Venice’s Witzend features the indie pop of Measure with Liz Pappademas and the Makepeace Brothers. Snowblind’s ethereal electro-pop will fill up the Bootleg on the 22nd (with Michael Andrews also on the bill) and then the duo plays School Night at Bardot on Monday the 27th.

Pebaluna has really impressed with their debut disc, Carny Life. It’s a cool combo of jazz, folk and indie pop that wraps around Lauren Coleman’s sultry vocals. They’ll be in Santa Ana at the Constellation Room on the 22nd and the Hotel Café on Friday the 24th.


On Friday, the fine country rock outfit, the Truth & Salvage Co. sets up shop at the Troubadour. The Echo features the eccentric stylist Julia Holter while the Hollywood Bowl hosts the smoother but creative jazz sounds of Diana Krall. The Mint, however, offers the night’s best bill. The bittersweet eloquence of Alejandro Escovedo is well matched with the Jesse Malin’s worldweary New Yorker roots rock.

The easiest concert choice on Saturday, at least for parents with young kids, is to go to the Ford Saturday in the morning for The Dustbowl Revival’s appearance at the Big!World!Fun! series. That night two talented singer/songwriters – David Dondero and Eleni Mandell – play at the McCabe’s (have you given Eleni’s terrific new release I Can See The Future?), while the Hotel Café welcomes Field Report, the new project by one-time Bon Iver bandmate Chris Porterfield. The partly electric/partly acoustic music is haunting, eerie and always intriguing.

Chris Porterfield is Field Reports

Sunday wraps up the weekend with more than enough show options. The Grand Ole Echo has another great lineup with Rich McCulley, Kip Boardman, Dafni and Drunk On Crutches. It’ll probably be a BYOJ (bring your own jug) Night at McCabe’s, where folk legends Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin undoubtedly will play some old timey tunes. More modern sounds can be had at the Bootleg where Brass Bed and The Blank Tapes will perform. Brass Bed, who have a cool cover of Nilsson’s “One” that can be found on their new EP, http://soundcloud.com/riot-act-media-1/brass-bed-a-bullet-for-you

If you want to end your weekend with some old fashioned Southern boogie, then head to Hollywood’s Happy Ending Bar where Atlanta rocker Blackberry Smoke will be heating up the night.

Looking into Monday the 27th, the Peach Kings have a non-Harvard & Stone on at the Bootleg, while Bleu (whose smart pop music I was turned onto a couple years back) has a show at the Hotel Café with the L.A. debut of the New England band, Air Traffic Controller.

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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