September ends with a particularly packed week of music, with a high number of notable shows, big and small.
On the big show front: the Hollywood Bowl welcomes Wilco, with Joanna Newsom opening, on Sunday the 30th. The night before, the Bowl flashes back to the 80’s with the Go-Go’s, the Psychedelic Furs, the Motels and Bow Wow Wow taking their turns on the big stage. It’s always interesting to see how these youthful faves hold up. I went to the one later year (main reaction: more B-52’s, less Human League) and I’ll be there this year too.
Speaking of the ‘80s, Dave Stewart, who was one-half of the Eurythmics, has a small club show at the Troubadour on the 28th to support his new album, The Ringmaster General; he’ll be welcoming some “special guests.” Also on the 28th, the Gin Blossoms will play the Canyon Club, while Jimmie Vaughan performs on the 27th. Men At Work’s Colin Hay celebrates the 30th anniversary of “Down Under” with a show at Largo on the 27th.
Moving more to the younger generation of acts, rising Nashville star Jason Alden headlines a show at the Verizon Amphitheatre on the 29th, while the musically mercurial Conor Oberst holds court at Royce Hall on the 27th. The 27th also is when outlaw country artist Ryan Bingham shares songs from his hard-hitting new disc Tomorrowland at the Fonda. The Fonda will host the gentler sounds of Owl City on the 25th.
Friday night contains two of the best shows of the week. At the Roxy, you can find William Elliott Whitmore and Samantha Crain, two Midwestern singer-songwriters who craft spare, dark and haunting music. These young musicians are both old souls. Over at the El Rey, the Light In The Attic Records label celebrates its 10th anniversary with a sold out show featuring Stephen John Kalinich, Michael Chapman, Shin Joong Hyun and Rodriguez, who is the subject of the fascinating documentary Searching for Sugarman.
Friday also finds Earlimart, the Submarines’ Blake Hazard and Blonde Summer at the Satellite, world punk rockers Firewater at the Bootleg and Matt the Electrician with John Elliott at McCabe’s.
McCabe’s hosts a special show on Sunday, when the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show – Eaglesmith’s latest cross country road show along Highway 66 – rolls into town with the great Mary Gauthier in tow. On Saturday night, Operation USA’s benefit show takes place at the Roxy, with Booker T. Jones scheduled to appear. Another blues legend, Guitar Shorty performs that night at Long Beach’s Harvelle’s.
If these aren’t enough shows to keep you busy this week, here are some more.
The Scottish band, Django, Django plays School Night at the Bardot on Monday the 24th and the Echo Lounge on the 26th (in between those days, they release their self-titled album). The indie popper Holmes also has a double date this week, performing at Witz End on the 25th and the Hotel Café on the 28th.
Ladyhawke wings in from New Zealand to play the Echo on the 25th. The talented Madi Diaz shares the Satellite stage with Harlan and Cassoria on the 26th. Taken By Trees, fronted by ex-Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman, has a Bootleg show on the 26th. Milo Greene has a free show at the Original Penguin store on Melrose on the 29th. That night, The Album Leaf plays the Satellite. And you can wrap up the week on Sunday, kicking back at the Grand Ole Echo with Greg Felden, Rich Mahan & The Coctails, Dave Gleason Band and Cliff Wagner’s Old #7