The busiest night of this week? Looks like Wednesday gets the honors. You can go hear Grant Langston and his Country-Soul Combo (which includes the talented Rich McCulley) performs Willie Nelson’s 1974 classic Phases and Stages, his concept album about divorce. Blues legends John Mayall shares his historic music career at the Canyon Club while young soul belter Joss Stone headlines the Wiltern with the terrific rock ‘n’ soul combo Vintage Trouble opening. I saw them in Las Vegas earlier this year and they put on a damn hot show. Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons will be ripping things up at the Mint and the Melvins Lite continue their quest for playing in 50 states and Washington DC in 51 days a show in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The exotic, desert-blanched sounds of Calexico fills the Fonda on Wednesday. Largo hosts the wonderful pairing of former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees (the delightful musical project of Julie Ann Bee. You can also find Jason Lytle (who has a cool new disc Dept. of Disappearance) and Sea of Bees at the Bootleg on Tuesday. Wednesday night the Bootleg has a full plate of The Dig, The We Shared Milk and Here We Go Magic. But what I have circled for Wednesday night is Graham Parker’s appearance at the Grammy Museum. He’ll be talking about his new album, Three Chord Good, (which is more than good) that he did with the reunited Rumour, and probably playing a few tunes. He may even talk about his role in the upcoming film This Is 40.
Tuesday comes in a close second for music-going. Besides the Lytle/Sea of Bees show at the Bootleg, you can find singer/songwriter Erin McCarley lighting up the Hotel Café with tunes from her latest My Stadium Electric. It’ll be an evening of freaky folk and gothic classical at the Key Club as Rasputina and Faun Fables perform. The lovely Beth Orton returns to town (the El Rey to be precise) with her long-awaited Sugaring Season. An even older UK act, Crime & The Crime Solution plays the Fonda on Tuesday night. The most senior performer, however, is Jose Feliciano, who’ll be at the Anaheim House of Blues.
Feliciano and Mayall aren’t the only Sixties survivors playing LA this week. A guy called Bob Dylan comes to the Hollywood Bowl on the 26th, with Mark Knopfler. Coincidentally, Donovan, who was the target of Dylan’s sarcasm in the documentary Don’t Look Back, plays in L.A. at the El Rey on the 28th. Will Dylan be sticking around to see him play?
Richard Thompson brings his “Cabaret of Souls” to Santa Monica’s Broad Stage for shows on the 26th through the 28th. This will be the West Coast premiere of the folk oratorio performed by Thompson, bassist Danny Thompson, singer Judith Owen and Harry Shearer as the narrator.
Seventies survivor Johnny Lydon has reunited PiL and they’ll be at Club Nokia on Sunday night. Laurie Anderson bring her latest production, Dirtday!, to Royce Hall on Friday night.
Matt and Kim will enliven Thursday night with a show at the Wiltern. The 25th also is when Two Door Cinema Club pulls into the Palladium. The Minneapolis group Night Moves spends that night at the Satellite, while Motion City Soundtrack has a show at the Hollywood House of Blues, and then one Friday night at Pomona’s Glass House. It’ll be a night of ethereal music at the First Unitarian Church where Lost In The Trees, Dana Buoy and Midtown Dickens share a bill.
The elegant Winterpills warm up McCabe’s on Friday night for headliner Neil Halstead. It’ll be a night of ethereal music at the First Unitarian Church where Lost In The Trees, Dana Buoy and Midtown Dickens share a bill. Cash’d Out, who play Saint Rockne on Friday night, call themselves “the next best thing to Johnny Cash” and with good reason. The band, which is the only Cash tribute band endorsed by Cash’s official website, does a fine job keeping the Man in Black’s music alive.
Saturday’s choices include ex-Zero 7 singer Sophie Barker at the Hotel Café and the Band of Horses who have a show at San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre with Howlin’ Rain. McCabe’s hosts The Hobart Brothers featuring Lil’ Sis Hobart. Who are they? Only Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill. Yes, circle that show. Up-and-comer Tyler Lyle opens.