This week features several acts who create an interesting blurring of music genres. Rupa and the April Fishes, one of my favorite “world” music outfits, return to the Mint on Nov. 1 in support of their latest effort Build. The new disc has a song called “Electric Gumbo Radio,” which nicely characterizes their sound.
The veteran string ensemble ETHEL will be at the Cerritos Center on Nov. 1 with a unique show where they celebrate the ‘70s, complete with a guest appearance from Todd Rundgren.
The next night, Royce Hall hosts two musically adventurous souls, David Grisman and David Lindley, a pair of instrumentalists who draw on a global array of styles. Another veteran performer, fusion flutist Tim Weisberg, has shows at Torrance’s Nakano Theatre on Nov. 2 & 3. Nov. 2 also is the night for an otherworldly, avant garde experience at REDCAT as Eric and Mary Ross present a show build around the sounds of the Theremin and video projections.
One of the most intriguing bills of the week is the Julia Fordham, Jane Siberry and Tim Booth show at Molly Malone’s on the 1st. Booth was the frontman of the “Madchester” dance-rock group James while Fordham and Siberry are both rather ethereal singer-songwriters. In the ‘90s, this show would have been in a large auditorium, at least, not the quite intimate Fairfax bar. More atmospheric ‘90s electro-pop can be heard at the Fonda on the 3rd when the UK group Saint Etienne makes a rare appearance in town. I remember thinking their earlier albums were quite cool, although I have lost track of them over the years. Hannah Goergas, a Canadian like Siberry, represents a younger generation mixing airy electronics with introspective songs. She will be opening for the band Husky at the Satellite on 11/2.
More earthy music can be found at the House of Blues on Friday the 2nd as the Devil Makes Three serve up some spirited post-Halloween Americana with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg) opening. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will be the Wiltern at the night. While raised in the jamband scene, they deliver a wide-ranging sound that swings from pop to rock to soul and doubles back again. Another eclectic Americana band, Donna the Buffalo, pulls into the Mint on Halloween night, while a wild All Hallow’s Eve is sure to be had at the Bootleg where the one and only Tammy Faye Starlight taking the stage.
Going back to the theme of music from around the world. The Swedish indie rock group (and KCRW favorites) Miike Snow has a show at the Palladium on the 30th. Nneka, a soulful, hip-hop-flavored songstress of Nigerian/German descent, plays the Hotel Café on 11/3. That night, the Euro-based Chilly Gonzales brings his unique piano stylings and provocative persona to the Bootleg. The German singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot will open for Willy Porter at McCabe’s on 11/4. I’ve been really impressed with the songs that I’ve heard from her album New Siberia – check it out.
This week also sees the return of Bob Mould, who will be performing songs from his Silver Age and Cooper Blue albums at the El Rey on the 30th, while his new Merge labelmate Mark Eitzel, best known for leading the American Music Club for so many years, has a new solo album, Don’t Be A Stranger, that he will be celebrating at McCabe’s on Saturday and the Echo on Sunday.
Divine Fits also is back with a local show at the Fonda Theatre on Sunday night. The 4th is country night at the Nokia Theatre, when the Blood, Sweat & Beer Tour – featuring Eric Church, Justin Moore and Kip Moore – pays a visit before heading to Anaheim’s Honda Center on Nov. 8.
One of my favorite debut rock discs of the year is Lord Huron’s Lonesome Dreams, which exudes a wonderfully rich and powerful sound. The L.A.-based band comes to the Echo on 2nd. Friday the 2nd also is when Matt Wertz visits Largo. The next night, Pacific Air, who has a catchy, danceable pop sound, open for Woodkid at the Luckman Theatre.