I’m running a little behind this week so this run through of this week’s shows might be at a faster pace than normal.
The hottest, hippest ticket this week probably is the Gary Clark Jr. shows Nov. 13-15 at the Troubadour. Warners has been hyping him for months and rightfully so. The Austin musician is a charismatic blues-rocker and it will be interesting to see what he’ll do with a major league push.
Another hip ticket is the Benjamin Gibbard/Damien Jurado show at the Wilshire Ebell on the 14th. It’s a nice pairing of introspective Pacific Northwest-bred musicians. Another NW-ster, A.C. Newman, known founding the New Pornographers, has a really strong new solo album and a show at the Echo on the 13th. Also on the 13th, Caro Emerald comes to the El Rey. The European songstress has a lively, retro jazzy pop sound that has a fun swing to it. The next
The El Rey hosts a Tom Petty tribute show on Wednesday night that will benefit Sweet Relief and The Musicians Cancer Fund. Guys from the Black Keys, the Strokes, Guster, Eagles of Death Metal and others will be performing their favorite Petty tunes. Also on the 14th, the Mynabirds return to L.A. with a gig at the Bootleg while Susanna Hoffs has a hometown show at Largo. And over at the Hotel Café on the 16th is Louise Goffin (the daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin and a talented singer-songwriter in her own right).
This week’s appearance by a Rock n Roll Hall of Famer is Steve Winwood, who closes out the Greek Theater season on the 16th. Make sure to get there early to catch the Wood Brothers.
The show that is the most intriguing one to me is the Northern Soul and Boss Sound Revue that happens at the Echoplex on Friday. The show features Detroit native Gwen Owens and Roy “Mr. Symarip” Ellis, a UK artist who has been playing ska-flavored music since the ‘60s.
A newer soul sound can be discovered at the Getty on the 17th when Cold Specks performs. The Canadian-born, London-based performer really grabbed my attention with the few songs of hers that I have heard. It’s soulful and artful, emotive and powerful. Another impressive young singer Lianne La Havas has a sold out show at the Roxy on Nov. 16. She has a wonderfully engaging style to her music.
On the up-and-coming rock band front, the L.A. band Grouplove headlines the Wiltern on Saturday the 17th. The Amazing and Tame Impalas – those are two separate bands – has shows at the El Rey on the 16th and the Fonda on the 17th. They both bring psychedelic vibes to their music, although I dig the Amazing’s Sixties’ folk-rock flavor more. Walk the Moon and Family of the Year will bring their fun pop-rock to the Fonda on the 16th. Super Water Sympathy also have a rousing way with their pop/rock blend. Check them out at the Viper Room on Friday.
Friday also is also the night that the Portland-based Typhoon blows into the Echo with its anthem-ic folk-orchestra sound. Milo Greene and Aaron Embry will deliver smart and alluring brand of folk-rock during their sets at the El Rey on the 17th. A more ragged, rockier sound will be found at Origami Vinyl on the 18th with The Pharmacy stops in to support their new one Stoned & Alone.
Roots fans will want to know that Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will be whipping up some swingin’ blues of the ’40 and ‘50s on Friday night at the Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Friday is also when the talented husband/wife pair Mark Stuart & Stacey Earle serve up their smartly written Americana tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and Largo welcomes old friend Jon Brion and some of his friends (of the proverbial “you never know who will show up” variety). Alt.country fans should also know that Dan Janisch and Dave Gleason have sets at the Satellite on the 14th.
Other shows to keep an eye on are the Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy bill at the Wiltern on the 16th. Sondre Lerche’s show at Largo on the 18th, which is the same night The Faint play the Fonda.