Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 10-11 (The John Cale/Jim Lauderdale edition)

The combination of a number of notable shows and a busy start of the work week has led me to do a mini-2 day version of Go See Hear.

Monday boasts a pair of cool shows. UK crooner Willy Moon makes his LA debut at Bardot. The stylish singer has an energetic sound combining retro soul, rock and hip-hop that has made a big splash in Britain and his tune “Yeah Yeah” has showcased in an iPod ad.

The locally based Dominique Pruitt also has a retro vibe, but her music is more rooted in rockabilly, ’50s pop, traditional country and old school rock ‘n’ roll. The music you can find now online (http://dominiquepruitt.bandcamp.com) is quite captivating and she apparently is working an album for 2013. But you can catch her Monday at the Hotel Cafe.

Graham Parker and the Rumour

Graham Parker and the Rumour

Tuesday features two of my long-time favorite musicians: Graham Parker and Jim Lauderdale. Unfortunately, they are playing a different places. Parker’s show is quite significant as he is playing again with his long-time band the Rumour. The band backed him up on his fine new album Three Chords Good, which was the first time they recorded a record with him since 1981’s The Up Escalator. I heard Parker speak at the Grammy Museum recently and he talked about the fun of playing with his old mates again, so it should be a lively time filled with old songs and new.

The Grammy Museum is where Jim Lauderdale will and there is a history angle to this event too. The new Lauderdale documentary The King of Broken Hearts will be screened, which will be followed by a Q&A with the Americana luminary.

Nearby the Grammy Museum, at the Nokia Theatre, Chris Isaak will deliver his brand of roots music. His most recent effort, Beyond The Sun, is a loving tribute to the songs and the sounds of legendary Sun Records studio.

Another major figure in rock’s history, John Cale, has a show in town on Tuesday. The foundering member of the Velvet Underground has an adventurous new album, Adventures In Nookie World, which finds Cale exploring dark rhythms along with his typically dark tales. Sharing the bill will be the impressive young singer/songwriter Cass McCombs.

Tuesday night also finds roots rock band The Damnwells (from America’s east coast) and Current Swell (from Canada’s west coast) playing at the Hotel Cafe along with Harper Blynn, while Australian buzz band Atlas Genius has a big show at the Troubadour.

That should be enough to get your week off to a musical start. The rest of the week will come in all due time.


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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