Go See Hear in L.A. Dec. 13-16 (The Mountain Goats/Wildcat! Wildcat! Edition)

My apologies for not getting this done in time for Wednesday’s show, which included Mercury Prize winners Alt-J playing the Fonda with Wildcat! Wildcat!. However, several of Wednesday’s performers have second area shows. Canadian mega-band (and long-time Rob Berick favorite) The Tragically Hip follow up their Wednesday show at the House of Blues with a Friday show at the Anaheim House of Blues. Crooner Johnny Boyd has swinging shows in Garden Grove on the 13th, Pasadena on the 14th, and Ventura on the 15th.

The Mountain Goats/Matthew E. White bill go from the Masonic Lodge on Wednesday to the Troubadour on Thursday. This pairing makes for a night of very intriguing and inventive shambling handcrafted indie rock.

Harry Shearer and Judith Owens' Holiday Sing-Along

Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Holiday Sing-Along

It’s Holiday Show season and this week features Ozomatli has its annual hometown holiday concert Saturday night at Club Nokia. On Friday night, the Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-Along takes place at Largo. With a guest list of performers that includes Julia Fordham, Richard Thompson, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Steve Lukather, Lee Sklar and Jane Lynch, this promises to be a show full of holiday cheer (and proceeds benefit the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation).

On the 13th, the Satellite hosts A Country Christmas Concert featuring local female singer covering classic tunes by country ladies from Kitty Wells to Emmylou Harris. Bring a packaged toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a $3 ticket discount. A Hurricane Sandy benefit occurs Sunday at Long Beach’s Gaslamp. Rock For Relief will have appearance from Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes along with Porno For Pyro’s Peter DiStefano.

Ty Segall

Ty Segall

Maybe the most anticipated concert of the week is Ty Segall’s big show at the El Rey. The OC-raised Segall has rocketed out of the underground this year with his variation of garage rock. Another special show should be worldly sounds of DeVotchKa performing with Chamber Orchestra at the Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge on the 14th. Fans of blue-collar troubadours might want to check out Dave Tucker’s show at Venice’s Witzend on Friday night.

Kate Earl

Kate Earl

Kate Earl continues her Hotel Café residency on Friday night. Her powerful tune “One Woman Army” is one of the most memorable tunes of this autumn. Sunday night offers the opportunity to see Joan As The Policewoman at the intimate Hotel Cafe. Wild roots rocker Scott Biram plays the Satellite on Sunday with Restavrant. Sunday’s big show takes place at the Mayan Theatre  where Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is curating That ’70s Soul, a tribute to the such music icons as Al Green, Isaac Hayes, James Brown and Marvin Gaye. Zap Mama and Alice Russell are among the scheduled performers with Leon Ware and Shuggie Otis slated as the special honorees. Otis’ recent rare show apparently was plagued with problems so hopefully he has better luck on Sunday.

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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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