This week begins with a number of ladies’ nights to spotlight. Monday night, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down headlines at the Troubadour as they’re touring behind their new disc, We The Common – which is an uncommonly cool collection of tunes that’ll give you happy feet. Don’t miss the openers, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. Last month, they put out Untamed Beast, a fun and feisty set of retro-tinged rootsy garage rock. Also on the 8th, Angel Olsen shares her haunting, intriguing music at the Echo.
Escondido (the duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James) performs Monday night at School Night @Bardot and then appears on Conan Tuesday night. Their debut The Ghost of Escondido – full of wonderful harmonies, hooks, twang and pop – rates among my top CDs of the year so far.
The Troubadour hosts another terrific bill on Tuesday night. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackette gives locals a look as to why they’ve made a big noise already down in their native Australia. Their Vanguard debut Baby Caught The Bus, comes out in May. Also performing will be Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) whose enchanting music is all sultry, smoky goodness. Check out the video for her new single, “Greatest Unknown.”
You have two chances to see what all the Sky Ferreira buzz is about as the indie chanteuse lands at the Fold on the 10th and the Bootleg on the 11th. How To Dress Well shares the bill on both nights.
If you want some music with more sonic punch, the all-female punk band The Savages play the Echo on the 11th. Matador will release the UK group’s debut, Silence Yourself, in May. On the 13th, you can share in Arrica Rose & the …’s, celebration of their freshly released new EP (The Lucky) when they’ll play a set of their moody, melodic rock at the Hotel Café.
It won’t be all girls, girls, girls this week, however. Nashville hunk Kip Moore headlines the El Rey on the 9th, with up-and-comers Wild Feathers opening. You can experience an Elephant Revival at the Mint on Thursday night, when the Colorado band plays its “transcendental folk” music with Frank Fairfield also performing his old school country tunes. The 11th also offers the L.A. debut of London’s Keaton Henson, whose quiet, introspective Birthday comes out Tuesday on Anti as well as another Watkins Family Hour at Largo; Jill Sobule will be among the show’s special guests.
Maybe the week’s best bill is the raucous night of roots-rock that will be had Saturday night at the Echoplex where Lucero and Langhorne Slim will be performing. The 13th also features the return of Americana guitar hero Gurf Morlix (who used to play with Lucinda Williams back in the day) to McCabe’s, while folk legend Arlo Guthrie starts a two-night stand at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday night.
Sunday night marks the return of the Grand Ole Echo, with grand bill featuring the Whispering Pines, The Americans, Phoebe Bridger and LA Route. Please not that this week, the GOE will be at the Echoplex, not it’s regular haunt, the Echo. Afterward, scoot on up to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills to catch the one and only Merle Haggard.