From talented newcomers to esteemed pros, this week’s lineup offers a little bit of everything.
First to the masters. Paul Kelly, the songwriting genius who is revered in his native Australia and has a devoted following here too, returns to town for a show at Largo at the Coronet on Tuesday. I’ve seen him a couple times over the past few years. Not only does he is wealth of songs to choose from, but he is quite entertaining on stage too. His new album Spring and Fall is loaded with smartly written tunes, but “For The Ages” stands out to me. It would be something I would have played at a wedding reception.
Eric Burdon, the great vocalist of the Animals fame, released a fine album earlier this year, Til The River Runs Dry, is stocked with tough, soulful music that you’d expect from him. He’ll undoubtedly be playing songs from throughout his career at the Beverly Hills Saban Theater on 4/26.
Thursday night offers two warm-ups to this weekend’s Stagecoach. Rodney Atkins headlines Club Nokia while Jeff Bridges brings the Abiders to the El Rey for a fun shakedown show.
The El Rey hosts the eclectic, eccentric cult figure Shuggie Otis on Saturday night to celebrate the reissue of his influential Inspiration Information album as well as his new Wings of Love. Otis’ last L.A. show in December at the Echoplex apparently was memorable in what wrong and not what went right. Electro-pop songstress Jesca Hoop opens this show. Roots rocker Carla Olson, who has played with everyone from a pre-Go-Go Kathy Valentine to a post-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, spends her Sunday night at McCabe’s.
Several other talented female singer-songwriters have local appearances this week. Nataly Dawn has sets at the Hotel Café on the 24th and 25th. Dawn, who is half of Pomplamoose, is touring behind her Nonesuch solo debut How I Knew Her, which showcases a range of songwriting – from airy to intimate – that is delivered with an engaging mix of folk, jazz and pop.
Shannon Labrie also has shows on Wednesday (South Pasadena’s Firefly Bisto) and Thursday (Hotel Café) as well as a new Just Be Honest, which lives up to its name in her jazz/soul-flavored music. Also appearing at the Hotel Cafe on Thursday night is Sally Seltmann. The Australian musician, who co-wrote “1234” with Feist, will preview tunes from her upcoming album that she did with her husband, Darren Seltmann of the band, the Avalanches.
Friday night the Hotel Café hosts Z Berg with Gomez’s Ben Ottewell. Not sure what her solo-ish work is but she formerly fronted the Like and more recently has been with the indie “supergroup” JJAMZ . Saturday night is another notable night at the Hotel Café as Whitehorse rides in for a show. Not only do Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland has some terrific songs, but it is a marvel to see them hop around the stage, playing multiple instruments (sometimes in the same song) without missing a beat.
Sara Melson throws a special CD release show at the Besant Lodge up on Beachwood Drive. Her album, A Million White Stars is something to celebrate – it’s a bright, delightful pop offering.
Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller’s band Mount Moriah play the Echo on the 25th and Alex’s Bar in Long Beach on the 26th with Michael Benjamin Lerner’s project Telekinesis. Both groups have memorable new albums (Miracle Temple and Dormarion, respectively) that each draw upon a number of styles in interesting ways.
As part of Brit Week, The Veils come to the Echo on the 26th with their New Wave-ish rock that recalls a less moody Simple Minds. The following night at the Echo, the UK duo Blood Red Shoes play their muscular rock at the Echo (and then at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 29th). While not part of BritWeek, the Scottish band, the Proclaimers will be at McCabe’s on Saturday night.
This week also finds the worldly sounds of Sergent Garcia at Los Globos on the 23rd while the 26th offers the progressive Latino rockers Making Movies at El Cid and that adventurous jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood playing both an acoustic set and and an electric one at UCLA’s Royce Hall.