It’s one of those “when it rains, it pours” week. Some days come with too many choices and others have few choices.
Monday, for example, has Ex-Cops sticking around in town for a show at the Bardot, while nothing has come up on the radar for Wednesday. Thursday has the Devendra Banhart show at the Fonda (although new album Mala has gotten good notices) and the Hospital Ships docking at the Bootleg. Jordan Geiger’s latest project, which has a CD Destruction in Yr Soul, covers an intriguing, eclectic sonic landscape.
Tuesday, however, features a Sara vs. Sarah showdown, with Sara Bareilles coming to the El Rey and Sarah Jaffe delivers her fierce tunes at the Mint, where she shares the bill with fellow Texan Bob Schneider. The Music Tapes brings its mixed-media Traveling Imaginary show to the Bootleg.
However, Tuesday’s top choice is the Buddy Miller/Jim Lauderdale appearance at the Troubadour. Americana music would not be what it is today without the contributions of these two, who finally got around to recording together. Buddy And Jim, which came out last December, is a real gem. It’s a rare chance to see these two former Angelenos playing in town. Opening the show is the impressive young singer/songwriter Max Gomez, whose Rule The World is a worth discovering.
The weekend starts a bit slowly. The main attractions are Richard Thompson, who brings his “Electric” band to the John Anson Ford and folk legend Tom Rush, who has a pair of shows at McCabe’s.
Things get quite overstuffed on Saturday. Dan Wilson, who has gone from semi-fame in Semisonic to being a go-to songwriter, headlines McCabe’s on the 18th. The Texas band Sons of Fathers arrives at the Bootleg hot on the heals of their self-titled debut, which is a powerful serving of Americana rock.
A pair of intriguing female singer/songwriters have Saturday night gigs. Pi Jacobs showcases her new EP UrbaniCana at Molly Malone’s on Saturday while Mia Maestro will be found at the Hotel Cafe. Also notable on the 18th, is the Danish soul-pop duo Quadron’s appearance at the Getty.
A good place to wind down on Sunday is at the Grand Ole Echo, where the wonderful Eilen Jewell is a main attraction. The Hotel Café also has a strong bill, featuring the wily songsmith Freedy Johnston and Blue-Eyed Son’s crisp, melodic rock. This L.A. band will be celebrating its new CD, Shadows On The Son.