Just wanted to chime in with a couple of shows that will wrapping up July on a high note.
Little Lonely (aka Julie Cain) will have a record release show for her dynamite self-titled CD at the Ham and Eggs Tavern on the 30th. She delivers a wonderful blend of torchy, twangy music that ranks high on my list of summer albums. Tuesday also offers the highly talented female Philly soul group Lady, who will be at the Echo as well as the reunited Sebadoh (yes, Lou Barlow and Jason Lowenstein together again) at the Bootleg. The indie rock legends will release their first album in 14 years (Defend Yourself) in Sept.
The Flaming Lips sends off July with a colorful fashion as they will appear at the Pacific Amphitheater on Wednesday night. Another nice OC show is the clever rockers Breaking Laces appearance at Anaheim’s Chain Reaction. In L.A., you can check out the Soft Swells, Wild Cub and Rare Times at the Satellite.
August starts off with a busy Thursday night, from big stage acts like Joan Jett (who will be rocking the House of Blues) and ZZ Top (making an OC Fair/Pacific Amp appearance) to smaller shows (singer/songwriter Michael Koppy has a set at the Coffee Gallery Backstage). Son Volt, founding fathers of the No Depression scene, can be found at the Troubadour on the 1st, while veteran roots/jam band Donna The Buffalo rides in the Mint that night to share their latest Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Aussie singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd headlines Thursday night’s free show at the Santa Monica Pier and will also play the Coach House on August 5.