Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 26-Sept. 1 (The Shuggie & Scout Edition)

Summer is slipping into the sunset with September soon arriving but there are a number of shows keeping things hot this week. JC Brook & the Uptown Sound serves up their high-energy rock ‘n’ soul show to the Roxy on the Wednesday the 28 with Lisa Loeb also on the bill. Wednesday night also offers a Little Lonely at the Standard. This L.A.-based singer/songwriter will warm the hotel’s free Desert Night series with her appealing torch ‘n’ twang.

Things will be interesting at House of Blues on Thursday when the cult legend Shuggie Otis will be playing songs old and new, along with the Grammy-winning South American group Bajofondo.  The Mezz sizzles with the raw power of Scout Niblett, who has a powerful new album, It’s Up To Emma, that compares to P.J. Harvey’s fierce work. Neil Finn shares his wealth of well-crafted tunes at Largo on the 31st, while September starts off on an enticing note as Lisa Marie Presley performs at the El Rey. Her latest, produced by T Bone Burnett, mines an appealing rootsy sound.

Also worth noting is Andrew Ripp’s appearance at the Hotel Café on the 26th. His Charlie Peacock-stamped Won’t Let Go was released this Spring. Americana songtress Nicki Bluhm brings her band the Gamblers to the Troubadour on Aug. 27 to showcase their new album. Also on Tuesday, Alt-J headlines at the Palladium.

Wednesday finds Touche and Lucius sharing the bill at the Echo, while Icona Pop pops up at Santa Ana’s Observatory and then comes to the Fonda on the 28th. The popular local ensemble Dustbowl Revival surfaces at Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night. Also that night, Megan Bonnell previews some of the impressive music from her upcoming debut Hunt And Chase at the Hotel Café.

Guitar lovers will flock to the Mint on the 30th to hear the talented Ian Moore perform while the Nokia Theatre will the lively rhythms of Café Tacuba. The KJAZZ Blues Bash sends off August in fine style on Saturday night with a lineup featuring Arthur Adams, Guitar Shorty and Laurie Morvan.

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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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