The first full week of September offers a colorful harvest of shows, with several prominent concerts from old favorites. (yes, I went with the color theme, although I could have done: the Wayne Kramer/Wayne Hancock edition or the Murder by Death/Zombies edition, or the…)
‘90s Noise popsters Blonde Redhead have a date at the El Rey on Tuesday the 3rd. The following night, El Rey welcomes Superchunk, who just put out (the ironically titled?) I Hate Music which featuring the delightful “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” Colleen Green opens the show. Honky tonkers can get their twang on at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach with Wayne Hancock. Wayne the Train’s most recent outing, Ride, is another great slice of good old fashion country. If you and your friends are electric, then you’ll want to get in your car and see Gary Numan at Santa Ana’s Observatory. He releases his first album in 7 years (‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’ on Oct. 15.
The great songwriter John Hiatt will be at the Canyon Club on the 5th and then the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on the 6th. The 6th also offers the jangle-folk duo the Kennedys at the Coffee Gallery Backstage while the Palladium has one of the week’s best shows: Dwight Yoakam and openers The Lone Bellow.
The multi-talented Jill Sobule graces McCabe’s with an early show on Friday the 6th before heading over to the Ford Amphitheatre to be be part of the Jail Guitar Doors benefit. Organized by Billy Bragg and JGD founder Wayne Kramer, the fundraiser for the organization that brings music to inmates also includes Tom Morello, Dave Alvin and Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls. Sam Phillips, meanwhile, will be doing a live podcast at High Fidelity Records in Los Feliz on Sunday at 1pm (I assume this is something the public can attend). Her new album Push Any Buttons is classic Phillips.
This week isn’t just for the venerable vets, a number of cool younger acts will be appearing this week too. Songstress Carly Ritter will showcase tunes from her impressive self-titled Vanguard debut at the Hotel Café on Tuesday. Also on the 3rd, an Australian who goes by the wonderfully punny name Chet Faker has a set at the Echo. The following night, the Echo has a sold out show from the local band Smallponds. The 5th finds Robert Walker’s 20th Congress serving up a CD release party at the Mint.
The Australian synth-poppy band Gold Fields appear at the Troubadour on the 6th. Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets come down from Seattle to share tunes from their recently released CD, Alibis. Americana fans should note that McCabe’s has a late show on Friday with the Grahams, whose debut was produced by Malcolm Burns and that Matt The Electrician will be checking in there on Saturday night.
The weekend starts with several terrific shows on Saturday night. ZZ Ward will be slinging her bluesy rock tunes at the House of Blues as well as the Anaheim HoB on Sunday night. Also on the bill is the up-and-coming Nashville twang-rockers The Wild Feathers. The Bootleg brings in Meg Baird for a Saturday night show. The ex-Espers singer has an enchanting new album, Season On Earth on Drag City. My top pick for Saturday night is the Vintage Trouble show at the El Rey. If you love rock ‘n’ soul music, you’ll love these guys who know how to rock as well as make some slick soul moves.
The Grand Ole Echo is the place to be on Sunday as it has one of its finest bills this season: Gwendolyn, Amelia White and The Far West, who will have some record release celebrating to do. After the GOE winds down, Americana fans can hi-tail it to the Mint, where Jason Boland and Cody Canada will be playing. However, if you want to stay in Echo-land, Murder By Death brings their brooding, cinematic sound to the Echoplex on the 8th.
Next week starts off with the first of several shows from the Zombies. The UK legends will play the Troubadour on Monday, Santa Ana’s Observatory on Tuesday, McCabe’s on Thursday and the Satellite on Friday the 13th. Opening for them is the talented young English band Et Tu Brucé, whose new Suburban Sunshine is stocked with bright songs. Jazz star Terence Blanchard starts a two-night stay at the Mint on the 9th. It’s a rare chance to see this master trumpeter in a small club setting.