ew week – new job – new time constraints, so I am trying out a new format at least temporarily.
Top Show: Kim Taylor at the Hotel Café. The Ohio-based troubadour will be celebrating her recently released disc I Used To Be Darker
UK’s Primal Scream will be heard again – these psychedelic rockers play Pomona’s Glass House tonight. The Wavves roll in to Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Echoplex (with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys) on the 15th). Everclear does a benefit concert at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Top Show: Tammy Faye Starlite brings her fabulous, fascinating “Nico Underground” show to the Mint.
David Hause, whose impressive Devour suggests some Mike Ness qualities, has free shows at Long Beach’s Fingerprint tonight and Origami Vinyl on the 16th. Country singer David Nail performs at Anaheim’s House of Blues. Marky Ramone’s Blitzkreig with Andrew W.K. comes to the Fonda.
Top Show: Langhorne Slim and the Law lay down some rambunctious twang ‘n’ roll at the Troubadour tonight and then Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar on the 17th.
Mega-buzz band HAIM showcases their long-awaited debut Days Are Gone at the Fonda. The Radar Brothers will appear at the Satellite with Overseas (a band featuring David Bazan and Will Johnson). Widowspeak and Pure Bathing Culture share the bill at the Echo. Smallpools and Twenty One Pilots land at Santa Ana’s Observatory and then at the Palladium on the 18th. City and Colour and Paper Kites have a two-day stay at Club Nokia. Clannad serve up Celtic tunes at the El Rey.
Top Show: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros commence their multi-day, multi-media, multi-spectacle Big Top today. Running through the 20th, the lineup of musical acts includes Aaron Embry, Rocco Deluca, Henry Wolfe and Fool’s Gold.
Tim Kasher has a new Saddle Creek release Adult Film and a show at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Echo on the 18 with Laura Stevenson (who has a lovely new album, Wheel). Ruth Moody, of the Wailin’ Jennys, will be making music at the Museum of Making Music way down in Carlsbad.
Top Show: Rising N.O. band Jon Batiste and Stay Human come to the Valley Performing Arts Center tonight and Irvine’s Cheng Hall on the 19th.
Ricky Skaggs saddles up with Bruce Hornsby and Kentucky Thunder at Royce Hall. N.O. funksters Dumpstaphunk plays with Lionel Richie at the Hollywood Bowl. Cave performs at the Satellite, while Tristen showcases her new album at the Hotel Café where Bell X1 will also be. Ellis Paul plays McCabe’s and Grant Langston drops by Genghis Cohen. On the film front, the documentary Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, about the longtime local blues hotspot, screens at the Egyptian Theater.
Top Show(s): The legendary Leon Russell walks the “tightrope” at Beverly Hill’s Saban Theater and Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck hold a unique twin-bill at the Greek. Making the evening even more special is that Wilson will be performing the iconic Pet Sounds in its entirety.
Kelly Joe Phelps works his guitar magic at McCabe’s. Bahamas opens for Jack Johnson at the Orpheum and UK’s Palma Violets will be rockin’ the El Rey.
Top Show: The Kings of California Train Tour, featuring Dave Alvin, Peter Case and Chris Smither, rolls into McCabe’s.
Okkervil River rolls into the Wiltern where they will unveil The Silver Gymnasium, their terrific new disc (they’ll also appear on Conan on Wednesday). Matthew E. White will serve as the opener. Vikesh Kapoor arrives from Portland to share his songs at SoFar Sounds on Sunday and Room 5 on the 22th. Sixties nostalgia comes to the Cerritos Center when the Where The Action Is Tour brings Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Association, and Mitch Ryder to perform.