What does this week hold? A Zac and a Zach. Fuzz and a Radical Face and, I believe, Katy Perry’s first appearance in Go See Hear…
Top Show: L.A.’s Cathedral Sanctuary should be a beautiful spot to experience U.K. songstress Laura Marling’s lovely music.
If you want hooky noisy pop in the Weezer-vein, then get a dose of Surfer Blood, who will be at the El Rey on Monday and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on Wednesday. LA-based Lucy Schwartz will be at Bardot for School Nights; her new CD Timekeeper is a keeper (no pun intended). Jenny Lewis starts a 2-night stand at Largo too.
Top Show: Leagues and the Dig form a strong double bill of indie rock at the Satellite. Leagues is touring behind its debut You Belong To Me while NY’s band has a new EP, You And I Lost Control.
You can say bonjour to the keyboard-pop gal trio Au Revoir Simone at the Echoplex. The Hotel Café hosts the Jitterbug Vipers, who give a fun twist to the jazz of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Dream-rockers Real Estate share the Troubadour bill with Jessica Pratt. Veteran jam banders Blues Traveler headline the El Rey while James Blake will be crooning at the Wiltern (and then the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the Wednesday).
Top Show(s): It’s hard to pick between Dire Straits founder Mark Knopfler (who will be showcasing his new album Privateering at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater and at the Wiltern on the 26th), John Doe and Jill Sobule’s duo show at Largo or the We Can Survive – Music For Life benefit at the Hollywood Bowl (where people will be showing up to see Katy Perry, but the bill also includes Kacey Musgraves, Ellie Golding, Sara Bareilles and Tegan & Sara).
Top Show: Radical Face (aka Ben Cooper) will appear at the Masonic Lodge. His wonderful new CD, The Branches, concludes his trilogy of haunting acoustic-based music that defies easily categorization – it’s just music that demands being heard.
The Hotel Café has a dandy bill featuring the colorful Ruby Friedman Orchestra and talented troubadour Peter Mulvey. The El Rey will be jamming with the Soul Spectacular Tour featuring Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Anders Osborne and Zach Deputy. At the Mint, Jason Daniels will showcase the funky country blues that fill his new CD Dashboard Visions and Rearview Reflections with Funky Jenn & The Fringe Benefits also on the bill. “Beam Me Up Scottie!” William Shatner has a show at the Canyon Club too.
Top Show: Jon Brion holds down his familiar Friday night spot at Largo, which always comes with some cool special guests. Passion Pit and The Joy Formidable will heat up the Greek. Fuzz will be found at the Satellite and you can catch the Moth & The Flame at the Bootleg. Stephen Kellogg brings his blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll to the Hotel Café.
Top Show(s): Here’s another night with too many good choices. There’s the He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister/Song Preservation Society show at the El Rey. Brother/Sister deliver their “psych-acoustic” with energy and inventiveness while SPS is an interesting acoustic outfit that doesn’t fit neatly into a genre box. And the Euro duo Boy will bring along a full band for their Fonda concert (their delightful “Little Numbers” is a tune I never tire of). Those clever They Might Be Giants boys will do an afternoon family show at UCLA’s Royce Hall and then play for the grown-ups there after dark. Tav Falco and the Panther Burns serve up their unique brand of Memphis-bred art/punk/garage rock at the Echo while, over at the Mint, swamp-pop icon Tony Joe White (of “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night In Georgia” fame) will perform as will old-school youngster heir album Negativity came out last month.. Deer Tick (their album Negativity came out last month) can be found at the Troubadour with another talented young troubadour Robert Ellis opening for them (New West will release his The Lights From the Chemical Plant early next year). Petra Haden is among the guests at Largo for Megan Mullally‘s show with her band Nancy and Beth.
If those aren’t enough options, the Hollywood Bowl will be filled with the good-timin’ (and often quite good) country rock of the Zac Brown Band and Jonny Lang unleashes his blues guitar playing prowess at the Saban Theatre.
Top Show: One of Americana’s finest songwriters Kim Richey comes to town with a show at McCabe’s (another great pairing of venue and artist).
The Broad Stage hosts ACS, which is a trio of three talented jazz artists Geri Allen, Terri Lynne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding