Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 28-31 (The Rest of October issue and RIP Lou Reed)

Mon. 28

Top Show(s): Foy Vance will be crooning his soulful tunes at the Hotel Café. His Joy of Nothing is truly something of a joy. Ronnie Spector’s autobiographical Beyond the Beehive show offers plenty of Brill Building thrills as it covers her 50 years in the music biz

Rhett Miller has a rollicking Wheels Off show at Largo with Ed Helms, Maria Bamford and other guests.

Tues. 29

Top Show: Local rock journalist icon Robert Hilburn sits down with Kris Kirstofferson to talk about Johnny Cash, the subject of Hilburn’s new book.

The Watkins will have another family hour at Largo, which always includes a number of cool guests.

Wed. 30

Top Show: Gov’t Mule’s show at the Fonda will not only have a Halloween theme but Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger will be sitting in as well.

The talented singer Lewis Watson has a set at the Hotel Café that will be worth checking out as is Aussie Clairy Browne who will bring her Bangin’ Rackette to Hermosa Beach’s Sainte Rocke tonight and Pomona’s Glass House on the 1st. REDCAT hosts the avant garde UK band The Tiger Lillies and this month’s Scion Rock Show at the Satellite features Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts, Memphis’ Dirty Streets and psych-heavy record-spinners LSDJs.

Thurs. 31

Top Show: You can spend Halloween with Iron & Wine at the Orpheum.

The talented young Australian rock band Alpine returns to town with a show at the Shrine – with Empire of the Sun – tonight and headlining at the Bootleg on the 2nd.

I also wanted to mention a very words on the passing of Lou Reed. His music and the Velvet Underground‘s, from childhood through today, has always been a strong presence in my musical world. I remember one time as a kid sitting in the back of our family car and “Walk on the Wild Side” came on the radio. I don’t know what the reason was – but my parents turned the radio off. Later, one of my first bargain bin LP purchases was the MGM reissue of White Light/White Heat, which was a real mind-blower.


There are more memories (like my college “band’ The Renovators, who only cover was “Sweet Jane”) but I will just leave off on this interesting rendition of “Waiting For My Man” that I found on youtube.


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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