Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 4-11 (The Mazzy Star/Sparks Edition)

Mon. 4

Top Show: Robert Hilburn, the eminent L.A. music critic, talks about his new Johnny Cash bio at the Grammy Museum.

Singer/songwriter (and Elefant frontman) Diego Garcia performs at the Troubadour while UK songtress Phildel delivers her ethereal music to the Hotel Café tonight and the Standard on the 5th.

Tues. 5

Top Show: I was really taken with Cumulus‘ debut album I Never Meant It To Be Like This. Death Cab‘s Chris Walla liked their well-crafted music so much he put the CD out in his label. You can check them out live at the Bootleg with The Lonely Forest.

Sometime New Pornographer Dan Bejar leads Destroyer into the Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge with Pink Mountaintops tonight and Nov. 6. Geographer and Royal Bangs will be rocking the Echoplex.

Wed. 6.

 Top Show: The Melodic at the Bootleg. I had the pleasure of seeing this UK band over the summer and they were a real delight – a cool mix of English folk-rock and Belle & Sebastian-style pop. Their impressive Anti- debut  Effra Parade comes out 11/5.

Other notable shows include the Meat Puppets/Golden Sombrero (featuring Liquor Giants’ Ward Dotson/The World Takes (with X’s DJ Bonebrake) at the Echo, Blitzen Trapper at the Troubadour, troubadour Tom McBride at the Hotel Café and the Parson Red Head head the bill at the Satellite. Heading south, you can catch Graham Nash at the City National Grove of Anaheim (he’ll be appearing at the Writers Bloc at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theater on the 7th) and the Crocodiles with Wymond Miles at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar (they’ll be at the Echo on the 8th). Heading east, Ben Harper will at the Folk Music Center in Pomona.

Thurs. 7

Top Show(s): It’s hard to pick between Those Darlins (with Diane Coffee) at the Echo, the Grammy Museum spotlights the great new CD Divided & United: Music of the Civil War (with Chris Hillman, John Doe and Lee Ann Womack appearing and performing) and the two cult artists return after a long absence. Mazzy Star will be at the Wiltern and M. Doughty performs his old Soul Coughing songs at the Fonda.

Jonathan Wilson showcases his new album Fanfare at the Troubadour. Tired Pony rides into the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with special guest Mia Maestro. Nellie McKay guests with the Turtle Island Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Keller Williams gets his licks in at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the El Rey on the 8th. Steve Tyrell sings the songs at Sammy Cahn at the Catalina’s Bar & Grill tonight through the 10th.

Fri. 8

Top Show(s): The Mint offers a terrific bill of Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys and Amy Cook, while Sam Phillips starts a pair of night at Largo.

Also, the ska sounds of the English Beat will fill the Canyon Club.

 Sat. 9

Top Show(s): Blues legend Buddy Guy performs at the Saban Theater tonight and the Canyon Club on the 10th. Garland Jeffreys also is in town for two shows: McCabe’s tonight and the Mint on the 11th. Mary Gauthier shares her wonderful songs at the Mint.

RT N’ The 44s have an album release party at Pasadena’s Jones Coffee Roasters. The local band use homemade instruments to create that Johnny Cash-inspired twang-noir music. The delightful Gwendolyn and Jenny Luna will perform as well. Another fine local country artist Rick Shea has a show out at the Folk Music Center. Also, Rubblebucket rubbles into the Satellite while Greensky Bluegrass plays the Troubadour.

 Sun. 10

Top Show: A weekend of great singer/songwriters continues with Austin’s Jon Dee Graham coming to McCabe’s.

The Head and the Heart share their new CD Let’s Be Still, at the Wiltern. The always entertaining Of Montreal will reside at Largo tonight and 11/11.

Mon. 11

Top Show: Sparks – one of the most enduring cult bands – has a hometown show at the Fonda.

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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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