Top Show: The Mint hosts a cool double bill with Nashville wildcat Lindi Ortega and Brett Detar, the former Juliana Theory frontman whose latest Too Free to Live is a rugged twang rock offering.
Neil Finn preview tunes from his upcoming Dizzy Heights CD (co-produced by Dave Fridman) at Largo. Graham Nash will talk about music (and probably photography too) at a sold out Grammy Museum visit. The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. showcases his solo work at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room (and the El Rey on 11/20).
Top Show: Tom Freund will play with some of his friends at the Mint to celebrate his new double live CD The Stronghold Tapes.
Desert rock pioneer Howe Gelb checks into the Hotel Café; New West just released his latest The Coincidentalist. Tom Brosseau will share tunes from his forthcoming Grass Punk at the Bootleg. John C. Reilly and Friends also are on the bill. Corey Smith, a Country music riser, plays the Hollywood HoB (Anaheim’s HoB on 11/22)
Top Show: Over The Rhine has an exquisite new double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World. The Ohio-based duo plays El Rey with Seattle’s Noah Gundersen opening.
Upset and Screaming Females will be rocking things up at the Echoplex (and San Pedro’s Harold’s Place on 11/22)
Top Show: The Handsome Family share their dark-hued Americana at the Bootleg. John C. Reilly also will be playing there too.
Thomas Dolby’s appearance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery won’t be a typical concert as he will be performing to his new film The Invisible Lighthouse accompanied by Foley artist/musician/sound designer Blake Leyh. Hall of Fame songwriter Bernie Taupin talks music and art at the Grammy Museum. Ezra Furman, who has released a couple of solo albums this year on Bar/None comes to the Satellite, with the fine pop-rocker Victory and Tristen. Ventura’s Agriculture Museum is an appropriate place to see The Ventucky String Band plays its roots American music. The Rev. Horton Heat will rip things up at Santa Ana’s Observatory on Friday and Saturday (Saturday’s show also has the great Wanda Jackson). The Rev.’s next CD, called Rev, comes out in Jan. The reunited (at least for now) Black Crowes land at the Wiltern Fri. and Sat. and folk icon Tom Paxton also plays two nights at McCabe’s (Fri. and Sat.)
Top Show: Two very talented songwriters Denison Witmar and William Fitzmorris will make for a memorable night at the Hotel Café.
The Echoplex hosts the psych/rock festival Echoes West, which offers a chance to hear the fabulous Flamin’ Groovies along with RT n the 44s, the Hangmen and Magic Wands. Guitar whiz Sean Chambers performs at the Arcadia Blues Club and a band named Pearl Jam plays the Sports Arena Sat. and Sun.
Top Show(s); McCabe’s hosts an interesting, and eclectic, bill featuring the Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, the Records’ John Wicks and the Bangles’ Debbi Petersen. Disney Hall has an all-star concert performance of Beck’s Song Reader with Jenny Lewis, Van Dyke Parks, Jarvis Cocker, Jon Brion, Beck and his dad, conductor David Campbell, among the slated participants.
The Mimosa Music Series offers the Beatles Reimagined, a project spawned by Magnetic Zero’s Alex Ebert and featuring performances by Mobley, Doom & Gloom, The Well Pennies and Gypsy Death Star.