Welcome to December. The finale month for 2013. The last go-round before the New Year. The parting shot…oh, you get the point.
Top Shows of the Week: December 5 is a special day under our roof but it is also the day that the terrific rockin’ soul outfit Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will be shaking up the El Rey. Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) has a cool, lo-fi Americana sound that can be experienced at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. Opening is Swearin’, a band that Katie’s twin sister plays in. The one and only Jonathan Richman starts his stay at the Mint (which runs through 12/8). New West recently released a mighty fine Dwight Yoakam best of and the man himself will be twangin at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
Dec. 6 finds Will Hoge at the Troubadour. Hoge is the great Americana troubadour who should be better known. Maybe his recently released Never Give In will do the trick. Red Wanting Blue (a good rootsy rock band from Ohio) will be opening. Soul legend (who has been battling health woes in recent years) Bobby Womack has a concert at the Saban Theater. It’ll be a night to revisit the Paisley Underground at the Fonda as the Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade play the Education Through Music LA benefit.
and Dec. 7 finds one of my favorite duos of the year, Escondido, at the Bootleg.
Tis the season for holiday shows. On Dec. 6, Ed Helms helms the Whiskey Sour Mistletoe Jam at Largo while McCabe’s is the place for Jacksh*t’s “Have A Sh*tty Xmas” Holiday Spectacular. The Beach Boys Christmas Show comes to the Segerstrom on the 7th (not sure which Beach Boys will be showing their Christmas spirit). Erin McKeown offers her seasonal show, the Anti-Holiday Spectacular at McCabe’s on Sunday.
Other recommended shows for the week include:
Cat Power goes solo at the El Rey
Redd Kross and Mikal Cronin form a strong double-bill at the El Rey. REDCAT hosts the avant performance piece by the Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners.
Nahko shares his exotic roots music at the Troubadour. Butch Walker gets the spotlight treatment at the Grammy Museum. The Long Winters warms up the Bootleg. Up-and-coming Santa Barbara rockers Tommy & the High Pilots land at the Hotel Café (they’ll also be at Fullerton’s Slidebar on the 8th).
The Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning comes to the Echo with Holly Miranda and Hark also on the bill, while the bass thumpin’ Thundercat can be found at the Echoplex.
The Tedeschi/Trucks Band will rock the Orpheum with guest The London Souls.
Dinosaur Bones, a smart young rock outfit from Toronto, has an early show at the Echo. The Head and the Heart have sold out their 12/7 Wiltern but they’ll return to the Wiltern on 12/10. American music legend B.B. King holds court at the Saban Theater (and will be at the Segerstrom on the 8th). More fine playing can be heard at McCabe’s where Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola share the bill. The instrumentals will be a little more lighthearted at the Fonda where the Aquabats headline a show (this is what creating a popular kids TV program can do for a band – and more power to them). Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band serves up some dandy bluegrass music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Hotel Café has a trio of fine performers: Hayden, Lily Kershaw and Noah Gundersen.
Another talented trio – John C. Reilly, Tom Brosseau and Becky Sharp – will take the Largo stage.
Lissie and the Kopecky Family Band visit the Fonda and then will be at Santa Ana’s Observatory on 12/12.