Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 17-31 (the Crocus Behemoth Lives! edition

I am going to wrap up the year with a extra long GSH, which I will undoubtedly update when I come across new shows happening before 2013 comes to a close. Hope everyone has a great holiday season and a wonderful, happy and healthy 2014.

Dec. 17

Tuesday offers two different female singer-songwriters. Judy Collins, one of queens of the 60’s folk scene, will do her Christmas show at the Cerritos Center (one of my favorite periods of her music, however, is that mid-Sixties baroque folk stuff she did on albums like In My Life (1966), Wildflowers (1967), Who Knows Where the Time Goes (1968)). Sarah Jaffe is a young, iconoclastic singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas whose resume includes working with Eminem and Midlake.

Dec. 18

Top Show(s): The Echo presents a holiday gift of a performance by Pere Ubu, the influential Cleveland band who has been making their unique music for 35 years (I remember reading about their exploits in Cleveland Scene during my suburban youth). There has never been a band in rock history like Pere Ubu and there will never be again. On the twangy side, the Cinema Bar has a terrific bill as Grant Langston wraps his Wednesday residency with Ted Russell Kamp as his guest.

Wunderkind King Krule headlines the Fonda while synth-pop songstress Juliette Commagere comes to the Bootleg.

Dec. 19-20

Top Show: Andrew Bird brings his annual Gezelligheid holiday shows to the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church tonight and Dec. 20. The wonderful Tift Merritt will be joining him for these special performances.

Dec. 21

Top Show: I will admit a little personal bias for Robbie Fulks. I remember seeing playing in a duo with a good friend of mine back in the ‘80s. However, there’s no denying his talent as a songwriter, musician and performer. His latest album Gone Away Backward is maybe his most serious album; it is also a great album. One of my favorites of the year. You can experience him at the Mint.

It’ll be a fun time at La Cita when rockabilly filly Rosie Flores and El Vez share a bill.

Looking past the holidays…

Dec. 26

Top Show: Whatever Matthew Sweet will play (originals or covers) at the Echo, it should make for a splendid night of music.

Dec. 27

The Growlers start their end of the year string of shows at Echo tonight and on the 28th before popping over to the Echoplex on the 29th.

Dec. 28

Local power poppers Patrolled By Radar appear at the Cinema Bar.

Dec. 31

The Mint’s NYE show features the ever-popular Dustbowl Revival.


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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