Go See Hear In L.A. Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (The Hard Working Americans/Dum Dum Girls edition)

Hopefully you all don’t have too much of a Grammy hangover because the shows don’t stop coming…

Mon. Jan. 27

London chanteuse Laurel makes her American concert premiere at School Night at Bardot. The singer, who has an intriguing mix of soul and ethereal sounds will also be at the Troubadour on the 29th.

Tues. Jan. 28

Top Show(s): Another buzzed about British act, The Strypes will serving up their energetic garage rock at the Troubadour, sharing the bill will be kindred spirits The Soft White Sixties from the Bay Area. The accent on U.K. acts continues at the Satellite where Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit plus The Melodic add up to a marvelous show. Flynn’s a fine English singer/songwriter whilst the Melodic fashion a terrific, sophisticated folk-pop sound (check out their Anti debut Effra Parade, one of ‘13’s top debuts, IMHO).

Another fine young band Mutual Benefit (okay, it’s really a Jordan Lee project) showcase their alluring, atmospheric music at Eagle Rock’s Centre for the Arts. Veteran singer/songwriter Willy Mason will be playing songs with his friends at Largo. The Dum Dum Girls will make some noise at the Echo with their raucous rock. The Grammy Museum salutes the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania a little bit early with an appearance by author/Beatles expert Bruce Spizer.

Wed. Jan. 29

Top Show: The Grammy Museum welcomes Suzy Bogguss who has a terrific new tribute album filled with classic Merle Haggard tunes.

The Swedish/American electronics-meets-singer/songwriter mash-up known as Grizfolk inhabits the Troubadour with In The Valley Below. Singer/songwriter A.J. Croce has a show at Largo; Compass is releasing his new CD Twelve Tales on Feb. 4. The Red Bull Sound Select Series presents Mac DeMarco at the Echo while the Scion Rock Show at the Satellite includes sets by Weedeater and Pins of Light.

Thurs. Jan. 30

Top Show: Who are The Hard Working Americans? The wonderful roots rock group, who will be playing the Troubadour, is a new project from Todd Snider, Neal Casal, Great American Taxi’s Chad Staely and Col Bruce Hampton drummer Duane Trucks. Their self-titled debut is an awesome slice of Americana.

More sounds from the South can be heard at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where The North Mississippi All-Stars will be playing their spirited, home-brewed blues. The great Los Lobos have a local gig at the Canyon Club, and you can find out what Dave Stewart is up to at his El Rey show.

Fri. Jan. 31

It’s hard to pick what Friday night show really stands out. SoCal blue-eyed soulman Mayer Hawthorne headlines the Palladium. Southern jamsters Futurebirds lands at the Bootleg Theater with Natural Child on the bill, while the Wood Brothers play the Troubadour with Amy Helms opening. Kris Kristofferson talks about the film, The Grapes of Wrath at the Hollywood ArcLight cinema series.

Sat. Feb. 1

Top Show(s): Things get even busier on the opening night of February. Folk music legend Bob Neuwirth shares his songs and stories at McCabe’s (and there couldn’t be a better place for this show). If you want something more rockin’ then head to the Echo where Into It. Over It (aka Evan Weiss) can be found. I have been really impressed with their CD Intersections, which is packed with smart, hooky indie rock that slightly recalls the College Rock of the ‘90s.

 John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone bring their Wilco side-project The Autumn Defense to the Bootleg. Their just released CD Fifth stands as their best outing yet. L.A.-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw will be at the Mint showcasing her debut disc Midnight In The Garden while, on the other end of the sonic spectrum, NYC punkers Japanther will be shaking things up at the Lyric. Visit the Two-Tone Ska era with the English Beat at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

Sun. Feb. 2

It’ll be “ukelele madness” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage when Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys do their ’20-inspired music. Frankie Rose, Dream Boys and Devon Williams are Sunday’s Echo bill.


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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