The first full week of February is quite a full week of music. It may start off slowly with nothing to recommend on Monday besides rehashing the Super Bowl and its commercials, but things really get into gear. Friday holds a month’s worth of good shows. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Tues. Feb. 4
Top Show(s): The airy indie pop of Cumulus (Camera Obscura and the Sundays are good touchstones) will fill Canoga Park’s Cobalt Café. Chris Walla put out their debut CD on his own label last year. Most hooky delights can be found at the Echo where the Belle Brigade begin their February Tuesday night residency in anticipation of their new album Just Because that ATO releases in March. Julian Velard and Jonah Smith are among the performers at the Hotel Café. If you want something with a little more kick, Whiskey Myers arrives from Texas to play, where else but, the Whisky A Go Go.
And on a cinematic note, Cinefamily salutes Edie Adams with a night of cool clips of her work with Ernie Kovacs and beyond along with a screening of the great Billy Wilder comedy The Apartment. Ann Magnuson serves as the host and filmmaker Allison Anders is among the guests.
Wed. Feb. 5
At the Hotel Café is Broken Arrow, which features the talented tunesmith Charlie Clark (who has settled in L.A. from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides) and Brandi Emma. The Vitamin String Quartet likes to take rock tunes and give them a string quartet twist. They’ll make their LA debut at the Troubadour.
Thurs. Feb. 6
Top Show: Peggy Sue’s new album Choir of Echoes is their most accomplished to date. The Yep Roc band plays the Echo with Mandolin Orange.
Los Lonely Boys also have a new disc, the richly rockin’ Revelations and headlining gig at the Troub.
Fri. Feb. 7
Top Show(s): Where to begin? Is it with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens show at McCabe’s with Luther Russell and Jason Hiller? Then there’s Delorean’s rescheduled concert at the El Rey. Legendary Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard comes to the Hotel Café with Jonathan Tyler (and Yellow Red Sparks will be playing there too), while Bela Fleck will display his banjo wizardry at the Valley Performing Arts Center with Brooklyn Rider.
Nashville blues-rockers Clear Plastic Masks and Texas psyche rockers White Denim holds sway at the Troubadour tonight and the Saturday. The potent garage rocking female duo (oh, they’re Canadian too) The Pack A.D. will have a blast at the Satellite.
Baths and Peaking Lights are the performers at the Natural History Museum’s First Friday event. The eclectic Sophia Knapp goes all collegiate with a show at Occidental while Jesca Hoop and Shearwater share the stage at the Echo. Things will be even more avant garde at REDCAT where Miwa Matreyek presents her multi-media spectacles: This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure. And if you want something more earthly, Susie Glaze and theI Hilonesome Band welcomes their guest Ernest Troost to their Woodshed Session at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Sat. Feb. 8
Top Show: The wonderful Americana husband-and-wife duo of Johnny Irion and Sarah Lee Guthrie play the Echo with the multi-talented Neal Casal (who has played with Ryan Adams, Chris Robinson and, most recently, The Hard Working Americans).
The Coffee Gallery Backstage presents a night of twangy goodness with I See Hawks In L.A., Tony Gilkyson and Brantly Kearns. Mary Chapin Carpenter performs with the LA Phil at Disney Hall. A different type of virtuosity can be experienced at McCabe’s with Hot Tuna playing tonight and Sunday. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats bring the blues to the Arcadia Blues Club. Royce Hall offers a really unique evening of music with True Blues (featuring top American players Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood-Hart and Guy Davis) on a bill with Mali musician Bassekou Kouyate, who plays the Ngoni (which is related to the banjo).