Now that we have slogged through the wet weekend and the Oscars telecast, let’s get back to music.
Mon. March 3
Top Show (s): Monday is your first chance to see Eric Brace & Peter Cooper as the marvelous Nashville duo come to the Coffee Gallery Backstage. You might remember Brace from leading the roots rock band Last Train Home back in the ‘90s and Cooper is a top Nashville music journalist besides a talented songwriter. During their Southern California swing, they’ll also be at Pasadena’s Firefly on March 5 and at McCabe’s on Friday. The Early Winters, featuring Carina Round and Justin Rutledge, showcase their new CD Vanishing Act at the Del Monty Speakeasy with Venus & The Moon, which is Chris Stills and Rain Phoenix’s band.
If you missed Vikesh Kapoor on Friday night at McCabe’s, you get another chance tonight as he plays the Bootleg with Moses Sumney and Jerome Holloway. The artful Toronto rock band The Darcys (whose CD Warring has been turning heads in the Great White North) blast off at Bardot and then come back around to L.A. with a March 8 Troubadour gig with NO and Ruben and the Dark. The Monday’s bill over at the Satellite features the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and the DA & the Jones (who will also play the Echo on 3/10). Origami Records hosts an in-store from Vertical Scratchers, a hooky indie rock outfit who just released their Merge debut. Run River North’s hometown record release show at the Troubadour
Tues. March 4
Top Show(s): L.A.-based Charlie Greene exudes a Southern charm in his (often) piano-based country tunes. He’ll be at the Piano Bar tonight and again on the 11th. Club Nokia hosts the annual Country Music Hall of Fame fundraiser All For The Hall, with Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Heart and Jason Mraz slated to appear.
Phox is a cool young Wisconsin band that a soulful singer in Monica Martin and some interesting quirks to their indie rock. See what the buzz is about when they play the Echo. The Smoking Flowers ignite their country rock at the Hotel Café.
Wed. March 5
Top Show: Nicole Atkins will be heading the Bootleg but get there early to catch Arc Iris, the new band from Jocie Adams (ex-Low Anthem) that has a delightful eclectic sound.
Jamestown Revival teams up with the Wild Feathers and Saints of Valory for a big show at the Troubadour. The Pigpen Theatre Co is a theater troupe and an indie folk band; they’ll stage their unique show at the Echo. Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Skygreen Leopards’ Donovan Quinn have teamed up as the New Bums, who have a Church on York show.
Thurs. March 6
Top Show: Typhoon is the headliner at the El Rey but it’s the undercard that interests me. Miner is a fine local group with an easy-to-love country rock sound (check out their newly released Into The Morning), while the L.A. band Line & Circle made me think about Eighties-era R.E.M. and other college rock heroes – which is a good thing.
The Kitchenette is full of a wide variety of world music sounds; this UCLA group has a gig on their home turf at the Fowler. The Bootleg hosts the eccentric styling of Ava Luna with Krill.
Fri. March 7
Top Show: Steve Forbert has been writing great tunes for several decades, going back to his breakout hit “Romeo’s Tune” in 1980. He’ll share his songs and stories at McCabe’s, with Eric Brace and Peter Cooper as his openers.
Smooth soul crooner Nick Waterhouse has a new CD (Holly) to share when he plays the Hollywood Legion Hall, while Nashville’s Korby Lenker previews his latest at the Hotel Café. Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner brings his pop/rock music to the Echo Country Outpost on a Calvin Klein-sponsored tour (but don’t hold that against him). San Fermin, Son Lux and wild Up! are part of First Friday at the NHM.
Sat. March 8
Ages & Ages mines a smart, hooky rock sound. Make note that their catchy new CD Divisionary comes out later this month. They’ll be at the Satellite with Mirah tonight. Garden & Villa headline the El Rey with Jonathan Rado and Waterstrider as their openers. Australian rockers Glass Towers brighten up the Bootleg on the 8th and are part of the Aussie BBQ the next day at the Fold. La Luz opens up for the Entrance Band at the Roxy. The Mint’s lineup includes Ben Taylor, Suzanna Choffel and Beautiful Things Unplugged. The gifted songwriter Willy Porter plays McCabe’s with guitar wizard Tony Furtado.
Sun. March 9
Carla Olson, Susie Glaze, John York and Matt Cartsonis are among the performers scheduled to take part in a Pete Seeger Tribute at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Parson Red Heads will be joined by the World Record and Mimicking Birds at the Satellite. The Fold’s Aussie BBQ includes a large dose of Aussie acts, including Ben Lee.