My apologies for not putting together a concert roundup for last week. It was a crazy week of packing up boxes (and I wish I could say unpacking them too, but that’s a story I am waiting for the happy ending to arrive before telling it). Anyway, it’s April 1st but I’m not joking around with this list of recommended shows.
Tues. April 1
Top Show: The venerable Willie Nelson rolls into the Fox Theater in Riverside tonight and hits the Wiltern on the 2nd.
Midwestern-bred, L.A.-based Cerny Brothers deliver some rootsy rock at the Mint that’s a free show also featuring Dustbowl Revival. Another local fave, Rich McCulley starts his April residency at the Cinema Bar with the Crockett Sisters as his guests (this show is also free). The beguiling British songstress Jessy Lanza opens for Cut Copy at the Palladium (this show is not free).
Wed. April 2
Top Show: Neil Finn has teamed up with the psych.-tinged Texas rockers Midlake for a series of acoustic shows; they’ll be appearing at the grand Orpheum.
Americana singer/songwriter Melanie Devaney, whose new fine disc Single Subject Notebook is worth seeking out, has a gig at Room 5 as well as a show April 6 at Malibu’s Rosenthal Estate Winery. Quirky popsters Incan Abraham will undoubtedly showcase some tunes from their upcoming album Tolerance at their Bootleg show.
Thurs. April 3
Top Show(s): The Mavericks celebrate their 25th anniversary with a festive show at the Fonda. Emmylou Harris also is doing some celebrating. She is touring with Daniel Lanois to salute their landmark 1995 collaboration Wrecking Ball and they’ll be performing at Wiltern.
Dawn McCarthy, who teamed up with Bonnie “Prince” Billy last year for an Everly Brothers tribute, brings her own folk duo Faun Fables to town for a Roxy gig. The up-and-coming Nikki Lane shares songs from her feisty, Dan Auerbach-produced CD All Or Nothin’ (due May 6 on New West) at the El Rey.
Fri. April 4
Top Show: Ben Watt (of Everything But the Girl fame) plays the Echo with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. Watt is releasing his first solo outing (Hendra) in over 30 years at the end of April.
The War on Drugs have a new album (Lost In The Dream) and starts their 2-night sold-out Troubadour stand tonight. NHM’s First Friday series features the talented Mikal Cronin along with the Tijuana Panthers. The eclectic Dan Croll comes from Liverpool to the El Rey with his just released debut Sweet Disarray out on Capitol. Things will be grooving at the Orpheum when Widespread Panic (who are well-known for their live show prowess) comes to play. McCabe’s, meanwhile, welcomes the highly respected singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky. Director Penelope Spheeris is scheduled to appear at a special screening of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years at LACMA (how come Part I seems to be screened so rarely?
Sat. April 5
Top Show(s): Two long-time L.A. music icons Peter Case and Rosie Flores have local shows. Case has a special 60th birthday show at McCabe’s (a favorite place to see him play) while Flores will be shaking things up at the Arcadia Blues Club.
Fitz & The Tantrums will do their modern soul thing at the Palladium. Nashville’s savvy popsters The Leagues (featuring Thad Cockrell) will land at the Satellite. The Church on York plays host to Henry Wolfe, Cory Becker and Crash.
Sun. April 6
The Magic Band salutes their mastermind Captain Beefheart with a show at the Roxy packed with Don Van Vliet’s unique music. Kate Taylor (James’ little sister) will have a show at McCabe’s.