Although I am still living the nomadic life, I wanted to drop back in to take a look on upcoming shows. Pardon any obvious omissions, things have been rather catch-as-catch-can of late.
Tues. April 22
The Men will be marching into the Echo with Gun Outfit. Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) showcases his new work Abandoned City, where is inspired by abandoned cities around the world. Onward, Etc. brings their punk-fueled folk to the Hotel Café, while Asher Roth headlines the Troubadour.
Wed. April 23
Top Show: The top show, actually, is an author appearance. The Grammy Museum welcomes the talented Holly George-Warren who will talk about A Man Called Destruction, her bio about the mercurial cult hero Alex Chilton.
The Boston Boys share their revved up acoustic music at Solana Beach’s Belly Up; they will also play Room 5 on the 25th and the Moskowitz Gallery on the 26th. U.K. singer Daley headlines the El Rey. The Three of Clubs tour, featuring Terraplane Sun, Flagship and Little Daylight, comes to the Troubadour, while local troubadour Tom Brosseau has a Bootleg gig.
Thurs. April 24
Top Show(s): Dave and Phil Alvin have a sold-out appearance at the Grammy Museum to celebrate their reunion and upcoming tribute CD to Big Bill Broonzy (due June 3 on Yep Roc). If you can’t get in to see the Alvins, then head to the Troubadour where the potent soul outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones have a show. Their debut Half The City is a big blast of rock ‘n’ soul music.
The Wilshire Ebell goes Gray tonight when David Gray headlines.
Fri. April 25
Top Show: Peter Case shares his trunkload of songs and stories at Claremont’s Folk Music Center.
Turn back the rock clock to the dawn of the millennium with Dandy Warhol and the Warlocks at the Roxy tonight and April 26. ‘60s folk legend Noel Paul Stookey has a rare solo show at McCabe’s. Dessy Di Lauro’s music looks back even farther – to the 1930’s. She’ll perform her neo-ragtime at Harvelle’s.
Sat. April 26
Top Show: The great Americana rockers Drive-By Truckers come to the Fonda as part of their English Oceans tour. Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley will also be at the Grammy Museum on April 29.
Euro star Carla Bruni performs her first-ever L.A. solo concert at the Luckman. It’s not quite Who’s Next (Generation), but Simon Townshend (aka Pete’s younger bro) has a show at McCabe’s. AL-to-L.A. singer/songwriter Beth Thornley plays the Hotel Café. Sleeper Agent livens up the Satellite tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 27th.
Mon. April 28
Top Show(s): One-time Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, whose Southern was my fave CD of last year, and Holly Williams, whose last two discs (Here With Me and The Highway) have been divine, share the bill at the Roxy. CD Rising Americana star Hurray For The Riff Raff has a special appearance at the Grammy Museum.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band man John McEuen returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Electro-popsters DWNTWN plays Bardot’s School Night tonight and a free Sayers Club show on the 29th while Teen will be rocking the Bootleg.
Tues. April 29
Top Show(s): Besides the DBT boys’ Grammy appearance, the other top show is a solo show from Michael Nesmith (btw, he’ll be focusing on his impressive solo career and not his Monkees years).
The Wiltern will hail British rock royalty, Franz Ferdinand.
Wed. April 30
Top Show: Largo hosts a tribute to the wonderful Eleni Mandell, with scheduled appearances by Jackson Browne, Inara George, Mike Andrews and others – all to benefit the Plastic Pollution Coalition.