I’m still playing catchup on all the shows taking place, but here is what has popped up on my radar for the upcoming week.
Mon. May 12
Jonny Two Bags has another show to celebrate his excellent solo debut Salvation Road with a gig at El Cid.
Wed. May 14
Keb’ Mo’ showcases his latest BLUESAmericana with an intimate appearance at the Grammy Museum.
The New Zealand sibling act Broods has a sold-out Echo show before heading to Sana Ana’s Observatory on the 15th.
Thurs. May 15
There will be an literary air at the Echoplex when Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain and Willy Vlautin sharing the bill.
Fri. May 16
England-born, Georgia-based Holly Golightly performs at the Satellite. The new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs CD It’s Her Fault is a wonderfully raw, deliciously raucous serving of R&B-fueled roots rock (full disclosure: I did their press bio).
Jill Sobule brings her quirky alt. folk-pop to McCabe’s. Longtime California roots rockers Mother Hips will be shaking things up at the Bootleg. New Matador signee Lower arrives from Copenhagen to play the Church On York, with Iceage, Puce Mary and Sexdrome. Their full-length debut Seek Warmer Climes has a June 17 release date. Eternal Summers and Maximo Park, meanwhile, will shine at the Troubadour.
Sat. May 17
Top Show(s): Louise Goffin unveils selections from her latest album, Songs From The Mine, at McCabe’s. Goffin is the daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin so it is not surprising that she knows how to craft a good tune. Her new album brings to mind the tart folk rock/pop of Sam Phillips. Experience old-school R&B from a genuine soul man when Charles Bradley headlines the Fonda Theater. Bradley will appear Sunday at the Doheny Blues Festival. On Saturday, the festival’ impressive lineup includes Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, John Nemeth & the Bo-Keys, Kid Ramos, Joe Kubek, the Americans and Earl Thomas. Joining Bradley on the stage Sunday are Keb’ Mo’ Ruthie Foster, James Intveld & Rosie Flores and Eric Sardinas.
T. Boyle’s Tavern, in Pasadena, welcomes Jimmer Podrasky of the Rave-Ups fame (at least local SoCal fame) and cool SoCal country rocker Ted Russel Kamp. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s project) materializes at the El Rey. The Getty hosts Southern California psychedelic-tinged folk/rocker Jonathan Wilson while Skip Heller performs a set of eclectic Americana at the Farmer’s Market Ranch Party.
Sun. May 18
Damien Jurado serves up his intimate music at the Bootleg. Cheviot Hills Rec. Center hosts Israeli superstar Idan Raichel. Eugene Edwards performs at the Grand Ole Echo along with the Senators, Eileen Carey and Gann Brewer. UK sensations London Grammar headline the Wiltern.