Well, May is finally coming to an end and I’m glad for it, I guess. Here’s hoping June brings less gloom (and I’m not talking about the weather). So, let me talk about music then and share the shows that have come to my attention for this week.
Wed. May 28
Top Show(s): Even with First Aid Kit’s show at the El Rey sold out, there are other great options: Willie Watson (ex-Old Crow Medicine Show) celebrates his solo outing Folk Singer Vol. 1 at the Bootleg, while the local Americana group Jamestown Revival has a Grammy Museum appearance. If you like your rock fun and sloppy then you should get acquainted with Parquet Courts, who will be causing a ruckus at the Roxy. Or you can catch the elegant English outfit elbow at the Wiltern, with John Grant opening.
Fri. May 30
Top Show(s): A couple of pioneering female-filled bands return to town tonight. ‘90s NYC hipsters Luscious Jackson will headline at El Rey while the Throwing Muses with special guest Tanya Donelly come to the Bootleg HiFi. The retro revival continues with Rodriguez headlining the Greek (and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on 5/31).
Original Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom has a free show at the Farmers Market. Aussie singer/songwriter Stu Larsen celebrates his Nettwerk debut Vagabond, at the Hotel Café. Austin rockers Megafauna sprout up at Casey’s Irish Pub. Priscella Ahn plays the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, while Jon Brion holds down his familiar Friday night gig at Largo.
Sat. May 31
Top Show(s): If you missed Nickel Creek’s recent show or are just a devoted fan, you can enjoy the Watkins Family Hour at Largo. This edition features two very talented guests – Ben Lee and Johnathan Rice. Lindi Ortega was a real spitfire when I saw her last appearance at the Mint. The Nashville-via Toronto twang rocker returns to the Mint tonight.
The 31st annual Claremont Folk Festival, which takes place at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, offers a lineup that includes Ben & Ellen Harper, Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, Blue Highway, Rick Shea and The Chapin Sisters (who will be at the Grand Ole Echo on 6/1). On other end of the music spectrum, Black Flag headlines the House of Blues.