Monday June 30
Top Show: The one and only Ronnie Spector will sing songs and tell stories when she performs her autobiographical show, Behind the Beehive, at the Roxy. John Doe and a whip-sharp band (that includes Cindy Wasserman, guitarist Jesse Dayton and drummer Brady Blade ) will stir things up at the Viper Room. Doe has just released a terrific Best of on Yep Roc. The talented young troubadour John Fullbright has a sit-down at the Grammy Museum to share his songs from his latest, Songs.
Noah Pikleny & Gabe Witcher team up – along with some expected special guests – for a night of some acoustic virtuosity at Largo. SomeKindaWonderful displays why they are some kinda hot band when they do School Nights at Bardot and return with a gig at the Sayers Club on July 1.
Tues. July 1
The phine upcoming rock band PHOX serves up the hooks, with some interesting twists, at the Echo.
Wed. July 2
Top Show: The Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th celebration starts today with Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers performing with the Bowl’s orchestra.
Thurs. July 3
Top Show: Memphis garage rockers The Reigning Sound will rule at the Bootleg. The Greg Cartwright-fronted band is celebrating their cool Merge debut Shattered. The recently revived Detroit punk rockers Death will appear at the Roxy. I don’t know if you can call Death a “feel-good story.” But these guys have been called the first black punk band. They didn’t get a fair shot in the 1970’s, but now the surviving members are back playing their music (and have been the subject of the documentary A Band Called Death. The eclectic Americana outfit, The Duhks, who also have recently reunited, have a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Folk icon Joan Baez shares the Greek Theater bill with the Indigo Girls.
Kenny Loggins, meanwhile, has a concert at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, while the Peaking Lights and the Pharoahs play a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
Fri. July 4
Go forth and enjoy some fireworks and John Philip Sousa
Sat. July 5
Top Show: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a true American institution, graces the stage at the Ford Amphiteatre.
King Washington reigns at the Satellite on a bill that also includes the Absolute, Wires In The Walls and Ivory DeVille.
Sun. July 6
The Grand Ole Echo features Rose’s Pawn Shop, Patrolled by Radar, Cashew & Cleary and Cliff Wagner. Amen Dunes performs at Complex in Glendale (don’t go to the Church on York – its original locale – cuz it can’t host shows anymore).
Mon, July 7
The Midwestern roots duo The Pines share the bill at the Troubadour with S. Carey (from Bon Iver). Meanwhile, the Swedish duo Vulkano dishes its post-punk music at School Night at Bardot.