It’s not quite “all in the family” this week but there certainly are a number of family-based shows happening. Sean and Sara Watkins do their rather regularly scheduled Family Hour at Largo on Wednesday. The Alvin boys continue their much-appreciated reunion with a free show at the Federal Bar on Sunday. Saturday night, McCabe’s hosts the Psycho Sisters Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill, who actually are sisters-in-law but they sing like they are blood relations.
Tues July 29
Top Show: Craig Finn leads his Hold Steady troops into the El Rey armed with a new cast of colorful characters populating tunes on their terrific Teeth Dreams disc, which was released in March. Opening the show is Cheap Girls.
Wed. July 30
Top Show(s): The Watkins Family Hour welcomes an especially excellent guest in the wonderful Tift Merritt to the Largo stage. Pete Anderson will be talking guitars – something he knows a few things about – at the Grammy Museum.
Talented local rockers King Washington will be doing their thing at the Hotel Café.
Thurs. July 31
White Arrows deliver their synth-y rock ‘n’ roll to the Troubadour while things will get a little wilder at the Echoplex when Daptone Records’ Budos Band dishes up their brew of hard-rocking, psychedelic-dosed funk. They’ll be previewing tunes from their forthcoming Burnt Offerings album.
Fri. Aug. 1
Chatham County Line bring their Carolina-bred bluegrass to the Mint. They have a new CD Tightrope to share. More acoustic-based musical merriment can be enjoyed at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion where local faves Dustbowl Revival will be playing. Longtime blues goddess Janiva Magness showcases her new album Original at McCabe’s. Landing at the Satellite will be SoCal rockers Janks and a promising band out of Canada named Arcade Fire headlines the Forum tonight and Saturday with the Unicorns serving as their opening act.
Sat. Aug. 2
Top Show(s): KCRW and the Annenberg conclude their Country In the City concert series with Wynonna and the Big Noise but make sure you see opener Nikki Lane. More fantastic females can be experienced at McCabe’s where the Psycho Sisters (Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill) celebrate their long-awaited debut that has been 30 years in the making. David Kilgour, who led the important New Zealand band The Clean makes a welcome stop at Los Globos with his new outfit, The Heavy Eights. Her new album All Or Nothin’ is one of this year’s best.
The Greek will be heating up with blistering double bill of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Los Lonely Boys. Singer/songwriter Matt Wertz has a set at the Hotel Café. YACHT, who has launched a really cool app (5 Every Day) dons their musical hats for a show at the Inner City Arts Campus with White Fang. One of my favorite local acts Rich McCulley will be at the Cinema Bar with Anna Maria Rosales; each playing their own songs together (that makes sense in my head). Also on the bill is alternative country veteran Bob Woodruff. Roots-flavored rockers Red Wanting Blue has a date at the Bootleg HiFi as well as playing at Federal Bar on Sunday morning as part of the Mimosa Music Series (more on that…right now)
Sun. Aug. 3
Top Show: The day’s best show takes place early – Phil and Don Alvin are the main event at the Mimosa Music Series at the Federal Bar. As mentioned in the Saturday listing, Red Wanting Blue will be playing too.
Mon. Aug. 4:
If you are looking for something to do on Monday night, School Night at Bardot is always a good bet and tonight UK neo-soul singer Liam Bailey will be showcasing tunes from his upcoming Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks debut Definitely Now.