Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 26-31 (The BB King/ZZ Ward edition)

Two of my favorite bands are coming to Southern California this week- and on the same bill. The criminally overlooked “No Depression”-era country rock outfit The Bottle Rockets are touring with master pop tunesmith Marshall Crenshaw. I tracked down vintage video of Crenshaw singing “Someday, Someway” on the Merv Griffin show on YouTube

As well as the BotRox doing  “$1000 Car”

Tues. Aug. 26

Top Show(s): The Bottle Rockets/Marshall Crenshaw tour stops at the Bootleg Hi Fi tonight and Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke on the 27th. The Hotel Café, meanwhile, says “bonjour” to French Canadian-born chanteuse Geneviève Bellemare, whose new Live and Die EP (on Verve) showcases her lovely chill-out music.

There will be Panic At The Disco at the Greek with special guests Youngblood Hawke and Walk The Moon.

Wed. Aug. 27

Top Show(s): Musician/producer Joe Henry stops by the Grammy Museum to chat and play. He has a exquisite new album Invisible Hour to talk about but there will probably be conversation on the many other great projects he has been involved in. Say what you will about the mega-success of Frampton Comes Alive, Peter Frampton knows how to play guitar. He brings his latest Guitar Circus to the Hollywood Bowl with Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, David Hildalgo and Randy Bachman (you know from BTO and Guess Who)

Jack Johnson will spend a couple nights at the Greek, with Matt Costa opening tonight and Bahamas tomorrow (my choice would be the Bahamas night). Flagship, whose sound reminds me of the National, continues its residency at the Satellite, while BRONCHO (yes, it’s all caps) ride in from Oklahoma to rock the Echo. Check out their catchy, Anglo-vibed tune “Class Historian”


Thurs. Aug. 28

Top Show(s): Ty Segall starts his sold-out run at the Echo (through the 31st). If you can’t get into to his show, you can catch American blue legend B.B. King at the Anaheim House of Blues. Mission of Burma might not have best known Boston New Wave/Punk band of the early ‘80s but they certainly created some terrific music ala Gang of Four. Here is the song that made me discover them (probably one summer day listening to WBCN).

They are back together and make a rare L.A. appearance at the Roxy.

Men At Work’s Colin Hay has a Largo show, while El Cid has a CD release show from Ana Maria Rosales with Sutter Zachman also on the bill.

Fri. Aug. 29

The N. Carolina indie rockers The Rosebuds will blood at the Satellite. ‘80s nostalgia returns to the Greek with a show featuring the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure (Ultravox), China Crisis and Katrina (“The Waves” aren’t billed so that probably means no Kimberly Rew). I’m sure there will be hairstyle jokes amidst the synth pop tunes.

Sat. Aug. 30/Sun. Aug. 31

Not much to report yet about Labor Day Weekend, at least concert-wise. Although the Made in America festival includes Weezer, Dr. Dog, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer and ZZ Ward among the Iggy Azalea, Kanye West, Cypress Hill and Capital Cities.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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