Looking at this week, Friday is the day that really stands out. Those barnstorming alt-rock all-stars, the Baseball Project (Scott McCaughey. Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon and Peter Buck) start their 2-night stand in town. A Jail Guitar Doors benefits (with MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Jackson Browne and Tom Morello) rocks the Ford. Elvis Costello and Ben Folds begin their 3 nights at the Bowl, while the legendary Burt Bacharach also has a concert. It makes one wonder if one-time collaborators Bacharach and Costello will find the time to share a stage.
Wed. Sept. 3
Top Show(s): Christopher Denny has a unique voice that resembles a rural Roy Orbison yet also somewhat otherworldly. He’ll be at the Echo with Strand of Oak (aka Tim Showalter) whose album Heal holds some gripping rock ‘n’ roll. Stiff Little Fingers were one of the class of ’77 U.K. punk band. They never broke big but Still Little Fingers have continued to bash it out over the years. In August, they released their first studio album in 11 years, No Going Back.
David Gray warms up the Greek with his laidback music. His latest CD Mutineers gently pushes the Gray envelope some. Austin singer-songwriter Brian Pound showcases his new EP Strikes and Gutters with a set at the Hotel Café.
Thurs. Sept. 4
Top Show(s): Dwight Yoakam – can you call him a country superstar iconoclast? – has a concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim. A younger generation of country, Heaven’s Jail, plays the Silverlake Lounge. Their recently released Ace Called Zero, which was produced by Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck, marks them as a band to remember.
OK Go might be known for their clever videos but they also can craft very hooky tunes. They’ll be playing the Santa Monica’s Twilight Concert with the Allah-Las. City and Colour and Lucius share the Greek bill. Austin’s orchestral pop outfit Mother Falcon lands at the Echoplex.
Fri. Sept. 5
Top Show(s): It’s one of those over-scheduled music nights. The great songwriter Burt Bacharach performs at the Beverly Hills Saban Theatre. Bacharach’s one-time collaborator Elvis Costello starts his 3-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl with the talented Ben Folds as his opener. The Ford hosts Rock Out!, a Jail Guitar Doors benefit featuring Wayne Kramer, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello and White Fence (aka Tim Presley). The alt.rock supergroup The Baseball Project play their sporty songs at the Bootleg Hi Fi tonight and McCabe’s on the 6th.
McCabe’s tonight welcomes back the gritty NYC troubadour Willie Nile, while the Fonda features the return of the Rentals, with We Are Scientists serving as openers.
Sat. Sept. 6
Top Show: Americana troubadour Ray Bonneville writes insightful songs that reflect a worldly life; he’ll share his tunes and tales at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Bruce McCulloch, of Kids in the Hall fame, performs his autobiographical one-man show Young Drunk Punk at the Roxy. L.A.’s Vaud & the Villains bring their eclectic, New Orleans-flavored music to the Ford. Down at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre you can see Mr. Dave Matthews and his band.
Sun. Sept. 7
The Grand Ole Echo’s bill includes Kathleen Grace, Cal King and the Skylarks. Buffy Ford Stewart salutes his late husband, the great songwriter John Stewart at McCabe’s with John Stewart’s band performing with her.