Since I am running behind, I’m just going to dive right in…
Tues. Sept. 30
Top Show: I was never a Prog Rock guy but there is a something special about Robert Fripp and his regal guitar playing. The king of King Crimson has assembled a new Crimson lineup featuring bass maestro Tony Levin, percussioniss Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin, guitarist-vocalist Jakko Jakszyk and woodwind whiz Mel Collins. They play the Orpheum tonight and tomorrow.
Japanese punk rockers Cibo Matto reunited a couple years back. They play the Roxy with Nels Cline on the bill. Rounder recording artist Doug Seegers has a show at the Hotel Café ahead of his Going Down To The River album.
Wed. Oct. 1
Top Show: Just about a year ago, I saw the Felice Brothers at the Way Over Yonder festival and they blew me away with their high spirited roots rock. They headline the Roxy with the Spirit Family Reunion.
Cass McCombs plays Pomona’s Glass House tonight and the Fonda Oct. 2-3 with the War On Drugs. Said the Whale plays free tonight at Fullerton’s Slidebar and then are at the Bootleg HiFi on Oct. 4. Veteran rocker Steve Taylor has a new band (The Perfect Foil) and a show at the Whiskey.
Thurs. Oct. 2
Top Show(s): Roseanne Cash put out a gorgeous album The River and the Thread earlier this year and she’ll undoubtedly be showcasing it at her Royce Hall show. Caitlin Rose is one of the best young female singers in Nashville, IMHO. She has a show with the talented local songstress Eleni Mandell at the Bootleg HiFi.
Cecilia Noël celebrates her new Afro-Cuban CD Havana Rocks with a gig at the Catalina Jazz Club. Soul-ster Nick Waterhouse performs at the Mayan Theater while The Broods will be at the El Rey.
Here’s Caitlin Rose performing Waitin’ for a couple years back
Fri. Oct. 3
Top Show(s): Angélique Kidjo, who Time Magazine hailed as “Africa’s premier diva” shares the bill at CSUN with the NYC world beat ensemble Red Baraat. Crosby Stills and Nash play the Greek tonight and tomorrow. Ruthie Foster showcases her fine new album Brand New Day with a show at the Lyric Theater
The Whigs and Greylag present a night of smart rock at the Satellite. The Kings of Leon will rule the Hollywood Bowl tonight and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Oct. 5. Canadian-born singer Geneviève Bellemare will be at Amplify tonight and Oct. 17 (and the Mint on Oct. 8). Her new EP Live and Die is out on Verve. L.A. alt-pop outfit Echosmith have a show at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and Club Nokia, with American Authors on 10/4. The Troubadour hosts a strong bill featuring Cassoria and Blitzen Trapper.
Sat. Oct. 4
Top Show: Back in the ‘80s, Justin Currie served up some great music leading the Scottish band Del Amitri. He’s still crafting some fine songs as his new album The Lower Reaches reveals. He’ll be at McCabe’s tonight and Largo tomorrow night.
Another ‘80s band Living Colour supposed has a new album in the works. Maybe you can learn (or hear) more at their Roxy show. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are part of the MOCA “Step and Repeat” performance night. The local bluegrass group Susie Glaze & Hilonesome Band performs at San Pedro’s Grand Annex. Blues harmonica maven and singer Rob Stone plays the Record Parlour in Hollywood.
Sun. Oct. 5
Top Show: The Greek Theatre welcomes two of the best singer/songwriters of their respective generations: Conor Oberst and John Prine. Okay, two of the best singer/songwriters around period.
Austin troubadour Parker Millsap might be in the Prine class, he is a darn good songwriter. You can catch him at McCabe’s. Hot UK soul singer Liam Bailey comes to the Roxy.
Mon. Oct. 6
Top Show(s): How is this for a Monday night: Justin Townes Earle will be at the El Rey. The Dave Rawlings Machine (which includes Gillian Welch and John Paul Jones!) play the Cathedral Sanctuary a Immanuel Presbyterian and the charming Belle and Sebastian perform at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel with Kevin Drew. Also, the up-and-coming Australian band Boy & Bear play the Fonda with Run River North.