This week offers a world of music in Southern California. Besides bands coming from Canada and the U.K., there will be visitors from Scandinavia, Italy, Brazil and Spain (okay, it’s the band Spain).
Sun. Nov. 2
The sonorous sounds of Mr. Mark Lanegan will fill the El Rey. The former Screaming Trees frontman is out with a new CD, Phantom Road. Copenhagen’s Iceage heats up the Echo with Helm opening. They pack their new Merge release Plowing Into The Field of Love with intense, dark-hued tunes that exude a cinematic grunge vibe.
Mon. Nov. 3
Top Show: The Bros. Landreth visit the Hotel Café to their rootsy, harmony-rich songs.
The buzz-worthy Electric Youth deliver catchy electro-pop at the Roxy. The Swedish band Amason, which contains members of Miike Snow, Dungen, Idiot Wind and Little Majorette) have a free show at the Echo. Their debut arrives next year on the LA-based Fairfax Recordings.
Tues. Nov. 4
Top Show(s): The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian hosts two wonderful singer/songwriters: the luminescent Patty Griffin (who recently toured with Robert Plant) and the talented young Oklahoma troubadour John Fullbright. More fine Americana sounds can be found at the Troubadour where the hard-working Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors headline with Penny & Sparrow as openers. The El Rey boasts a terrific triple bill: Courtney Barnett, Mikhael Paskalev and San Fermin (who will have a new CD in the new year). Any one of them is worth seeing on their own.
Wed. Nov. 5
Top Show: The Tijuana Panthers, Mariachi El Bronx and Pounded By The Surf offer an evening of genre-blasting music at the El Rey.
Bleachers, Jack Antonoff’s side project from fun., will fill the Wiltern with delightfully hooky music. Andrew Bird joins comedian Nick Kroll & Friends (like ex-SNL-er Jenny Slate and Bill Burr) for a night of who-knows-what at Largo.
Thurs. Nov. 6
Top Show(s): Akron’s pride and joy The Black Keys headline the fabulous Forum with precocious UK singer/songwriter Jake Bugg opening. Josh Haden has reunited Spain and they have a new album Sargent Place and a free, hometown show at Amoeba.
Award-winning Canadian singer Maggie Szabo has a set at the Hotel Café, while Italy’s Caparezza play the historic Whisky A Go Go. King Tuff reigns at the El Rey and the Coup serves up thought-provoking songs at the Satellite. The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas brings his side band, The Voidz to the Wiltern. Out at Pomona’s Glass House, you can enjoy a small stage show from Weezer.
Fri. Nov. 7
Top Show(s): The El Rey has an awesome Americana double bill. The dynamic duo Shovels & Rope headline but don’t miss Willie Watson’s opening set. The ex-Old Crow Medicine Show-man has a wonderful way with old-timey tunes. Pegi Young will share her fine new album, Lonely in a Crowded Room at an early show at the Mint. The Manchester Orchestra has revisited their Cope album with a stripped version entitled Hope. The Atlanta rockers will be a couple of intimate shows: Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge tonight and the Troubadour on the 8th. Mason Jennings brings his emotionally rich songs to the First Unitarian Church.
The Scottish trio The Twilight Sad brightens up the Fonda with one of my favorite band names: We Were Promised Jetpacks. They just released Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave. Local bluegrass mainstays Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band play McCabe’s with Jeni & Billy, while the eclectic LA outfil Fool’s Gold plays the Echo.
While I don’t know who all is part of Black Oak Arkansas nowadays, seeing that they are playing the Whisky made me recall their heyday and their signature tune, “Jim Dandy.” That made me look up their female singer with them back then – Ruby Starr. I didn’t know that she was from my home state of Ohio and that, sadly, she passed away nearly 20 years ago.
Sat. Nov. 8
The world-renowned Brazilian musician Seu Jorge plays CSULA’s Luckman; his music played a big role in the Wes Anderson film, A Life Aquatic (and also acted in the movie City of Gold). Acclaimed French musician Patrick Bruel makes a rare L.A. appearance at the Orpheum. There’s a new greatest hits package that is a great way to introduce yourself to his music. Mirah showcases her new CD Changing Light at the Echo. Guitarist Laurence Juber (perhaps best known for his stint in Wings) performs at McCabe’s. U.K.’s Bear Den nestles in to the Bootleg Hi Fi for a show.
Sun. Nov. 9
Top Show(s): Shoegazer pioneers Slowdive have a sold out show at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel with Low opening (no wonder it’s sold out). Soulful British singer/songwriter Lewis Watson headlines the Troubadour. Versatile vocalist Alice Smith is a major talent and you can find out why at her Roxy gig.
Mon. Nov. 9
Top Show: The El Rey presents a great night of Americana music from top to bottom: Esme Patterson, Rayland Baxter and Shakey Graves. I said it once already here but all of these acts are worth seeing. Samantha Crain and First Aid Kit perform at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Wiltern on the 12th.
Norway’s Highasakite are part of the School Night bill at Bardot and The Wytches will be rockin’ Los Globos.