Go See Hear In L.A. Jan. 25-31 (The Vaselines/Crash Kings Edition)

I wanted to get in some show recommendations for the rest of  January, even  I don’t make it a full week – at least not yet.

Mon. 1/26

Top Show: You might have first encountered Jimbo Mathus during his Squirrel Nut Zippers days; however, now he mining the raw sounds of Mississippi in quite a fun way. He has a set at Largo.

Judd Apatow has one of regular “& Friends” at Largo. Joining him this evening will be Fiona Apple and the Milk Carton Kids. The U.K. duo The Ting Tings will be doing their thing thing at the Troubadour. There are many a good number of male/female harmonizing around nowadays, but Mates of State was one of the first. They’ll be playing at the Bootleg HiFi tonight.

Tues. 1/27

A pair of fine local singer/songwriters Rich McCulley and Anna Maria Rosales will be showcasing their tunes at The Escondite in DTLA. Anna Marie last year put out Washed Up On Your Shore, a terrific, twangy disc worth discovering. The Hotel Café hosts Tony Lucca, who has a new CD to celebrate.

Wed. 1/28

Top Show: Cult heroes The Vasalines (here’s a real pioneering male/female duo) will be headlining the Roxy. The Scottish band released the highly recommendable V is for Vaselines last fall.

Thurs. 1/29

Top Show: Two female rock pioneers are in town tonight. Patti Smith resides at the Theater at the Ace Hotel for two nights, while Kim Gordon brings her new outfit, Body/Head to the Echo. Largo has another “friends night” as Susannah Hoffs and some of her pal will be playing, while the Haden Triplets headline a benefit show at the Echoplex. Crash Kings will rule at the Satellite Guitar whiz Keller Williams will be that the Belly Up tonight and the Roxy on the 30th, with The Motet opening. Robin Bacior showcases her new album Water Dreams at the Fold and Brooke Fraser will be at the Fonda.

Fri. 1/30

Top Shows: Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins has a headlining show at McCabe’s that also features the up-and-coming songstress Lauren Shera, whose CD Gold And Rust is quite an alluring effort.

Jim Bianco presents Forniquette at the Hotel Café.

Sat. 1/31

Veteran troubadour Iain Matthews plays McCabe’s with Brian Lopez opening, while Stray Birds and Marvin Etzioni are on the Hotel Café’s lineup. Jukebox the Ghost headlines the El Rey with Twin Forks opening the show.

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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