Lots of good music this week with Saturday night in particularly being packed with fine shows to see.
Top Show: Steve Earle stops by the Grammy Museum to celebrate his terrific new album Terraplane, which shows off his bluesier side. He’ll undoubtedly have a few memorable stories to tell too.
In honor of Fat Tuesday, the Mint presents Steel Toed Slippers with special guests Leo Nocentelli (the Meters) and Kenny Gradney (Little Feat). Soulful singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau has a gig at the Hotel Café, along with Chris Jacobs.
Top Show(s): There is a trio of fine shows for your Wednesday night. Scott H. Biram brings his raucous one-man band to the Echo with vet. Texas guitarist Jesse Dayton also on the bill. Peter Himmelman always has something interesting to say and play – see what he’s up to at the Mint. Over the Rhine and William Fitzsimmons made for a wonderful pairing at the Troubadour as both acts create memorably thoughtful music.
Top Show: Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is the fine local outfit led by Trevor Beld Jimenez. They have a new CD, Tightrope, coming out 2/24 that overflows with lovely music inspired (but updating) the Laurel Canyon sound. You can catch them at Pasadena’s Old Towne Pub. Tall Tales will also be at Origami Vinyl on the 22nd and Costa Mesa’s Casa on 2/26.
Milo Greene headlines the El Rey, while the one-and-only (and current LA Weekly cover boy) Billy Idol plays the Wiltern tonight and tomorrow night. Get there early to catch the hot young band, Broncho.
Top Show: Goodnight, Texas might done be from Texas but as they show on their impressive album, Uncle John Farquhar, they know how to make some darn-good Americana music. They’ll be at the Silverlake Lounge with Some Go Haunting. The Mastersons (who do come from Texas) put out a great album last year – Good Luck Charm. You can enjoy their music at McCabe’s with Aaron Lee Tasjan opening.
Austin’s indie pop/rocker Wild Child headline at the Roxy, while Omaha’s Cursive whips up their emo-fueled rock at the Echoplex
Top Show(s): McCabe’s offers a triple bill of fantastic female singer/songwriters: Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters (who just released a CD Blackbirds worth checking out). Another fantastic female artist Anne McCue will be at the Hotel Café to celebrate her wonderful new release Blue Sky Thinkin’, which showcases her interest in jazzy styles. If these aren’t enough, Largo hosts Sam Phillips and Joe Henry this weekend as the two share the stage and a band.
The Mary Onettes show up at the Bootleg HiFi and Never Shout Never appears at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight with a Troubadour show on the 22nd.
Top Show(s): Israeli singer/songwriter Asaf Avidan caught my ear after listening to his new album Gold Shadow. He’ll be headlining at the Mayan. I don’t know a lot about Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz, two young singer/songwriters coming to McCabe’s, but Chris Stamey is on the bill with them. And if he endorses them, then they are worth investigating.