Hopefully those returning from SxSW aren’t suffering with too much of an Austin hangover because it’s a busy week starting with an especially crowded Tuesday night. (and apologizes for the number of late additions…)
Top Show(s): The Last Bison really impressed me with their cinematic Americana sound. They have a new EP Dorado and a show at the Mint. The acclaimed local troubadour Tom Brosseau showcases his terrific new album Perfect Abandon at Largo, while another talented singer/songwriter Matthew E. White, who got much love from the New York Times for his SxSW performances, plays fresh, feisty tunes from his just released Fresh Blood at the Echo. Jam band kings Widespread Panic will reign at the Orpheum Theatre tonight and tomorrow night and punk icons Gang of Four take over the El Rey – the band, with guitarist Andy Gill as the sole O.G., put out What Happens Next last month.
NYC-based indie rocker Rubblebucket will shake things up at the Echoplex with Vacationer.
Top Show: The Mavericks, who have another great album Mono, will headline at the Fonda. Largo hosts another edition of the Watkins Family Hour, with Milk Carton Kid Joey Ryan and John C. Reilly among the guests.
Futurebirds land at the Satellite. Cheeky U.K. singer/songwriter Beans On Toast (aka Jay McAllister) comes to the Mint – track down his tune “New Orleans Honeymoon, it’s a fun one. The Grammy Museum hosts a screening of the Tower Records doc All Things Must Pass, with filmmaker Colin Hanks and store founder Russ Solomon in attendance.
Top Show: Whitehorse, the collaboration between the husband-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, showcase their inventive, eclectic music at the Hotel Café. They released the quite captivating Leave No Bridge Unburned about a month ago. Also on the Hotel Café bill will be Julian Moon, who will be presenting songs from her bright, poppy debut Good Girl.
Roots rockers Rose’s Pawn Shop will play at the Roxy and BRONCHO returns to town with an Echo show. The Moscow-based rock band Pompeya has a Satellite gig. Michael Rault will preview tunes from his upcoming Burger Records album Living Daylight at El Centro’s Strangers Bar and will also be at Burgerama on the 29th at Santa Ana’s Observatory. The electronic duo Humans will populate Los Globos to celebrate their recently released CD Noontide. One-time Byrd John York plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage with Chad Watson and Billy Darnell.
Top Show: The one and only Roky Erickson plays the Roxy with his band, The Hounds of Baskervilles.
Beguiling jazz chanteuse Hailey Tuck checks into the Hotel Cafe to share an eclectic set of tunes. Folk scene mainstay Christine Lavin comes to McCabe’s. It’ll be a wild time at Jewel Catch One as the King Khan & BBQ Show will be performing. A pair of Monkees – Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork – will play at Indio’s Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. JEFF The Brotherhood will rock things up at the Troubadour while Colleen Green is on the Echo’s bill.
Top Show: It’ll be a damn good time at the Mint as the Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band will be playing in support of their raucous, fun new disc So Delicious.
Laguna Beach’s Blue Water Music Festival takes place today and tomorrow. Pato Banton, Pawn Shop Kings and The Record Company are among today’s bands while Allen Stone, Brett Dennen, the White Buffalo, The Truth & Salvage Co. and Magnolia Memoir play on Sunday. Up in the Theatricum Botanicum, there will be a salute to the songs of Pete Seeger with Suzie Glaze, the Geer Family Singers and Stephen Michael Schwartz among the performers. Those old wise-acres Cracker comes to the House of Blues on Sunset. The clever Twerps celebrate their Merge debut Range Anxiety at the Echo with Jacco Gardner and Happyness. The three bands will also be part of Burgerama’s show on Sunday along with White Fence, The Entrance Band and other groups.
Along with the big Burgerama, the Grand Ole Echo will be having a twangy time at the Echo and Denny Laine, who played guitar in Wings and the Moody Blues, has a show at McCabe’s.
Top Show(s): The Fonda Theater is the site for Brian Fest, which salutes the music of Brian Wilson. Among the scheduled performers for this Sweet Relief benefit are Norah Jones, Boz Scaggs, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart, Best Coast‘s Bethany Cosentino, Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd and Beach Boy Al Jardine. Meanwhile, over the Wilshire Ebell, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett celebrate the songs of Elliott Smith.
Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil come to town with a record release show for their new album, Goliath. Danielson and The Nine-Fruit Tree also are on the bill.