For those gearing up for the first weekend of Coachella, or just sitting it out, there is plenty of music to enjoy. The week has a particularly flashback flavor as there are performances from musicians from the ‘60s (Arlo Guthrie, Barry McGuire, PF Sloan, Graham Nash & David Crosby), the ‘70s (Jackson Browne), the ‘80s, (Jim Lauderdale, Sam Phillips, Syd Straw, Colin Hay, Neil Finn, Bruce Hornsby, Dwight Yoakam), and early ‘90s (Ride, Ron Sexsmith).
It’s been 50 years since Arlo Guthrie spun the tale of Alice’s Restaurant. He’ll be celebrating this milestone with a performance at Disney Hall.
Top Show(s): Americana kingpin Jim Lauderdale returns to Southern California with a gig at the Echo. Another week, another fantastic David Lynch Foundation benefit. This time, they’ll celebrating the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem, Howl, with Devendra Banhart, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Courtney Love, Macy Gray, Beth Orton and Lucinda Williams among the musicians scheduled to appear.
The Nashville-based, South Africa-bred rock band Civil Twilight comes to the Troubadour in advance of their next release, Story Of An Immigrant. Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has a new project, Marching Church, that will be performing at Jewell’s Catch One with Them Are Us Too. Matt & Kim, whose new CD is called New Glow, have an Amoeba in-store free show
Top Show(s): The much revered songwriter Ron Sexsmith hopefully will be sharing some of songs from his new CD Carousel One at the Hotel Café. The wonderful Sam Phillips is among the guests for the Watkins Family Hour at Largo. The Grammy Museum is hosting a Concert For Social Justice, with Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Melissa Etheridge, and David Crosby & Graham Nash scheduled to perform.
Garage rockers BRONCHO opens up for Tame Impala at Pomona’s Fox Theatre.
Top Show: Old School Shoegazers Ride have reunited, performing together for the first time since 1995, and they’ll be at the Roxy. I was really impressed with Next Year People, the new disc from Colin Hay (yes, the Men At Work guy). He has a show at Largo. The multi-talented Jenny Lewis will be playing the Echoplex, while Benjamin Booker heats up the Roxy with his bluesy rock gumbo.
The Coffee Galley Backstage flashes back to the Sixties with a bill featuring Barry McGuire, PF Sloan and one-time Byrd John York. Kimbra comes to the El Rey. The Maine has sold out the Anaheim House of Blues, while the Relationship returns to the Viper Room.
Top Show: Elliot Brood is a really interesting band from Canada. You can find out what sounds they are up to at the Satellite.
The esteemed piano man Bruce Hornsby plays the Broad Stage tonight and tomorrow night. First Friday at the Natural History Museum featuring a performance from the hot local band Cherry Glazerr. Harvard of the South has a show at the Anaheim House of Blues. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg and Matt Cartsonis will be performing at McCabe’s.
Top Show: The delightful Syd Straw will entertain folks at McCabe’s. I won’t say how many years ago I saw her perform there but it was a wildly fun time.
Neil Finn and his son Liam will team up for a show at Largo tonight and then again on the 14th. Americana songstress Pi Jacobs has a record release show for her new album Hi-Rise Ranch as part of the Grand Ole Echo.
Top Show(s): The Whisky A Go Go will turn into a honky tonk tonight as Dwight Yoakam celebrates his fine new CD Second Hand Heart. Those moody music makers Luna appear at the Echo with Tennis System.
The eclectic Michigan band The Accidentals will do a set at the Hotel Café.