Am I the only one wondering how May is already at my doorstep. While you ponder that, here are the shows that made a mark on my radar. And see if you can notice the various Saturday Night Live cast members popping up this week…
Top Show: Katie Crutchfield’s project Waxahatchie has gotten a lot of good press for their new album, Ivy Tripp. You can check them out at the Roxy with Girlpool. The Bluegrass Situation presents Della Mae and the Wild Reeds at the Echoplex.
Andrew Bird, Tom Brosseau and Becky Sharp are among the “friends” scheduled to appear with John Reilly at Largo. The Weepies showcase songs from their new CD Sirens at an Amoeba in-store. Matt & Kim start a two-night stand at the Fonda.
Top Show: The Regent will have a Scandinavian air tonight and tomorrow as José González and Ólöf Arnalds share a bill.
Susanna Hoffs returns to Largo with Maya Rudolph and Petra Haden as her guests. The Hotel Café welcomes Billington Sea, the new project from Hayley Sabella and Jake Hill. Canadian rapper Buck 65 will stir things up at the Roxy. The Grammy Museum has another night of Celebrity Autobiography, with Debbie Harry, Laraine Newman, Fred Willard and Jennifer Tilly among the cast of performers.
Top Show: Not surprisingly, the Sleater Kinney show is sold out. Besides the return of this landmark band, the show also features Ian Rubbish (aka Fred Armisen) and Kim Gordon’s new project Body/Head. Shelby Lynne is never shy about speaking her mind so she should make a fascinating guest for The Drop at the Grammy Museum. Her new album is entitled I Can’t Imagine.
The SoCal rootsy duo Dead Rock West previews tunes from their upcoming It’s Everly Time at the Hotel Café. French singer/songwriter Keren Ann pays a visit to the Skirball.
Top Show: “Make a hole with a gun perpendicular/ To the name of this town in a desk-top globe” I heard “Ana Ng” the other day and it made me smile. I don’t know if They Might Be Giants will be playing that tune at the Regent but it will undoubtedly be a fun show (they’ll play Anaheim’s House of Blues on 5/2).
In advance of his May 5 Merge release MCIII, Mikal Cronin plays Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts with WAND, Golden Daze and Mild High Club. Singer/songwriter Tony Lucca drops into the Hotel Café. Tennis will volley their hooky tunes at the Troubadour; a deluxe version of their breakthrough album Ritual In Repeat comes out May 12. The Bootleg HiFi will be all light up by the psych rockers of Austin’s The Bright Light Social Hour.
Top Show: John Cooper Clarke is not big name in the States but in his native U.K. he is known as the “godfather of punk poetry.” To say he’s making a rare appearance in L.A. is an understatement. He hasn’t toured the U.S. in 35 years.
Another “big in Britain” act, Manic Street Preachers, will perform at the Fonda. The Decemberists celebrate What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World at the Greek Theater with Lucius serving as their openers. OK Go is known for the great videos but they’re pretty good with the music too. They headline the Wiltern with Kitten opening. Bay Area soul singer D. Edward has a set at Room 5.
Top Show: Translator hasn’t been much of anywhere in recent years. The ‘80s band, best known for the great tune “Everywhere That I’m Not,” has reunited in honor of Omnivore’s new rarities collection Sometimes People Forget. You can remember their old tunes when they play Molly Malone’s.
One of my daughter’s current fave bands, All Time Low, will be playing the Hollywood Palladium. She doesn’t like concerts so I doubt if I will be taking her to the show.
Walker Lukens, whose new CD was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, will play School Night at Bardot while the shoegaze-y dream popster Shana Falana plays pehrspace.