So much music, so much to do this week, so I’m just jumping into it.
Top Show: Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) is getting a bunch of attention for her new album Sprinter, a raw, emotionally-charged set of songs that suggests P.J. Harvey crossed with Tori Amos.
Kelley Deal, of Breeders fame, lands at the Satellite with her new band, R. Ring. Walker Lukens returns to town, headlining at the Troubadour. His new CD was produced with Spoon’s Jim Eno – which gives you a sense of his sound. The Wombats and Life In Film play the Fonda tonight and the Constellation Room on the 15th.
Top Show(s): Shake Some Action is one of the greatest power pop albums of all time. The legendary cult band, The Flaming Groovies are back performing that record, with a stop at the Roxy, The Grammy Museum has a terrific program, spotlighting the pioneering A&R work of Ralph Peer did with American Roots Music during the 20th Century. Peer biographer Barry Mazor is among the guests and Gaby Moreno and the Americans are scheduled to perform. Mike Scott did his recent Waterboys in Nashville, which gave the CD a fresh, trans-Atlantic rootsy sound; they have a show at the Fonda.
Largo hosts another Watkins Family Hour as the release for their wonderful debut album draws closer. The alluring, atmospheric slocore sound of Timber Timbre can be experienced at the Regent with Xiu Xiu opening.
Bombino will whip up wild desert rock at the Regent. Michael Dean Damron, of the band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, has an intimate solo gig at the Mid City Lounge. Say Lou Lou, a Swedish/Australian electro-pop sibling duo plays the Bootleg, while another sibling duo, Satellite Sky, delivers some garage glam rock at the Viper Room. UK troubadour James Bay has a sold out show at the Fonda
Top Show: Liz Longley seems poised for a breakthrough with her self-titled Sugar Hill debut. She’ll share her folk/pop songs at McCabe’s with opener Anthony D’Amato, whose New West debut The Shipwreck From The Shore also is an impressive effort.
The Austin-based outfit Sour Bridges play their rocked up bluegrass at Room 5. Lenny Kravitz plays a rare small hall show at the Fonda.
Top Show(s): The Doheny Blues Festival has an excellent lineup this year. The weekend-long fest features Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, Boz Scaggs, Valerie June, The Mavericks, Dave & Phil Alvin, Otis Taylor, Candye Kane, North Mississippi All-Stars, Kim Wilson – need I go on? When I was in college, a pal played me an album by a guy named Dirk Hamilton. It was probably Thug Of Love. I don’t remember the details but he left a favorable impression with his smart, rough-edged folk/rock. In my memory, I group him in with guys like Willie Nile, Elliot Murphy and, the only one with a hit, Steve Forbert. He has soldiered on over the years, making music, and you can find him at McCabe’s with another veteran singer/songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill. Discover what Lord Huron has in store on Strange Trails, their follow-up to their mighty Lonesome Dreams CD. They play the Wiltern with Family of the Year opening.
Another blast from the past – Blue Oyster Cult – will serve up their classic rock at the La Mirada Theatre. The Roxy welcomes fast-rising blues/folk/rockers Two Gallants. The eclectic Nellie McKay plays Largo, while Alexa Melo has a gig at Loaded Hollywood in advance of her debut.
Top Show(s): The great Canadian roots rockers Blue Rodeo comes to McCabe’s. The Grand Ole Echo hosts new Southern rockers Banditos, who will hear more about with their Bloodshot debut. Jimbo Mathus, the main man of Mississippi roots music, brings his band, the Tri-State Coalition to the Mint.
Top Show(s): The Milk Carton Kids have a sold out appearance at the Grammy Museum to showcase their new CD, Monterey. The Tallest Man In The World also has a fine, new album Dark Bird Is Home; he’ll have a concert at the Wiltern.
The Wooden Sky swings through Southern California with a stop at Bardot tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 20th. Joining these ragged roots rockers at Bardot tonight is the Nashville group Coin.