Go See Hear In L.A. June 23-28 (The Anderson East/Far West Edition)

This week is marked by show from some wonderful songwriters, starting with Robert Earl Keen and continuing on with Dan Penn and Kim Richey, and that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Tues. 6/23

Top Show: One of Texas’ top singer/songwriters, Robert Earl Keen, plays the El Rey behind his latest, the bluegrass-oriented Happy Prisoner.

Wed. 6/24

Top Show: Lauren Shera returns to town with a gig at Room 5. She’s gathering attention with her current CD, Gold and Rust, which features the heavenly folk/pop track, “Hell’s Bells.”

Power Pop aficionados should head to Pomona where Paul Collins’ Beat has a show at the Acerogami. The Swedish/Malawian duo The Very Best serve up their genre-splitting music at the Roxy. Local songstress Alexa Melo shows her feisty tunes at Loaded night. She’ll be at Chinatown’s Summer Night performances on the 27th. And that dreamy singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran starts his 2-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl.

Thurs. 6/25

Top Show: Anderson East really impressed me with his soulful, rootsy debut Delilah. There’s a terrific timeless quality to this music. Check him out at the Hotel Café, where the local alt. folk/pop outfit Distant Cousins has also have a gig tonight.

Alice Smith Photo Credit: Alex Elena

Alice Smith Photo Credit: Alex Elena

The eclectic soul singer Alice Smith (her music is more distinctive than her name) headlines the Roxy, while over at the Troubadour, Americana up-and-comers Houndmouth will be performing. The L.A. band Phases, which features Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and songwriter Michael Runion, will be at Jewel’s Catch One for their first hometown show.

Fri. 6/26

Top Show: I could fill a blog with just the wonderful songs that Dan Penn has written but here are three: “The Letter,” “Dark End Of The Street” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” Songs I can hear everyday of the week. Penn makes a rare SoCal appearance at McCabe’s.

Grand Performances welcomes a free concert from The Family Crest and Run River North. Jon Brion sets up shop once again on a Friday night at Largo.

Sat. 6/27

Kim Richey

Kim Richey

Top Show: McCabe’s is the place to see great songwriters this weekend as Kim Richey. You can also catch one of L.A.’s best country acts, David Serby, at a free show at the Farmers’ Market.

Best Coast has a sold out concert at the Wiltern while Ben Folds does this thing at the Greek and it’s country night at the Irvine Meadows with a bill featuring Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.

Sun. 6/28

Top Show: This week’s edition of the Grand Ole Echo offers Cale Tyson, Jonathan Tyler, The Far West and Smooth Hound Smith.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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