Around this time of year, the lyric “won’t be long/til summer’s gone” floats through my head. As I doff my cap to the late, great Phil Lynott, here are the recommended shows for this week.
Top Show(s): Mumford & Sons close out their 2-night stand at the Forum (they are a rather young band to be booked there) with The Vaccines and Jack Garratt opening. A roots rock outfit that has followed the Mumfords’ path to success, American Aquarium surfaces at the Troubadour; get there early to catch The Show Ponies and Runaway Saints. Tinariwen, the desert rock outfit of Tuareg musicians from Mali, come to the Regent Theater, while The Mynabirds have a free show at Amoeba.
Top Show(s): Feel the roar of Jesus and Mary Chain at the Fonda tonight and tomorrow night. The powerhouse Jill Scott headlines the Greek Theater, while the Hollywood Bowl hosts the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club farewell tour.
The Velvet Teen perform at the Satellite and Joy Williams, of the short-lived Civil Wars, talks about her new solo album, and probably sing a song or two, at the Grammy Museum.
The Vaccines remain in the area to play Santa Ana’s Observatory with Bronco. Performance artist/musician Jesse B. Berlin showcases his just released Glitter Lung downtown at the Ham & Eggs Tavern. The Mynabirds join Ariel Pink at the Santa Monica Pier.
The Austin Americana band Whiskey Shivers warms things up at MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion. Singer/songwriter Marc Cohn comes to the Saban Theatre while Alabama-based troubadour Matthew Mayfield performs a set at the Hotel Café. McCabe’s hosts a folky evening with Ernest Troost, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan. The college rock dinosaur Dinosaur Jr. will raise the decibel levels at the Roxy and you can find Modest Mouse at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Top show(s): Texas power rock trio Los Lonely Boys will make some noise at Marina Del Rey’s Chace Park. Eleni Mandell has a hometown CD release show for the darkly lovely That Dark Lights Up at the Hotel Café. Leon Russell won’t be up on a tightwire but he will be at the Saban Theater.
The Malian singer Vieux Farka Toure has a free show at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion while country rockers Rose’s Pawn Shop sets up a free show at Pasadena’s One Colorado mall. Folk/blues legend Geoff Muldaur returns to Claremont’s Folk Music Center. Andy Garcia and the CineSon All Stars play Cuban music at the Geffen Playhouse. The FYF Fest takes place tonight and tomorrow. The impressive lineup includes the Jesus and Mary Chain, Morrissey, D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Belle & Sebastian, Laura Marling, Dinosaur Jr., !!! , Tennis, Broncho, Mikal Cronin, Purity Ring, Mac Demarco, Toro Y Moi, Battles, Tobias Jesso Jr., Girlpool and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (you’ll have to divvy up what bands play what days, sorry).
Ben Folds is the special guest of Jeff Garlin at Largo and Americana singer/songwriters Katy Moffatt and Mary Flower share the bill at McCabe’s.
The rootsy singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville stops in at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for a show.