It seems like a slow week this week – maybe it is because it’s the beginning of school, maybe it’s because it is Labor Day Weekend or maybe it is because I just wasn’t looking in the right places. Whatever the reason, here are some shows that landed on my radar.
Top Show: Ashley Raines has a rugged Americana sound that has an authentic, lived-in quality. He’ll bring his band, the New West Review, to the Escondite; Raines also has a cover album due Sept. 8.
The Seattle alt-pop outlet Hey Marseilles returns to town with a gig at the Satellite. Synth-pop chanteuse Eliot Sumner headlines at the Echo with On and On sharing the bill with her.
Reggae icon Lee “Scratch” Perry will be at the Echoplex; he like the definition of a “mad genius” so you never know what his show will be like. Singer/songwriter KT Tunstall performs at the Troubadour tonight and at the Hotel Café tomorrow night. Tonight at the Hotel Café, Allison Pierce, of the sister duo The Pierces, has a solo show.
The Twilight Concert Series concludes in a rousing way with the Rebirth Brass Band and Miles Moseley & the West Coast Get Down. It’s a timely appearance for the N.O.-based Rebirth Brass Band since it was just the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. You can catch the Great Peacock at the Hotel Café. This band brings together Americana rootsiness, harmony singing and rock hooks into an appealing sound. The Echo, meanwhile, will welcome the inventive Irish singer Kate Nash.
Top Show: The Damned play Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Fonda tomorrow night with CJ Ramone. Don’t know what Captain Sensible and David Vanian are up to nowadays but they are punk rock pioneers.
Garage rockers The Tijuana Panthers has a new album, Poster, and a performance at the Regent Theater while the local group Leftover Cuties has a free show at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion.
Indie comics Scharpling and Wurster come to L.A. for a show at the El Rey (Wurster is Jon Wurster, a drummer who is a staple on the indie rock scene). McCabe’s host the 76th birthday memorial concert for the acclaimed songwriter, the John Stewart. The night will be hosted by his wife Buffy Ford Stewart and feature many guests.
Top Show: Drummer Don Heffington has been a mainstay on the Southern California and Americana music scenes for years. He has a new album to share at McCabe’s where he’ll be playing with another ace session man Jeff Turmes.
The duo Lowland Hum bring their smartly crafted pastoral folk/pop to the Viper Room with the Collection also performing. Toto and Yes, two rock giants from yesteryear, are touring together with a concert tonight at the Greek Theater.