Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 8-14 (The Drag The River/Green River Ordinance edition.

It is one of those strange weeks where nothing came up on my radar for Wednesday and then Thursday is overstuffed with great shows. There is a certain degree of end-of-the-summer ’80s nostalgia in the air too, what with shows featuring The Church, Belinda Carlisle, Johnette Napolitano, B-52’s and Psychedelic Furs, and I guess you can throw John Hiatt and the Alvin brothers in there too.

Tues. 9/8

It will be a night of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll at the Mint as Devon Allman (son of Duane) will be showcasing his latest Ragged & Dirty. The Danish pop trio WhoMadeWhoIs will get folks dancing at the Roxy. The musical These Paper Bullets, which re-imagines Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 1960’s Liverpool (and features songs by Billy Joe Armstrong) opens at the Geffen Playhouse.

 Thurs. 9/10

Dave and Phil Alvin

Dave and Phil Alvin

Top Show(s): Dave and Phil Alvin sit down at the Grammy Museum to discuss music, their new album and play a few tunes. A little bit of Americana heaven. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have put out one of my favorite albums of the year. The Stax album exudes a soulful joy that is really captured on disc. Their concert has been upgraded to the Regent. The Saban has an intriguing bill, which pairs John Hiatt and his combo with the Taj Mahal Trio. The great New Zealand indie rock band, The Church, is making their first North American tour in 4 years. They will be at the Roxy supporting their latest (and 25th album) Further/Deeper.

More good stuff can be found at the Mint where Green River Ordinance headlines a bill including Folk Family Revival and Drover Shy. GRO will be celebrating their latest effort, the might fine Fifteen. If you are heading to the Troubadour for the Wade Bowen/Randy Rogers show, get there early to catch the impressive local honky tonker Sam Outlaw. tUnE-yArDs will be closing out this year’s Santa Monica Pier concert series while Little Big Town will be at the Greek Theater (hopefully they won’t have to cancel like they had to do with their June concert.

Fri. 9/11

Top Show(s): This is really just because it makes an interesting matchup: Belinda Carlisle of Go-Go’s fame will be at the Fonda (Gabe Lopez is the opener) while Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano plays the Hotel Café (and she’ll return on the 13th too). Johnette has a new release, Naked, that is her playing a couple stripped down songs. If you have a ticket for the sold old Kacey Mugraves show at the Wiltern, don’t miss the opening set from the terrific combo Sugar and the Hi-Lows. Folk icon Tom Paxton is doing his final tour and his local stop will be at McCabe’s tonight and Saturday night.

Sugar and the Hi-Lows

Sugar and the Hi-Lows

Man Man will be the man at the Echoplex with Shilpa Ray opening. Wavves start their series of local shows with Twin Peaks tonight at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room. They play the Troubadour on the 12th and the Teragram Ballroom on the 14th.

Sat. 9/12

Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane

Top Show: The Greek Theater features strong bill of Drag The River, Nikki Lane and headliners Social Distortion. And if you are looking for some ’80s nostalgia (and didn’t get enough on Friday with Belinda Carlisle and Johnette Napolitano), head to the Hollywood Bowl for a night of the B-52’s and Psychedelic Furs (I’m guessing the Furs won’t be ferocious as when I last saw them – 1984 on Pier 84 in New York City)

Passenger arrives at the Wiltern for a show. Local bedroom rockers Babes plays the Lyric in advance of their Oct. 30 debut album. The Latino rock outfit Quetzel has a free gig at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. The idiosyncratic musician Willis Earl Beal comes to town for a Bootleg show. The Dave Matthews Band will entertain their faithful at Irvine Meadows while ZZ Top will be heating things up at the LA County Fair in Pomona.

Sun. 9/13

It’s Country Night at the LA County Fair with Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler and Colt Ford (what a great name he has).

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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