September is slowly (or is it quickly) slipping away. This roundup is highlighted by the Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell show next Monday but there are a number of good shows before then.
Top Show: Nashville-based Aubrie Sellers has an intriguing sultry twang to her music; she’s at the Hotel Café tonight.
Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier returns to the USA to share her artful, atmospheric songs at the Echo.
Top Show: Young blue guitar star Gary Clark Jr. will be Amoeba to showcase a few tunes – for free – from his excellent new album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
Longtime alt. rockers Blonde Redhead headlines at Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts with the fizzy, fuzzy Bay Area indie rock group Day Wave opening. Tomorrow, the band will be at the Bootleg. The Satellite presents a double bill of Portland (Oregon, where else?) rustic rock bands: Mimicking Birds and Loch Lomond with L.A.’s Opus Vitae (featuring Banah Winn, formerly of Cayucas).
Top Show(s): Texas guitar whiz Doyle Bramhall II will blaze through a set of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll at the El Rey. New Zealand-born, L.A.-based songstress Gin Wigmore serves up songs at a sold out Troubadour show from her smart, sexy new disc Blood To Bone, where she creates something that’s intense and joyous with electronic dance beat and indie rock edge. L.A.’s Phases (featuring Z. Berg, Jason Boesel, Alex Greenwald and Michael Runion) have a CD release show at the Lyric Theatre in honor of their debut For Life. Another local group The Blue Dolphins surfaces at Santa Monica’s Buffalo Club to celebrate their Come On! CD, a sunny disc of hooky poppy tunes. The Lighthouse and The Whaler delivers some cinematic electro pop at Club Baha. Not sure which Beach Boys will be at LA County Fair but the band will be performing at the Fairplex.
Top Show: Fairground Saints’ debut offers an appealing set of light, country-flavored pop songs. The L.A.-based band will be at the Troubadour with “Bayou Soul” singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. N.J. smart/sloppy garage titans Titus Andronicus play the Glass House tonight and the sold out Roxy tomorrow. Their new CD The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a big, ambitious awesome record as if the Replacements did a rock opera.
Largo’s favorite son Jon Brion returns for a Friday Night Special, which comes with surprise guests of course. If you still hold fond feeling for “Magnet and Steel,” then you will drawn to Walter Egan’s show at McCabe’s. The Satellite welcomes Julia Nunes for a CD release show while Chelsea Wolfe has a new CD too (Abyss) and a sold out show at the Regent with Wovenhand as openers. The Dodos and Mew can be found at the Fonda. War, Malo and Tierra make for an evening of Latino-flavor rock at the LA County Fair. Bad Religion frontman/scientist/author Greg Graffin will do a live appearance at the Bootleg tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tomorrow in conjunction with the release of his new book Population Wars.
Festival Detour: The Desert Stars Festival will happen out in the Joshua Tree area with Swervedriver (will be at Costa Mesa’s Maison on 9/25), The Lemonheads, Lou Barlow, The Entrance Band, Pearl Charles and Rain Parade among the scheduled performers.
HoneyHoney has a show at Long Beach’s Federal Underground with the Walcotts. Veteran troubadour Dan Bern spins some tales at McCabe’s. Emo rockers Rainer Maria plays the Echo, while L.A.’s own He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister visit the Teragram Ballroom. Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has a solo turn at the Wiltern. The Troubadour hosts Coeur de pirate, a “big in Canada” adult pop singer with some dance floor rhythms. Bluesman Walter Trout, who has recovered enough from his liver transplant to play and hit the road again, will be at the Huntington Beach Library Theatre and it’s country night at the LA County Fair with Jake Owen and Parmalee.
Top Show(s): Jimbo Mathus brings a big helping of Mississippi-bred roots music to the Echo. Marcia Ball, the piano queen of Americana scene, will enliven the Canyon in Agoura Hills as she supports her latest effort, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (and it’s on Alligator Records). Good luck getting into the Grammy Museum auditorium to see Los Lobos and local music scribe Chris Morris talk about his new biography of the band; however, if you have a ticket – enjoy!
The young band Catfish and the Bottlemen have a gig at the House of Blues Anaheim. The Greek Theater hosts Catch A Fire concert, featuring a high-powered reggae lineup of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage and Tarrus Riley, with special guests Jo Mersa and Black Am I
Top Show: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams as their opening act, make for a great night of American music at the El Rey.
Matador Records’ Algiers present their incendiary music at the Roxy.