There is so many shows this week, I have dividing it into two. It exhausted me just to get through Thursday. While these three days have many shows of note, one of particular importance is the Thursday night benefit for John Wicks from the power pop icons The Records who now is battling cancer.
Tues. Oct. 6
Top Show(s): Jack Antonoff’s brings his hook-packed Bleachers to the Palladium with Robert DeLong opening. Leigh Nash, who was the vocalist of Sixpence None The Richer (you remember their big hit “Kiss Me,” don’t you?), has a lovely new solo album, The State I’m In that was influenced by her home state of Texas that she will sharing at the Hotel Café.
The Nashville-via-South Africa band Civil Twilight return to town with a Roxy gig.
Wed. Oct. 7
The Sheepdogs are just a great rock band from Canada. Future Nostalgia is the name of their latest CD and it gives a hint of the retro-flavored music that they create. Catch them at the Roxy tonight and at Long Beach’s Federal on the 11th. The Turnpike Troubadours, whose new self-album is a terrific set of rockin’, rootsy music, will headline the El Rey tonight. GospelbeacH is a new SoCal Americana ensemble whose members have played in bands like Beachwood Sparks, Further, The Tyde, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and Everest. They’re celebrating release of their debut Pacific Surf Line with a Wednesday residency at the Standard Hollywood. Paul Weller, frontman of The Jam, The Style Council and his own solo outings, has two nights at the Fonda and then plays Pomona’s Fox Theater on the 9th, while singer/songwriter Ben Howard, a rising star in the UK, headlines the Greek
There’s something darkly mysterious about Julia Holter’s ethereal music. She’ll be celebrating her new CD Have You In My Wilderness at the Palladium with Beirut, whose new release is entitled No No No. The UK rock outfit The Maccabees will play the Troubadour. Their latest effort Marks To Prove It has been a hit in the UK. They’ve also produced an interesting documentary Elephant Days about the area of London called Elephant and Castle where their studio is. Blues/rock guitarist Beth Hart has a stop at Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and then plays Agoura Hill’s Canyon on the 10th. Seattle’s Telekinesis will light up the Echo with tunes from their new Merge album Ad Infinitum. Dean Ween, one half of the cult fave band Ween, brings his new band The Dean Ween Band to the Teragram Ballroom. The veteran rootsy American band Alternate Routes stops in at the Hotel Café to play.
Thurs. Oct. 8
Top Show(s): The Teragram Ballroom hosts a benefit for John Wicks, the co-founder of the great British power pop band The Records who is battling cancer. Bangles, Al Stewart, Denny Laine (Wings/Moody Blues), Peter Case and the Muffs are among the musicians slated to perform. Here is an old clip of the Records performing their classic song, “Starry Eyes.”
Torres, whose CD Sprinter was a critic’s darling when it was released earlier this year, opens will be at the Greek opening for Garbage, who celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakout self-titled album. There will be a book signing of Chris Morris’ Los Lobos bio at Book Soup. If you are down in Orange County you can find country outlaw Jamey Johnson at Anaheim’s House of Blues.
Lyla Foy is an interesting sound that Pitchfork has described as “alternating between buoyant and bittersweet;” she’ll play Ventura Garage tonight and the Bootleg on the 11th. Young English troubadour Oscar Scheller has a gig at the Bootleg and Canadian singer/songwriter Peter Henry Phillips will be at Taix. The Wiltern welcomes Scottish rockers The Fratellis while Austin indie pop-rockers Wild Child perform at the El Rey in support of their new CD, Fools.