Another wonderfully jammed week of music that includes everything from the Gang of Four to the Brothers Four, Gary Clark Jr. to Albert Hammond Jr.
Mon. Oct. 12
Top Show: There is a really great concert – at least in theory – at the Orpheum tonight. Entitled Echo In The Canyon, the show has musicians like Fiona Apple, Beck, Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Jade (formerly of Edward Sharpe) playing songs from the golden age of Southern California Folk-Rock – the music of the Beach Boys, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas, Love and the Association (hey, what about the Turtles?)
The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland’s top traditional music groups will be playing the intimate Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Tues. Oct. 13
Top Show(s): My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog and Fruit Bats make for a terrific triple bill at the Shine Auditorium. New Zealand’s Salad Boys follow in their nation’s knack for birthing cool indie rock bands – think strummy garage rock. They come to town behind their recently released Trouble In Mind CD to play the All Star Lanes.
The local band Gun Outfit mines a time desert-baked Paisley Underground vibe (this time think a less-electric Dream Syndicate if Kendra Smith had stayed). Their wonderful new album Dream All Over certainly is dream-y. They’ll have a record release show at Little Joy. American music legend John Fogarty will be at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble to talk about this memoir Fortunate Son with music journalist David Wild.
UK soul success Hozier headlines the Microsoft Theater with Little Green Cars opening. FFS is the unique collaboration between Sparks and Franz Ferdinand, which should make for a memorable show at the Wiltern. The Strokes’ frontman Albert Hammond Jr. has a solo gig at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Teragram Ballroom on the 14th. Canadian singer/songwriter Patrick Watson will be at the Teragram Ballroom tonight to celebrate his new effort Love Songs For Robots. At the Troubadour, Sara Bareilles will showcase songs that she wrote for the upcoming musical Waitress. Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics will team up with local percussionist David Ashkanazy for an evening of Yiddish and English music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Wed. Oct. 14
Top Show(s): Neil Young and his current backing band Promise of the Real will be rocking the Forum tonight. Josh Ritter, whose upcoming CD Sermon on the Rocks, is one of my favorites of the year, has an in-store at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Record Store.
Here’s one of his new tunes
Fruit Bats stick around town to headline the Echo with the fine local twang rock band Tall Tales and the Silver Lining and you can find Philly’s folk-flecked indie rockers Good Old War playing the Anaheim’s House of Blues.
Thurs. Oct 15
Southern rockers Delta Rae visit the Roxy to play tunes from their After It All album. Rock photographer Jay Blakesberg will be at the Musichead Gallery to show his latest book, a female-focused effort entitled Hippie Chick.
Fri. Oct. 16
Top Show(s): The Mint welcomes Americana icon Alejandro Escovedo for a special show that includes him playing with LP3, a group featuring Ruby Rojas (daughter of Los Lobos’ Cesar Rojas) and Louie Perez III (whose dad Louie also is a Lobo). Jolie Holland, formerly of the Be Good Tanyas, has made some beguiling music on her own; she has a show at McCabe’s with Mike Coykendall (who led the No Depression-era group Old Joe Clarks). Father John Misty will appear at the Wiltern to share his alluring tunes and Lianne La Havas, a captivating singer/songwriter from the U.K., will serve up her lovely folk/soul/rock blend at the Fonda tonight and Anaheim’s House of Blues tomorrow and back to L.A. on Sunday for a show at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge.
Guitar dynamo Tony Furtado performs at the Mission Theater in Northridge and the Ohio-born singer/songwriter Griffin House has a Hotel Café gig. Rock songtress ZZ Ward will heat things up at the El Rey. Hinds, a quite interesting, garage-y rock band from Spain, come to the Echoplex with Public Access T.V. The Greek will have The War On Drugs while Florence and the Machine is the Hollywood Bowl’s main attraction tonight and tomorrow. Twin Shadows (aka George Lewis Jr.) will be at the Observatory tonight and the Fonda on the 17th. Longtime blues rocker Foghat will play “Slow Ride,” “Fool For The City” and other FM staples at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theater.
Sat. Oct. 17
Top Show(s): Robbie Fulks is one of the prime troubadours in the alt.country world. He not only writes great songs but he is an extremely witty performer. Here he is from an earlier McCabe’s show (one I was actually at)
You can catch him at McCabe’s. Young blues star Gary Clark Jr. headlines the Honda Center.
The Americana ensemble Deerhunter will perform at the Regent Theater in support of their fine new CD Fading Frontier. It’ll be a night of music and politics at Club Nokia with Andrew McMahon, The Griswolds and LOLO. The Show Ponies, a very impressive local country band, has a free show at Pasadena’s One Colorado and the Coffee Gallery Backstage welcomes the esteemed Western folk musician Dave Stamey.
Sun. Oct. 18
It’s a night of nostalgia with the Gang of Four topping the Echoplex bill, Blues Traveler visiting the Troubadour and the Cerritos Center hosting a Folk Reunion featuring the Brothers Four and the Kingston Trio (yes, that era of folk music).
Here’s some classic Gang Of Four in all of their dissonant splendor.