There are certainly a lot of treats on the concert calendar this Halloween week. Have a fun time, be safe and don’t eat too many sweets.
Tues Oct. 27
Top Show(s): John Grant has yet to make a name in the States yet but he is big time in Europe. His grand new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure made me think of David Bowie and Frank Zappa at time. Check him out at the Troubadour. The local twang rock duo Honeyhoney will be showcasing their 3rd CD (aptly named III) at Amoeba.
Night Beds went more electro pop/dance R&B vibe on their latest Ivywild; they’ll be at the Echoplex with Dark Waves and Pompeya.
Wed. Oct. 28
Top Show: Guitar great Warren Haynes brings his Ashes & Dust tour to the Fonda in support on his new solo album. The up-and-coming trio ChessBoxer will back him up and open the show.
Young Australian singer/songwriter Ben Abraham, who can name-checked Emmylou Harris as someone he has toured with, plays the No Name Club on Fairfax. The eclectic outfit The King Khan & BBQ Show is Bad New Boys (pardon the grammar but that’s their album title) on their new album. They play the Teragram Ballroom tonight and the Constellation at Santa Ana’s Observatory on the 29th. Atlas Genius and Passion Pit take on the Wiltern tonight and the Observatory tomorrow night.
Thur. Oct. 29
Top Show: Noah Gundersen is one of the best young singer/songwriters around. His sophomore effort, Carry The Load, which came out this summer, is a must hear. The show also holds two other excellent acts: the terrific genre-bending Canadian duo Whitehorse and the mighty fine local Americana group The Wild Reeds. The lovely chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux will charm you at the Saban Theater while Laura Stevenson offers a more intense outing at the Echo – her latest Cocksure is a powerful jolt of folk-rock – where the terrific indie rockers Matt Pond PA will be headlining. Halloween comes early to the Echoplex where one-and-only Tav Falco takes the stage with his Panther Burns and guest Mike Watt. The always-entertaining Dustbowl Revival will make it a lively night at Mrs. Fish in DTLA.
Not to be overlooked on this busy night is Chris Isaak whose has a strong new album First Comes The Night and a show at the Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson’s new album is called Show My Your Fangs – a good title for a pre-Halloween show – he’ll be playing at the Troubadour. And things will be rocking at the Greek with a Walk The Moon/Saint Motel/Holychild bill.
Fri . Oct. 30
Top Show: One of my fave local troubadours Tom Freund plays the Del Monte Speakeasy over on the Westside. Tobais Jesso Jr. has been buzzed about all year – find out why at the Fonda tonight.
Local rockers Fidlar, who have a dynamic new album Too, starts their 2-night stand at the Regent Theater. The beguiling Babes partners with Rubblebucket for what should be a raucous time at the Bootleg. Ace guitarist Jonny Lang performs at the Saban tonight and the Canyon in Agoura Hills tomorrow; his opener will be recent LA transplants Runaway Saints.
Sat. Oct. 31
Go out trick-or-treating
Sun. Nov. 1
Top Show: Kristin Hersh is known for her bands, Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave but she has written a book about her friend, the late singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. She has an afternoon appearance at Book Soup and an evening performance at the Echo.
The Troubadour has a strong double bill featuring Yukon Blonde and the Canadian band Hey Rosetta!. Kate Taylor, sister of James, returns to McCabe’s. Actor Jeff Daniels is pretty good at music too – he has a show at Largo with his son’s band.
Mon. Nov. 2
Top Show: Julien Baker is a name to remember. She has a raw, spare yet compelling sound reminiscent to Sharon Van Etten. She’s opening for Touche Amore at Anaheim’s Chain Reaction.
There’s a smooth, appealing element to Pure Bathing Culture’s synth-pop. They share the Echo stage with the Wild Ones.