Yes, a little late again. But hopefully better late than never…
Top Show: On their Fall Migration tour, the singing cellist Ben Sollee and the indie orchestra Mother Falcon (with a just released CD Good Luck Have Fun) have teamed up to do collaborative shows – one of which is at the Teragram Ballroom.
A.J. Croce is marking the 20th anniversary of his album That’s Me At The Bar with a two-night stand at Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Quilt, who has a quite appealing folksy chamber pop sound, play the Bootleg while Americana-leaning rock duo In The Valley Below surfaces at the El Rey and Moon Taxi rises at the Troubadour behind their latest Daybreaker.
Top Show(s): Suzy Bogguss is something of an underrated Nashville performer. Her latest effort is a Merle Haggard salute, Lucky. She plays Don The Beachcomber tonight and McCabe’s on Saturday. ‘90s Brit Shoegazers Ride has returned and will headline the Wiltern. Bitter:Sweet songstress Shana Halligan has a record release gig at the Hotel Café for her solo outing Back To Me. The adventurous outfit Bird Dog will showcase tunes from their upcoming EP Misty Shrub at Venice’s Townhouse. Long Beach’s Federal Bar will host two talented troubadours: Tom Freund and Eric McKeown.
Two veteran singer/songwriters, James Lee Stanley (the twangier one) and Iain Matthews (the British-born, Texas-based one who had a hit with Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”) share the bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Gardens and Villa continue to twist rock conventions on their new disc Music For Dogs.
Top Show(s): Tish Hinojosa is an another under-appreciated roots musician; you can catch her at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The City National Grove of Anaheim hosts that dynamic duo Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford (yes, the Squeeze guys) who are out on an acoustic tour.
Also doing an acoustic tour is Yo La Tengo, who will be at the Theater at the Ace Hotel. To coincide with the 25th anniversary of their great Fakebook album, they recently put out another fine covers project Stuff Like That There.
Head east to Riverside tonight to join the Ozomatli party at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Head north to Santa Barbara to see the terrific Portland band Blitzen Trapper who are out with a new CD Across The Land. There’s a fun feel to Here We Go Magic’s CD Be Small, which mixes eclectic grooves with some rock bite. They headline the Bootleg with NYC’s Big Thief opening. Vet rockers Collective Souls celebrate their latest See What You Started By Continuing at the Wiltern. The October Project’s Mary Fahl has a solo show at McCabe’s. LACMA screens the Janis Joplin doc Janis: Little Girl Blue with director Amy J. Berg appearing.
Top Show: Dave & Phil Alvin have collaborated on another great album, Lost Time. Their show at the Troubadour should be a real barnburner. Erin McKeown has a date at the Hotel Café with southern troubadour Rod Picott.
The Psychedelic Furs play Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Teragram Ballroom on Monday, which should be better venues for them than the Hollywood Bowl where they played in September. Mark Sebastian, John’s brother, has a matinee show at Coffee Gallery Backstage. Doug Jackson and Van Dyke Parks are supposed to be his guests. Quirky indie rockers Born Ruffians play the Teragram Ballroom behind their new one Ruff. Rootsy rockers King Washington headline the bill at the Echo. Hebraic reggae star Matisyahu has a show at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Jewel performs at the Palace Theatre.
Kali Uchis is a singer with a lot of buzz; she’ll be performing at the Park Plaza Hotel. The Charlatans – not the UK nor the Sixties hippie group but a band with former and current members of Decemberists, Guided By Voices and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Hot Show: Chris Stapleton, hot off of his CMA’s triumphs, headlines the El Rey.
Longtime indie rockers Low are at the Troubadour, while Aussie folk-pop duo Boy & Bear will be part of School Night at Bardot.