This week is a good week to be a fan of gritty country troubadours with Chris Stapleton playing on Monday, Ryan Bingham on Wednesday, Sturgill Simpson and Hayes Carll on Friday and that’s not counting Holly Golightly, Rhett Miller or Lucero.
Hot Show: Chris Stapleton, hot off of his CMA’s triumphs, headlines the El Rey.
Longtime indie rockers Low are at the Troubadour. School Night at Bardot’s welcomes the impressive local vocalist Moses Sumney, Brooklyn-based soulful crooner Kevin Garrett and the fine Aussie folk-rock quintet Boy & Bear.
Top Show: Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford of Squeeze fame make their second local stop on their The “At Odds Couple” Tour with a show at the Canyon in Agoura Hills.
Twin River will intersect at Harvard & Stone where the Vancouver band will play its fizzy, fuzzy indie rock while Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) fills the Fonda with its dark electro-pop and Meg Myers delivers her brooding dance music at the El Rey.
Top Show(s): Rough-hewn troubadour Ryan Bingham headlines a terrific twangy show at the Regent with Jamestown Revival opening. The Palladium hosts the moody sounds of City and Colour with fine Americana outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff. Bruce Springsteen, Eric Church and Jill Scott are just a few of the performers lined up for the Shining A Light: A Concert For Progress On Race In America happening at the Shrine Auditorium.
Two intriguing singer/songwriters El May (aka Lara Meyerratken) and Sara Lov will share their music at the Hotel Café. The Good Life, who are on Saddle Creek, and Big Harp, who have been on Saddle Creek, play the Troubadour tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 19th
The Mint will be full of joyous soul music tonight with sets from Danielle Nicole and Liz Vice. Broncho and Pearl Charles also make for a strong bill. They perform at the Teragram Ballroom tonight and the Constellation Room on the 21st. Minus The Bear and Murder By Death can be found at the El Rey.
Top Show(s): Hayes Carll is one of my favorite songwriters. You can catch him at Largo with someone who will be hearing more about: Aubrie Sellers. Sturgill Simpson, who had one of 2014’s best albums, returns to town with a show at the Theater at the Ace Hotel tonight and tomorrow night. Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller has a solo show at McCabe’s. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs come to town with their raw rootsy effort Coulda Shoulda Woulda. They hit the Redwood Bar tonight and Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar on Sunday the 22nd.
The Polyphonic Spree celebrates 15 years of eclectic music-making at the El Rey. L.A.’s own Babes will showcase their debut full length – Untitled (Five Tears) – at the Bootleg, while Texas’ Toadies celebrate their new album Heretics at the Hotel Café. One of my favorite band names We Were Promised Jetpacks land at the Teragram Ballroom.
Top Show(s): Lucero, whose All A Man Should Do is one of my favorite CDs of 2015, headlines at the El Rey. The folks at Wild Honey have put together another great concert benefiting the Autism Think Tank with Iain Matthews, Christine Collister and Au Pairs (the new duo from Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Old Ceremony’s Django Haskins) performing at Santa Monica’s intimate Morgan-Wixson Theater.
The Brooklyn Afro-beat outfit Antibalas will get things cooking at the Regent. McCabe’s welcomes veteran folk singer Christine Lavin while singer/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane will be at the Hotel Café.
Top Show: I have been enjoying the new album from Francesca Blanchard entitled deux visions. The title is apropos because the Vermont-based singer sings in both English and French on it. She’ll be opening for Yuna at the Troubadour.
Two garage rock vets The Pandoras and The Woggles will make for a wild time at the Satellite. Sean Watkins has a solo show at McCabe’s (just wondering if any of his pals will be stopping by) and the El Rey offers Mr Little Jeans and Soren Boyce.