Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 1-6 (the Kinky/Shuggie edition)

Although I am still groggy from Thanksgiving-ing, I wanted to alert you all to what music is happening this weekend.

Tues. 12/1

Top Show(s): Corb Lund not only has one of the great band names – the Hurtin’ Albertans – but the Canadian country outlaw also has a terrific new album, Things That Can’t Be Undone (which was produced by the hot Nashville producer Dave Cobb).

This is an older Lund video but I couldn’t resist

The local twangy trio Fairground Saints will play the Hotel Café tonight and the next two Monday (Dec. 8, 15). Their Verve debut is a delightful set of catchy pop country.

The Satellite has a tasty bill featuring The Peach Kings, Gingger Shankar and Smoke Season.

Wed. 12/2

Top Show: Jay Farrar, one of the founding fathers of the No Depression movement, will be playing songs from Trace, which has turned 20.

Here’s Son Volt doing “Drown” on the Conan O’Brien back in 1996.


Opening for Farrar will be Holy Sons (aka Emil Amos) who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Decline of the West album.

The Hotel Café has some talented guests tonight. There will be the Dahls’ lush pop music as well as the eclectic Appalachian-based sounds of North Carolina’s Mipso (who appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).

Thurs. 12/3


Merle Haggard

Top Show(s): The great Merle Haggard performs out at Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center. Blues rock star Gary Clark Jr. (he has long passed the “rising star” phase) has a three-night stand at the Fonda.

Eccentric psych-rockers Dandy Warhols are back (actually, I don’t know if they ever went away or not). They will be at the Teragram Ballroom through Saturday night. L.A.’s own Miranda Lee Richards opens with her own psychedelic-dosed folk music.

Fri. 12/4

Top Show(s): There will a White Buffalo sighting at the Anaheim’s House of Blues with Jake Smith (aka The White Buffalo) sharing some of his intense, dark-hued tunes. Some sweet (and also gritty) rockin’ soul music will fill Royce Hall as Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones and Austin R&B rocker Black Joe Lewis share the bill.

Here’s an old clip of “Green Onions”


Longtime Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags performs his own brand of blue-collar rock at the Hotel Café, which also hosts Jade Jackson. Garage rock will be blasting through the Echoplex with together PANGEA as the local band plays in support of their new Tommy Stinson-produced EP. The husband/wife folk/pop duo known as Johnnyswim bring their 2nd Annual Christmas tour to the Troubadour tonight through Sunday. Cy Curnin, of the ‘80s synth pop band The Fixx, and McCabe’s makes for a curious match. “Red Skies At Dawn” anyone?

Sat. 12/5


Kinky Friedman

Top Show(s): The Kinkster returns to McCabe’s for the weekend. Kinky Friedman comes to town in support of The Loneliness Man I Ever Met, his first album of new material in nearly 40 years. It’s a smart and sly set that mixes originals with covers of songs by Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Another cult legend, but on the funkier side, Shuggie Otis (he’s the dude who created “Strawberry Letter 23”) will be laid down some music at the Mint. Things will be a little more refined at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Hall where wonderful Diana Krall will perform new tunes from her latest CD, the much praised Wallflower, as well as old favorites too.

Sun. 12/6

U.K. up-and-comer Dan Croll plays his quirky pop music at the Echo, while the Satellite welcomes Sallie Ford and Tacocar.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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