Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 15-20 (the GospelbeacH/Girlpool edition)

It’s that time of year when it seems like there are more holiday parties than live concerts. Or maybe my radar has checked out and gone on vacation. Anyway, here are some shows that I have come across for this week.

Tues. 12/15

Top Show: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ self-titled album is one of my favorites of the year. They’ll be serving up their wonderful “R&R&B” (rock & rhythm & blues) at the El Rey with Jr. Jr. opening.

here is their recent performance on the Colbert Show


Wed. 12/16

Cheap Trick – Live At The Fox Performing Arts Center, while it doesn’t have the same ring as Live At Budokan, but tonight the vet rockers will be “want you to want” them in Riverside. Quirky indie rocker Cindy Lou Gooden brings her Very Fresh project to Lot 1.

Thur. 12/17

Top Show: Judith Hill has a great soulful voice, which she will display at her Coach House show in San Juan Capistrano.

and sticking with the Colbert Show clips, here is Judith Hill’s performance on at show.


The young L.A. rock duo Girlpool will show some teen spirit at the Echoplex.

Fri. 12/18

Top Show: The guys in GospelbeacH have played in bands like Beachwood Sparks, The Chris Robinson Band and The Tyde so it’s not surprising that they deliver some really fine SoCal country rock. You can catch their twangy jams at The Bootleg Theater.

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones have teamed up to make some harmony-laced music rich with emotions; they’ll be at the Hotel Café tonight. Alligator Records’ Rick Estrin & The Nightcats lay down some gritty blues at Long Beach’s Malarkey’s Brill tonight and tomorrow night at the Arcadia Blues Club. There will be a swingin’ holiday mood at LA Live’s Microsoft Theater, where the Brian Setzer Orchestra performs their Christmas show. J Fernandez brings his bedroom pop to the Bootleg while Slow Magic fills the Fonda tonight with their electro grooves before moving on to Santa Ana’s Observatory tomorrow night.

Sat. 12/19

Thing will be wild at the Wiltern where the Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz and special guests Dan Deacon will be performing. Largo At The Coronet will host Harry Shearer, Judith Owen and friends for a “Christmas Without Tears” tonight and tomorrow.

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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