You might have thought I am late with this week’s concert rundown because I am in Austin enjoying SxSW. But, alas no. I’m late because of dreary computer woes. Still, here are shows that caught my attention this week (including two Paul McCartney references).
Bruce Springsteen continues his River Tour (and Sports Arena send-off) tonight and the 19th. On a somewhat smaller scale, singer/songwriter Ben Rector has a show tonight (the Fonda) and on the 19th (Anaheim’s House of Blues). Vlaud and the Villains will make for a merry St. Paddy’s Day at the Mint. You can spend the night with Rusty Anderson Afternoon, a collaboration between Rusty Anderson (who has been in Paul McCartney’s band) and Todd O’Keefe (who has played with Ray Davies).
Top Show: McCabe’s hosts a very interesting bill featuring Carla Olson (who performed with ex-Byrd Gene Clark), one-time Byrd John York, Del-Lords co-founder Scott Kempner, I See Hawks In L.A.’s Rob Waller and a young up-and-comer Lael Neale.
Jazz fusion legend Herbie Hancock has a concert at Disney Hall. Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Trio returns to play old-timey tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage with Jon Pickow and special guest Joellen Lapidus. Parlour Tricks will work their magic at the Troubadour tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 19th with Electric Six in tow.
Top Show(s): Leon Bridges and Son Little bring some wonderful classic R&B-inspired music to the Wiltern tonight and the 20th (but they are sold out).
Country-leaning Americana singer Sunny Ozell showcases her fine upcoming album Take It With Me at the Hotel Café, while troubadour Willy Porter will be joined by Carmen Nickerson at McCabe’s.
Top Show(s): It’ll be a hot time at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar where the Rev. Horton Heat, Cadillac Tramps, Unknown Hinson and Viernes share a bill. Denny Laine (ex-Moody Blues and Wings member) will perform Band On The Run at McCabe’s. Opening will be John Wicks from the great power pop band The Records.
Peter Erskine will re-interpret Weather Report’s music at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.
Top Show(s): Check out Nap Eyes at the Echo. The band, who just released Thought Rock Fish Scale, has a really interesting sound that’s like a more acoustic, laid-back Velvet Underground. Heralded garage punk rockers Le Butcherettes will be appearing at the Grammy Museum to chat and play some music.
K’s Choice and A Fragile Tomorrow have a show tonight at the Viper Room while Nada Surf and Prism Tats perform at the Teragram Ballroom.
Top Show(s): Time has come today for the Grammy Museum to welcome the legendary group the Chamber Brothers. Acclaimed young mandolinist Sierra Hull will share music from her latest album at the Hotel Café.
Indie pop rocker Quilt will be playing the Echo.