The concert scene is heating up again post-SxSW, or for whatever reason. Before I get on with the shows, I did want to mention that the Hank Williams bio-pic I Saw The Light opens this weekend along with the Chet Baker movie Born To Be Blue. Also opening this weekend is Take Me To The River, which seems to have no obvious connections to either Al Green or the Talking Heads.
Top Show: Sunshine Bean has a captivating sound that is part shoegazing and part jangly pop. They released their debut Human Ceremony last month and will be at the Echo tonight.
There will be a Ra Ra Riot at the Teragram Ballroom tonight as the synth-leaning indie rockers come to town to play. Big Thief showcases music from their Masterpiece debut on Saddle Creek at the Echoplex with Yuck. Local singer/songwriter Emmett Sky will be playing at the Soho House. Expect to hear plenty of Pink Floyd mind-expanding classics at the Hollywood Bowl tonight and tomorrow night when David Gilmour performs; just don’t expect Roger Waters. The playfully-named Portland band Guantanamo Baywatch comes down from Portland to play their brand of surf-y indie pop at Non Plus Ultra with The Memories and Gooch Palms.
Top Show(s): McCabe’s welcomes Eleni Mandell and Brett Harris. The local jewel Mandell needs no introductions but Harris also is well worth your time. He has played on several of the Big Star tribute shows and his wonderfully well-crafted indie pop Up In The Air was released earlier this month. Joanna Newsom will fill the Orpheum with her exquisite music tonight and tomorrow; her album Divers was one of the best reviewed albums of 2015.
Largo stalwart Jon Brion returns to the club for one of his regular eclectic Friday shows. You can experience Murder By Death at the Echoplex. The vet. group is out supporting their latest twang-tinged CD Big Dark Love. The Young Dubliners keep the St. Patrick’s Day spirit alive at Pasadena’s The Rose, while the X Ambassadors have a Wiltern appearance
Top Show(s): Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, always an interesting cat, has a solo outing at the Teragram Ballroom; he will share the bill with the Texas poet/literary stylist Derrick Brown. There might not be tickets for the They Might Be Giants El Rey show but I still wanted to mentioned that these American originals are playing tonight.
Jam band mainstays Umphrey’s McGee deliver their sophisticated roots music to the Wiltern, with TAUK as their openers. L.A.’s own Pan-American ensemble La Santa Cecilia has a big concert at Disney Hall with the Spanish flamenco singer Buika also performing. More multi-cultural music can be enjoyed at the Regent where Dengue Fever brings their unique sound, which mixes Cambodian musical influences into their indie rock grooves. The Groovy Rednecks will enliven your Saturday night at Viva Cantina. Scott Yoder has taken a break from his band The Pharmacy to make a solo album, Looking Back In Blue; he’ll play the Blind Spot tonight. Master blues guitarist Guitar Shorty has a gig at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica and the blues will also laid down at McCabe’s, which hosts Doug MacLeod and Lawrence Lebo. Merge’s Vertical Scratchers bash out some old school-inspired garage rock at the Echo with Rob Crow in tow. The female-fronted indie rockers TEEN will be part of the Breezer Vol. 1 concert at Club Fais Do-Do. The Smashing Pumpkins will be doing acoustic shows at the Theatre at Ace Hotel tonight and tomorrow, with Liz Phair also on the bill. Meanwhile, New Wave pop stars Missing Persons can be found at the Rose.
Top Show: It’s Grand Ole Echo time again and today’s main attraction is Sarah Gayle Meech, who was terrific when I saw her open on the San Monica Pier last summer for JD McPherson.
Top Show: The Black Lillies are a great little roots group out of Tennessee who will headline at the Mint. Also on the bill are the Midwestern folk-rock duo Future Stuff and buzzed about British songstress Athena.
Speaking of UK up-and-comers KLOE will be playing Bardot; she got a lot of English press for her recently released EP Teenage Craze.
Top Show(s): Lissie will play her lovely folk-ish pop at the El Rey with Skrizzly Adams opening. Your Friend (aka Taryn Miller) has more of an electro sound on her new CD Gumption. She’ll be at the Echo tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 31. Tonight at the Constellation Room will the spirited young British rock band The Struts.