Go See Hear In L.A. April 19-26 (The Damned/Those Pretty Wrongs

Tues. 4/19

Top Show: Dan Auerbach leads The Arcs, his super side-project, into town with a show at the Fonda tonight and Pomona’s Glass House on the 22nd.

Wed. 4/20

Top Show(s): Punk pioneers The Damned perform at Pomona’s Glass House tonight and the Roxy on the 21; their doc. Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead comes out on DVD on May 20. Judah & The Lion bring their “Folk Hop N Roll” (that’s the name of their David Cobb-produced CD) to the Troubadour with the Saint Johns’ opening. The Theatre at the Ace welcomes another side-project tonight: The Last Shadow Puppets are led by Miles Kane and Arctic MonkeysAlex Turner.  Long Beach-born Mexican music star Julieta Venegas plays Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and tomorrow and the Wiltern on the 22nd. American Idol survivor Casey Abrams arrives at the Mint in support of his Concord Records debut. The Grammy Museum hosts a talk with photographer Daniel Kramer whose Dylan photos are currently on display.

Thur. 4/21

Top Show(s): The Teragram Ballroom will be filled with the glorious guitar sounds of Bombino, the Tuareg musician is touring behind his recently released Azel. Susanna Hoffs, Sara Watkins and Jon Brion are among those participating in tonight’s edition of Sweethearts at Largo.

It might be hard to remember that at one point in the early ‘80s, the Welsh band The Alarm was looked at as the next U2. The band’s frontman Mike Peters will perform at McCabe’s tonight. Heather Nova, who was part of the Lilith Fair scene, will do a set of songs at the Hotel Café. International star Asah Avidan showcases his unique song stylings at the Teragram.


Fri. 4/22

Top Show(s): Some great songs just deserve to be better known. Garland Jeffreys’ “Wild In The Streets” is one of them. The New York street troubadour is out on tour with West Coaster Chuck Prophet.


McCabe’s should be the site of a fine show tonight. Those Pretty Wrongs, featuring Luther Russell and Big Star’s Jody Stephens, has a show at the Echo. Rock legend Graham Nash showcases his new album This Path Tonight at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre.

Roger Clyne brings his western rock ‘n’ roll to Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rockne while the Americana outfit Dead Winter Carpenters play Claremont’s Kohoutek Music Festival.


There is a big musical festival this weekend. Yes, other than Coachella. The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers a great lineup of musical acts. Friday night holds, Don Edwards, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and The Quebe Sisters in three different concerts. Saturday’s concerts include one with Hot Club of Cowtown and Sourdough Slim and another with rockabilly man James Intveld while Sunday features The Americans and Don Edwards again.


Sat. 4/23

Those fine fiddlers The Quebe Sisters headline the Irvine Barclay tonight, while veteran folkie Eric Andersen visits McCabe’s. Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley has done his first solo outing, which he will present at Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Troubadour on the 26th. America’s Got Talent alum Jonah Smith serves up his rootsy tunes at Mrs. Fish.


Sun. 4/24

Top Show(s): Alejandro Escovedo celebrates the 15th anniversary of his classic A Man Under The Influence at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will discuss the Jefferson Airplane at the Grammy Museum.

Tom Brosseau and Don Heffington share the McCabe’s bill tonight.


Tues. 4/26

Top Show(s): Holy Holy is a David Bowie tribute concert put together by two longtime Bowie colleagues: producer/bassist Tony Visconti and bassist Woody Woodmansey. They had done this show for the past few years and isn’t something that was organized after Bowie’s death. Lissie shares her new CD My Wild West at the Grammy Museum.

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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