Well, April is turning into May, which means that the school year is ending soon, summer is coming and all that entails (sorry, I’m not that profound today). But here are the shows this transitional week that have caught my attention.
Top Show(s): You can be part of music history, in a matter of speaking, at Glendale’s Alex Theater. An all-star cast of players – Jeff Tweedy, Ira Kaplan, Robyn Hitchcock, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Mitch Easter and Jody Stephens – will be performing Big Star’s Third album as well as other classic Big Star tunes in concert as part of Thank You Friends, Big Star’s Third. Concord Bicycle Music will be recording this for an upcoming CD and DVD.
Another cult figure, the late British comedian Marty Feldman, will be feted at Largo at a Jeff Garlin-hosted event featuring Monty Python’s Eric Idle. Meanwhile, rock legend Iggy Pop will be at the Grammy Museum along with Josh Homme to discuss Pop’s new album, which Homme produced. Pop plays the Greek tomorrow night. If you don’t have a ticket already for Chris Stapleton at the Greek, good luck. If you do, get there early to hear the terrific Anderson East.
Tarra Layne serves up some bluesy rock ‘n’ roll at Glendale’s Complex. Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Masonic Lodge seems like an appropriate location for Marissa Nadler to celebrate her latest effort Strangers. Black Mountain will open the shows tonight and tomorrow. The Damnwells’ Alex Dezen concludes his Hotel Café residency. Check out his self-titled solo outing; it contains some really good, smart stuff.
Top Show(s): There’ll be a six-string summit along the Pacific as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Albert Lee, Dale Watson, Randy Jackson and Richie Sambora will be taking part in the Malibu Guitar Festival. Tonight is a benefit at Casa Escobar and the rest of the fest runs through Sunday at several locations. Learn more at www.malibuguitarfestival.com. Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer have a new Posies album. While they are in town for the Big Star concert, they will be playing a mystery show tonight and on the 30th; hunt on Everbrite.com for details. The wonderful Memphis roots rockers Lucero has a show at Pomona’s Glasshouse.
Things will be swinging at the Rose in Pasadena, where the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies will be playing.
Top Show: The Avett Brothers’ new album is called True Sadness but it should be anything but sad at the Greek where they will be performing along with the Milk Carton Kids. Susto is one of those bands that you hear the first time and know that they have the goods; these South Carolina-based twang rockers will be impressing folks at the Roxy tonight.
Get down to the Regent to catch the always energetic Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Opening is Seratones, an impressive young band with a full-bodied soul-rock sound (their Fat Possum album Get Gone comes out May 6). I See Hawks In L.A.’s Robert Rex Waller Jr. has a record release show at Taix for his solo covers project Fancy Free; Double Naught Spy Car serves as his opener. Longtime singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky, who has collaborated over the years with Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson, has a show at McCabe’s, while tunesmith Peter Bradley Adams performs a set at the Hotel Café as will the quite promising young singer/songwriter Connor Zwetch. The eclectic Oregon Americana band Fruition shares their latest labor of love, Labor of Love, at the Bootleg with Moonsville Collective also on the bill. And Jon Brion wasn’t going to let the month go by without playing a Friday night at Largo.
Top Show: Talented singer/songwriter/fiddler Amanda Shires has a late show at the Mint. She is married to Jason Isbell but she also has a number of great albums of her own.
Considering they had a big hit with “Blood & Roses,” it seems appropriate that the Smithereens will have a show at The Rose in Pasadena. Atlas Genius and The Young Wild can be found at the El Rey.
Top Show: The Grand Ole Echo has a particularly grand bill that includes the Cactus Blossoms and Luke Bell.
The 26th annual Bob Dylanfest will take place at Torrance’s James Armstrong Theater.
Duran Duran, whose music plays a pivotal role in the fine new film, Swing Street, will be performing at the Belasco Theatre. Tortoise is out behind its first CD since 2009; the acclaimed instrumental outfit headlines the Teragram Ballroom.
Top Show(s): Jackson Browne will do a solo acoustic show at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Spain has a new CD out Carolina and the slo-core pioneers will be residing at the Love Song in DTLA starting today, May 10 and May 27.