Go See Hear In L.A. May 11-17 (the Bob Mould/Andrew Bird edition)

I’ve got a crazy busy week so I will skip the preamble and get to the good stuff, and hopefully I won’t discover additional interesting shows after I hit “publish.”

Wed. 5/11

You can bid farewell to the Motion City Soundtrack at Anaheim’s House of Blues tonight and the Belasco in DTLA tomorrow night, as the long-running indie power pop rockers are out on their final tour. This year’s Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies will screen the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. Check www.FathomEvents.com for cinema locations and times. Former Angeleno Chris Cohen returns to town to play his psychedelic-fringed pop at the Echo, while the El Rey will be illuminated with electro-pop sounds of Lights tonight and tomorrow.


Thurs. 5/12

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who backed up Mr. Neil Young on his last tour, ride back into L.A. with a show at the Troubadour. You can find Night Moves (aka John Pelant) at the Echo. The Mint will be welcoming Javier Colon; the former Voice contestant will be sharing his pop/R&B/rock music from his newly released Concord debut, Gravity. The nostalgic rock tours of summer begin with the Journey/Doobie Brothers bill at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.


Fri. 5/13

Top Show(s): Two of the finest songwriters of their generations – John Prine and Jason Isbell – have partnered up for a tour that will be stopping at the Greek. Amanda Shires, Isbell’s wife and talented musician in her own right, also will be performing.

Three of them recently performed Prine’s “Storm Windows.”



Bob Mould is a name etched in the American Punk Pantheon. He has a new album, Patch The Sky, and a show at the Teragram Ballroom. Grammy Museum welcomes Claudette Robinson and Warren “Pete” Moore, two founding members of the Miracles (as in Smokey Robinson &) to talk about the band and Motown in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Miracles. Soul will also be in the spotlight at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, where Charles Bradley is the headliner. The dynamic singer released his mighty fine new CD, Changes last month on Dunham / Daptone Records. The up-and-coming singer Sam Fischer is his opener.


Charles Bradley

Canadian blues troubadour Matt Andersen isn’t that well known in the U.S. outside of blues circles, but he is getting more attention with his new album. Honest Man. He’ll be playing the Mint tonight. NPR’s Bob Boilen has written a book, Your Song Changed My Life, about the inspirations for various musicians’ work; he’ll be appearing at Skylight Books tonight. Macy Gray will sing up a storm at the Saban Theater while Wild Belle and James Supercave form a super, wild bill at the Echoplex.


Sat. 5/14


Richard Thompson

Top Show(s): Richard Thompson is a master guitarist, songwriter and singer, plus he has a great sly English wit about him. It all adds up to a must-see live performer and you can see him at the Teragram tonight. Andrew Bird and John Grant, a pair of idiosyncratic singer/songwriters, play a pair of nights at the Theatre at Hotel Ace tonight and tomorrow. Janiva Magness has a real winner with her new CD Love Wins Again. The blues powerhouse will be performing at McCabe’s.

Here is her doing CCR’s “Long As I Can See The Light”


KROQ’s Weenie Roast, out at Irvine Meadows, is a mixed bag of acts, but the highlights include (in no particular order): Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miike Snow and Lukas Graham.  Blues guitar ace Coco Montoya plays the Arcadia Blues Club tonight while the Hotel Café has a strong night of music, featuring D. Edwards, Matthew Mayfield and the Brambles.


Sun. 5/15

Top Show(s): Sunday is a perfect day to hear The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, who have a show at the Bootleg. The Echo hosts a special celebration of Pet Sounds’ 50th Anniversary. Host by Brian Wilson biographer Domenic Priore, the show features acts like Aaron Embry, Dios, Eleni Mandell, The Henry Clay People and Sam Morrow.

Here’s a vintage clip of the Beach Boys doing the sublime “God Only Know”


Singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose has a fine CD just out, Still The Birds, which has a James Taylor quality to it. He’ll be at McCabe’s with journalist/musician Paul Zollo.  Remember the ‘80s? Remember that great single, “Melt With You?” Well, Modern English will be performing their debut LP Mesh & Lace as part of the PartTimePunk’s 11th Year Anniversary show at the Echoplex. Here’s their original video


Music fun and funny music can be heard tonight at Largo where Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm and “Friends will perform.



Mon. 5/16

The Troubadour welcomes Joseph Arthur, who always has something interesting brewing. Lee Harvey Osmond is his opener.


Tues. 5/17

American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen brings his rootsy pop to the Mint with Marie Miller also on the bill.

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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