For the sake of time considerations, I will be splitting this week into two parts. Part one will go through Friday and part two (hopefully) will cover the rest.
Top Show(s): Two rock ‘n’ roll survivors, Jonny Two Bags and Bob Forrest, will be playing at the Hi Hat in Highland Park, while modern retro soul man Son Little has a show at the Echo.
The Twilight Sad recently opened for the Cure (doesn’t their name fit right in with the Cure?); the elegant Scottish trio headlines the Teragram tonight. Hank Green is known for the videos he makes with his brother, author John Green. Hank also has a band, The Perfect Strangers, who will be sharing an unusual bill at the Regent. Also performing are the Driftless Pony Club (led by YouTube star Craig Benzine aka Wheezywaiter), another YouTube big shot Rob Scallon, Andrew Huang and, my personal faves from this bill: Harry and the Potters. Jack Bruno has overcome some addiction problems and is making music again as Raw Fabrics – he’s playing the Roxy tonight.
Top Show(s): Punk pioneers the Buzzcocks headline the Mayan Theater, with the Residuels.
San Fermin and Ivan & Alyosha make for a night of interesting, adventurous music at the Teragram. The Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery also has a strong double bill featuring Blonde Redhead and the Canadian band Wintersleep.
L.A.-based singer/songwriter Jonah Smith, who has performed on America’s Got Talent, will be doing a set at the Hotel Café. The avant-pop trio Braids come down from Montreal for a show at the Echo, while Maria Usbeck and Yumi Zouma make for a tongue-twisting bill at Los Globos.
Top Show(s): Mother Hips has been a little unsung in the Americana rock scene but you can discover them for yourselves at the Troubadour. Brett Dennen worked with producer Dave Cobb on his new album Por Favor, and it is definitely his most musically diverse outing; he’s at the El Rey tonight.
The Atlanta fierce female rock trio The Coathangers come to the Fonda in support of their latest effort Nosebleed Weekend. Spain concludes its residency at the Love Song in DTLA while Jon Brion returns to his home-away-from-home Largo.