Catching up with an “express” edition…
Top Show: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes celebrate their new release by serving up their soulful retro poppy fun at the Hotel Café.
Top Show(s): John Doe brings a killer band (DJ Bonebrake, Cindy Wasserman & Jesse Dayton) to Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach tonight. They will play Pappy and Harriet’s tomorrow night and Mission Park in Ventura on the 25th. Besides his fine new disc The Westerner, Doe also has helped put together in very interesting book Under the Big Black Sun on the L.A. punk scene of the late ‘70s.
The Resident presents a great bill – Esmé Patterson (just put out the wonderful We Were Wild) and twangy troubadour Frankie Lee (whose debut American Dreamers arrives July 8). Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs will be at the Greek (with Andy Shauf opening) in support of their stellar collaboration case/lang/veirs.
The Goo Goo Dolls put in an appearance at the Grammy Museum; last month they put out Boxes. Cub Sport offers up their airy rock tunes to the Bootleg while Philadelphia’s Nothing (that’s the band’s name) will be at the Echo. Kandace Springs visits the Hotel Café the day before her bluesy Blue Note debut Soul Eyes (produced by Larry Klein) is released.
Top Show: The young trio Empty Houses really impressed me with the soul-filled sound (think Adele backed by a folk/pop duo). They just released their debut Daydream, and they’ll be at the Hotel Café with Good Old War. Austin rockers Mirror Travel bring their psych-tinged desert rock to the Ham & Eggs Tavern today and to the Resident on 25th; Jess Williamson plays at both of those shows. McCabe’s is the place to be for fans of fine guitar playing since the California Guitar Trio will be performing there. Jon Brion does his monthly show at Largo. The Bootleg welcomes Royal Canoe and Plants and Animals, while Twin Peaks rises at the Echoplex with with Ne-Hi and Golden Daze. Bluesman Davy Knowles has a gig at the Mint and the inimitable James Intveld does his rootsy thing at the Arcadia Blues Club.
…and hopefully I will get to the weekend before the weekend is over…