Yes, I have been delinquent here. Work, what can I say. Hopefully I have kept up enough to present a complete enough roundup today (and, btw, the alternative title was BØRNS / GØGGS edition).
Okay, so I thought I might have missed some things, so here is the updated version.
Top Show(s): Maggie Rose is a talented young Nashville singer who intriguingly blurs lines between country, rock and pop. It’s no wonder she has named her EP The Variety Show. Find out what the buzz is all about at the Troubadour. Opening is the bright indie pop quartet Branches, who will be showcasing their upcoming sophomore CD White Flag. Keep an eye on this California band too. Mickey Erg punk/rock/garage/pop has drawn Paul Westerberg comparison. And that’s a good one to draw. He’ll share his new album Tentative Decisions at Fullerton’s Sidebar tonight and the Troubadour on the 16th.
Festival break – the big In The Red 25th anniversary event kicks off tonight. The Gories and Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin play the Echoplex tonight while the Echo welcomes Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds. The Oblivion performs at the Echoplex on Friday while GØGGS (the live debut of Ty Segall, Chris Shaw and Charles Moothart’s new band), Boss Hog (1st L.A. in over 15 years) and Red Aunts (1st show since 1998) are at the Echo. And GØGGS return to the Echo on Saturday with Wand.
Dennis DeYoung, on the other hand…well, let’s just say that he’ll be at the Greek with Boston; Boston will head down to Costa Mesa for a Pacific Amphitheater show on the 16th. Next month is the anniversary of the mega-smash debut – don’t ask how many years. If I am going to talk about oldies acts, how about Three Dog Night who are at the Pacific Amp. Tonight. BØRNS and Porches pair up for an adventurous evening of free music at the Santa Monica Pier. And don’t tell my daughter that Halsey is at the Shrine tonight (not that I wouldn’t mind her music at all).
Top Show(s): There a number of great singer/songwriters (too many?) playing all around L.A. tonight. Nashville troubadour Rayland Baxter has a free show at FIGat7th. Parker Milsap, an excellent songsmith from Oklahoma, will be at the Troubadour. Richard Buckner, a long-time fave, headlines McCabe’s while Tom Rhodes, a new fave, plays at the Hotel Café. If that isn’t enough, the fine Massachusetts-based Americana outfit Darlingside has a free show at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion while local roots rock mainstay James Intveld returns to the Arcadia Blues Club.
In rock book news, the esteemed local music scribe Chris Morris will do a book reading and signing at Book Soup for his excellent new book Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan.
Last but not least, the Fonda hosts Tiger Army, Jonny Two Bags and Reckless Ones.
Top Show: Widespread Panic is one of the preeminent live band and they will be show why at the Wiltern tonight.
Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, better known as Wye Oak, perform at the Teragram Ballroom. Local songsmith Tom Freund will be at Venice’s Townhouse & The Del Monte with Matt Johnson & Ethan Phillips. You can catch a free show from Sam Llanas, co-founder of the BoDeans, at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion, while the free Pershing Square concert tonight features WAR and Los Amigos Invisibles. The best free concert will be in Century City where the eclectic bill includes Baaba Maal, Classixx and Brazilian Girl. Members of Sweetwater, a first band to play at Woodstock, will be playing the Pig’n Whistle with NYC singer/songwriter Mark Newman. Soulful songstress Vonda Shepherd will be at McCabe’s. It’ll be country night in Costa Mesa with Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay and Michael Ray performing at the Pacific Amphitheatre. K-Earth Presents Totally 80’s Live with Rick Springfield, Loverboy and The Romantics at the Greek Theatre.
Another festival break: The English Beat and Bob Log III top the bill at Ventura’s Surf Rodeo Music and Surf Festival today and tomorrow.
Top Show(s): The local musician Dafni Amirsakis sadly passed away suddenly last monthly. She traditionally celebrated her birthday (7/19) by performing at the Cinema Bar. Today, a number of her musician friends (and a large chunk of the SoCal country/rock scene) will be playing there instead and celebrating Dafni’s life. Among the scheduled performers are Dan Janisch, Ben Vaughn, David Serby, Adam Marsland, Brian Whelan, Rich McCulley, Rick Shea, Bliss Bowen, Ronee Blakley, Kip Broadman, Ruthann Friedman, Don Heffington and Sarah Stanley
The OC Fair presents a pair of notable concerts. Ozomatli serves up their vision of one-world music to the Hanger, while the Pacific Amphitheater hosts The Psychedelic Furs and The Church. The Church then head up to L.A. for a show at the Teragram on the 20th.
This is one of the great songs from the early ‘80s
The Echoplex is a good place to be today too. The afternoon Grand Ole Echo has Pearl Charles as the headliner while at night there will be a birthday celebration for the late, great Johnny Thunders, featuring his one-time Heartbreaker bandmate Walter Lure as well as The Gears and the Dirty Eyes.
Laurence Juber and James Lee Stanley have an afternoon benefit show at (and for) the Coffee Gallery Backstage and Heather Myles has a show at Chatsworth’s Cowboy Palace Saloon. Sting and Peter Gabriel bring their Rock Paper Scissors tour to the Hollywood Bowl tonight and tomorrow, while the Greek’s wayback machine will bring the Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul and Tribe Society to their stage.
Marvin Etzioni hosts another installment of The Record Theater at the Grammy Museum. Tonight, he will play a UK mono pressed vinyl of the Beatles‘ Revolver album, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Afterwards, there will be a discussion that that includes Breakfast with the Beatles host Chris Carter and Beatles author Brian Kehew.