Go See Hear In L.A. July 19-25 (The Michigan Rattlers/Dixie Chicks edition)

If I use the “too many shows, too little time” excuse for the short intro will you still understand?

Tues. 7/19

Top Show: The Regrettes calls themselves “cupcake punk” and that’s a pretty right on description of the sweet but fiery music.


Wed. 7/20

Top Show(s): Michigan Rattlers are a Michigan duo who recently transplanted to L.A. They have a really appealing sound, a little scruffy, a little twangy, a rock ‘n’ roll and a six-pack of cheap beer – basically good Midwestern boys. They play the Hi Hat tonight and School Nights at Bardot on the 25th.  A duo of another sort – Bela Fleck and Chris Thile – will create a night of virtuoso acoustic music at the Theater at the Ace. The Hollywood Bowl hosts a wonderful salute to the great Allen Toussaint. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Cyril Neville, Galactic and, in a rare local appearance, Irma Thomas will fill the Hollywood hills with the glorious New Orleans sounds that Toussaint created.


The Minneapolis trio On An On come through town on their pre-hiatus (i.e. farewell) tour to perform their thoughtful indie pop at the Echo. The Dixie Chicks bring their DCX World Tour MMXVI (aka their reunion tour) to the Irvine Meadows tonight (they will play L.A. in Oct.). Sticking in the OC, The Offspring and Jonny Two Bags will be rockin’ up the Pacific Amphitheatre, and then out to Riverside for a show there on the 22nd. Gabe Dixon and Keaton Simons will share some songs at the Hotel Café.


Thurs. 7/21

Top Show(s): Hayes Carll and Luke Bell form a great bill of rough-edged, witty troubadours. Carll has been a longtime fave while Bell really impressed with his neo-honky tonkin’ tune “Sometimes.”



You can catch another fine singer/songwriter at the Viper Room where Paul Cauthen (from Sons of Fathers) showcases smartly crafted tunes from his upcoming debut My Gospel.  Robert Ellis comes to town behind his excellent eponymous album. He’ll be at the Echoplex with the wonderful Leslie Stevens.


 Wilderado serve up a big rock sound with a hint of twang when they play the Resident to celebrate their new EP Latigo, which comes out on the 22nd. The Psychedelic Furs bring their intense, dark tunes to the balmy Santa Monica Pier for a free show. Opening is the geographically appropriate Day Wave.

Here is a cool acoustic version of the Furs’ “Into You Like A Train”


Another ‘80s rock survivor Soul Asylum has a concert at the Whisky A Go Go. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down will be getting down at the Skirball with their eclectic, funky indie rock.



Fri. 7/22

Top Show(s): Reggae icon Bunny Wailer (as in Bob Marley and the Wailers) makes an all too infrequent appearance in town with a show at the Regent. Get an early listen to the songs that John Paul White (of Civil Wars fame) will have on his debut Beulah (due Aug. 19) when he plays the Troubadour. The Secret Sisters are opening so get there early.


Jam band lords Phish will be found at the Forum (which will probably be re-christened the Phorum probably). The vet. Texas country rock band Reckless Kelly returns to town with an El Rey concert. Local songsmith Bill Berry (not the R.E.M. drummer) has a real clever way with a lyric celebrates his new CD at Molly Malone’s. Hopefully he’ll play “The Day We Stole Steve Martin.” The humor continues at the Hollywood Bowl, which hosts Weird Al Yankovic.


Sat. 7/23

Top Show(s): McCabe’s will present a terrific evening of music with Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton headlining the night and Sophia Knapp opening. You can listen to Madeleine Peyroux sings, which is a lovely thing to experience, at the Broad Stage tonight; she’ll be at the Coach House tomorrow night. Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale plays at Malibu’s Casa Escobar. If you haven’t seen him, you should. Another guitar giant – Albert Lee – has a free show at Levitt Pasadena.

Here’s a fun clip from some years ago


The Happy Together Tour with the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsey, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett and Spencer Davis Group relive the Sixties at the Saban tonight and the Pacific Amphitheatre tomorrow night. Twenty One Pilots visit the Forum with their Emotional Roadshow tour. The Getty Center has a Burger Records-flavored night featuring The Garden, The Muffs, Gap Dream, Jessie Jones and VAJJ, while Nas and Wild Belle do a free show in Century City.


Festival Break: The Lost Highway Festival tour, which includes Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eagles of Death Metal, Chevy Metal (featuring Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tony Joe White, Colt Ford and Paul Cauthen comes to the San Manuel Amphitheater.

Dirty Laundry TV hosts an all-ages summer festival at the Echo/Echoplex with Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, Guantanamo Baywatch, Mike Watt & The Missingmen among others performing.


Sun. 7/24

Top Show(s): The king of Americana (or something like that) Jim Lauderdale has a show at McCabe’s. John Doe, Jane Wiedlin and Tom DeSavia (and who else) will be at Book Soup to discuss and sign Under The Big Black Sun.


The Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will feature a screening of Rock N Roll High School, with director Allan Arkush and actress PJ Soles as well as some surprise guests. Dengue Fever will be found in Coldwater Canyon Park as part of the TreePeople concert series there. The Grand Ole Echo welcomes Agastock, Neptuna, Greg Felden, Tony Gilkyson and Waynesboro. It’s Throwback Sunday at the Greek with a bill of Barenaked Ladies, OMD and Howard Jones. Hapa and Tupua bring the sounds of the Pacific Island to the OC Fair’s Hanger Stage.


Mon. 7/25

Top Show: Swamp Pop legend Tony Joe White has a sit-down at the Grammy Museum. And remember the Michigan Rattlers at Bardot.

The Strokes will be headlining the inaugural City of Angels Benefit Concert to raise funds for the non-profit whose programs aid the homeless.

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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