Quickly I wanted to put together the rundown of shows for the rest of the work-week that grabbed my attention. Hopefully I will get to the weekend shows too.
Top Show: The Explorer Club mine a wonderful Beach Boy-style sound on their new album Together. They play the Hotel Café tonight and the Hi Hat on 8/5. Also at the Hotel Café tonight will be the potent indie rockers Great Caesar.
Take a listen to the Explorers Club’s tune “California Callin’ Ya”
Dead Boy will be live at the Roxy; the L.A.-based band has an interesting Brit-inspired indie rock sound. Their new EP Parts Of A Flowers comes out on Friday. Get ready to feel the grooves at the Pacific Amphitheater as Michael Franti & Spearhead and G. Love & Special Sauce share the bill. Blue-eyed soul crooner Allen Stone has two nights at the Troubadour – tonight and 8/5 (hey what’s wrong with 8/4?). The intense singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler plays the Echo, along with Wrekmeister Harmonies and Muscle and Marrow while UK rockers The Wombats headline the Fonda. It’ll be a classic R&B as Gladys Knight and Tower of Power perform at the Hollywood Bowl.
Top Show: Boo Ray brings his Gulf Coast roots rock to the Honky Tonk Hacienda at El Cid and he’ll be celebrating his latest CD Sea of Lights, which comes out on Aug. 12. A big-time Nashville concert tour swings through SoCal. Miranda Lambert with special guests Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne perform tonight at the Greek Theatre and tomorrow at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
This week’s free concert on the Culver City City Hall lawn features the multi-instrumentalist Nuala Kennedy, who also has a date at Boulevard Music on 8/6 The Santa Monica Pier, meanwhile, will have a Latin flair tonight with Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade and Colombia’s Monsieur Periné performing, while locally based Brazilian singer Thalma De Freitas has a free show at the Skirball.
Top Show(s): Find out what Ryan Adams and the Shining is up to – he headlines the Greek tonight with Nice As F*#k (Jenny Lewis, Erika Forster & Tennessee Thomas) Greyhounds are a talented twosome from Austin who deliver raw rock ‘n’ soul music. They’ll be showcasing songs from their hard-hitting new CD Change of Pace at the Mint which also features a set from the recently reunited local twang-rock legends The Rave-Ups (Omnivore recently reissued their Town + Country album) as well as Jared Rabin.
Here is the Rave-Ups doing “Positively Lost Me” that appeared in the film Pretty In Pink
Young L.A.-based musician Kayla Cohen has built up her project Itasca from a solo thing to a band. Check out their wonderfully haunting folkish rock at the Lost Knight. A new album Open To Chance arrives next month. The mighty fine Nashville-based singer/songwriter Amelia White will be at McCabe’s along with the band Calico the Band. Sharon Jones will be making an appearance at the Nuart for the L.A. premiere of the new documentary on her life, Miss Sharon Jones!
Catch the fun & fierce pop punk tunes of The Regrettes at Santa Ana’s Observatory. Josh Haden brings his band Spain to Fingerprints in Long Beach for a free performance. Hunter Hayes and Cassadee Pope makes for a quite strong double bill of Nashville country music at the Pacific Amphitheatre. The Bird Dogs will play their Everly Brothers-like music at a free Pershing Square show today.