This week is shaping up to be a soul-tastic one. So much good stuff that I am only taking you all through Friday night.
Top Show(s): The Hollywood Bowl have one of their fantastic lineups that almost seems too good to be true: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Hall & Oates. It’s a trifecta of sublime soul music, all coming from slightly different viewpoints but all coming together to serve up sweet music. St. Paul & The Broken Bones avoid the sophomore slump with potent Sea of Noise. The Alabama rock ‘n’ soul outfit headline the Wiltern. Get there early to see the also highly recommended Seratones. The Greek Theater will be home to Mumford & Sons tonight and tomorrow. Catfish & The Bottlemen open tonight and Raury is tomorrow’s opener.
Youngsters might not remember that Fleetwood Mac started as a blues band. Big Mick returns these roots with his Mick Fleetwood Band. Featuring guitarist Rick Vito (a one-time Mac member), they will perform a mix of originals, Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac tunes (like the wonderful “Oh, Well”) and blues classics at the Ford Amphitheatre. The Balkan Beat Box lays down an eclectic groove at the Troubadour in advance of their upcoming Shout It Out CD
A pair of fine local rockers have hometown dates: Avi Buffalo will be at the Resident with the Kickback, while Groves headlines the Roxy.
Top Show: Will Hoge is a Nashville who should be better known, even though he has a Grammy nomination. There’s just a real-ness to his music and words. You can hear for yourself at the Mint.
Dinosaur Jr. starts its three night run at the Teragram Ballroom in support of the new Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not. I have a soft spot for the Massachusetts duo Tall Heights because they shot a video in one of my favorite places: Rockport, MA. They also make quite lovely chamber folk music, which you can get of taste of at the Resident.
Top Show(s): This week’s hot and soulful rock ‘n’ roll continues with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performing at the Greek. Get there early to enjoy Jamestown Revival. Lera Lynn brings her smoky, twangy noir-ish tunes to the Bootleg.
Fresh from opening for Mumford & Sons earlier this week, U.K. rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen have their own show at the Wiltern. SHōTA is the name of a young singer/songwriter from Las Vegas with a Jack Johnson laidback vibe. He is out for the first time with his first EP and is playing Genghis Cohen. A little further south on Fairfax, at Molly Malone’s, L.A.-based country rocker Michael Colton will be showcasing his upcoming EP California Blue with his band. Musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins will perform her indie-folk, art-pop song cycle Girls in Trouble at the Skirball
Top Show: Fountains of Wayne has been a fave since their first album. Now co-founder Chris Collingwood has his first solo project, Look Park. You can find him at McCabe’s tonight. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will make things funky at The Echo. The duo Twin Shadow will perform Prince’s landmark Purple Rain album in its entirety at Hollywood Forever (no comment about the choice of location). Tom Brosseau will be showcasing his new album, North Dakota Impressions (the 3rd of a trilogy started with 2014’s Grass Punks and 2015’s Perfect Abandon) at the Sanctuary in Santa Monica.
Singer/songwriter Foy Vance also have a new album, The Wild Swan, that will be sharing at the Troubadour; Trevor Sensor starts the show.
Texas-style rock will fill Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion courtesy of Stonehoney. Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch bring a little bit of Nashville to the Forum tonight and Irvine Meadows tomorrow night. Tonight at Irvine Meadow will be a Jack FM nostalgia fest with Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Garbage, Violent Femmes, and Everlast with House of Pain. Band of Skulls will be rockin’ the Wiltern, while Royal Canoe surfaces at the Hi Hat; they’ve just released Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit.
Downtown Long Beach is the spot for the Music Tastes Good festival. The 3-day event will certainly have plenty of musical goodness. The Specials, Iron and Wine, Squeeze, Dr. Dog, De la Soul, Twin Peaks, The Melvins, Living Colour, Sylvan Esso, Son Little, Pokey La Farge, Cody Chesnutt, Nick Waterhouse, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Foy Vance, Skinny Lister and Vintage Trouble are just some of the performing acts. Check http://mtglb.co for more details.