Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 26-31 (The Damned/Southern Culture On The Skids edition)

Top Show: Damien Jurado has a gorgeous new album Visions of Us on the Land that I’m sure he’ll be sharing at the Highland Park Ebell Club.

Supersuckers, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Jesse Dayton will be down in Long Beach at Alex’s Bar. Leslie Stevens will get twangy at the Bootleg. Ingrid Michaelson starts her two-night stand at the Theater at the Ace Hotel tonight while Hannah Georgas is doing a free show at the Monty Bar in DTLA.

Thur. 10/27



Top Show(s): Hopefully you already have a ticket for Dawes’ Grammy Museum appearance because it is already sold out. It would be interesting to hear them talk about how they evolved their sound on their latest CD We’re All Gonna Die. Punk rock pioneers The Damned play the Belasco as part of their 40th anniversary tour. That should be “Neat, Neat, Neat!”

Doc Martens know how to have a grand store opening. Tonight they host legendary San Diego rockers Rocket from the Crypt at their new Studio City store. Run River North rolls into the El Rey. Cello rock band (yes, that common genre) Rasputina marks the 20th anniversary of their debut disc with a Bootleg concert. You can catch an intimate set from singer/songwriter Greg Holden (who had a big hit with “Home”) when he plays the Hotel Café’s second stage. On the main stage, the Rescues continue their fall residency that they’ll wrap up on 11/3.

Fri. 10/28

Top Show(s): Blind Pilot and River Whyless form are strong bill of rootsy-ish rock at the Teragram, which is probably why it is sold out. If you can’t get into that show, you can check out Fort Frances at the Hotel Café. This Chicago-based band delivers some strong hooky rock – not too light, not too heavy – on their CD Alio.


Fort Frances

The Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts an excellent lineup of singer/songwriters Sam Morrow, Claire Holley, Jeff Turmes and Bliss Bowen.

French music icon Charles Aznavour headlines the Pantages. Veteran folk singer Carrie Newcomer visits McCabe’s. And, since it is the last Friday of the month, you can find Jon Brion and his pals at Largo.

Sat. 10/29

Top Show(s): Alt-folk troubadour Jeffrey Foucault will be sharing his evocative story-songs at McCabe’s. Kim Simmonds started the Savoy Brown Blues Band in 1965. The preeminent British bluesman will be performing at the Arcadia Blues Club. He’ll be at the Coach House on Sunday.

Hollywood Palladium will be rocking with a concert (would you call it “progressive punk?”) featuring Fidlar, SWMRS and The Frights. I’m sure you know that Fidlar frontman Zac Carper produced the SWMRS’ 2016 debut disc. The Icelandic rock band Kaleo will be performing at the Fonda. Big Bad Voodoo Daddies will cast a spell on you at the Cerritos Center. Electro-pop pioneers the Pet Shop Boys are back and appearing at the Microsoft Theater.

Sun. 10/30

Top Show: Spend Halloween eve with Alice Cooper at the Pantages. Is there a better classic rock show to see before Halloween? Tom Petty’s pianoman Benmont Tench has a solo show at McCabe’s – which friends of his will be lending their support?


Benmont Tench

King Charles (aka Charles Costa) is a fast rising singer/songwriter from London; he’ll be at the Hotel Café tonight. Where art thou O’Brother? The Atlanta-based rockers can be found at the Regent Theater.

Mon. 10/31

Top Show(s): After you are done trick-or-treat, head over to the Echo where Southern Culture On The Skids will be serving up some roots rock mayhem. The suave Boz Scaggs has a show at the Rose in Pasadena.

There’ll be a bit of an ‘80s New Wave flashback at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon where Holly Vincent will perform.

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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