Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 1-8 (the Sunshine Bean/Greensky Bluegrass edition

All I can say is “November, really?”

Tue. 11/1

Top Show: Bob Forrest, who made some wildly wicked rock in his days with Thelonious Monster and later solo efforts, will be at the Grammy Museum with his new album Survival Songs and talking about his own survival from addictions. Another ‘90s survivor, Spain continues its Tuesday residency at the Love Song.

Emmy the Great and Jens Lekman team up for a night of well-crafted musical adventures in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. San Pedro’s Warner Grand welcomes the 20th century hit makers Goo Goo Dolls, with Safety Suit as their openers.

Wed. 11/2

Top Show: Shovels & Rope bring tunes from their fantastic new album Little Seeds to Fonda with Indianola as their opening band. The last time I saw them, the duo put on quite a show as they switched around between who was playing guitar and drums.

David Crosby showcases songs from his new stripped down CD Lighthouse at a free Amoeba in-store performance.

Tina Sinatra and a panel of Frank aficionados will be at the Grammy Museum to celebrate World On A String, a new 4CD/DVD collection. Besides the Frank talk, clips from the DVD will be shown. Boy and Bear will be at the Teragram while Sunshine Bean and Plum play a “30 Days In LA” concert at the Roxy. Georgia-based multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy has a Hotel Café gig tonight and Sainte Rockne show tomorrow night with Ballyhoo!

Thurs. 11/3

Top Show: Spend the night with the wonderful vocalist Audra Day at the Belasco. Greensky Bluegrass will be picking their progressive brand of acoustic music at the Teragram. Check out their excellent new disc Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. Dwight Yoakam’s latest is the bluegrass-flavored effort; he’ll have a concert at Ventura’ Majestic Theater tonight.

In advance of their next CD Ship of Fools, Elephant Stone comes to the Satellite. Ballroom Thieves (who just released Deadeye) and Paper Bird land at the Bootleg. The Rescues wrap up their Fall residency at the Hotel Café tonight. The Fonda will be rockin’ with the music of the Struts and Hunna. And Weezer’s Rhonda’s Kiss Benefit Concert at the El Rey is a sold out, FYI.

Fri. 11/4


Three Dog Night…back in the day

One my favorite children bands, Three Dog Night, plays the Saban in Beverly Hills. Don’t know how they sound live now or if it is better to listen to their old albums. SSHH is a new project with Zak Starkey (yes, son of Ringo and drummer for latter day The Who and Oasis), Sshh Liguz and pals. They’ve done an interesting all-covers album and have a show at the Viper Room that benefits the Teen Cancer Trust. Jen Chapin has singer/songwriter in her genes (she’s Harry Chapin’s daughter) and has a two-night stand at Torrance’s Nakano Theater.

Sat. 11/5

Top Show(s): A pair of legends perform in Southern California tonight. Kris Kristofferson has a concert at the Segerstrom down in the OC while Disney Hall welcomes Joan Baez.

The raucous old (as in ‘80s/’90s) Scot band Primal Scream can be heard at the Regent; the Death Valley Girls will open the show. The David Wax Museum brings their eclectic collection of tunes to the Hotel Café. The UK outfit Wild Wild Horses gallop into the Echo tonight with Made Violent and From Indian Lakes (give a listen to their cool new one Everything Feels Better Now when you can). McCabe’s will be in a bluegrass mood with the Lonely Heartstring Band.

Sun. 11/6

Top Show: Robbie Fulks is just a wonderful songwriter, whether he is serious or sarcastic, and quite the entertaining performer too. Find out for yourself at McCabe’s.

The Regrettes is a one of those hot young L.A. rock bands but still I was impressed by them. They’ll headline the Echo with with Peach Kelli Pop, Upset and DJ Honey Power also in the bill.

Over at the Bootleg you can discover the Cave Singers, the Seattle folk-rock outfit formed from the remains of Pretty Girls Make Graves.

Mon. 11/7

Top Show(s): Oakland-based songstress Hazel English has an alluring indie pop quality to the couple tunes I’ve heard of hers.

You can hear more at the Echo tonight. Girl In A Coma frontperson Nina Diaz will play songs from her potent solo debut The Beat Is Dead at Multiply LA. Australian songtress Gabriella Cohen brings her moody, unsettling music to L.A. for the first time with a show at the Echoplex

King Washington starts their November residency at the Satellite while the Veils unveil tunes from their latest effort Total Depravity at the Roxy.


Tues. 11/8

The Drag City band Purling Hiss will be making some noise at the Resident tonight.

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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