Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 12-15 (and a remembrance of Leonard Cohen)

Still looking for weekend music? Let me share some shows, once over lightly.

Sat. 11/12

Top Show(s): The 50th Anniversary of the Sunset Strip Demonstration will be commemorated at the Echoplex with performances from Love Revisited, the Pandoras and more. You remember of course that the club Pandora’s Box was a key part of the Riots. Erin McKeown and Anna Tivel form a strong double bill of smart songwriters at McCabe’s. Shooter Jennings has just reissued his dystopian concept album Black Ribbons this week. Will he be playing some of it at the Troubadour? You got to go and find out.


Shooter Jennings


The haunting soundscapes of Psychic Twin will fill the El Rey, with STRFKR also performing. Soulful singer/songwriter Amos Lee continues his two-night stand at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Adam Torres put out his winsome folk-ish album Pearls To Swine in Sept.; he’ll be at the Resident with Thor & Friends and the Broad Stage hosts the Canadian roots group The Slocan Ramblers. The Teragram welcomes Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, while Justin Trosper (formerly of Unwound!) plays the Smell.

Sun. 11/13

Top Show(s): Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano celebrates the release of the crowd-funded DVD The Naked Show, as well as breaking in her new band, The Division Men, at the Hotel Café. Johnny A, who has played in recent Yardbirds incarnations, shows off his guitar prowess at McCabe’s. It would be worth seeing Car Seat Headrest at the Teragram but the show is sold out. Brett Harris headlines the latest Wild Honey benefit; get more details at https://www.facebook.com/events/304341136606194/

Sweet Spirit, Tickle Torture (featuring Velvet Negroni) join Har Mar Superstar at the Echoplex. You don’t need to take the Ventura Highway to see America – the group will be at the Saban tonight.

Mon. 11/14

Temple of the Dog – the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam‘s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron – are out on their first-ever tour, so it’s no surprise that this show is sold out.

Tues. 11/15


Sturgill Simpson

Top Show(s): Sturgill Simpson plays tonight and tomorrow at the Wiltern. I wouldn’t be surprised if both of these shows are sold out. If you aren’t familiar with the excellent songwriter William Fitzsimmons you will have your chance to tonight as he brings his band to the Troubadour. And don’t miss Laura Burhenn who is opening the show.

To celebrate their new EP, The Active Set will shake some action with their New Wave-y tunes at the Satellite. The legendary rock drummer Kenny Aronoff has a sit-down at the Grammy Museum. His book, Sex, Drums, Rock ’n’ Roll! The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business, is coming out soon. Smokey Brights brighten up the Hotel Café with the Classic Rock-inspired sound.

I just wanted to end with a note on Leonard Cohen. A lot of great things have been said of this great artist. The small thought on Cohen that I wanted to add was how I always associate him with the great Robert Altman movie McCabe and Mrs. Miller – and vice versa. Altman use of Cohen’s music in this 1972 film was truly inspired. The songs served as another character. Even though they had nothing to do with the Western’s turn-of-the-century setting, the songs wonderfully enhanced the movie’s mood and emotions.

Here is the opening of the film:

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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