Yes, yes, yes, The New Pornographers and The Dodos make for a fine bill at the Henry Fonda Theater, but if you looking for an alternative, and still coming down from the She & Him, The Bird & The Bee, Swell Season Hollywood Bowl show, then check out Kaiser Cartel (www.myspace.com/kaisercartel), who have a show at the Hotel Café on 7/19 and at the Echo on the 20th. This Brooklyn-based duo is another delightful boy-girl indie pop couple. They are presenting their new disc, Secret Transit, the follow-up to their impressive March Forth.
Also on the 20th, Ben Taylor (www.myspace.com/bentaylorofficial) and Katie Herzig (www.myspace.com/katieherzig) share a bill at Largo. On his last disc, The Legend of Kung Fu Part 1, Taylor favored an agreeably funky folk sound that suggested that he’s emerging out of the shadow of his parents (James Taylor and Carly Simon). I really enjoyed Herzig’s last disc, Apple Tree, which featured a winning set of winsome folk-pop.
Come on out to the Mint Friday night and be treated to the record release show by local troubadour Tony Lucca (www.myspace.com/tonylucca). His new disc, Rendezvous With the Angels, boasts a strong of collection of his signature soul-folk tunes. David & Devine and The Chris Parish Band round out the bill.
What can be said more about Lyle Lovett? So, let me just tell you where his show is: Walt Disney Hall on July 23.
I’ve been intrigued by Kelli Scarr’s upcoming debut Piece (www.myspace.com/kelliscarr). The sometime Moby collaborator has crafted a disc of generally gentle, subtly lush music that floats into your ears and lingers in your brain. She has a gig at the Hotel Café on July 24 with the fellow NYC rockers The Shivers. Playing earlier in the evening there is another talented, up-and-coming (and also from New York) singer-songwriter Amy Regan (www.myspace.com/amyregan) whose full-length debut isn’t scheduled for release until later this year.
The Miniature Tigers’ debut Tell It To The Volcano (www.myspace.com/miniaturetigers) was one of my favorite rock albums on the last couple years. They have a new disc out on the 27th, Fortress, which expands upon the Weezer/Fountain of Wayne like qualities of that disc. They form a nifty bill with the eclectic rockers, the Spinto Band (www.myspace.com/thespintoband) at Spaceland on July 24.
Get introduced to Nashville singer-songwriter Shane Lamb (www.myspace.com/shanelambmusic) at Venice’s Talking Stick on July 24. The talented Tennessee troubadour will be performing tunes from his impressive debut, Disengage. Although he hails from Music City, his music is something like a rootsier Tommy Keane than Nashville country.