Monday, February 28, 2011

Go See Hear: March 1-7 (March roars in like a Lionheart)

If you haven’t caught haunting sounds of Haroula Rose at the Hotel Café, March 1st is the last night of her Hotel Café residency. The 1st also finds Arboretum and Endless Boogie shaking up the Satellite and Bare Wires ripping things up with their Brit-ish glammy garage rock at Long Beach’s Que Sera – and then the Echo on the 2nd. Jukebox the Ghost has a new disc on Yep Roc and gigs at the Echo on the 1st and Anaheim’s Chain Reaction on the 2nd. Loch & Key, one of my favorite discoveries of 2010, will be at the Mint, revealing their interesting interplay between singer Leyla Akdogan and guitarist Sean Hoffman. The 2nd also brings the guitar handiwork of Kaki King to Largo and Ferraby Lionheart (can I rave again about his delightful tune "Harry and Bess") to the Bootleg.

What a difference a “t” makes. That is one way to differentiate between one-time Steely Dan guitarist Elliott Randall and San Francisco-based troubadour Elliot Randall. The latter Randall brings his band the Deadmen to the Viper Room to deliver rough-hewn twang rock as they served notice with the last album, the gritty yet tuneful Caffeine and Gasoline.

Speaking of gritty country, Eddie Spaghetti, from the Supersuckers, shows off his unique take on honky tonk music with his new Bloodshot disc, the Sundowner. He plays the Echo on the 3rd (with Zander Schloss and Sean Wheeler) and then Costa Mesa’s Tiki Bar on the 4th and Redondo Beach’s Brixton on the 5th.

The marvelous Mavis Staples has an intimate show at the Satellite on the 3rd; see if you can get into that one! East Coast roots rocker Stephen Kellogg has shows at the Hotel Café on the 3rd and also the 10th. Coincidence those dates also are the ones that Meshell Ndegeocello will be at Largo for some special shows. The first one is something of a career retrospective show while the second one she’ll be paying tribute to the music of Prince.

The Elephant 6 collective brings their mysterious Holiday Surprise Tour to the Satellite on 3/4. Nearly as intriguing is the group that goes by the name The Conspiracy of Beards, which is a Bay Area choir that performs Leonard Cohen songs. Also on Friday, JJ Grey has a solo show at the Hotel Café, the Concretes will be rocking the Troubadour that night and old time folkie Noel Stookey (the “Paul” in Peter, Paul and Mary) plays McCabe’s.

Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch has yet another sold out show at the Bootleg on the March 5. That night, Braids and Baths share the bill at the Troubadour. Sunday, meanwhile, holds Morcheeba at the Music Box. And if you are looking enough to have a ticket for the Drive-By Truckers sold out gig at the Troubadour, then you should have a great night on the 7th.

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