by Brad Roberts
Another week of local all-stars, bright new bands, bands back from the brink, and outright nostalgia. My musical journey has morphed somewhat to include seeing bands from my youth, along with the catching up with late 80s and 90s bands who re-emerge and tour now and again.
Swervedriver are coming back around again and bringing their first new album in over 16 years with them. I Wasn't Born To Lose You will be out March 3rd and they appear at The Roxy on Thursday. I was lured to their return show back some years ago by two of my favorite bands at that time because Film School and Xu Xu Fang were the openers for them at The Fonda Theatre on May 31, 2008. It was shoe-gaze heaven and impacted my musical taste development in many ways. Also appearing are the bright, shiny new band with the powerhouse sound, Gateway Drugs, who are also releasing an album this week.
I've caught up with Paul Simon, Jorma Kaukonen, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Jefferson Starship, and now I get to see Judy Collins, who had a huge impact on me (and the blooming folk rock movement) achieving a life-changing effect with her 1968 album Wildflowers, which took me by the hand and led me toward the Hippie movement. Being a huge best-seller, it also introduced the world to the writing of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, featuring two of her songs and three of his. Judy Collins' pristine vocals are still intact and I will see her for the first time on Friday at The Saban Theatre, where she will appear with Passenger String Quartet. Very excited!
Monday residencies are sparse this month, but every Tuesday Seasons will be holding a month long engagement at Harvard & Stone which will be tough to resist. And Dead Meadow are teaming with The Warlocks to give you an LA Psychedelic Double Header Blow Out at Bootleg HiFi on Saturday.