by Brad Roberts
I celebrated Memorial Day weekend with a trip to see The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Teragram Ballroom. And they still have two more days to go. It was an amazing show and they played for three hours, covering old favorites and some of the wonderful new tunes from their most recent and forthcoming releases.
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop (at right) are the big show for me this week as they play The Fonda Theatre on Tuesday. Their joint album, Love Letter For Fire is a beautiful gem and they're on the West Coast leg of their U.S./European tour. As Iron and Wine, Sam Beam has always presented some of the best concert experiences I have ever had, so I expect this to be a magical night. Jesca Hoop has a voice that is a perfect compliment to the gentle folk strains of Beam and together they weave a sinuous harmony that bolsters their evocative lyrics.
Feed Your Head is presenting a return engagement for Some Gifts, who were so impressive with their punchy, solid rock and roll at my Lot 1 event in April, I immediately asked them to headline this month's show. Bringing along friends High Cameras and Gardener's Logic, there will also be some stories by Scott Schultz between the music.