by Brad Roberts
July went out with a bang last week as I tried to catch as many shows as possible, and August looks to be just as busy, if not more so. Saw terrific sets last week by Auditorium at Silver Lake Lounge, Psychic Love at El Cid and the Modern Time Machines show with Seven Saturdays and Light FM at The Satellite. Then on Saturday at my Feed Your Head show at Lot 1, I got to host Joey Siara, who played a quite impressive set of covers and Henry Clay People songs as a solo, that really showed off the songs in a different light. Also featuring The Pretty Flowers, who I have been wanting for a long time, along with the thrill of seeing the fabulous music combo Many Distant Cities for the first time. Pow! They were all incredible.
Glen Hansard is back in the states for a summer tour that includes only five dates that began with stops in Chicago and at Lollapalooza last week and concludes at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 10th, after playing Minneapolis on Tuesday and in Oakland on Thursday. I would have enjoyed attending this show anyway but the addition of Iron & Wine to the bill was the deciding factor, along with the opportunity to hear The Head & The Heart, who I have never seen. Aside from the obvious stylistic connection between both artists they also attract a similar audience. In fact Iron & Wine opened for another Glen Hansard band, The Swell Season, when I saw them together at The Greek back in October 2008.
New Monday residencies start up this week as Smoke Season provides a good opportunity to catch up with Haunted Summer at Echoplex, and maybe a chance to run upstairs to The Echo to catch Tête. Tuesday you can see Hobart W. Fink as they start up a weekly residency at Harvard & Stone. And on Wednesday there's the wonderfully odd and endearingly earnest Tall Tales & The Silver Linings downtown at The Lexington. And that's not all...