by Brad Roberts
I've been getting so hokey and nostalgic lately, and it's only going to get worse this week as I recount why I am going to see Pinback perform Summer In Abaddon in its entirety this Friday night at El Rey. This is one of the five or so albums that first dragged me back into Rock and Roll back in 2005, but I also became obsessed with the possibility of seeing them live in concert. And my passion for concert going was reborn! This will be the 15th time I've seen them. Over the years I've think I've seen them perform almost every song they've written as they always bring fresh set lists pulled from all their albums every time I see them. To watch them play this landmark album, front-to-back, will be a treat.
The other nostalgia-ridden event would be Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro taking place Tuesday night at The Grammy Museum. I have a long history with Laura Nyro that began in the fall of 1968 when I first ventured off to college in the barren Midwest. I quickly aligned myself with the first hippies they'd ever seen in Superior, Wisconsin and I loved running around freaking out all the locals. We shopped at all the Goodwills and St. Vincent's we could find looking for vests and thirties clothes. It was the autumn of The Beatles' White Album which poured out of the windows of every apartment and dorm room inhabited by university students, while new records by Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Laura Nyro, Jefferson Airlane, Steve Miller Band, The Grateful Dead, Steppenwolf all vied for a turn on the turntable.
There's a lot of great local shows this week which you'll find out about inside...