From a 19-year-old Nottingham singer/songwriter to a legendary South African trumpeter, this week's concert calendar is a mini-trip around the world.
Monday – Dr. Dog
Before hitting the stage at the Troubadour, Dr. Dog will play a quick set at Amoeba. If you hear "The Truth” off their new album B-Room, out tomorrow, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was an old soul record. Turns out it's six guys from West Grove, Pennsylvania who have been putting out albums since 2002. For those who can't make it to Hollywood, the set at Amoeba is being streamed live on the store's website.
Amoeba Records: 6400 Sunset Blvd., Free
Tuesday – Jake Bugg
19-year-old Nottingham native Jake Bugg has all the markings of being one of his generation's great singer/songwriters. He recently wrapped up his second album Shangri-La, which was named after the Malibu studio where it was recorded in and produced—by none other than Rick Rubin. Tinged with '60s psychedelia "Green Man" is an ear-opener, but it’s Bugg's knack for bluesy, countrified rock that's made such an impression on listeners.
Fonda Theatre: 6126 Hollywood Blvd., $26.50
Wednesday – Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode plays the third and final Los Angeles date of their Delta Machine tour. If the set lists from this weekend's performances are a guide, expect a show heavy with the early material that made them so popular in the 1980s. This is a band that should be on every rock fan's bucket list.
Staples Center: 1111 Figueroa St., $49.50-129.50
Wednesday – Allah-Las
Garage rock can sound like many things, but the Allah-Las display a breezy Cali psych that recalls bands like Love during the Sunset Strip's 1960s heyday. The members of the band met in 2008 while they were working at Amoeba music. Aside from the sonic pleasures of their last record, the band has a great visual aspect that accompanies their album art, blogs, and videos.
Troubadour: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., Tix - $18
Saturday – Hugh Masekela
The legendary South African trumpeter graces the Grand Performances stage as part of this weekend's South African Arts Fest, a celebration of music, art, and film. In the United States, Masekela is probably best known for bringing his homeland jazz roots to the #1 hit of 1968, "Grazing In The Grass." The festival will host musical performances, film screenings, and panel presentations at various venues in downtown to showcase the broad range of talent that comes from the South African region.
Grand Performances: 350 S. Grand Ave., Free