Michael Penn (with special guest Peter Bradley Adams of eastmountainsouth) at McCabe’s, 4/30, 7:30pm.
Willie Nelson, with Shelby Lynne, Susan Tedeschi at The Greek, 4/30
Aimee Mann at Amoeba, 5/3, 7pm. FREE.
Redbird with Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey at McCabe’s, 4/29, 8pm.
Puffy Ami Yumi, The Aquabats, Quiet Drive at The Wiltern, 4/29
KCRW presents: Ulrich Schnauss, George Sarah and String Trio at The Knitting Factory, 4/29, 8pm.
Coldplay, Bauhaus, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, Bright Eyes, Gang of Four, many more at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, 4/30 & 5/1.
Steve Vai at The Wiltern, 4/30
The Dan Band at The Avalon, 4/29
Mudvayne at The Henry Fonda Theater, 5/3
Dax Pierson Benefit: Subtle, Busdriver, Daedelus, Damon Aaron, 1 AM Radio at The Knitting Factory, 5/2
Grassroots, Folk & Blues Jame: Heaher Porcaro, Andre Comeau Band, 7th Sun, The New Ward Heelers, Jannel Rapp at 14 Below
Grant Lee Phillips at Largo
Bobby Rodriquez Play For Justice Benefit at The Jazz Bakery, 4/30, 2pm. Sponsored by Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism, Grammy nominated Rodriguez LatinJazz performs a benefit “for those who support the daily struggle of people who work in Los Angeles’ tourism industry.”
Cryptonight: Brad Dutz Quintet, Dottie Grossman & Michael Vlatkovich at Club Tropical, 4/28, 8pm.
Handel’s Chamber Music, introduction by Frank Turner at Santa Monica College, 4/28, 11:15am. 1900 Pico Blvd. (310) 434-4323.
Handel’s Orchestral Music, Marnie Boyd, Meera Mugrage, and Linda Jackson at Santa Monica College, 4/30, 7:30pm.
Joan Mills Piano Recital at Santa Monica College, 5/3, 11:15am. FREE.
SMC Jazz Band Vocalists with the Jon Mayer Trio at Santa Monica College, 4/29,8pm. FREE.
The Michael Vlatkovich Trio with Steuart Liebig at The LAHC Music Recital Hall, 4/30, 8pm. 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington.
Open Gate: The Brad Dutz Quintet, O.P.T.I.O.N.S led by Bruce Friedman at The Center for the Arts, 5/1, 7pm. 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock. (626) 795-4989.
Readings / Performance
Dylan Moran’s “Monster” at UCLA’s Macgowan Little Theater, 4/28 – 5/1. “Sold-out in New York and throughout the U.K., the ‘Oscar Wilde of stand-up’ [is] the driving force behind British TV’s hit show ‘Black Books’ . . . [and] is the youngest comedian ever to win the coveted Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival . . .”
Artists’ Studio with Curtis Broadway, Marc Burckhardt, Sarajo Frieden, Anita Kunz & Mark Ulriksen at Storyopolis, 4/28.
Hans Christian Anderson Birthday Party at Storyopolis, 4/30.
Senior Improv Workshop at Comedy Underground, 4/30, 12 noon. Ongoing free class for seniors over 55. Tuesdays at noon. 320 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 512-8245.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, April 28
The Sights at Amoeba, 7pm. FREE.
The Vacation, Frisky Jones, All Hours, The Gunshys at The Silverlake Lounge
The Coral Sea, Tom Brosseau, The Spires, Guest at Tangier
Badaue, Corina Bartra, Patje, DJ Sloe Poke at Temple Bar
Monique Debose, Chloe Day at Anastasia’s Asylum
Shore, Something For Rockets at The Troubadour
Viva Voce, Ill Lit, Summer at Shatter Creek at Spaceland
Broken Bones, more at The Key Club
Menomena, The Sun, Built Like Alaska at The Echo
The Andy Kindler Situation at Largo
Friday, April 29
Radio Vago, Bedroom Walls, Boyskout at El Cid
Wifey, Fly Better Broken at Tangier
Captain Ahab, Seksu Roba, Alan Astor at The King King
KCRW presents: Medusa, Billy Miles, Kadiatou Sibi, DJ Anthony Valadez at Temple Bar
Twin Sixties, Angeles Drake at Spaceland
Gabriel Mann at The Key Club
Magnolia Electric Company at The Echo
Saturday, April 30
Burning Star, K’Alyn, Raul Midon, DJ Fat Jack at Temple Bar
From Ashes Rise, Paint It Black, Coliseum, The Observers at The Troubadour
Warrant, Great White, Pretty Boy Floyd at The House of Blues
Over The Rhine, Kim Taylor at The Knitting Factory
St. Thomas, Outrageous Cherry at Spaceland
Whole Lotta Rosies at 14 Below
Sunday, May 1
Mark Lane, Plural (S.D.), Lamps at Tangier
Co:Laboration with Rachel Kann at Temple Bar. Featuring “poetry, spoken word, turntables and live instrumentation.”
DJ Lee’s Night Of Exotica at The Lucky Tiki. (818) 892-2688. “Exotica, E-Z, Lounge, Moog, Psych, Expolitation, surf, sleazy bump and grind . . .”
Monday, May 2
The Color Turning, Kiev, Cavil At Rest at The Silverlake Lounge
Crash Davis CD release party with special guests at Temple Bar
Cavil at Rest, Kiev, The Color Turning at The Silverlake Lounge
Fingertight, XE03, Fivespeed at The Troubadour
Tuesday, May 3
Jitterbug Thompson, Frankel, McGowan at Tangier
Ester Canata, Brad Byrd, Wade at Temple Bar
Angels of Light, Akron Family at The Barnsdall Gallery Theater
Elan, The Nikhil Korula Band at The Troubadour
New Found Glory at The House of Blues
Damien Jurado, Two Gallants, Sail On, Sailor at The Knitting Factory
Mandi Perkins, Kelly Slattery, Resident Hero, Crosseyed Cats at 14 Below
Wednesday, May 4
Modern Memory, Lassie Foundation, Satisfaction, Quark Nova Scenario at The Silverlake Lounge
Ill Again, Sin, Gina Loring at Temple Bar
Brendan Benson at The Troubadour
Strapping Young Lad at The House of Blues