Vic Chesnutt, February 25, 8pm
With avid supporters such as REM, Madonna, Van Dyke Parks, Smashing Pumpkins and Widespread Panic, nouveau folk hero Vic Chesnutt let it be known that he’s someone to reckon with. Albums such as West of Rome, Drunk and Silverlake exemplify his superlative ability to pen winning, penetrating compositions, which seem to resonate with the listener long after being retired to their respective jewel boxes.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., 310.828.4497, mccabes.com, $17.50
The Blasters, March 3, 8pm
“Great fun.” Those are two of the first words that come to mind when the notion of attending one of the Blasters raved-up and rootsy shows is broached. In spite of numerous line-up changes, one thing about this Downey outfit has remained the same: their love for classic American music and their passion for sharing it with frenzied, often ducktailed and poodle skirt-clad audiences. What’s the line in that song? “Everything old is new again!”
Malibu Inn, 22969 PCH, 310.456.6060, malibu-inn.com, $18