Time Out says
Posted: Mon Sep 17 2012
This storied club has a rich musical history: Randy Newman got his start here, and Elton John made his US debut on its stage in 1970. It hasn't lapsed into irrelevance in the time since, often showcasing bands on the rise: Interpol, Joss Stone and Franz Ferdinand all played early US shows here. The sound is great and the views are decent from almost anywhere in the room—just stay out from under the balcony.
What's on at Troubadour
Why, yes, that is a keytar and a banjo the band is holding. Blitzen Trapper of the Pacific Northwest continues to ply its 21st Century Americana, which blends the curveball hooks and winks of Pavement with the jammy classicism of the Brothers Doobie and...
- Critics' pick
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's Web series turned Comedy Central show, Broad City, hits the road this March, including a stop at the Troubadour. The UCB alumni (the New York branch, not our lovely Franklin Village outpost) bring their one-of-a-kind sketches...
Rock, Pop & Hip-hop, Folk
Cult-fave songman Cass McCombs excels at both wistful psych-pop and scrappy lo-fi indie rock. Expect to hear from the itinerant enigma's latest alluring head-scratcher, the sprawling Big Wheel and Others. He's joined by the long-running Meat Puppets,...
Things to Do, Events & Festivals, Alternative rock
New Orleans natives Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer make up Generationals, a band that has been releasing catchy, mellow pop tunes since their 2009 debut Con Law. New album Heza is more understated than the previous fare but just as dreamy and charming, with...
U.K. rock duo Royal Blood plays virile, riffy rock & roll à la the Black Keys and Deap Vally. Fresh from the number one success of their self-titled debut album and with a healthy amount of corresponding buzz, we predict things will escalate quickly for...
Pop, Indie rock
With his exceedingly tuneful guitar melodies, pointed lyrics and winning cheekbones, Sondre Lerche has carved out a troubadour’s niche rivaling those of his older idols—among them Elvis Costello, with whom he has toured twice. The Norwegian returns (to...
Before they became big-haired ’80s icons, the Bangles began life as a British Invasion–worshipping, ’60s-fixated garage combo, one of the brightest lights in the Los Angeles neopsychedelic Paisley Underground. This November, the rock stars bring their...
Having taken major inspiration from grunge icons and fellow Pacific Northwesters like Nirvana and Soundgarden, Buzz Osborne and his crew of metal rockers are still a benchmark of the punk and noise scenes, some thirty years after first forming. The Montesano group...