Greg Dulli's estimable swagger and charm have been playing awfully well on his first-ever solo tour.
The former Afghan Whigs and current Twilight Singers frontman (and one of Los Angeles' favorite saloonkeepers) is winding down a five-country, 29-stop tour on which he's playing stripped-down versions of songs from his bands' catalogs, as well as some choice covers.
At the shows, billed as "An Evening With Greg Dulli," the 45-year-old singer-guitarist has been joined by Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser and multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson of the Polyphonic Spree. Along with Twilight Singers tracks such as "The Killer," "Candy Cane Crawl," "The Twilight Kid" and "Teenage Wristband" (which he's married to "Pinball Wizard"), he's played Whigs' favorites such as "Uptown Again" and "66" -- and covers of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad" and Basement Jaxx's "Lights Go Down."
Oh, and did we mention there's new Twilight Singers' music on the way? The new album Dynamite Steps is due Feb. 15, featuring, among other things, a duet with Ani DiFranco.
Dulli and his merry band visit the sold-out Troubadour tonight (expect some guests), and Carina Round opens.
Elsewhere: Portland's the Thermals hit the El Rey Theatre behind their new album Personal Life. White Fang opens ... Austin indie-poppers Oh No Oh My, joined by Pomegranates and Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits, visit the Bootleg Theater. ... And Street Drum Corps kicks off a four-week residency at the Roxy, with the first-week featuring guests including Tommy Lee, Adrian Young, Chris Hesse and Zoe Bonham.
Also: Blonde Redhead and Olof Arnalds at the Music Box; Legendary Pink Dots (with We Are the World) at the Echoplex; GWAR at the house of Blues; Har Mar Superstar and the Hundred Days at the Viper Room; Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and the Lonely Forest at Spaceland; Chiddy Bang at the Avalon; TV Torso and the Wild Complete at the Silverlake Lounge; the Californian, Les Blanks and George Glass at LaBrie's in Glendale; Debi Nova and Val Emmich at the Hotel Cafe; and Aloud at the Mint.