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In a way, Ethan Johns is rock royalty. His father and uncle, Glyn and Andy Johns, produced, engineered and mixed classic albums by Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones and practically every other classic rock–era band you can think of. Ethan has stayed in the family business, playing studio wizard for everyone from Kaiser Chiefs to Ray LaMontagne. But he's also an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. He's promoting his latest solo release, a sparse, rootsy concept album called The Reckoning, which tells the story of a man searching for his wayward older brother across the 19th-century American West. With his mountain-man beard and gruff delivery, opener Sean Rowe could pass for a character from Johns' album. But Rowe's brilliant new album, Madman, serves up distinctly 21st-century, groove-laden variations on vintage Americana sounds.

Sat., Oct. 11, 10 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/11/14)

LA Weekly