You almost wonder what Fool's Gold can do for an encore.
The L.A.-based purveyors of pop and world-beat jambalaya have now toured the globe with their songs for a multinational, friending (in the true sense) the likes of Malian musical rebels Tinariwen and challenging the conventional notions of world music. Fool's Gold's debut album has been out only a year, but they've gone from zero to the Hollywood Bowl (where they performed in June) in nothing flat.
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Singer Luke Top, guitarist Lewis Pesacov and mates have seen their music infiltrate the national dialogue in big and little ways -- yes, "Nadine" is now bumper music for a radio show -- and tonight's homecoming show at the Troubadour, their first club gig in L.A. in 2010, should be a fine celebration.
Wallpaper and Rainbow Arabia support.
Elsewhere: That big All for the Hall fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame tonight at Club Nokia -- featuring Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson -- is sold out. ... Chinese White Bicycles, a night of music and storytelling from singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock and producer-author Joe Boyd (who reads from his book White Bicycles), visits Largo. ... And Dirty Projectors land in SoCal for two nights, the first at the Glass House in Pomona.
Also: The Jim Jones Revue and the BellRays at the Echo; EOTO and Mimosa at the Music Box; Brass Bed and George Glass at Spaceland; Honey Living Cells, Go West Young Man and the Ross Sea Party at the Silverlake Lounge; Loch & Key at the Redwood Bar; Atomic Tom and Alestar Digby at the Viper Room; Jeremy Toback and Judson & Mary at the Hotel Cafe; Easy Star All Stars at the Roxy; the Whiskey Saints at 3 Clubs; Cassorla and Slang Chickens at Echo Curio; Hosannas at the Smell; the Ooks of Hazzard at the Mint; and Wet & Reckless' 7 p.m. in-store at Origami Vinyl