Fran Healy could charm the fedora off a hipster. In fact, he pretty much did Sunday night in one of the closing sets at Filter's Culture Collide festival.
The frontman of the Scottish quartet Travis played an acoustic set inside a crowded, steamy church in Echo Park, starring as much as a storyteller as tunesmith. Like his anecdote about copping the chords from Oasis' "Wonderwall" for the Travis song "Writing to Reach You" -- "Noel Gallagher nicks everybody else's so I figured why shouldn't nick his," Healy said to laughter all around.
The postscript, of course, came when Healy met Gallagher two years later and the Oasis singer-guitarist deadpanned "Nice fucking chords, mate." (Their respective bands went on to tour together.)
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
Healy mixed four Travis songs into a 45-minute set that focused on material from his solo album Wreckorder, which came out last week. Even in a stuffy church with the occasional siren blaring past on Alvarado Street, there was something magical about the yearning Scotsman.
The 37-year-old songwriter has two more L.A. gigs before going on tour with Brandon Flowers: Tonight he plays the RSVP-only It's a School Night at Bardot (Carina Round also performs), and on Tuesday, Healy hits the Hotel Cafe.
Elsewhere: Speaking of Scotsmen, long-running quintet Teenage Fanclub -- their new album Shadows having landed in June -- headline the El Rey Theater, with Merge labelmates and L.A. indie-rockers Radar Bros. opening. ... Rootsy songstress and Jesse Harris/Norah Jones collaborator Jessie Baylin plays the Bootleg Theater, with support from local up-and-comers the Belle Brigade. ...
Also: Residencies continue for Radars to the Sky (Spaceland, with Red Cortez and George Glass supporting); Evan Voytas (the Echo, with Death Kit and All Wrong and the Plans Change); and Wet & Reckless (Silverlake Lounge, with White Arrows and the Franks). ... There's Windy City Gentleman at the Viper Room; Mark Ballas at the Mint; Danielle Ate the Sandwich at the Hotel Cafe; and Tleilaxu Music Machine at Pehrspace.