The list of artists who've had the starch to release triple albums of original material and not choke on the reviews is pretty short, especially recently. The last great one to go triple-wide on our shelves was probably the 1999 opus by the Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs.
Early this year, though, California-bred indie darling Joanna Newsom dared to go long — the 28-year-old harpist unveiled Have One on Me (on the Drag City label) to neither catcalls nor accusations of indulgence, or at least not many.
Newsom, her voice still a delicate flower, expanded her arsenal of instrumentation for her first release since 2006's “Y's,” and between her sophisticated arrangements and polyrhythmic bent “Have One on Me” never feels bloated. The public seems to have welcomed the string-wielding folkie as well — the album cracked the Billboard charts, and we're still looking for another harpist's album to have done that.
All of which means Newsom will have plenty of material — and, likely, earn plenty of love — when she headlines the sold-out Orpheum Theatre on Saturday. The Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, performing solo, opens.
Elsewhere: Wolf Parade visits to headline the Wiltern. … The one-day Roots Roadhouse festival at the Echo/Echoplex features Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, T Model Ford, Red Simpson, Leslie Stevens & the Badgers, the Chapin Sisters, Olin and the Moon, Old Californio and I See Hawks in LA, among others. … And there's the rare residency at the Troubadour — O.C.-bred indie-rockers Young the Giant will be doing Sundays all month, with Eastern Conference Champions supporting on the first night.
Also Friday: the first of two nights of Sergio Mendes and Morcheeba at the Hollywood Bowl; Pepper Rabbit and Candy Claws at Spaceland; Manchester's the Answering Machine at the Echo; Pocahaunted at the Bootleg Theater; Sun Araw at the Show Cave in Eagle Rock; the Stone Foxes, the Hundred Days, the Tender Box and Dirty Sweet at the Viper Room; Swingin' Utters at the Troubadour; Big Head Todd & the Monsters (with Truth & Salvage Co. at the House of Blues); Tyrone Wells at the Hotel Cafe; Rademacher at Casey's downtown; Hype Blast at the Smell; Loefah at the Echoplex; and Modern Time Machines at Pehrspace.
Also Saturday: Kinky Friedman (2 shows) at McCabe's; Black Math Horseman and Crooked Cowboy at Spaceland; Scorpions at the Nokia Theatre; Layabout at the Hotel Cafe; Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon and Edwin McCain at the Greek; Sergio Mendes and Morcheeba at the Bowl; Moses Campbell and Manahattan Murder Mystery at Pehrspace; John Carpenter at the 6th St. Warehouse; the Nervous Wreckords at the Viper Room; Viza at the Troubadour; Teaneck at the Bootleg Theater; Level 42 at Club Nokia; As I Lay Dying at the Palladium; and Trevor Hall at the Mint.
Also Sunday: Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken at Club Nokia; Alex and Sam and Judson and Mary at the Bootleg Theater; Zola Jesus at the Echo; and Yellow Alex at Spaceland.