Eastside Mix: Ian Moore moves on from a blues-heavy sound

By Alfred Montez

The Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown tonight presents Austin, Texas native Ian Moore, who will be performing in honor of his new CD’s release.  “El Sonido Nuevo”  – Moore’s 9th album –  is as equally impressive as the roster of musicians Moore has shared the stage with. Moore most recently played guitar for Jason Mraz on tour and has also shared the stage or studio with such musicians as ZZ Top, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.

To listen to his latest release is like listening to a musical review of his history.  No longer the blues heavy albums he started with, his new material has touches of Bowie, the Beatles and ’60s pop mixed with the songwriter’s intimate knowledge of song structure and arrangement. If you’re familiar with his catalog, the progression will be obvious. It’s amazing to see how different Moore is from his early, blues-heavy releases.  Also performing are The Wind, and Handshakes, music starts at 10, and the cover is $18 at the door, $15 in advance.

Goldsboro @ The York

Also tonight, The York in Highland Park hosts Goldsboro, a heavy duty power trio made up of Los Angeles natives.  Actually, a couple of them are quite local, with drummer Chris from Highland Park and bassist Johnny from Los Feliz. Guitarist/singer Kevin Roentgen enjoyed Platinum success in the UK as a former member of the band  Orson.

In talking with Roentgen, he downplayed his musical history and instead  focused on the band’s new direction, and his aim to “do something heavy, and musically honest” in apparent contrast to the past. The two tracks on their Facebook page do not disappoint.  Goldsboro’s promises to be a welcome addition to The York’s awesome beer selection. The show is free, and Goldsboro will take the stage at around 11 p.m.

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