Alejandro Escovedo w/Jesse Malin @ Valley Bar
Alejandro Escovedo played the intimate confines of the Valley Bar with a visceral guitar onslaught that reflected his recent musical direction. This was no nostalgia tour. All songs were from his last 3 records, save Castanets. Burn Something Beautiful was amply represented by Horizontal, Sunday Morning Feeling & Beauty and the Buzz, dedicated to Ronnie Laine & Ian McLagan. Johnny Volume (paean to Johnny Thunders) brought the guitar hammer down with a power rarely heard since Crazy Horse. His encore was appropriately Arizona, about being hospitalized in AZ while on tour due to Hep C (since cured). Jesse Malin opened with a stripped down set, highlighted by Shane MacGowan’s If I Should Fall From Grace With God.