Your Guide To This Week’s North County Concerts

This week’s collection of artists playing in North County consists of storytellers. Whether they aim to spread the attitude of an area or a social movement, these musicians are on a mission.

Gill Landry – 12/1

Brick 15

Del Mar

Landry, a Louisiana native, creates music similar in style to fellow storytellers Bob Dylan, John Prine and Tom Waits.

Besides being a long-time contributor to the Old Crow Medicine Show, he also wrote the narration, narrated and appeared in the documentary “Austin to Boston,” produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Gill

Landry is an up-and-coming artist you shouldn’t miss before he gets too big to catch.

The Expendables – 12/2

Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA

A surf-rock band straight out of Santa Cruz, a surf mecca, the Expendables grew up living a laid-back lifestyle and their music reflects that.

This surf-rock band channels ‘80s punk as well as reggae, combining all facets of surf culture for a truly Santa Cruz musical experience. They’re just trying to spread the tasty jams while they search for tasty waves.

The Magnificent – 12/3

The Pour House

Oceanside, CA

Looking for a rockin’ sixties soul-revival? The Magnificent plays “non-stop shouters and stompers” that will get any room movin’ and groovin’.

Although they started out individually on the Hollywood rock scene, they have kept their affinity for soul under wraps until now.

With two energetic frontmen leading the show, there’s no doubt they’ll have you on your feet by the end of it all.

Rising Appalachia – 12/3

Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA

Rising Appalachia’s songs are a blend of folk and world music.

Their passion for justice is not just tangible but palatable when brought to you via the rich harmonies of sisters Leah and Chloe. The spoken-word spirit appears in many of their tracks, bringing together the power of voice and music.

Ben de la Cour – 12/4

Brick 15

Del Mar

De la Cour plays what he refers to as “Americanoir,” dark and gritty stories set to Americana of the same hue.

His influences range from Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon to bands like Slayer, Nick Cave and The Gun Club. De la Cour was selected as one of six winners of the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” competition in May of this year.

His new album Midnight in Havana displays a raw intensity that separates de la Cour from other “anguished” artists.