AMY RAY AT THE TROUBADOUR: The Indigo Girls may still be getting "Closer to Fine" but we think the duo has always been there. Amy Ray, who makes up 50-percent of the band, has done tons of solo work in addition to her IG recordings. The sound? Stripped-down melodies, fierce guitars, warm vocals, pure Amy. Wednesday, January 28, 9:30PM. $18/door. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood.
MORE ACOUSTIC DELICIOUSNESS: City and Colour -- aka Canadian Dallas Green (get it?) -- also creates worlds out of well-chosen guitar strums and meaningful lyrics. "The Girl" is such a pretty, lilting ditty we think we'd have to fight the urge to stand up and dance around our chair. No one would care, right? Wednesday, January 28, 7:30PM. $17/door. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
FANCY COLD-WEATHER FARE? We do, and we also know that winter isn't nearly over yet. Kitchen Outfitters in Long Beach focuses on vittles that warm the cockles and toast the tummy and everything we need food to do in January. Plus, we'll learn how to make an upside-down cake, which has always bewildered us. Nay, blown our mind. Seems like a good thing to finally get straight. Wednesday, January 28, 6:30PM. $55. 5666 E. Second Street, Long Beach. 562-434-2728