Rock

Phoenix on the Faultline, Johnzo West, Blue Moon Revue, Sugar Moon Rabbit

When: Fri., June 27, 10 p.m. 2014

Los Angeles-based songwriter Johnzo West was born and raised a Hoosier, and he’s rolling into town for a homecoming gig at the Melody Inn on Friday night, touring in support of a recently finished new EP that will be released in the coming weeks. The EP’s first single, “It Ain’t Right”, is a gorgeously meditative tune sporting lyrics like “and it takes aim to pierce the soul” and a warm Laurel Canyon vibe that should win over the heart of any Phosphorescent fan. Inspired by time spent out in the desert around Joshua Tree National Park, West’s new video for the song captures all its soul and features Johnzo soaking up the expansive beauty of the great Western outdoors. West, a solo musician who is also lead guitarist for Fortress Social Club and formerly fronted The Swell, has also gained acclaim for his winning cover of the Carl Perkins classic “Honey Don’t” as well as a collaboration with Miley Cyrus on a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” for Amnesty International’s Chimes of Freedom compilation. The video for the latter has surpassed ten million YouTube views and hit #1 on both MTV and CMT. Johnzo West will share Friday night’s bill with the crackling hometown trio of Phoenix on the Fault Line, Sugar Moon Rabbit and Blue Moon Revue in support. —­ Justin Wesley 21+

Price: $6

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