Jake Bugg at The El Rey - 3.14.16

words + photos by Joe Cortez

English rocker Jake Bugg stopped by LA's El Rey Theater on Monday, March 14 for a night of tracks old and new in anticipation of the release of his upcoming long player, "On My One" (available June 17 via Virgin/Island Records).

How refreshing it was to see a performer like Bugg take the stage this night. Despite his very tender age, I was struck by how assured his writing and musicianship was. Direct and to the point, Bugg's set was focused on his songs with little talk between numbers but listen closer and you'll probably find all you really need to know about the young Bugg through his music. Bugg wears his classic American rock and roll influences on his sleeve and his lyrics are clearly drawn from his own personal observations and life, filtered through a genuine passion for straight forward, stripped down and very real rock and roll.

Check out my photos from the night, also featuring openers Mystic Braves, below. For more on Jake Bugg, be sure to visit jakebugg.com and follow @jakebugg on Twitter.

Jake Bugg Photo Gallery

Mystic Braves Photo Gallery