Moving from New York to Los Angeles can have certain advantages when you're a musician. You can turn the trip into a tour, as Peter Holsapple--the lead singer of the dB's--did in recent weeks, turning his coast-to-coast sojourn into a solo club jaunt across America.
He celebrated arriving in his new hometown and the end of the tour Sunday at Al's Bar with a set of acoustic and electric guitar-accompanied songs, dominated by unreleased material along the lines of the winsome (and highly appropriate) "Looking for a Home."
Also welcome were a mixture of old and new dB's songs--the new ones being from a coming August release, the group's first in three years.
Holsapple is not really a born soloist. Given, though, that the last dB's album was a brilliant glorification of all that is smart and pure in pop, any form of execution was welcome, and the long-haired, bespectacled Holsapple--clad in a psychedelic Elvis T-shirt, playing in front of a lighted Elvis portrait--was up to the task.