Blog Show Alert: Susan James in LA January 26th! January 24, 2013 admin Heads up LA-based Susan James fans. This wonderfully talented singer/songwriter is set to perform at the Theosophical Society, in the Annie Besant Lodge this Saturday. Tix are $10! Check out this great write-up on Susan in LA Weekly: Susan James wanted to do something different after finishing her fifth album, Driving Toward the Sun. She’s had wild record-release parties before — two years ago, the Topanga singer-guitarist celebrated the arrival of her previous CD, Highways, Ghosts, Hearts and Home, with performances from literally half of the local power-pop underground and alt-country aristocracy. Tonight the musical focus will be solely on James and her crafty backup band, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have other surprises in store. Tarot readers and magicians will create an air of mystery, and more magic will be conveyed by comedian Rick Overton, who, James promises, “will bend your mind like … a spoon.” Eschewing the usual nightclub setting, the singer has booked the historic and intimate Besant Lodge, whose stained-glass windows should cast a reverential, violet-tinged glow over James’ new songs, such as “Wandering,” in which her radiant vocals soar serenely over an appropriately sunny jingle-jangle of country-rock guitars. “I got a compass for a heart/and a pickaxe mind,” she sings. “We’ll follow our dreams/while the blacktop snake unwinds.” — By Falling James and if you haven’t done so already, check out her beautiful vid for her single “Wandering” Wandering – Susan James from Susan James on Vimeo.