By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
THURSDAY, Oct. 12
Jedi Mind Tricks, Outerspace at the Troubadour
If The Nation’s Alexander Cockburn were an MC, he might sound like Jedi Mind Tricks verbalist Vinnie Paz. On Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell, the angry Philadelphian raps about everything from Iraq to sweatshops. Yet Paz is about more than politics, whether despairing of mainstream hip-hop’s fixation with bling and booties or copping to suicidal thoughts, as he does on “Razorblade Salvation.” Partner Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind’s stomping beats mirror Paz’s gravelly flow, but then he’ll throw curveballs like a Sufjan Stevens sample. First up, Philly homies Outerspace will sling verses from Blood Brothers, a tale of the hood backlit by everything from Sicilian murder ballads to Motown soul. The flexing is relentless; the banging-ness makes up for it. (Andrew Lentz)
FRI., 10/ 6: MISERY INDEX at the Knitting Factory; JONNY LANG at HOB; BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH at Vine Street Lounge; DEAR NORA, THE MAE SHI at the Smell; ROGER WATERS at Hollywood Bowl; PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE at California Plaza.
SAT., 10/7: KINKY at the Grand Avenue Festival; TOM RECCHION, CALIFONE, CARL STONE, MICHAEL ZBYSZYNSKI at the Getty Center; CELTIC FROST, SUNN0))), GOATWHORE at HOB; JULIA FORDHAM at the Troubadour; MONSTERS ARE WAITING, AFROBEAT DOWN, ELENI MANDELL & INARA GEORGE at Eagle Rock Festival; L.A. PHILHARMONIC & DAKAH HIP-HOP ORCHESTRA, DUBLAB SOUNDSYSTEM at Disney Hall; SACCHARINE TRUST at Mr. T’s Bowl; JAMES McMURTRY at Safari Sam’s; POWDER at the Key Club; VERY BE CAREFUL at Little Pedro’s; THE HANGMEN, TURBO AC’s at Vine Street Lounge.
TUES., 10/10: DRESDEN DOLLS at the Orpheum Theater; BOBBY BARE JR. at Spaceland.
WED., 10/11: MARCIA BALL at the Canyon; RED SPAROWES at the Knitting Factory; THE NATIONAL at the Troubadour.
THURS., 10/12: CITIZEN COPE at HoB; PAMELA Z at REDCAT.