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Sara Watkins & Tom Brosseau at Largo at the Coronet
On Tom Brosseau’s latest album, Posthumous Success (FatCat), it’s his voice that’s going to get you. A backwoodsy, vibrato-dripping thing, it’s not a big sound. It’s even a little rickety, and while you never doubt his sincerity, Brosseau has a beautiful way of not tripping and falling into a big vat of maple syrup. Posthumous Success is — on the surface — a plainspoken affair of ruminations on the ups and downs of life, painted from an acoustic folkie-blues palette dappled with a tone drawn from his early life on the pensive plains of North Dakota; nimble flickerings of electronic lacery gifts his songs’ unadorned sentimentality with a terrain of far deeper dimension. Nickel Creek’s singer-fiddler Sara Watkins performs selections from her tasty solo debut on Nonesuch, which was produced by Led Zep’s John Paul Jones. (John Payne)
Also playing Saturday:
CHARLIE HUNTER, ERIC KALB, ALAN FERBER at the Mint; EXPOSE, SHANNON, DEBBIE DEB, SA-FIRE, ANGEL, STACY Q at Gibson Amphitheatre; PROTECT ME, DAVID SCOTT STONE, COMMON EIDER KING EIDER, TEARIST, MIKE VIDA at the Smell; THE CHUCK DUKOWSKI SEXTET, SPOT at the Echo Curio; IMAGINATION MOVERS at Club Nokia; TREVOR HALL, THE NICK RALLIS BAND at the Dakota Music Lounge; TOM RUSSELL at McCabe’s; AMPS FOR CHRIST, AVI BUFFALO, FOOT FOOT, BIG DEATH at Pehrspace; SPEEDBUGGY, LOS DUGGANS, LOS CREEPERS at the Redwood Bar; NEBULA at the Nomad Collective Art Compound.
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Cold Cave, Nite Jewel, DJ Tim Burgess at The Echo
Though Cold Cave mastermind Wesley Eisold has moonlit in all kinds of bands (most notably, as the singer of hardcore punkers Some Girls), this new project marks his first attempt to write the songs he’s performing. It’s also Eisold’s debut stab at synth-pop, but neither of those factors diminish the man’s ability to turn out nigh-perfect three-minute amalgams of upbeat electronic beats, experimental noise, and coolly subdued vocals (think Matthew Dear run through a fuzz filter). It’s no wonder Matador just signed the Philly-based band and reissued its debut LP, Love Comes Close, what with endlessly catchy tracks such as “Life Magazine” contained therein. The group’s lineup also helps to explain its awesomeness: Eisold is joined by former Xiu Xiu member Caralee McElroy and Dominick Fernow, also known as cult noisemaker Prurient. Opening the evening is L.A.’s own Nite Jewel, whose dulcet and rhythm-heavy keyboard jams should do their part to float listeners into the rafters before Cold Cave takes them subterranean. (Chris Martins)
Also playing Sunday:
BRIAN WILSON, DAVE ALVIN, THE LIVING SISTERS, HARPER SIMON at Walt Disney Concert Hall; PETER HIMMELMAN at the Air Conditioned Lounge (11 a.m.); JO KRASEVICH, ALASKAN SUMMER, SKYLER STONESTREET, LYNHURST at the Hotel Cafe; MACK WINSTON & THE REFLECTIONS, VEIL VEIL VANISH, TAMARYN at the Bootleg Theater; LUKE RATHBORNE at Largo at the Coronet.
Manimal Records Residency feat. Polyamourous Affair, Zaza, Tearist, Laco$te at the Echo
There are many Southern California sounds, and they range from trippy psychedelia to Topanga folk to funky rock and soul and beyond. Hot L.A. label Manimal Vinyl puts the emphasis on the latter — beyond — and infuses it with much of the former. Which is to say that like all forward-thinking labels, it’s hard to draw a circle around what a label does, other than that it offers surprise after surprise. Tonight begins Manimal’s risque residency at the Echo, and those looking to understand where L.A. music (and a few East Coast refugees) is headed in the next decade would be wise to clear their Monday schedule. Over the course of the month Manimal will showcase most of its roster, starting with this evening’s rhythm heavy set from a flock of Manimals. Expect a little bit of pop-thump-lounge (Polyamourous Affair), some guitar-wash introspection (Brooklyn’s Zaza), hot freakazoid dance music (the buzzing Tearist) and the recently signed synth/punk/noise troupe Laco$te. (Randall Roberts)
Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona
He takes his shirt off for you and — doink! — you pelt him with a beer bottle? Morrissey has had his share of problems on his current world tour: he’s collapsed on stage; walked off after being hit in the head; and had a heckling fan thrown out. He was probably singing “If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me” or some other witty, sharp-tongued track off his latest Swords, a collection of B-sides and rarities from his last three albums. And during his last SoCal stop at this year’s Coachella, Morrissey also left mid-performance because the stench of barbeque proved to be too much. Coincidentally, the flared nostrils on Swords’ cover make him look like he’s standing in a pile of Big Macs. The only problem he’ll have performing here in L.A. are all the bodies flinging on stage, trying to hug him; his 2007 Hollywood Bowl appearance included a record 10, count ‘em, 10. But he’s older and softer now, and can bruise like a peach. So be careful. We’re going to want him back. Also at the Gibson Amphitheater, Thurs., Dec. 10. (Siran Babayan)