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By Kai Flanders
Also playing Saturday:
THE RESIDENTS at the Henry Fonda Theater; I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., OLD CALIFORNIO at the Redwood Bar; PHILM (DAVE LOMBARDO), IT’S CASUAL, OTHERS at Relax Bar; STRUNG OUT, PULLEY, THE DARLINGS at El Rey Theatre; GRAMMY CHILDREN’S MUSIC CELEBRATION FEAT. ZIGGY MARLEY, MILKSHAKE, CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER at the Grammy Museum; ONE TRICK PONY, GRAYDON, COBY BROWN, LELIA BROUSSARD at the Hotel Cafe; LOS ANGELES A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL at UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom; TIM REYNOLDS & TR3 at the Mint; ROCK HOLLYWOOD HELP HAITI BENEFIT FEAT. THE PITY PARTY, POCAHAUNTED at Cinespace; TREY SONGZ, MELANIE FIONA at House of Blues; DIGABLE PLANETS at the Key Club; DAVID LINDLEY at McCabe’s; TRAPS PS, KILL KILL KILL, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, MEREDITH MYER at Pehrspace; GOWNS, FEEL FREE, TREASURE MAMMAL, NEON NAVAJO at the Smell.
THE GRAMMY AWARDS AT THE STAPLES CENTER
The annual music-industry awards show doles out trophies to the Chosen Few who have climbed the mountain and seen the promised land — the inside of Jimmy Iovine’s office. But, then, dip down below all the Gaga stuff, all the embarrassingly out-of-touch rock, metal and alt-rock nominees (the baby boomers don’t control the charts anymore, but they still control the ballots) and the major label–owned hip-hop categories, and you’ll find a host of little-engines-that-could stories: The Best Historical Reissue category pits record labels Hip-O against Rhino against Dust-to-Digital against Rounder against Archeophone; the Best Electronic/Dance Album is total weirdness (LMFAO, Lady Gaga, David Guetta, Crystal Method, Pet Shop Boys); the Best Regional Mexican Album isn’t going to make any of the headlines on Monday morning, but it means the world to the bands. So: There are worse things to do than celebrate musicians for doing a good job reaching the people. But it’d be nice if the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which administers the awards, would adjust the nomination process to better reflect the music that people are listening to today, whether it’s on a major label or not, whether it’s a chart hit or a YouTube hit, whether the artist is 25 or 65 — which is the average age of the singers in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category. (Randall Roberts)
Also playing Sunday:
LIVE FOOTAGE, KNIFEANDFORK, TANGUO NUEVO at the Echo Curio; NINJA ACADEMY at the Echo Park Film Center; DAVID LINDLEY at McCabe’s.
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DO MAKE SAY THINK, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, YEARS AT THE TROUBADOUR
It’s been several years since the Broken Social Scene diaspora became large enough to completely fill its own tour bills, but at this point, the various offshoots of the Canadian indie crew could probably populate a three-ring circus. For what it’s worth, post-rock sextet Do Make Say Think has actually been around since 1995, when the project was founded — in an elementary schoolroom whose walls sported those titular verbs — in order to score a play put on by Toronto youth. The dramatic background befits the band’s epic compositions, which are equal parts cerebral and moving, the product of studied players who also know how to ride a groove. DMST’s sixth album, Other Truths, features only four songs, three of which break the 10-minute mark, but even the longest skips lithely around stagnation. Also appearing are two solo-ish endeavors from the group’s founders, Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (members of Broken Social Scene), the Happiness Project, which converts Spearin’s interviews with his neighbors into strange jazz, and Years, a catchall instrumental feast. (Chris Martins)
Also playing Monday:
RED ARROW MESSENGER, LAST AMERICAN BUFFALO at the Bootleg Theater; DAVID SCOTT STONE, MIKKI & THE MAUSES, RANDY RANDALL at the Echo Curio; LEAH-CARLA GORDONE at El Cid; ABE VIGODA, SIGNALS, LIZZ KING at Pehrspace; SPIDER PROBLEM, GAMBLE HOUSE, WHITE ARROWS, ANIMAL STYLE at the Silverlake Lounge; PRINCETON, 60 WATT KID, ACTIVE CHILD at Spaceland.
WALE AT THE ROXY
It’s no secret that rap moves fast, but it’s a bit shocking to see the words “post-Kanye, post–Lil Wayne” ascribed to D.C. up-and-comer Wale. Still, it’s not hard to understand where critics are coming from — the 25-year-old MC straddles pop and hip-hop like a pro, adopting odd but catchy cadences in order to run down his list of sorta-heavy urban concerns. For instance, on the song “Shades,” he addresses black-on-black racism — weighty. On the other hand, his name typically appears on record covers as a glowing neon shoelace — fluffy. What’s more, the guest list on Wale’s debut full-length, Attention Deficit, points to an appetite that’s even more omnivorous than his alt-mainstream predecessors. Vocal spots are given to Lady Gaga and Gucci Mane, and production duty is split between names as diverse as Mark Ronson, the Neptunes and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. A couple names, however, are noticeably absent. Says Wale: “I asked Mr. West for a little bit of help/Realized us new niggas gotta get it ourselves.” (Chris Martins)
THE LIVING SISTERS AT THE BOOTLEG THEATER
If the Living Sisters’ whole isn’t necessarily greater than the sum of its parts, that’s only because each part of the local trio is already such a firmly established and distinctive vocalist in her own right. Becky Stark is the pure-hearted and pure-voiced leader of the Lavender Diamond. Eleni Mandell specializes in languid, glassy balladry on her nine solo albums, which encompass pop, country and jazz, but she also rocks out at times with projects like the Grabs. Inara George, the daughter of Little Feat’s Lowell George, has recorded with Van Dyke Parks and is one half of retro-pop confectioners the Bird & the Bee. Put them all together, and you have the possibility for some wonderful vocal interplay. On the Living Sisters’ upcoming full-length debut, Love to Live (Vanguard), they sing sweetly and seamlessly, whether they’re trading individual lines or combining in sumptuous harmonies. They’re too sugary on the opening song, “How Are You Doing,” but almost everything else is enchanting, especially “Hold Back,” “Ferris Wheel,” “The Mountain Has Skies,” “You Make Me Blue” and Bessie Smith’s “Good Ole Wagon.” The Living Sisters might be that rare supergroup that actually turns out to be super. (Falling James)
Also playing Tuesday:
MIA DOI TODD, ASKA, ADANOWSKY at Spaceland; NILE, IMMOLATION, KRISIUN, ROSE FUNERAL at House of Blues; NERVOUS WRECKORDS, THE LOST CHORUS, THEFT at the Bordello; FICTIONIST, MICHAEL VIDAL, FRANK TURNER at the Hotel Cafe; DANNY MALONE at the Mint.