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Also playing Saturday:
V.V. BROWN at Bardot; DJ LANCE ROCK at Amoeba Music (4 p.m.); LARRY GOLDINGS at the Bootleg Theater; PINE MOUNTAIN LOGS at the Canyon; HOWARDAMB, MISSINCINNATI, KANDYCE & THE KILLDOZER, SLEEPWALKERS LOCAL at the Echo Curio; THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS at Largo at the Coronet; LANGHORNE SLIM, APRIL SMITH & THE GREAT PICTURE SHOW at McCabe's; THE SHAKERS, THE KING CHEETAH, THE SWAGGER STICK at Mr. T's Bowl.
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Out of Town
The perennially relevant Open Gate Theater presents two daring champs of improvisational new music, and a whole lot more: The Motoko Honda Band stars the Yokohama-born pianist/sound artist in performances of thrilling dexterity and drama, even more exciting for her unbound approach to the instrument as a source of infinite sonic intrigue. Often employing prepared piano augmented by digital-delay effects, Honda's works plow a new ravine through Euro-classical, jazz, Asian traditional musics and, best of all, electronically enhanced none-of-the-above. She'll be accompanied by two other crucial figures on the L.A. new-music scene, violinist Jeff Gauthier and cellist Maggie Parkins. Ken Rosser's Shadow Language guitar quartet opens with the modernist ax man's all-electric group rendering several contemporary compositions. Starts at 7 p.m. sharp. (John Payne)
Also playing Sunday:
HUUN HUUR TU at Amoeba Music; LE FACE, THE FRANKS at the Echo; THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS at Largo at the Coronet; CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO at McCabe's; DEVON WILLIAMS, MOSES CAMPBELL, PROTECT ME, RARE GROOVES at the Smell; PRINCETON, CASXIO, RAFTER, THE JUBILEE SINGERS at Spaceland.
Ohioan, M. Geddes Gengras, Ah Holly Fam'ly, Bow + Arrow, Moment Trigger at Synchronicity Space
New Mexico's high-country quintet Ohioan push a heavy dirge that replicates a slowed-down Fela Kuti on 'ludes, Sweden's Harvester or maybe a combo of the two with Can at its warped and sloppiest moments. Which isn't to say Ohian will leave you sleepy: In fact, the arc of these songs brings the whole thing crashing back every so often in the set. Ah Holly Fam'ly bring a stripped-down, biblical sort of folk that blends guitars, flute, keys, fiddle and even cello. Like the Waltons gone all wrong and incest-y, this Portland "Fam'ly" has a soft, creepy delivery. M. Geddes Gengras dabbles in the wizardry of bent, fed-back frequencies, doubled over and then quadrupled over again within more waves of ramshackle instrumentation. Moment Trigger too bring a shit ton of noise on homemade instruments, metal guitars and incoherent, over-the-top, effect-laden mics. But Seattle's Bow + Arrow, on the other hand, throw down an onslaught of straight-out hard, sweaty, fast, wound-up music. These Washingtonians harken back to the DIY days of yore in the Pacific Northwest — don't mess with their bikes outside tonight. (Wendy Gilmartin)
Also playing Monday:
RUMSPRINGA, RED ARROW MESSENGER, JENNY O at the Bootleg Theater; LAUREN SHERA at the Dakota Music Lounge; USELESS KEYS, LIGHT FM, BLACK APPLES, LEF at the Echo; SLANTY SHANTY at Pehrspace; SPIRIT ANIMAL, ALL WRONG & THE PLANS CHANGE at the Roxy.
St. Vincent, Wildbirds & Peacedrums at El Rey THEATRE
St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark has done time with indie-pop maximalists Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree, and on last year's Actor — a Top 15 finisher in the Village Voice's recent Pazz & Jop critics' poll — the Brooklyn-based singer-guitarist demonstrated how deeply she's internalized the D.I.Y. wall-of-sound aesthetic those acts share. Actor is an intricately arranged art-rock opus that never stops finding room for new tones and textures; in "Marrow" alone, she somehow finds a way to link swooning Disney-score strings, tinny C+C Music Factory horns and a grinding dance-punk beat. What's more, she does it without ever lapsing into the sticky-sweet preciousness that sometimes bogs down Stevens' and the Spree's stuff — see appealingly creepy titles like "Black Rainbow" and "Laughing With a Mouthful of Blood." With Wildbirds & Peacedrums, a curious percussion-and-vocals duo from Sweden. (Mikael Wood)
Also playing Tuesday:
NOUVELLE VAGUE, SOKO, FINDLAY BROWN at the Henry Fonda Theater; HOD HULPHERS, THE MOORE BROTHERS, CAVE COUNTRY at the Echo Curio; JAY NASH, NIKKI JEAN, KATIE COSTELLO at the Hotel Cafe; ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS, ARSIS, MUTINY WITHIN at House of Blues; LOUDON WAINRIGHT III at Largo at the Coronet; MONTE MONTGOMERY, DANNY CLICK, TITUS at the Mint; ROLL THE TANKS, GOOBY BOO & PEEKERS, BOMB YOUR FACE at the Silverlake Lounge; MIA DOI TODD, CORREATOWN, ARIANA DELAWARI, DJ NOBODY at Spaceland; MUMFORD & SONS at the Troubadour.
Wild Beasts, Still Life Still, Magic Bullets at the Troubadour
Leeds-based quartet Wild Beasts is about as stylistically unruly as they come, but all the more comely for its far-out forays into impossibly smooth art-rock. Mapping out the band's influences from the sound of its most recent album, the excellent Two Dancers (Domino), would result in a bizarre constellation of total red herrings: Antony & the Johnsons, Queen, Talking Heads, the Smiths ... Dave Koz? That's probably why critics prefer to focus on the lyrics of singers Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming. While the former sports a Freddy Mercury–grade falsetto and the latter hews closer to the baritone rumblings of Morrissey, neither strays far from a common theme: decadence. A combination of black humor, dirty jokes and regretful knowing fuels Wild Beasts' poetic forays into the treacheries committed by men after women, by women after objects, and by objects of mankind's desires. Opener Still Life Still is touring in support of an album titled Girls Come Too, which seems a good fit. (Chris Martins)