Music Picks: Liz Pappademas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mad Professor, Bill Frisell 

Also, Taylor Swift, Los Tres, Saint Motel, David Allan Coe and others

Thursday, Apr 8 2010


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, the latest from this megapopular Canadian crooner, goes a little heavy on the soft-rock stylings for my taste: "Haven't Met You Yet," a Bublé original in the mold of his 2005 smash "Home," offers sweet with no sour, while an ill-advised cover of the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" is pure waiting-room Easy Cheese. That said, Bublé remains a hugely appealing interpreter of the standards on which he made his name, bringing a youthful edge to evergreens like "Come Fly With Me" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" without sacrificing the material's grown-up charm (his over-the-top take on "Cry Me a River" is an exception, and a deliciously trashy one). Of course, overly pious defenders of the Great American Songbook may still take issue with the arena-slick spectacle of Bublé's live show. But what other young singer is bringing the Songbook to Staples right now? (Mikael Wood)

Late last year the Mexican pop superstar Alejandro Fernández released a double album called Dos Mundos, on which he offered one set of sleekly produced pop songs and another of traditional (if also rather sleekly produced) ranchera music ("Two Worlds" — get it?). That's more or less the idea behind Los Tres Tour, which features Fernández (the son of towering icon Vicente Fernández) alongside two slightly older artists who've shown no less of an interest in fusing the local and the global: Joan Sebastian, an old-school balladeer with a prolific songwriting sideline, and Marco Antonio Solis, former front man of Mexico's immensely popular Los Bukis. Individual performances from each of the three will be on the docket, but onstage collaborations are promised as well. Also Sat. (Mikael Wood)

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Also playing Friday: THE MELODIANS at Saint Rocke; OPETH at the Wiltern; VERY BE CAREFUL at Escape Room at Montecristo; WARREN G., J. J. & ALEX LOVE at Air Conditioned Lounge; TERRY REID at McCabe's; KNUX, NOCANDO, 5 O'CLOCK SHADOWBOXERS, HOLLOYS at Spaceland; LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC at Disney Hall; SPIRIT ANIMAL, GRAY KID at the Echo; CAN OF JAM at House of Blues; ANDREW W.K. at the Key Club; OWL CITY at Club Nokia; GOLDENBOY at 14 below; JACK SHELDON at Cafe 322; WATKINS FAMILY HOUR at Largo at the Coronet; EDIE SEDGWICK, FORMER GHOSTS, TEARIST, FANTASTICA BASTIDAS at the Smell; SLIM JIM PHANTOM at Weber's Place; BROTHER SAL, TRUTH & SALVAGE CO. at the Hotel Cafe; LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS at the Galaxy Theatre; NIKKA COSTA at the Roxy; EDDIE MONEY at the Canyon; UNDGROUND at the Echo.



Liars' new Sisterworld reflects the bizarro art-punk trio's move to Los Angeles following stints in Brooklyn and Berlin, and it's not necessarily a picture-perfect postcard of our complicated city: As Liz Ohanesian reported in these pages last month, front man Angus Andrew came up with much of the album's material while living above a La Brea Avenue weed dispensary whose oft-unsavory clientele led him to declare L.A. "one of the scariest places I've ever lived." On Sisterworld, Andrew and his bandmates surround their pummeling rock riffs with lots of eerie post-Eno atmosphere, but onstage Liars tend to emphasize their music's brute force; the front man does a pretty convincing Iggy Pop impression as well. With local electro-rock act Fol Chen, two members of which are currently playing as part of the Liars live band. (Mikael Wood)

Much like the fringes of religion and UFOlogy, pop music is fraught with "second comings" (Stone Roses albums notwithstanding). So how will you prepare for the indie-pop rapture proposed by Saint Motel? Their latest manifestation involves something called "World Contact Day" — a continuation of efforts 57 years ago this month by the International Flying Saucer Bureau to telepathically contact outer-space visitors. The contact, so they say, was unsuccessful (or was it? How else do you explain Lady Gaga — or Riskay's alien-busting anthem, "Smell Yo Dick"?). Ultimately, Saint Motel will attempt the impossible: to make the audience sit still long enough in the face of its hook-laden pop ecstasies to think about anything else in the first place. Call it an elite and you'd be right. Also: Mississippi Man, Pity Party, Voxhaul Broadcast. (David Cotner)

Also playing Saturday: PATTY GRIFFIN & BUDDY MILLER at the Wiltern; VERY BE CAREFUL at Alex's Bar; ADAM GREEN, THE DEAD TREES at the Troubadour; BAD RELIGION at the House of BLues; ADLER'S APPETITE, LOGAN'S HEROES, THE OPERA at the Key Club; SONES DE MEXICO at the Getty Villa; GRAM RABBIT at Pappy & Harriet's Place; PITY PARTY, VOXHAUL BROADCAST at Echo; 60 WATT KID, DIRT DRESS, SPECULATOR, TAN DOLLAR at Synchronicity Space; CHRISTOPH BULL playing organ to Hitchcock's The Lodger at UCLA; VOICES OF FAITH & HOPE BEYOND PRISON WALLS at the Holy Family Bookstore; SLOUGH FEG, BIBLE OF THE DEVIL, PROFESSOR, GREEN & WOOD at Spaceland; LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC at Disney Hall; LA OPERA at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; "CURIO-KE" at the Echo Curio; BEN GIBBARD at Largo at the Coronet; FUNKY SOLE at the Echo.

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