MARK SULTAN AT SPACELAND
Last year, this wildly prolific Montreal garage-punk guy released records with both the King Khan & BBQ Show and the Almighty Defenders, the latter of whom play Coachella on Saturday. But tonight Mark Sultan concludes a tour under his own name in support of $, a just-released solo disc whose dollar-sign title may well reflect how much it cost to make (i.e., one buck). Sultan's love of lo-fi sonics hardly sets him apart from the zillion other retro-garage acts toiling in Jack White's shadow. What differentiates his stuff is his genuine sense of tune-craft — $cuts like "Go Berserk" and "Status" boast nearly Ramones-grade melodies, while "I Get Nothin' From My Girl" shows off a disarmingly tender side that should rope in Zombies fans along with all the Tav Falco nuts. (Mikael Wood)
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY AT GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE
Just think: a night of fast-paced, old-school gangsta rap out under the stars. As stomach-churning a concept as it may be to some of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's earliest fans, the reunited Cleveland quartet has earned the right to play to a few thousand looky-loos sipping on wine and chomping on garlic fries. The group has persevered through some truly challenging times, maintaining its artistic cachet even though it hasn't had a Hot 100 chart-climber since 1997's vexingly pro-peace PSA "If I Could Teach the World." Chalk it up to the enduring relevance of Bone's game-changing 1995 album, E. 1999 Eternal, which found the uniquely talented Krazy, Lazie, Bizzy and Wish espousing the escapist benefits of smoking pot, consulting Ouija boards, collecting welfare and authoring hyperviolent lyrical narratives. Like so many of their peers, Bone cast the modern ghetto as a postapocalyptic urban nightmare, but they did so with a virtuosic, harmonic and devilish flair that has yet to be bested. (Chris Martins)
Also playing Friday: COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (see feature); OLETA ADAMS at Catalina Bar & Grill; ANDY CLOCKWISE, GEORGE STANFORD, VIENNE, JOHN TORRES at the Hotel Cafe; MOSES CAMPBELL, PROCESSORS, OSTRICH EYES at the Smell; MARK KNOPFLER at the Pantages; TOSCA at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel; MICACHU at the Echo; REPEATER at Alex's Bar; P.J. MORTON, DEJUAN TURRENTINE at the Roxy; JOSH RITTER at Fingerprints; BLUE SCHOLARS at Viper Room; JAMES INTVELD at Arcadia Blues Club; FIVE FOR FIGHTING, THE DAN BAND (CHILDREN MENDING HEARTS FUNDRAISING GALA) at the Henry Fonda; NAT ADDERLEY JR. at Spazio; JACQUES LESURE TRIO at Red White + Bluezz; WHISPER KID, ODNILA G, BLUE TAPE RED TAPE, W.H.I.T.E. at Echo Curio; JESSICA FICHOT at El Cid; LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC at Disney Hall; THE EAGLES at the Hollywood Bowl.
RECORD STORE DAY AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The third annual Record Store Day (see Go L.A.) presents a cornucopia of daytime enter.tainment for the music-obsessed Angeleno who hasn't headed out to the desert for a certain little music festival. Start your morning at Amoeba, where a preorder of Smashing Pumkins' upcoming EP, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor, will gain you entry to an early in-store by the legendary alt-rock band. Stick around for T-shirt screenings from Dangerbird Records, not to mention a CD signing from Slash, and a DJ set from Salt-n-Pepa's Spinderella (!). Or, leave early to ensure a good sight line for the Pumpkins' 4 p.m. performance at Space 15 Twenty (prepurchase wristband required). Alternately, you could just camp out at Origami Vinyl from 2 p.m. on and catch a mind-boggling array of excellent bands playing in a very small space: surf-poppers Dum Dum Girls, garage-rockers Male Bonding, serene electronicist the One AM Radio and the legendary Lou Barlow. Looking for something chiller still? Head over to Vacation Vinyl, where graphic novelist Tom Neely, at least one member of Pelican, and possibly Wes from Cold Cave will be deejaying. (Chris Martins)
JEFF BECK AT THE NOKIA THEATRE
One of the original English guitar heroes, Jeff Beck has been in a nostalgic state of mind lately. In January he led a tribute to old-school six-stringer Les Paul at the Grammy Awards, then headed out on the road for a string of arena dates with fellow Yardbirds alumnus Eric Clapton. This week, though, Beck arrives in Los Angeles behind something new: Emotion & Commotion, his first solo album since 2003, on which the guitarist tackles such wide-ranging material as Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" and Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" with help from a handful of singers (including Imelda May and Joss Stone) and a 64-piece orchestra. According to Beck's rep, he'll be joined at the Nokia by a local 22-piece orchestra (a one-off on his current tour), so expect a set long on bombast. (Mikael Wood)
Also playing Saturday: COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (see feature); LOS DAREYES DE LA SIERRA at the Wiltern; OLETA ADAMS at Catalina Bar & Grill; THE CRYSTELLES, ON THE 5, SO MANY WIZARDS at the Smell; MARK KNOPFLER at the Pantages; JJ, DELOREAN, BACHELORETTE at the Echoplex; SISU at Pehrspace; BAD VEINS at Spaceland; DON RANDI AND QUEST at the Baked Potato; DIBLO DIBALA at Dakota Music Lounge; ARCHEOLOGY at the Prospector; ROMMEL, BLUE, ODE TO ANTONY at Rainbow Bar & Grill; ROB MICHAELS, GIDEON SCORCH at the Roxy; TIMONIUM at Echo Curio; LA VIE, WHITTON at Hotel Cafe; SHAWN DANIELS at Viper Room; BARRY MANILOW at Ahmanson Theatre; MICACHU & THE SHAPES at Getty Center; LEE ROCKER at Indian Motorcycle LA; FAIR TO MIDLAND, KARNIVOOL at the Troubadour; LUNAR SWAY, THE SCARLET FURIES at the Mint; THE ENGLISH BEAT at the Canyon; LA OPERA at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC at Disney Hall; THE EAGLES at the Hollywood Bowl.