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Also playing Wednesday: BROKEN BELLS at the Music Box; TALIB KWELI & HI-TEK at House of Blues; JACK TEMPCHIN at Crane's Hollywood Tavern; DUB CLUB at The Echo; ABUSED ROMANCE, ADRIAN VERA at The Troubadour; ROB ROY, 87 STICK UP KIDS, LEXICON DON at The Roxy; SARA RADLE, ANDREW LYNCH, CORREATOWN, C-HORSE at Spaceland; THE TENDER BOX at Viper Room; ASKING ALEXANDRIA at Whisky A Go-Go.
MINUS THE BEAR, EVEREST AT THE MAYAN
Evidently riding high on the solid midlevel success of last year's Silversun Pickups record, local indie Dangerbird has spent the first half of 2010 snapping up bands like they're going out of style. Among their catches: Codeine Velvet Club, Hot Hot Heat, Fitz & the Tantrums and Seattle's Minus the Bear, whose label debut, Omni, hit stores earlier this month. Working with Shins/White Stripes producer Joe Chiccarelli, MTB mellow their typically busy emo-prog sound with more tuneful vocals and some smooth-sailing Steely Dan white-funk bits. Think Maroon 5 for Stella-swilling hipsters. (I really like Maroon 5.) L.A.'s rootsy-punky Everest have a new one out as well, called On Approach; it's their first for Warner Bros. but doesn't sound terribly impressed with that fact. (Mikael Wood)
GLEE LIVE! IN CONCERT! AT GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE
If you're not already a fan of Fox's brilliant show-choir series, there's no way this limited-run stage production is gonna convince you to start tuning in. In fact, the awesomest thing about Glee Live! In Concert! might actually be that it only lends credence to detractors' claims that the series breathes the same performative air as Disney on Ice and the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. (And their point is ...?) Sad to report that the adults who play Sue Sylvester and Mr. Schuester are not along for the ride. But all the principal youngsters are, including the touchingly hilarious Chris Colfer (aka Kurt Hummel) and Lea Michele (aka Rachel Berry), whose extensive background on Broadway should stand her in good stead tonight. Reportedly on the set list: "Don't Stop Believin'," "Somebody to Love," "Sweet Caroline" and "Don't Rain on My Parade." Also May 21-22. (Mikael Wood)
Also playing Thursday: KRS-ONE, LUMINARIES, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS at Royce Hall; CHRIS HILLMAN at the Grammy Museum, SIMPLE CITIZENS at Air Conditioned Lounge; NASHVILLE PUSSY, COCKPIT at Key Club; I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. at Weber's Place; CASXIO, VANAPRASTA, SYMPHONIC CIRCLES at The Troubadour; THE ROYAL HIGHNESS at Viper Room; SHOUT OUT LOUDS at El Rey.