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Music Picks: Buzzcocks, Diana Ross, Isis, the xx 

Also, Compton Metal Night, Health, Thao and Mirah

Thursday, Jun 3 2010
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FRIDAY/JUNE/4

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM AT THE PALLADIUM
As archetypal a New York City band as any on active duty right now, LCD Soundsystem nonetheless made the brand-new This Is Happening right here in L.A., at Rick Rubin's purportedly haunted Laurel Canyon mansion. (Earlier this year LCD mastermind James Murphy told Pitchfork that the album's lead single, "Drunk Girls," is about the fact that the mansion's chef regularly referred to Murphy and his coterie as "the girls.") So perhaps we're in for some poignant reminiscing at the Palladium, where LCD will perform as a reportedly ripping six-piece live band that currently includes synthmeister Gavin Russom, Tyler Pope of !!! and local guitarist David Scott Stone. Even if Murphy foregoes the anecdotes, though, you should definitely go: With its juicy dance-rock grooves and its funny-depressing lyrics (on romance, aging and the romance of aging), This Is Happening is most certainly that. (Mikael Wood)

COMPTON METAL NIGHT AT THE SMELL
Most likely you don't think of little old Compton as a hotbed of metalmania. Fact is, though, there's a thriving scene for some real grand grind/doom/crust/power-violence there: Suffering Luna's been around since the '90s and keeps resurfacing with a hellish brand of psychedelic hardcore laced with weird polyrhythms, media–sound bite samples, tape loops and hairy walls of guitar that owe to the artier strains of Scando black metal and '70s Euro kosmische musik. Their performances are grueling, paranoid affairs that burn their way into trance. Demoralize got together in early '09, and their angle on the metal is like a work in progress. Expect a slamming Anthrax/Motörhead/Sepultura/Slayer kinda homage in their original tunes. Necrobitchuery is Juan (lead guitar), Francisco (drums), Frank (bass) and Alexis (rhythm guitar/vocals), who offer this advice: "Keep shit true to yourself and don't follow no pussy-ass trends." (John Payne)

click to flip through (2) What do they get? Better with age: Buzzcocks.
  • What do they get? Better with age: Buzzcocks.
 
 

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50 CENT AT NOKIA
This 50 Cent is a mogul monster, what with the films and TV shows and record label and collabs with Kelly Clarkson and all, so you want to witness the man's spoutin' prowess before he gets the rest of his tattoos lasered off for those future big-screen roles where he'll play a dad in Encino whose best friend is a St. Bernard or something. The onstage 50 Cent is all tight and lean and very much on toppa his game, not like his Get Rich or Die Tryin'movie would've indicated, more like that "Blood on the Sand" video where he's in Iraq beatin' the crap outta terrorists. Just saying that you still need to have this guy on your side. Onstage, dude's a genially scary dynamo, with a famously natural flow. He's doing things with a live band, too, and while his newfound interest in upbeat "dance" music probably won't be a big part of this set, you just never, ever know. (John Payne)

Also playing Friday: MIIKE SNOW at Fox Theater Pomona; PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, NEON INDIAN at Natural History Museum; MIA DOI TODD, SIMONE WHITE at McCabe's Guitar Shop; MUMFORD & SONS, THE MIDDLE EAST at the Music Box; LOCAL NATIVES, SUCKERS at the Troubadour; MOSES CAMPBELL, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, BIG WHUP, SPIRIT VINE at Echo Curio; TRASHCAN SINATRAS at Key Club; HELLO MY NAME IS RED, TOMORROW'S TULIPS at Pehrspace; THE GOLDEN FILTER at Spaceland; CLASS ACTRESS at the Echo; THE RALPH PENLAND POLYGON at LACMA; THE SILVER LAKE CHORUS at El Cid; BEN VAUGHN & THE DESERT CLASSIC at Cinema Bar.

 

SATURDAY/JUNE/5

BUZZCOCKS AT CLUB NOKIA
"This may sound strange/My future and my past are presently disarranged," Pete Shelley sang back in 1978 on the Buzzcocks' second album, Love Bites. "And I'm surfing on a wave of nostalgia for an age yet to come." Tonight, the Buzzcocks' past and present merge for a special concert that's ostensibly about nostalgia but which will likely emphasize just how vital the long-running British punk-pop quartet still is. Like so many other veteran musicians these days, the Buzzcocks plan to perform a full-length rendition of one of their classic albums, in this case Love Bites. But because many of their early songs are so short and snappy, the twist here is that Shelley and guitarist-singer Steve Diggle will also have time to play their entire debut album, Another Music in a Different Kitchen, as well as a scattering of hits from throughout their fertile career. Obviously, the focus tonight will be on such beloved oldies as "What Do I Get?," "Fast Cars," "Sixteen Again," "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" and the sublimely mesmerizing "E.S.P." — a seemingly endless string of compellingly melodic gems that inspired a legion of critics to accurately describe the Buzzcocks as "the punk Beatles." However, let's hope that the group will also break out some of the thrilling tunes, such as "Choices," "Flat-Pack Philosophy" and the aptly titled "Why Compromise?," from their more recent (and criminally underrated) comeback albums. (Falling James)

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