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Music Picks: Femi Kuti, Love Revisited, Fol Chen, Riot Grrl Carnival 

Also, Dam-Funk, the Outline, CocoRosie and others

Thursday, Jul 1 2010
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FRIDAY/JULY/2

WALLPAPER, ROB ROY, WHITE APPLE TREE AT SPACELAND
We'll save you some time while simultaneously facilitating the blowing of your mind. You can skip White Apple Tree. The San Diego band sounds like a bad mash-up of Bloc Party and Miike Snow, so if you like low soul and high sheen, go for it. But you cannot — we repeat, cannot — afford to miss either of the other two acts performing tonight. Oakland funk-merchant Wallpaper headlines, and you can expect the duo to bring everything that we've come to love about it: deep Parliament-inspired bass grooves, high hyphy percussion, chillwave-friendly synth warmth and, of course, a sense of humor. Frontman Ricky Reed represents equal parts ribald celebration-of-swagger and biting pop-culture commentary, both of which have come into play on his viral remixes of Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and Jay-Z's "Death of Auto-Tune" (in which he profusely pitch-shifts Jigga himself). L.A.-via-Jacksonville's Rob Roy presents a similarly inspired and style-twisted profile, unraveling fractured raps over a melding of Houston screw music and Miami booty bass. (Chris Martins)

DÂM-FUNK, MASTER BLAZTER, PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, MC EIHT AT THE TROUBADOUR
According to a series of tweets he issued last week, L.A.'s boogie-funk kingpin Dâm-Funk is spending the summer "wind[ing] down" Toeachizown. That's the five-volume collection of old-school space-soul jams Stones Throw released last year to the enthusiastic acclaim of record nerds, music critics and the members of Animal Collective, who recruited Dâm-Funk to remix their song "Summertime Clothes." (Up next: collabs with Nite Jewel and Jody Watley.) Before he moves on, though, the longhaired keytar maestro is playing the Troubadour with a live band — with any luck he'll complement the Toeachizown stuff with "How U Gon Fuck Around and Choose a Buster (Over a Real Gangsta)," an awesomely titled jam he recently posted for free download on his label's site. Also on the bill: Master Blazter, Dâm-Funk's group with Computer Jay and J-1; Stones Throw chief Peanut Butter Wolf; and Compton-based gangsta-rap veteran MC Eiht. (Mikael Wood)

click to flip through (2) In the garden of Gethsemane: Love Revisited
  • In the garden of Gethsemane: Love Revisited
 
 

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THE ENTRANCE BAND, THE GROWLERS, VOICESVOICES AT THE SMELL
If you haven't seen the Entrance Band in person, you're missing out. Since "commit[ting] to the full realization of the power trio" last August, the former solo project of the once Baltimore-based blooze-hound Guy Blakeslee has blossomed into a thing of strange, hirsute beauty. Rounded out by rubber-armed drummer Derek James and A Perfect Circle/Zwan's Paz Lenchantin — who plays her bass like a lead guitar — the band rocks about five yards of hair and a nearly endless expanse of heavy, gritty psychedelic groove. On their 2009 self-titled album, the three often veer into Hendrix Experience–style jamitude, but they've tightened up their act since, and have no problem pumping the breaks at the exact moment when the freak-out train is headed off the rails. The Growlers should make for a good opener, as the Long Beach outfit trades in similarly skronky soulful rock, though owing more to Jim (Morrison) than Jimi. The pretentious murk supplied by VOICEsVOICEs can be safely passed over. (Chris Martins)

COCOROSIE, CIBELLE AT THE ORPHEUM
Sierra and Bianca Casady, together CocoRosie, have issued a new album, Grey Oceans. It's their first for Sub Pop but our fourth disturbingly beautiful peek into the sisters' very complex and very private world. It's a quite creepy, elegiac and strangely sentimental place — a gothic/Victorian plane of existence where the chief activities are reveling in childlike awe at fairy tales and fantasy and probing fearlessly in the darkness behind a confoundingly broad matrix of emotions. Grey Oceans is a dense, medieval tapestry of swooping strings, squirmy synths, bubbling bass clarinets and steam-pump drum thump. Our two little adult-girl singers paint their faces with manly stubble and cat whiskers, then make chamber folk from another dimension which only amplifies the eeriness of our own. Also: Brazilian singer/multi-instrumentalist Cibelle in punxotic loungecore cabaret tunes from her Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel, on the estimable Crammed Discs label. (John Payne)

Also playing Friday: THE RISING, HOLLYWOOD U2 at the Canyon; LIMELIGHT at the Galaxy Theater; JORDIN SPARKS at the Grove of Anaheim; FISHBONE at Hollywood Park; PEPPERMINT CREEPS at the Key Club; FISHTANK ENSEMBLE at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena; BLACKLIGHT REVELATION at Mr. T's Bowl; THE SPAZMATICS, BRASILIDADE, THE TOLEDO SHOW, THE SANTA MONICA JAZZ ENSEMBLE at the Waterfront; THE RHYTHM SHAKERS, BLUE COLLAR COMBO, COURTNEY CRUZ at Weber's Place.

 

SATURDAY/JULY/3

LOVE REVISITED AT SPACELAND
Founding Love lead guitarist Johnny Echols sets the scene tonight with a rare full-length concert, reprising his appearance at this club last year, when he played under the name Johnny Echols' Turn. He's backed again by members of Baby Lemonade, the local pop-rock stylists who resuscitated the late Love singer Arthur Lee's career, both before and after he went to prison on weapons charges in the '90s. Although Echols and Lee briefly performed together a few times before Lee's death in 2006, it was a shame that the mercurial frontman didn't reconcile with his old guitarist sooner. Besides crafting so many of the memorable licks on such early Love classics as "7 & 7 Is" and the fuzzily enchanting, sourly droning "No Matter What You Do," Echols later went on to jam with folks like Miles Davis, carving out a proto-psychedelic blues-rock style that anticipated Lee's pal Jimi Hendrix. At Spaceland last fall, Echols and Baby Lemonade surprised longtime fans with a concisely groovy rendition of the landmark improv opus "Revelation," a stirring version of "Can't Explain" (which Lee seldom performed in his final decades) and Echols' stirring "America," an unreleased track from Love's legendary lost late-'60s album Gethsemane. While it's inescapably sad to see the familiar bright-red Love logo on drummer David Green's bass drum again and realize that Lee won't be around to sing his delicately twisted melodies, Echols and Baby Lemonade should come close to recapturing much of the spirit of Love, quite possibly the greatest L.A. band of all time. (Falling James)

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