By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA AT THE GREEK THEATRE
Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero dislike it when critics describe their music as flamenco, but there is nonetheless a certain amount of traditional Spanish passion and dynamics in their dazzling acoustic-guitar interplay. At the same time, the duo from Mexico City are probably influenced more by Metallica than they are by classical guitarists. Sánchez and Quintero used to be in a metal band called Tierra Ácida, and — after unplugging themselves and getting discovered by Damien Rice while busking on the streets of Dublin — they've become an international phenomenon with their frenetic interpretations of songs by Led Zeppelin and other hard rockers. While Sánchez draws most of the attention as the flashy lead soloist, Quintero is also an impressive guitarist, handing down rhythmic punctuation and banging on her ax for percussive emphasis. (Falling James)
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Also playing Wednesday: MOON PEARL, BROTHERS LANDAU at the Bandshell; ADELINE & THE PHILLISTINES, RAD CLOUDS, OLD TOY TRAINS at Echo Curio; THE NEVILLE BROTHERS, PRESERVATION HALL & TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND at the Hollywood Bowl; ROCNOCEROUS at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena; STAR ANNA & THE LAUGHING DOGS at Spaceland.
JOGGER, MATTHEWDAVID, SUN ARAW AT THE ECHO
Los Angeles has become an exceptional city for experimental pop, and newcomers to the scene couldn't ask for a better starter course than this killer three-headed bill. Headlining is Jogger, a duo recently signed to the Magical Properties label, run by longtime L.A. beat producer Daedelus. But their style isn't the standard electronic fare, as evidenced by their bizarrely astounding live remake of Laurie Anderson's "Superman." While Jonathan Larroquette tweaks digital percussives on an array of machines, Amir Yaghmai first sings into the body of his violin, then plays the stringed thing like it was a guitar. Their debut album, This Great Pressure, relies upon a lot of acoustic instruments, occasionally resembles death metal and most often takes the form of highly listenable, highly original bedroom pop. Matthewdavid, meanwhile, is a master of textural soundscapes fashioned from found sounds and sampled sources, positioning himself as one of the most unique voices in L.A.'s already impressive beat-scene family. Last and certainly not least is Sun Araw, an Eagle Rock–based guitar whizz whose work is as funky as it is acid-drenched. (Chris Martins)
AUGUSTIN HADELICH AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
The L.A. Phil with associate conductor Lionel Bringuier bring the beauty and the brawn with a return visit by Italian-German violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich. Bringuier, from Nice, France, who's currently also music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, is a celebrated young conductor who won the 49th Besançon Young Conductors Competition in 2005, and has led the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the New York Phil, the Cleveland Orchestra and many others. Hadelich is a simply phenomenal power and presence on the violin who won the 2006 Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition, among numerous other prizes, and whose 2009 Flying Solo album of devilishly difficult Bartók and Paganini pieces (on Avie) must be heard to be believed — and even then you won't quite believe it. Tonight's bill of fare: Carnival Overture by Dvoák; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto; Brahms' Symphony No. 1. (John Payne)
Also playing Thursday: JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO at the Coach House; ALEC K. REDFEARN, GABRIEL SULLIVAN, TARAF DE TUCSON, ORION RIGEL DOMMISSE at Echo Curio; INDUSTRIAL JAZZ GROUP at the Hammer Museum; MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP at Key Club; STAR ANNA & THE LAUGHING DOGS at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena; WALLPAPER, THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 at Pershing Square; JEWS ON VINYL REVUE at Skirball Cultural Center; WOVEN BONES, ANIMAL STYLE, CATWALK, THE MEEK at Spaceland.
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