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Thursday, Oct 14 2010



Kieran Hebden's earliest albums as Four Tet — 1999's Dialogue, and 2001's Pause — were among the first to infuse cold computer music with loads of acoustic warmth, stemming from his own background as an able multi-instrumentalist. If there was a single negative associated with those records, it was journalists' invention of the term "folktronica," a noose Hebden would lithely slip anyway as he transitioned from the lush soundscapes of Rounds (2003) to the harsh jazz-infused environs of Everything Ecstatic (2005). He then took some time off to work with legendary hard-bop drummer Steve Reid, record with dubstep innovator Burial and reunite his post-rock band Fridge, before returning with his magnum opus, this year's There Is Love in You. It's both Hebden's danciest and darkest to date, a true work of beauty that holds up in headphones as well as it does in a crowd. (Chris Martins)

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The official Bowl season may have come to an aurally explosive end with Pavement, Sonic Youth and No Age, but that doesn't mean that incredible trilogies of that caliber (well, almost) need to stop any time soon. New York's LCD Soundsystem is currently in its prime: Mastermind and DFA Records head James Murphy has nurtured his playful and überhip project into a six-piece indie disco extravaganza where, live at least, the beat is king. On the group's new album This Is Happening, however, that percussive pulse is at least equaled by Murphy's wry wit, which takes on love ("I Can Change"), gossip columnist Michael Musto ("Pow Pow") and drunk girls ("Drunk Girls") over layers of synth. Meanwhile, with their fourth album, One Life Stand, Leeds electro act Hot Chip soldier on, having shucked the excellently executed ironic stance of their 2005 debut, Coming On Strong, for a sophisticated brand of dance-pop that includes inescapable ear worms like the angular new single, "Take It In." (Also Sleigh Bells; see Music feature.) (Chris Martins)


This influential Austrian duo is on a rare North American tour in support of Sixteen Fucking Years of G-Stone Recordings, which, as its title suggests, offers a primer on the plush down-tempo sound championed by Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister and the various acts they've signed to their

Vienna-based label. Here in the overstimulated age of Flying Lotus, K&D's stuff can sound a little monotonous. Given the right head space, though, those blunted breakbeats and laser-show synths do the job quite nicely. At Club Nokia the duo will be joined by two vocalists: Ras MC T-Weed and acid-jazz eccentric Earl Zinger, as well as by projectionist Fritz Fitzke, who'll provide the visual excitement that two dudes milling around behind a bunch of gear simply can't. (Mikael Wood)


The L.A. Phil brings us a long-overdue savoring of the French composer Olivier Messiaen, a true giant of 20th-century music. Messiaen's intensely personal ideas about composition were equally indebted to his Catholicism, his incorporation of rhythms and tonalities drawn from Asian sources, and his love of birdsong. His Turangalîla-Symphonie is one of his most unusual and challenging pieces, a 10-part, 80-minute paean to love (inspired by the Tristan and Isolde story) featuring massive orchestral forces that include the otherworldly tones of the early electronic instrument Ondes Martenot. The title of the piece comes from the Sanskrit for "love song and hymn of joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death." Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Ondes Martenot specialist Cynthia Millar do the honors. Also Sat. and Sun. (John Payne)


Many black performers of a certain age claim to have invented rap, but in Blowfly's case, the claim might be not completely spurious. Soul songwriter Clarence Reid used his "party records" alter ego (allegedly named by his grandma — "You is nastier than a blowfly," said Granny) throughout the '70s to turn the traditional African-American dozens into a weird pornographic freak show, backed by disco, funk and other sounds of the era. All the old-school hip-hoppers grew up on Blowfly's dirty routines, and he's outlived and outlasted most of them. Respect. (Gustavo Turner)

Also playing Friday: SLANT at the Troubadour; LTJ BUKEM at House of Blues; MIIKE SNOW at the Wiltern; ELISA, LA BLANCHE ALCHIMIE at Hit Week (Italian fest) at Ford Amphitheatre; KILLSONIC PRESENTS at the Echo Curio; DAVID BAZAN, WYE OAK at Spaceland; SAHARA SMITH at the Hotel Cafe; NICOLE ATKINS at the Echo; WARPAINT at the Mondrian; MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, SAY ANYTHING at Avalon.



Cypress Hill's annual "all-day mind-opening festival" has always been a welcome collision of rap, hip-hop, rock, R&B and reggae styles, but this year's lineup might be the most thrilling assemblage of disparate performers yet. The pot-friendly South Gate hip-hop crew intends to reprise its eponymous 1991 debut album, and also will present a new festival attraction — an on-site "consumption area" for medical-marijuana patients. Other potential main-stage highlights (with the emphasis on "high") include Calabasas alterna-rockers Incubus; New York City rapper Nas, continuing his collaboration with reggae scion Damian Marley; the aptly named Cali hip-hoppers Living Legends; and the relatively lightweight San Diego reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid. In the "Massive Stoned Garden," festival-goers can breathe deeply and hold it in to the danceable sounds of Canadian progressive-house subversive Deadmau5, British trance DJ Paul Oakenfold, MGMT and a DJ set from London house duo Basement Jaxx, among others. Meanwhile, the contemplative and inventive soul singer Erykah Badu, Mexico City rock en español veterans Maldita Vecindad and the reunited and genre-defying Living Colour rock it up on the Indonesia Stage. Best of all, the French-Spanish singer Manu Chao — who's worked with Tijuana No and directly inspired Gypsy-punk bands like Gogol Bordello — makes his first SoCal appearance in more than three years, pumping out the uplifting rebel-music anthems and romantic wanderlust chansons from his frenetic live album Baionarena. (Falling James)

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