By LA Weekly
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RAVI SHANKAR, ANOUSHKA SHANKAR at Disney Hall
In celebration of his 90th birthday, a very rare appearance by the man who put Indian classical music on the map and almost single-handedly transformed the Western musical landscape as a result: sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar. He is his country's most renowned musical ambassador, crossing cultural and musical boundaries (and yes, George Harrison regarded him as our greatest living composer). But on this night, just you witness the extraordinary finesse, depth, clarity and boundless imagination with which he now explores the ragas; it is an experience of enormous profundity. Shankar's daughter Anoushka has become a serious contender in her own right. Having been tutored by her father from a very young age, she's reached a level of fiery technical prowess and keen musical intelligence that has earned her a rightful spot as heir to the throne. The Shankars will be accompanied by Tanmoy Bose, tabla, and Ravichandra Kulur, flute. (John Payne)
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Also playing Wednesday: ODD FUTURE at the Airliner (see Music feature); SLEIGH BELLS, PICTUREPANE, THE SUNDELLES at El Rey (see Music feature); RA RA RIOT, VILLAGERS, GIVER at Music Box; YG at Key Club; FLYLEAF at House of Blues.
BIG DICK, THE PUKES AT SPACELAND
The first thing you need to know: Big Dick does Little Richard. No, that's not a headline from a satire piece or muckraking exposé; it's a statement of fact. Big Dick is a blazing L.A. funk-soul septet featuring the searing vocals of Kate Flannery — yes, a lady. But when she sings, "Baby, don't you need a man like me," your response will undoubtedly be, "Yes." (And besides, Richard is more than a bit of a gender-bender himself.) Hardly the stuff of an ironic covers act, Big Dick plays worthy tribute to the Architect of Rock & Roll, counting among its arsenal two honking saxophones, some madly tinkling ivories and Airborne Toxic Event's Darren Taylor on drums. Fittingly, the Pukes is a long-running project founded by Airborne bassist Noah Harmon, who here steps into the spotlight as the black-clad and utterly lewd lead singer of his very own country & western Misfits cover band. Their membership has been known to swell to 10 or so, including folks from acts as disparate as M83 and Mariachi El Bronx. (Chris Martins)
LYRICS BORN, CHALI 2NA AT THE ROXY
People, let's talk about 1993. It was an incredibly seminal year for hip-hop music around the country. Among the stunning debuts alone: Wu-Tang Clan, the Roots, Black Moon, Onyx, Digable Planets ... the list goes on. But on the West Coast, something extra special was happening. The underground was bubbling with rap acts inclined toward scholarly musing, melodic infusion and, um, wearing backpacks. The Bay Area had the Hieroglyphics crew and Blackalicious' Quannum Projects, while L.A. had the Good Life Café, which fostered the growth of the Project Blowed fam and a little project called Jurassic 5. Fast-forward nearly two decades and the cream of that incredibly ripe crop remains. Hailing from Berkeley is Lyrics Born, whose gravelly singsong raps rose to prominence within the conscious duo Latyrx. These days he's signed to Epitaph, while former J-5 member Chali 2na — he of the strikingly baritone flow — is doing his thing on buzzing indie-rap label Decon. Both have solid solo records out, but the real reason to attend: time-traveling back to hip-hop's second golden age. (Chris Martins)
Self-reflexively wacky Kevin Blechdom rockets even further away from her roots as one half of nerfcore electronic band Blectum From Blechdom — lately she's interested in banjos, a cappella singing and all the assorted weirdness from last year's album on Sonig, Gentlemania. It's a never-ending onion with Blechdom's art — some of it makes you cry, and some of it just plain stinks. Eugene Chadbourne, atavistic polyglot and jazz spazz extraordinaire, has at least two new albums out this year: Jazz School, on Poland's Monotype Records, with New Zealand improv guitarist Greg Malcolm; and The Great Prova, with Italian folk-jazz combo Arbe Garbe. He'll be 60 next year and shows precisely zero sign of slowing down — even though he's admittedly scaling back the available CDs in his back-catalog due to the decline of that format and the continued sterility of its presentation. The improvised percussion of the resolutely resolute Corey Fogel brings the room together; his drums really only sound thrashed — it's the intent and the delivery that are pristine. (David Cotner)
JAGERMEISTER MUSIC TOURAT THE GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE
Metal will reign (blood) and the streams of Jäger will flow. New York's lovable — that's right, lovable — Anthrax will join their West Coast thrash brethren Megadeth and Slayer for one of the most intense nights of metal L.A. has ever seen. Slayer will be performing 1990's Seasons in the Abyss while Megadeth will be performing 1990's Rust in Peace. This begs the question, will Anthrax perform "Persistence of Time"? As of now that's not the plan, though they are going to bring back lead vocalist Joey Belladonna. For metal fans over the age of 30, it's the best part of high school all over again. For younger generations, it's an opportunity to get a glimpse into what many consider the greatest era of metal. Here's your opportunity to bask in the glory of Kerry King's brain helmet, get lost in Dave Mustaine's mane, check on the current status of Scott Ian's goatee and drink enough Jäger to forget it all in the morning. (Diamond Bodine-Fischer)
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