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Also playing Wednesday: THE NERVOUS WRECKORDS at Bordello; VV BROWN at the Echo; BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE at the Palladium; THE PARTING GIFTS at Spaceland; MY DRY WET MESS, ONRA, THAVIUS BECK (LOW END THEORY) at the Airliner; PLAYING FOR CHANGE at the Wilshire Ebell.
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ALL HALLOWS EVE AT SPACELAND
What goes better with Halloween than black effing metal? OK, Pixy Stix and candy apples — touché — but it really all comes down to deciding which of the five senses you want to pummel this year. Why not give your taste buds a rest, toss on something spooky and march down to Spaceland, where your ears will be rewarded with far more treats than tricks. Tee Pee Records, the host of this All Hallows Eve two-nighter, is based in New York City, but the source of its considerable alt-metal might dwells primarily on the West Coast. And aside from the thrashy San Franciscans Black Cobra, this doubleheader features all L.A.-area bands: psychedelic doomsters Ancestors, the slow-grinding Black Math Horseman featuring elegantly ethereal vocals from Sera Timms, jangly sludge hippies Lantvrn (this wraps up night one), outsize stoner freaks Big Business, the blooze-tinged Night Horse, hard-core punkers the Fucking Wrath and Hendrix-Sabbath love child the Shrine. Skip the shock, go for the rock. (Chris Martins)
When it's done right, metalcore — that surly collision of hardcore's savage thrust and metal's studied technicality — channels adolescent anger, insecurity and erupting hormones like no other genre. Brit arch-exponents Bring Me the Horizon deliver the requisite vomity vocals, chortling guitars and kick-drum salvos that could make entire cities surrender (plus de rigueur neck tats and beyond-Bieber bouffants) with a calculated abandon that should scare the fuck out of anyone born before 1990. Though third album There Is a Hell Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let's Keep It a Secret, released earlier this month, embraces ever-improving instrumental chops and an orchestral, almost Wagnerian pomposity, BMTH remain at heart punk, primal and utterly wounded. If you think the Ramones, Guns N' Roses or even Metallica sound pissed off, you have never heard this. (Paul Rogers)
BILAL/J*DAVEY/QUADRON AT THE ECHOPLEX
Neo-soul's crazy-talented crew, including Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Lauren Hill, Maxwell and Jill Scott, balked at the term for their "new" genre, claiming it implied not only a divorce from the music Marvin, Donny and Stevie made, but also that soul music had at some point ended. Neo-soul became a bad word, but when it was yanked away, those under its umbrella were suddenly caught in the rain (or on adult contemporary radio) and left to fend for themselves individually. Bilal got lost out there. He released the critically commended 1st Born Second in 2001, but only the single "Soul Sista," a song that sounds as sexily ruffled as your bedsheets after a post-Champagne-soaked Sunday-brunch romp, saw any success. His second album, Love for Sale, was shelved indefinitely by Interscope after it leaked online in its entirety. Now signed to much better fitting Plug Research, last month Bilal dropped Airtight's Revenge, a side-eyed reference to the botched Love for Sale release. With Kiss-n-Grind hosting, the tomcattin' Ms. Jack Davey of every-funky-thing-but-the-kitchen-sink duo J*Davey, and the heady hypnotism of the best thing to arrive on the soul scene in the past year, Denmark duo Quadron, this ain't a neo-soul night. It's a classic "Let's Get It On" night. (Rebecca Haithcoat)
Also playing Thursday: BUILT TO SPILL, REVOLT REVOLT, FINN RIGGINS at El Rey; FOXY SHAZAM, FREE ENERGY, HOLLERADO at the Troubadour; ALFRED BRENDEL at REDCAT; SPINDRIFT at the Redwood Bar & Grill; JAIL WEDDINGS at Alex's Bar; KATE NASH at Glass House; CORINNE BAILEY RAY at Avalon.
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