Music Picks: Iannis Xenakis Now and Tomorrow, Ozzy Osbourne, War Tapes, Liz Pappademas 

Also, Savage Republic, Tanya Morgan, the Church, the Fling and others

Thursday, Jan 27 2011



The CEAIT (Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology) Festival is back with three electronic/sound events composed and inspired by the late composer/architect Iannis Xenakis. Three different programs spread over three nights feature pieces by composers guided by Xenakis' innovations in sound, space and high technology. Xenakis' own multichannel electronic works, game strategy pieces and instrumental compositions — startlingly beautiful masses of pure sound drawn in points, lines and massive blocks — include a performance of his war-themed Pour la Paix for speakers, chorus and electroacoustics. Performances run Jan. 28-30, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Free preconcert presentations take place in the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA, Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. (John Payne)

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Hard to believe it's been more than 10 years since the South unleashed crunk (a blend of the fine ingredients "crazy" and "drunk") music on the country. Atlanta's Kaine and D Roc, better known as the Ying Yang Twins, will never be noted among the most lyrical of rappers. But popularizing Southern-fried terms like "fitty-'leven" in "Get Low," sullying a Disney classic in "Whistle While You Twurk" and sighing shock-worthy suggestions into your ear in "Wait (The Whisper Song)" have certainly earned them commendation in strip clubs [like Cheetahs; see Lemmy piece on Page Two]. Besides putting out a compilation album and managing to champion their song "Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)" as the New Orleans Saints' unofficial anthem, the Hotlanta duo hasn't made hip-hop headlines in a while, so we're guessing this show's just a good old-fashioned Dirty South hoedown.

(Rebecca Haithcoat)


When he's not busy producing the major league likes of U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and many others, guitarist/pedal-steel wiz Daniel Lanois keeps himself occupied with solo and band projects that highlight the restless polytalent's considerable musical chops. His Black Dub proposes an experimental bar band whose slack 'n' swampy rock & roll features Lanois' very personal brand of bluesy guitar sling spruced up with the soulicious vocals of Trixie (daughter of the late Chris Whitley). Lanois' longtime bandmates Daryl "Da Bird" Johnson on bass and Brian Blade on deeply funky drums hold down a really hefty back line. This is a high-stepping, good-timey vibe, and a spacey one, too. (John Payne)


Jon Brion's show at Largo at the Coronet is the best show in town, and we are so geographically fortunate that we can see it once a month. If you don't know him by name, you certainly know his sound: Brion has scored numerous films, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Punch Drunk Love and I Heart Huckabees, and produced music for myriad artists, ranging from Fiona Apple to Brad Mehldau to Kanye West. You can expect to see Brion acting as his own backing band, looping a battery of vintage and obscure instruments live — though he spends most of the time at the same upright piano Largo has had for years, with a Viking helmet perched on top . Brion never plays the same song the same way twice and never performs with a set list. His show is one long stream-of-consciousness blend of worked originals from his film scores and his only solo LP, Meaningless; wild covers of classic pop and rock & roll songs, often with sing-alongs; and improv sets with special guests. Be sure to stop by the Little Room for a drink after the show. (Lainna Fader)


This is the last night of the Melvins' by-now-legendary monthlong residency at the Satellite. In this final episode, the current lineup of the Melvins performs what they're calling a "normal" set, which will feature tunes from their wicked latest meisterwerk, The Bride Screamed Murder. Plus you get the heavy majesties of the band's classic, classic Stoner Witch played from beginning to end CD-style (i.e., with no break to turn the record over). (John Payne)


Hailing from the oppressive, meathead-riddled conservative stronghold that often is San Diego, Crocodiles present an intriguing contrast to their surroundings. At the core of the band are singer and beat programmer Brandon Welchez and guitarist Charles Rowell, who've been partners in iconoclasm for more than a decade. After playing in a number of hardcore bands and backing Dum Dum Girls for a spell (Welchez is married to frontwoman Dee Dee), they struck out on their own, composing garage-rock ditties that are as sonically pretty as they are lyrically disturbed. The title of their 2009 Fat Possum Records debut kinda sums it up: Summer of Hate. Their new one, Sleep Forever, displays an expanded palette and improved production sense, but just like their hometown, Crocodiles never change that much. In their case, this is a good thing. (Chris Martins)

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