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
Also playing Friday: DANIEL HOPE, JEFFREY KAHANE at UCLA; KILLOLA, GOLDSBORO at the Bootleg; MURDER BY DEATH, THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS at the Echoplex; LARRY KARUSH at the Blue Whale; UNION 13 at the Blvd.; THE PRETTY RECKLESS at El Rey Theatre; GRUPO FANTASMA at the Mint; LINDSTROM at Vanguard.
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Category: Bars and Clubs
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ANA TIJOUX, MONEY MARK, NOCANDO AT THE BOOTLEG THEATER
This unusual bill offers three distinct takes on the sounds and culture of contemporary hip-hop. Rightly headlining is the criminally underexposed Ana Tijoux. This French- Chilean MC (and occasional songstress) mixes old-school, sample-based rap with modern influences from South America, where she currently resides. Turntable scratches, deep bass grooves and Latin-flavored percussion and brass form the bedrock of her smoky verses. Kicking things off is L.A. rap addict Nocando, a raw, street-tested battle rapper who became Scribble Jam's freestyle champion in 2007. He's a product of the Project Blowed camp (Freestyle Fellowship, et al.), so it makes sense that he's been notching on-album collaborations with artsy types like Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle. Nocando is most at home on the stage, however, so prepare to be impressed and, quite possibly, dissed in rhyme. Sandwiched in between these two is legendary producer and Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark. Though the man's usual weapon of choice is the keyboard, he'll be crafting his DJ set using nothing but cassette tapes, a trick he's perfected on the low at Silver Lake's "Top Tape" DJ night. (Chris Martins)
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES, TROMBONE SHORTY AT THE CONGA ROOM
After their first career Latin Grammy, in 2009, for their wickedly partylicious studio album Commercial (Nacional), Los Amigos Invisibles finally found themselves getting some props. It's hard to say no to the heady hash these Venezuelan disco-funk masters purvey with such witty style and just frighteningly tight precision. Their mix is getting real interesting, too, with the sparkling shades of pumping Afro-rock figuring into their salaciously retro-to-the-future disco-funk electro-sleaze. They've got a supertasty new Not So Commercial disc out, too, which further fractures the party into the ether and right down into your pantalones. Straight from the swamps (or somewhere nearby), Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band bring the artfully groove-savvy funk/rock of his recent Verve album Backatown. (John Payne)
A TRIBUTE TO TEENA MARIE AT NOKIA THEATRE
Perhaps as a result of her nickname, it's hard not to think of Teena Marie as the forever-young teenager who graduated from Venice High School in the mid-1970s and attended Santa Monica College before finding fame as the most successful white R&B singer on the Motown label. Of course, the talented diva and multi-instrumentalist — who was championed by the late Rick James — went on to assert control over her career by writing and producing her own albums. The former Mary Christine Brockert was still touring and performing her energetic soul-dance workouts up until her untimely death late last year; she even had several bookings scheduled at local venues when she passed away from natural causes at her Pasadena home at age 54. Given Teena Marie's popularity and influence at Motown (Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder were among the mourners at her funeral), it's no surprise that tonight's tribute will feature such stellar guest stars as the Mary Jane Girls, the Whispers and Keith Sweat, along with her longtime backup band. (Falling James)
THE DEADBEATS AT THE REDWOOD BAR & GRILL
The Deadbeats were always considered strange and more than a little unsettling, even by their fellow punk bands in the late-1970s Hollywood scene. While other groups were approximating the music of the Ramones and Johnny Thunders with straightforward barre-chord riffs, the Deadbeats were weirder, employing abrasive noise, offbeat rhythms and a No Wave jazz attack on such cheery tunes as "Let's Kill Maria" and the seedily swanky, sax-drenched S&M opus "Crawl." Lead singer Scott Guerin took great delight in subverting the expectations of everyone around him, including members of the increasingly ritualistic and formulaic Blank Generation, especially on "Kill the Hippies," where he cheekily advised, "Kill them because their views were wrong" and "Send them back to San Francisco!" It was always hard to tell where the joke ended and reality began. Unlike so many punk reunions, the Deadbeats are still more rude than sentimental. Abetted by the veteran keyboardist Paul Roessler (Twisted Roots, Nina Hagen) and the savagely incisive guitarist Sarah Tonin, the pranksterlike Guerin continues to play with people's minds, forcing even old punks to rethink their own stereotypes and comfortable clichés. (Falling James)
PARKWAY DRIVE AT GLASS HOUSE
Metalcore is the latest in a long line of unholy marriages of metal's technical prowess and punk/hardcore's reflex rage, tracing back to late-1970s Motörhead through the thrash metal of the '80s and grunge a decade later. Though born of ultra-organic elements, metalcore mainstays like Australia's surf-lovin' Parkway Drive are beginning to sound like malevolent machines. On their third full-length, last year's Deep Blue, PD's addictively precise double-kick grooves, endless choreographed breakdowns and militaristic chug-athons allow for little swing or soul. Thankfully the album gets a kiss of life from Winston McCall's unusually supple roar, which pendulates between satanic drill sergeant and overworked waste-disposal unit to eye-widening effect. Further blurring the collection's otherwise crisp lines are the added atmosphere and melody of Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick's guitars this time around, including perky, harmonized New Wave of British Heavy Metal pirouettes ("Sleepwalker") and moments of picked-clean clarity ("Alone"). To the uninitiated, tonight will be a modern metalcore crash course; to converts, a State of the Genre address. (Paul Rogers)
CARLOS GUITARLOS, BIRTHDAY GIG - "The former Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs guitar maestro goes slippin' and a-slidin' through his deep catalog of blues-rocking originals and classic covers" - L.A. Weekly
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: L.A. Acoustic Meetup Fridays @ Cafe Audrey 6701-B Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90068 (entrance on Las Palmas, north off Hollywood Blvd. w/ parking lots adjacent)
Friday February 18th, 6:30/7:00pm to 9:00/10:00pm C.P. Time (Carlos People Time) Note: Señor Ayala traditionally (monthly, every 3rd Fri.) opens, doing the 1st set, solo. Open-mic follows w/ the unpredictable hombre. $5.00 "Special Guest Performer" contribution requested, performance tips encouraged & independently produced CDs for sale.
You & Performing-Organizer JAMILA FORD - DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: L.A. Acoustic Night Friday @ Cafe Audrey 6701-B Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90068 (entrance on Las Palmas, north off Hollywood Blvd. w/ parking lots adjacent) Friday February 11th, 6:30/7:00pm to 9:00/10:00pm. (performance times based on turn-out & participation) A unique coffee shop for the creative, feed your body & nourish your soul. Stop by, join-in & experience this quaint little, Hepburn themed coffee shop.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: SHOWCASE and OPEN / MIC JAM: Every Thursday - Companion Events“A community-supported, multi-genre & diverse, patron of the arts Renaissance.” SHOWCASE: 7:00pm - Regular Host “D” & her In-House “Lady & Gentlemen” Live Jazz Trio2/10 Pro-Vocalist - Gayle LaRone, A Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration w/ Nurse “Nightin-Gayle”
OPEN MIC / JAM: 8:00pm (sign-up 7:30pm) w/ Regular Host - “D”, You, other very special guest, VIP & D’z stellar In-House “Lady & Gentleman” Live Jazz Trio feat. Master improv-accompanist/soloist; Karen Hernandez - Music Director/piano & Tony Dumas - bass, Ralph Penland - drums.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: @ HSB&G (Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill/Gower Gulch) FREE admission w/ min.: food/beverage purchases (see server). Reservations given pre sign-up consideration. Patron of arts contributions solicited and pay2sing &/or play tips encouraged. Self-parking-lot FREE.
DOLORES PETERSEN PRESENTS: SHOWCASE - FEBRUARY CALENDAR
2/17 Benefit - S.O.S. (Society of Singers) “the only nonprofit devoted to helping professional singers.” Pro-Vocalist - Pamela Clay, Effie Joy, Perry Lambert, Cassie Miller, Rehya Stevens “Voice support!”2/24 Pro-Vocalists - Karolina Niezimiec & John Destler, Experienced Standards interpreters.