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Music Picks: SWANS, Sebadoh, Arbouretum, Cass McCombs 

Also Meshell Ndegeocello, Kaki King, Local Natives and others

Thursday, Feb 24 2011

fri 2/25

How to Dress Well, Shlohmo


click to enlarge Meshell Ndegeocello. See Thursday.
  • Meshell Ndegeocello. See Thursday.

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Tom Krell is a research fellow who was translating a book of "post-Kantian philosophy" last spring. He's also How to Dress Well, a singer-producer who exchanges text messages with Lil B (schwag!), thinks Keith Sweat's "Twisted" is a "fucking masterpiece" and dreams that one day The-Dream, singer and megaproducer for R&B's new royalty, will recognize him. His blog, a collagelike journal of videos and photos offering little to no explanation and bits of poetic text, is a love fest — charmingly, he seems to be in disbelief that he gets to do this. And what he does is lovely itself. San Franciscan by way of L.A. beat-maker Shlohmo, an apt pupil at the Low End Theory school of experimental thought, opens. —Rebecca Haithcoat

Texas Terri Bomb, The Neurotics, A Pretty Mess


Singer Texas Terri Laird was based in Los Angeles, where she fronted punked-up hard-rock bands like the Killer Crows and the Stiff Ones. Her live shows became increasingly wild, with the exhibitionist singer often stripping off her clothes until she was topless and cavorting onstage and prowling through the audience like a cross between Iggy Pop and Wendy O. Williams. Ironically, Laird was at the height of her local popularity when she moved to Germany and began touring Europe exclusively. Tonight she returns to Los Angeles for the first time since the big move, backed by a gang of local all-stars. —Falling James

Glassjaw, Cerebral Ballzy, Tidal Arms, These People


Emerging in 1994 out of Long Island, Glassjaw quickly became a force in the punk underground, beloved by fans of the Deftones and At the Drive-In for its mix of apocalyptic melodies, surprisingly catchy hooks and, perhaps most of all, singer Daryl Palumbo's sexy, menacing, emotive coo. He had a mean screech, too, and wasn't afraid to use it on the band's all-too-small discography. Glassjaw did a pretty masterful job at updating the best of Mike Patton for a generation whose beloved moody songs were finally making it onto the radio (see emo), but the band called a hiatus in 2004. Palumbo was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and retreated to the studio, where he focused on the far less great pop project Head Automatica, so it's a big deal that Glassjaw is back on the road. No wonder it's sold out. —Chris Martins



Maybe it's due to old-school station KDAY constantly playing it, but E-40's breakout hit, "Sprinkle Me," sounds much more recent than its production date of 1995. The Ambassador of the Bay earned his nickname for bringing the slanguage of the Bay Area's hyphy movement (go dumb, ghostride the whip) to national attention with the Lil Jon–produced single "Tell Me When to Go." Lately, however, he seems to be handing over the crown to his son, Droop-E, letting him handle most of the production on last spring's critically well-received double album, Revenue Retrievin' Day/Night Shift. Don't count on 40 Water to hang it up quite yet, though — with three more releases scheduled for 2011, he's gonna sit on the throne a while longer. —Rebecca Haithcoat

Cass McCombs, Frank Fairfield


Does the idea of Elliott Smith overdosing on the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" float your boat? If so, Cass McCombs is your man. One for the romantics. —Dave Parkman

Sebadoh, Quasi


The recent trend of bands playing albums live from start to finish is an incredibly kind gesture to fans. It does, however, reflect little of how people actually listen to those albums. Usually, certain songs get played repeatedly ("Holland, 1945"), while others are skipped entirely ("Meat Is Murder"). Sebadoh, the seminal indie band now composed of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Friendly Fires' Bob D'Amico, are on tour playing their 1994 album Bakesale in its entirety. Bakesale, originally 11 songs, now boasts 25 tracks on its reissue; mostly four-track demos and assorted singles. Touring with them are Portland trio Quasi. —David Cotner

Also playing Friday:

SIC ALPS, WHITMAN, WHITE FENCE, LITERATURE at the Smell; HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, SAMANTHA RONSON at Satellite; MARK GROWDEN at Fais Do Do; JON BRION at Largo; GREYSON CHANCE at Club Nokia; ALMON LOOS AND THE HOOP'N'HOLLERS at Vacation Vinyl; CHOP SUZY, JASON REID, AM SESSIONS, HOWLIN' WOODS at Rusty's Surf Ranch (at the Santa Monica Pier); PENDULUM at the Wiltern; THE 88 at Hotel Café.


sat 2/26


Death, RTX, Sic Alps


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L.A. Folk Fest


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Zola Jesus


Miss Nika Roza Danilova is her real name, and as Zola Jesus she's suddenly everywhere, all the time. These things happen fast: Her EPs Valusia and Stridulum and her album The Spoils got major loads of critical huzzah last year, and her video for "Night" made her a sort of fashion icon as well (in Vogue, no less). Then the venerable NME hailed her as "goth's new figurehead," and three singles ranked among the New York Times and Pitchfork singles of the year. (Danilova was handpicked by designer Angelos Frentzos to make her European debut performance in Milan during his Fashion Week show, too.) The operatically trained ZJ, who has collaborated with L.A. Vampires, Former Ghosts and Prefuse 73, makes an intriguingly schizo brand of contemporary noise, which can be dance-floor monstrous ("Poor Animal") and extraordinarily tender, often simultaneously, and always full of life. —John Payne

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