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Music Picks: Julieta Venegas, Deicide, Yefim Bronfman, Chick Corea and Gary Burton 

Also Conspiracy of Beards, Lykke Li, Khaira Arby and others

Thursday, Mar 3 2011
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fri 3/4

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour

@ THE SATELLITE

click to enlarge Julieta Venegas
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OK, let's get it out of the way: We have no idea whether Jeff Mangum, certified Godlike Indie Genius and former frontman of Neutral Milk Hotel, will be a part of the Elephant 6 collective's roving musical circus. But like you, we're hoping and praying (melting Pavement vinyl, pouring it over a pair of sacrificial Chucks) that he'll make it out. All of his friends will be there — members of the Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, the Music Tapes, Circulatory System and his old band — swapping instruments and playing their inimitable brand of quirky, concept-heavy, lo-fi psychedelic rock. (Just joining us? Of Montreal sprang from this motley, Athens, Ga.–based crew.) There will be games and short films also. Enough to summon us out, and maybe Mangum, too. —Chris "Remember the '90s?" Martins

Wet & Reckless

@ BOOTLEG THEATER

Wet & Reckless sounds like the name of a 1980s hair-metal band, but the new Echo Park quartet is actually far more interesting than their generic name might imply. "I've got a reputation to erase," singer-guitarist Emily Wilder confides, as her band churns up a charming lo-fi pop-punk backing. Far from being metal revivalists, Wet & Reckless blend reverb garage riffs with punky rhythms and poppy melodies. Wilder's guitar alternates between fuzzy strumming and the chiming echoes of indie-rock experimentation without being overwhelmed by the simple, effectively nonflashy backing of drummer Deanna deVries, guitarist Whitney Blank and former Movies bassist Jessica Gelt. Much of the band's appeal rests in Wilder's endearingly vulnerable romanticism in lyrics such as, "You said something funny/Turn my headaches into honey." —Falling James

Conspiracy of Beards

@ THE MINT

This group is not, as you might think, a cabal of ambitious aspiring actresses who pretend to be married to high-profile Scientologists. It is "a 30-member a capella male choir that performs exclusively the songs of the legendary poet, novelist and asinger-songwriter Leonard Cohen." We'd go see either. —Dave Parkman

Also playing Friday:

WILD NOTHING, ABE VIGODA at the Natural History Museum; ANNI ROSSI, WHITMAN, EZRA BUCHLA, EMILY LACY at Show Cave; SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, BIOHAZARD at OC Fair & Event Center; THE CONCRETES at the Troubadour; AUTOLUX, THE SOFT MOON at the Echoplex; NEVEREVER, SWEATERGIRLS at the Echo; DUDAMEL CONDUCTS BRUCKNER at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

sat 3/5

Baths, Braids, Gobble Gobble

@ THE TROUBADOUR

Who would've thought that lone dudes playing with laptops in their bedrooms would become the Valley's next great export after pornography? OK, that may actually seem like symbiosis, but trust us, it's not. Some electronic music does get down and dirty, but not the lush, considered tunes of Baths, aka Chatsworth's Will Wiesenfeld (a childhood neighbor of Flying Lotus). His auspicious 2010 debut, Cerulean, bursts with bright musicality and welcoming creativity, and his live show is positively transcendent. Calgary band Braids specializes in a similar brand of effusive yet calming tunes, though featuring playful, folksy female vocals a la Joanna Newsom. Make sure to arrive in time for the fuzzy and raucous Gobble Gobble, also Canucks, who mash up electronics and acoustics into a techno-damaged rubber ball of rock. —Chris Martins

Julieta Venegas, Ceci Bastida

@ NOKIA THEATRE

Venegas has been celebrated so much for her mellow pop songs, winning several Grammy and Latin Grammy awards in the past decade, that it's easy to forget she used to be a much edgier and artier performer. While the Mexican singer's recent albums are undeniably well-crafted collections of breezily ebullient Spanish-language pop songs, they aren't nearly as innovative and, yes, inventive as her early works. Still, new tunes like "Eterno" are more intelligent and playfully creative than most mainstream Mexican pop, blending Venegas' flourishes of old-world accordion with dreamy indie-rock production. Also, Ceci Bastida, who used to play keyboards for Venegas and is only now breaking out with her own restlessly adventurous music. —Falling James

Herbie Hancock

@ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

One of the funkiest men to grace the ivories with his hallowed fingertips, jazz legend Herbie Hancock should absolutely own Disney Hall at this intimate Saturday-night performance. His band will be a quartet, simple yet fierce. Fellow jazz giant Wayne Shorter (founder of Weather Report) will wield his weapon of choice — the sax — while Dave Holland (who played in Miles Davis' band at the same time as Shorter) is on bass, and former Frank Zappa steady Vinnie Colaiuta hits the skins. With Hancock at the helm, expect the unexpected: Wild modal jazz is just as likely a possibility as forays into stone cold funk, and a nod or two to hip-hop wouldn't be out of character, either. —Chris Martins

Chick Corea and Gary Burton

@ ROYCE HALL

Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton's 1979 pairing on the classic Crystal Silence (on ECM) was a milestone pointing beyond, to the seemingly infinite possibilities of a new chamber jazz. Corea's precisely placed and modulated notes deftly melted down jazz, folk, Latin and classical forms with a minimalist lyricism perfectly matched and further prompted by Burton's four-mallet tones. These combined and intertwined points of light produced amazingly unclichéd and resonant music, deeply probing sounds that sing, circle and shine; their soothing mysteries have a timeless air of open space and mental/spiritual freedom. The duo have gone on to explore this special musical place on several projects through the years, notably their Grammy-winning New Crystal Silence. —John Payne

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