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Also playing Wednesday:
PRINCE RAMA, LUCKY DRAGONS, SUN ARAW, ADVENTURE at the Smell; ONIBABA at Blue Whale; THE NOVOCAINES, HOT PANDA at Silverlake Lounge; O'DEATH, DAVID DONDERO, FRANZ NICOLAY at the Echo; LIAM FINN at the Autry; BLACK APPLES at Bootleg Theater.
@ THE DOWN & OUT
Apart from everything else they've done, Mario Lalli and Larry Lalli were key figures in launching the Indio music scene that eventually led to the rise of stoner-rock bands like Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. The Lalli brothers booked the crucial desert nightclub Rhythm & Brews and currently run the Sierra Madre jazz club Café 322, but their own music, with such wacked-out jazz-and-beyond combos as the Sort of Quartet, shouldn't be overlooked. As Fatso Jetson, the Lallis crank out a sound that's as properly loud and heavy as their stoner-rock peers, but their jazz roots and prog-rock dexterity often take the band into much stranger and more diverse places on riff-tangled workouts like "Pleasure Bent" and "Procrastination Process." —Falling James
@ THREE OF CLUBS
A truly multidimensional artist, Jason Mandell is a songsmith, guitarist, singer and writer (sometimes for this very newspaper). When the Coles (later, for legal reasons, the Coals), his bountiful collaboration with singer-guitarist Sutter Zachman — and a great young hope of the local country/folk scene — parted ways 18 months back, Mandell packed the tunes he'd penned and built a fresh band around 'em. Though he's a New Yorker who's lived his adult life in and around L.A., Mandell's musical expressions are shudderingly personal in content yet oddly escapist in tone — whispers from forlorn Texas trails, desperate Mexican backroads and elusive, possibly mythical, paths to happiness. Quaint and untainted, the Coals are a rare and beautiful thing to behold. —Paul Rogers
@ KEY CLUB
Nabbing New York's "Downtown Sweetheart," video director Va$htie, as the host for your mixtape is a sign you're one of the cool kids. The East Coast counterpart of L.A.'s own neo–new wave hip-hop scene, Theophilus London keeps running his fingers through genres, smearing all the colors together for a sound that references early Prince as easily as Morrissey — the first track on his latest EP, "Why Even Try," sounds like the Purple One layered with the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. Yet even as each of his four mixtapes (his full-length, major-label debut comes out this summer) has roots in the synth-driven dance-pop of the '80s, they all branch out and move hip-hop even further into the future. Like the title of his DâM-FunK remix says, "Accept the New." —Rebecca Haithcoat
The Entrance Band
@ THE SATELLITE
A fantastic idea for one of the Satellite's inaugural residencies: L.A.'s unique wild jammers the Entrance Band. Every Entrance Band show is a physical workout for the psyche. Go. [Check out our interview with force-of-nature bassist Paz Lenchantin at laweekly.com.] —Gustavo Turner
Also playing Thursday:
THE STRANGE BOYS, NATURAL CHILD, WHITE FENCE at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts; AARON ROCHE, CHRIS SCHLARB at Origami; ED KOWALCZYK at Hotel Café; EMANUELE ARCIULI at REDCAT; KURT MASUR, SARAH CHANG at Walt Disney Concert Hall; THE HOURS at Bootleg Theater; HA HA TONKA at Hotel Café; DUNES at the Smell; WYE OAK at the Echo; DRIFTWOOD SINGERS, OLENTANGY JOHN, TOMMY SANTEE KLAWS at Silverlake Lounge.