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
ROBERT FRANCIS, JENNY O at Bootleg Theater; STONE DARLING at the Satellite; ACTIVE CHILD, WHITE SEA, CORREA-TOWN at the Echo; RUMSPRINGA, THE ROSS TEA PARTY at Silverlake Lounge; ALAN FERBER GROUP at Blue Whale.
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Category: Community Venues
Region: Out of Town
13114 Downey Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723-2413
Region: Southeastern Cities
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Category: Music Venues
Region: Out of Town
Try. Find a chink in Taylor Swift's armor. At 21, marrying country charm and radio sensibility, Swift, who hits 19 countries on her current global hopscotch, has already amassed massive industry pull. (The Grammy winner has moved 20-plus million albums, her newest flexing first-week-million muscle.) Hell, even when she seems to fall — much like the females in her narratives — Swift eventually lands on daisies: Her failed romances with Hollywood heartbreakers (Jonas, Lautner, Mayer, Gyllenhaal) all have her cast as the victim — the same unlucky girl, heart in her throat, who watched Kanye flaunt his douche-dom at her expense. Expect Swift's hot streak to continue. Taylor's image is too valuable for alteration. As we're seeing in this case, the best-manicured ones seldom let us down. Also Wed., Sat. and Sun. —Dan Hyman
After a five-year hiatus, during which bassist Flea collaborated with Patti Smith and Thom Yorke, singer Anthony Kiedis became a father and guitarist John Frusciante left the band (again), Red Hot Chili Peppers are back on the scene. Gearing up to release their new album, I'm With You, later this month, the Peppers are headlining a benefit concert for Flea's music-education nonprofit, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. With new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer reinvigorating the band with fresh energy and catchy hooks, the privileged few who snatch up tickets to this one-off gig will be in for a treat, especially since the Chili Peppers don't intend to hit the road again until next year. Plus, all bets are on that lead single "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" isn't the only jammin' new tune they play. —Laura Ferreiro
OBITS, DISAPPEARS, BEATERS at the Satellite; BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB at Hollywood Bowl; SUSAN JAMES at Taix; SENECA SCRIBE, LARRY KOONSE at Blue Whale; SALLIE FORD, ELENI MANDELL, SISTER ROGERS at the Echo.
The mighty Mau5, Canadian DJ/producer Joel Zimmerman, is one of the biggest dance acts on the planet right now. A former computer geek, the rodent-headed Deadmau5 emerged from the progressive house underground to become a mainstream chart contender, headlining global festivals with one of the most visually spectacular shows in dance-music history. He's back from a killer (and seriously muddy) headlining set at Lollapalooza, where he performed on a stage made by the same geniuses behind Daft Punk's pyramid, playing four consecutive shows in L.A. on his Meoingtons Hax Tour, which features all brand-new production. —Lainna Fader
With their short, simple fuzz-poppy attack, the Ettes play music that sounds like garage rock — which shouldn't be anything new under the sun this many centuries after Mozart and Sky Saxon first invented the genre — but singer-guitarist Coco Hames' poison-pen valentines have an undeniably catchy immediacy that's more primal and eternal than merely backdated. She buries even her most sweetly beguiling melodies on the new album, Wicked Will, under a swarm of buzzing guitars, eagerly abetted by cymbal-ravishing drummer Pomi Silver and solidly throbbing bassist Jem Cohen. The Ettes can't help being groovy, whether they're folking up again on the roots-rock ramble "Teeth," mood-swinging on the funky workout "The Pendulum" or evoking their heroine Nancy Sinatra with a cover of Lee Hazlewood's "My Baby Cried All Night Long." —Falling James
THE BAKED POTATO
Katisse Buckingham leads a double musical life, most often as one of the area's most sought-after woodwind players. But on the last Thursday of every month, he leads his own band in a unique mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and rap, beatboxing his way through flutes and leaving even seasoned studio veterans astonished. This show marks an increasingly rare return for singer Judith Hill, who cut her teeth here for two years before being picked by Michael Jackson for his ill-fated 2009 London shows shortly before his death. Hill was the "mystery singer" who led the final songs at the Jackson Memorial, appeared in the film This Is It and has since gone on to worldwide appearances and collaborations with artists including Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. —Tom Meek
WHITE ARROWS, GANGI at Bootleg Theater; KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS at the Satellite; NICOLE EVA ENERY, MADI DIAZ, FIREHORSE at Hotel Café; MR. VALLENATO at Skirball Cultural Center; KEVIN KANNER GROUP at Blue Whale.
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