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GEOFF GEIS, HEROES AND HEROINES, SNACKTIME, THE BURNING OF ROME at 5 Star Bar; JIM WARD, LUSITANIA at the Satellite.
Anyone who found James Blake a rather sedate "Face of Dubstep" contender should cotton to Katy B: On her Mercury Prize–nominated debut, On a Mission, this fresh-faced Londoner describes her boy troubles with a round-the-way sass that shares as much with U.K. girl groups, like the Sugababes, as it does with any hipster-approved dance act. That's not to suggest that Katy B's beats don't hit hard; "Perfect Stranger," her Magnetic Man collab, has all the wobble you could want. But it's Katy's personality that may enable a connection with Rihanna fans. The singer performs here as part of a peculiar School Night! bill that also includes quirk-folk veteran Rickie Lee Jones. —Mikael Wood
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.
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
CHRIS THILE at Largo; THE ALLAH LAS, JEFFERTITTI'S NILE at the Echo; HIRAX at House of Blues (Hollywood); XU XU FANG, ALAIN JOHANNES at the Satellite.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
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