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Music Picks: Esperanza Spalding, Elbow, Toro Y Moi, Blink-182 

Also, Glen Campbell, the Smashing Pumpkins, Lanie Lane and others

Thursday, Sep 29 2011
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fri 9/30

Neon Indian, Com Truise

TROUBADOUR

click to enlarge PHOTO BY FRED CARNEAU - The Love Me Nots: See Friday.
  • PHOTO BY FRED CARNEAU
  • The Love Me Nots: See Friday.

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Nearly two years after he helped cement the notion of chillwave with his song "Terminally Chill," Neon Indian's Alan Palomo is back with a more tightly realized sophomore set that seems designed to separate Neon Indian from the haze-crazy scene that produced him. Not that dude's gone ooze-free: Era Extraña still comes smeared with the kinds of '80s-inspired synth textures that presumably drew the Flaming Lips to recruit Palomo for a collaborative EP earlier this year. But catchy new Neon Indian tracks like "Polish Girl" and "Hex Girlfriend" are head-and–shoulder pads better than Palomo's early stuff. He sounds less like he's hiding out now, and for good reason. Fellow '80s revivalist Com Truise opens this sold-out show. —Mikael Wood

Esperanza Spalding

ORPHEUM THEATRE

With her upset win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz artist to pocket Best New Artist honors — an even more impressive feat when you consider the 26-year-old's shtick involves thwacking away on the upright bass, which isn't the most marketable sound these days. While it was certainly a shame to bear witness to the barrage of insults and collective outcry of "WTF?" from avowed Beliebers upset their munchkin didn't take home the prize, if the win led people to perk up to the outstanding technical talent of this neo-soul prodigy (Spalding gigged with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at age 5!), then let those tweens keep crying their little hearts out. ­—Dan Hyman

The Love Me Nots, The Checkers

REDWOOD BAR & GRILL

"Cemeteries are full of bones that'll never get a good night's rest," the Love Me Nots' Nicole Laurenne warns amid her sheets of menacing Farfisa organ and Michael Johnny Walker's rabid squeals of guitar. The coed Phoenix band likely will keep the roomful of bones at the Redwood from getting much sleep tonight, with a swinging sound that's rapidly expanding from primal, Animals-style garage rock into a more melodically mesmerizing and even soulfully trippy fuzz-pop style. While most keyboardists are seemingly chained to their instruments, the go-go-booted Laurenne is a wild frontwoman onstage, whipping her hair around while simultaneously pounding on the 88s like Jerry Lee Lewis. The Love Me Nots are well matched with local power-pop combo the Checkers, who are led by scene photographer Julie Vox and are making an all-too-rare appearance tonight. —Falling James

Emily O'Halloran

ROOM 5 LOUNGE

With a new album titled Morphine and Cupcakes, Emily O'Halloran reveals a little more wit and darkness than most country-folk singers. Unfortunately, the Australian bard's lyrics only rarely rise above the level of "If you walk in the rain/You might just get wet" (she does come up with a couple of alternately cute and intriguing lines in the song "Nashville": "Gonna find me a Dave Rawlings like Gillian did" and "Cut my wrists not once but twice"). But O'Halloran's words are less important than the way she delivers them — in a husky whisper over a low hum of laid-back guitar, bass, drums and pedal steel. After a while, the funereal tempos and polite, unvarying arrangements become more draggy than druggy, but there are moments when O'Halloran persuasively evokes Cat Power's lazy, hazy soul. —Falling James

Also playing:

A.A. BONDY at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock; ACTIVE CHILD, CHAD VALLEY, JONI at the Echo; JON BRION at Largo; NEVER SHOUT NEVER at Grove of Anaheim; TIERNEY SUTTON at Catalina.

 

sat 10/1

Eagle Rock Music Festival

Colorado Boulevard between Argus & Eagle Rock

Somebody paid their city fees: The 13th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival — the last great neighborhood music festival — is finally here. A focal point of local culture and community, the daylong festival along Colorado Boulevard is Northeast L.A.'s largest and probably most diverse cultural event. Co-produced by Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and the office of L.A. City Councilman José Huizar, this year's fest features a sprawling lineup of more than 60 underground, up-and-coming and seasoned acts, ranging from Flying Lotus to Health to Rooney across eight stages curated by L.A. mainstays dublab, L.A. Record, Razorcake, Low End Theory, Kingsize Soundlabs, the Ship Studios and others. For only $5 — and that's a suggested donation to keep the festival independent — this all-ages, family-friendly street fest is by far the best value of the week. —Lainna Fader

Revolver, Chateau Marmont

SATELLITE

Naming yourself after a Beatles album many consider to be one of the greatest rock records of all time might seem like setting yourself up for failure, but this French trio's abundant charm and winsome three-part harmonies make up for this faux pas. With an assured debut full-length, Music for a While, under their belt, Revolver have been crisscrossing the U.S. to bring their melodic, poppy chamber music to the masses. Some of the tunes border on saccharine, but their classical training pulls them back from the edge with unique instrumentation and intriguing, sparse arrangements. Tonight they share the bill with fellow Parisians Chateau Marmont, purveyors of electronic pop cut from the Daft Punk cloth. —Laura Ferreiro

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