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Music Picks: Andrea Bocelli, Carina Round, A Hero A Fake 

Also, Norma Jean, Jonathan Richman, Jay-Z and Kanye West and others

Thursday, Dec 8 2011
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click to enlarge PHOTO BY NORMAN JEAN ROY - Carina Round: See Thursday.
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  • Carina Round: See Thursday.

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This L.A.-based duo, featured on the cover of L.A. Weekly earlier this year, have every bit of the raw energy that marked groups like Einstürzende Neubauten, so it's only fitting they play L.A.'s longest-running home for industrial music. The band is the new wave for fans of the style: They aren't starting a revival or reinventing a genre; they're a product of their own era, passionately experimenting with their own noisy, electronic sounds. Yasmine Kittles, who recently played cymbals for Das Racist on Conan, has emerged as the most compelling frontperson L.A. has seen in a long time. Her physically demanding, visceral performances and husky, gut-wrenching voice will make the audience quiver. —Liz Ohanesian

Garfunkel & Oates

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When Aimee Mann's holiday variety show grew too big for its britches and moved to the Wiltern this year, a sweet, guitar-toting pair of ladies stepped in to welcome the Christmas season at Largo in song — dirty, sexy song, that is. Comedy music duo Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome and Kate "Oates" Micucci have been gleefully shocking audiences since 2007, when they first started performing their hilariously bawdy tunes for comedy audiences around town. Classics include "This Party Took a Turn for the Douche" and the characteristically blunt "Pregnant Women Are Smug." True to form, Largo promises plenty of surprise guests at the show, and if the video for G&O's holiday hit "Present Face" is any indication, that could mean Taran Killam, Autumn Reeser, Samm Levine or even Dave "Mr. Rosso" Allen. —Erica E. Phillips

Kenny Werner All-Star Band

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This awesome band lives up to its audacious billing, but this is jazz, not basketball, and jazz All-Stars typically don't fly to gigs in private jets or do cameos in rap videos. They still have to find ways to make ends meet, which might be why pianist Kenny Werner decided to write a book (Effortless Mastery) that would become one of the all-time best-selling self-help books for jazz musicians. Of course, it might be the only one, but kudos to Werner for admitting that jazz musicians are generally pretty fucked up in their brilliant minds. The author won a Guggenheim Fellowship last year, so he knows what he's talking about, and if you see the show, you will see him practice what he preaches — an effortless master he is. Also Sat. and Sun. —Gary Fukushima

Straight No Chaser

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Jonathan Richman

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Madlib

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Keeping up with Madlib has always been a fool's errand. Even before the revered hip-hop producer blew minds with his fabricated jazz band Yesterdays New Quintet, blew chronic smoke with his MF Doom collaboration Madvillain, and blew past the atmosphere with his rapping alter ego Quasimoto, Otis Jackson Jr. was light-years ahead of his peers. The man's astounding prolificacy since has made it harder still to clock his every move, but a nearly unprecedented consistency in quality means we've no choice but to try. He just wrapped the 12-album Madlib Medicine Show series (started in 2010) exploring rap, jazz, soul, funk, dub, psych rock and more, all presented through this auteur's trademark dust-caked, beat-cracked lens. It's a hometown show, so expect the Stones Throw Records family to be well represented. —Chris Martins

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