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Music Picks: Hugh Cornwell, Carlos Guitarlos, Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion 

Also, Charlene Soraia, Chuck Loeb, the Head Cat, Feed Me and others

Thursday, Mar 15 2012

fri 3/16

Memoryhouse, Sister Crayon


click to enlarge PHOTO BY SUSANA MILLMAN - Zakir Hussain: See Wednesday.
  • Zakir Hussain: See Wednesday.

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If Memoryhouse's music inspires words like cinematic and visual, that's probably not an accident. The Ontario, Canada–based duo combines a photographer, singer Denise Nouvion, and a classical composer, producer Evan Abeele, who start their songwriting process by gathering images for inspiration. The result is the kind of wistful, hazy, warm dream pop found on their recent LP, The Slideshow Effect. But the real treat is opener Sister Crayon, a Sacramento trio whose lushly melancholic, beat-buttressed noir-pop plays like a perfect storm of Warpaint and Portishead. When Terra Lopez started the project, it was just her ghostly pipes, a classical guitar and a looping pedal, but her electronic influences have come to the fore with the addition of keyboardist Jeffrey LaTour and programmer Dani Fernandez. Live, all that icy songcraft becomes an enveloping blanket. —Chris Martins

Michael Gira, Sir Richard Bishop


The great failure of reality television is that no one is following Michael Gira and Sir Richard Bishop around with a camera, a really good mic and a bunch of guitar picks — between the two of them, we'd already have learned the ins and outs of occult book–trading, stood ankle-deep in blood at an Aktionist performance, scouted unknown virtuoso street musicians across South Asia and unsuccessfully (so far) auctioned off a chance to sever Gira's pinkie. And of course we'd have seen and heard how far and in how many different directions each man can go with not much more than a guitar — the destination could be desolation, dissolution or maybe another dimension. They're two secret greats doing great secret things. —Chris Ziegler

Chuck Loeb


Guitarist Chuck Loeb has been floating effortlessly between the worlds of jazz, fusion and smooth jazz for the last three decades. His considerable skills were affirmed most recently in 2010, when he was named the replacement for Larry Carlton in the hugely successful Fourplay, giving Loeb a more consistent chance to tour worldwide before larger audiences. Loeb opens a three-night weekend stint this evening, joined by his longtime bandmate in the group Metro, Mitchel Forman, one of L.A.'s most versatile and talented pianists. Also on tap are Chick Corea, Elektric Band saxophonist Eric Marienthal and drummer Lionel Cordew, who has the distinction of being a righty who plays the drums left-handed. Expect plenty of fireworks from this quartet all three nights. —Tom Meek

Umphrey's McGee


Throughout their 15-year career, Umphrey's McGee seemingly have fought with the perception of themselves as a jam band. With good reason: Few genres pigeonhole an artist quite so definitively. Yes, in concert the Chicago-based six-piece regularly unleash monumental, lengthy solos, and even dedicate an entire section to pure improvisation on a nightly basis. But they've also made a palpable effort to genre-dabble. Their tunes regularly touch on everything from prog to funk, and they've been known to cover everything from Snoop to Paul Simon. Last year's Death by Stereo furthers this mission of diversification. Perhaps most tellingly, the songs themselves — not the breakdowns — take center stage. But jam-band purists, worry not: Dudes still put on one helluva live show. —Dan Hyman

Also playing:

SAGE FRANCIS at Troubadour; GUSTER at Largo; MINGUS DYNASTY at Royce Hall; EL TRIO at the Baked Potato; KNEEBODY at Blue Whale.


sat 3/17

Feed Me


British producer Jon Gooch has long been known in the drum 'n' bass scene under his alias Spor, but it's his work under the alias Feed Me that's bound to hit big in 2012. Feed Me started creating a stir several years ago with a beautifully chopped-up remix of Muse's hit "Knights of Cyndonia." Now, with multiple releases out on Deadmau5's label, mau5trap, he has the support of one of the biggest names on the North American party circuit behind him. His latest EP, Escape From Electric Mountain, is as club-friendly as it is introspective. "One Click Headshot" is the kind of banger that will get Skrillex fans jumpin', filled with electronic squeaks and quirky samples. "Relocation" has a gorgeous, synth-filled melody that could pass for a Depeche Mode instrumental. Feed Me's current tour might mark the moment when this producer becomes the next EDM artist to cross over into the semi-mainstream. Check him out now. —Liz Ohanesian

Hugh Cornwell, Glen Matlock


Hugh Cornwell was always the main voice of the Stranglers, even if the late-'70s punk-pub-prog outfit's other members carried on with the name long after he flew the coop in 1990. His cheerfully misanthropic (and, some would also say, misogynistic) worldview in leering songs like "Bring on the Nubiles" and the voyeuristic beach fantasy "Peaches" gave him a reputation as a bit of a punk Charles Bukowski, but the London native also had a contrastingly gentle and romantic side on such gorgeously melodic European hits as "Golden Brown" and "Always the Sun." He continues to release dark and curious songs on recent albums like Hooverdam, and he was produced by alt-rock demigod Steve Albini on upcoming full-length Totem & Taboo. Tonight Cornwell's backed by Blondie drummer Clem Burke, who also will play in Glen Matlock's band. Matlock supposedly was kicked out of the Sex Pistols because he liked the Monkees (the horror!), but he stayed long enough to write the anthemic music to "Anarchy in the U.K." Since then, he has fronted power-pop refugees the Rich Kids and was a key member of Iggy Pop's early-'80s crew. —Falling James

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