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Mike Watt, RF7, Carnage Asada, Barrio Tiger
REDWOOD BAR & GRILL
There's a little something for everybody at tonight's sonic smorgasbord, a birthday celebration for longtime local soundman Dirty Ed. Led by former Hangmen guitarist Jimmy James, Barrio Tiger crank out a tough, no-nonsense brand of hard-rocking punk. Meanwhile, RF7 also punk out but with more socially conscious lyrics and faster hardcore tempos on blue-collar rants like "Traditional Values" and their scabrous remake of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son." If you took the minimalist shards of the Minutemen and pulled them apart like taffy, you'd get something like the sound of Carnage Asada, who alternate between riff-heavy punk blasts like "Mexican Tar" and such spacey dance workouts as "Zombie Funk." Former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt plays with several Stooges cover bands — including the current reunited version of the group with Iggy Pop — but he's at his best when he's infusing his original tunes with arty scraps of poetry and those intense bass runs. —Falling James
Radio Moscow, Black Apples
They call 'em Radio Moscow, but these guys are tuned to a pirate station that plays Blue Cheer by day and Pentagram by night — and maybe Groundhogs, Leafhound or Sir Lord Baltimore on occasions of state. Lester Bangs called this sort of thing "sub-sub-sub-sub-Hendrix," and that many subs translates into a band that cares for nothing but shred, throb, pound and yowl. Primitive? Radio Moscow do the life story of a dinosaur, from cracking out of its ancient egg to immolation by cosmic fire. Openers Black Apples got two drummers in case they need to match Moscow for sheer weight, but their archaeological explorations are dedicated to the Sunset Strip circa '66, where Love and Clear Light and the Yellow Payges deploy lovely harmonies and ugly fuzz to beautiful effect. —Chris Ziegler
CATALINA JAZZ CLUB
Guitarist Robben Ford first came to prominence in 1986 as a member of Miles Davis' band, and he spent the next 25 years building a reputation as one of the most respected modern blues guitarists of this generation. Ford has played with the likes of Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Gregg Allman and Phil Lesh, garnering four Grammy nominations along the way. Ford teams with megaguitarist Michael Landau in the band Renegade Creation, which released an album in 2011. While blues is Ford's mainstay, he's just as comfortable in the worlds of rock and fusion. Tonight marks the second of a three-night run for him as he leads a trio through Saturday. —Tom Meek
TOM PAXTON at McCabe's; MATTHEW DEAR, SONGODSUNS at Natural History Museum; RACES, LIVING THINGS at the Echo.
Headlining this latest minifest by the EDM lovers at HARD is A-Trak, a legendary DJ who has thrilled two generations of beat-loving showgoers. Montreal-born Alain Macklovitch rose to prominence in the '90s as a gifted turntablist. He won the revered DMC World Championship at 15, the youngest victor ever, and then he won it four more times. He invented a notation system for scratching, became a member of the still-whispered-about Invisibl Skratch Piklz crew and toured the world as Kanye West's personal DJ. As electronic dance music rose to prominence, his remixes and record label (Fool's Gold) played a prominent role, and now A-Trak is a party-crushing icon to a new set of fans, due in no small part to his and Armand Van Helden's massive house hit, "Barbra Streisand" (credited to Duck Sauce). Also on deck: Jack Beats, Destructo, Oliver and JWLS. —Chris Martins
Mindless Self Indulgence
These delightfully tasteless synth-punk brats have never quite actualized the next-big-thing buzz that has surrounded Mindless Self Indulgence for more than a decade now. But if their perennial underdog status bums out frontman Jimmy Urine and his mates, you certainly don't get a sense of it from their music, which couldn't be jollier. On MSI's most recent studio disc, 2008's If, Urine holds forth on money, drugs and revenge over manic-panic riffs 'n' beats that sound now like a precursor to Korn's recent collaboration with Skrillex. They hit L.A. near the end of a U.S. tour in support of a deluxe reissue of the band's out-of-print 1999 debut, Tight; be sure to request "Dickface" and "Pussy All Night." —Mikael Wood
DUNES, ABE VIGODA, INFINITE BODY at Bootleg Bar; METALLAGHER, WHITE SHIT at the Echoplex; ABIGAIL WASHBURN at Getty Center; SCOTT HENDERSON NOMAD QUARTET at the Baked Potato; ALAN PASQUA TRIO at Alvas Showroom.
Frequencies do not come more sublime than those commanded by Julia Holter, whose loop-de-loops of harmony and echo find the perfect serene center between Brian Eno, psychedelic true believer Linda Perhacs — who adopted Holter into her live band — and Brian Wilson, who felt that voice layered upon voice was the purest sound in all of music. Holter's just-out album, Ekstasis (on RVNG INTL, home of the shattering Sun Araw/Congos collaboration, too), is endlessly experimental, bottomlessly deep, and alive and alight with the kind of fearless humanity that so rarely makes it past the first set of demos. These aren't songs so much as tiny worlds, and tonight is called a release party probably because some part of you will be set free. A crucial record for this crazy year. —Chris Ziegler
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