By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM at the Echo.
316 W. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Region: Mid-Wilshire/ Hancock Park
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Region: West Hollywood
Last week this New York City sister act finally issued an American version of their album You & I, which originally came out in England in May 2011. Given the album's excellence, the Pierces' rock-star connections and — look, there's no use denying it — the ladies' CW-ready good looks, it's anyone's guess why a U.S. label took so long to get on board. Maybe old-model A&R types were spooked by soft sales of 2007's equally excellent Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge. Whatever the case, You & I (produced in part by Guy Berryman of Coldplay) was worth the wait, with an embarrassment of gorgeous goth-folk riches perfect for use over the long summer to come. The Pierces were excellent at the Hotel Cafe in January; expect nothing less tonight. —Mikael Wood
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
L.A. Phil Creative Chair John Adams interprets works by three composers. One facet of Adams' own varied modernist, expressionist concerns comes to light in his Violin Concerto, where the soloist (longtime Adams collaborator Leila Josefowicz) plays without stopping throughout the entire piece, the orchestra serving as rhythmic/colorative backdrop. Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten is a spiritually cleansing piece that simulates the ambience of a very old cathedral. And Philip Glass' Symphony No. 9 gets its West Coast premiere tonight; this L.A. Phil co-commission is a large-scale, three-movement work for orchestra. There's a lot of bass-y brass and timpani in it, and Glass himself calls it "big and unrelenting." Also Fri. and Sat. —John Payne
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