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Music Picks: Culture Collide, Nick Lowe, Screaming Females 

Thursday, Sep 27 2012
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Nick Lowe

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When he produced that album for The Damned — expertly, by the way — he got the nickname "Basher," but what Nick Lowe really turned out to be was a heartbreaker extraordinaire. Forgive the backhand to pop history, but it always seemed to us that Lowe was what everyone said Elvis Costello was supposed to be. Which was: brilliant but not frigid, literate but not pompous, sarcastic but not poisonously bitter, and hilariously and honestly human through every minute of it. Oh, and a superb writer and absolute fiend with the hooks and tricks and surprises that have powered pop songs since the first-ever "1, 2, 3, 4 ..." This acoustic tour pairs him with L.A.'s Eleni Mandell, a treasure on several levels and (happily!) Lowe's new labelmate. —Chris Ziegler

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Scott Kinsey

BAKED POTATO

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is the only real disciple of longtime Cannonball Adderley/Weather Report legend Joe Zawinul. Zawinul was notorious for being difficult to please, but he thought enough of Kinsey to serve as executive producer on Kinsey's 2007 solo album, Kinesthetics. Since then Kinsey has split his recording output between his own Human Element project and a new studio project for fusion supergroup Tribal Tech, released earlier this year after more than a decade since their last release. Kinsey's use of vocal and computer effects takes Zawinul's electronic approach to a new level in blending jazz, fusion and world music. He's joined here by a superb cast, including Jimmy Kimmel Live bassist Jimmy Earl, superdrummer Gary Novak and the terrific Steve Tavaglione on saxes, flutes and EWI in one of his rare public live appearances. —Tom Meek

Culture Collide

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Filter magazine presents a four-day international festival featuring artists from 25 countries, on the assumption that these artists will provide enlightenment on what we call music and culture in Los Angeles. Along with tons of live performances, there will be film screenings, happy hours, a two-day conference panel Oct. 4-5, and a culminating, free, all-day block party in Echo Park on Oct. 7. Music events happen at various venues, including the Echo, the Echoplex, Origami Vinyl and Taix. The heavy-duty lineup includes American bands Montreal, Zola Jesus, Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500, DIIV and Penguin Prison, plus The Wombats (U.K.), The Big Pink (U.K.), Niki and the Dove (Sweden), Patrick Wolf unplugged (U.K.), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (New Zealand/U.S.), Bonde do Role (Brazil), Laetitia Sadier (France) and many, many, many more. —John Payne

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