Live in L.A.: LCD Soundsystem, 50 Cent, Peanut Butter Wolf, Isis, The xx, Local Natives
Hope you don't feel slighted, Los Angeles. Two weekends ago on That Other Coast, LCD Soundsystem brought the house -- or, rather, Terminal 5 -- down with an eye-popping, ear-decimating, 2 1/2-hour show that wound up with "New York I Love You" and a cover of Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind." Then the giddy crowd was showered with white balloons. What do James Murphy and crew have in mind for his equally adoring L.A. audiences? Expect loud in every sense of the word. We thought LCD had jumped the shark when we heard "Drunk Girls" and saw the insipid video, but then Pitchfork gave the new album "This Is Happening" a 9.2 rating and made it all seem so intellectual. The Palladium is sold out tonight, as is the Fox Theater in Pomona on Saturday, so LCD's balloon is in no danger of popping.
Elsewhere: Don't know what's for dinner, but 50 Cent is on the menu tonight at Club Nokia. ... First Fridays at the Natural History Museum winds up another great season with Peanut Butter Wolf and Neon Indian holding forth in the Hall of Mammals. ... The xx plays the Music Box on Saturday and the Wiltern on Sunday. ... L.A. guys-made-good Local Natives play small shows (tonight at the Troubadour and Saturday at the Bootleg Theater) before traipsing off to play 18 or so festivals this summer in the U.S. and Europe. ... The mixed bag that is the KROQ Weenie Roast (Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) will be webcast live here. ... The Buzzcocks play their first two albums, "Another Music in a Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites" on Saturday at Club Nokia. ... Isis' farewell tour continues with its final L.A. show, Saturday at the Troubadour. ... And Italian singer Giovanna Gattuso will guest with L.A.'s Element Band on a program of world music Sunday at the Ford Amphitheatre.
Also tonight: The Trashcan Sinatras, Mike Viola and the Ruby Friedman Orchestra at the Key Club; Miike Snow at Pomona's Fox Theater; the Golden Filter and Robotanists at Spaceland; I See Hawks in LA and Ol Californio at the Redwood Bar; Mumford & Sons at the Music Box; Class Actress at the Echoplex; Mia Doi Todd at McCabe's; Quadron at the Echo; Jay Buchanan at the Echo; 8mm at the Viper Room; Moses Campbell, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Spirit Vine and Big Whup at Echo Curio; Cobalt Cranes and Meho Plaza at Pehrspace; Suffering Luna at the Smell; Modern Time Machines at El Cid; Lost City Radio (acoustic) at M Bar; Go West Young Man at Casey's downtown; and Red Cortez at a benefit for the (oil spill-related) Environmental Defense Fund at the Mezz at the Alexandria Hotel downtown.
Also Saturday: Maxwell and Jill Scott at Staples Center; Elevaters and Ryan Hanifl at the Hotel Cafe; Screaming Females at Spaceland; Restavrant at Casey's downtown; Jack Wilson Jr. at Pehrspace; Mike Watt at the Smell; and Gary Lucas at McCabe's.
Also Sunday: Sage Francis with a live band at the Music Box; the Bamboozle Road Show (with Third Eye Blind, Good Charlotte, All Time Low, Hellogoodbye and Boys Like Girls) at the Palladium; Vetiver at Spaceland; Subhumans at the Echo (early) and Sweaters at the Echo (late); Necro at the El Rey; Bipolar Bear at the Smell; and Dan Bern and Ezra Furman at McCabe's.
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