Say what you will about Angels & Airwaves' radio rock (outer-space emo is the phrase that comes to mind), but Tom DeLonge has a plan. Working around the cash register jingle of inevitable Blink-182 reunions, he's made three increasingly ambitious albums with his new project, including Love, which was released for free on Valentine's Day and downloaded more than half a million times in a matter of days. From a band that the year before had paid dues on the Warped Tour, that earned a lot of goodwill -- which fans have returned on AVA's two-month tour, where, presumably, DeLonge and company are selling things besides tickets. The tour's penultimate stop is Saturday at the Palladium, with L.A.'s most challenging emo outfit Say Anything opening, and then for DeLonge it's off to his next project. Which, since you asked, is Love, the science fiction movie -- which the frontman has described as an "art-house film" about a guy stranded on a space station while Earth crumbles below him. Last word is that the flick should be done this summer.
Elsewhere: Rock en español veteran Enrique Bunbury hits the House of Blues tonight behind his new album "Las Consecuencias." ... Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley do a big Wiltern show tonight as part of their "Distant Relatives" collaboration. ... Flight of the Conchords serenade your Hollywood Bowl picnic on Sunday. ... Local indie-poppers Walking Sleep celebrate the release of their debut album Measures at the Bootleg Theater on Saturday. ... And swoonworthy, synth-wielding Miike Snow starts a run of three sold-out L.A. dates, the first Sunday at the El Rey Theatre.
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Also tonight: Landon Pigg at the Troubadour; 100 Monkeys at the Roxy; Moses Campbell at the Smell; the Parson Red Heads and Olin and the Moon at Spaceland; Frog Eyes and the Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band at the Echo; Pocahaunted at Echo Curio; Pitbull at the Nokia theatre; Ernie Halter and Brother Sal at the Hotel Cafe; Vesta Williams at the Mint; Armored Saint at the house of Blues; Straight Jackitt at the Viper Room; Plants & Animals free in-store at Origami Vinyl; and Emily Jane White at Pehrspace.
Also Saturday: Snow & Voices at the Hotel Cafe; 400 Blows at Spaceland; J*Davey at the Roxy; Pollyn and Robotanists at Bordello; the Dirty Diamond at the Troubadour; WAR at the Greek Theatre; Captain Ahab at the Smell; Jack Ladder at Space 15 Twenty; DJ Quik at the Key Club; Erin McLaughlin at the Hotel Cafe; Dead Ponies at 3 Clubs; Orlando Napier at the Mint; Queen Kwong at Mr. T's Bowl; and Gamble House at Pehrspace.
Also Sunday: The first day of the UCLA's Jazz/Reggae Festival with Raphael Saadiq; Banda El Recodo at Nokia Theatre; One Trick Pony, Rademacher and Seasons at a Rock Against Huntington's Disease benefit at Eagle Rock's All-Star Lanes; Samuel Stewart at Cinespace; Blue Jungle at the Redwood Bar; Dead Rock West and David Serby at the 5 p.m. Grand Ole Echo night at the Echo; Bonfire Madigan at the Bootleg Theater; and Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound and So Many Wizards at the Smell.
And all weekend: The Lightning in a Bottle festival at Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine, featuring Booka Shade, the Album Leaf, the Glitch Mob, Adam Freeland, Daedelus and Nico Vega, among others.