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The Best Concerts to See In L.A. This Week

Raw Geronimo
Raw Geronimo
Photo courtesy of Neurotically Records

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Monday, August 12

Raw Geronimo

BOOTLEG THEATER

Raw Geronimo reveal a new side of themselves on "Magnetic Love," from their debut album, Dream Fever. In a short, 2½-year career, the local sextet has already moved back and forth from caffeinated punk and jaggedly funky new wave to dreamy art-pop and percussive, tribal incantations. In "Magnetic Love," lead singer Laena Geronimo still finds "hope for the human race" as she wends her way through Vug Arakas' trilling space guitar and Shannon Marie Lay's chiming keyboards, her achingly sincere vocals falling into a bed of lush girl-group harmonies. It's not a shock that Geronimo, a former member of bright pop hopefuls The Like, has such an ear for melody, but what is surprising is how much more assured and musically adventurous her new band is. Some of Geronimo's wide-ranging talent no doubt comes from her father, Alan Myers, the brilliant and rhythmically inventive former Devo drummer, who died in June. --Falling James

White Murder, Moment Trigger, Xina Xurner, Kevin Greespon, Health

PEHRSPAC

Tucked away in the corner of a nondescript mini-mall on Glendale Boulevard lies a most valuable little music & art ... um, let's call it a club. While Pehrspace is not much more than an empty room, it looms large precisely because of its lack of flashy rock-palace amenities. Marking its eighth anniversary tonight, Pehrspace is all about the likely two most important things in your life: people and music. Right? Just us? It's the kind of place where one can hang without pressure; there's no fugging velvet ropes, and the music's always new and important as opposed to merely trendy and clichéd. To wit: Tonight there's the excellent thumping teenbeat of White Murder, guitar/electronics detonations and rifferini from Moment Trigger, electro-dance laptopterisms courtesy of chanteuse Xina Xurner, guitar/FX soundscapes by Kevin Greenspon and a DJ set by noize-rock heroes Health. --John Payne

Tuesday, August 13

The Monkees

TERRACE THEATER

The Monkees sounded like a real band again for the first time in more than a decade when Michael Nesmith reunited with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a surprise tour last fall. Nes had previously rejoined his old mates only two or three times since they split up in 1970 -- although he kept busy in other ways, including virtually inventing country rock in his solo career, launching the prototype for MTV and executive producing Repo Man, among other hobbies. The early Monkees certainly were helped by some great songwriters, such as Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (and they took a chance on the then-unknown Harry Nilsson), but it was Nesmith who wrote many of their best songs. Last November at the Greek, Nesmith crooned beloved lost Headquarters gems like "You Told Me" and "Sunny Girlfriend" and even beat-boxed like a human Moog while Dolenz intoned the spacey freakout "Daily Nightly." A sing-along tribute to the late Davy Jones was actually moving instead of corny, and a masterfully witty Dolenz was in ultra-fine voice, occasionally playing drums with a teenage garage-rock intensity. Tork was impressive when he dug out the difficult bass octaves of "You Must Be the One" and sang lead on his own "For Pete's Sake," with its inexorably mesmerizing guitar lick. Tonight's show has as much promise. Hey hey. --Falling James

Wednesday, August 14

My Hollow Drum

LOW END THEORY

While Low End Theory's regular residents are on tour (and on a tear) through Lithuania and Berlin, the mission to unwind minds here in L.A. falls to the more-than-able My Hollow Drum collective. Home to Brainfeeder's Avatar-a-delic beat polymath Teebs as well as the enigmatic yuk and the cinematic maximalist Co.fee, the My Hollow Drummers are a 10-strong scouting party exploring the frontiers of instrumental beat production. (Example: the beautiful music Teebs built from samples of cheapo Christmas records.) Tonight, Co.fee and Arti join Teebs for live sets while Bahwee, Swas, Kab and Tully DJ. It's a testament to the power of Low End that one could say this so often, but this is definitely a night when you'll want to be able to say, "Yeah, I was there." --Chris Ziegler

 

Dayna Stephens

BLUE WHALE

It would be a headline tailormade for 60 Minutes or Nightline: Talented Jazz Saxophonist Has Rare Kidney Disease. This story has been Dayna Stephens' reality for 15 years, and it has earned him an outpouring of love from thousands of musicians and fans alike. This illnesss, however, unfairly shifts the focus away from another compelling story, one that heralds Stephens as one of the best jazz musicians on the planet. Only 20 out of every million people develop focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, but there are even fewer who rise to Stephens' level of excellence. Yes, he needs a new kidney, but for now let's celebrate his new band and new album, That Nepenthetic Pace, which features iconic trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire and keyboardist Taylor Eigsti, whose pianistic pyrotechnics complement the creative fires that radiate from Stephens' soul. --Gary Fukushima

Thursday, August 15

Southern Culture on the Skids

THE ECHO

Southern Culture on the Skids put on such a distractingly absurd and energetic live show that you sometimes forget they also write damn catchy songs. If you're not kneeling in awe next to the stage, looking up reverently at the mile-high blue beehive wig of go-go-booted glamazon bassist Mary Huff, then you're probably standing somewhere on the dance floor, ducking a random assortment of chicken wings, Rick Miller's greasy trash-roots-surf-rockabilly riffs, Dave Hartman's drumsticks and other items flung by the band. But don't let the fact that you're dancing sinfully or swaying precariously distract you from appreciating stop-&-start R&B/garage bursts like "Banana Pudding," which will roll around madly in your head for days. SCOTS also have a predilection for tearing apart covers both classic and obscure, such as the Creedence-before-they-were-Creedence single "Fight Fire" and Huff's super-sassy remake of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love." --Falling James

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