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

Tom Petty
Tom Petty
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Monday, June 3

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers


Going strong since the '70s, Tom Petty still isn't slowing down as he marches onward with his much anticipated summer tour with old pals the Heartbreakers. Having played together for more than 30 years, Petty and the Heartbreakers don't rely on expensive antics or long-winded sets; instead, they perform tight, cohesive shows that preserve their heartland rock style while electrifying every venue, whether it be huge summer festival stages or (lucky us) tiny theaters. The Hall of Fame artist and iconic rock band have hinted that the sets during their six-night residency at the Fonda will be diverse, incorporating everything from classic hits to fan favorites and covers. Hey, as the man said, "You never slow down, you never grow old." Also, June 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11. --Britt Witt

See also: Tom Petty's Los Angeles

Mothers of Gut


You could call it a leap forward but that wouldn't do it justice; instead, L.A.'s Mothers of Gut have teleported (or more accurately jaunted, if we've got any Alfred Bester fans here) into an entirely new dimension on their just-about-out full-length, Buildings. 2011's Unking was a lattice of Can-style freakouts ("Smoke the Master" unwound the mind like something off Monster Movie) perforated by synth squiggles and vocoder filibusters. Buildings is a natural evolution, the kind of album that happens when a band stands atop its prior release and decides to take flight. It's anxious, dense, tense, exhilarating and complex, a prog-psych workout at punk-rock velocity, with waves of reverb, brass (or ... woodwinds?) and synth that keep everything spinning. First 10 showgoers get a CD copy free. Rarely is the phrase "buy the ticket, take the ride" more appropriate. --Chris Ziegler

Tuesday, June 4

Sir Sultry Quintet


Cleveland-raised Ethan Margolis found flamenco music through an unusual path. While at the University of Michigan studying Spanish language and literature, he was inspired by a performance by the master guitarist Paco De Lucia to travel to Southern Spain and spend a dozen years immersed in Gypsy culture and music. Margolis has since landed in Los Angeles, where he's created a flamenco-meets-jazz-meets-world-meets-blues-meets-Dave Matthews ensemble named Sir Sultry Quintet. Silver Lake's 50-year-old El Cid (where Margolis plays traditional flamenco on Fridays and Sundays) is providing the stage for a Tuesday residency for the band, which includes flute master Katisse Buckingham, percussionist Chris Wabich and the underrated bassist Ric Fierabracci, whose most recent tour backed legendary drummer Billy Cobham. --Tom Meek

Wednesday, June 5

Parquet Courts


Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold
is the Brooklyn band's first "proper" full-length, but it's not very proper. This is the real, raw, genuine punk gobbidge, a rude stew of classic NY noize sounds (SY/VU/Television) pulled by the short hairs into "contemporary relevance" with brains and attitude. They're funny, too. You've got your fast-strummy detuned guitars chopping Krautrocky/Fall-ish over bass and drums of perfervid precision. Pithy, wry wordage comes courtesy the band's head cheeses A. Savage and Austin Brown, who sing such gems as "I was up to my neck/in motivation neglect/when I felt soft waves of purpose/crashing onto the surface./I was feeling/nostalgic for the days/when my thoughts dripped onto my head from the ceiling." Shimmy thyselves into exhaustion -- before it's too late! --John Payne


Thursday, June 6

Capital Cities, Gold Fields


Local electro-pop duo Capital Cities have been hard at work recording their upcoming full-length, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. Less than a year after releasing their debut LP, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian had their hit "Safe and Sound" spinning on the radio, charming labels and fans alike. The group initially gained traction in the blogosphere after trending on Hype Machine and received unanimous acclaim for their finger-snapping, four-on-the-floor beats. Softening the edges, they take a breezy approach to dance and perfectly cater to the '80s-synth cult with tracks that sound like they belong in a moody scene from a Brat Pack film. With the new album slated for release on June 4, Capital Cities are on tour, visiting medium-sized venues across the country and playing festivals including Bonnaroo. Tonight, Capital Cities share the stage with yesteryear-influenced Australian pals Gold Fields. Also June 7. --Britt Witt

Dylan Ryan Sand, Blue Cranes


Blessed are those with two first names, an honor given to superheroes, Southerners and porn stars. Dylan Ryan is no porn star (although he shares his name with one) but he made his mark playing drums in Chicago, notably for his prog-jazz band Herculaneum. In his new band, Sand, Ryan couldn't have found a better guitarist than Tim Young, who could be mistaken for Bill Frisell, if Frisell enjoyed punching random people in the face. With an ass-kicking palate of sonic texture, Ryan, Young and bassist Devin Hoff offer something in between John Zorn's raucous free-jazz and the romantic stylings of Black Sabbath. Joining the bill are Blue Cranes, an indie-jazz band from wacky Portlandia, whose whimsically heavy music is a fitting soundtrack for jumping off a bridge, or for enjoying a Stumptown single-origin pour-over. --Gary Fukushima

Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson


In our increasingly puny, puerile era of watered-down, wannabe rock & roll bands, this double-barreled blast of straight, no-chaser, slash-and-trash shock rock could not be more refreshing. Between the brilliant, time-tested and certifiably magnificent contributions of Alice Cooper, that venerable provocateur who redefined both the content and presentation of the music on a positively Olympian scale way back in the early 1970s, and the vivid, confrontational, manic antics of latter-day beast Marilyn Manson, this double billing rates as a wild-ass exercise in aural -- and sociocultural -- extremes, the likes of which nearly defy description. Whether these two untamed marauders approach it as a to-the-death cage match or a two-pronged, take-no-prisoners assault by a pair of blood-thirsty allies, the results are guaranteed to play out as one mother of an unforgettable big beat bloodbath. --Jonny Whiteside

See also: Marilyn Manson Rambles, Makes Jokes About the Dark Knight Killer

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