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

The Polyphonic Spree- See Thursday
The Polyphonic Spree- See Thursday
Timothy Norris

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Monday, August 19

Best Coast

EL REY THEATRE

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Best Coast's songs are so giddy and sugary that it's easy to make fun of the increasingly popular local band. Bethany Cosentino doesn't just evoke the California lifestyle with her breezy, jangly summer-pop anthems -- she actually, and frequently, name-drops the sun, the waves, the beach and the West Coast in her songs and even in her band name. Such unabashed joy in life's simple, sunny pleasures has, of course, led to a backlash from curmudgeons who question Cosentino's sincerity and depth, especially considering that she and guitarist Bobb Bruno got their start at underground clubs like the Smell. Contrived or not, there's something undeniably enchanting about pure pop tunes like "When I'm With You" and "Crazy for You," which should win an award for cutest use of a feline camera crew in a music video. (Google that one for yourself.) Also Sun., Aug. 18. --Falling James

See also: The L.A. Weekly Interview: Best Coast

Tuesday, August 20

Team Supreme X Soulection

THE ECHO

Team Supreme is part sharpshooter training, part rocket science and a full-on wild time. It goes like this: Every week a set of ferocious young beatmakers gets an infinitesimal amount of time to take a single sample and turn it into something all its own -- sort of a hard-mode version of Low End Theory's beat invitationals. For this particular Team Supreme installment, the unstoppable selectors behind KKJZ's invaluable Soulection show -- which got hip-hop and electronic on California's signature jazz station, and which deserves plenty of applause in return -- will be sending their best to the big leagues. Soulection's Esta, Abjo, Jo Def, Zikomo and co-founder Joe Kay will join Supreme's Penthouse Penthouse, Great Dane, Kloud, Colta and Fuzz to determine who (at least for one night) will be king of the beats. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Team Supreme: A Huge, Poppin' Crew

Wednesday, August 21

Ras G, Free The Robots

LOW END THEORY

Bass is the place when it comes to Ras G -- he's the producer's producer, seeker's seeker and Brainfeeder's brain feeder who's pretty much the Rahsaan Roland Kirk of the SP-404 sampler. His Spacebase Is the Place double 10-inch (on Poo-Bah) finally did justice to the epic thunder and lightning he commands live, and now his brand-new Brainfeeder full-length, Back on the Planet, takes him one step closer to the center of the universe. ("One 4 Kutmah" is a monster.) He'll be sharing the bill with Free The Robots, which is Santa Ana producer Chris Alfaro deploying a combination of limitless ambition, limitless curiosity and a seemingly limitless record collection. His brand-new LP, The Balance, recruits Feeding People's psychedelically spirited singer, Jessie Jones, and Stones Throw's Jonwayne to explore beats from the great beyond. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Ras G Tells Us About Timelessness

Thursday, August 22

The Polyphonic Spree

EL REY THEATRE

Though its onstage ranks appear a little depleted of late, the still 16-strong Polyphonic Spree remain perhaps the most overwhelming, utterly euphoric experience currently touring America's rock venues. Visually, these veteran Texans are part celebratory, massed Bollywood finale and part slightly worrying Jonestown freak-out. Aurally, they're a relentlessly optimistic, symphonic take on throwback pop-rock -- like The Flaming Lips after a mind-opening, member-multiplying stint aboard some benevolent UFO. The Spree's just-released fourth studio album, Yes, It's True, which was funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, is tauter, sonically weightier and more lyrically direct than its predecessors, yet retains this cultish band's signature, marvelously sunny sense of natural-high wonder and spiritual wanderlust. --Paul Rogers

 

The Black Angels, The Black Ryder

PAPPY & HARRIET'S PIONEERTOWN PALACE

The Black Angels headline this bill shrouded in black band names. The Austin group rumbles with an ominously fuzzy and slightly psychedelic sound befitting its name (which was taken from a Velvet Underground song, although it shouldn't be confused with the late, underrated L.A. alt-rock band Black Angel's Death Song, who used the name a full decade earlier). "You've got me hypnotized," lead singer Christian Bland croons, as wisps of Farfisa-style organ and '60s guitars unfurl behind him. More darkness on the edge of town comes by way of Australia's ever-intriguing The Black Ryder, who wrap languid spaghetti Western guitars around Scott Von Ryper's world-weary drawling and Aimee Nash's sweetly sad rejoinders. Their songs, which richly evoke the desert and the Outback, should take on even greater resonance in this dusty outpost setting. --Falling James

Ty Segall (FYF preshow)

CENTER FOR THE ARTS, EAGLE ROCK

FYF veteran Ty Segall returns to warm up the crowd for one of the most anticipated local festivals of the summer. The garage-pop icon, beloved for his wild nature, has quickly and prolifically established his solo project, releasing seven albums in the last five years. At 25, Segall both propels his distorted brand of garage rock with his animalistic personality and lures fans with his down-to-earth disposition and goofy antics. Segall's vocals are dynamic, ranging from guttural mutterings to stark howls, both apt companions to his buzzing guitar chords. His deranged live performances are arresting, despite the simplicity of his lyrics. (Live, he fills in one of his most popular songs, "Imaginary Person," with cries mostly of "Oh no" and "You aren't real.") Fortified by a full band making pure noise, Ty Segall is the most well-adjusted wild creature a lucky audience might come across. --Britt Witt

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