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

Junip -- See Thursday
Junip -- See Thursday

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Tuesday, May 28

Lissie

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

When Elisabeth Corrin Maurus first came to attention with early releases Catching a Tiger and EP Why You Runnin', her folk-pop songs had a restlessly rootsy intimacy. Lissie's arrangements were relatively stripped down, moving from stark country folk to more overtly poppy settings. At her best, Lissie revealed unexpectedly moving and poignant revelations into her heart. On her new single, "Shameless," from her upcoming second album, Lissie's bitter lyrics are adorned by ringing electric guitars and more expansive production. "I stole your magazine/The one with the beauty queen on the front/I see her look at me/I swear that it is mockingly," she rails, going on to claim that she doesn't "want to be famous" and intends to "keep my identity." The irony is that the single's backing is more slick and ambitiously commercial than on her previous releases. Let's hope Lissie doesn't lose the personal touch that made her stand apart from generic pop careerists. --Falling James

Wednesday, May 29

Inara George, Van Dyke Parks, The Brazil You Never Heard

LARGO AT THE CORONET

Van Dyke Parks is the celebrated arranger-pianist best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, although he's also worked with everyone from Tim Buckley to Frank Zappa and has attempted to create his own hybrid of distinctively American pop and classical forms. Tonight the focus will be just as much on Parks' frequent musical partner, Inara George, who'll coo songs from the pair's 2008 project, An Invitation, with backing from a mini-orchestra. George, who's part of the band Merrick and folk-pop supergroup The Living Sisters, also will bring to life the honeyed pop confections of her group The Bird & the Bee -- but with a uniquely South American twist. For those songs, she'll be backed by Marcel Camargo's The Brazil You Never Heard, who'll put a coolly jazzy and orchestrated spin to George's wistfully dreamy melodies. Also Tuesday, May 28. --Falling James

The Kids

LOS GLOBOS

One of their best songs was "This Is Rock & Roll," but Belgium's Kids were as punk as it gets -- especially on their first two, relentless 1978 LPs, which matched The Damned's velocity with Ramones-style, punch-in-the-gut riffs. Ludo Mariman was more a flamethrower than a singer, and whether it was a king, a cop, a Nazi, an old DJ or just persistent youth unemployment, he was against it with gusto. The Kids played fast, stayed furious and burned their silhouette across European punk history before breaking up in the mid-'80s. They then reconvened in the mid-2000s, when they played their first U.S. shows. Tonight's show will be their first L.A.-area appearance -- happily timed to coincide with a 7-inch reissue on New York indie Sing Sing. Expect serious punk catharsis in the front row. Also Saturday, June 1 at Alex's Bar. --Chris Ziegler

 

Thursday, May 30

Junip

TROUBADOUR

Jose Gonzalez's voice is more recognizable than the singer himself. With his group, Junip, the Swedish (by way of Argentina) troubadour's signature hollow tenor expands its folktronic reach. Bandmates Tobias Winterkorn's dark synthesizers and Elias Araya's understated percussion bring layers of definition, but it is still Gonzalez's haunting tones and his expressive guitar that are the centerpiece of the trio's second, self-titled album. Whether it is on the rallying (if dirge-like) "Your Call" or against the buzzes of "Walking Lightly," Gonzalez always sounds slightly miserable but trying to make the best of it. The uber-sparse "Said and Done" speaks volumes with acres of space that allow for the deepest breathing. It is the inclusion of rumbling electronics, such as on "So Clear," that make Gonzalez sound ever more poetic. Also Wednesday, May 29. --Lily Moayeri

John Talabot

ECHOPLEX

Spanish producer John Talabot exists in a sort of DJ-world sweet spot, having earned the respect of critics and peers (ahem, James Murphy) and the admiration of dance-music audiophiles while maintaining a position as an innovator of the electro-world underground. An established scene hero in his native Barcelona, Talabot's name became far more internationally esteemed with the release of his much-buzzed-about 2012 debut LP, Fin. With all of its sexy, low-simmer, body-moving production, the album sounds like a warm, late night on the Mediterranean coast, meaning that if there was ever music for dance-floor seduction, Fin is it. (Check the especially lush stunner tracks "Destiny" and "Depak Ine.") Talabot's just-right balance of synth-pulse shimmer, Afro beat, Detroit techno, Chicago house and "cosmic disco" earned him a spot opening for The xx on their 2012 fall tour, and with this current string of solo dates, he'll surely cast an alluring spell at the Echoplex. Be there. The chance to see Talabot in a venue so intimate probably won't happen much again after this tour. --Katie Bain

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