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

Drake -- See Monday
Drake -- See Monday
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Monday, November 25

Drake, Miguel, Future

STAPLES CENTER

In a recent Canadian television interview, Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake discussed his poised demeanor, introspective lyrics, inaccurately reported upbringing and disdain with being stamped as "the emo-rapper." The Toronto native explained, "I'm so sick of people saying that I'm lonely and super emotional or associating me with longing for a woman. ... I'm a very happy person." His leaked third studio effort, Nothing Was the Same, impressively debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has garnered generally excellent reviews. Tonight's show is part of his 41-city North American tour, with lauded Atlanta rapper/producer Future and celebrated R&B crooner Miguel supporting. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

See also: The 10 Least Self-Aware Drake Lyrics

Heathen Apostles

REDWOOD BAR & GRILL

When Heathen Apostles convene here to ballyhoo the release of their debut album, Boot Hill Hymnal, it's going to be one hell of a weird, walloping hoedown. The band works a refreshingly unusual mixture of Gothic folk laments, shadowy, all-acoustic atmospherics and an exceptionally dynamic presentation, which shifts from low-key subtlety to frenzy-pitch intensity with admirably sinuous facility. Led by infamous local devil doll Mather Louth, that always exquisitely costumed figure whose no-bigger-than-a-nickel frame also accommodates a Category 5 set of pipes, Heathen Apostles have developed a deliciously unpredictable and undeniably strange artistic approach -- spare, economical, full of open space and eerie grace -- and they deliver it with a dignified understatement that has already established this recently formed combo as a notable, fast-rising force. Dirgelicious. --Jonny Whiteside

Tuesday, November 26

Justin Timberlake

STAPLES CENTER

Justin Timberlake's career reads like something of a fairy-tale. The Tennessee native and globally renowned triple threat amassed international acclaim during his stint as lead singer of late-'90s boy band 'N Sync. He then transcended those career heights after a seamless transition into solo stardom with the monumental 2003 release, Justified. In 2013, Justin became one of the few artists to have two No. 1 albums in less than a year with his two-part release, The 20/20 Experience. Arguably one of Timberlake's most adult releases to date, 20/20 features production by longtime collaborator Timbaland. The multiple Grammy winner is set to perform at this year's American Music Awards, which happens next door to Staples at the Nokia Theater two days before this concert. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

See also: Here's a Review of the New Justin Timberlake Album, Using Only K-Pop GIFs

Team Supreme x Stones Throw

THE ECHO

Team Supreme is the Echo's weekly beat laboratory, where producers get a unique sample, a tiny bit of time and a hyperliterate crowd waiting for a track that could redefine the human mind. It's one chance to show the world how much you can do, starting with the same raw material as the next person. This particular installment is going to be world-class, as Team Supreme plays host to representatives from L.A. juggernaut Stones Throw. At the top of the bill is the mighty Ras_G, best known for deploying wall-rattling, spaced-out bass from a home studio he calls the Spacebase. He'll be reinforced by the extraterrestially inclined Mndsgn., Odd Future associate Pyramid Vritra and wolf-masked wild man The Koreatown Oddity. And, since it's Thanksgiving, bring a can of food for $5 off the cover! --Chris Ziegler

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

Wednesday, November 27

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

THE BELASCO

For Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the word "thugs" has always been more than just a noun. Since starting in Cleveland in 1992, it's been an adjective, a verb -- a way of life. Yet for all of the rap collective's rapid-fire bravado and violent themes, there's always been -- as the name states -- an undercurrent of soulful harmony and melody that somehow ties the chaos together. If anything, on recent albums like Uni5: The World's Enemy, the battles they've been fighting have been more spiritual and romantic than physical, as the group tries to "rise above the haters." However, some of the unity and harmony dissipated when Layzie Bone left the group just a few months ago. Seemingly undeterred, Krayzie, Bizzy, Wish and Flesh-n-Bone are carrying on again without him. --Falling James

See also: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's "Thuggish Ruggish Bone": Why This Song Sucks

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