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Monday, January 13

Miles Mosley

VIPER ROOM

Referred to by music aficionados as the Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass, Miles Mosley is a force in the local music world and beyond. The virtuoso honed his technical skills at the world-renowned Colburn School and, after studying music at UCLA, went on to become an in-demand session musician. Mosley has shared stages with heavyweights including Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill and Mos Def. He probably is best remembered by local audiences, however, for his stellar performances alongside L.A. jazz fixture Kamasi Washington, Ryan Porter, Cameron Graves and Tony Austin in the collaborative project The West Coast Get Down. His unmatched synthesis of jazz, rock, pop and R&B may be witnessed weekly at Hollywood music haunt the Piano Bar. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

Tuesday, January 14

Tall Tales & the Silver Lining

LOS GLOBOS

Local alt-country combo Tall Tales & the Silver Lining are led by Inland Empire bard Trevor Beld-Jimenez, who infuses his folksy tunes with plenty of Americana and a hint of dusty poetry. "Through the limbs of a crooked sky, I was burnt by the glow of the sunrise," he croons amiably like a young Jackson Browne. As waves begin "crashing all around my way," Tim Ramsey's pedal-steel guitar perks up and begins to tangle with Evan apRoberts' lead guitar, culminating in a sparkling, Crazy Horse-style rave-up. Tales released their debut album, Nice to Meet You Again, in 2011, before they recorded a series of "Seasonal Singles" to mark the change of seasons. Tonight, the band continues its weekly residency at Los Globos. --Falling James

Earle Mankey Appreciation Night

THE TROUBADOUR

Earle Mankey is one of the great unsung heroes of SoCal rock & roll. He would be noteworthy if only for his participation in the first lineup of Sparks in the early 1970s, when he played guitar alongside his bassist-brother, James Mankey. But Earle has since made a bigger name for himself as an especially intuitive and savvy producer and engineer, recording dozens of classic albums for such performers as The Runaways, The Three O'Clock, The Dickies, Possum Dixon, The Beach Boys, Helen Reddy and The Quick, not to mention most of the releases by James Mankey's group Concrete Blonde. Earle conjures distinctively forceful and lively snare-drum and guitar sounds, and, as Concrete Blonde leader Johnette Napolitano once pointed out, he somehow makes even non-musician amateurs sound like dreamy chanteuses. Although Earle often is associated with such power-pop stylists as Wednesday Week, Kristian Hoffman, The Pop, The Cherry Bluestorms and '60s-revivalists like The Tearaways and The Long Ryders, tonight's diverse bill includes harder and heavier acts like Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders. --Falling James

Wednesday, January 15

The Eagles

THE FORUM

Is there a better band than The Eagles to usher in the grand reopening of one of the city's most legendary rock venues? With hell having frozen over for the quartet nearly two decades ago (with their reformation in 1994 after a 14-year breakup), the rockers bring their feel-good, classically SoCal sound back to the place where it all began. While The Eagles are in the victory-lap period of their career, they've learned to put aside their internal problems to become an arena staple on the nostalgia tour circuit. But there's nothing wrong with that. At this point, the fact that Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit are even in the same building, let alone sharing a stage, is a victory in itself. Also Jan. 17, 18, 22, 24, 25. --Daniel Kohn

See also: Exclusive: Why Glenn Frey Is Pissed at Jeff Bridges

Thursday, January 16

The Crystal Method 

THE EL REY

It's taken 20 years, four albums and 10 unexpected days in intensive care --thanks to complications in prying what the doctors call a "benign posterior fossa arachnoid cyst" out of Scott Kirkland's skull -- but storied L.A. electronic duo The Crystal Method has finally finished its much-anticipated new full-length, which will be released (or maybe more correctly "unleashed") at this El Rey show. Featuring guest spots from The Voice favorite Dia Frampton, country-pop singer LeAnn Rimes and one of Kirkland's beeping catheters, the new self-titled TCM album is all about going beyond the beyond. Kirkland didn't quite come back from the other side, but this album certainly is an attempt to peek over the edge. --Chris Ziegler

Robby Krieger

THE WHISKY

It's fitting that former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is making the scene tonight during the Whisky A Go Go's monthlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Doors were one of the club's key house bands during its heyday in the 1960s, helping to invent and define a California sound that was markedly different and more bracingly adventurous than the stiff-limbed R&B approximations of the early British Invasion bands. Of course, there's more than a little irony that Krieger is being feted here now as a classic-rock god, many decades after owner Phil Tanzini infamously fired The Doors when Jim Morrison dared to sing the Oedipal lyrics to "The End." Krieger's spidery and swirling solos imbued The Doors' songs with much of their febrile exoticism. One of the other ironies about this free-spirited, jazz-minded guitarist is that for years he's been locked into turgidly nostalgic and increasingly diluted Doors revivals. Perhaps he'll break on through tonight into something truly unexpected. --Falling James

See also: A Photo Tour of Jim Morrison's (Restored) House On Love Street

Carina Round

BOOTLEG THEATER

In the wake of her disarmingly cathartic 2003 sophomore album, The Disconnection, L.A.-based British songstress Carina Round had a major maybe-go-mainstream buzz, her visceral and bleak bluesy rock being mentioned in the same breath as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. After a bid-for-the-big-time follow-up produced by star-maker Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette etc.) didn't quite deliver, she has settled into seemingly perennial off-piste hipness (including fronting alt-country side project Early Winters and stints with Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer), which is less than her distinctive yet diverse output deserves. Round's long-awaited fourth full-length, 2012's defiantly eclectic Tigermending, swaggers unpredictably but always purposefully around alternately grainy and glacial vocals while, in refusing to people-please, only pleasing all the more. --Paul Rogers

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