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

See Thursday: Delta Rae

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Monday, March 24

James Supercave
THE ECHO
Garnering nostalgic comparisons to Ziggy Stardust, Queen and even Morrissey, James Supercave is anything but ordinary. The art-pop quintet has been teasing local audiences with assorted singles and exuberant shows for more than two years, originally by the name Masxs. Fans can finally stop holding their breath as the group's debut, The Afternoon, is slated for release March 25 on Hit City U.S.A. The four-song EP features their clever and nimble compositions, off-beat rhythms and lead singer Joaquin Pastor's signature stunning falsettos. While the lyrics imply an aching heart, the instrumental details are invigorating, sultry and always conclude long before you're ready to let go. Landing on the eve of their EP release, this will no doubt be a special night in their monthlong residency at the Echo. - Britt Witt

Tuesday, March 25

The National
SHRINE AUDITORIUM
Even as The National's popularity has grown rapidly over the past few years, lead singer Matt Berninger still appears ambivalent about fame, titling the Brooklyn group's sixth album Trouble Will Find Me. "I keep feeling smaller and smaller," he croons in a wounded baritone against a sparse backing, as the guitars of brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner flicker and twist and circle around his words like crows. Elsewhere, Berninger intones, "I should live in salt for leaving you behind." But even as he sounds as if he's giving in to his own rueful sadness, the rest of the band picks him up with stirring, anthemic chords and wistfully consoling melodies. Tonight, The National performs a full set in addition to a screening of Mistaken for Strangers, the new band documentary filmed by Berninger's brother Tom. - Falling James

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
THE WILTERN
Brooklyn soul-funk historians Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings come off witty and wise in their brassy brand of '60s and '70s R&B hotpot. Singer Jones owes her gritty authenticity in part to having worked several years as a corrections officer in big, bad NYC. Her authority rings true on hurtin'-for-certain wailers like as "Makin' Up and Breakin' Up" and "Long Time Wrong Time," from the band's recent album Give the People What They Want (Daptone). In concert, if she feels so inclined, she just might shoot her mouth off on any number of juicy topics, from bank fraud to her own recent cancer fight. Pumpin' with precision, heart and brains, the masterful Dap-Kings back her up with a classic soul-revue sound. - John Payne

Wednesday, March 26

John Legend
Walt Disney Concert Hall
John Legend's pungent brand of R&B/soul stood out in the bling rap - dominated musical climate of the early 2000s. His 2004 G.O.O.D. Music debut, Get Lifted, yielded the internationally charting ballad "Ordinary People" and catapulted the Ohio native to global stardom. In 2007, the nine-time Grammy winner and staunch supporter of U.S. educational reform founded the Show Me Campaign, an initiative dedicated to "breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that provide every child with a quality education." Legend describes his latest Grammy-nominated release, Love in the Future, as "a meditation on and celebration of love." Lauded for his stellar ivory-tickling abilities and emotive live performances, he'll play this intimate engagement backed only by supporting vocalists, a guitarist and a string quartet. - Jacqueline Michael Whatley

Thursday, March 27

Delta Rae
TROUBADOUR
Warner Bros. vice president Seymour Stein is something of a legend for having been farsighted enough to sign The Ramones, Madonna and Talking Heads. His latest discovery, the North Carolina band Delta Rae, are no less full of commercial potential, even as they sound nothing like his previous protégés. Instead, the coed folk-country-roots band has a pleasingly rustic, easygoing vibe that has won them comparisons to Fleetwood Mac. Unusually, Delta Rae features four different, charismatic singers, and each can raise a chill with eerie, gospel-infused laments such as Brittany Hölljes' fiery "Bottom of the River." They have enough confidence in their own songwriting that they can defy the frequent Mac analogies by inviting Lindsey Buckingham himself to guest on their new EP, Chasing Twisters. - Falling James

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