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

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Monday, April 14

Gorgon City
MONDAY SOCIAL AT SOUND
Gorgon City bring out the best in Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott. The British duo had previous incarnations - fidget house for the former as Foamo, breaks for the latter as RackNRuin - but it was the breakout title track from 2013's Real EP that set up Gorgon City as house masters. Their collaboration with Rudimental favorite MNEK, "Ready for Your Love," is both smooth and edgy, bumping with classic house grooves. Leading up to the release of the duo's album this summer is the subtly moody "No More" with Liv. Following Gorgon City's DJ set is the go-to electronica remixer for both pop and indie stars alike, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. - Lily Moayeri

Tuesday, April 15

Bryan Ferry
CLUB NOKIA 
Bryan Ferry's audacious warble on the first Roxy Music album was an utterly strange thrill, as were the pics of the band in their Mylar spacesuits and pompadours. Ferry has streamlined his persona in the years since, on solo outings where His Suaveness lounged about fending off femmes fatales. Amid a familiar haze of languidly thumping sophisto-groove, you'll find today's Ferry still gazing out to sea as he performs songs from the Roxy albums and his solo outings, plus the odd Lennon or Dylan cover. Ferry's also playing Coachella on April 11 and 18, along with a string of West Coast dates that includes the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 19. - John Payne

Broken Bells, Au Revoir Simone
FONDA THEATRE
If it wasn't already clear, Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) is a rather brilliant musician. In the past decade, he has famously mashed together Jay-Z and The Beatles, restarted CeeLo Green's career with Gnarls Barkley, and worked with such disparate forces as MF Doom, Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck. In Broken Bells, Burton collaborates with The Shins' James Mercer, and while their second album, After the Disco, isn't as consistently intriguing as its self-titled predecessor, there are still some wonderful alt-rock interludes. The pair belies the album's title track with Mercer's poppy vocals and Burton's new-wave settings, and the guitars soar exhilaratingly into the fadeout ether on "Perfect World." Brooklyn electronic-pop trio Au Revoir Simone provide a distinctly enchanting contrast with their shimmering, poetic soundscapes. - Falling James

Little Richard Tribute with ?Big Dick and Charles Connor
THE SATELLITE
Screamin' Georgia peach Little Richard defined the image, sound and threat of rock & roll more than any other human, an act of rebellion completely worthy of tonight's all-Richard homage. Featuring fetching nu-folk enigma The Tennessee Walker, offbeat rock & roll superheroes The Do-Its and drastically relaxed Western rockers The Bloodhounds, it's sure to be a gas. But the real large charge comes from high-voltage tribute act Big Dick, who'll be joined on a few tunes by none other than Richard's original drummer, the legendary Charles "Keep A-Knockin'" Connor. Fronted by singer Kate Flannery, a performer whose volcanic pipes and untamed physicality are damn near as walloping as Richard's, Big Dick is no joke - and with Connor on the riser, you can expect an overdose of rock & roll at its very wildest. - Jonny Whiteside

 

Wednesday, April 16

MGMT
ORPHEUM THEATRE
With childlike wonder permeating its quirky potpourri of decades' worth of pop influences, MGMT's 2007 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, has become a blueprint for indie-rock bands everywhere. On last year's self-titled third full-length, the Brooklynites grope for Oracular's mercurial magic, returning to that record's producer, longtime Flaming Lips knob twiddler Dave Fridmann, and to recording as just founders Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (having made 2010's Congratulations with their full touring band). Sho'nuff, MGMT exudes a Lips-like eclectic warmth, with trance-y vocal production and enveloping tapestries of instrumentation, which at times recall fellow Lips-alites The Polyphonic Spree (less the choir). MGMT may have hatched perfectly formed, but that doesn't preclude their adolescence from being a fascinating ride. - Paul Rogers

Thursday, April 17

Dum Dum Girls
THE ROXY
Dum Dum Girls' latest record, January's Too True, has won plaudits from both fans and critics alike. The quartet's third full-length is one of their strongest to date, with Dee Dee Penny's vocals powering the band above a wall of reverb and guitars that has been favorably compared to The Stone Roses, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although they'll be performing these songs at Coachella the weekend before and weekend after, seeing these hard-rockin' ladies in a small setting will give fans a greater appreciation of how much their sound has evolved since their 2008 beginnings. - Daniel Kohn

Tinariwen
THE BELASCO
When it comes to guitar armies, Tinariwen has everyone else beat. The Malian collective features a multitude of brilliant guitarists whose multilayered interplay seamlessly blends psychedelic hypnosis, bluesy solitude and traditional West African influences. But many band members also fought in an actual army, as rebel Tuareg soldiers against the Malian government, before making peace and moving away from violence in the early 1990s. Tinariwen's tangled backstory was told in the fascinating documentary that accompanied their 2009 album, Imidiwan: Companions, but what really matters is their music, which in recent years has shifted from the acoustic idyll Tassili back to the full electric power of their new release, Emmaar. - Falling James

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