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

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Monday, June 30

Ronnie Spector: ?Beyond the Beehive
Former Ronettes lead singer Ronnie Spector has a lot of fascinating stories to tell, from her days touring with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, to being virtually imprisoned in her own home by domineering former husband Phil Spector, to eventually reviving her career in a most triumphant fashion after escaping Phil's clutches. Tonight, Ronnie brings back to town her entertaining "Beyond the Beehive" revue, where she marvelously intersperses renditions of some of her beloved old hits with quick-moving, fascinating tales about the creative people she's worked with. Instead of being mired in the distant past, Spector surprises with lively, modern remakes of tunes by her pals The Ramones ("She Talks to Rainbows") and the best version of "You Can't Put Your Arms 'Round a Memory" this side of Johnny Thunders. Also at the Observatory, Tuesday, July 1; and Pappy & Harriet's, Wednesday, July 2.? - Falling James

Tuesday, July 1

EMA, Mas Ysa
Long before Erika M. Anderson set out on her own under the acronym EMA, she learned how to wrap herself up in layers of gauzy musical mystery with Gowns and Amps for Christ. On her new album, The Future's Void, she's buried under an avalanche of synths and mechanized beats as she searches for something resembling light. "I remember when the world was divided by a wall of concrete and a curtain of iron," she muses in a hushed voice. "Open the satellites." Anderson looks back at her early days of fear and confusion on "So Blonde" and "3jane," but finds love, magic and redemption in tracks such as "Smoulder" and "Neuromancer." Montreal singer Thomas Arsenault opens under his nom de guerre, Mas Ysa, disbursing more straightforward synth-pop melodies with his reedy vocals. - Falling James
Wednesday, July 2

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
That My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult has toured with everyone from Siouxsie and the Banshees and EMF to Marilyn Manson and Lords of Acid says much for both the band's longevity (27 years and counting) and its genre-defying sense of sonic wanderlust, melding throbbing industrial rock with sample-heavy electronic dance and dirty disco, all laden with goth-friendly occult and B-movie imagery. TKK boasts a lengthy list of ludicrously stage-named former members (including Sinderella Pussy, Arena Rock and Skip Towne) that makes Spinal Tap appear believable by comparison. Yet the core duo of Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy have stayed true to certain signature cornerstones over 10 studio albums: sleazy (often spoken) lyrics, big beats, insistent riffs, ominous electro backdrops and abrasive volume. - Paul Rogers

Thursday, July 3

Yngwie Malmsteen
Modern hard-rock acts such as Animals As Leaders may be carrying the torch for shred guitar, but no man has carried it longer and prouder than Swedish master Yngwie Malmsteen. Since the release of his landmark 1984 solo debut, Rising Force, Malmsteen has specialized in the type of over-the-top neoclassical guitar work that makes nerds at Musicians Institute obsess over tablatures until the flesh of their fingers is decimated. As hired-hand vocalists including Jeff Scott Soto and Ripper Owens came and went throughout the years, lyrics remained window dressing for the Swede's turbocharged outbursts of guitar madness. Malmsteen once famously shouted, "You've unleashed the fucking fury!" during a moment of drunken air travel. That fury is still forcefully communicated through his guitar work to this day. - Jason Roche

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