The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week
Lauren Shera performs at Hotel Cafe this Wednesday.
Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
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Monday, January 19
Brat-pop duo Holychild have been proving their strength in live performance during their Monday night residency at The Echo. Round three will, no doubt, be a dance-a-thon jam-packed with their infectious melodies, clever lyrics and fun-loving attitude. Preparing for the release of the follow-up to their 2014 EP release, Mindspeak, Liz Nistico and Louie Diller are pulling out all the stops for their hometown crowd — scandalous outfits, glitter, backup singers, choreography and more, all earning them comparisons to the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. With supporting artists Mereki and Dream Machines. — Britt Witt
Tuesday, January 20
Dr. Madd Vibe & the Missing Links
The good doctor at tonight’s sonic checkup is better known as Fishbone singer Angelo Moore. But no matter which name he’s using, Dr. Madd Vibe and his funky-freaky crew won’t just cure what ails you — they’ll open you up, mix things around and sew things back up needle-tight before you can take another breath. He and the Links might be “Famous but Not Rich,” but they lay everything down as smartly and surely as The J.B.’s, keeping their funk-ska grooves firmly rooted on Earth while unlocking their collective minds enough to follow Sun Ra into a truly outer space. Unless you’re in P-Funk, that’s not an easy thing to do, but vocalist-saxophonist-poet-actor Moore is a literal ringmaster: Tonight he also presents carny performers alongside singer Delphine de St. Paër and Beats Antique dancer Jodi Waseca-Jenkins. — Falling James
Wednesday, January 21
Lauren Shera, Laleh
Lauren Shera’s new video is called “Hell’s Bells,” but the New York native isn’t some generic hellraiser looking for cheap attention. Instead, she sings the folk-pop ballad with a funereal grace, setting it aloft with a tremulous delicacy before the song surges with a mournful accompaniment of banjos and pedal steel. She describes her debut album, Gold and Rust, as a farewell to her longtime home in Northern California, and traces of Stevie Nicks linger in tracks such as “Light and Dust.” With Shera newly relocated to Nashville, one can only hope that the singer will retain her sense of place. Laleh Pourkarim’s life story is even more dramatic than her melancholy love songs. She and her family escaped from Iran and lived in refugee camps in various countries before alighting in Sweden, where she’s now a pop star. Laleh revives her self-titled 2005 debut EP in an acoustic set. — Falling James
Thursday, January 22
“The world is a bag of tricks all for the taking,” Aceyalone declares on the title track of his 2013 album, Leanin’ on Slick. But the local rapper, who first came to attention with Project Blowed and the vastly influential Freestyle Fellowship, isn’t really a taker. He can cast out such an intoxicating blur of high-stepping imagery that you’re seduced by his insistent flow before the impact of the actual words settles in. He’s nobody’s fool on “Pass the Hint” and kicks into a funky fashion show on “Show Me Them Shoes,” evoking Project Blowed’s epic, improvisational word battles in Leimert Park. On “One Cup, Two Cup,” Aceyalone puts it all together with a simple recipe: “One cup of butter, two cups of dynamite/Three cups of bump ... Can’t see me now, sitting on a satellite.” — Falling James
If L.A.’s Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) isn’t already kind of gigantic, he will be very soon, thanks to a new deal with Warner Bros. and a new album set to release later this year. He’s already found an irresistible (and impeccably produced) synth-pop sound somewhere between Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and Joshua Tree U2, which made for two albums worth of left-field 1980s popgasms, but his upcoming Eclipse full-length promises a whole new order of Twin Shadowism, if lead single “Turn Me Up” is any indication. This Troubadour date may be one of his last small-room shows; adjust your calendar accordingly. — Chris Ziegler
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