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

Kanye West -- See Saturday
Kanye West -- See Saturday
Timothy Norris

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Friday, October 25

Fuzz

THE SATELLITE

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Backed by two heavy friends, Ty Segall's new trio, Fuzz, is nothing but the hard stuff, mined from the deep discographies of long-hair cavebands like Blue Cheer, Sir Lord Baltimore, Pentagram and, of course, Black Sabbath. Their just-out, self-titled record (on L.A.'s crucial In the Red) was born in the pitiless world beyond the top setting of the volume knob, and their live sets are just shamelessly and relentlessly crushing -- with song after song sounding like if The MC5 had built their grrrrrinding "I Want You Right Now" around "Sweet Leaf" or Blue Cheer's "Summertime Blues" instead of the Troggs song. Does Fuzz live up to its own band name? Absolutely, and they just as easily would have lived up to band names like Awesome, Heavy and Fuuuuuuuuuuck, too. --Chris Ziegler

ACS

SAMUELI THEATER

Esperanza Spalding has gotten so much crossover attention in recent years after winning the Best New Artist Grammy, collaborating with the likes of M. Ward and covering songs by Prince and even The Beach Boys, that casual observers might forget that the bassist-singer is primarily a jazz musician. Of course, labels are useless with an artist like Spalding, as the Portland, Ore., native freely traverses sophisticated R&B arrangements, intimate balladry, romantic pop and expansive jazz rambles on her 2012 album, Radio Music Society. She's more focused on all that jazz in her collaborations with the masterful drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and the great pianist-composer Geri Allen in their supergroup, ACS. Spalding's inventive rustlings of bass fit in seamlessly alongside Carrington's judicious dicing of space and time and underneath the billowing, enveloping clouds of Allen's wise piano. It's somewhat embarrassing that a modern genre as free as jazz is still largely a boys' club in many places, but that archaic border is just another fence these women hurdle effortlessly and heedlessly. Also Saturday, Oct. 26. --Falling James

Saturday, October 26

Tony Joe White

THE MINT

You all surely know Louisiana singer-guitarist Tony Joe White as the laid-back swamp fox who did the chart-topping "Polk Salad Annie" way back in the day. He's a songwriter, too -- the man wrote "Rainy Night in Georgia" -- and biggies including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Tina Turner have recorded his tunes. White's been truckin' on all these years, singing and playing his funky, country-soul classics in that inimitable husky drawl and bare-bones twang. Dripping in steamy atmosphere and a palpable grit, his new record, Hoodoo, finds White in a pretty damn relaxed but quietly intense mood as he murmurs songs about his life growing up on a cotton farm, soaking in the blues and dodging 'gators and the Nashville flood of 2010. This is White's fifth decade in the music biz, by the way: Come pay your respects. --John Payne

Kanye West featuring Kendrick Lamar

STAPLES

Kanye West recently took to Jimmy Kimmel Live to address his Kimmel-directed Tweets after a spoof of the star aired on the show a few days earlier. West's disturbing yet memorable stream-of-consciousness monologue touched on his superior creative abilities, sui generis fashion sense, abiding self-confidence and the general public's obsession with building up and tearing down celebrities. The self-proclaimed "creative genius" also compared himself to such figures as Jesus Christ, Leonardo Da Vinci and Walt Disney. His sixth studio effort, Yeezus was released in June to mixed reviews. Tonight's show is one of the larger West Coast dates on the Yeezus tour and features Compton-born emcee Kendrick Lamar. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

See also: Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

 

Sunday, October 27

Halloween Covers Night with Feral Kizzy, The Big Dicks and The Putty Tats

ALEX'S BAR

One of the freakiest pre-Halloween events staggering along the local musical horizon, this all-covers-homage, big-beat bal masqué (free entry with costume, kiddies) has a marvelously random grab bag of subjects. Things are going to really go off the track when members of garage-rock beasts Thee Cormans and legendary oddballs The South Bay Surfers ally, as Big Dicks, for a stack of Texas punk-funk classics originally proposed by late, lamented Lone Star sensations The Big Boys and The Dicks. Some of those unspeakably perfect Bombon gals hit it for a Josie & the Pussycats bubblegum blast, but the real ace in the hole is the magnificent, powerhouse vocalist Kizzy Kirk, going all out with a Patti Smith set. Kirk is fast ascending as one of the major forces in Southern California rock & roll, so expect a profoundly walloping earful. --Jonny Whiteside

Slayer

HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

For all of Metallica's huffing, puffing and considerable volume and Megadeth's bluster (and considerably lower volume), you won't encounter a more awesome and terrifying force of sonic nature than Slayer. Unlike Metallica, who have tarted up their early rage with orchestral adornments in recent years, or Megadeth, who are compromised by Dave Mustaine's wimpy, post-rehab lyrics, Slayer has never watered down its intense sound or asked forgiveness from a higher power. The truth is, it's hard to imagine anything more powerful than the unholy combination spewed out by singer-bassist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King and drummer Paul Bostaph. The question is, how will Slayer survive now after the sudden death earlier this year of guitarist Jeff Hanneman? Also Monday, Oct. 28.

--Falling James

See also: RIP Jeff Hanneman: Slayer Guitarist Is Dead

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