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

M83 -- See Sunday
M83 -- See Sunday
Timothy Norris

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Friday, September 20

Human Eye

LOS GLOBOS

Some humans make music, some humans make medicine, some humans make monsters -- Human Eye's Timmy Vulgar makes all of those things at once. Basically, if you are a certain kind of freaked-out weirdo, the existence of this band is like a long-overdue communiqué from your home planet. (Said communiqué promising either rescue or reinforcements -- depends on which song.) Human Eye delivers the kind of raw power heard on albums by '70s-era artists like Roky Erickson, Chrome, Crime, Pink Fairies, Kim Fowley, Sonny Vincent and even Funkadelic, whose albums Maggot Brain and Cosmic Slop made the foundation from which Human Eye burst forth. (Even the words and ethoses of Jack Kirby and William Burroughs carried the viral RNA that helped Human Eye evolve!) Sounds messed up, right? Not to anyone who really understands Human Eye. --Chris Ziegler

Billy Childs Electric Band

BLUE WHALE

Pianist, composer and arranger Billy Childs cuts as wide a musical swath through contemporary music as anyone, having earned three Grammys and 10 nominations over the past two decades for his work in various jazz groups, classical compositions, film scores and jazz chamber recordings and concerts. While Childs' latest recording project is devoted to songstress Laura Nyro, tonight at Little Tokyo's Blue Whale he returns to some of his earliest work as a leader in contemporary jazz fusion. Childs' intricate compositions require players with the highest skill levels, as demonstrated on this gig with flute and sax master Katisse Buckingham, Joey Heredia on drums and the always sublime electric bassist Jimmy Johnson, who is considered by many to be the best in the world. --Tom Meek

Saturday, September 21

Dublab 14th Anniversary Mindmelt

MAKER CITY

L.A.'s long-serving premier sonic-arts crew Dublab celebrates its 14-year anniversary with performances from art-making members including Dntel, Matthewdavid, Ras G, Andres Renteria, Sun Araw, Suzanne Kraft, Carlos Niño, Hoseh, Salvia Plath and many primo others. Sets will deal heavily in the genres of boogie zoogie, cosmic noodle, weirdo disco and funky freak, natch. Beer/wine/tea/snacks ? Of course, plus a bevy of food trucks, visual projections including Sun Araw's SSVR Viewing Center, live painting by Teebs, live on-site custom T-shirt making, a caricature booth, custom scents and Machine Project's Institute for Experimental Table Tennis Research -- all for a mere $10 donation at the door. This large-ass event also serves as the debut of Maker City L.A., a creative center in downtown's L.A. Mart. --John Payne

See also: Dublab's Internet Radio. Be Very Afraid

Peter Hook and the Light

THE FONDA THEATRE

Peter Hook, he of Joy Division and New Order bass-playing fame, took a turn touring the former's legendary music with his group The Light. Now he's taking a stab at New Order's seminal first two albums, Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies. In this task, Hook handles guitar and vocals, delegating the bass playing to his son, Jack. While this division of labor is a little bizarre, it's just as well, since New Order did little touring behind these two particular albums. With its dark, minimalist overtones and panicked urgency, Movement functions as an extension of Joy Division, as that band broke up after Ian Curtis' suicide in 1980. In contrast, Power, Corruption & Lies' intricate pop undertones indicate the start of the group's singular synth-driven, post-punk dance style. The songs hold up, and Hook does his due diligence to do them justice. --Lily Moayeri

The Beach Ball: Soul Revue

SANTA MONICA PIER

Music just sounds better when it's being played outdoors by the ocean. There's something inherently romantic about all that water brimming against the shore and the voices of seagulls and humans mingling in the salty air as the sun sails stubbornly over the horizon. While the Santa Monica Pier hosts free, weekly concerts every summer, co-promoters Rum & Humble and Spaceland Productions are adding something different this year, marking the change of seasons with two disparate, jam-packed (and not free) music festivals. In two weeks, the autumnal plaints of folkies and alt-cowboys will ring out at the Way Over Yonder fest, but today summer gets a last soulful goodbye at the Beach Ball, which features the uplifting and increasingly rueful meditations of Aloe Blacc, funk-jazz maestro Maceo Parker (who's blown sax for James Brown, P-Funk and Prince), revitalized soul veteran Lee Fields, breezy soul-pop duo Myron & E and relatively lightweight nu-soul revivalist Allen Stone. The Beach Ball bounces onward with an all-reggae lineup on Sunday, Sept. 22. --Falling James

See also: Aloe Blacc's Golden God Voice

 

Sunday, September 22

The Beach Ball: Reggae Fest

SANTA MONICA PIER

Now we come to the end of the continent and the end of summer, yet the waves gently tugging at the pier's pilings still bounce and sway to that same summer beat. The ocean has always moved in reggae rhythms --lots of ups and downs and sudden, silently foreboding gaps between waves -- free and easy most of the time, with an occasional stutter-step of the snare to wake you when needed. Whether crooning with Jamaican icons Black Uhuru or performing on his own, Michael Rose melds his smooth, especially haunting vocals and the socially conscious lyrics of anthems like "General Penitentiary" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" with a compulsively hypnotic, piano-laced backing. Rose follows sets by DJ/singer U-Roy; the latest incarnation of the ever-influential Skatalites; and Sly & Robbie, the legendary Channel One rhythm section and producers who, besides inventing several variations of reggae and dancehall, have worked with everyone from Gregory Isaacs and Peter Tosh to Serge Gainsbourg, No Doubt and Doug E. Fresh. --Falling James

Dr. Know, Decry, Bad Samaritans

LOS GLOBOS

Dr. Know have a long and tangled history, which began in the early 1980s when they were one of the first members of the nardcore scene, a polite gathering of punks and surfers from the Oxnard area. Dr. Know used to be fronted by former child star Brandon Cruz (The Courtship of Eddie's Father), but these days they're led by founding guitarist/singer Kyle Toucher, who sometimes takes the group into thrash-metal territory with blasts like "Mr. Freeze" (which has been covered by Slayer). Decry are overlooked these days, but they were one of the more energetically rampaging SoCal bands of the early '80s, when lead singer Farrell Holtz was howling lost classics like "Falling," which combined Social Distortion-style guitars with a catchy chorus. Bad Samaritans are the relative babies of the three headliners, having just started in 1987, but the Agoura Hills provocateurs are, if anything, even more rudely guttural and intensely hardcore. Also with Urban Decay, Cholos on Acid and Corrupted Youth. --Falling James

M83

HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Anthony Gonzalez released his first self-titled record as M83 in 2001, and in the 12 years since has been on an adventure through decades of musical influences and suppressed feelings. Known for celestial synths and dreamy soundscapes, the music of M83 is a whimsical exploration of surging sentiment and adrenaline-infused imagination; one hardly notices Gonzalez's French accent in his ethereal vocals with all those harmonic layers. Audiences can look forward to epic takes on already epic tracks like "My Tears Are Becoming a Sea," with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as backing band. All of this musicianship together will be a consciousness-affecting blast of pulsing electro-bass, lush synth, echoing sounds and light streams. That is to say: This show will be special, for sure. Electro-pop duo Phantogram opens. --Britt Witt

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