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Daedelus -- See Friday

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Friday, March 29

Fol Chen

BOOTLEG THEATER

Fol Chen is one of the most creative bands in the local electro-pop underground, conjuring unusual sounds that flutter, mutate, shimmer and trail sparks just as colorfully as the flying fish and luminous butterflies in Oz the Great and Powerful. While the mysterious Highland Park musicians have often underpinned their arty reveries with funky dance-pop beats since starting out in 2009, they pull off their greatest trick yet on their new album, The False Alarms. Here, they lay down insidiously commercial grooves that are simultaneously airy and cerebral. Sinosa Loa winds her way most enchantingly through Samuel Bing's synthesized meadow of rainbows, flowers and chimes on the romantic plea "I.O.U.," before turning coolly robotic amid the boxy rhythms and funky spaces of "200 Words." In the past, Bing used different singers under the Fol Chen banner, but Loa has emerged as the collective's main and most hauntingly ethereal voice. --Falling James

Daedelus, Ryan Hemsworth, Two Fresh

THE MUSIC BOX

L.A.'s Daedelus is a gentleman, a scholar and something of a visionary. Oh, and he's a fantastically versatile and voracious DJ and producer, too. From rafter-rattling bass crushers to atmospheric, Vangelis-ized soundscapes and unabashedly hooky pop-electronica, he's able to recognize and re-energize most any sound the human ear can hear. The proof is a discography that touches nearly every forward-thinking electronic label on the planet (Brainfeeder, Mush, Stones Throw, Ninjatune, Plug Research...). With his Magical Properties tours, he's a curator, too, hauling promising new artists into his bus for a whirlwind trip to the beyond. This year, he has recruited fast-rising Wedidit collective alum Ryan Hemsworth, whose upcoming album will surely blow and/or chill minds, and the spazzed-out glitch twins Two Fresh. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Daedelus' Magical Properties Tour Arrives

Real Boss Hoss'10th Anniversary Blow Out

VIVA CANTINA

Garage-rock swami Real Boss Hoss is one sick/sweet little dude. Over the past decade, with spasmodic irregularity, he's brought us some disastrously memorable shows (visits from Legendary Stardust Cowboy, a hyper-rare reunion by '60s East L.A. exciters The Ambertones), and this 10th-anniversary meltdown rates as a thrill-fest of cataclysmic proportions. He's got this fair city's two top noisemakers, Bloody Brains and Thee Cormans, and imported the Bay Area's cerebellum shattering Rock & Roll Adventure Kids (an aptly named duo whose hijinks must be seen and heard to be believed). To this crew he's added big-beat supergroup The Chuckleberries, suds-sloshing German wild men The Dukes of Hamburg, plus old-school grown-ups like East Los originators Mark & the Escorts, 77-year-old bop-mad phenom Jimmy Angel and many more. Marvelously hazardous stuff all around. Also Saturday and Sunday. --Jonny Whiteside

Author & Punisher

FIVE STARS BAR

On albums such as 2012's Ursus Americanus, the crushing industrial/doom metal sounds produced by one-man project Author & Punisher rain down heaviness with a bludgeoning force. The instruments that mastermind Tristan Shone uses to inflict his metallic punishment are not your standard tools of musical implementation. Shone is a mechanical engineer who designs and plays custom-made robotic instruments that jump out of your worst steampunk-induced nightmares; the San Diego musician almost disappears inside of these apparatuses, producing haunting soundscapes that border on the edge of suffocation. Watching Shone work his apparatuses live is awe-inspiring, as he gets a major workout operating this heavy-metal machinery. We dread the day that his equipment becomes sentient and destroys us all, but at least it will provide an awesomely heavy soundtrack while it does. --Jason Roche

Saturday, March 30

Living Colour

EL REY THEATRE

Living Colour was such a ground-breaking band when it emerged from New York City in the mid-1980s that it might seem anticlimactic that the group is on a nostalgic trip. Tonight, they celebrate the 25th anniversary of debut release Vivid with a full run through the album. Indeed, it is an album worth celebrating and remembering. Apart from predecessors The Bad Brains, there were no other bands at the time who could breezily move from metal and punk to free-flowing jazz, rap, funk and just about everything else. "Cult of Personality" was the biggest hit from Vivid, but the album was crammed with other thoughtful and musically wide-ranging tunes like "Open Letter (To a Landlord)" and "Which Way to America?" Nowadays, with radio and the various genres of the music industry divided into ever-smaller fragments, Living Colour's expansive, open-minded and inclusive vision is needed more than ever. --Falling James

Poolside/Yacht

SANTA MONICA PIER

It's springtime and thus once again time to go Poolside. The Los Angeles-based duo kept the spirit of perfumed breezes alive throughout the chilly months with their Pacific Standard Time, an album tailor-made for the boutique hotel's designer lobby. The group's self-coined "daytime disco" appeals to grown-ups and babies alike with mid-range rhythms that are as soporific as they are seductive. Poolside's dance roots are recalled on the bubbly "Give It a Rest," in the measured beat pattern of "California Sunset" (an obvious source of inspiration for the album) and on the groovy cover of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." On the other hand, the tinkles of "Next to You" feel like fingers gently kneading into your spine, and the sleepy gurgles of "Tulsa" are as comforting as warm milk. L.A. faves Yacht also play. --Lily Moayeri

See also: The Top Secret Science Papers of YACHT's Claire Evans

Rez Abassi

BLUE WHALE

Collaborations with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer have unfortunately pigeonholed Pakistan-born guitarist Rez Abassi into the "Indo-Jazz" category. Abassi moved to the Indian province of Los Angeles at age 4, was influenced early on by Indian rock guitar legends Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen as well as Indian jazz guitar legends Jim Hall and Pat Martino. His latest trio album, Continuous Beat, features music by Indian composers Gary Peacock, Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk. Abassi needs to realize that there is more to music than the great Indian masters, but this album shines with virtuosic, inspired improvisations, a wide-ranging repertoire and a multifaceted mastery over his guitar sound, further establishing him as one of New York's original voices on guitar. With Mark Dresser on bass and Indian jazz drummer Satoshi Takeishi. --Gary Fukushima

Sunday, March 31

Cold Showers

ECHOPLEX

Yes, the spirit of Joy Division lives on in L.A.'s Cold Showers, but in every best way possible. Theirs are songs cut to an irreducible minimum, ferocious and focused and crackling with power, where Creation Records-style underwater guitar bubbles through the dark and empty spaces and where singer Jon Weinberg's vocals drift past like smoke in fog. Their fall 2012 debut, Love and Regret, was produced with Mancunian aplomb by Darker My Love's Rob Barbato (who also was responsible for The Soft Pack's most Mark E. Smith-ian songs) and was a revelation all its own, with eight songs of bleak post-punk that never once falters. This band is a machine with a million parts moving at once, and I could listen to it work for hours. --Chris Ziegler

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