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

Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish -- See Friday
Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish -- See Friday
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Friday, October 18

Disclosure

THE FONDA THEATRE

With their debut album, Settle, the youthful Lawrence brothers of Disclosure, Guy, 22, and Howard, 19, have finally brought house music to the masses. Settle is really nothing new. In fact, it is decidedly early-'90s-sounding. But pair the shuffling, deep beats, soft, slippery bass lines and shades of dubstep and hip-hop with vocals from pop arbiters including Jessie Ware and Sam Smith, and what used to be relegated to the moodiest of nightclubs becomes instantly accessible. Settle breaks free of its generic house framework on the bubble gum ping-pongs of the AlunaGeorge collaboration "White Noise" and subtly emotive London Grammar collaboration "Help Me Lose My Mind." Methodical though Disclosure's take on house music may be, by bringing it to the mainstream, the duo has accomplished more than its forefathers ever did. Also Thursday, Oct. 17. --Lily Moayeri

Ian Rubbish

CENTER FOR THE ARTS, EAGLE ROCK

It was 1976, and an unsuspecting British public was about to get a big, spitty faceful of the dirtiest, filthiest mutants ever to strap on musical instruments -- or maybe it was 2013 and Saturday Night Live was about to do an unimpeachable riff on "Anarchy in the U.K."-era punk? Either way, Ian Rubbish (who looks a lot like comedian Fred Armisen) was there when it fucking mattered, maaaaaan, and now he's gotten the band back together for a live set the night before the comedy-music blow-out Festival Supreme. Hilarious? Too right, mate, but Rubbish's Sex Pistols and Clash sound-alikes (and heartrending, Billy Bragg-style Thatcher tribute) are legit fake punk. --Chris Ziegler

See also: These Are the Best Fake Punk Songs

Saturday, October 19

Steve Gadd

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

Throughout the last four decades, drummer Steve Gadd has played with a who's who of stars in rock, pop and jazz, including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Carly Simon and dozens of others. His latest album, Gadditude, has been released by the Los Angeles-based BFM Jazz label and features four of Gadd's contemporaries from tours backing James Taylor: Michael Landau on guitar, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Walt Fowler on trumpet and Larry Goldings on keyboards. It's rare to see this much genuine heavyweight musical talent on one stage, and Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club has set aside four evenings to showcase what could easily be one of SoCal's finest multinight stands of the year. Also Thursday-Friday, Oct. 17-18, and Sunday, Oct. 20. --Tom Meek

Jack Johnson

ORPHEUM THEATRE

Jack Johnson is as much a good steward of the planet as he is a talented guitarist, surfer and vocalist. The Grammy-nominated singer touts a mostly environmentally friendly tour and is a passionate champion of environmental education geared toward children. In a Time magazine piece, the Hawaii native explained: "It's important to get kids interested in environmental education. ... With kids you really have that chance to influence how they are going to think and be in this world." His long-awaited fifth studio album, From Here to Now to You, was released in September; unlike some of Johnson's most recent releases, it is entirely acoustic. The LP also features appearances by longtime collaborator Ben Harper. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

 

Sunday, October 20

Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck

GREEK THEATRE

There's a band using the name The Beach Boys these days, but that Frankensteinian, cobbled-together outfit has almost nothing to do with the classic '60s pop group, apart from the involvement of blue meanie Mike Love, who may have wrested the name from the other members but hasn't figured how to infuse his stand-ins with the giddy "Fun, Fun, Fun" spirit of the originals. There are actually more members of the real Beach Boys -- including David Marks and Al Jardine -- in the touring band of Brian Wilson, the group's true leader and main songwriter. Wilson has another ace up his sleeve now that he's touring with blues-jazz-rock guitarist Jeff Beck, who'll perform separately and with Wilson's band tonight, perhaps previewing some of their reportedly prolific studio collaborations. The pairing with the former Yardbird works better than you might expect, with Beck's sparkly, stellar guitar figures brilliantly lighting up the rigging of such oldies as "Sloop John B." They should have sublime fun, fun, fun tonight, even if Love tries to take their keys away. --Falling James

Lynda Kay, Corey Parks, Pearl Harbour

THE REDWOOD BAR & GRILL

The name of this worthy benefit for the Best Friends of Animal Society is just two words, but hearing them juxtaposed together can't help but raise a chill up your spine: Lux Lives. Sadly, Lux Interior, the beloved, late lead singer of The Cramps, won't be in the building tonight, but his spirit certainly will be invoked by the likes of former Nashville Pussy bassist Corey Parks and Queen of Pain. It's surprising that the thrilling recent comeback of early-'80s diva Pearl Harbour -- a feisty, rootsy singer and former muse of The Clash -- has drawn so little critical attention, but she'll be on hand to set things straight with a rare DJ set. The evening culminates in a performance by Lynda Kay, the country-pop-lounge chanteuse whose stirring, romantic melodramas are infused with a dream-laden, David Lynch-style grandeur. --Falling James

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