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

See Saturday: LA Font at Brokechella
See Saturday: LA Font at Brokechella
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Friday, April 18

Circe Link
EL CID
The Greek goddess Circe has been reincarnated as a local singer-songwriter, but she doesn't need magic potions to lure unwary travelers. Instead, Circe Link entrances with breezy vocals and a winning blend of jazz-pop swing and rootsy folk on her seventh album, Dumb Luck. "I've always backed my way through life 'till I backed into you," she confides on the love-struck title track, as her musical partner, Christian Nesmith, chops up jaunty chords on his acoustic guitar and backup singers Debra Tala and Laura Drew surround Link with a Greek chorus of tight, consoling harmonies. Apart from a summery remake of The Monkees' gem "Calico Girlfriend" (written by Nesmith's dad, Michael Nesmith), Dumb Luck brims with Link and Nesmith's original tunes, like the dreamy country ballad "City Lights" and the after-hours cabaret idyll "Dream On." - Falling James

Radwaste, Human Hands
CAFE NELA
Although punk rock has morphed over the decades from a once-shocking form of musical subversion into background music for skateboarding videos, the post-punk genre still retains its possibilities of change and exploration. For every modern post-punk group that's content to mimic Bauhaus and Siouxsie & the Banshees, there are exciting new bands who take their early-'80s influences into exhilaratingly strange new terror-tory. Both Human Hands and members of Radwaste (which includes 17 Pygmies' Michael Kory and 100 Flowers' John Talley-Jones) were around in the early days of SoCal punk, but their intellectual experimentations often were overlooked during that era's preoccupation with macho, guttural hardcore. Radwaste have a heavily percussive sound that draws upon Gang of Four's mechanized funk, whereas Human Hands still exude a whimsical artiness, even without their late founding singer, David Wiley. - Falling James

Saturday, April 19

Krush Groove with ?Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, ?DJ Quik, Too $hort
THE FORUM
Legendary 93.5 KDAY presents Krush Groove 2014, a concert featuring some of hip-hop's most influential acts past and present. Headlining the show are top-selling, Cleveland-based rap legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After a brief hiatus in 2011, during which Krayzie and Wish left the group, the guys were able to reconcile creative and personal differences and reunite in 2012. More breakup rumors abounded after Layzie failed to participate in the 2013 Everything 100 Tour and signed a solo deal with eOne Music (formerly Koch Records). Layzie is, however, scheduled to appear with the group for tonight's show, which includes sets by DJ Quik, Too $hort, Method Man & Redman, Tha Eastsidaz, The Lady of Rage, Daz & WC and surprise guests. ? - Jacqueline Michael Whatley
 
Brokechella
590 SANTA FE AVE., DOWNTOWN
Ditch your desert festival FOMO and take yourself on a cheap date with Brokechella. Now in its fourth year, the event is an ever-growing, ever-promising celebration of local musicians and visual artists. The arts and music festival indulges all the senses across every genre, with interactive art installations, food trucks, comedians and yes, you can even bring your dog for Puppychella. Advance passes are a cool 10 bucks, with the promise of swag and cheap brew, and 60-plus names including HOTT MT, LA Font, Kittens and Azad Right. Haven't heard of them? That's OK; with alumni booking national tours and even playing Coachella these days, Brokechella is the best place to catch emerging acts before they blow up. "Long live the broke kingdom!" - Britt Witt

See the full line-up here.

Sunday, April 20

dios
THE ECHO
Time for a resurrection: Hawthorne's long-gone dios are reuniting for a show on this high and holy 4/20 Easter Sunday, also a good day for gentle psychedelic celebration. Now spending his days recording every band that'll be famous next year, frontman Joel Jerome reconstituted this original lineup - brother Kevin Morales, bassist J.P. Caballero and keyboard player Jimi Cabeza De Vaca - to play their entire 2004 debut, home to songs such as "Starting Five" and "All Said + Done" that had everything that made dios so great: echoes of Lennon, Wilson (Brian or Dennis), Rhodes, Hansen, Roback and Young, beautiful production; and honesty spiked with immortal sarcasm. If you saw 'em then, I know you'll go. And if you didn't, you better be there. - Chris Ziegler

Pete Anderson
VIVA CANTINA
Guitar man Pete Anderson's brand of original blues is thoroughly contemporary and deeply imbued with the brawny heritage of his native Detroit. Anderson is also an acutely self-possessed perfectionist, yet those qualities never detract from the stunning musicality with which he has long distinguished himself. No ham-fisted bar-band blues rocker he; every song is a study in elegant, spontaneous combustion, at once earthy and emotionally desperate but put across with an intoxicating combination of impeccable technique and soulful involvement. You can hear this cat once a week for two months straight (he also gigs every Monday at Burbank's Moose Lodge), and he'll never play a song the same way twice. This kind of elevated musical kapow is exactly what we all need more of. - Jonny Whiteside

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