The Best Concerts To See in L.A. This Weekend: Nov 16-18
Friday, November 16
Simone White traffics in shadows. Her songs are a blurry series of murmurs, sighs and whispers wrapped up in a soft blanket of sparse acoustic guitar and muted percussion. The Echo Park singer is best known for touring with Andrew Bird and being a part of Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's Revue in 2008; "The Beep Beep Song," from her 2007 album, I Am the Man, was used in several European car commercials. The Hawaii native continues to cast fragile spells on her new CD, Silver Silver, such as the aptly titled "Never Be That Tough," where her delicate voice is wreathed in ethereal harmonies. White even anticipates the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy when she coos on the title track, "Wide, wide ocean tide/busted banks gone and swallowed my pride." --Falling James
Might as well come right out with it: Australian band Tame Impala's Lonerism is as good as people say, and as psychedelic as people say, and as "refreshing" and "retro-but-not-retro," and every other word floating around out there in the online adjective-o-sphere. It's Sgt. Pepper or S.F. Sorrow with synths, sure, but that's a reverent compliment. The songs here seem like they came into existence perfectly formed, with every twist and surprise and loop-the-loop coming just when your subconscious demands it. One of the best things about the psychedelic classics of the olden '60s days is the way those bands pushed luck and inspiration and modern technology to their limits, and that's just what Tame Impala does in 2012. Head music's not dead! -- Chris Ziegler
See also: Tame Impala On The Meaning of 'Lonerism'
Saturday, November 17
The barks of Ghostlimb band leader Justin Smith pack just as much bite and snarl as those of his other band, grindcore outfit Graf Orlock. With Ghostlimb, though, there is equal emphasis on song structure, so you can get caught up in shouting along with catchy choruses as you mosh your ass off. The newest record from this beacon of L.A.'s hardcore scene, Confluence, is tightly packed with stellar metallic riffs, mixed within a melodic hardcore shell. The subject matter is a bit more grounded in reality than Graf Orlock's signature action-movie-inspired flights of fancy. Ghostlimb doesn't troll in tough-guy hardcore either. Lyrically, the group has a strong emotional core that feels inclusive and welcoming for everyone ready to unleash their demons in the pit. -- Jason Roche
Calder Quartet, Lyris Quartet
As part of the valuable Jacaranda series, which features the most relevant, lesser-heard contemporary classical works, tonight two of L.A.'s finest local quartets come together in honor of Claude Debussy's 150th anniversary. Along with a performance of Georges Enesco's Octet, French composer Eric Tanguy's dazzling new Trio is performed by the Pantoum Trio: pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, violinist Tereza Stanislav, and Cécilia Tsan, the principal cellist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. The work was inspired by Tsan's family story (her composer father was assassinated in Paris after fleeing communist China for Europe). The Debussy works include the 1913 flute solo "Syrinx" and the 1901 setting of "Chanson de Bilitis," featuring French actress Clara Bellar's recitation of "sensual lesbian love poems." Tix/info: jacarandamusic.org or (213) 483-0216. - John Payne
Sunday, November 18
Classic Scottish band the Rezillos are what pop-punk was supposed to be about. Which is: music like a cheapie comic book come to life, complete with flying saucers and vigorous fisticuffs and smart-ass jokes and doomed romance, like the tragic ending of "Destination Venus," where the Rezillos drift to their lonely end in deep space. And of course it's all in blinding primary colors with plenty of exciting sound effects. (In fact, although Biff! Bang! Pow! was later used as a band name by someone else, it would fit the Rezillos just fine.) Blondie and the Dickies loved the same kind of sound over here in the U.S.A., matching well-chosen covers with hooks designed to command your mind forever. This is the band's first gig in the U.S. for something like 20 years - don't let this one get away! -- Chris Ziegler
For details about these shows and more live music happening in the city this week, check out our Concert Calendar.
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