Chalk it up to one of music's little mysteries -- how the old synths and creaky drum machines on Dâm-Funk's sprawling Toeachizown can sound so new.
L.A.'s "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," born Damon Riddick, unleashed that double-CD, five-LP collection on the world last year, and he continues to spring new tracks to his followers on twitter.com/damfunk.
Should be quite a dance party tonight at the Troubadour, where Dâm-Funk is joined by Master Blazter (Computer Jay, J-1 and D-F), Stone's Throw Records honcho Peanut Butter Wolf, MC Eiht and Devonwho.
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Elsewhere: Jane's Addiction's surprise show goes off tonight at the Roxy. ... The annual rockabilly party known as Hootenanny convenes at Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine with legends Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis headlining a bill that includes Nick 13 from Tiger Army, the Old 97's and Shooter Jennings. ... Mates of State does two nights at the Echo that the duo is presenting as a variety show -- Free Energy opens, and there will be comedians and all manner of shenanigans. ... And Baths celebrates the release of his Anticon debut "Cerulean" on Saturday at the Troubadour with Daedelus, El Ten Eleven and Matthewdavid.
Also tonight: Wallpaper at Spaceland; Fishbone at Hollywood Park racetrack; fireworks and Vince Gill at the Hollywood Bowl; CocoRosie at the Orpheum Theatre; the Entrance Band and the Growlers at the Smell; Rademacher at Casey's downtown; Le Switch at Grand Star in Chinatown; Automatique at the Viper Room; Jeremy Buck at the Mint; and free in-store performances by Nobody (8 p.m., Amoeba), the Foreign Resort (7 p.m., Origami Vinyl) and Cinder Cone (7, Vacation Vinyl).
Also Saturday: Dead Man's Bones at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts; the Janks at the Hotel Cafe; more fireworks and Vince Gill at the Hollywood Bowl; Carte Blanche at the Key Club; Cage at the Roxy; Moshav at the Mint; Captain Ahab at the Smell; Love Revisited at Spaceland; MOTO at the Redwood Bar; and Sevenson Ranch Davidians at Casey's downtown.
Also Sunday: one more night of fireworks and Vince Gill at the Bowl; Magic Bullets at the Echo; Las Sangronas Y El Cabron at the Smell; and Eagle Winged Palace at the Echo Park Country Outpost.