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The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week

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Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge Adam Green & Binki Shapiro -- See Tuesday
  • Adam Green & Binki Shapiro -- See Tuesday

Monday, January 28

Local Natives

THE FONDA THEATRE

Local Natives return as virtual conquering heroes to their L.A. home base with the first of two big shows in large venues, following the unexpected national success of their 2009 album, Gorilla Manor. As ever, Kelcey Ayer's contemplative vocals are intoned hazily over a spectral soup of glittery guitars by Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn. At times, the band's distinctive guitars sizzle and sparkle, arcing into the night like fireworks, and at other moments they glow subtly with cleaner and more muted tones. Either way, songs like the new single "Heavy Feet" are infused with a searing, indie-rock inventiveness and Matt Frazier's insistent, shuffling drumbeats, which bode well for Local Natives' upcoming second album, Hummingbird. Also at El Rey Theatre, Tues. (See Music feature.) --Falling James

See also: Local Natives on Their Dark New Sounds

Chuck Loeb

VITELLO'S

Guitarist Chuck Loeb comes to Vitello's in Studio City riding a 2012 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. Since 2010 Loeb has been a member of Fourplay, the highly successful jazz instrumental group. Tonight he's joined by fellow Fourplay member Nathan East, in a rare L.A. club appearance. East's bass résumé includes stints with everyone from Eric Clapton to Herbie Hancock. Rounding out the group are keyboardist Mitchel Forman, who's recorded and toured worldwide with Loeb in the band Metro, and superb drummer Peter Erskine, whose credits include Steely Dan, Weather Report and Stan Kenton. --Tom Meek

Tuesday, January 29

Kodaline

HOTEL CAFÉ

Ostensibly, there are two cred-killing strikes against Kodaline: The band first found fame on a talent show (as 21 Demands, on Irish TV's You're a Star in 2006), and it sounds eerily akin to early Coldplay. But some great bands won contests on their climb to the top (U2, The Cure) and, before the aural overload of their global ubiquity and endless copyists, Coldplay actually sounded pretty darn great. Like their obvious idols, these young Dubliners emote through mildly tremulous, falsetto-flecked vocals atop understated, propulsive grooves and acoustic or tastefully effected electric guitars. The sum of these parts isn't life-changing in 2013, but the songs are strong, the arrangements compellingly involved (in the studio, at least), and Kodaline's public display of intimacy should be well suited to the Hotel Café's cozy, classy confines. --Paul Rogers

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