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

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Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:30 AM

click to enlarge Daedelus -- See Friday - CREDIT: BRENDAN GOCO
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  • Daedelus -- See Friday

Friday, March 29

Fol Chen


Fol Chen is one of the most creative bands in the local electro-pop underground, conjuring unusual sounds that flutter, mutate, shimmer and trail sparks just as colorfully as the flying fish and luminous butterflies in Oz the Great and Powerful. While the mysterious Highland Park musicians have often underpinned their arty reveries with funky dance-pop beats since starting out in 2009, they pull off their greatest trick yet on their new album, The False Alarms. Here, they lay down insidiously commercial grooves that are simultaneously airy and cerebral. Sinosa Loa winds her way most enchantingly through Samuel Bing's synthesized meadow of rainbows, flowers and chimes on the romantic plea "I.O.U.," before turning coolly robotic amid the boxy rhythms and funky spaces of "200 Words." In the past, Bing used different singers under the Fol Chen banner, but Loa has emerged as the collective's main and most hauntingly ethereal voice. --Falling James

Daedelus, Ryan Hemsworth, Two Fresh


L.A.'s Daedelus is a gentleman, a scholar and something of a visionary. Oh, and he's a fantastically versatile and voracious DJ and producer, too. From rafter-rattling bass crushers to atmospheric, Vangelis-ized soundscapes and unabashedly hooky pop-electronica, he's able to recognize and re-energize most any sound the human ear can hear. The proof is a discography that touches nearly every forward-thinking electronic label on the planet (Brainfeeder, Mush, Stones Throw, Ninjatune, Plug Research...). With his Magical Properties tours, he's a curator, too, hauling promising new artists into his bus for a whirlwind trip to the beyond. This year, he has recruited fast-rising Wedidit collective alum Ryan Hemsworth, whose upcoming album will surely blow and/or chill minds, and the spazzed-out glitch twins Two Fresh. --Chris Ziegler

See also: Daedelus' Magical Properties Tour Arrives

Real Boss Hoss'10th Anniversary Blow Out


Garage-rock swami Real Boss Hoss is one sick/sweet little dude. Over the past decade, with spasmodic irregularity, he's brought us some disastrously memorable shows (visits from Legendary Stardust Cowboy, a hyper-rare reunion by '60s East L.A. exciters The Ambertones), and this 10th-anniversary meltdown rates as a thrill-fest of cataclysmic proportions. He's got this fair city's two top noisemakers, Bloody Brains and Thee Cormans, and imported the Bay Area's cerebellum shattering Rock & Roll Adventure Kids (an aptly named duo whose hijinks must be seen and heard to be believed). To this crew he's added big-beat supergroup The Chuckleberries, suds-sloshing German wild men The Dukes of Hamburg, plus old-school grown-ups like East Los originators Mark & the Escorts, 77-year-old bop-mad phenom Jimmy Angel and many more. Marvelously hazardous stuff all around. Also Saturday and Sunday. --Jonny Whiteside

Author & Punisher


On albums such as 2012's Ursus Americanus, the crushing industrial/doom metal sounds produced by one-man project Author & Punisher rain down heaviness with a bludgeoning force. The instruments that mastermind Tristan Shone uses to inflict his metallic punishment are not your standard tools of musical implementation. Shone is a mechanical engineer who designs and plays custom-made robotic instruments that jump out of your worst steampunk-induced nightmares; the San Diego musician almost disappears inside of these apparatuses, producing haunting soundscapes that border on the edge of suffocation. Watching Shone work his apparatuses live is awe-inspiring, as he gets a major workout operating this heavy-metal machinery. We dread the day that his equipment becomes sentient and destroys us all, but at least it will provide an awesomely heavy soundtrack while it does. --Jason Roche

Saturday, March 30

Living Colour


Living Colour was such a ground-breaking band when it emerged from New York City in the mid-1980s that it might seem anticlimactic that the group is on a nostalgic trip. Tonight, they celebrate the 25th anniversary of debut release Vivid with a full run through the album. Indeed, it is an album worth celebrating and remembering. Apart from predecessors The Bad Brains, there were no other bands at the time who could breezily move from metal and punk to free-flowing jazz, rap, funk and just about everything else. "Cult of Personality" was the biggest hit from Vivid, but the album was crammed with other thoughtful and musically wide-ranging tunes like "Open Letter (To a Landlord)" and "Which Way to America?" Nowadays, with radio and the various genres of the music industry divided into ever-smaller fragments, Living Colour's expansive, open-minded and inclusive vision is needed more than ever. --Falling James

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