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Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:15 AM

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Monday, April 8

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down


Usually, when songwriters are as wickedly intelligent as Thao Nguyen, they tend to write morbidly gloomy and/or overly serious anthems of great meaning and purpose. That's not to say the Virginia native doesn't have her grand and heavy mood swings -- sometimes every few seconds in the same track -- but she and her San Francisco band usually construct sunny, ebullient indie-pop songs that are cleverly constructed and merrily arranged instead of merely insipid and escapist. On their new album, We the Common, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down start off with simple, rustic folk structures that suddenly burst into funky, horn-laden electropop interludes with strange chord changes and intimately arranged harmonies. Nguyen might claim that she has "Clouds for Brains," but those are some pretty smart cumulus she's accumulating. --Falling James

Rihanna w/ A$AP Rocky, Illy Da King, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa

Staples Center

The Barbadian pop rebel joins forces with musical cohorts Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Illy Da King and A$AP Rocky for the Los Angeles stop of her Diamonds World Tour. Although recently panned by some critics and fans for a very public reunion with former abuser Chris Brown, she remains unapologetic. In a January interview with Rolling Stone, the free-spirited star explained: "We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that. He doesn't have the luxury of f--ing up again." Her 2012 release, literally called Unapologetic, yielded the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Diamonds," "Stay" and "Pour It Up." --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

Tuesday, March 9

Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Ronald Bruner, Jr.


Pianist and composer Chick Corea's 59 Grammy nominations are the third most of any artist in the history of the awards - his 20 wins tie him with guitarist Pat Metheny for the most by a jazz musician. Bassist Stanley Clarke has been with Corea off and on since Corea's first award for 1976's "No Mystery" from fusion supergroup Return To Forever. Clarke's own band won a 2011 Grammy for their album including young drumming lion Ronald Bruner, Jr., who joins the two veterans tonight for the beginning of a six-night run at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club. In addition to a lengthy jazz resume, Bruner's recent credits include Stevie Wonder and Prince. --Tom Meek

Wednesday, April 10



Austin's Megafauna make feral prog-punk with (of course) mega-intensity, the kind of thing that switches from heartbreak to mindmelt in the time it takes to touch toe to guitar pedal. Case in point: minute 2:44 on 2012 track "Love Project," where guitarist and singer Dani Neff steps back and lets her song crack wide open. "Keeping the peace made me weak on my feet," she sings, and maybe that's why this band loves to shred the human head whenever possible -- because these are definitely the kind of go-crazy riffs that must count as serious exercise. Prepare for ferociously dexterous rock & roll as white-hot ball of light -- as presented in the first half of the track "This Town" -- and wear something you don't mind having burst into flames. --Chris Ziegler

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