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Tue, May 28, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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When Elisabeth Corrin Maurus first came to attention with early releases Catching a Tiger and EP Why You Runnin', her folk-pop songs had a restlessly rootsy intimacy. Lissie's arrangements were relatively stripped down, moving from stark country folk to more overtly poppy settings. At her best, Lissie revealed unexpectedly moving and poignant revelations into her heart. On her new single, "Shameless," from her upcoming second album, Lissie's bitter lyrics are adorned by ringing electric guitars and more expansive production. "I stole your magazine/The one with the beauty queen on the front/I see her look at me/I swear that it is mockingly," she rails, going on to claim that she doesn't "want to be famous" and intends to "keep my identity." The irony is that the single's backing is more slick and ambitiously commercial than on her previous releases. Let's hope Lissie doesn't lose the personal touch that made her stand apart from generic pop careerists. --Falling James

Wednesday, May 29

Inara George, Van Dyke Parks, The Brazil You Never Heard


Van Dyke Parks is the celebrated arranger-pianist best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, although he's also worked with everyone from Tim Buckley to Frank Zappa and has attempted to create his own hybrid of distinctively American pop and classical forms. Tonight the focus will be just as much on Parks' frequent musical partner, Inara George, who'll coo songs from the pair's 2008 project, An Invitation, with backing from a mini-orchestra. George, who's part of the band Merrick and folk-pop supergroup The Living Sisters, also will bring to life the honeyed pop confections of her group The Bird & the Bee -- but with a uniquely South American twist. For those songs, she'll be backed by Marcel Camargo's The Brazil You Never Heard, who'll put a coolly jazzy and orchestrated spin to George's wistfully dreamy melodies. Also Tuesday, May 28. --Falling James

The Kids


One of their best songs was "This Is Rock & Roll," but Belgium's Kids were as punk as it gets -- especially on their first two, relentless 1978 LPs, which matched The Damned's velocity with Ramones-style, punch-in-the-gut riffs. Ludo Mariman was more a flamethrower than a singer, and whether it was a king, a cop, a Nazi, an old DJ or just persistent youth unemployment, he was against it with gusto. The Kids played fast, stayed furious and burned their silhouette across European punk history before breaking up in the mid-'80s. They then reconvened in the mid-2000s, when they played their first U.S. shows. Tonight's show will be their first L.A.-area appearance -- happily timed to coincide with a 7-inch reissue on New York indie Sing Sing. Expect serious punk catharsis in the front row. Also Saturday, June 1 at Alex's Bar. --Chris Ziegler

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