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The Best Concerts to See In L.A. This Week

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Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:45 AM
click to enlarge Raw Geronimo - PHOTO COURTESY OF NEUROTICALLY RECORDS
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Monday, August 12

Raw Geronimo

BOOTLEG THEATER

Raw Geronimo reveal a new side of themselves on "Magnetic Love," from their debut album, Dream Fever. In a short, 2½-year career, the local sextet has already moved back and forth from caffeinated punk and jaggedly funky new wave to dreamy art-pop and percussive, tribal incantations. In "Magnetic Love," lead singer Laena Geronimo still finds "hope for the human race" as she wends her way through Vug Arakas' trilling space guitar and Shannon Marie Lay's chiming keyboards, her achingly sincere vocals falling into a bed of lush girl-group harmonies. It's not a shock that Geronimo, a former member of bright pop hopefuls The Like, has such an ear for melody, but what is surprising is how much more assured and musically adventurous her new band is. Some of Geronimo's wide-ranging talent no doubt comes from her father, Alan Myers, the brilliant and rhythmically inventive former Devo drummer, who died in June. --Falling James

White Murder, Moment Trigger, Xina Xurner, Kevin Greespon, Health

PEHRSPACE

Tucked away in the corner of a nondescript mini-mall on Glendale Boulevard lies a most valuable little music & art ... um, let's call it a club. While Pehrspace is not much more than an empty room, it looms large precisely because of its lack of flashy rock-palace amenities. Marking its eighth anniversary tonight, Pehrspace is all about the likely two most important things in your life: people and music. Right? Just us? It's the kind of place where one can hang without pressure; there's no fugging velvet ropes, and the music's always new and important as opposed to merely trendy and clichéd. To wit: Tonight there's the excellent thumping teenbeat of White Murder, guitar/electronics detonations and rifferini from Moment Trigger, electro-dance laptopterisms courtesy of chanteuse Xina Xurner, guitar/FX soundscapes by Kevin Greenspon and a DJ set by noize-rock heroes Health. --John Payne

Tuesday, August 13

The Monkees

TERRACE THEATER

The Monkees sounded like a real band again for the first time in more than a decade when Michael Nesmith reunited with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a surprise tour last fall. Nes had previously rejoined his old mates only two or three times since they split up in 1970 -- although he kept busy in other ways, including virtually inventing country rock in his solo career, launching the prototype for MTV and executive producing Repo Man, among other hobbies. The early Monkees certainly were helped by some great songwriters, such as Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (and they took a chance on the then-unknown Harry Nilsson), but it was Nesmith who wrote many of their best songs. Last November at the Greek, Nesmith crooned beloved lost Headquarters gems like "You Told Me" and "Sunny Girlfriend" and even beat-boxed like a human Moog while Dolenz intoned the spacey freakout "Daily Nightly." A sing-along tribute to the late Davy Jones was actually moving instead of corny, and a masterfully witty Dolenz was in ultra-fine voice, occasionally playing drums with a teenage garage-rock intensity. Tork was impressive when he dug out the difficult bass octaves of "You Must Be the One" and sang lead on his own "For Pete's Sake," with its inexorably mesmerizing guitar lick. Tonight's show has as much promise. Hey hey. --Falling James

Wednesday, August 14

My Hollow Drum

LOW END THEORY

While Low End Theory's regular residents are on tour (and on a tear) through Lithuania and Berlin, the mission to unwind minds here in L.A. falls to the more-than-able My Hollow Drum collective. Home to Brainfeeder's Avatar-a-delic beat polymath Teebs as well as the enigmatic yuk and the cinematic maximalist Co.fee, the My Hollow Drummers are a 10-strong scouting party exploring the frontiers of instrumental beat production. (Example: the beautiful music Teebs built from samples of cheapo Christmas records.) Tonight, Co.fee and Arti join Teebs for live sets while Bahwee, Swas, Kab and Tully DJ. It's a testament to the power of Low End that one could say this so often, but this is definitely a night when you'll want to be able to say, "Yeah, I was there." --Chris Ziegler

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