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

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Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:45 AM
click to enlarge M83 -- See Sunday - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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Friday, September 20

Human Eye


Some humans make music, some humans make medicine, some humans make monsters -- Human Eye's Timmy Vulgar makes all of those things at once. Basically, if you are a certain kind of freaked-out weirdo, the existence of this band is like a long-overdue communiqué from your home planet. (Said communiqué promising either rescue or reinforcements -- depends on which song.) Human Eye delivers the kind of raw power heard on albums by '70s-era artists like Roky Erickson, Chrome, Crime, Pink Fairies, Kim Fowley, Sonny Vincent and even Funkadelic, whose albums Maggot Brain and Cosmic Slop made the foundation from which Human Eye burst forth. (Even the words and ethoses of Jack Kirby and William Burroughs carried the viral RNA that helped Human Eye evolve!) Sounds messed up, right? Not to anyone who really understands Human Eye. --Chris Ziegler

Billy Childs Electric Band


Pianist, composer and arranger Billy Childs cuts as wide a musical swath through contemporary music as anyone, having earned three Grammys and 10 nominations over the past two decades for his work in various jazz groups, classical compositions, film scores and jazz chamber recordings and concerts. While Childs' latest recording project is devoted to songstress Laura Nyro, tonight at Little Tokyo's Blue Whale he returns to some of his earliest work as a leader in contemporary jazz fusion. Childs' intricate compositions require players with the highest skill levels, as demonstrated on this gig with flute and sax master Katisse Buckingham, Joey Heredia on drums and the always sublime electric bassist Jimmy Johnson, who is considered by many to be the best in the world. --Tom Meek

Saturday, September 21

Dublab 14th Anniversary Mindmelt


L.A.'s long-serving premier sonic-arts crew Dublab celebrates its 14-year anniversary with performances from art-making members including Dntel, Matthewdavid, Ras G, Andres Renteria, Sun Araw, Suzanne Kraft, Carlos Niño, Hoseh, Salvia Plath and many primo others. Sets will deal heavily in the genres of boogie zoogie, cosmic noodle, weirdo disco and funky freak, natch. Beer/wine/tea/snacks ? Of course, plus a bevy of food trucks, visual projections including Sun Araw's SSVR Viewing Center, live painting by Teebs, live on-site custom T-shirt making, a caricature booth, custom scents and Machine Project's Institute for Experimental Table Tennis Research -- all for a mere $10 donation at the door. This large-ass event also serves as the debut of Maker City L.A., a creative center in downtown's L.A. Mart. --John Payne

See also: Dublab's Internet Radio. Be Very Afraid

Peter Hook and the Light


Peter Hook, he of Joy Division and New Order bass-playing fame, took a turn touring the former's legendary music with his group The Light. Now he's taking a stab at New Order's seminal first two albums, Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies. In this task, Hook handles guitar and vocals, delegating the bass playing to his son, Jack. While this division of labor is a little bizarre, it's just as well, since New Order did little touring behind these two particular albums. With its dark, minimalist overtones and panicked urgency, Movement functions as an extension of Joy Division, as that band broke up after Ian Curtis' suicide in 1980. In contrast, Power, Corruption & Lies' intricate pop undertones indicate the start of the group's singular synth-driven, post-punk dance style. The songs hold up, and Hook does his due diligence to do them justice. --Lily Moayeri

The Beach Ball: Soul Revue


Music just sounds better when it's being played outdoors by the ocean. There's something inherently romantic about all that water brimming against the shore and the voices of seagulls and humans mingling in the salty air as the sun sails stubbornly over the horizon. While the Santa Monica Pier hosts free, weekly concerts every summer, co-promoters Rum & Humble and Spaceland Productions are adding something different this year, marking the change of seasons with two disparate, jam-packed (and not free) music festivals. In two weeks, the autumnal plaints of folkies and alt-cowboys will ring out at the Way Over Yonder fest, but today summer gets a last soulful goodbye at the Beach Ball, which features the uplifting and increasingly rueful meditations of Aloe Blacc, funk-jazz maestro Maceo Parker (who's blown sax for James Brown, P-Funk and Prince), revitalized soul veteran Lee Fields, breezy soul-pop duo Myron & E and relatively lightweight nu-soul revivalist Allen Stone. The Beach Ball bounces onward with an all-reggae lineup on Sunday, Sept. 22. --Falling James

See also: Aloe Blacc's Golden God Voice

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