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Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:45 AM

click to enlarge Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish -- See Friday - PHOTO COURTESY IANRUBBISH.COM
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  • Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish -- See Friday

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Friday, October 18



With their debut album, Settle, the youthful Lawrence brothers of Disclosure, Guy, 22, and Howard, 19, have finally brought house music to the masses. Settle is really nothing new. In fact, it is decidedly early-'90s-sounding. But pair the shuffling, deep beats, soft, slippery bass lines and shades of dubstep and hip-hop with vocals from pop arbiters including Jessie Ware and Sam Smith, and what used to be relegated to the moodiest of nightclubs becomes instantly accessible. Settle breaks free of its generic house framework on the bubble gum ping-pongs of the AlunaGeorge collaboration "White Noise" and subtly emotive London Grammar collaboration "Help Me Lose My Mind." Methodical though Disclosure's take on house music may be, by bringing it to the mainstream, the duo has accomplished more than its forefathers ever did. Also Thursday, Oct. 17. --Lily Moayeri

Ian Rubbish


It was 1976, and an unsuspecting British public was about to get a big, spitty faceful of the dirtiest, filthiest mutants ever to strap on musical instruments -- or maybe it was 2013 and Saturday Night Live was about to do an unimpeachable riff on "Anarchy in the U.K."-era punk? Either way, Ian Rubbish (who looks a lot like comedian Fred Armisen) was there when it fucking mattered, maaaaaan, and now he's gotten the band back together for a live set the night before the comedy-music blow-out Festival Supreme. Hilarious? Too right, mate, but Rubbish's Sex Pistols and Clash sound-alikes (and heartrending, Billy Bragg-style Thatcher tribute) are legit fake punk. --Chris Ziegler

See also: These Are the Best Fake Punk Songs

Saturday, October 19

Steve Gadd


Throughout the last four decades, drummer Steve Gadd has played with a who's who of stars in rock, pop and jazz, including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Carly Simon and dozens of others. His latest album, Gadditude, has been released by the Los Angeles-based BFM Jazz label and features four of Gadd's contemporaries from tours backing James Taylor: Michael Landau on guitar, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Walt Fowler on trumpet and Larry Goldings on keyboards. It's rare to see this much genuine heavyweight musical talent on one stage, and Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club has set aside four evenings to showcase what could easily be one of SoCal's finest multinight stands of the year. Also Thursday-Friday, Oct. 17-18, and Sunday, Oct. 20. --Tom Meek

Jack Johnson


Jack Johnson is as much a good steward of the planet as he is a talented guitarist, surfer and vocalist. The Grammy-nominated singer touts a mostly environmentally friendly tour and is a passionate champion of environmental education geared toward children. In a Time magazine piece, the Hawaii native explained: "It's important to get kids interested in environmental education. ... With kids you really have that chance to influence how they are going to think and be in this world." His long-awaited fifth studio album, From Here to Now to You, was released in September; unlike some of Johnson's most recent releases, it is entirely acoustic. The LP also features appearances by longtime collaborator Ben Harper. --Jacqueline Michael Whatley

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