Friday, November 8
Nine Inch Nails
There's an elephant in the room, and it's Trent Reznor's happiness. The industrial electronic legend's latest album with Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks, came out in September on the heels of five years of silence from NIN. For Reznor, those years included two successful film soundtracks, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a moderately acclaimed side project (How to Destroy Angels), a stunning wife and two sons. This is his beautiful house. This is his beautiful wife. This last album could have been a disaster. But if Nine Inch Nails' eighth full-length betrays anything, it's the dynamism driving Reznor. The master of touching nerves might be personally content, but creatively, the fire is still burning, even if the wounds are no longer raw. Thanks in part to the band returning to a major label and Reznor exchanging cargos for tuxedos more frequently, no longer is anyone biting the hand that feeds them, and that's just fine. --Kelsey Whipple
Britain's Telescopes haven't quite done it all, but they've done the hard stuff and the heavy stuff and the heady stuff, too. As heard on their kinda-best-of collection As Approved by the Committee, they start in the late '80s with Ron Asheton-style guitar hell-rock, then shift to blissed-out psychedelia, the sound that would power their still-affecting 1992 album on the storied Creation label. Then, after 10 years with little communication, The Telescopes returned in 2002 with two founding members and an infinite number of effects pedals, making (very loud) noise that felt like a revelation. (The Wire calls this their "post-riff" era.) Their latest release helmed by founder Stephen Lawrie is two "Sweet Sister Ray"-style tracks recorded at Echo Park's own Bedrock Rehearsal for Part Time Punks Radio. It's music for some, medicine for others. Also Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Echo Country Outpost and Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Complex. --Chris Ziegler
Saturday, November 9
Eric Prydz has worked under many names (Cirez D, The Dukes of Sluca, Hardform, Pryda, Moo, AxEr), but on his new Epic 2.0 tour, the Swedish house DJ will actually change forms, in a manner of speaking. His show is loaded with visuals, including lasers, extensive animation and what is reportedly the first extensive use of 3-D holograms at a dance-music event. Prydz's likeness was transformed into holograms through laser-scanning technology and will be beamed throughout the room. The DJ has previously performed Epic a handful of times in the U.K. but is bringing it to the United States for the first time on this brief, three-city tour. Due to the ephemeral nature of the program, Prydz insists that Epic 2.0 should be seen now -- before the restless sonic mixer changes things up yet again. --Falling James
Bass Player Live!
Specialist events for six-string shredders are commonplace, but gatherings of bassists, those oft-overlooked bottom-feeders of rock & roll, are rarer than a decent drum solo. This all-star concert and awards show, the highlight of two days of clinics and exhibitions (mostly at nearby SIR Studios), leans decidedly toward hard rock's low end. Black Sabbath's deceptively fleet-fingered Geezer Butler (alleged utterer of the much-quoted "We're only in it for the volume"), Laguna Beach rockabilly royalty Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) and 26-year-old Aussie fem-phenom Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck) will be honored, while performers include the very metal Rex Brown (Pantera), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne) and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). Bring earplugs. Or not. --Paul Rogers