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Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 3:45 AM

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Monday, January 6

Criminal Hygiene

THE ECHO

Raucous trio Criminal Hygiene kick off 2014 with a residency that will shake away any remaining ills of the previous year. Topping several Most Anticipated and Best Emerging Artists lists, Criminal Hygiene fulfilled expectations last year, rocking everything from CMJ to SXSW, Echo Park Rising and two 2013 residencies. The post-hardcore fervent of these garage rockers fits their out-of-control live show, as they incorporate genre-appropriate guitar shredding and informal sample spasms. Citing Miller High Life and Purgatory Pizza as influences, Criminal Hygiene are rife with beer-soaked honesty and raw energy. These Eastsiders keep tracks quick and painless, garnering comparisons to The Replacements and Nirvana, while walking a fine line between neurotic and dexterous. Expect the unexpected for this residency, and make sure your elbows are greased. --Britt Witt

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Tuesday, January 7

Joshua White Trio

CAP STUDIO THEATER

Since placing second in the 2011 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, pianist Joshua White has been all over the map, playing engagements on both coasts and with many notable jazz titans, including bassist Mark Dresser and saxophonists David Binney, Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith. White attacks the keys with a measured ferocity that combines the percussive freedom of Cecil Taylor with the compositional curiosity of Monk.  He commands the piano like a drill sergeant, and the keys dutifully fall in line, forming cascading flurries of harmonic texture.  At the gorgeous little CAP Studio Theatre in Sherman Oaks, White will team up with bassist Hamilton Price and drummer Joe La Barbera, who, as a member of Bill Evans' last great trio, knows a thing or two about great pianists. --Gary Fukushima

Wednesday, January 8

Rosanne Cash

TROUBADOUR

It's been four years since we last heard from Rosanne Cash, who released a wonderful 2009 album, The List, where she covered vintage tunes that were selected from a famous list of 100 classic country anthems, which was given to her by her father, Johnny Cash. Although Rosanne has traveled freely over various country, rock, folk and blues styles over the years, she sounded at her best when wrapping her vocal heartache around standards by Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard and Hank Snow. Back then, she was joined in the studio by such guests as Jeff Tweedy, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, but on her upcoming album, The River & the Thread, she's back to writing her own songs with her husband and longtime songwriting partner, John Leventhal. Based on the early evidence, bluesy new tracks like the aptly titled "World of Strange Design" have an especially haunting allure, as Cash coos mysteriously over a thicket of tangled guitars. --Falling James

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Thursday, January 9

Albert Lee

THE CANYON

A study in contrasts. When The Rolling Stones were accompanied on their recent British and North American tours by their prodigal-son lead guitarist Mick Taylor for the first time in three decades, they treated him like a stranger or a criminal, allowing him onstage for just a closely monitored song or two. Meanwhile, when Emmylou Harris appeared at the Hollywood Bowl last year, she invited British guitarist Albert Lee to come up and jam. Lee tore it up in Harris' Hot Band in the mid-1970s, and at the Bowl it was as if he never left. The guitarist sat in for most of the show, digging out some merrily frenetic licks that woke up the sleepy crowd. Like Taylor, Lee is a fast, fluid and melodically stinging string man, although he has a cleaner, lighter tone. Tonight, Lee gets to turn the tables on his old boss Emmylou, as she'll be among the special guests -- also including Rodney Crowell and Peter Asher -- celebrating his extensive career. --Falling James

Lita Ford

WHISKY A GO GO

A former Runaway who scored a huge hit duet with Ozzy Osbourne, was engaged to Tony Iommi and married to W.A.S.P. wildman Chris Holmes, all while looking like a perpetually wardrobe-malfunctioning Heather Locklear, Lita Ford was well-qualified as hair metal's ultimate poster gal. Returning to performing after a 15-year hiatus during which she raised a family and weathered an ugly divorce (not from Holmes), she is belatedly earning attention as much for her ballsy guitar technique and potent vocals as her much-imitated vixen image. After the disappointment of her over-produced 2009 comeback effort, Wicked Wonderland, last year's Living Like a Runaway and The Bitch Is Back ... Live, which was recorded at Agoura Hills' Canyon Club in October, both suggest that Ford has returned to her no-frills, rawk-to-the-gills best. --Paul Rogers

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