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

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Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM

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Ryan Hemsworth
THE ECHO
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has been making waves. While he's known for remixing the likes of Grimes, Cat Power and Frank Ocean, the former journalism major's creative blend of electronica and R&B has made him a popular figure on the underground circuit. Origins as a background singer and guitar player served the producer well in laying the foundation for his production style. However, it's his solo material, both 2011's No Plans, which landed on Spin's Top 20 R&B albums of that year, and last year's Guilt Trips, that has caught the attention of music fans abroad. Now comes the hard part. For a producer to convince his audience thathe's more than the guy behind the scenes, a dynamic live show is a necessity. Let's see if Hemsworth is up to the task. - Daniel Kohn

KISS
DODGER STADIUM
The men of KISS seem to have their hands (and tongues) in a little bit of everything these days. The face-painted, platform-shoe fans and erstwhile rock monsters are well known for their expansive back catalog of black-and-white-and-hokey-all-over merch, not to mention cruise and mini-golf packages, but their latest venture finds them a little bit out of their league, you could say. In August, the Starchild, the Demon and company bought into the Arena Football League to launch its newest team, the Los Angeles Kiss, and though they couldn't lure Tebow, their roster is already growing. But it's another sport entirely that brings them to Dodger turf as part of the NHL's Stadium Series, which brings big hockey games to surprising spots. During a game between the L.A. Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, KISS will rock and roll all halftime. - Kelsey Whipple

Sunday, January 26

The Bangles
WHISKY A GO GO
All-female rock trio The Bangles defined the 1980s with such chart-toppers as "Walk Like an Egyptian," "Eternal Flame" and the Prince-penned ballad "Manic Monday." In 1988, at the height of their success, the ladies called it quits. The band resurfaced a decade later in 1998, subsequently recording a fourth album and touring for much of the 2000s. In a June interview with Allen City TV, Vicki Peterson and Susanna Hoffs explained, "We all went into this band thinking that it was a big deal, not just a hobby or weekend band. We are all very committed. We're in it for the long haul." Their latest effort, Sweetheart of the Sun, was released in 2011. - Jacqueline Michael Whatley

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