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

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Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM

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Behemoth
HOUSE OF BLUES
Polish death-metal titans Behemoth celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut this year with the release of their newest work, The Satanist. Band leader Nergal has long taken great pride in constructing a sound that's as much about atmosphere as brutality. On The Satanist, the trio continues to bludgeon listeners with sheer force, but its newest effort features an increase in moshable groove, a change in direction that has led to falls from grace for lesser bands (see: Metallica, Sepultura). But instead of relying on the groove to carry their sound, Behemoth layers it in to relieve the tension of their otherwise relentless approach. Nergal is now three years removed from a battle with leukemia. Conquering that beast has only strengthened his resolve to push the boundaries of death metal. - Jason Roche

Trentemøller
THE FONDA THEATRE
Anders Trentemøller's unrivaled gumbo of thematically dark, minimal techno, house and haunting, pop-tinged indie rock has made him a fixture on the global music landscape. The Copenhagen native, who got his start as one-half of live house act Trigbag with DJ T.O.M., has created a signature sound, which has been featured regularly at festivals such as Glastonbury and Roskilde, as well as in the playlists of some of the world's most celebrated DJs. His acoustic experimentation yielded the development of his five-piece band, which is scheduled to be in tow for this engagement. Trentemøller's latest effort, 2013's Lost, was released on his In My Room imprint and features appearances by The Drums' Jonny Pierce and The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner. Tonight's all-ages show also features DJ T.O.M. 
 - Jacqueline Michael Whatley

Sunday, April 6

Kid Ink
HOUSE OF BLUES
Kid Ink returns home a conquering hero. After releasing a slew of mixtapes and an album on his own, the rapper inked a deal with RCA last year. The resulting marriage has catapulted the 27-year-old local favorite into the mainstream. Between his first single, "Bad Ass," and the platinum-selling radio hit "Show Me," on which he joined forces with Chris Brown and DJ Mustard, the rapper born Brian Todd Collins has established himself as one of L.A.'s fastest-rising emcees. The January release of his second full-length, My Own Lane, won him further plaudits, even if the sound is more commercial than longtime fans are accustomed to. Regardless, Kid Ink has managed to balance a burgeoning mainstream appeal while staying true to his underground roots. - Daniel Kohn

The Magic Band
TROUBADOUR
When first encountering the bizarre puzzle box of sounds emitted by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band in the late 1960s and '70s, casual listeners often assume that the inverted chords, cramped tempos and grunted rants were just a lot of random doodling dashed off by drugged-out hippies. The truth, of course, was that the late Captain, aka Don Van Vliet, worked out each intricately complex part for his group, and he had a reputation for being just as much of a perfectionist and strict disciplinarian as James Brown. His aptly named Magic Band had to be composed of fantastic musicians who were simultaneously patient and wildly inventive, such as singer-drummer John "Drumbo" French and bassist Mark "Rockette Morton" Boston, who lead a revelatory version of the old gang tonight. - Falling James


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