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

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge See Saturday: La Santa Cecilia - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WINDISH AGENCY
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Friday, July 25

Dierks Bentley
For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country’s superstars. Every year since 2006, the 38-year-old has spent a good chunk of his time on the road entertaining fans with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean. In February, Bentley released Riser, his seventh studio album. The record’s second single, “I Hold On,” became his first song to climb to the top of the country airplay charts. In addition to his hits, Bentley is known for his energetic live show. But as Riser proved to even the most dismissive of critics, Bentley’s career isn’t slowing down anytime soon. —Daniel Kohn

Municipal Waste, The Shrine
Virginia punk-thrashers Municipal Waste are the modern-day spiritual kin to such ’80s crossover greats as D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies. Albums such as 2012’s The Fatal Feast showcase a ferocious beast whose primary lyrical obsessions include beer, pizza, partying and horror movies. While the subject matter may not be that serious, the group is dedicated to inspiring the largest mosh pits possible. The buzzsaw guitars of Ryan Waste and drumming from Dave Witte that’s simultaneously rock-solid and rock-hard lay down a great canvas for vocalist Tony Foresta to spew forth venom as the fans futilely try to avoid getting crushed in the pit. Venice punk-rockers The Shrine aren’t quite as metal, but their odes to surfing, skateboarding and rocking the eff out on new album Bless Off will help them fit on this bill just fine. RSVP is required for this one here. —Jason Roche

The Ron Carter Trio
Life is precious and ephemeral, and moments of greatness, which can be so fleeting in the overall scheme of things, should be savored while they’re still here. The recent passing of local bass legend Charlie Haden makes us appreciate even more the ongoing presence of double bassist Ron Carter, who’s been going strong for more than 50 years since he came out of Detroit as a classically trained cellist. He started as a sideman in drummer Chico Hamilton’s band, but really made a name for himself in the early 1960s with Miles Davis’ second great quintet, where his intuitive bass runs padded nimbly on cat’s paws underneath the thicket of Herbie Hancock’s rolling piano chords and Davis’ iconic clarion calls. Professor Carter has presided over, and pushed along, many of jazz’s greatest moments in his long career. Also Saturday, July 26. 
—Falling James

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