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

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Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Friday, August 15

The Sonics
If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were really about rock & roll, The Sonics would have been one of the very first bands inducted. The ’60s garage rockers from Tacoma managed to inspire not one but two separate musical genres — punk rock and grunge — and such disparate folks as The Cramps, Bruce Springsteen, The Pandoras, The White Stripes, The Fall, L7, Nirvana and The Flaming Lips have either covered their songs or cited them as primary inspirations. Practically every original tune (“The Witch,” “Strychnine,” “Shot Down,” “Psycho”) on their landmark first two albums now is considered a classic, although it took the mainstream rock establishment nearly two decades to appreciate them. On the group’s new split 7-inch single with their acolytes Mudhoney, Gerry Roslie howls “Bad Betty” with a Little Richards swagger, prodded along by Rob Lind’s leering sax and Larry Parypa’s savage guitar. —Falling James

Chick Corea & the Vigil
Most septuagenarians try to stay spry with long walks and crossword puzzles. Chick Corea does it by assembling a band of exciting young virtuosos, recording new originals and touring the world. The new group, The Vigil, has been dubbed “Corea’s elektrokoustic band” for its integration of fusion with other modern jazz elements. That’s a trend among the current generation of players, and some of the best are featured here, including drummer Marcus Gilmore (whose grandfather, Roy Haynes, played drums in Corea’s trio), Cuban bass prodigy Carlitos del Puerto, and guitar supernova Charles Altura, who has exploded from obscurity on the West Coast onto the international scene. Completing the group are Luisito Quintero (percussion) and Tim Garland (woodwinds). The regimen is working, for Corea at age 73 sounds as good as he looks in that suit of armor on his new album cover. —Gary Fukushima

Saturday, August 16

Fall Out Boy, Paramore
It’s a shame that Fall Out Boy’s street cred is crippled by the quartet’s association with the dead-in-the-water emo scene and the tabloid ubiquity of bassist/lyricist (and former Mr. Ashlee Simpson) Pete Wentz. See, FOB at their best check all serious rock-band criteria: irresistible songs; Patrick Stump’s vulnerable, emotive vocals; and killer players in drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman. After hitting pop paydirt with 2007’s fantastically supple and celebratory Infinity on High, follow-up Folie à Deux was a rushed dud. Surviving an immaculately timed hiatus, FOB reunited and returned to form with last year’s Save Rock and Roll, finally able to be just a great band rather than a genre flagship or Wentz’s ego vehicle. Perfect pairing is provided by the Hayley Williams–fronted, anthemic late-aughts radio staple Paramore. —Paul Rogers

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