The Brian Jonestown Massacre got a little bit of that dance-music religion on its latest album, and why not? You can only drone for so long, right?
BJM's latest album Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? (recorded last year in Iceland and Berlin, released in February) finds the band's famously volatile frontman Anton Newcombe exploring some new territory, collaborating with bassist Will Carruthers of Spaceman 3 and vocalist Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir even as he welcomes the return of guitarist Matt Hollywood, a staple of BJM's best work.
Live, though, you never know what to expect. Newcombe, reportedly sober now and not quite the madman portrayed in the movie Dig (if he ever was), remains after 15 years as renowned for his meltdowns as his music. That's a shame, but it also makes tonight's tour-ending concert at the Music Box a psychedelic trip in its own right.
Elsewhere: Long-running Canadian indie-poppers Stars, marking the release today of their fifth album The Five Ghosts, begin a two-night stand at the Troubadour. … Pedal-steel guru Robert Randolph appears at the Grammy Museum to talk about his new album, the T Bone Burnett-produced We Walk This Road. … And Brighton, U.K., trio (and Mumford and Sons pals) Peggy Sue bring their fractured folk to Spaceland.
Also: Gogol Bordello's second night at the Mayan Theatre; Blue Rodeo at the Mint; Bebe Buell at the Roxy; Adam Arcuragi and Charlie Wadhams at the Silverlake Lounge; Seasons, Tenlons Fort and Death to Anders at the Echo; Electric Sister at the Viper Room; Sam Bradley and Jo Hamilton at the Hotel Cafe; Million Kids at the Redwood; Space Waves doing their Mazzy Star tribute at the Bootleg Theater; and a couple of free in-stores — Gemma Ray (7 p.m.) at Origami Vinyl and Manhattan Murder Mystery (7 p.m.) at Vacation Vinyl.