Savages -- See Tuesday
Savages -- See Tuesday

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

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Monday, July 22



Locals HOTT MT really got their band rolling after a surprise visit to Flaming Lips mastermind Wayne Coyne's doorstep -- yes, they drove to Oklahoma and showed up unannounced and ready to rock. Luckily Coyne was ready to roll. (He's also on Google Street View taking a bath in his front yard, so maybe he expects things like this.) That visit turned into an attention-getting collaboration, and that set HOTT MT on an unstoppable trajectory toward destiny. The latest stop is this July residency at the Echo, where HOTT MT brings its debut full-length, I Made This, to lightning-struck life. Fans of early Lips will deeply grok -- the right word, believe me -- the way HOTT MT feeds pop melodies in the tradition of Seattle label Sublime Frequencies through a Creation Records fog machine. Everyone else will happily wonder what planet this band really came from. --Chris Ziegler

Tuesday, July 23

The Postal Service


Indie rock supergroup The Postal Service finally make their way to Los Angeles, stopping for two dates at the Greek Theatre in celebration of their 10th anniversary. While making the first and only Postal Service album, Give Up, released in April 2003, Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard sent tracks back and forth via snail mail (hence the moniker). Out of these humble (and appropriately twee) origins, Give Up exploded in the indie-rock realm by walking a thin, if seminal, line between indie (check Gibbard's signature moody lyrics) and electronic (see Tamborello's computer-based beats). Best known for the single "Such Great Heights," the recently released deluxe 10th-anniversary edition of Give Up proves how timeless the original tracks really are, as they simultaneously rush you through a decade of memories while maintaining an indietronica manner that indicates how ahead of its time the group was. The album also features two new tracks, "Turn Around" and "Tattered Line of String." With support from Big Freedia, Baths and Divine Fits; also Wed., July 24. --Britt Witt



"Perhaps, having deconstructed everything, we should think about putting everything back together," Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth intones, as Ayse Hassan's muscular bass and Gemma Thompson's ominous guitar start bubbling up behind her. The London band really do deconstruct music, stripping away sentiment and pop artifice until all that's left is a stark and elemental post-punk sound that's both bold and brave. Savages' debut album may be called Silence Yourself, but Beth refuses to go gently into that good night, defiantly declaring "I Am Here" and railing on "Husbands" about the stranger living in her bedroom. At times, Beth's vocal imprecations echo the fearsome iciness of Siouxsie Sioux, but Savages are too restlessly confrontational to live in the past. Instead, they're creating a new style that's simultaneously thought-provoking and unsettling. Also Wed., July 24. --Falling James

Wednesday, July 24

Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel


Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel are a powerfully psychedelic local trio that want to tear a hole through the top of your mind. Like the name promises, it's time to decide if you wanna get a little higher, or if you want to go way, way down. Their just-out "Dreamer" b/w "Are You Hypnotized" offers a chance to do both. The 45 is two songs of menacing, Music Machine-style organ punk, with an A-side reaching toward a sky-worthy sort of U.K. pop-psych and a caveman B-side that I'd say shares DNA with the Jesters of Newport's howling 1965 not-even-close-to-a-hit "Stormy," except that might set off L.A. Weekly's internal nerd-alert system. It's a funhouse riff that spirals off into infinity, or was that insanity? Either way, it's a trip! --Chris Ziegler

Thursday, July 25

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts


Joan Jett, indisputably the 20th (and 21st) century's ichiban old-school Rock Goddess, is the toughest yet most vulnerable guitar slinger ever to overload a PA. Her hell-for-leather fragility is a distinct psychic combination forged by the nefarious hands of that icky Runaways manager whatshisname dude, but her originality, talent, drive and stunning natural rock & roll sensibility are, do not doubt it, Jett's alone. While she and her raging Blackhearts band haven't put out an album since 2006, she's got a new one in the works, and live versions of the new numbers floating around the web make it clear that Jett, when it comes to composing and performing addictive, anthemic rock classics, remains as bad, badass and beautiful as ever. Guaranteed to be one of the best live rock & roll shows you'll ever be lucky enough to attend. --Jonny Whiteside

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Classixx is two L.A. buds named Tyler Blake and Michael David who proffer a pithy, retro-prog blend of disco, funk, new wave and sundry other dance-floor variables. They've done some nice remixes for Phoenix, Mayer Hawthorne, Major Lazer, Holy Ghost, Gossip and others, and they recently released the full-length Hanging Gardens (via Innovative Leisure), a balmy brew of eclectic summer anthems gently pushing the boundaries of chill house and electro-funk, blowing in cool as an ocean breeze. Guest chillers include Active Child, Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids and Jesse Kivel of Kisses. This is your basic maximum style and authentic strut, kustom-krafted for the pool party of your dreams. --John Payne

See also: Classixx Are L.A.'s Best Dance Music Duo

The Uncluded


The Uncluded is a collaboration between rapper Aesop Rock and singer Kimya Dawson that's even more weirdly thrilling than one might expect, given each musician's individual brilliance. Juxtaposed together, Aesop Rock's nimble hip-hop wordplay and Dawson's easygoing folk melodies congeal into something oddly catchy on songs like "Delicate Cycle," where their contrasting styles actually play perfectly together. On "The Aquarium," the pair cleverly looks at life from the other side of the fish tank ("Please don't tap on the glass!") while symbolizing our social and cultural alienation ("You cannot shake the feeling you are being farmed"). Catchy melodies pop up in the unlikeliest places, and casual lyrical asides turn out to have unexpectedly moving, and lasting, impact. --Falling James

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