The Dollyrots -- See Tuesday
The Dollyrots -- See Tuesday
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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

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Monday, February 17

Cecile McLorin Salvant
It's not every day a young singer garners comparisons to greats such as Bessie Smith, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, yet Cecile McLorin Salvant seems to draw inspiration from all these classic voices with her extended range, phrasing and humor. Salvant's first major-label recording, 2013's Woman Child, was impressive enough to gain her a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. While the singer also composes her own material, most of her time is spent breathing new life into familiar standards. Her gift is such that no less than Wynton Marsalis, jazz's most formidable figure over the last three decades, has said, "She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace. Yeah." Yeah indeed. - Tom Meek

Tuesday, February 18

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams usually plays in large concert halls and theaters, but for the next two weeks she's touring around the Southland at relatively small venues such as the Troubadour. She has been performing lately in a stripped-down format, backed only by guitarist Doug Pettibone. Williams' set list is likely to draw heavily from her self-titled third album, which was recently reissued in a special 25th-anniversary edition, as well as her most recent LP, 2011's Blessed, on which she alternates between joyful love songs like "Buttercup" and darker ballads such as "Copenhagen." Interestingly, the Louisiana native has been digging deeper into her roots with a series of Delta blues covers. Also at Saint Rocke, Thursday, Feb. 20. - Falling James

Wednesday, February 19

Alpha Pup Records' 10th Anniversary with Jonwayne, Matthewdavid and more
If Los Angeles is one of the most vital cities in the world for electronic music right now - and it is, isn't it? - then L.A.'s Alpha Pup Records is a big part of the reason why. The seminal label is responsible for both crucial inspiration and crucial infrastructure. In 2004, as the story goes, Alpha Pup basically was dedicated to producer/results-getter Daddy Kev's formidable back catalog. It didn't take long, however, for Kev and partner Danyell to grow it into a forward-thinking digital distributor (which scored big and scored early by landing the rights to the Funkadelic catalog) and regional powerhouse with deep connections to everybody about to be huge in the L.A. beat scene. Oh, and Kev co-founding eternally definitive L.A. club Low End Theory was a nice side project, too. Our 2014 would sound drastically different if Alpha Pup hadn't set up shop a decade back, and this lineup - including at least one former label employee - will prove it. - Chris Ziegler

Tuesday, February 20

The Dollyrots
Ludicrously cute local pop-punk couple Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas, aka The Dollyrots, were busy bunnies last year, birthing both literal and musical babies (the latter being their fifth album, Barefoot & Pregnant, which is set for a crowd-funded release on Feb. 25). More tuneful racket than rocket science, the duo adds dimension to its often formulaic, fuzzy '80s punk with co-ed takes on '60s girl-group harmonies and undertones (and even Undertones) of riot grrl-ish political comment and snarky humor. Despite appearing in everything from Ugly Betty to Kohl's commercials, The Dollyrots' music seems unlikely to put their new addition through college, but looks, hooks and coming up by the book have earned them an admirable 14 years of club-level cult status. - Paul Rogers

Benmont Tench
Benmont Tench is most often associated with Tom Petty, whom he has backed since the early 1970s. But Tench is such an artful roadhouse keyboardist that he also has added many a merry melody to recordings and concerts by the likes of Fiona Apple, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Works Progress Administration, Carlene Carter, Paul Westerberg, John Fogerty and countless others, including The Ramones. Not many people realize, though, that Tench is an underrated songwriter, having penned hits for Feargal Sharkey, Rosanne Cash and Lone Justice. This might be why he's finally releasing his first solo album, You Should Be So Lucky, on which the piano man gets by with a little help from such heavy-hitting friends as Ringo Starr, Blake Mills, Ryan Adams, and Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings. At Largo, Tench tends to let loose far more than he ever does with Petty. Also Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22. - Falling James

Allen Stone
Under the goldilocks and Coke-bottle glasses is earnest singer Allen Stone. Hailing from the small town of Chewelah, Wash., and indeed the son of a preacherman, Stone blows preconceived notions of what a soul singer is right out of the water. His honeyed voice, onstage good vibes and pair of self-released albums led to his recent signing by Capitol Records. Citing Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as major influences, it's no surprise that Stone strives to make timeless yet culturally relevant music chock-full of genuine emotion. Live, he turns his introspective, honest lyrics into a dynamic and audience-driven performance full of energy and power. Stone's bright-eyed momentum is fueled by such stellar live performances and by his reverence for his fans, who tonight should expect to hear hits "Sleep" and "Unaware" along with new tunes slated for release later this year. - Britt Witt

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