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

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Monday, March 31

The Strypes
Hailing from the small town of Cavan, Ireland, The Strypes may not be able to get into an 18-and-older club, but that doesn't mean their tunes won't have your grandma swinging her hips. While acclaim from names like Elton John and Noel Gallagher may sway you, it's their big stage presence and Beatles-like swagger that will hook you. Influenced by the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Elvis Costello, these young'uns pay homage to guitar-driven rock, from punk to Chuck Berry. Expect a well-done Beatles cover as well as jamming singles from their debut album, Snapshot, just released in the States on March 18 after reaching the top in both the U.K. and Japan. - Britt Witt

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Tuesday, April 1

Cut Copy
Originally the brainchild of DJ Dan Whitford, Cut Copy formed in 2001 and since then has played to crowds across the globe, evolving into a quartet along the way. Beginning with 2008's In Ghost Colours, the Australian group has become known for its accessible brand of synth-pop, best demonstrated on official remixes for bands like The Rapture, Death Cab for Cutie and Kaiser Chiefs. Their latest effort and fourth overall, Free Your Mind, expands on the sonic foundation laid before by the band's earlier work. With an evolving sound that recalls the late-'80s Madchester scene along with a splash of U.K.-influenced acid house, Cut Copy takes the title of its album to heart by taking risks and allowing fans to become immersed in the music. - Daniel Kohn

Wednesday, April 2

Lo-Fang is the nom de plume of classically trained multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hemerlein. Handpicked by Lorde to be the support on her current North American tour, he is most often compared to James Blake but with more use of traditional instruments. On his debut, Blue Film, the Los Angeles resident oscillates between bubble gum ("Look Away") and soul searching ("Confusing Happiness"). As comfortable with studio manipulation as he is with classical instrumentation, Lo-Fang switches from breathy, whispery vocals (see "Boris," where he sounds uncannily like Fink, complete with twangy guitar plucks) to falsetto ("When We're Fire") to wannabe R&B soul slinger ("Animal Urges"). Most bizarre: his ambient, tear-jerking rendition of Grease's explosive closing number, "You're the One That I Want." - Lily Moayeri

John Beasley's MONK'estra
Keyboardist/composer/arranger John Beasley was born into a musical family, first coming to prominence as part of the last bands of Miles Davis, then moving on to a TV and musical career that included composing and arranging for American Idol, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon and many others. His own 2009 Positootly album even received a Grammy nomination. More recently Beasley created the MONK'estra, a big band dedicated to the music of jazz icon Thelonious Monk. Monk's often quirky compositions are deftly reworked by Beasley for an ensemble featuring a mix of L.A. veterans and some of the area's best young players, including Danny Janklow, Gabriel Johnson and Ryan Dragon. Tonight marks the MONK'estra's second of three consecutive Wednesdays at the Baked Potato. - Tom Meek

Thursday, April 3

The Mavericks
When Florida country-rockers The Mavericks formed in 1989, they developed an idiosyncratic mix of well-chilled, old-school rock influences, straight-ahead country and hot blue balladry, one perfected in down-and-dirty Sunshine state rock clubs. After the band landed their 1991 deal with Nashville juggernaut MCA, they operated as a complete anomaly, trying to make headway in a world ruled by such thunderingly obtuse meatheads as Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus. Nonetheless, buoyed mightily by Cuban-American vocalist Raul Malo's passionate pipes, The Mavericks not only prevailed but also left behind a string of sharply individualistic albums. Back in action for this special 25th-anniversary wing-ding after an eight-year absence, they're sure to deliver a heartfelt gasser of a show. - Jonny Whiteside

White Hinterland
White Hinterland's Casey Dienel has a soaring, soulful voice tailor-made for today's overwrought pop, but she's not interested in being the next Beyoncé, or even the next Ellie Goulding. On her latest album, Baby, she digs deep into tricky territory somewhere between the piano confessionals of Fiona Apple and the ethereal orchestrations of that second Bon Iver album. Recorded over many months in a basement studio in her childhood home, it's haunted by the ghosts of past regrets and buoyed by the thrill of new discoveries, especially on the echo-chamber soul of "Metronome" and her own bit of brilliantly overwrought pop, "Ring the Bell." But for all her new production tricks, Dienel is at her most dazzling when, as on the defiant title track, she lets her voice ring out unaccompanied. - Andy Hermann

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