Angel Olsen -- See Sunday
Angel Olsen -- See Sunday
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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

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Friday, February 28

Given how the tropes of Satan, darkness and destruction have been run into the ground, the number of metal bands that have a truly terrifying sound is dwindling. Miami quartet Orbweaver remain part of that exclusive club. Their brand of schizophrenic death metal plays like the soundtrack to an intense psychedelic trip that ultimately takes a turn toward the demonic. Lead guitarist Sally Gates steers the band through hypnotic arrangements equally packed with sludgy heaviness and off-kilter time signatures. Just as you begin to get comfortable and lose yourself in the otherworldly riffs, vocalist Randy Piro begins screaming maniacally about how the cosmic spaceship is doomed, and if you don't launch the escape pod in time, you'll get lost in the trip forever ... or something like that. The title of their 2013 release, Strange Transmissions From the Neuralnomicon, is surprisingly appropriate.  - Jason Roche

The Haden Triplets
As if it weren't already ridiculously obvious by now, The Haden Triplets - Rachel, Petra and Tanya - come from an unusually talented family. Their brother Josh Haden leads the alt-rock band Spain, intoning moody blue ballads that have been covered by Johnny Cash, while their dad, Charlie Haden, is, of course, a legendary jazz bassist who used to back Ornette Coleman. Separately and together, bassist Rachel (That Dog, Beck, Weezer), violinist Petra (That Dog, The Decemberists) and cellist Tanya (Silversun Pickups, Let's Go Sailing) have been wildly prolific, but something wonderfully strange and enchanting occurs when they put their heads and voices together as The Haden Triplets. On their just-released self-titled album (via Jack White's Third Man Records), producer Ry Cooder keeps the focus on the sisters' close, rich harmonies on folk and roots standards by The Louvin Brothers, Bill Monroe and The Carter Family. - Falling James

Saturday, March 1

Lord Huron
Lord Huron exist way out West, on the new frontier (or perhaps a vintage idea of the new frontier), where there is nothing but space as far as the eyes can see. Hailing from Michigan (hence the Great Lake moniker), singer and founding member Ben Schneider has had his fair share of eye-opening world travel while on tour, but he currently resides here in Los Angeles. His genial demeanor is manifest in Lord Huron's sweetly epic American folk, as heard on the band's 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams. The album is a pleasant, spacious soundscape with a smooth folk and world-music alchemy that sounds like off-the-beaten-path adventure. The album's title (and the titles of all of its songs) are taken from George Ranger Johnson's "Lonesome Dreams" stories, which are all the product of Schneider's imagination. Lord Huron's Superdudes Abroad tour concludes with this two-night takeover at the Fonda with fellow local dreamers Superhumanoids. Also Friday, Feb. 28. - Britt Witt

Danny Tenaglia
Danny Tenaglia hasn't done it all, but give him a few more years and he'll finish off whatever few lifetime achievements a dance DJ needs after decades after establishing himself as a "right place right time" kind of guy. As a kid in New York City, he got to absorb the realest deal ever at legendary dance club Paradise Garage, and as he grew from matinee roller disco sets to meeting Michael Jackson at Studio 54 and pioneering gigs at the just-starting WMC, he stretched from a selector to a producer, remixer and curator of not just a sound but a philosophy - perhaps best summed up by his famous "Be Yourself" residency at Vinyl. He shook people up in 2012 when he put himself on hiatus - apparently to beat the burnout before burnout beat him - but now he's rested and ready to return. - Chris Ziegler

Sunday, March 2

Angel Olsen
Like many pop songwriters, Angel Olsen has a pretty voice, but she uses her sweetly melodic delivery to cast unusual, moodily hypnotic spells like "White Fire," an ethereal incantation that slowly and subtly builds emotional power over its seven somberly strummed minutes. But the Chicago singer-guitarist is far more than just a languidly lulling chanteuse. On her fourth album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Olsen often underpins her vocal trilling with big, fuzzed-out guitars, such as "Hi-Five," where surging, vibrato-laden waves contrast with her yearning, Roy Orbison - style vocals. "We'll keep our hands, our legs, even our lips apart," she laments with a sad desperation. Olsen is even more affecting on "Forgiven/Forgotten" as she fervently and repeatedly declares "I don't know anything" amid insistent electric-guitar thrumming before adding an endearingly simple punch line, "but I love you." - Falling James

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