No Age
No Age
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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

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Friday, March 14

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No Age
L.A.'s No Age takes DIY seriously. Band members Randy Randall and Dean Spunt not only made all of the music on their new album, An Object, but also hand-folded the thousands of liner notes for the hard copies. Influenced by fellow psychedelic/punk band Psychic TV, No Age have settled in on a spare sound full of fuzzing textures and smoldering guitars. A self-proclaimed "unusual" band, the duo's live performance is a mosh pit - heavy, sensation-driven experience, which grabs audience attention with deliberately out-of-key vocals and off-tempo drum lines. No Age pride themselves in taking their output beyond the sonic experience and striving for a gut-punching propulsion of sound. Most often, they accomplish it. As such, this show is your opportunity to let loose and blow the roof off. Fellow sound explorers Dunes and Peaking Lights support. - Britt Witt

See also: No Age Makes a Record for an Era When Records Don't Matter

Dave Stewart
One thing you can't say about Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart is that he's not busy. In addition to his famous collaboration with Annie Lennox, he's produced and co-written songs for rock and pop heavyweights including Bono, Bryan Ferry, Tom Petty and Katy Perry. Plus there's his work with Mick Jagger, et al., in the aptly titled supergroup SuperHeavy. As lauded as the man is for playing well with others, the past two years have been a prolific period for Stewart in his own right. Releasing The Ringmaster General in 2012 and Lucky Numbers last year, the now 61-year-old musician is showing no signs of slowing. And unlike many of his contemporaries, he doesn't rely on past glories; he's currently creating some of the most challenging and lauded work of his career. - Daniel Kohn

DJ Shadow, Team Supreme
Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, blew up the game in 1996 with his debut album, Endtroducing, an influential slab that helped put instrumental hip-hop on the map with its orchestral galaxy of all-sampled tracks mostly of the extremely eclectic and obscure variety. A natural-born trailblazer, he moved on up to other big stuff, like doing all the tracks for the 1998 U.N.K.L.E. album, Psyence Fiction, and on through his most recent album, The Less You Know, The Better. These days, Shadow does a lot of big shows with flashy lights and effects and all that kinda biz, and that's cool, but point is the man's a legend whose artistry shines in a way he never gets slack about. If you get a chance to watch Shadow up close tonight, you'll see one seriously athletic DJ earning his hard-working dollar. Also: prime mixology from L.A.'s Team Supreme crew. - John Payne

Saturday, March 15

Lake Street Dive
Anytime a band gets a mention on the cover of Rolling Stone, people start paying attention to them. But for Lake Street Dive, landing this prestigious spot (they were tagged "the year's best new band" on a recent issue) has been a long time coming. Formed in 2004, the Boston-formed, Brooklyn-based outfit has been lauded for melding the sounds of folk and rock with singer Rachael Price's soulful pipes. A road fixture for years, their new album, Bad Self Portraits, is paving the way for a commercial breakthrough. Besides the Rolling Stone mention, the band has appeared on both The Colbert Report and Late Night With David Letterman, plus their music was on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. With this sold-out show at the Troubadour looming, the arrow is trending upward for the quartet. - Daniel Kohn

Scott Kinsey Hard Ensemble
Keyboard wiz Scott Kinsey carries the legacy of the late Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) forward in his own work as leader tonight at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Kinsey is joined here by a young and talented rhythm section, with Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on bass and Louis Cole (Knower) on drums. The real treat is a very rare live appearance from woodwind virtuoso Steve Tavaglione, who's also one of the finest EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) artists on the planet. Kinsey will offer a different lineup on Thursday, March 20, at the Baked Potato, including percussion and vocal master Arto Tunçboyaciyan. - Tom Meek

Sunday, March 16

Lavender Country
Even in this presumably enlightened era, the phrases "country music" and "gay" seem to be mutually exclusive, but that didn't stop Lavender Country from releasing the first album of homosexual country songs ... way back in 1973. The Seattle quartet probably would have remained a mere footnote in country-music history if an article about gay country singers hadn't appeared in the Journal of Country Music in 2001 and sparked renewed interest in Patrick Haggerty and the band. Tunes like "Back in the Closet" and "Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears" might initially appear to be novelty songs, but they're drenched in authentically down-home fiddles and lovelorn harmonies, and the overall mood is more heartfelt than cheaply sarcastic. - Falling James

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