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Monday, June 9

Joel Jerome and Babies on Acid
Joel Jerome is Joel Morales, once singer and songwriter in the gone-but-never-to-be-forgotten L.A. band dios and lately the recording engineer for every local act destined for great things. (Like Cherry Glazerr, Tashaki Miyaki and Froth.) And now he's deploying his band Babies on Acid – including members of South Bay greats The Rolling Blackouts, The Red Onions and of course dios – for a June residency at the Echo, to bring to life selections from a colossal back catalog of solo lo-fi pop classics. (Classics? Absolutely – after a decade or more of refinement, these songs have developed both the sting and the staying power of finely aged whiskey.) He's a lyricist who says a lot with just a line or two in songs so natural they feel like old favorites on first listen, and if you never heard him before, you'll suddenly realize exactly what was missing from your life. – Chris Ziegler
Tuesday, June 10

Jack White
Jack White is everywhere these days. If he's not ushering Neil Young into a cramped, vintage recording booth on Young's quaintly endearing new solo album, A Letter Home, he's working with and/or reviving the careers of such folks as Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn and Dexter Romweber. White came off as crass and ungrateful in recent comments in Rolling Stone, where he dissed former wife/drummer Meg White for apparently not worshipping him enough (and somehow comparing himself to Elvis and The Beatles in the process). But White is still a master of tangled rock riffage on his upcoming album, Lazaretto. “My veins are blue and connected/And every single bone in my brain is electric,” he brags, burying accusations of narcissism in a hail of interlocking, funky, hard-rock guitars. Also at the Mayan on Wednesday, June 13, and Fox Theater Pomona on Thursday, June 14. – Falling James
Wednesday, June 11

Eels, Chelsea Wolfe
Until last week, people rarely linked Steve Perry with the local group Eels, but both were in the news when Mark Everett and company somehow managed to convince the reclusive former singer of Journey to sit in with the band at a recent concert in Minneapolis. Perry and Everett would seem to be polar opposites: The Eels frontman pens contrarian, curmudgeonly anthems with subversively brainy lyrics, whereas Perry's oeuvre with Journey was largely bombastic and simplistic – and yet the pair have been friends for awhile now. Who knows if Perry will reappear tonight as Everett rummages through the dourly mellow ballads from Eels' new album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett? The bill commences with the darkly alluring and moodily enchanting passages of Chelsea Wolfe, who will probably never cover “Wheel in the Sky.” – Falling James

See Chelsea Wolfe in our 10 Best Young L.A. Singer Songwriters list.

Thursday, June 12

Alan Broadbent
Jazz in L.A. is enjoying a modern renaissance, in which new players abound with innovative sounds. But sometimes it's OK to indulge in nostalgia. Take Alan Broadbent, who was a young disciple of Lennie Tristano, one of the great historical jazz pianists, and soon afterward found employment as the pianist for orchestrator Nelson Riddle. Broadbent became one of L.A.'s premier jazz symphonic sages, arranging for Natalie Cole and Diana Krall and earning Grammys. His talents were axiomatic in bassist Charlie Haden's Quartet West, a band steeped in nostalgia as its albums thematically revisited the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's only fitting the this solo piano performance is in a theater named for an Hollywood icon. Broad-bent's exquisite pianism allows us to pine for rosier days gone but not forgotten. – Gary Fukushima

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