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THURSDAY, MARCH 7
Nü Sensae @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The Vancouver threesome – originally formed as the duo of bassist Andrea Lukic and drummer Daniel Pitout, who eventually recruited guitarist Brody McKnight – released their sophomore full length, Sundowning, last summer. The album continues Nü Sensae's mission of "redefining the sound of punk, while respecting and adhering to its hallowed history." Their explosive live show is sure to bring all those at the Echo to their knees.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
Musink @ OC Fairgrounds (Costa Mesa)
The sixth annual music festival and tattoo convention invades OC once again this weekend. With over 300 artists from all over the world, this is the place to be if you're looking for inspiration for your next piece. Plus, each day features a stellar lineup of punk bands: Bad Religion, the Vandals and Guttermouth Friday; Pennywise, Lagwagon, T.S.O.L and COR on Saturday; Reverend Horton Heat, Lucero, the Head Cat and Jonny Two Bags & Salvation Town on Sunday.
In Theaters This Week
Twenty-six directors were each given a letter of the alphabet to base the death(s) on in their chapter of The ABCs of Death; Dead Man Down, the American debut of Niels Arden Oplev (the director of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), stars Noomi Rapace and Colin Darrell; Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones in Emperor; I am obsessed with all things Oz, from the original L. Frank Baum novels to Gregory Maguire's four Wicked books and, of course, the Broadway musical "Wicked," so it's pretty much a no-brainer that I want to see Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Also in theaters: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey; Electrick Children; The Monk; War Witch
Emma Louise @ Hotel Café (Hollywood)
The Brisbane musician has such a captivating voice that's full of genuine emotion, matched by her ability to craft songs that completely capture your imagination. She's touring the states in anticipation of her full-length debut's release. vs. Head vs. Heart is coming May 21st via Frenchkiss, and it's guaranteed that you'll hear plenty of the new material tonight at Hotel Café.
|Erin McKeown (Merri Cyr)|
The prolific singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and activist released her latest album, MANIFESTRA, earlier this year, featuring a track, "Baghdad to the Bayou," which was co-written via text message with Rachel Maddow. Besides uniting her political and musical dimensions, MANIFESTRA comes alive with bright horns, melodic vocals and minimal electric guitar lines. She'll assuredly sprinkle older tunes in with the new during her intimate set at McCabe's.
WALL @ Bootleg Theater (Westlake)
Lyla Foy (aka WALL) plays her fist set of U.S. shows in Los Angeles tonight at Bootleg and Monday at the Echo on the way to SXSW. The Londoner has a new EP, Shoestring, releasing April 2, full of haunting vocals set to beautifully simple melodies. Both venues provide the perfect atmosphere to experience her intimate music live.
"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" @ Pantages Theatre (Hollywood)
Directed by Spike Lee, the heavyweight champion and pop culture icon stars in this one-man show. Tyson is an undeniably compelling personality, and the production seems to show the contemplative, comedic and even his explosive sides. Performances run through Sunday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Blazing Saddles @ Electric Dusk Drive-In (Downtown)
The Mel Brooks classic at a drive-in, what's not to love? Snuggle under some blankets with a lapful of snacks in your car as Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman make you laugh out loud.
|Radiation City (Michael Harper)|
Radiation City @ The Echo (Echo Park) Portland's Radiation City is one of those group's that take a myriad of influences from all eras, mix them with modern electronic elements and end up with a genre-defying sound all their own. Aside from releasing an EP on a USB drive connected to piano keys and covering the entirety of Outkast's The Love Below, the five some prides itself on thoroughly unique live shows, that are more experiences than concerts.
MONDAY, MARCH 11
Shout Out Out Out Out @ The Whisky A Go Go (West Hollywood)
It's pretty much impossible not to get up and dance when listening to this Canadian sextet. Whether it's their latest album, last year's Spanish Moss and Total Loss, or their upcoming The NMC Sessions EP, which was written and recorded during a residency at the National Music Centre, their tracks will have you moving. Go ahead, try to resist the temptation to dance all around the Whisky during their set. I dare you.