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Monday, November 10
First Aid Kit The Observatory Is there anything Sweden can't do? Folk duo First Aid Kit have been around for almost a decade now and in that time have only released two full-length records. Basically their art is meticulous and slow moving, shaved down until intimate enough to share with the world. The pair will play at Rough Trade June 9th, the day before the release of their third album Stay Gold. It was produced by Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis and is the band's first on a major label so basically, expect bigger sounds and all the feels. (Maria Sherman)
Lovelife The Constellation Room Just two months after the announcement that Viva Brother, a tumultuous indie band from England, was breaking up, the majority of the members regrouped as a completely different animal. In 2012, the electronic gospel outfit Lovelife was conceived--and out poured an otherworldly stream of neon synth, blinking beats, and digitally enhanced vocals. Promoting the release of latest album The End of the World (since their inception, Lovelife has put out an impressive two records a year), the group swings by the cozy Constellation Room for a co-headliner with Parade of Lights tonight. If you're into Little Dragon or Disclosure (or even if you miss Viva Brother), check them out for a new addition to your personal music arsenal. (Erin DeWitt)
Tuesday, November 11
7 Seconds Alex's Bar Formed in Reno, Nevada, 7 Seconds were part of the vanguard of the hardcore punk explosion in the early '80s. With modern classics such as The Crew and Walk Together, Rock Together, they were a crucial voice on the scene. Seconds proved his commitment to the development of the genre by bringing cutting-edge bands such as Black Flag, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies and Scream to backwater Reno and attracting national underground attention to local bands via his Positive Force record label. Now, more than 30 years later, 7 Seconds are still going strong, with an expanding fan base here and abroad, and Leave a Light On has been well-received by fans (Theis Duelund)
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox House of Blues Anaheim In an age of epidemic remakes, reboots, cloning and sampling, it can feel like no one creates anything original anymore--and a whollotta people don't seem to care. For belly-aching Gen-Xers, however, parodies and tributes can offer a fresh spin on old material, if done respectfully, and in the same way that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies delighted Austen lovers as well as less-literary-savvy culties, Scott Bradlee's mission to reinvigorate popular music with an injection from yesteryear is a big win. Merging time-honored genres such as ragtime, swing, jazz and more, Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox uplifts simpleton songs by infusing them with complex orchestration, alternate melodies and stylized vocal interpretations. Successful transformations have befallen Bon Jovi's "Like a Prayer" (elevated to grand dame jazz), "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (as a 1912 Waltz), and "Get Lucky" (Irish pub tenor croon). Yep, they're killing it, so go get your playlist rewired and quell that inner "everyone's ruining my childhood memories" turmoil. (SR Davies)
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Wednesday, November 12
Flying Lotus The Observatory Flying Lotus' new album You're Dead! is less a world all its own than a big bang--an entire universe exploding in real time, with a top-flight collection of contributors performing at their limit to help create something as intensely philosophical as it is intensely musical. The much-touted guest spots by Kendrick Lamar and Snoop offer hooks to hold on to, but Lotus and collaborators like Thundercat and Herbie Hancock are focused on exploring the ultimate unexplored territory: As the title explains, You're Dead! is about the next world, the next level or simply...the next. There's powerful visionary inspiration at work here a la later Miles Davis or Mahavishnu Orchestra, and if You're Dead! is exhausting, that's because it's not afraid to commit to a journey. Seekers, this album holds something you've been looking for. (Chris Ziegler)