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Tuesday, April 8
Foster the People Fox Theater Pomona Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the video for their breakout-and-then-some "Pumped Up Kicks," which was filmed at Detroit in 2011 and which captures locals losing their minds for all time. Now, however, Foster The People have just released their sophomore album Supermodel, in which they double down on their MGMT-esque Vampire Weekend-y pop with a thousand deft little production choices and a set of songs scientifically designed to crawl into your head and lay eggs. It's moody, it's manic, it's more of everything that got them this far--how could you hope to resist? (Chris Ziegler)
Kirk Wilson Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Strolling through Downtown Disney this Christmas Eve sounds like the right combination of holiday cheer and magical wonder, made lovelier with the always eye-popping decor all around. Make sure to stop by Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen this evening to hear piano great and regular Kirk Wilson. This Billboard chart-topping musician has long held a place in Southern California's jazz music scene, and will continue to do so, since he's so damn talented. With a cup of warm eggnog and your loved ones by your side listening to some top-notch jazz, how could the evening be better? (Aimee Murillo)
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Thursday, April 10
Jail Weddings Diego's The pride of Long Beach rock is a Spectoresque Wall of Sound with a setup that finds the stage groaning under an array of musicians manipulating xylophones, keyboards and tambourines. Lead singer Gabriel Hart sports a romantically deep, resonant voice that hints at Diamond Dave Somerville or perhaps even Nick Cave. Bonus: He's flanked by two comely lasses singing backup, usually sporting glittering sequined gowns and reminiscent of the Ronettes. Be my baby, indeed. See them Thursday along with Jeffertiti's Nile, Fever the Ghose and Thee Rain Cats. (Brandon Ferguson) Bad Suns Constellation Room LA band Bad Suns is a pop machine--they're a quartet of teen-to-twenty-somethings with members who've been playing music since before puberty, and on their new Transpose EP (on SoCal pop-punk-indie label Vagrant) they're writing songs equally inspired by the best of the alt-radio '80s and the hookiest hits of the '00s and '10s. Franz Ferdinand and Flock of Seagulls? A-ha and Foster The People? Sure, all this and more--singer Christo Bowman has an elastic voice dedicated specifically to discovering something you can sing along with, and his bandmates back him up with songs that would be summer hits already--except it's only April. But get ready to hear Bad Suns everywhere you go sometime soon anyway. (Chris Ziegler)
Friday, April 11
Ghoul Constellation Room The Oakland based self-proclaimed splatter thrash band Ghoul keep alive a tradition started by the late great Oderus Urungus of GWAR. The band uses horror movie imagery, costumes made of blood rags, saws and killer robots in a wild stage show, deviant characters, and the musical backdrop of hardcore crossover thrash that never fails to get a slam pit going, along with kids crowd surfing and stage diving into the mayhem. Ghoul is never a disappointment live, and is sure to destroy the Constellation Room at this appearance. Also appearing at this show in the Constellation Room will be politically charged crossover misfits from Richmond, Virginia, Iron Regan, and the darker riffs of Occultist and local LA based grindcore band ACxDC. (Alex Distefano)