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Friday, April 4
Cameron Carpenter Segerstrom Center As the only organist ever nominated for a solo album Grammy, Cameron Carpenter is the poster child for smashing-preconceived-notions-to-bits. Often referred to as the "rockstar of the organ" (sounds saucy!), Carpenter takes an ancient behemoth of an instrument and transforms it into a wild, rollicking, contemporary musical device. He plays everything from Bach to Patsy Cline--the 32-year-old takes music and blasts it, completely revamped, from his one-of-a-kind William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (built over three years from maple, poplar, oak, steel, tin and lead). This is organ music like you've never heard, and never even dreamed existed. If you think classical music doesn't have any new tricks left, come to the Segerstrom Center tonight and be blown away. (Erin DeWitt)
Snow tha Product The Constellation Room Born to undocumented parents from Mexico--or as she rhymes "a product of illegals"--Claudia Feliciano hustled hard in trying to forge a path for herself in hip-hop. Originally from San Jose, she's now a Tejana based in Fort Worth, Texas. The city is hardly an epicenter of the rap world, but her talent couldn't be denied. In 2011, Snow Tha Product dropped Unorthodox, and independent album that showcased her speedy skills while also slowing things up for clever and hilarious storytelling songs. It didn't take long for Atlantic Records to come calling after that as Feliciano signed with the label. Ever busy in the studio, she churned out Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover, a 22-track mixtape keeping the momentum going as fast as her rhymes. See her pack the Constellation Room on Friday. (Gabriel San Roman)
Rome Ramirez The Coach House The last four years have been a whirlwind for Rome Ramirez, the 24-year-old singer who took on Bradley Nowell's role in Sublime's second incarnation, Sublime With Rome. But catapulting from obscurity to fronting one of the biggest bands ever only made Ramirez hungry for more success and artistic growth. The Huntington Beach res is preparing for a string of solo gigs including one tonight at the Coach House. His first full-length solo album Get Free comes out August 12. (Arrissia Owen) Saturday, April 5
Shooter Jennings The Slidebar Since he burst onto the outlaw country scene in the early 2000s, Shooter Jennings has always done things his way. Unlike some other children of country icons, Jennings hasn't lived off his famous last name. Instead, he's carved out a solo career on his own terms, which, to date, includes six solo studio albums. On the business side, the LA-dwelling singer recently started his own label, BCR Records--and since that formation, Jennings has treated fans to remastered material and rarities from his famous parents, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, as well as other artists of his choosing. When Jennings and his merry band invade the Slidebar for BCR Saturdays, fans are treated to jam sessions between the singer/songwriter and the BCR Band, surprise guests and a free vinyl giveaway. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. (Daniel Kohn)
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Sunday, April 6
The Abigails Continental Room The front of Abigails LP Tundra is Abigails mastermind Warren Thomas alone and stranded in some spaghetti-western desert, and if that doesn't tell you exactly what this is gonna sound like, it's only because it would've been logistically prohibitive to put scorch marks on every single cover. Tundra lead track "Twenty Nine" reveals shockingly lush production--for the Abigails, that means you can't hear the cigarette smoke dissolving the tape--and songs that sound like Alex Chilton producing Lee Hazlewood, or the Gun Club on a turntable that discovered its own speed between 33 and 45. It's bleak and it's burned out and that's just the way we love it. Raise a glass and smash it later. See the band during their April Sunday night residency at Continental Room (Chris Ziegler)