Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings

A look at notable concerts and albums in pop and jazz.

Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI

Sept. 15

Three bands from the upper tiers of today's hard rock team up for a big triple bill. Linkin Park has a new album, "The Hunting Party," that strips off their electronics for a punk sound that owes more to Refused and Helmet than their rap-metal roots; Jared Leto has become a convincing frontman and multi-media mogul with the anthemic 30 Seconds to Mars; AFI has gone back to the darkness with its latest goth-punk platter, "Burials." Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.; $39.50-$159.50.

Neutral Milk Hotel, the Breeders, Daniel Johnston.

Sept. 18

Three vastly different brands of 1990s-born indie rock, this Bowl bill is headlined by the Southern cult band Neutral Milk Hotel. Purveyors of powerful, imaginative guitar music with a psychedelic bent, the group has returned after dormant years in which its stature has greatly expanded. Ditto the Breeders, the beloved project of twins Kim and Kelley Deal, the former of the Pixies; and Daniel Johnston, the Texas songwriting legend whose magnificent creativity has over the years been at constant struggle with mental health issues. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; $20-$58.

Katy Perry

Sept. 19-20

Perry's smash-hit goth-rap single "Dark Horse" was indeed the sleeper pick off her otherwise jubilant and redemptive album "Prism," which cemented her as one of pop's biggest forces on radio. But the deep cuts, like the disco-bouncy "Birthday" and '90s house-infused "Walking on Air," make it an unexpectedly rewarding listen. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A.; $29.50-$150.50.

Sunset Strip Music Festival

Sept. 20-21

While the club circuit on the Strip has veered from new relevance (Goldenvoice taking over the Roxy) to tough times (Key Club shuttering), L.A.'s most famous mile of live music continues to host one of its biggest music festivals. This year it welcomes native sons Jane's Addiction, the delightfully kooky dance act Empire of the Sun, bluesy rockers Cold War Kids and many others. Sunset Boulevard between Clark Street and Doheny Drive, West Hollywood; $49.50-$249.

Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch, others

Sept. 21

Staten Island's finest rap team, Wu-Tang Clan, is responsible for some of the most searing and influential hip-hop of the 1990s and '00s. The nine-member group, featuring RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and others, has reunited to celebrate its legacy. Also on the bill are fellow New Yorkers Talib Kweli (a recent newsmaker due to an on-air argument from Ferguson, Mo., with CNN's Don Lemon) and Pharoah Monch, as well as L.A. rappers Ras Kass and Casey Veggies. The Forum, 3900 Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.

Album: Aphex Twin, "SYRO" (Warp)

Sept. 22

The influential electronic music composer Richard D. James returns for his first album in 13 years. With the artist's gymnastic way with beats, electronic swooshes and memorable melody, the new work features the sampled voices of his family and is said to be the first of many new Aphex-related works to come.

Drake, Lil Wayne

Sept. 22.

The Canadian rapper Drake teams with his New Orleans label-mate (and label boss) Lil Wayne for a celebration of all things Young Money. Expect guests, hits, rap-alongs and tracks from throughout the tag-team lyricists and expert MCs' impressive careers. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.; $39.50-$175.


Sept. 25

The Venezuelan-born, Brooklyn-based producer put his noisy, deconstrucive imprint all over two of the most compelling albums of recent months: Kanye West's "Yeezus" and FKA Twigs' "LP1." His way of crafting songs from shards of percussion and only brief flurries of melody can take a song and make it sound otherwordly yet still burn up a nightclub. First Unitarian Church, 2936 W. 8th St., L.A.; $24-$30.

King Crimson

Sept. 30

The masters of progressive rock, co-founded by the remarkable ax-man Robert Fripp, returns for a rare series of concerts with fellow members, including the excellent session bassist Tony Levin. Best known to a new generation for its Kanye West-sampled jam "Twentieth Century Schizoid Man," Crimson and Fripp are calling this the band's farewell tour. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A.; $45-$150.

Lorde, Majical Cloudz

Oct. 6

New Zealand artist Lorde, a magnetic young singer and songwriter responsible for one of the best pop songs of the last few years, "Royals," returns for her biggest Los Angeles gig to date. Joining her will be the deep, curiously powerful singer Devon Welsh, who performs as Majical Cloudz. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.; $40-$65.

Sam Smith

Sept. 29-30

The young British soul singer pivoted off his great turn on Disclosure's "Latch" into a major pop career in his own right. Sure, his album "In the Lonely Hour" was more progressive in its sexual politics (Smith is gay and has been outspoken about it in interviews) than its production, but his rangy falsetto is earning a big fan base and lots of opportunities (it's rumored he's up to do the next James Bond theme). Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.; $35-$45.

Album: Bob Dylan, "The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11" (Columbia)

Nov. 30

While recovering from a motorcycle accident in 1967, Bob Dylan holed up with a band eventually dubbed the Band in Woodstock, N.Y. The result is some of Dylan's most breathtaking work and has become the stuff of legend. Part of a recurring series of Dylan rarities, this one gathers all the recordings, many of which have never officially been released.

The Weeknd, Schoolboy Q, Jhene Aiko

Oct. 9

Rarely does pure sexual nihilism sound as sweet as it down from the lips of Abel Tesfaye. His experimental R&B project the Weeknd has become a pop-crossover hit, and he brings two great peers along with him for this gig: L.A.'s chart-topping MC Schoolboy Q and the enticing vocalist Jhene Aiko. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.; $29.50-$89.50.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Oct. 10-11

Petty proved classic rock can still top the charts when his latest album, "Hypnotic Eye," landed atop the Billboard charts. It was a solid, well-written platter of sturdy Petty material, but there's still nothing like a group chorus of "Free Falling" with thousands of fellow travellers. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood; $51.50-$151.50.


Oct. 11

Cafe Tacvba, Calle 13, Bomba Estéreo and Ana Tijoux are among the many alt-Latino artists heading up this ambitious, scene-defining mini-festival. Come early for the rowdy rap of Los Rakas and the politically charged Latin soul of La Santa Cecilia. Shrine Expo Hall, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A.; $46.

Festival Supreme

Oct. 25

Last year's debut of this music-and-comedy shindig (hosted by Jack Black's Tenacious D) at the Santa Monica Pier got pretty crowded. This edition should ease up on that with a new location and a comprehensive bill: $95.50. Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford and the great parodist Dr. Demento are among the many musically versed comedians here. Shrine Expo Hall, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A.; $95.50.


Sept. 16

Known for occasionally performing in a giant Fats Waller mask, one of the top keyboard talents in jazz offers a tribute that lives up to its name with contributions from Meshell Ndegeocello and others.

The Angel City Jazz Festival

Sept. 19-28

The most forward-looking improvised music gathering in town keeps churning ahead with a broad menu of live sets with established and up-and-coming greats that includes Allison Miller, Craig Taborn, Wadada Leo Smith, Matana Roberts, Aruán Ortiz, Azar Lawrence and 2013 NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton. for details on times, tickets and venues.

Album: Sun Ra, "Sun Ra + His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra" (Strut)

Sept. 23

A new compilation assembled by Sun Ra Arkestra bandleader Marshall Allen in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of the famed Spaceways Traveler features works from the '60s through the '80s.

Album: John Coltrane, "Offering: Live at Temple University" (Resonance)

Sept. 23

A long-buried treasure for fans of the saxophone giant, this often-bootlegged 1966 live recording taken just nine months before Coltrane's death features his wife, Alice, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and a cast of surprise walk-ons in a chronicle of raw, unfettered expression and exploration.

Mark Turner Quartet

Sept. 28

A patient, lyrical saxophonist who has performed with the Fly Trio, Billy Hart and the SFJazz Collective, Turner performs from his new album, "Lathe of Heaven," his first recording as a leader since 2001. The Eyde at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; $35. (310) 434-3200,

Joshua Redman Trio

Sept. 29

In the wake of the invigorating new live album, "Trios Live," the saxophonist launches a U.S. tour in Hollywood joined by Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; $25-$30. (323) 466-2210,

Omaha Diner

Nov. 5

A wry jazz-funk supergroup featuring Skerik, Bobby Previte, Charlie Hunter and Steven Bernstein, Omaha Diner promises rowdy covers of pop's No. 1 hits, including "Single Ladies," "War" and "Thrift Shop." Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; $20. (323) 466-2210,

Miguel Zenón

Nov. 15

The fiery saxophonist continues to carve a brilliant path along the intersection of Afro-Caribbean music and jazz with a new album forged by the Puerto Rican immigrant experience, "Identites Are Changeable." The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; $35. (310) 434-3200,

Marc Ribot

Nov. 21

The category-defying guitar virtuoso offers two sides of his talent in a set drawing from his evocative solo recording "Silent Movies" and his dazzling Cuban jazz group, Los Cubanos Postizos. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood; $22.85-$67. (310) 825-4401,

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