Introducing: The Week That Will Be (In Shows) [UPDATED]
Everyone, say hello to our newest weekly feature: A Monday roundup of only the finest in local show-going worth your pittance of discretionary Amero scrip. We're calling it "The Week That Will Be (In Shows)," and it is magnificent and servicey. Behold:
Nightmares on Wax: The U.K.-born, Spain-based producer Nightmares on Wax was one of the progenitors of underground rap's recent trend toward skittish production styles run through a fractal of free jazz, soul, dub and electronica. His hypnotic, uplifting live sets will rumble your gut and spin your head in circles. Echoplex, 1152 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park. 8 tonight, $20. (213) 413-8200.
Little Boots: The U.K. new-disco siren first peeked onto the scene for her delightful YouTube covers of electro songs delivered via a Japanese light-up toy called a Tenori-On (above). Since then, her scintillant and effortlessly au courant techno-pop (all self-written and produced) is becoming one of the sleekest underground sounds of 2009. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, $10. (323) 661-4380.
Solange: Beyoncé's little sister made one of the great sleeper albums of '08, the vintage soul and disco-inspired "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams." There's no immediate "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" dance party waiting to happen, just the soundtrack to the best roller rink you never went to in the '70s. Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., 9 p.m. Wednesday, $35, (310) 358-1881.
Ne-Yo: The dapper R&B savant's "Year of the Gentleman" was one of '08s classiest pop confections, a record of sturdy melodies and crisp delivery that dipped into techno-pop and eager soul. But come early for opener Jazmine Sullivan, whose paean to nasty breakups, "Bust Your Windows," is the best song about messing up a dude's ride since Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.. 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $46-$76. (213) 742-7340.
[An earlier version of this post featured a show from The Bronx at the Echo, which has been canceled for, as they put it on their MySpace, "circumstances the mighty Zeus couldn't have forseen."]
-- August Brown