The Week That Will Be (In Shows): Fol Chen, Erykah Badu and more
Fol Chen / Kárin Tatoyan: The Highland Park-based combo plays deadpan electro-pop that should be all arched eyebrows (their album title is a reference to Nabokov's meta-mind-melt novel "Pale Fire"), but it's arranged so warmly and invitingly that its precision feels less cold than careful. Tatoyan, however, is all electronica bluster and lovely ambient noise, with a vocal presence that can shatter glass (or hearts) at long ranges. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. Thurs. $7. (213) 413-8200.
Erykah Badu: While her latest, "New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War," failed to generate the commercial heat of past efforts, it marked the "analog girl in a digital world's" finest effort yet. With beats from 9th Wonder, J Dilla, and Madlib, the record stands as one of the most complete and visionary R&B/funk albums of the decade. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A335, Los Angeles. 9 p.m. Fri. $49.50-$85.00. (213) 765-7000.
The Field / The Juan MacLean: For his second LP, "Yesterday & Today," the Field's Axel Willner mines unlikely sources to create mesmerizing dance tracks while expanding his palate to include live instrumentation. The Juan MacLean's latest, "The Future Will Come," is less obtuse, pairing sassy boy-girl vocals with a joyful disco shimmer. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. 10 p.m. Fri. $15. (323) 462-8900.
Peaches: Peaches is shaping up to be the Woody Allen of naughty electroclash. In the midst of her prodigious output, there are some explicit diamonds and some half-baked duds. Both are obsessed with sex and gender relations -- except Merrill Nisker, 40, will never cast a prettier, younger version of herself in the Peaches role. On her fifth album, Nisker drops the Iggy Pop fetishism that distracted her last couple of records and engages in elemental club throbbers. Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $23. (213) 480-3232.
Scott H. Biram: The one-man band is a tour-de-force of gutbucket guitar squabble, vocals so feral they'll make you lock your doors at night, and a live set that goes down like a cocktail of whiskey, amphetamines and black-humored despair. Redwood Bar and Grill, 316 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles. 10 p.m. Mon. (213) 680-2600.
-- August Brown, Scott Sterling, Jeff Weiss and Margaret Wappler
Photo: Fol Chen courtesy Force Field PR