72 Hours: Doomtree, Tim Kasher, Salesman, Procol Harum, Garfunkel & Oates and more lead this weekend's gig lineup
With Best Coast's Saturday and Sunday gigs loooong sold-out, Pop & Hiss looks at some of this weekend's other top shows.
Tim Kasher @ the Bootleg Theater. Perhaps it was the pained vocals, or the deliberately choppy collision of guitars, but Tim Kasher's Cursive was often the Saddle Creek act that received second billing to the label's emo hero of Bright Eyes. A shame, as Cursive albums such as "Happy Hollow" turned a sharp and caustic eye toward suburban life, and did so with increasingly complex and ornate orchestrations. On his own with "The Game of Monogamy," the concept has turned to a shredding of societal's view of relationships. The worldview is smaller, but the sound is bigger, as Kasher slows things down to give his pop ambitions time to breathe. The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. Tickets are $15.
Salesman @ the Silverlake Lounge. Austin, Texas-based wailer Devin James Fry is caught somewhere between a horror film and an Americana answer to a young Nick Cave. At times he acts as a narrator, at others he's in full-on orator mode. Meanwhile, the Western swing of the band comes off like a Texas roadtrip gone to hell, complete with evocative lyrics laced with conspiracy theories and images of skulls molded onto cars. Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Blvd. Tickets are $8.
Nosaj Thing, Toro y Moi and Jogger @ the El Rey. A crash course in some of the more relaxed electronic experimentations happening in the underground today, bookended by the patiently paranoid laptop cut-ups of locals Nosaj Thing and the warmer, more song-based textures of Jogger. Toro y Moi taps into a more low-fi, DIY aesthetic. The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are $15, not including surcharges.
Dengue Fever meets 'The Lost World' @ Royce Hall. Like a long forgotten song heard on a transistor radio while travelling abroad, Dengue Fever is instantly familiar but entirely exotic. Led by a soulful Chhom Nimol, Dengue Fever's exhilarating style of fuzzed-out Cambodian dance rock sounds best when heard live, and here its members perform a soundtrack to the offbeat stop-motion classic "The Lost World," based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel. Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 8 p.m. $28-$38. (310) 825-2101.
Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band @ the Herbert Zipper Concert Hall. The mind-scrambling drummer from Wayne Shorter's current quartet and an array of other projects from the world of jazz and beyond performs with his eclectic, genre-spanning instrumental group. Presented by the Jazz Bakery. Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $35. www.jazzbakery.com.
Garfunkel & Oates @ Upright Citizens Brigade. The duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci is going to get the novelty song tag, and no doubt the act's UCB appearances are more comedy show than concert. And yes, storytelling takes precedence over songcraft. So why is this on Pop & Hiss? It's all in the details, and when it comes to documenting all the awkward truths of modern relationships, sometimes the surest way to honesty is through absurdity. Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave. Tickets are $10. Advance reservations are sold out, but there will be a stand-by line. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Doomtree @ the Roxy. This Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective is one of the more vibrant in the Midwest. Best known among the Doomtree crop is no doubt P.O.S., and his punk-infused hip-hop will have the audience surrendering in defense. Doomtree members, by and large, ignore genre lines, and few illustrate that better than Dessa, whose coffeehouse hip-hop often feels like it belongs in a jazz club. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. Tickets are $17, not including surcharges.
Procol Harum @ the Orpheum Theatre. Dramatic and occasionally bombastic prog-infused rock led by original member Gary Brooker on keyboards, who will surely break out the band's signature hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale" at some point in the set. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m., $46.20-$88.35.
Masaki Batoh and White Magic @ Spaceland. A rare chance to see a psychedelic oddity. Japan's Batoh comes off like a busker on acid. Acoustics and chamber instruments combine for an experimental and spooked head trip, where music can materialize out of wind-like sounds. The enchanted and distorted folk rock of Brooklyn's White Magic is downright conventional in comparison. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show.
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-- Todd Martens & Chris Barton
Photo: The Doomtree collective, courtesy Doomtree.