72 Hours: Zelda, the War on Drugs, Robyn among top weekend gigs
The weekly Pop & Hiss rundown of the weekend's top concerts.
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• The Legend of Zelda Symphony @ the Pantages. Perhaps our friends at sister blog Culture Monsterwould shudder at Nintendo's Zelda franchise being discussed as a modern supplier of classical music, but pop-culture fiends are well aware of the cinematic scope of the music used throughout the franchise's 25-year history. It will be brought to life at the Pantageswith a 70-piece orchestra and a choir. Produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions, the Los Angeles date is the worldwide opening for what is planned to be a 2012 tour. Be extra awesome and bring your own 3DS with a copy of the recently-re-released "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" to play along to the live music. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Tickets range from $35.00 to $125.00, not including surcharges. -- TM
• Shellac @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. There hasn't been a new Shellac album since 2007, but when this aggressively loud and laconic trio ventures out of Chicago, expect plenty of tension to be wrought out of noise at its most minimalistic. There's sharp edges, obtuse tunes and guitars that churn, grind and essentially sound as if they're trying to cut metal. Producing legend and noted food blogger Steve Albini has fun taunting and toying with bassist Bob Weston and drummer Todd Trainer, lending a sense of irony to the brutal proceedings. The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles. The $15 tickets are sold-out, and scalpers have blown up the price to about $90 on the secondary market. -- TM
• 'The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-59' @ the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Jazz’s ongoing addiction to honoring its rich history can be troubling, but this multimedia production in collaboration with Blue Note Records shows some extra promise. With rising star Ambrose Akinmusire slated to fill in for Davis on trumpet with his nimble band behind him, the evening should deliver intriguing flashes of the past merging with present. Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive , Costa Mesa. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $42-62 (714) 556-2787. www.scfta.org. Also at Valley Performing Arts Center, Sunday. -- Chris Barton
• The War on Drugs @ the Satellite. After numerous lineup changes, Philly's the War on Drugs have soldiered on now for a while without founding member Kurt Vile. While Vile's boozy, working-class drawl is absent, the leisurely rock 'n' roll vibe isn't. The recent album "Slave Ambient" is an artful exploration of moody textures and glistening atmospherics. Vocalist Adam Granduciel lets the band take its time and leads the act into slow-building, rousing arena-rockers ("Come to the City"), synthy stompers ("Baby Missles") and dreamy slow dances ("I Was There") with equal deftness. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 night-of. -- TM
• Robyn & Röyksopp @ the Hollywood Bowl. Robyn wrote the best dance song of 2010, a four-minute spoken-word run-down of modern day frustrations. Her drinking, her diet, her shoes, her mother, her phone, you name it -- they're all killing her. The song title can't be printed here, but Sweden's Robynis far more than just a pretty beat. Get there early, however, as Röyksopp don't make it 'round these parts often. The Norwegian act's catalog is uneven, but the electro-pop architects are largely upbeat even when attempting to be serious, as evidenced by recent album "Senior." The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets range from $29.50 to $87.50, not including surcharges. -- TM
• DJ Shadow @ the Music Box. The DJ/producer, whose real name is Josh Davis, hasn't topped his 1996 debut "Endtroducing.....," an album that not only celebrated vinyl crate-digging but remade the obscure into soulful, trippy soundscapes. Davis has put out only four albums since, and his attempts at more conventional song-based structures haven't quite jelled. He's never stopped prowling for new sounds, even venturing into hard rock, but it's still moody hip-hop where Davis excels. -- TM
[For the record: 2:28 p.m., Oct. 21: Earlier, this post incorrectly referred to DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing....." as having been released in 2006. The writer, who gets his years mixed up constantly, apologizes for the error. The album was released in 1996.]
Photo: Robyn. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times