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Valentine's evening shows for the special emo moppet, tawdry rap fan or R&B crooner in your life

February 13, 2009 |  3:28 pm


If your idea of a Valentine's date leans more toward holding $10 beers aloft in an arena, thrashing about a sweaty mosh pit or grinding on strangers in a pulsing club, here are a few highlights of the Southland's safest bets for amour-inspiring concert offerings on the 14th.

Yo Majesty at the Echoplex: Impossibly bawdy, gloriously vulgar and exuberantly sex-positive electro rap from this Tampa-based duo known for inspiring crowd chaos and more-than-occasional nudity at its shows.

Sparks at Royce Hall, UCLA: With their usual degree of art-glam puckishness, the Mael brothers (Ron and Russell), a.k.a. Sparks, will work their way through two albums at the show: "Exotic Creatures of the Deep" and "Kimono My House."

Taste of Chaos at the Hollywood Palladium: The annual "Winter Warped Tour" modern punk blowout rips through town with stalwart post-hardcore veterans Thursday and the campy metalcore U.K. ragamuffins of Bring Me the Horizon headlining.

Babyface at Club Nokia: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is one of the most successful pop producers of the last two decades, and his own work is rooted in appropriately seductive, classy grown-man R&B.

Newport Beach Jazz Party @ Marriott Newport Beach: The ninth annual festival promises to be a Valentine's weekend celebration of the Great American Songbook done up as straightforward, expert jazz.

-- August Brown

Babyface photo by Los Angeles Times