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The Week That Will Be (In Shows): Adele, Isis, Phoenix and more

June 23, 2009 |  6:23 pm


The Veronicas  Unlike the Veronicas' more guitar-centric and sensitive debut, "The Secret Life Of...," "Hook Me Up" details the travails of a vigorous nightlife regimen, and the first twinges that it all might be an empty show. "Untouched" slips from cloying catcalls into a blown-out emo-disco chorus that would leave acres of lip-ringed boys dumbstruck. Music Box @ Fonda,  6126 Hollywood Blvd.,  Hollywood.  8 tonight   $16. (213) 480-3232.

  Isis has always worked in fine lines, particularly the ones between menace and allure, coyness and urgency. Its new album, "Wavering Radiant," is built on moments when a rib-cracking riff dissolves in a well of reverb, then returns as a pulse-quickening melody or a spectral effect.  Music Box @ Fonda,  6126 Hollywood Blvd.,  Hollywood.  8 p.m. Wed.   $16. (213) 480-3232.

Electric Daisy Carnival  L.A.'s annual blowout for all things beat-driven, pharmaceutically inclined and tip-frosted comes back for another round. David Guetta, Paul Van Dyk and the Crystal Method headline, but expect fun under-card sets from Simian Mobile Disco and the Diplo/Switch collaboration major Lazer. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,  3911 S. Figueroa St.,  L.A..  4 p.m. Fri.-Sat.   $50-$75. (213) 748-6136.

Adele & Etta James  Soul past meets its present at this intriguing double bill. James is still tearing holes in the clouds with her inimitable pipes well into her later years, while Adele is just learning how to command hers while staying true to her pop instincts. Expect vocal fireworks aplenty. Hollywood Bowl,  2301 N. Highland Ave.,  Hollywood.  7 p.m. Sun.   $12-$126. (323) 850-2000.

Phoenix  "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," a truly marvelous album title if ever there was one, is danceable but only a little disco, synth-driven but clubland averse, and a very easy record to like. It's fitting that many American fans learned of the band through the "Lost in Translation" soundtrack, as "Wolfgang" evokes that film's dazed sensuality and sense of fleeting pleasure. The first single, "1901," is driven by a thick, shimmering Moog and Thomas Mars' collar-loosening yelps. The Wiltern,  3790 Wilshire Blvd.,  L.A..  8 p.m. Sun.   (213) 380-5005.

Mika Miko  For most ambitious rock bands today, replicating the intricacy of their studio recordings live is a challenge. The L.A. punk band Mika Miko has the opposite problem. Its live sets are so rambunctious -- frontwoman Jennifer Clavin sings through a microphone welded in a telephone handset, making concerts look like boyfriend-drama debriefings -- that any studio album has its work cut out.  The Smell,  247 S. Main St.,  L.A..  8 p.m. Mon.   (213) 625-4325. 

-- August Brown

Photo: Isis. Credit: Faith Coloccia