ECLECTIC AFROPOP GOODNESS FROM SEUN KUTI

(Neumos) Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the legendary Afropop king Fela Kuti. He has been making music since he was a boy. Music is the only life he knows. Seun currently leads Egypt 80, a band his father founded in 1979. In 2011, Seun released a solid album From Africa with Fury: Rise (which the legendary Brian Eno coproduced); in 2014, he released A Long Way to the Beginning (which features production and musical contributions by the genius jazz pianist Robert Glasper, and also some spitting by M-1 of dead prez). The reviews for Beginning have mostly been positive, and we can expect to hear many of the tracks from this album during the show tonight. We call also expect to see lots of good sweat flowing down the faces and bodies of people on the stage and in the audience. CHARLES MUDEDE
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THE STYLIZED ANGELENO ROCK OF L.A. TAKEDOWN

(Hollow Earth Radio) Right off the bat, L.A. Takedown's band name wants you to know what they're all about: the soundtrack to a fashionable, slicked-back Los Angeles summer in the early to mid 90's. An arid synthesizer creates a backdrop for the evening, which is full of hot sunset colors and lots of teal; sultry guitar riffs enter the scene with a handgun that is never used, but creates tension. They have song titles like "Crying in the Shower," "Sexual Blue," "Something About Forgiveness," and "Something Else About Forgiveness," and a highly-stylized eight-minute music video for their song "Heatwave." I assume this project is very related to the actual made-for-TV movie L.A. Takedown, upon which the movie Heat was based-though I've never seen either of them. With Lori Goldston, Slashed Tires and Nicholas Krgovich. EMILY NOKES
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REVENGE OF THE WEIRD: MOOD ORGAN AND CO. AT KREMWERK

(Kremwerk) You may know Timm Mason for his involvement in a number of beloved local crews, from Midday Veil to Master Musicians of Bukkake. This renaissance individual also happens to make tunes under his solo moniker of Mood Organ, an intriguing mashup of kraut rhythms, bleep-leaning techno, and starship ambience. Imagine if we'd been invaded by aliens in the ’70s: this would be the soundtrack to the Earth Defense League's training videos. Supporting Mason is another moonlighting musician, Randall Skrasek of Hypatia Lake, who spins webs of modular synth madness as Rainbow Wolves. Rounding out the show are a small army of like-minded circuit-bending gearheads, so bust out the old astronaut helmet and ready yourself for the aural cosmos these folks conjure. KYLE FLECK
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