I honestly can’t think of another band that broke up for ten years, made a new record that is as strong as many of their pre-breakup albums and is now garnering new fans both young and old based on their current album and tour. I am, of course talking about Sleater-Kinney and their reunion tour hits Los Angeles for two big shows this weekend. Special bonus to the show, Ian Rubbish will be one of the opening artists. They’re even good animated, just ask Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers.
John Zorn has not performed in Los Angeles for 25 years. He’s making up for it this Saturday by playing a 5 hour matinee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It will consist of ten different ensembles: solo instrumentalists, duos, vocal trios and string quartets – performing selections from Zorn’s vast catalog.
That night, Zorn does his triple threat rock show
A NYC quartet who will perform the composition live. New York Music Daily states “…fans of traditional surf music are going to love it; at the same time, it’s so deliciously evil in places that the most cynical Yo La Tengo diehards might be caught drooling”
Masada Book Two performed by Secret Chiefs 3
Secret Chiefs 3 – an experimental band from northern California Zorn began composing Masada in the early ’90s, exploring his own roots and expanding the idea of Jewish music through a songbook that linked the language of klezmer and the rollicking free-jazz of Ornette Coleman. Now totaling 613 compositions, the Masada Songbook is a masterwork of overwhelming proportions.
Bladerunner (John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Dave Lombardo)
Bladerunner sees Zorn joined by legendary bass player and producer Bill Laswell along with heavy metal drumming powerhouse Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantômas). The band plays with notorious ferocity while still expressing incredible range. From frenetic, high-energy outbursts to solemn passages of introspection, calculated improvisation rules.
Finally at Midnight:
The Hermetic Organ – solo organ improvisations
Zorn takes on the Royce Hall pipe organ. In 2011, Zorn initiated a new series of solo organ concerts in churches around the world.