The Best Los Angeles Concerts of 2011
The Airliner, March 9th
Folks in the long line in front of the Airliner asked each other: Were the rumors true? Was Thom Yorke really going to be at Low End Theory? Originally, Yorke had planned to back out, but after Flying Lotus texted a picture of the line to the Radiohead frontman he changed his tune. "Fuck it, I'm coming," responded Yorke.
It was his first public appearance since King of Limbs was released in February. Who knew that the elusive musician could also bring down the house as a DJ? For an hour, Yorke transformed the club into his own funky dance party, incorporating an eclectic selection of music that ranged from Modeskeletor to Busta Rhymes. And to cap it off, Yorke even flashed some of his famed dance moves.1. Prince
The Troubadour, May 11th
For twenty-one nights, Prince had Los Angeles music fans in a frenzy. The reason was his "21 Nite Stand" tour -- a month long residency at the Forum in Inglewood during which fans could see the icon for as little as $10 a ticket. But even twenty-one shows didn't stop him from setting up a series of additional, secret performances around town. Easily the most talked-about of these was the Purple Genius' second night at the Troubadour in WeHo. For those lucky enough to be inside the intimate space, Prince delivered an epic performance that included extended funk jams and three encores, and lasted until the wee hours. Oh yeah, and there was even a guitar vs. sax battle.