The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week
Thursday, February 14
HENRY FONDA THEATRE
There's a skull-headed dude on the cover of the latest Zig Zags 7-inch -- his name may be Randy; there might also be a song about him; and he's rocking out to infinity while wearing a Wipers shirt. And that right there tells you, like, four of the most crucial things about this band. (To recap: skull, dude, rocking out to infinity, the Wipers circa Over the Edge.) Smear in plenty of Hawkwind space-noise, Black Sabbath riffs as interpreted by the kinda scary older brother in his backyard shed, and lyrics exploring the existential horror of being a dude who feels like his skull might be showing through, and you get the rest of this awesome band, who find the absolutely perfect balance between the caveman and the cosmic. They just did a song with Iggy Pop, too. In my heart of hearts, I like to think he heard them ... and understood. --Chris Ziegler
Nous Non Plus
With their fizzy melodies and French lyrics, Nous Non Plus sound like they must be from Paris, but the groovy septet actually are spun off from the New York City band Les Sans Culottes. Don't let the realities of geography get in the way of enjoying breezy songs like "J'en Ai Marre" and the rocking power-pop anthem "Loli," in which a sunny trumpet crowns Cal D'Hommage fuzzed-out and leering guitar riffs. Céline Dijon coos with oodles of charm on the jaunty "Fille Atomique," as Morris "Mars" Chevrolet rolls out swells of new-wave synthesizer. Nous Non Plus never take anything too seriously, and even a song with a title like "Catastrophe" turns out to be a giddy, ebullient lark.
2906 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA