upcoming shows you should check out
DANNY FROM THE BLOCK
Daniel (Linton) Le Disko has put out little in the way of official music under his better know performance handle LA Riots — a remix here, a video game score there and one EP back in 2010 — but when he does, it’s a seismic dance floor event. When the Greensboro born-and-raised DJ dropped a remix of Crystal Castles’ “Crimewave” shortly after the formation of LA Riots on — shocker — April 27, 2007, it felt like a return to the days of good, old-fashioned Detroit house at a time when electronic was reinventing itself almost every week. He since bought out co-founder and hometown friend John O’Brien and become a solo act, but his impact on dance music hasn’t abated at all. Drawing from popular indie, hip-hop and other electronic artists, their work includes club-ready looks at Fischerspooner, LMFAO, Chris Cornell, Justice, Weezer, the Ting Tings, Hot Chip and the Cure, among others. After playing Europe, Los Angeles and the Ultra Music Festival in the last few weeks alone, he’ll come home to play Warehouse 29 this Saturday, but he won’t be alone. Joining him are quasi-legendary drum and bass and electroclash producers Dieselboy and John B for a six-hour dance party that starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.
HÃœSKER DÃœ’S BEST IN WINSTON-SALEM
Bob Mould tries (and succeeds) to take most the credit (and money) from hardcore pioneers HÃ¼sker DÃ¼’s nearly decade-long run, but drummer Grant Hart was the one responsible for the fishhooking melodies that made HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ not just another loud punk group. Try as he did with Sugar, Mould never really came close to writing a “Diane” or a “Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill.” Mould is getting all the props these days, signing with Merge Records last month with a new record featuring Jon Wurster on drums (now go back and read that in Homer Simpson’s exaggerated dandy voice) on the way. Speaking of Wurster, think every new signee gets a coupon for one buy one-get one free drum sessions by him? While Mould gets the tribute concert love and darling indie-label hookups, Hart has basically gone back to his underground roots. Thusly, he’s playing at 600-something Brookstown this Saturday with Jews & Catholics, Serious Bang and the P-90s at 9 p.m. Expect a small donation for entrance because as Hart himself says, “Nobody Rides For Free.”
THE ONE PORTLAND BAND YET TO APPEAR ON “PORTLANDIA”
Even with the adorably unobjectionable reputation that comes with being a staple on “A Prairie Home Companion” and other NPR programming, Pink Martini are a hip, hip, hip freaking band. The 13-piece lounge/pop big band are fronted by China Forbes, one of the smoothest voices ever to grace public media, but are driven by a relentless (but accommodating!) swing that knows no language barrier and is set on reinventing their sound with each album. She relates in English, French, Spanish and Italian, while the band constantly shifts the instrumental landscape around her. Pink Martini will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center this Friday with Forbes back on vocals after she took a brief hiatus to recover from surgery. Tickets for the show are $40-$65, and the music starts at 8 p.m.