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Week In Rock: Erykah Badu, Tinariwen, Imogen Heap, Junip

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Janelle Monae will be performing at the Greek Theatre on Sunday | Photo by David Walter Banks for the Fader

Janelle Monae will be performing at the Greek Theatre on Sunday | Photo by David Walter Banks for the Fader
This week Dallas-bred multiple Grammy Award-winning soul singer-songwriter Erykah Badu will be headlining the Greek Theatre with none other than Kansas City-bred pop singer-songwriter Janelle Monae and Chicago-based hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco. Tinariwen, a band of Saharan musicians from northern Mali, are poised grace the Hollywood Bowl with Brooklyn-based buzz band Yeasayer, warming up the stage for Senegalese singer-songwriter Baaba Maal. London-based electronic singer-songwriter Imogen Heap will be gracing the Greek Theatre as well. And, lastly, Junip, an indie rock trio formed by critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter José González during his formative years, will be making their LA debut at Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock.

Janelle Monae - "Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)"

Yeasayer - "O.N.E."

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Imogen Heap - "Goodnight and Go (Back Ted N-Ted Remix)"

Junip - "Rope And Summit"


Chief, Haim, Grouplove @ Troubadour
We Barbarians, The Union Line, The Fling, Sucker For Pumps @ Spaceland (FREE!)
Line and Circle, Square on Square, Willoughby, Buddy @ Silver Lake Lounge (FREE!)
Rainbow^Arabia, Former Ghosts, 60 Watt Kid, Afghan Raiders @ The Echo (FREE!)
Katrina Denike, Julie Neumark, Isaac Simons @ The Hotel Café
An Evening with Dr. John @ The Grammy Museum
New Music Monday @ Echo Curio
Sam Vicari, The Myonics @ Pehrspace


Sting w/ The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra @ Hollywood Bowl
Melody Gardot @ El Rey Theatre
Alex Bleeker, Julian Lynch @ Origami Vinyl (FREE! Early Show; 5 PM)
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (aka: Dudley Perkins) @ Amoeba Music (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Woodsist Festival w/ Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile, Abe Vigoda, Art Museums, The Mantles, Nodzz, Sun Araw, All Saints Day, The Baths @ Echo & Echoplex
BuzzbandsLA presents Abandoned Pools, Vanaprasta, Chasing Kings and special guests @ Spaceland
The Prids, Kissing Cousins, Tasso, The Soft Tags @ Silver Lake Lounge
My Education, Nohow On @ Bootleg Theater
The Rooftop Vigilantes, French Exit, Horse Marriage @ Echo Curio
Star Maps, Zoo Animal, Evan apRoberts @ La Brie's
ALASKAS, Haunted Horses, Back To The Future The Ride, Dunes @ The Smell
Kimberly Caldwell, Anahita, Elisa Schwartz, Craig Gore @ The Hotel Café
An Acoustic Performance by Justin Currie (of Del Amitri), Jaymes Reunion, Jane Carrey @ Troubadour
GWAR @ House of Blues Sunset
Mike Posner, Bad Rabbits, Chiddy Bang, Kelley James, 2AM Club @ Key Club


Chicago, The Doobie Brothers @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Junip (José González, Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn), Ferraby Lionheart @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
Local H, Left Brain Heart, Morning Teleportation @ Troubadour
Hot Hot Heat, Eastern Conference Champions, The Janks @ Bootleg Theater
Everest @ Amoeba Music (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Torches in Trees, Swordfights @ La Fonda on Wilshire
Lunar Youth, The Ivy Walls, Actress @ Silver Lake Lounge
Shellshag, Signals, Stoned At Heart, Rare Grooves @ Spaceland
Ashes Divide, Falling Still, NOVA, Raining and OK @ The Viper Room
Pedestrian, Matt Ellis, Tobie Milford, Hayward Williams, Tad Jacobs @ The Hotel Café
Venus Infers record release, The Bolts, Kiev @ Grove of Anaheim


Matt Pond PA, Wintersleep, Lunar Youth @ Troubadour
Loch Lomond, Hey Marseilles @ Bootleg Theater
Jenny Owen Youngs, April Smith & The Great Picture Show, Sara Radle, William Tell, Audiafauna @ The Hotel Café
Fitz & The Tantrums, Music For Animals, Henry Wolfe @ Spaceland
Sun Araw, Golden Retriever, Brother Raven, Metal Rouge @ Synchronicity
Run Run Run, Holy Rolling Empire, Kozmonaut, Whitman @ Silver Lake Lounge
Vato Negro, Skinwalker, Unfact, Technology @ The Echo
bikos, Hot TV, The Modlins @ Pehrspace
Falcon Eddy, Abe Marber, Night Control @ Echo Curio
The Good Bites, Mountains of Blow, Lorae Lie, My Lovely Destruction, The Harold Honey @ Mr. T's Bowl
Madeline Ava, Wax Mice @ Dig In (112 N. Ave. 58, Los Angeles)
GBH @ The Music Box

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The Whigs, Everest, Thousand Dozen Gloves @ Troubadour
Citay, Slang Chickens, My Pet Saddle @ Spaceland
Active Child, Rocco Deluca @ Bootleg Theater
Division Day @ Origami Vinyl (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Pantha Du Prince, Delphic @ The Echo
Hi Ho Silver Oh, Tenlons Fort, Olentangy John, Judson & Mary @ Echo Curio
Brother Sal, Yogi's record release, Janet Robin, The Quiet, Melineh Kurdian, Kristen Toedtman @ The Hotel Café
Go West Young Man, Detangler @ Casey's Irish Bar & Grill
Totally Serious, WITT, Snuffaluffagus, L.A.tex @ The Smell
Hexham Heads, Modern Time Machines @ Five Stars Bar
The Decanters, Hillbilly Prophet @ Mr. T's Bowl
Jim Lauderdale @ McCabe's Guitar Shop


Imogen Heap, Geese, Ben Christophers @ Greek Theatre
Make Music Pasadena 2010 feat. Matt & Kim, Natalia Lafourcade, Warpaint, The Antlers, Breakestra, Monte Negro, Voxhaul Broadcast,
The Growlers, The Dustbowl Revival, Franki Chan, Big Whup, Eliza Rickman, Jessica Fichot, Moses Campbell, Scale the Summit, Batwings Catwings, Karla Bonoff, JD Souther and more @ Downtown Pasadena (FREE!)
Ra Ra Riot, Circa Survive, As Tall as Lions @ Santa Monica Pier (FREE!)
The Like's record release, Infantree, Tijuana Panthers @ Troubadour
Dave Alvin & Cindy Cashdollar @ McCabe's Guitar Shop
When You Awake's Beach Boys Tribute Concert feat. Victoria Williams, The Chapin Sisters, Leslie Stevens, Joel Jerome, Morgan Meyn, The Blank Tapes, My Pet Saddle, Red Cortez, The Tyde, Charlyne Yi, Hi Ho Silver Oh, The Parson Red Heads @ HM157 (3110 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles)
Jamie Lidell, Alex B @ El Rey Theatre
Freestyle Fellowship, Busdriver, Nocando @ Echoplex
Rooney, Young Veins, Black Gold @ The Music Box
Brazzaville, The Chromium Heart @ Spaceland
The Blasters @ The Echo (Early Show; 5:30 PM)
OBSCURER, Warm Climate, Dubumba @ Pehrspace
Bebe Buell @ Origami Vinyl (Free! Early Show; 4 PM)
Ovideo @ Origami (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Eilen Jewell @ Redwood Bar & Grill
Summer of Glaciers, P.D. Wilder, Beru @ Dig In (112 N. Ave. 58, Los Angeles)
Los Larks, Soul Fuzz, Whaling Jennings, Legion of Dumb, Interstate 3 @ Mr. T's Bowl
daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra @ California Plaza
Gypsyhawk, Lungbutter, Professor, Tap This (all girl tribute to "Spinal Tap"!!!!) @ Echo Curio
Religious Girls, Pregnant, Magick Orchids, Festa L'Animale @ The Smell
Elevaters, Coby Brown, Lelia Broussard, 3 Heads, Threadspinner @ The Hotel Café
Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys @ Coffe Gallery Backstage (2029 N. Altadena Dr., Altadena)
Iron Maiden, Dream Theater @ San Manuel Amphitheater


Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Lupe Fiasco @ Greek Theatre
Baaba Maal, Tinariwen, Fool's Gold, Yeasayer @ Hollywood Bowl
Bert Jansch, Pegi Young @ Largo at the Coronet
Hell Ya! presents Ross Sea Party, Geographer, Jump Jump Dance Dance @ Spaceland
So Many Wizards, The Blank Tapes, Moses Campbell @ McCabe's Guitar Shop
Part Time Punks w/ Warlocks, The Meek, Green Eyes @ The Echo
Chrome Wings, Italic Indians, BARR, PROTECTME @ Echo Curio
Thrones, Hot Victory, Demoralize @ The Smell
Eliza Rickman, The Sea of Bees, Keegan Dewitt, Priscilla Ahn, Tom Freund @ The Hotel Café
Athlete @ Detroit Bar