Worth the Drive

Worth the Drive

Players San Diego’s B-Side Players take over where Ozomatli left off — and yes, Ozo is still together and touring, but this octet elevates that legendary L.A. outfit’s mixture of hip-hop, reggae and Latin rhythms to an entirely different dimension. Coming together in 1994, over the last 14 years the band has been honing its socially conscious, heavily danceable and party-ready sound, fueled by its fiery horn section and the incantations of frontman Solrak. It is their live shows, however, where the group has cemented its legacy, bringing an uplifting energy only a chosen few can bring. B-Side is the next link in that chain. Catch their set at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Woodland Hills on June 1.
Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.,
Woodland Hills

Worth the Drive

Worth the Drive

Good instrumental bands were practically a thing of the past when Pelican emerged from Chicago in 2003. And good instrumental heavy bands were almost non-existent. With 2004’s Australasia, the band leapt to the forefront of a rising genre: instru-metal. Except, calling Pelican “metal” is something of a misnomer. The group incorporates elements of post rock, art rock and indie rock into its dense, concrete-thick soundscapes. And despite not having lyrics, their songs are evocative, with nature themes driving their slow building compositions. But the band does not skimp on the heavy and the hard, creating a sonic palette appealing to virtually anyone combing the outer reaches of the rock stratosphere. Pelican smashes the House of Blues in Anaheim on May 27.

1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim,  (714) 778-2583

Worth the Drive

Worth the Drive

The Kills What a difference Kate Moss makes. On 2005’s No Wow, transatlantic duo the Kills were content channeling PJ Harvey’s dark and dirty scuzz-blues, Florida-born singer Alison Mosshart celebrating the prurient rush of unhealthy relationships over simple drum programming and Brit Jamie Hince’s howlingly violent guitar. Mosshart continues to extol the virtues of dangerous love affairs on their new album, Midnight Boom, but the grime covering the music here is less back alley, more nightclub bathroom. Maybe it’s a stretch to blame the added gutter-glam swagger on Hince’s new supermodel girlfriend — previously the paramour of famed rock star burnout Pete Doherty — although when Mosshart sings about hospital bills, parole violations and how boring it is to date sane guys on the dance floor burner “Cheap & Cheerful,” she can probably relate. The Kills play the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on May 21.
El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 936-6400

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