Fri.-Sat. Nov. 21-22 -- She’s rock (inducted into the Hall of Fame 1987); she’s jazz (dig the melismas); she’s classical (“Nessun Dorma”); she’s the Queen of Soul; and debuting this weekend, Aretha Franklin will add metal dominance to her repertoire by singing Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” in its entirety. At House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; 9pm; $97.50; (323) 848-5800; www.ticketmaster.com.
Fri.-Sun. Nov. 21-23 -- Former Coltrane sax foil Pharoah Sanders frees the chosen people, and the great thing is you get to choose yourself. At Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028; 8 & 10pm; $30-$40; (323) 466-2210; www.catalinajazzclub.com.
Fri. Nov. 21 -- Charles Ives put America on the map of neoclassical composition a century ago; postmodern jazzguys Kneebody and eccentric vocalist Theo Bleckmann bring us up to date on the dude. At the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica 90401; 7:30pm; $29-$76; tix here.
Sat. Nov. 22 -- Local reedmaster Charles Owens’ quintet perform Owens’ compositions as well as some hot numbers by the late great saxist Eddie Harris. Bound to cook. At Cal State L.A.’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 90032; 8:30pm; $30; (323) 343-6600.
Sat. Nov. 22 -- Mixed metalbill: melodic Gothenburg death from genre leaders In Flames; emo aluminum from All That Remains; creative abstractions from France’s rising Gojira (read my review of their new album here); Swedish metalcore from Sonic Syndicate. At Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown 90015; 7pm; $21.50; www.ticketmaster.com.
Sat. Nov. 22 -- My favorite local original roots bar band: Kingsizemaybe. Drink up. In the bar of Taix Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90026; 10:30pm; free.
Sun. Nov. 23 -- Extravagant local black-metalers Sothis head a blowout bill. At the Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028; http://la.knittingfactory.com.
Sun. Nov. 23 -- Searin’ instrumental surf psychosis: lap-steel guitarist Paul Lacques and Double Naught Spy Car. At Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake 90026; 10pm; cheap; (323) 661-4380.
Mon. Nov. 24 -- GWAR act as your humble purveyors of metal filth, spew and silly costumes. At House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; 8:30pm; $22.50-$25; (323) 848-5800; www.ticketmaster.com.