Sat. March 12 -- Tabla (etc.) player Leonice Shinneman (Frank Zappa, Miroslav Tadic, soundtracks, prof at CalArts and UC Berkeley) got his back broken when he was rear-ended, and a benefit has been organized featuring a quite amazing group of musician friends from the jazz and world-music community: Miroslav Tadic, Hands On'Semble, Mezcla Music, Paul Livingstone, Pedro Eustache, Peter Jacobson, Jie Ma, John Stephens, Pulse Drummers and more. At Remo Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave., North Hollywood 91605; 7-9pm; $20; donate here.
Sat. March 12 -- Trumpeter Elliott Caine and his 'tet stretch out and put the soul where the jazz is. At Colombo's Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock 90041; 9:30pm-midnight; no cover; (323) 254-9138.
Sat. March 12 -- Ax freaks freak out for The Ultimate Guitar Experience featuring Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) and Andy Timmons (Danger Danger). Made N America, Rhedoric and Power Tribe support. At the Whisky, 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; doors 6pm; $25; www.whiskyagogo.com; (310) 652-4202.
Sun. March 13 -- Sound visionaries Carl Stone (electronix), Ulrich Krieger (sax) and Chas Smith (self-built metallophones) take you on an unprecedented head trip. Highly recommended. At the Blue Whale on the third level of Weller Court Plaza, south of East First Street between South Los Angeles Street and South San Pedro Street, Little Tokyo 90012; 9pm-midnight; $10; 21+; parking $5 underneath off Second Street at the sign of the P in a circle; (213) 620-0908; www.bluewhalemusic.com.
Sun. March 13 -- Jam your electronic sound concepts with the open-invitation gang or just soak up the chemistry at Soundshoppe. A SASSAS presentation at Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock 90041; 1pm; FREE; www.sassas.org.
Tues. March 15 -- Bassist-singer phenom Esperanza Spalding performs her new "Emily's D+Evolution," which should surely get a higher grade than that; read my review here. Spalding also promises substantial theatrical-visual content for this show. At the Belasco Theater, 1050 S. Hill St., downtown 90015; 9:30pm; $45; www.goldenvoice.com.
Tues. March 15 -- Immersive SoCal prog metalmen Intronaut perform their whole current "The Direction of Last Things" and past hits (hints of sparky visuals, too). Compatible support arrives via heavy melodic instrumentalists Scale the Summit and sludgemasters North. At the Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 8pm; $15; (310) 278-9457; www.theroxy.com.
Wed. March 16 -- French '70s progsters Magma burble in a language they created themselves; balls-off noisy cellist Helen Money opens. At the Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., downtown 90013; 8pm; $33; 18+; www.ticketfly.com.
Wed. March 16 -- Busy saxist-electroman Ulrich Krieger talks about his radical four-hour, four-part composition "Universe" and plays some of it. At the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401; 7:30pm; free; smpl.org.
Thurs.-Fri. March 17-18 -- Fusionistic keyboard beatman and remixer Mark de Clive-Lowe wheels out his Church concept. At the Blue Whale on the third level of Weller Court Plaza, south of East First Street between South Los Angeles Street and South San Pedro Street, Little Tokyo 90012; 9pm-midnight; $15; 21+; parking $5 underneath off Second Street at the sign of the P in a circle; (213) 620-0908; www.bluewhalemusic.com.
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