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Happening Tuesday: Demetri Martin, Mogwai

May 10, 2011

MUSIC

Mogwai If Glasgow's Mogwai hadn't been inching toward experimental metal before, the instrumental band is now. There still are uplifting hints of indie slow pop lurking around its seventh studio album, "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will," but there are also brief glimpses of '70s sludge — and it is refreshingly wonderful. Mayan Theater, 1038 S. Hill St., L.A. 8 p.m. $25. Goldenvoice.com

Andrew W.K. The hard-partying apologist has released a few albums of absurdly catchy pop-metal, played an improv-heavy piano tour with the Calder Quartet and hosted a motivational-speaking talk show. Now he's back on the road plying what he does best — some of the most unabashedly joyful music in rock. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. $15. http://www.attheecho.com

BOOKS

Demetri Martin Though he often wields a guitar, the comedian Demetri Martin deals in brainy, ironic observations and clever wordplay that should be well-suited to the printed page. He will discuss and sign his new collection of essays, musings and drawings, the reflexively titled "This Is a Book." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.

STAGE

LA Opera's Young Artist Celebration Emerging youthful musicians from the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program strut their vocal prowess with a selection of dramatic arias from beloved operas. Overseen by world-famous tenor and General Director of the Los Angeles Opera Plácido Domingo, the program is a two- to three-year paid residency for singers and pianists of exceptional talent. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free with advance tickets. Museum parking $3. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.

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