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Eccentrically innovative Los Angeles art-rock duo Sparks (a.k.a. brothers Ron and Russell Mael) will play a hometown show April 16, bringing their new stripped-down stage show, “Two Hands, One Mouth,” to the Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The concert falls between the two weekends they’ll also be playing at Coachella.
Sparks last performed in L.A. in 2011, not in a traditional concert setting for a semi-staged presentation of their “film-to-be” music-theater piece “The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman” as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Last year the Mael brothers did a string of shows in Europe without the usual support they’ve had live over the years from a band. Sparks in its current form constitutes just Ron Mael at the keyboards, with no programmed computer assistance, and singer Russell Mael at the microphone.