June 7, 2012
MUSIC There's working-class venom in Kurt Vile's lyrics, and each arrangement is carefully laid out with the most sharply intricate of electric guitar leads. Vile doesn't sing so much as slur, but the feel is one of effortlessness rather than laziness, as if this bitter slacker has no choice but to stand on stage with his guitar. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. largo-la.com.
March 14, 2013
With a show somewhere between improv comedy and free jazz, Reggie Watts deconstructs entire mediums of storytelling with his singular (and hilarious) compositions. Riffing on his pop-culture prowess and flair for the absurd, he uses a vocal-looping device to create a stream-of-consciousness swirl of biting, irreverent gags (that have the benefit of being pretty catchy in the end). Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. largo-la.com .
June 28, 2012
A comic who specializes in a taboo-busting form of mischievously delivered shock and awe, Sarah Silverman's profile isn't quite as sky-high as when she was inspiring complimentary magazine profiles in the wake of her one-woman-show-turned-movie "Jesus Is Magic," but she still has a sharp eye for digging into sacred cows. Here she'll be joined by a roster of guests that includes Natasha Leggero, Eddie Pepitone and more. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Thurs., 8:30 p.m. $25. http://www.largo-la.com .
July 12, 2012
COMEDY Already one of the top performers today who took stand-up comedy into rock clubs in the '00s with the Comedians of Comedy Tour (also featuring Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn), Patton Oswalt made the leap into new corners of his craft since reaching greater fame in films such as Pixar's "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult. " Honed by his experiences as a new father, his latest album "Finest Hour" is aptly named, and here at his monthly set at Largo he'll be joined by fellow comics who will surely keep the laughs coming.
February 14, 2013
Make comic genius Paul F. Tompkins your valentine during his one-night-only, V-Day special, "A Valentine's Day Beyond Belief. " Joining him are thrilling, married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. (310) 855-0350; http://www.largo-la.com .
March 22, 2012
COMEDY After a split from wife Katy Perry, the libertine British comedian and actor Russell Brand is throwing himself back into his work with a new round of small-show stand-up gigs. His scabrous, self-deprecating tales should be extra-charged at this show. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $25. Largo-la.com.