A fiery saxophonist who came to prominence in the unhinged downtown New York City scene in the '80s, Tim Berne performs from his latest album "Snakeoil." A richly rewarding listen that balances lush composition and free expression, the recording should take on a new life onstage with the help of bandmates Oscar Noriega on clarinet, Matt Mitchell on piano and drummer Ches Smith. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Suite 301, L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $10, http://www.bluewhalemusic.com.