What’s Going on This Weekend LA?

2 10 2009

A lot of good shows and events this weekend, but honestly, my head is here.

But I’m also UBER sad that I couldn’t make it to Austin City Limits, where I should be…That’s okay though, we have an awesome photog and writer covering the sold-out festival in Zilker Park! Stay tuned for shots, interviews and a bad-ass ACL review!

= Top picks

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009


  • The Postmarks, Brookville @ Spaceland
  • Loggins and Messina, The Cabe Dixon Band @ Greek Theatre
  • Amadou & Mariam, Geggy Tah @ Henry Fonda Music Box
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Royce Hall at UCLA
  • A Labrat Matinee VII: The Dublab 10th Anniversary Edition w/ Daedelus @ Downtown Independent Theater 
  • The Crabs (performing Weezer’s Pinkerton) @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)
  • The Horrors @ The Glass House
  • The Idyllists, Brian Wright, Carla Werner, George Stanford, The Simon Stokes Band @ The Hotel CaféThe 1921 A, Frank Fairfield’s record release, Sunny War @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
  • World Party, Parade of Lights @ El Rey Theatre
  • Shelley Short, Alexis Gideon, Erin Muir, Queen Victoria @ Echo Curio
  • The Foghorns, Rick Lawndale Band, LA Font, The Movie Goers, Stukas Over Bedrock @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • David Bazan @ Detroit Bar


  • Underground (DJs Dia, Mark, & Larry serving up the finest indie, UKPop, Electropop, Rock and Soul) @ The Echo

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009


  • Ladyhawke, Ida Maria @ Avalon
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Greek Theatre
  • Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Tom Brosseau & Correatown @ Troubadour
  • Ladyhawke, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Semi Precious Weapons, Julian Perretta @ Avalon
  • Eagle Rock Music Festival 2009 w/ No Age, The Happy Hollows, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nico Stai, and more! (FREE!)
  • Holly Conlan’s record release, Pedestrian, The Brendan Hines, Steve Reynolds, The Echo Falls, Geographer @ The Hotel Café
  • Jolie Holland @ Largo
  • The Pharcyde @ The Key Club
  • Ming & Ping, Wooden Ponies @ Bootleg Theater
  • You Me & Iowa, Radars To The Sky, The Veltexans @ Spaceland
  • Waterlaso, Dreamers, The Lower Echelon, Vertigo Venus, Warren Teagarden @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • New Model Army, Modwheelmood, Mellowdrone @ Knitting Factory (Main Stage)
  • 2nd Annual Longhair Illuminati Art & Music Festival w/ The Bronx, Abe Vigoda,and more @ The Glass House
  • Manimal Festival 2009 w/ Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Fool’s Gold, We Are The World, @



  • Venice Beach Skate Park Opening @ Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk (near graff walls)
  • FLIP’s “Extremely Sorry” Video Premier @ The Grove Theater in Upland


  • Bang! (La Roux La Roux release party) @ The Ruby

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009


  • Kylie Minogue @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Ladyhawke @ Space 15 Twenty (FREE! Early Show; 1 PM)
  • David Bazan (with band), Say Hi @ Troubadour
  • Gil Scott Heron, Orgone, DJ Jeremy Sole @ El Rey Theatre
  • Jack Peñate, Miike Snow @ The Echo
  • Tina Dico, Shane Alexander, Sara Haze, George Sarah & The String Trio @ The Roxy
  • Kidrockers w/ The Damselles, Quazar and the Bamboozled @ The Echo (Early Show; 1 PM)
  • Billie Myers, Marina V, Rachel Sierra, Karen Williams @ The Hotel Café
  • Sad Horse, Bugs, Devon Williams, Allah Las @ Echo Curio
  • Gurf Morlix, Tony Gilkyson @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
  • Ingrid Michaelson @ Fingerprints
  • Dusty Rhodes and the River Band @ Alex’s Bar

Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

28 09 2009

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is quickly becoming one of the hottest venues, in addition to being a sacred burial ground. Last Saturday, Bon Iver played an epic show in the cold mist as the sun was making its appearance back into the northern hemisphere. This weekend, on Saturday Oct. 3, Hollywood Forever will host the 5th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. Featuring founding member Tommy Ramone and Ramones bassist CJ Ramone! There will also be a special homage and art show, “The Original Paintings of Dee Dee Ramone” and the world premiere outdoor-screening of “Ramones It’s Alive.” Oh! And did I mention a 3D screening of the original 1968 version of the mother of all zombie films, George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead!!!”

This is going to be an awesome night to be a part of. Peep the flyer for more details!


What’s Going On This Weekend LA?

25 09 2009

Fall may be upon us, but the sun never stops shining in So Cal. It’s a great weekend for some outdoor action. One of skateboarding’s funnest contests is this weekend, the Vans Downtown Showdown. But before that, check out the wild ridonkulous action at the Red Bull Soapbox Races! As always, a shit load of good music in the City of Angels.

= Top picks

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009


  • Bon Iver, Megafaun @ The Wiltern
  • Autolux, Mini Mansions @ El Rey Theatre
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Rocco Deluca @ Orpheum Theatre
  • Rain Machine @ The Echo
  • Telefon Tel Aviv, The Race @ Spaceland
  • Soundlessons feat. J-Rocc @ El Cid
  • Portugal. The Man, Drug Rug @ Troubadour
  • DJ Quik @ House of Blues Sunset
  • Manic Street Preachers @ Avalon
  • Dead Man’s Bones @ Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater
  • “Ooh La L.A. Festival” w/ Brodinski, The Shoes, Jamaica aka Poney Poney @ Henry Fonda Music Box
  • Om, Lichens, Tweak Bird @ Echoplex
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia @ Palladium
  • Lemon Sun, Red Arrow Messenger, Gavin Castleton, Gardening Not Architecture, One Trick Pony, Kelli Ruddick @ The Hotel Café
  • PROTECTME, Shark Toys, Woah Hunx, Pearl Harbour @ The Smell
  • The Faraway Places, Ramble Scramble, The Health Club @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • Mike Watt & His Missingmen, The Pork Dukes, Disguster @ Redwood Bar & Grill
  • Iris DeMent @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009


  • Tarfest 2009 w/ The Deadly Syndrome, Eskimo Hunter, The Polyamorous Affair @ El Rey Theatre
  • Cotton Jones, Oliver Future, Quiet Life @ Spaceland
  • The Hills Are Alive With The “Sing-A-Long Sound Of Music” @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Cash’d Out @ The Mint (Johnny Cash Tribute)
  • Billy Talent @ Henry Fonda Music Box
  • Chris Dallman EP release, Jim Hanft, Wires in the Walls, Sara Azriel, Jared Goode and the Goods @ The Hotel Café
  • Common, The Roots, De La Soul, Ludacris and friends @ The Palladium
  • The Karabal Nightlife, Shirley Rolls, The Hard To Get @ Echo Curio
  • Cobalt Cranes record release @ L’KEG Gallery
  • Drool Brothers record release, Pom Pom, Heavy Water Experiments, Monogroove, The Thingz @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Alter Ego @ Avalon
  • Nocturnal Festival 2009 w/ The Glitch Mob, Paul Oakenfold, Christopher Lawrence, Treasure Fingers, Switch, Drop The Lime and many more @ NOS Events Center
  • Kid Koala @ Detroit Bar
  • Billy Squire @ The Wiltern




  • Tom’s Collaborative Canvas Collection: Brandon Boyd & Kristin Jai Klosterman @ Undefeated Silverlake


  • Bang! @ The Ruby

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009


  • Bon Iver (sunsrise) @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Doors 12 am, Bon Iver at 6 am)
  • The Dodos, The Ruby Suns, Sian Alice Group @ El Rey Theatre
  • !!!, CHK CHK CHK, Indian Jewelry @ Troubadour
  • Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith) @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Abbot Kinney Music Festival w/ Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Eskimo Hunter, The Parson Red Heads, Chief, Dios, The Damselles @ Abott Kinney and Venice Blvd.
  • “Grand Ole Echo” w/ Tony Gilkyson, Dave Gleason @ The Echo
  • 2nd Annual Longhair Illuminati Arts & Music Festival w/ Tweak Bird, Warpaint, VOICEsVOICEs, Jel & Odd Nosdam, Living Suns, Blank Blue, 60 Watt Kid, DJ Nobody, Slang Chickens, Spirit Vine, Casket Salesmen, Green & Wood and more @ Knitting Factory
  • Kid Koala @ Key Club
  • Saint Motel @ Spaceland
  • Chickenfoot, Queensrÿche @ Gibson Amphitheatre


  • Underground (indie, UKPop, Electropop, Rock and Soul) @ The Echo

2009 Vans Downtown Showdown!

24 09 2009

It’s that time of year again, for one of the funnest and most creative skateboarding contests around! The Vans Downtown Showdown is gearing up for another D.I.Y night of shreddful destruction at the world-famous Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Featuring: Girl, Toy Machine, Creature, Black Label, Sk8mafia, Blind, Flip, Zoo York, and Foundation, witness all the action go down on a live Webcast in HD on FUEL.TV this Saturday from 4:30-9:30 p.m (pst). There’s $85,000 up for grabs, who do you think is going to take it?


2009 Red Bull Soapbox Race!

22 09 2009
Photo: Camilo Rozo

Photo: Camilo Rozo

You’ve seen the commercials, you’ve seen the flyers, but have you witnessed the ridonkulous action? No, well neither have I but I’ve heard nothing but goods about this crazy race of fun.

Red Bull Soapbox Race is set to speed through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Forty-two teams are gearing up to race down Grand Avenue onto 5th Street this Saturday, Sept. 26. The wacky event will feature a field of 42 hand-made soapbox racers, driven by men and women daring enough to brave steep drops, a 90° turn and scary speeds in pursuit of achieving glory. But this race is far from your stereotypical childhood derby, and these are no ordinary vehicles! Angelenos can keep their eyes peeled for a giant nose, a bunk bed, a time-traveling DeLorean, Pac-Man, an Aztec temple and more zooming down Grand Ave and taking a sharp turn onto 5th Street next to Pershing Square Park.

Photo: Stan Evans

Photo: Stan Evans

Get ready to see some whacked out characters: E.T. and Elliot flying over the moon, OJ Simpson being chased by the police and the cast from Alice in Wonderland riding a giant caterpillar. And where are the Wild Things? Also expect appearances by Speed Racer, James Bond, Falkor from The Never Ending Story and Lord Dark Helmet from Spaceballs and way more oddities!

See you there!

What’ Going on This Weekend LA?

18 09 2009

A beautiful weekend ahead of us in Los Angeles, actually all of Cali for that matter. There’s lot of good shows going on this weekend! Too bad I won’t be attending any of them, although Bridezilla and Model/Actress at the Echo last night were top-notch! It’s wedding bells for me this weekend in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco!(and no, I’m not getting married)

If you LOVE lobster and good music, I highly reccommend you check out the The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival with The Henry Clay People and Dios!

= Top picks

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

Gipsy Kings @ Greek Theatre
Charlatans UK, Giant Drag @ The Fonda
The Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, Amusement Parks on Fire @ Club Nokia
Everest, These United States, The Parson Red Heads @ Troubadour
Meat Puppets, Dead Confederate @ El Rey Theatre
Everest @ Troubadour
Little Boots, Music Go Music, Yes Giantess @ The Roxy
Night Horse, Sea of Air, Emeralds @ Bootleg Theater
Hanne Hukkelberg, Dave Yaden & Skyler Stonestreet, Ruckus @ The Hotel Café
Meho Plaza, Octave Cat, Kill Kill Kill, The Blinding Light @ Pehrspace
Mod Amish, Marasol, My Secret Alphabet, Refrigerator, Falcon Eddy @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Saccaharine Trust, The Urinals, The Chuck Dukowski Sextet @ The Smell
The Absynths, Naima Earth, Family Tree Analog @ Echo Curio
Pink, The Ting Tings @ Staples Center
Bajafondo @ The Glass House

Underground (indie, UKPop, Electropop, Rock and Soul) @ The Echo

Saturday, Sept. 19 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Depreciation Guild @ Troubadour
Mason Jennings, Crash Kings @ El Rey Theatre
Gipsy Kings @ Greek Theatre
Pink Martini @ Hollywood Bowl
Porcupine Tree, Big Elf @ Club Nokia
The Most Serene Republic, The Grates @ Spaceland
The Henry Clay People, Dios, Dazzler, Love Grenades, Oliver Future @ The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival 2009
Southern Culture on the Skids, Triple Chicken foot, Speedbuggy @ Echoplex
Chelsea Girls, Killola, Go Betty Go @ The Roxy
Boomkat, Ryan Blakely Smith and the Voyage, Kat Parsons @ The Hotel Café
Echoes de Luxe, Mammal, The Swagger Sticks,Venus Illuminato @ Mr. T’s Bowl
The Humpers w/ The Hangmen, Stab City, Barrio Tiger @ Redwood Bar & Grill
War Tapes, Shiloe, UV Lights @ The Prospector
Dandy Warhols, Gram Rabbit, Spindrift, Les Blanks @ Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Bang! (Muse The Resistance release party)@ The Ruby

Lecture on Cedric Gibbons and Grand Hotel Screening @ Egyptian Theatre
Rosemary’s Baby @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Final Show of Season!)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009

An Evening with Brian Eno @ Cal State Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Placebo, Nico Vega @ Club Nokia
By Sunlight, Shirley Rolls, Last American Buffalo, Chris Garneau @ Spaceland
Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Knitting Factory
The Avengers, Pansy Division, Paul Collins Beat @ The Echo
India Calling! w/ Malkit Singh, Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, Ravi Shankar Centre Ensemble, Anoushka Shankar, Rhythm of Rajasthan @ Hollywood Bowl
Mount Eerie, Karl Blau, No Kids, Tara Jane O’Neil @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Correatown, Grizzly Owls, Map @ Echo Curio
Magnolia Memoir, Quincy Blaque, Ken Stacey, Still Waters Run Deep, @ The Hotel Café

What’s Going On This Weekend LA?

11 09 2009

Considering I’ve done three music festivals for the past three weekends, I’m taking a breather and catching up with some close friends. Check out all the music and events to keep you busy with a good time! Oh, and the Sunset Strip Music Festival is this weekend, I can’t believe they have a lame band like the Kottonmouth Kings playing … ewww

= Top picks

Friday, September 11

Sunset Strip Music Festival – AUGUSTANA, HoneyHoney, Huntingfield @ The Roxy Theatre
Sunset Strip Music Festival – Oh No Not Stereo, Something To Burn @ The Viper Room
Sunset Strip Music Festival – WILD CHILD, The Faded Spades @ Whisky A-Go-Go
Sunset Strip Music Festival – GLAY @ House of Blues
Sunset Strip Music Festival – OUT OF GREY, MR. CROWLEY tribute to Ozzy @The Cat Club
Sunset Strip Music Festival – TALIB KWELI @ Key Club
Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge @ Hollywood Bowl
Paolo Nutini @ The Wiltern
Ozomatli with Valeria Gastaldi @ El Rey Theatre
Vivian Girls, The Beets, The Black & White Years @ The Echo
Jen and Abby, Kaiser Cartel, Anni Rossi, Chris Joyner, Ryan Collins @ The Hotel Café
Chase Long Beach, Starpool, Nobody Cares, The Bohunks @ Troubadour
Exene & John Doe @ Alex’s
The Pharcyde @ The Grove of Anaheim

Underground (indie, UKPop, Electropop, Rock and Soul) @ The Echo

Saturday, September 12

ROCK’N’DAY!!! (Dreamers,The Nightbirds, Mirde) @ Cindy’s Restaurant (Eagle Rock)
Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge @ Hollywood Bowl
The Honorary Title, Cory Cranan @ Knitting Factory
The Aquabats @ The Glass House
Flogging Molly, Hepcat, Fitz and The Tantrums @ Greek Theatre
Sunset Strip Music Festival @ Sunset Blvd (between Doheny and Crescent Heights)
The Dan Band @ Club Nokia
Brendan Benson @ Troubadour
00 Soul, The New Rome Quartet @ Alex’s Bar
Vaud And The Villains @ Echoplex
Derek Schmidt, Worried Minds, Cosio, Anita Coats @ Echo Curio
Lelia Broussard, The Quiet, Katie Costello, Rachael Sage, @ The Hotel Café
When You Awake presents A Tribute to George Harrison w/ Ryan Ross (of Panic At The Disco), Robert Francis, Matt Popieluch (of Foreign Born/Fool’s Gold), Michael Runion, Amanda Jo Williams, El May (of Ben Lee/Luna), Leslie Stevens (of Leslie And The Badgers), Andy Creighton (of The World Record), Brian Whelan (of The Broken West) and Joe Napolitano (of Le Switch) @ Spaceland

Bang! @ The Ruby

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

From the Streets of Iran “Works on Paper by Urban Artist from Iran” @ Crewest Gallery

Sunday, September 13

The Honey Brothers, Soko, The Colourist @ Troubadour
Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge @ Hollywood Bowl
Old School Jams Live: Lisa Lisa, Ready for the World, Klymaxx, Soul Sonic Force, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Peanut Butter Wolf, Egyptian Lover @ Greek Theatre
Vivian Girls, 2UP, The Beets, Lucky Dragons @ The Smell
Part Time Punks w/ Blue Jungle, The Widow Babies @ The Echo
Solidarity Rock Benefit Show @ The Hotel Café
Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band, The Anny Celsi Band, The Jeff Merchant Band @ Spaceland