Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Tuesday Show Low Down (Or "Still Waiting For The Zombie Apocalypse... Any Time Now!")

Last weekend's Sunset Junction helps spotlight how much the Silver Lake neighborhood has changed over the years. Within a block radius of the festival, you can see bars on windows, No Cruising signs, and restaurants w/ valet parking...

The once-free festival is said to have been originally intended to bring together the area's burgeoning gay culture with the standing Latino population... Now it's $20 per day to folks who don't live in close proximity to the event and the purpose seems unclear.

Whatever the case, it's also helped spotlight some of the best local acts -- most recently, groups like The Happy Hollows, Radars to the Sky, The Henry Clay People, and Castledoor -- to a larger (at least here in LA) audience.

Many changes to the area aside, good music has luckily remained the constant for some time. As groups get bigger and export out, great new acts import in.

And we see 'em while we can.

Tuesday, August 26
- Lucky Dragons, Hecuba, Casey and Brian, Laco$ste, & Bad Dudes @ The Smell
- Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Nightbirds, Electric Russia, & The Mormons @ Mr T's Bowl
- The Artists, Old Believers, & From Leaf to Feather @ Tangier
- Bon Iver @ The Troubadour
- Buddy @ The Hotel Cafe
- Matthew Sweet @ Amoeba Music (7PM)
- Head Like A Kite & Molino @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- The Donkeys, Robert Francis, & Golden Animals @ The Echo
- The Delta Spirit (record release party), AA Bondy, Dawes @ Spaceland

Buddy and Manhattan Murder Mystery are my favorite local acts playing tonight...

Wednesday, August 27
- Beatnik Jr, Pic Vicious, Silver Ghost @ Three Clubs
- Shearwater, Neil Morgan, & Wye Oak @ The Echo
- Spazmatics! @ The Scene
- These United States, Clevis, Old Believer, & Amateurs @ Echo Curio
- Janeane Garofalo & Bob Odenkirk @ Largo
- Ollin, Hard Goodbye, & The Happy Casualties @ Mr. T’s Bowl
- Life Underwater, Golden Ratio, Crash Kings, & Linda Good @ The Silver Lake Lounge ($8) - TRVSDJ+AM @ The Roxy
- RX Bandits & Portugal, The Man @ Troubadour

Anyone have any recommendations for Wednesday night?

Thursday, August 28
- Rock With A Twist IV w/ The Monolators, Shiloe, The Health Club, & I Make This Sound @ All Star Lanes
- Satisfaction, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, & Hello Dragon @ Safari Sam’s (FREE)
- Indie 103 presents: Chester French, Saint Motel, Silver Ghost, Rumspringa @ Spaceland
- Matthew Sweet & Greg Laswell @ The Echo
- Rogue Wave (acoustic) @ The Hotel Cafe
- Human Giant @ Largo
- The Copper Thief, Carcrashlander, Alexis Gideon, & Tom Brosseau @ The Smell
- Out of Town, Ukulady, Cousin Junebug, & Cold Forty Three @ Mr. T’s Bowl
- Respect & Soundlaab present: Marcus Visionary @ Echoplex
- Mospeada, Evacuees, The Pentacles, & more @ Echo Curio
- Forget Me Nots, Dietra Kruschev, The Denouement & Samuel Kirk @ Silver Lake Lounge
- RX Bandits & Portugal, The Man @ Troubadour

The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra are playing for free? Gotta love that. And there's also Classical Geek Theatre and Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club's Rock With A Twist IV w/ The Monolators, Shiloe, The Health Club, and I Make This Sound at All Star Lanes. Good music and free pretzels!

Friday, August 29
- Marvelous Toy, Sway, & Letting Up Despite Great Faults @ Pehrspace
- Dead Ponies & Flash Express @ Redwood Bar
- The Western Conference feat ZIONI, ABSTRACT RUDE, MYKA9, RAW vs D-STYLES & more @ Echoplex
- Jon Brion @ Largo
- Mere Mortals, LSD and the Search for God, The Swayback, Useless Keys @ Spaceland - Jay Nash, Joe Purdy, Meiko @ The Roxy - Love Grenades & The Pacific @ the Echo ($5) - Hot Water Music @ The El Rey
- Master Cylinder, Jellmunekita, Buffalo Eye, Bastard, & Skywreck @ Mr. T’s Bowl
- The Black Kites, The Hectors, James Brittain Gore, & Ladies and Gents @ Echo Curio

I feel obliged to recommend Marvelous Toy whenever they play out... The Black Kites and The Hectors also contain entertainment.

Saturday, August 30
- F Yeah Fest w/ No Age, Negative Approach, Matt & Kim, Glass Candy, Two Gallants, Fucked Up, Japanther, Ladyhawk, David Vandervelde, The Strange Boys, Paint it Black, Mika Miko, Monotonix, Crystal Antlers, Past Lives, Mannequin Men, War Tapes, High Places, Rumpspringa, Best Fwends, Abe Vigoda, David Dondero, Preacher & the Knife, Triumph of Lethargy, Silverghost, Underground Railroad to Candy Land, Off With Their Heads, Nodzzz, Tod Adrian Wisenbaker, Michael Runion, Frank Fairfield, Dimitri Coates of Burning Birdes, Graham Forest, Anavan, Halloween Swim Team, 60 Watt Kid, Witch Hats, & more @ The Echo and nearby
- Divisadero, Silver Summit, Fort King, Ben Kamen, & Desolation Wilderness @ Pehrspace
- Shiloe, Firebug, & The New Up @ The Scene
- Able & Baker @ The Good Hurt
- Happy Dwarfs, Weatherground, Infiel, & Black Apple @ The Cocaine at Live Jazz
- The Melvins & Big Business @ Troubadour
- Oh My Rockness Presents: Oxford Collapse & Love as Laughter @ Spaceland
- Felix da Housecat @ Avalon
- Dionysius, Growler, Corridor, & Slipping Into Darkness @ Echo Curio
- Gears w/ Media Blitz, Carnage Asada, Deadbeats, Controllers @ Mr. T’s Bowl

Lots of weird, interesting stuff going on at Fuck Yeah Fest...

Sunday, August 31
- Obi Best, I Make This Sound, Alex and Sam, & Vosotros @ Tangier
- Neil Hamburger & Pleaseasaur @ Spaceland
- Resolution @ The Mayan
- Manuok, Joshua Lanes, Evacuee, & The Pentacles @ Mr. T’s Bowl
- Echo & F Yeah present: polvo, Trans Am, The Drones @ Echoplex
- Grande Ole Echo w/ Southern Culture on the Skids, 5 O’Clock Somewhere, & Mike Stinson @ The Echo (early)
- Part Time Punks presents: Smiths/Morrissey Night! @ The Echo (late)
- Silver Summit, Gangi, & Winter Flowers @ Tangier
- 16 Bitch Pile-Up, T.I.T.S., Lithium Dream, & Peter Kolovos @ Pehrspace
- The Melvins & Big Business @ Troubadour

I haven't seen Trans Am play in fucking forever, but used to love the hell out of them. The final night of Obi Best's residency over at Tangier sounds worth checking out, too.

That's it. Please let me know if I missed anything.


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