What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in LA? (Dec. 13 – 19, 2010)

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We don’t post every show that’s going on every night (in or around LA) we just post the goods according to our collective knowledge. We’re music elitists at heart but we try our best to keep an open palette of taste with an affinity towards underground, indie and local musicians and venues. Let us know if we missed something good.

= Top Picks

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MONDAY, December 13, 2010

  • Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Honda Center
  • Dita Von Teese Burlesque @ The Roxy (8 & 11pm)
  • (FREE) IAMSOUND Presents Princeton w/ Therapies Son, Sea of Cortez, HANDS @ Echo
  • (FREE) School Night! w/ Belle Brigade, Sonos, Bodega Girls @ Bardot
  • Stornoway w/ The Head & The Heart @ The Troubadour
  • Big Whup Release Party starring: Kid Static, David Liebe, Hart & Adam Papagan (from Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!) and Peter Pants @ Pehrspace
  • The Black Crystal Wolf Kids + DJ LP and the Ghost feat. burlesque shows by The Midnight Kittens of Dogtown  @ Central SAPC
  • Black Iris X-mas Party w/ Sweaters, Dead Trees, El Sportivo, Kilimanjaro @ The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
  • (FREE) The Chances w/ The Stamps, LA Font, Eviltwins @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) The Colourist w/ Parade of Lights, Man-Eating Cats and DJ Daria @ Detroit Bar
  • The Rescues, Shane Alexander  @ The Hotel Cafe

TUESDAY, December 14, 2010

  • Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Honda Center
  • Tame Impala w/ Rainbow Arabia, DJ Liza Richardson @ Echoplex
  • (FREE) Off! @ Vacation Vinyl 7pm
  • Dita Von Teese Burlesque @The Roxy (8 & 11pm)
  • Elysium Sessions and Gift Horse Project Present: A Special Musical Collaboration with Emily Kokal (Warpaint), Cameron McGill (Cameron McGill and What Army), Joe Sumner (Fiction Plane), Leslie Stevens (Leslie and the Badgers) Rain Phoenix (Papercranes) The GHP band @ Largo
  • (FREE) Million Kids, Brainspoon, The Hi-Z’s @ La Cita
  • The White Buffalo featuring Billy Kernkamp, and Jameson Time @ Detroit Bar
  • Los Lobos @ The Grammy Museum (SOLD OUT)
  • HoneyHoney w/ Coyol and The Mots Nouveaux (feat. Aaron Beaumont) @ Bootleg Theater
  • The Outdoors w/ Masks and Dilly Dilly @ Silverlake Lounge
  • All day  California Lions, The Gospels, Paper Crown @ The Prospector
  • Black Beverly Heels, Ingenue, Deadbeat Vultures@ Redwood Bar
  • Dim Mak Tuesdays: Mad Decent Record Release Party for Depressed Buttons “Qwerty” w/ Dave Nada @ Cinespace
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad w/ Royal Monsters and Joyce Manor @ The Troubadour
  • Tonight’s Cool Shows: The Rescues,Ladies Gun Club, Mariah McManus @ The Hotel Cafe

WEDNESDAY, December 15, 2010

  • (FREE) Sailor Jerry Pin-up Calendar Release Party w/ The Bronx and Film School + FREE drinks @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • X @ House of Blues Sunset Strip
  • Film Screening: LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER “Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies” Q&A w/ Pamela Des Barres and Michele Overman, hosted by Michael Des Barres @ Bootleg Theater 8pm
  • Troy Von Balthazar, J. Irvin Dally, Johnny O’Donnell @ Bootleg Theater
  • Horse Feathers, Y La Bamba, Hi Ho Silver OH @ Echo
  • Low Christmas Tour w/ Special Guest Charlie Parker @ The Satellite
  • School of Seven Bells acoustic set and toy drive benefit (free cocktails by Patron) @ American Rag 6-9pm
  • Dita Von Teese Strip Strip Hooray Burlesque w/special guests Dirty Martini Selene Luna Perle Noire Emcee, Mr. Murray Hill @ The Roxy (8 & 11pm)
  • Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne) & Mike Viola with Debate Team @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Space Waves, The Killbirds, Molino @ Silverlake Lounge
  • The White Buffalo, Ari Shine, Adrienne Pierce @ The Mint
  • Badly Drawn Boy w/ Justin Jones @ The Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
  • Karma Dealers, Edan Train and the Shotgun Break, BatBombs @ Redwood Bar
  • Dub Club (classic reggae, dub and dancehall) @ Echoplex

THURSDAY, December 16, 2010

  • Lord Huron w/ Funeral Party, The Bell Brigade, Lesands @ Echo
  • John Grant & The Chapin Sisters w/ J. Tillman @ The Autry
  • Soullive w/ Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, Quickie Mart @ The Roxy
  • X @ Ventura Theatre
  • Head Like a Kite w/ Alek.Fin, Big Light, Kill Kill Kill @ The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
  • Nico Vega @ The Slide Bar (Fullerton, CA)
  • Kenseth Thibideu (Pinback, 3 Mile Pilot), So Many Wizards, Eugene and the 1914 @ Alex’s Bar
  • John C. Reilly’s Roots Revue @ Largo
  • Yellow Red Sparks, Brian Wright @ The Hotel Cafe
  • 95.5 KLOS Mark & Brian Christmas Show w/ Billy Idol, Peter Frampton, Jason Bonham & more @Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
  • Busdriver w/ Blu, Jonwayne, Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Open Mike Eagle & Intuition @ Echoplex
  • Badly Drawn Boy w/ Justin Jones @ The Troubadour
  • Incan Abraham w/ Wazu, Surfwitch, Fim @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Nomerica Ladies Edition w/ Soko, Ariana Delawari, Aska & Mor! @El Cid
  • All day  Red Onions, Clorox Girls, Los Cometas, Images @ The Prospector
  • Leo Rondeau, The Vaquetones @ Redwood Bar
  • We Like Fun: DJ’s Brady Spear, Alex da Rosa & LA News (nu-disco, indie, house and electro) @ Central SAPC

FRIDAY, December 17, 2010

  • OFF! Four EPs Record Release Party w/ Thee Oh Sees, Nobunny, White Shit @ Thesex
  • Peaches Christ Super Star featuring Chilly Gonzalez @ Orpheum Theatre
  • John Brion @ Largo
  • As Tall As Lions w/ The Diamond Light @ The Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
  • Spaceland Productions Presents: Light FM, Future Ghost, Dante vs Zombies @ The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
  • The Hotel Cafe Ten Year Anniversary Party w/ The Weepies, Butch Walker, Meiko @ The Hotel Cafe
  • X @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • Club Underground w/ Jessica 6, Torches in Trees, Seasons @ Echo
  • Camp Freddy w/ w/ Cherri Bomb and Moving Picture Show @ The Roxy
  • (FREE) Dash Jacket @ Origami Vinyl
  • Jef Brown & Steven Denman (ex-member of Jackie O Motherfucker), BTTW (NYC), Jonathan Silberman (member of Rats), Beep! (Oakland), Corey Marc Fogel @ The Smell
  • New Fidelity, Paperplanes, Los Mysteriosos @ Alex’s Bar

SATURDAY, December 18, 2010

  • Stevie Wonder Featuring Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Melanie Fiona, Janelle Monae and more special guests @ NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live
  • Spaceland Productions Presents: Sic Alps Wounded Lion, Trmrs @ The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
  • As Tall As Lions w/ The Diamond Light @ The Troubadour
  • L.A. Record X-Mas Party w/ Hanni El Khatib; He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister; White Shit, Jail Weddings & more @ Bedrock LA
  • Ozomatli w/ Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and La Santa Cecilia @ Club Nokia
  • Jeffertitti’s Nile and Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band) w/ @ Bootleg Theater
  • Billy Idol @ Ventura Theatre
  • Bela Fleck and the Flecktones @ Orpheum Theatre
  • The Vandals w/ Assorted Jellybeans & The Go-Sheilas @ House of Blue Anaheim
  • Vokab Kompany @ On the Rox @ The Roxy (only $5)
  • All day  The Commotions,The Bumpers, The Young Dudes (Featuring X-Limbeck), Greater CA XMAS Choir @ The Prospector
  • Upsilon Acrux,  SISU,  Kenseth Thibideau @ Pehrspace
  • (FREE) Philip Seymour Hoffman (not the actor!) @ Origami Vinyl
  • (FREE) Phil Shane, The One Man Legend @ Alex’s Bar
  • BOOTIE LA “Dueling Divas”with DJ Paul V., DJ Mochi Beats, R.A.I.D. @ Echoplex
  • FUNKY SOLE 10 Year Anniversary with DJs: Jeremy Sole (Afro Funke), Dj Chico and Special Guest DJ King Steady Beat @ Echo

SUNDAY, December 19, 2010

  • Yeah, City of Devils 2nd Anniversary/Holiday Party featuring Crom, It’s Casual, Green and Wood, Cactus Pricks @ Echo (early show @ 4pm)
  • Part Time Punks Tribute to Ari Up & The Slits w/ Members of Weave, Swahili Blonde, Rainbow Arabia performing “Cut” @ Echo (10pm only $5)
  • MONSTERS OF ACCORDION feat: Jason Webley, Corn Mo, Renee De La Prade, Petrojvic Blasting Co. @ The Troubadour
  • A Fine Frenzy: A Christmas Show @ The Troubadour
  • 50 Couches in 50 Nights: A Holiday Benefit Event featuring Echoes de Luxe, Ball and Chain and DJ Christmas Cleary @ The Dragonfly (only $5)
  • (FREE) KITTEN, Wires in the Walls, The Gromble @ The Strange
  • The Issue and guests @ Alex’s Bar


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