What’s Going On This Weekend LA?

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

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