What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in LA? (January 24 – 30, 2011)

Photo: Cold War Kids at US Open of Surfing by Ivette Orenos

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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  • Wanda Jackson w/ the Third Man house band featuring Jack White (10pm), Haunted George (9pm) @ El Rey Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) School Night w/ Gary Clark Jr. (10:10pm) w/  Vaccines DJ Set (10:45pm) & Royal Bangs (11:45pm) @ Bardot
  • (FREE) Iron & Wine (7pm )@ Amoeba Music
  • Cold War Kids (10:30pm) w/ Grouplove (9:30pm) @ Bootleg Theater
  • (FREE) The Fling (11pm) & Belle Brigade (10pm) w/ Lucy Schwartz (9pm) and Jenny O (12am) ( @ The Satellite (Spaceland)
  • ( FREE) Cannoneers of the New Command (10:30pm) w/ Northern Sky (9pm), The Street and Babe Shadow (9:45pm), The Mo-Odds (11:15pm) @ The Echo
  • Connie Lim, Madame Recamier @ The Hotel Cafe
  • (FREE) Kinch w/ The Californian, Risers, FREE Camp @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Whitman w/ Former Ghosts @ Pehrspace
  • (FREE) Pacific Hurt w/ Foster The People and Lesands @ Detroit Bar
  • Stephen Bower and the Silent Majority @ The Central SAPC
  • Hells Belles Burlesque @ The Viper Room


  • The Vaccines (11pm) w/ Sweater (10pm) and Bixby Knolls (9pm) @ Spaceland (The Satellite)
  • Iron & Wine (9:10pm) w/ Laura Marling  (8pm) @ Wiltern
  • Motorhead w/ Valient Thorr @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • (FREE) Cold War Kids  (6pm) @ Amoeba Music
  • Wallpaper w/ The Dance Party, K. Flay, Dude Royal @ The Troubadour
  • Olin & The Moon w/ Amanda Jo Williams, The Damn Sons @ The Echo
  • Young Hunting w/ Pacific Hurt, Yoya, Repeater @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Factors, Plasma Cannon, Lost Cabras @ The Prospector
  • (FREE) Tumbledown with Mike The Pike and Outlaw Justice @ Slidebar
  • The Goodnight Noises w/ Backnbloom and Piss Drench Clowns @ The Central SAPC



  • FYF Presents: Monotonix (11pm) w/ Ty Segall (10:05pm), Devin Therriault (9:15pm) and Tijuana Panthers (8:30pm) @ Echoplex
  • Boobs 4 Food Benefit w/ with Hanni El Khatib (12am) & White Arrows (10:30pm) @ Mountain Bar
  • (FREE) C1RCA Combat presents the Nuge shoe release party w/ Earthless, Red Octopus and LSDJ’S @ The Echo
  • The Get Up Kids (10pm) w/ Steel Train (8:45pm), River City Extension (8pm) @ The Troubadour SOLD OUT
  • Crocodiles featuring Lord Huron, and Heavy Hawaii @ Detroit Bar
  • Alex’s Bar 11 Year Anniversary Show w/ Lucero, Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts @ Alex’s Bar
  • Spaceland Productions Presents: The Blow (11pm) w/ The Smart Brothers (10pm), DJ Adam Wade (8:30pm) @ The Satellite
  • Wovenhand (11:15pm) w/ Git Some (10:15pm) @ Bootleg Theater
  • (FREE) The Growlers @ Slidebar
  • (FREE) Grouplove @ Amoeba Music (7pm)
  • Hunting for Wolves (10:30pm), Graydon (9:30pm), Farspeaker (8:30pm) @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Kath Bloom @ Origami Vinyl (4pm)
  • The Heroines, Mondo Generator, Sassafras @ Redwood Bar
  • Social Distortion @ Hollywood Palladium
  • S’talking Zappa (not a live performance by Frank Zappa) w/ music by Gail Zappa, Todd Yvega and Joe Travers @ Grammy Museum
  • Underoath w/ Thursday, A Skylit Drive, Animals as Leaders @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • Mangled Bohemians (Portland), The Lovely Bad Things, Red Orchestra, Cat Party @ The Prospector
  • Amos Lee w/ Vusi Mahlasela @ The Music Box
  • Cirque Berzerk @ Club Nokia (8 p.m.)


  • Spaceland Productions Presents the Melvins Set (9pm)  Melvins “Stoner Witch” (10:45pm) @ The Satellite SOLD OUT
  • Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Les Savy Fav (11:15pm) w/ Dirt Dress (10pm) @ Echoplex
  • Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub (10pm) w/ Rocco Deluca (9pm) @ El Rey Theatre
  • Get Up Kids w/ Steel Train and River City Extension @ The Glass House
  • Crocodiles (10:45pm), Tamaryn (9:45pm), Heavy Hawaii (9pm) @ The Echo
  • Superhumanoids (10pm) w/ El Ten Eleven (11pm), DJ Aaron Castle (8:30pm) @ The Central SAPC
  • Free Energy (10:30pm) w/ The Postelles (9:30pm), Vanaprasta (8:30pm) @ The Roxy
  • Nico Vega (11pm) w/ Gorgeous Got A Gun (10pm), Queen Caveat (9pm) @ Saint Rocke
  • (FREE) The White Buffalo (8-10pm) @ Slidebar
  • (FREE) Black Apples (7pm) @ Origami Vinyl
  • Exene Cervenka @ Redwood Bar
  • Fischerspooner (DJ Set) @ The Vanguard
  • Jon Brion (9:30pm) @ Largo at the Coronet
  • The Handsome Family (11pm), Honey Honey (9:45pm) @ Bootleg Theater
  • Weekend Takes A Break w/ Professor Calculus, Tubby Boots, Power Axe @ The Smell
  • The Shrill (11:30pm) w/ Third Rail Order (10:40pm) , Like Giants (9:50pm), The Lyon Crowns (9pm), Phoebe Bridgers (8:10pm), Hazel (7:20pm), @ The Troubadour
  • moe. set 1: 9-10.15pm, set 2: 10.45pm-12.30am @ The Music Box
  • Cirque Berzerk @ Club Nokia (8 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
  • Club Underground # spinning the best in Brit, Indie, Soul, Twee, Madchester, Punk, Glam @ The Echo


  • Deerhoof 10pm w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad 9:15pm, HANDS 8:30pm @ Echoplex
  • Afrika Bambaataa w/ DJ Reflex (10pm) @ Supper Club
  • Spaceland Production Presents: Darwin Deez (10:30pm) w/ Fol Chen (11:30pm), Friends (9:30pm) @ The Satellite
  • Peter Bjorn & John FYF House Parties (630pm & 12am) Email fyffest@gmail.com for details/entry
  • Yann Tiersen @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSULA
  • Social Distortion (10pm) w/ Lucero (8:50pm) and Chuck Ragan (8pm) @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Benny Benassi  (Doors 10:30pm)@ The Music Box
  • Ian Hunter  (of Mott the Hoople) 9pm, Doors 8pm @ El Rey Theater
  • The Mother Hips (10:45pm) w/ Leslie and The Badgers (9:30pm) @ Saint Rocke
  • El Ten Eleven featuring Superhumanoids @ Detroit Bar
  • Ween (9:30) Doors (8:30pm) @ Wiltern
  • Jel & Odd Nosdam w. Antonionian and Matthewdavid @ The Central SAPC
  • The Victorians,Tape Deck Mountain, Writer, Two Guns @ The Prospector
  • Cody the Band, George Glass, Vanaprasta, Manhattan Murder Mystery @ Pehrspace
  • Charlotte Martin (10:30pm) w/ Andrew Vladeck (9:45pm) @ Bootleg Theater
  • (FREE) Lower Heaven @ Origami Vinyl (8pm)
  • The Handsome Family w/ Sean Rowe @ McCabe’s Guitar Show
  • Whitman, Jon Barba, Casey Chisholm, Crazy Band, Rob Thomas and His Unicorn Warriors @ The Smell
  • Alexs’ Bar 11 Year Anniversary Shows – The Zeros, The Humpers, The Dragons, The Ringleaders @ Alex’s Bar
  • Bar That Sucks presents ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, Bourbon Saints @ Redwood Bar
  • Cirque Berzerk @ Club Nokia (8 p.m. & 11 p.m.)
  • Funky Sole @ Echo


  • Peter, Bjorn & John featuring Jail Weddings, Devin Therriault, DJ Dennis Owens (Good Foot) @ Center of the Arts, Eagle Rock (SOLD OUT)
  • Part Time Punks w/ Savage Republic, The Urinals, Clipd Beaks @ Echo
  • Against Me! (10pm) w/ Cheap Girls (9pm), Fences (8:15pm) and Fake Problems (7:30pm) @ The Music Box
  • (FREE & FREE Vodka) Lemon Sun w/ The Familiars and Rival Suns @ Cinespace
  • Ian Hunter  (of Mott the Hoople) @ Galaxy Theatre
  • Strung Out with Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Darlings, and Heartsounds  @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • (FREE) Fence @ Origami Vinyl (4pm)
  • (FREE) Kamikaze, Sassafrass and Anasthetic Frank @ Alex’s Bar
  • Somos Mysteriosos, Sylvia Juncosa, Electric Children, Lightnin Woodcock @ Redwood Bar
  • Neil Hamburger The Kenny “K-Strass” Yo-Yo Extravaganza, Clownvis Presley @ The Satellite
  • Space 15 Twenty Record Fair #2 @ Space 15 Twenty (10am-2pm)
  • Cirque Berzerk @ Club Nokia (4 p.m. & 8 p.m.)

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