What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Aug. 15 – 21, 2011)

Little Dragon at the El Rey Theatre – Photo: Craig Parker



We don’t post every show that’s going on every night (in or around L.A.) 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

Click on the venue links to buy tickets and for more info. Set times are added to the show list if and when they are sent to us and they are subject to change at the venues’ and bands’ discretion.

Aug. 15 , 2011 – Monday

  • Adele 8:45pm, Wanda Jackson 7:30pm, doors 6pm @ Greek Theatre
  • Little Dragon 8:45pm, doors 8pm @ The Roxy
  • (FREE) Active Child, Robotanists, Electric Guest, Corridor @ The Echo
  • FIDLAR 12am, Stone Darling 11pm, The Chances 9pm, Pangea 10pm @ The Satellite
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) It’s a School Night: Nikki Lane 10:15pm, Damned Dogs 11:45pm, The C90s 12:15am @ Bardot
  • (FREE) The Relative Strangers, Ponder, Hexham Heads, Cosmodelion @ Detroit Bar
  • The Wilderness of Manitoba 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • The Americans, Blind Boy Paxton @ Redwood Bar
  • Pastilla 11:30pm, So Wrong 10:30pm, Bird Mad Girl 9:30pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Deep Sea Creatures 9:15pm, Avion 10:15pm, Chris Morris 8:15pm, Tara Priya 7:30pm @ The Mint
  • Corima,Vitamins, Hyena, GED @ Pehrspace
  • (FREE) Mike B w/ Aristocat, Quix-05, and Sleeper @ The Central SAPC

Aug. 16 , 2011 – Tuesday

  • Mute Math 9pm, doors 8pm (SOLD OUT) @ The Troubadour
  • Check Yo Pony Tail w/ Pictureplane 12:45am, Ooooo (Live) 12am, Javelin 11:15pm, Babe Rainbow 10:15pm Hallagramz 9:30pm @ Echoplex
  • Cut Chemist 10:10pm w/ Mr. Lif and Edan 8pm, doors 7pm @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang, The Secret Sisters @ John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
  • (FREE for 21+) The Allah Las 11pm, Strangers Family Band 12am, Crooked Cowboy 10pm, Jeff Davies (Peace) 9pm @ The Echo
  • (FREE) Wooden Shjips 7pm @ Amoeba Music
  • RICHARD BUCKNER 8p DAVID KILGOUR (of The Clean) 7p Doors 6:30p @ Bootleg Theater
  • Stab City, Mother of Gut, Backseat Bingo @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • (FREE) Judson McKinney 11pm, The Californian 10pm,  Death To Anders 9pm, Littel Red Lunk 8pm @ The Central SAPC
  • Kate Crash 11pm, purple crush 10pm, Satellite Sky 9pm @ The Satellite
  • (FREE) WHEELHOUSE 11p OLENTANGY JOHN 10p @ Bootleg Theatre 
  • Wilderness of Manitoba Showcase 7pm, Sarabeth Tucek 10pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Dim Mak Loft Series w/ Ali Love DJ Set @ Dim Mak Studios
  • NO CAPTAINS 10p HAND SAND HANDS 9p RISERS 11p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Love of Ivy, Adam Bones, Bash @ Redwood Bar
  • P R O T E C T M E, CAT 500, White Album (member of J Lep), Snorlax @ The Smell
  • (FREE) Nextdoor, Archives, Pacifica, Heartstop @ Detroit Bar
  • The Bolts 9:05pm, Kyle Nicolaides 9:45pm, The Green Children 10:25pm, London Shover 11:10pm @ Roxy

Aug. 17 , 2011 – Wednesday

  • Adele 9:15pm, Wanda Jackson 8pm, doors 7pm @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Joni’s Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Glen Hansard 8pm, doors 6pm @ Hollywood Bowl
  • An Acoustic Evening With The Weepies 9pm, doors 8pm (SOLD OUT) @ The Troubadour
  • Old 97’s 10pm,  Josh Ritter 8:20pm, David Wax Museum 7:3opm, doors  7pm @ Wiltern
  • Mia Doi Todd 11pm, Holcombe Waller 10pm, Daisy McCrackin 9pm @ The Satellite
  • Cut Chemist w/ Mr. Lif and Edam 9pm, doors 8pm @ House of Blues Sunset
  • (FREE) Fool’s Gold 7pm @ Amoeba Music
  • Low End Theory w/ Busdriver, Dibiase, The Bangerz, DJ Expo 10pm @ Airliner
  • Pictureplane 11:30pm w/ Javelin 10pm, Hollagramz 9pm @ The Central SAPC
  • (FREE) Sweet Repose w/ Keepers of the Sun, Useless Keys, Telegraph Rd. 9pm @ Detroit Bar
  • Julieta Venegas 9pm, Ceci Bastida 8pm, doors 7pm @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • The Go Go’s 8:45pm,  Girl In A Coma 7:30pm, doors 6pm @ Greek Theatre
  •  Peg Leg Love 11:45pm, Aftergloam 11pm, Blaise Smith 10pm, Roast of Bianca Smith 8:30pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • (FREE) LA Font 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • WESTERN STATES MOTEL 9:30p THE BLACK 10:30p STRINGFELLOW HAWKS 11:30p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • SOKO 10p MARLON RABENREITHER (Sister Ruby Band) 9p PSYCHIC FRIEND (solo) 8p @ Bootleg Bar
  • Josh Groban: Straight To You Tour @ Staples Center
  • Right The Stars 10pm, Parker Ainsworth 9pm, The Sister Ruby Band 11pm@ The Hotel Cafe
  • (FREE before 10pm) Dub Club – Spinning the best in classic reggae, dub and dancehall @ Echoplex
  • (FREE) The Dead Ships, 22 Miles (Kogi truck too) @ Slidebar Cafe

Aug. 18, 2011 – Thursday

  • Death Cab For Cutie 8:30pm, Frightened Rabbit 7:30pm @ The Greek Theatre
  • Sunset Strip Music Festival: Tribute to Motley Crue red carpet event 6-8pm @ House of Blues Sunset
  • Sunset Strip Music Festival w/ Nico Vega 11:30pm, Eastern Conference Champions 10:30pm, Goldenspell 9:45pm, Incan Abraham 9pm, Stateline Empire 8:15pm @ The Roxy
  • The Happy Hollows 11pm, Pek Pek 12am, Dirt Dress 10pm, Gentle Hands 9pm @ The Echo
  • (FREE) VooDoo Glow Skulls, SKAMPIDA, DimeRunner, Conversation Kills @ Slidebar Cafe
  • Boots Electric 11:15pm, Useless Keys 10:30pm, Twilight Sleep 9:45pm @ Exchange LA
  • Restavrant 10pm @ Clancy’s (Long Beach)
  • Death Hymn Number 9, The Shrills, The Flytraps, Wyatt Blair 9pm @ Detroit Bar
  • (FREE) Spirit Vine, Black Flamingo 7:30pm @ Pershing Square
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) Dirty Beaches 9pm, doors 8pm @ The Mondrian
  • (FREE) Las Cafeteras w/ special guests 7pm, DJs 6pm @ Levitt Pavillion 
  • Open Mike Eagle, Gel Roc, K-The-I-???, Bizzart, Alwayz Pro @ Lot 1 Cafe
  •  Heavy L.A. @ Echoplex
  • Beethoven’s Ninth @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones 9:4pm, Los Straitjackets 8:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • Sunset Strip Music Festival w/ The Veronicas, Tender Box and Run Run Run @ The Viper Room
  • Koo Koo Kachoos, Sassafras, Azteca Frame @ Redwood Bar
  • JOSH BARSELL & THE SLEEPERS 9p THE SPELL 11p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Wingard Manor, Karl ?, Thy Squid @ Alex’s Bar
  • TFDI 9pm, David Wax Museum 8pm, Aldea 11pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Zigaboo Modeliste 10pm @ The Mint
  • (Private Party) Grouplove 9pm, Nick Mariano DJ set, doors 7pm @ The Satellite

Aug. 19 , 2011 – Friday

  • Rock Boxx Tour w/ Z-Trip 11:30, De La Soul 11pm, Nosaj Thing 10pm, Daddy Kev 9pm @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Sade 9:35pm, John Legend 8pm, doors 7pm @ STAPLES Center
  • Le Switch (FINAL SHOW) 11pm, The World Record 10pm, The Mallard 12am, The Mid Cities 9pm @ The Satellite
  • Death Cab For Cutie 8:30pm, Frightened Rabbit 7:30pm, doors 6pm @ The Greek Theatre
  • Groundation 10:30pm, Kevin Kinsella 9pm and DJ Jeremy Sole 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • The Glitch Mob 11:45pm, RJD2 10:15pm, Photek 9pm @ Club Nokia
  • Heavy Hawaii, Raw Geronimo, Bleached, Plateaus @ The Smell
  • Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors with Kathryn Gallagher & Z 7pm @ The Whiskey
  • Devo @ Del Mar Races
  • Dredge, City Of Blue, Cromwell, Crowd Theory  8pm, doors 7:30pm @ The Key Club
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) Sailor Jerry Presents: Wooden Shjips 11pm, The Night Beats 10pm @ The Echo
  • Dieselboy @ Avalon Hollywood
  • Purple Melon 10:30pm, Lady Sinatra 9:30pm, Taylor Locke & The Roughs 8:30pm @ The Viper Room
  • (FREE) Mariachi Los Reyes 7pm @ Levitt Pavillion at MacArthur Park
  • Los Mysteriosos, and special guests @ Alex’s Bar
  • The Randy Rogers Band 10:15pm, Reckless Kelly 9pm, Micky & the Motorcars 8:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • The Lewd, RF7, Neon Maniacs @ Redwood Bar
  • (FREE) Hyena 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • Flashlights 11pm, Glow Marrow 10:15pm, Steffaloo 9:30pm, The Neighborhood 11:45pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • The Mots Nouveaux 8pm, Steve Carlson 9pm, Keaton Simons 11pm, The Last American Buffalo 12am @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Club Underground @ The Echo

Aug. 20 , 2011 – Saturday

  • Rock The Bells w/ Nas, Black Start (Mos Def + Talib Kweli), Erykah Badu, Raekwon/Ghostface @ San Manuel
  • Sunset Strip Music Festival w/ Public Enemy, Motley Crue, Bush, Matt & Kim, She Wants Revenge @ Sunset
  • Sade with John Legend @ STAPLES Center
  • Ganglians 7:30pm,  Tennis System 6:30pm, Cukoo Chaos 5:30pm @ The Echo
  • The Secret Language 11:30pm, Duniven 10:45pm, Gavin Turek 10pm, Monstro Flora (record release) 9:15pm @ The Satellite
  • Lords of Altamont, Flexx Bronco, Fantastic Harlan Jones @ Redwood Bar
  • A Flock of Seaguls @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • Kid Sister @ Yost Theater
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 10:30pm, Revoltaire 9:15pm, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven 8:15pm @ The Troubadour
  • Groundation @ Galaxy Theatre
  • (FREE) Flashlights 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • Black Elephant, Bear Flag Republic, Wonder Wheel @ The Smell
  • WALK THE MOON 11p @ Bootleg Bar
  • Funky Sole @ The Echo

Aug. 21 , 2011 – Sunday

  • Sade with John Legend @ STAPLES Center
  • PART TIME PUNKS – 4AD RECORDS NITE with BLACK FLAMINGO performing a set of COCTEAU TWINS covers! @ The Echo
  • Jim Ward (of Sparta/Sleepercar) 10:30pm, Lusitania 9:30pm @ The Satellite
  • (FREE) Grand Ole Echo w/ The Get Down Boys, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Claremont Vodoo Society 5pm @ The Echo
  • God Is An Astronaut @ The Troubadour
  • Kill Radio Benefit @ Redwood Bar



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