What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Aug. 22 – 28, 2011)

Charles Bradley at the Echo – Photo by Ben Irwin

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. 22 , 2011 – Monday

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Roxy
  • (FREE) Active Child 11pm, White Sea 10pm, Correatown 9pm, Random Patterns 12am @ The Echo
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) It’s A School Night w/ Ricki Lee Jones 9:30pm, Hazel 10pm, Big Archer 10:30pm, Katy B 11:30pm, Prince Language 12am @ Bardot
  • (FREE) The Relative Strangers, Repeater, Robotanists 9pm @ Detroit Bar
  • (FREE) Stone Darling 11pm, Chappo, 10pm, Gothic Tropic 9pm, The Withers 12am @ The Satellite
  • Frank Fairfield @ Redwood Bar
  • Sean Carnage 6-year Anniversary w/ Amir Coyle, Essay, No Babies, Whitman @ Pehrspace
  • Ben Rector 8pm, Korey Dane 7pm, Pebs 9pm, Matt Koziol 10pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Scarlet Grey 9:45pm, Dead Country 9pm, The Dear & Departed 8:15pm @ The Troubadour
  • Bent Knee 10:15pm, Liane Tominga ft. Jame Biskey 9:15pm, Jessi Jae Joplin & The Ruckus 8:15pm @ The Mint
  • Some Hear Explosions at 11:15 pm, The Mulhollands at 10:15 pm, Stellar Corpses at 9:15 pm @ The Viper Room

Aug. 23 , 2011 – Tuesday

  • (FREE) Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks 6pm @ Amoeba
  • Xu Xu Fang 11pm, Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) 10pm, Irontom 9pm @ The Satellite
  • (FREE for 21+) The Allah Las 11pm, Jeffertitti’s Nile 10pm, Shirley Rolls 9pm, The Abigails 12am @ The Echo
  • Troubadour Jazz Fest w/ Sarah Renick 7:30p, Natasha F Agrama, Laura Mace, Rebecka Larsdotter… @ The Troubadour
  • KING WASHINGTON 9p BELIZE 10p THANK YOU GOODBYE 8p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Physical Forms, Grown-Ups, Forced Laugh, Heller Keller @ The Smell
  • (FREE) Judson McKinney 10pm, The Lonely Wild 11pm, Hello Vegas 9pm, Excuses for Skipping 8pm @ The Central SAPC
  • the Chances 9pm, Gabby Young 8pm, James Carrington and Craig Eastman 10pm, Stevie Ann 7pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • The Marietta James, Adam Bones, Patrolled by Radar @ Redwood Bar
  • (FREE) Clash City Rockers with The Gobshytes @ Slidebar Cafe

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

  • Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo 8pm, doors 6pm @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Obits 11, Disappears 10pm, Beaters 9pm @ The Satellite
  • GZA performing Liquid Swords 10pm @ Detroit Bar
  • The Littlest Tumor Foundation Benefit at Largo at the Coronet Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, Chris Thile, Maude Maggart, Sebastian Steinberg @ Largo at the Coronet 8pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers 9:30pm, Thelonious Monster 8:15pm @ Club Nokia
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE 7:30p @ Bootleg Bar
  • Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside 10:30pm, ELENI MANDELL 9:15pm, Sister Rogers 8:30pm @ The Echo
  • Low End Theory w/ KONE, ULTRAGAMMA, JOOB @ Airliner
    @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Man’s Assassination, Man Grown-Ups, B-Lines, Heller Keller @ The Smell
  • Meiko 10pm, Anna Nalick 9pm, The Roof Beam Carpenters 8pm, Noah Benardout 7pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • (FREE) Gabby Young and Other Animals 7pm @ Amoeba
  • (FREE) Keegan Dewitt 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • (FREE) Erick Loucks 9:30pm, Chris Olson 10:15pm, Therapy Session 11pm, Blaise Smith 11:45pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Dub Club @ Echoplex

Aug. 25, 2011 – Thursday

  • The Ettes 11pm with Hans Condor 12am, Tulsa Skull Swingers 10pm, Oogly Boogly 9pm @ The Echo
  • Deadmau5 12am, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero 8:45pm, ZEDD 9:45pm, Excision 10:50pm  @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Company of Thieves, The Hounds Below, KINCH @ The Troubadour
  • John Vanderslice @ Detroit Bar
  • WHITE ARROWS 11p ELECTRIC GUEST 9p GANGI 10p @ Bootleg Bar
  • Passion Pit DJ Set, War Drum @ Harvard & Stone
  • Daedelus @ Hanger 1018
  • Ricky Lee Robinson 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • (FREE) Mia Doi Todd 7pm @ Levitt Pavillion
  • Echo Park Jazz Benefit for 826LA w/ Andrew Lessman Trio & Clinton Patterson Group @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Free Moral Agents, New Lights By Dead Vines, DJ Greyboy @ The Prospector
  • TIRON & AYOMARI 11p OVERDOZ 10:30p WARM BREW 10p COOL ROY 9:30p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Heavy L.A. @ Echoplex
  • The Veronicas 9pm, Gina & The Eastern Block 10:30pm @ The Viper Room
  • Telomere Repair, The Keepers, Fat Dukes of Fuck, Demon Lung  @ Alex’s Bar
  • Madi Diaz with Keegan Dewitt 9pm, Firehorse 8pm, Nicole Eva Emery 7pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • 100 Monkeys, The Kissing Club and Bleeding Horse Express @ El Rey Theatre
  • Ertel & Friends @ Redwood Bar
  • Bird Call 9pm, Johanna & The Dusty Floor @ The Mint

Aug. 26, 2011 – Friday

  • Atmosphere 9pm, Evidence 8:15pm, Blueprint 7:45pm, Prof 7:30pm, Dj Babu 6:30pm @ Greek Theatre
  •  Deadmau5 12am, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero 8:45pm, ZEDD 9:45pm, Excision 10:50pm
    @ Hollywood Palladium
  • Helmet, Dirty Black Summer (Misfits tribute) 9pm, doors 8pm @ Slidebar Cafe
  • Bilal 10:15pm, Tha boogie 9pm, doors 8pm Dj Seano, Destroyer@ El Rey Theatre
  • John Vanderslice, Patrick Park 8:30pm, doors 8pm @ The Echo
  • The Meters Experience 11pm, The Barrelhouse Kings 9:15pm, Simply Rose 8pm @ The Mint
  • The Californian 10pm, Cinderella Motel 11pm, Chasing Kings 9pm, My Little Underground Dance Party 12am @ The Satellite
  • Airborne Toxic Event @ Del Mar Races
  • Jon Brion @ Largo at the Coronet
  • Lil Wayne @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • Justin Faust with Fabian , Human Life , LBCK & BIXEL BOYS @ Echoplex
  • Battle Show IV: Turf Wars” Mock Duck (Japan) vs. DEAD (Australia), Halloween Swim Team (USA) vs. Therapist (Mexico), Kid Static (Chicago, IL) vs. Verbs (LA), Stab City (West Coast) vs. The Unstoppable Death Machines (East Coast) @ The Smell
  • MAINLAND 10p RUMSPRINGA 11p CARRAWAY 9p @ Bootleg Bar
  • U.S. Bombs, Reagan Youth, Sidekick Pascal, Briggs Lou @ Redwood Bar
  • Seth Grass, Drover Shy, Norman (from Portland), N.O.W. @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • The Last American Buffalo, Jameson 11pm, Iron Rails 10pm, Special Guests 7pm-10pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • That Dog (SOLD OUT) doors 8pm @ The Troubadour
  • Andre Legacy 10:30pm, King Fantastic 11:30pm Wicker 9:45pm @ The Viper Room
  • Montë Mar 10pm, Our Hospitality 9pm and Special Guests @ The Central SAPC
  • Hell & Half of Georgia, guests, and DJ Snacks @ Alex’s Bar
  • (FREE) Whitman 7pm @ Origami Vinyl

Aug. 27, 2011 – Saturday

  • BUTTHOLE SURFERS with special guests 400 BLOWS @ Echoplex (9:00 pm)
  • (FREE) Charles Bradley @ The Getty
  • DJ Quik & Suga Free 10:30pm, Polyester The Saint 9:40pm, Radical Something 9pm @ Club Nokia
  • The Dodos with the Luyas @ The Autry
  • Dntel w/ the One AM Radio and Geotic @ Echo
  • Art Brut, Art Vs Science, The Hundred Days 5:30pm,  @ The Satellite
  • Deadmau5 12am, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero 10:50pm, ZEDD 9:45pm, Jason Bentley 8:45pm
    @ Hollywood Palladium
  • A Smell Tribute To Cocteau Twins w/ Abe Vigoda w/ Dunes, Life Group, Magic Johnson, Upsilon Acrux, ParallaxTwins, QUeUe @ The Smell
  • R.Stevie Moore, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Diva Dompe R.Stevie Moore, Heather Gram (Puro Instinct) DJing 9pm @ The Satellite
  • 400 Blows Record Release Party @ Vacation Vinyl (with DJs Chuck Duckowski, Gabe from The Locust and Zane of Killing Spree) 12 – 7 pm
  • Art Brut Afterparty @ The Grand Star (with Club Underground and Hang the DJs) 10 pm.
  • Kreayshawn with Special Guests @ The Roxy
  • Get Lost LA w/ Damian Lazarus, Visionquest, Art Department (live), Deniz Kurtel (live) & Droog @ The Music Box
  • Paulie Pesh 10:30pm, Frith 9:45pm, Timothy Rabbit 9pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Brendan Hines & The Recently Ruined 11pm, Golden State 10pm, Hey Elsten 8pm, Song Preservation Society 9pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Carla Morrison, Francisca Valenzuela, Pilar Diaz, Fernanda Ulibarri @ The Troubadour
  • R.Stevie Moore with very special guest @ The Satellite
  • MIND THE GAP (Cahn & Yang) 10p SHANNON CURTIS 9p A HOUSE FOR LIONS 11p @ Bootleg Bar
  • Scream, Channel 3, Toys That Kill, and Killroy @ Alex’s Bar
  • Anna Nelson w/ Theft, Lisa Jones, & The Devious Means @ Detroit Bar
  • The Dear Hunter Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, O’Brother @ The Glass House
  • (FREE) VAZ + Pygmy Shrews 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • 100 Monkeys @ House of Blues Anaheim
  • Goo Goo Dolls Plus Michelle Branch and Parachute @ Greek Theatre
  • Mugen Hoso from Japan, Tony Snow and the Change @ Redwood Bar

Aug. 28, 2011 – Sunday

  • Serge Gainsbourg Tribute with Jean Claude Vannier @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Peaches @ Freak City
  • CHARLES BRADLEY / HANDS @ Echoplex (6:30 pm)
  • The Dodos, The Luyas @ Detroit Bar
  • Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, The Milky Way 9pm @ Alex’s Bar
  • No Age, Crazy Band, Mikki And The Mauses, Dunes Lucky Dragons, Secret Circuit, + King Tuff, White Fence, John Wiese, David Scott Stone @ The Smell
  • Deadmau5 12am, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero 10:50pm, ZEDD 9:45pm, Jason Bentley 8:45pm
    @ Hollywood Palladium
  • (Benefit) UH HUH HER, HOLLY MIRANDA @ Bootleg Bar
  • Part Time Punks w/ Craft Spells, Grave Babies, Seapony and Young Prisms @ The Echo
  • The Filthy Souls, Falling Still, Stallions, Psyience Fiction @ The Satellite
  • (FREE) TOKiMONSTA @ Amoeba
  • Dirt Bird 9pm, Julia Price 8pm, Michaela Anne and Annie Lynch 7pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • That Dog (SOLD OUT) @ The Troubadour
  • South Paw, The Black Heartthrobs, 1050 Lies, Like Baboons @ Redwood Bar
  • Hard Copy Rebels, Bordertown Saints, D-Strutters, Vooduo, Harbortown Saints (afternoon) @ Alex’s Bar
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery @ Origami Vinyl
  • The Black Apples @ Shop E.P.I.C.



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