What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Sept. 19 – Sept. 25, 2011)

Bachelorette at the Echoplex – 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 we receive them and are subject to change.


MONDAY – SEPT. 19, 2011

  •  Bon Iver 9:15pm, Other Lives 8pm, doors 7pm @ The Shrine Auditorium
  • A Special Evening with Ben Harper to benefit Babette Ho Cancer Relief 9pm, doors 8pm @ The Mint SOLD OUT
  • James Blake 10:15pm with Teengirl Fantasy 9pm and KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd @ The Music Box
  • Beth Hart 9pm, w/ special appearance by Joe Bonamassa, the Songbirds 8pm, doors 7pm @ Echoplex
  • Joan Osborne 9:15pm, Dar Williams 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) It’s A School Night: Ivy 11:30pm, Races 10:30pm, Duniven 9:30pm @ Bardot 
  • (FREE) Kissing Cousins 11:15pm, Writer 10:30pm, Raw Geronimo 12:15am, Bad Bibles 9:45pm, Rainbow Jackson 9pm @ The Echo
  • (FREE) Big Black Delta 11pm, Kristeen Young 10pm, War Widow 9pm, The MIDS 12am @ The Satellite
  • (FREE) BIG MOVES 10:30p LA FONT 9:30p THE PREACHERS (Australia) 8:30p YOYA 11:30p @ Bootleg Bar
  • (FREE) EXITMUSIC 10p JACK AND WHITE 9p PEACHY KEENE 11p RAINMAN 12a @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Trevor Hall 7pm @ Fingerprints (Long Beach)
  • Metal Monday w/ Poweraxe, Abhor, Ace Diamond, and Bachsung @ Pehrspace
  • Davis Fetter, Pam Shaffer, Mikel Farber, Victoria Noll @ Lot 1 Cafe

TUESDAY – SEPT. 20, 2011

  • Bon Iver 9:30pm w/ Other Lives 8:15pm @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Low 10pm w/ Bachelorette 9pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • The Kooks (private performance) 12:30pm @ 98.7 Hollywood Tower Penthouse
  • The Vacant Lots, Tomorrows Tulips, C-Horse, Exit Muisc @ The Echo
  • LA Ghost 11pm, Images 10pm, Sisu 9pm, Mr. K  12am @ The Satellite
  •  Exene Cervenka w/ Shining Twins @ Harvard & Stone
  • (FREE) The Dead Ships 10pm, Manhattan Murder Mystery 11pm, One Trick Pony 9pm, Mahoney & The Moment 8pm @ The Central SAPC
  • RETURN TO FOREVER IV plus Zappa Plays Zappa w/ Dweezil @ Greek Theatre
  • CORREATOWN Record Release 10:30p THE DAMSELLES & THE TC4 9:30p HI HO SILVER OH 8:30p @ Bootleg Bar
  • White Pulp+Neon Fangs+Adrenalin Traffic+Arune @ Hemingways Lounge
  • DAVIS FETTER 10pZAC WATERS 9pMATU 11pJOEY DOSIK 8p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Sinner Sinners, Hope is Pain, County Bucks, Woodgrain @ Redwood Bar
  • Aftergloam, Backseat Bingo, Audigraffiti @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Sean Hayes 10pm w/ Michael Musika @ The Mint
  • The Lumineers 8:30pm, Nicole Eva Emery 730pm @ The Hotel Cafe

WEDNESDAY – SEPT. 21, 2011

  • Patrick Watson 10:55pm, The Besnard Lakes 9:50pm, Malajube 8:45pm, The Barr Brothers 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Futurebirds 11pm, WATERS 10pm, Loch Lomond 9pm @ The Satellite
  •  Twin Shadow 10pm w/ Diamond Rings 9pm @ The Troubadour SOLD OUT
  • Benefit for the Bicycle Kitchen with the Cooling Time, Telematique, Tripple Chicken Foot @ The Echo
  • GWENDOLYN Record Release Show 10:15pRT N THE 44S 9:30pOLD CALIFORNIO 11:15p @ Bootleg Bar
  • (FREE) Cute Lepers 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • The Cute Lepers, Crazy Squeeze, The Pegs @ Redwood Bar
  • Underoath 10:20pm, Comeback Kid 9:05pm, The Chariot 8:15pm, This is Hell 7:30pm @ The Glass House
  • Blaise Smith, Thee Source ov Fawnation, Bushwa Hawkers @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Chop Love Carry Fire 9pm with Greenhorse 11pm @ The Central SAPC
  • (FREE before 10pm) Dub Club @ Echoplex
  • Wagons 8pm, The Wild Feathers 9pm, Sean Flinn and the Royal We 10pm, The Far West 11pm @ The Hotel Cafe

THURSDAY – SEPT. 22, 2011

  • Two Door Cinema Club (private studio performance) @ 98.7 FM  in Burbank
  • Two Door Cinema Club 9:55pm, Grouplove 8:50pm, The Lonely Forest 8pm, doors 7pm @ Wiltern
  • An Evening with the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson @ Pappy & Harriet’s
  • CHECK YO’ PONYTAIL 2 with MIAMI HORROR 11:30pm, Class Actress 10:30pm, Gigamesh 9:30pm, L.A. Girlfriend 8:45pm @ At El Rey Theatre
  • Kurt Vile and the Violators w/ RTX @ Detroit Bar
  • Andy Clockwise 10:30pm, Useless Keys 9:45pm, Queen Caveat 9pm, Lovers Drugs 8:15pm @ The Roxy
  • Jason Simon (Dead Meadow) 11pm, The Black Apples 10pm, 1776 12am, Peace (feat. Jeff Davies) 9pm @ The Satellite
  • THE JANKS 10:30p AMERICAN TOMAHAWK 9:30p @ Bootleg Bar
  • CMG AND WE ARE THE NIGHT 11:30p HOUSE OF WOLVES 10:30p CATALDO 9:30p @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Sonny Rollins @ UCLA Royce Hall
  • Systems Officer (Featuring Armistead Burwell Smith IV of Pinback) 11pm, Phantom Works 10pm, The Sleepy Car 9pm @ The Echo
  • THIS IS YOUR LIBRARY… with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, butchers Lindy & Grundy, humorist Charles Phoenix, singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd, & musical guests Bleached @ LA Central Library
  • (FREE) Har Mar Superstar with IamBlakeMiller of Moving Units, DJ Swamp @ Slidebar Cafe
  • Doobie Brothers @ L.A. County Fair
  • Graffiti 6 10pm, Deep SeaCreatures 11pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • J. Cole with DJ DUMMY @ Club Nokia SOLD OUT
  • Soul Rebels Brass Band 9pm @ The Mint
  • Bloody Mess, Poop, The Hollowbodies, RF7, Paul D Band @ Redwood Bar
  • Mammoth Thunderpower, Bunny Horse, Bad Dreams @ Alex’s Bar
  • Joseph Arthur 10pm, Rosi Golan 9pm @ The Troubadour

FRIDAY – SEPT. 23, 2011

SATURDAY – SEPT. 24, 2011

  • Ladytron 10:30pm, Geographer 9:30pm, Sonoio 8:40pm @ Wiltern
  • Junior Boys 10pm, Young Galaxy 9pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Burkina Electric with Lukas Ligeti featuring and Special Guest D.J. Spooky 9pm, doors 8:30pm @ Echoplex
  • 5th Annual Clean Air Clear Stars Festival w/ Lemon Sun, The Black Ryder, The Warlocks @ Pappy & Harriets
  • Har Mar Superstar 11pm, IAmBlakeMiller (of Moving Units) 10pm, Minutes Till Midnight 9pm @ The Satellite
  • Colour Revolt 8pm, Colour Music 7:15pm, Torches in Trees 6:30pm @ The Echo
  • Tony Bennett @ STAPLES Center
  • Miami Horror @ Detroit Bar
  • LJO:Tribute to Horace Silver @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex
  • K Day Fresh Fest w/ The Game, E40, Mack 10, Young Buck @ NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live
  • Lee Scratch Perry featuring the Lions, the Expanders, DJ Selecta 7 @ The Roxy
  • Lazerbeak 12am,SIMS 11pm, Cecil Otter 10pm, Weapons of Audio ft. Reazon 9pm @ The Centra SAPC
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 10pm, w/ The Reflectacles 9pm, Austin Lucas & The Bold Party 8pm @ The Mint
  • Escalator Hill 11pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Ladytron DJ Set and Signing @ Amoeba
  • Electric Children, Donovan’s Fairies, Chinese Rocks 2pm @ Redwood Bar
  • Objex, Pussy Cow, Honeymoon Scream, Chinese Rocks @ Redwood Bar
  • D-Generation 10:30pm, Prima Donna 9:30pm, Biters 8:45pm, Thousand Watt Stare 8pm @ The Troubadour
  • Funky Sole @ Echo

SUNDAY – SEPT. 25, 2011

  • Tv On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint, Smith Westerns 6pm @ Hollywood Bowl
  •  (FREE) Abbot-Kinney Festival: Hanni El Khatib 1:30pm, Mia Doi Todd 4pm, Thundercat 5:15pm, Family of the Year 4pm, Kisses 5pm & more
  •  (FREE) Tarfest w/ Saint Motel 5pm, Everest 4pm, Obi Best 3pm, A House for Lions 2pm, Infantree 1pm @ Hancock Park
  • The Bloody Hollies, Mini Mansions (featuring Michael Shuman of QOTSA) @ Alex’s Bar
  • Veronica Falls 11pm, Neverever 10pm, Sea Lions 9pm @ Echoplex
  • Souther Culture On the Skids 10pm, RT n’ the 44s 9pm, Jackson Tanner 8pm @ The Echo
  • Chip Da Ripper @ Key Club
  • The Knux – Record Release Party, J*Davey @ The Roxy
  • Niyaz featuring Azam Ali @ El Rey Theatre
  • Neil Hamburger with special guests Andy Kindler and Brett Gelman @ The Satellite
  • Tired, The Flytraps, Black Boots @ Redwood Bar
  • Nikki Leontiis 10pm, Wing and Hollow9pm, Sketchy Back Dog 8pm, Liz Lawrence 7pm @ The Hotel Cafe

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