What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Oct. 17 – 23, 2011)

Shabazz Palaces at the Troubadour – Photo: 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 we receive them and are subject to change.


MONDAY – OCT. 17, 2011

  •  Battles @ Mayan Theater
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) Cults 9pm, doors 8pm @ The Mondrian Hotel
  • The Naked and Famous 10:30pm, The Chain Gang of 1974 9:15pm, White Arrows 8:30pm @ The Music Box
  • The Drums 12am, IO Echo 11pm, NAR 10pm @ The Echoplex
  • Youngblood Hawke 11pm, Imagine Dragons 10pm, Rainbow Jackson 12am, Rubber Kiss Goodbye 9pm @ The Satellite
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) Meiko 11:30pm, Gotye (DJ Set) 10:30pm, El May 10pm, Maydoubt DJ set 12am @ Bardot
  • Irontom 12am, Indians 11pm, Bowery Beasts 10pm, Lookout Kids 9pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Mind The Gap 10:30pm, Sister Ruby Band 9:30pm, Helena 8:30pm, Obi Nimbus 11:30pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • (FREE) Swahili Blonde 11pm, Corridor 10pm, Jail Weddings 12am, Chains of Love 9pm @ The Echo
  • (FREE) Lakookala 7pm @ Origami Vinyl

TUESDAY – OCT. 18, 2011

  • Portishead 9:30pm, Thought Forms 8:20pm @ Shrine Auditorium SOLD OUT
  • Shabazz Palaces 11pm, Thee Satisfaction 10pm, DJ Soda Pop 9pm  @ The Echo
  • St. Vincent 10:15pm, Cate Le Bon 9pm @ The Music Box SOLD OUT
  • The Drums, IO Echo, Franki Chan @ The Echo
  • Caught a Ghost, 10pm Lemon Sun 11pm, Gotye 9pm @ The Satellite SOLD OUT
  • DragonForce 9:15pm, Holy Grail 8:15pm, Consume The Fire 7:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods, Dom Kennedy @ NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE
  • (FREE) Fishbone 6pm  @ Amoeba
  • The Working Hour 9:50pm, Sunshine Factory 9pm, Arms That Work 11:140pm, StoneFeather 10:50pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Craig Wedren (ex-Shudder to Think) 10pm, Holly Miranda 9pm, Firehorse 11pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Cosmic Kids, Killer Cam, Heavy Accents, DJ (N) @ Dim Mak Studios
  • Hugh Cornwell (of the Stranglers) @ Bronson Bar
  • Escalator Hill 10pm, Lonely Wild 11pm, The Golden Hearts 9pm, Coyote 8pm @ The Central SAPC
  • Backseat Bingo, Deaf, Pegleg Love @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • (FREE) Goodnight Beast, Terror TantrumTh, e Barrelhousers, Sunny Sky @ Detroit Bar
  • Ben Lee @ Largo
  • Barrio Tiger, The New Sons @ Redwood Bar
  • Foster The People 11pm, Cults 9:50pm, Reptar 9pm @ The Wiltern
  • Rapscallions , Battle Tapes , Bullet & Snowfox @ The Viper Room
  • Charles Mansion, Tony Johnson & The Shapeshifters, Moostache @ La Cave

WEDNESDAY – OCT. 19, 2011

THURSDAY – OCT. 20, 2011

  • Spank Rock, Wavves, Big Freedia, The Death Set, Pictureplane, Franki Chan @ Mayan Theater
  • Juliet Venegas 9pm, DJ 8pm, doors 7pm @ The Music Box
  • (FREE) People Under the Stairs 6pm @ Amoeba
  • Fishbone 11pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) NewVillager 9pm, doors 8pm @ Mondrian
  • Maria Taylor 10:15pm, Big Harp 9:15pm, Dead Fingers 8:30pm @ The Echo
  • (FREE) Youth Brigade, The Bots, SideKick, The Gobshytes @ Slidebar Cafe
  • The Holloys 11pm, Gothic Tropic 10pm, Body Parts 9pm, Steve Heath 12am @ The Satellite
  • Dirty Filthy Mugs, Battle Flask, Informal Society, The Warlords @ Airliner
  • Grieves with Budo 10:45pm, Prof 9:45pm, The Mc Type 9pm @ The Troubadour
  • Shellac, Helen Money @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock
  • A Night of Murder Ballads @ Echoplex
  • Railroad to Alaska 11:30pm, The Mulhollands 10:30pm, Bullet & Snowfox 9:30pm, Ogre Mage 8:30pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • American Royalty 11pm @ The Central SAPC
  • Hello Electric + Steaming Satellites 5pm @ Origami Vinyl

FRIDAY – OCT. 21, 2011

  •  KRS ONE; Per capita; Rise, Consise & Krookid; Ronny North, Frequently Faded; Killjoy 9pm @ The Central SAPC
  • Mason Jennings 10:15pm, Pines 9pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Tamaryn, Devon Williams, Melted Toys @ The Echo
  • The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony @ Pantages Theatre
  • Noah & The Megafauna @ The Satellite
  • The Sparring, The Triggers, Disconnected, Walk Proud, with VERY special guest @ Alex’s Bar
  • Wolfgang Gartner @ The Music Box
  • Pomplamoose 10pm, Louis & Genevieve 9m @ The Troubadour
  • Happy Hollows, Plasma Centre, Peter Pants, Blackstrap Molasses @ the Smell
  • The Do LaB presents Woogie Nights: Android Cartel, Terrakroma, Sammy Bliss @King King
  • Opeth, Katatonia @ Fox Theater Pomona
  • Taylor Locke and the Roughs 11pm, Sabrosa Purr 10pm, Miracle Parade 9pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Shellac, Helen Money @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock
  • Jon Brion @ Largo
  • (FREE) The Brook Lee Catastrophe 7pm @ Origami Vinyl
  • Peewee Moore, The Americans @ Redwood Bar
  • LittleRedLung, Audrey&TheDeer, CarlaWerner @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • At The SkylinesSouthern Lights, One Last Look, A Sinful Attraction, Speaking The Kings, Sleepless In Motion, Aleria, Behold, Anomalies @ The Glass House
  • Bearacuda @ Echoplex

SATURDAY – OCT. 22, 2011

SUNDAY – OCT. 23, 2011

  •  LA 101: The Airborne Toxic Event, Tokyo Police Club, Built To Spill, Delta Spirit, The Drowning Men, Electric Guest, JENNY O @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  •  DJ Shadow @ The Music Box
  •  Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Eric Bellinger plus A Special Guest from TDE @ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
  •  Part Time Punks: John Peel Nite, The Fall, Wedding Present @ The Echo
  • Asian Women on the Telephone, Human Hands @ The Smell
  • Voxhaul Broadcast 10:15pm, Ocean Grove 9:15pm, Robert Schwartzman (of Rooney) 8:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • Theft 10:30pm, Satellite 9:30pm, Act As If 8:30pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Pictureplane @ Constellation Room
  • Bonnie Dune with OH Darling / Jesse Thomas @ The Roxy
  • Magic Christian (featuring Cyril Jordan), Gringo Star, Cellar Doors @ Alex’s Bar

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