What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Dec. 12 – 18, 2011)

Dinosaur Jr. at House of Blues Sunset – Photo: Sandra Burciaga

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 – Dec. 12, 2011

  •  Watch The Throne: JAY-Z & Kanye West @ STAPLES Center
  • Dinosaur Jr. w/ a live interview by Henry Rollins – support: Pierced Arrows @ Samueli Theater
  • (FREE w/ RSVP) Serenades 9:30pm, Jonny Corndawg 11:30pm, Papa 10:30pm, Lesands (DJ Set) 12am @ Bardot
  •  (FREE) Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Mormons, The Monolators, Seasons @ The Satellite
  • (FREE) Future Dancing, 10:30pm Wires In the Walls 11:30pm, Rene Brenton 9:30pm, Shannon Curtis 8:30pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • (FREE) Light FM 11pm, Wilding 9pm, Summer Darling 10pm, Spero 12am @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Neverever, Residual Echoes, Shark Toys, Tribes @ The Echo
  • (FREE) Free Moral Agents @ Detroit Bar
  • Xyzyx 10:30pm, Elyse and the Aftermath 9:30pm, Young Beautiful In A Hurry 8:45pm Stage 11 8pm, Bella Novela 11:45pm, Solaz 12:45pm @ The Troubadour
  • Wizwars, Baseck, Nvr-Ndr, Wet Mango, Tleilaxu Music Machine, Vyncent Flaw @ Pehrspace
  • Hot Club De L.A. the TWO MAN GENTLEMAN BAND @ Redwood Bar
  • (FREE) Metal Monday – Abysmal Dawn, RELICSEED, KAUSTIK, VALOR & VENGEANCE, MOUTH OF THE SERPENT @ Slidebar Cafe

TUESDAY – Dec. 13, 2011

  • Scratch Acid 10pm, 400 Blows 9pm, doors 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Watch The Throne: JAY-Z & Kanye West 8:45pm – 11:30pm @ STAPLES Center
  • Digitalism 10:15pm, Data Romance 9pm, doors 8pm @ The Music Box
  • Serenades (Shout Out Louds lead singer Adam Olenius) 11pm, RACES 10pm, NO 9pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Queen Kwong 10pm, Stab City 9pm, Rituals 11pm, Not In the Face 8pm @ The Viper Room
  • Black Flamingo 9pm, Seasons 10pm, Kind Hearts and Coronets 11pm, Devendra Banhart (DJ Set) @ The Echo
  • Wheelhouse, Brett Detar, Rachel Dean, Stephen Sowan @ The Satellite
  • Snoop & Wiz- 10:30pm, Snoop Dogg 9:57pm, Wiz Khalifa 9:20pm, YG 8:50pm, Hustle Boys 8:25pm,Chevy Woods 8pm @ The Wiltern
  • Sick of Sarah 8pm, Uberband 11pm, Dirty Pollyanna 9pm, The Lookout Kids 8pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • (FREE) Nate Westerfeld w/ Denny White, Ashley Caille, and The Relative Strangers @ Detroit Bar
  • X: The Unheard Music Event! (Film screening & band Q&A) 7pm @ Amoeba
  • John Wayne Bros, Foxx Hounds @ The Prospector
  • The Quick Hellos 11:15pm, 7Horse 9:45pm, Frankel 10:30pm, Jack Burnside 9:10pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • (FREE) Escalator Hill 9pm, Judson McKinney 10pm, The Far West (Acoustic Set) @ The Central SAPC
  • Toy Drive for the Kids!w/ The Haircuts (ft. Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, and Nick D’Virgilio) 10pm, Steel Toed Slippers 9pm, Heather Stewart 8pm @ The Mint
  • Revolutions Pride @ Redwood Bar

WEDNESDAY – Dec. 14, 2011

  • Dinosaur Jr. (Performing Bug in its entirety) 10:30pm, Pierced Arrows 9pm, and Henry Rollins (Interviewing Dinosaur Jr. live) 10pm, doors 8pm @ The Music Box
  • The Peach Kings 11pm, Auditorium 10pm, Kyle Nicolaides 9pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • The Ettes w/ lots of special guests 8pm @ Steve Allen Theater
  •  Low End Theory w/ Mark De Clive-Lowe, Jonti 10:30pm, Jeremy Sole, JonWayne 12:30am  @ Airliner
  •  The Californian 10pm, The Remainers 9pm, The Ross Sea Party 8pm, Rimpau 11pm @ The Mint
  • Neon Hymns 9:30pm, The Sunshine Factory 11:30pm, Burial At Sea 10:30pm, The Good Rebels 8:30pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Tic Tic Boom 9:30pm, Standing Shadows 10:30pm, Odd Modern 12:30am, Das Tapes 8:30pm @ The Viper Room
  • (FREE before 10pm) Dub Club – Spinning the best in classic reggae, dub and dancehall @ Echoplex
  • La Chamba, DJs Frank Leopold, Noir, Pitxu, Polo @ The Echo
  • The Wellspring 10pm, The Rescues 9pm @ The Hotel Cafe
  • (FREE) Yoya 9:30pm, Our Hospitality 11:30pm, The Georgia Sand 10:30pm @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • Collective 8 Winter Soulstuce ft. Israel Heller 8pm, The Jane Doe’s 9pm, D. Hollywood 9:45pm, The Mowgli’s 10:30pm, Fritz Sender 11:15pm, Sharkitecture 12am, Tom Hamilton 12:45am @ The Central SAPC
  • Vaudeville Night w/ Host CLOWNVIS PRESLEY @ Redwood Bar
  • Gantez Warrior w/ Hindu Pirates, Indian Burn, and Molly’s World @ Detroit Bar

THURSDAY – Dec. 15, 2011

  • Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) 10:15pm, Orgone 9pm, doors 8pm @ Club Nokia
  •  X 9pm, doors 6pm @ The Canyon Club
  • Too Short 11pm, Amber Alert’em 10:30pm, The Natural 10pm, Optimiztiq 9:30pm @ The Viper Room
  • Boom Bip with special guests Eric Avery, Money Mark and Alessandro Cortini 11pm, Sisu 10pm, Square on Square 9pm @ The Satellite
  • White Arrows 11pm, Youngblood Hawke 10pm, Pollyn 9pm @ The Echo
  • The Happy Hollows 11pm, Eastern Conference Champions 10pm, Gothic Tropic 9pm @ Bootleg Bar
  •  Fool’s Gold, Crystal Antlers, G-Side @ El Cid (FREE)
  • Third Man Records Release Show w/John C Reilly, Becky Stark & Tom Brosseau w/ Very Special Guests 8pm, doors 7pm @ Largo At The Coronet
  • The Naked and Famous @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
  • The Steve Miller Band @ Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
  • Mike Bloom 10pm, Nik Freitas 11pm, Spring Standards 8pm, Miracle Parade 9pm @ Silverlake Lounge
  • Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Aaron Gillespie (The Almost), Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou), Ryan O’Neal (Sleeping At Last) – 6:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • White Murder w/ Three Two Ones, The Flytraps @ Detroit Bar
  • Tennis System, Wilding, Open Source Rebellion, Champagne Leader, Iris & more @ Airliner
  • Carina Round w/ special guests 7pm, The Hidden Lines 1030pm, Claam 930pm   @ The Hotel Cafe
  • Verbal Abuse, SS Kailert, Embrace The Kill @ Alex’s Bar
  • Kissing Cousins, The Electra, Ema & Her Lady Parts, Lost Beats @ Lot 1 Cafe
  • MNDSGN @ Los Globos
  • (FREE) Continental, Dime Runner, Daybreaker @ Slidebar Cafe

FRIDAY – Dec. 16, 2011

  • GV30: X, Adolescents, Social Distortion 6pm @ Santa Monica Civic
  • The Mountain Goats, Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats), Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Ivan & Alyosha, La Sera, NO – 6:30pm @ The Troubadour
  • Oh Land 10pm, K. Flay 9pm, doors 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Chris Cornell, Craig Wedren 8pm, doors 7pm @ Orpheum Theatre SOLD-OUT
  • Balam Acab 11:30pm, James Ferraro 10:30pm, oOoOO 9:30pm @ The Echoplex
  •  (FREE) Jeffertiti’s Nile 7pm @ Origami Viny
  •  (FREE w/ RSVP) Nite Jewel 9pm, doors 8pm @ The Mondrian
  •  Superhumanoids 11:30pm, Papa 10:30pm, Writer 9:30pm @ The Echo
  •  Belle Brigade 11pm, Harlan 10pm, Oh Darling 9pm @ The Satellite
  •  Vanaprasta 11pm, Chasing Kings 9pm, The Dead Ships 10pm, The Muddy Reds 8pm @ The Central SAPC
  • DJ Quik @ Grove of Anaheim
  • Revolv featuring the Crystal Method @ Yost Theater
  • Drake w/ J. Cole @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Young The Giant @ Galaxy Theatre
  • Le Castle Vania @ Avalon Hollywood
  • Love Inks 11pm, Willoughby 10pm, El May 9:15pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Camp Freddy and Friends 11pm, Frankie Perez & the Truth 10pm, Drs 9pm  @ The Roxy
  • Rachel Haden @ The Smell
  • So Many Wizards @ Pehrspace
  • Dom Kennedy 10:10pm, Polyester 8:35pm, Erk The Jerk 9:05pm, Skeme 9:30pm @ The Music Box
  • The Comedians of Chelsea Latelywith Ross Mathews , Heather McDonald , Josh Wolf and Jen Kirkman 9pm, doors 8pm @ Club Nokia
  • (FREE) Time & Energy, Keepers of the Sun, Straight Dimes @ Lot 1 Cafe

SATURDAY – Dec. 17, 2011

  • GV30: Bad Religion, Youth Brigade, TSOL 6pm @ Santa Monica Civic
  • Wavves, Abe Vigoda, Fidlar @ Alex’s Bar
  • Baths 10:45pm, DNTEL 9:40pm, Raleigh Moncrief 9pm, doors 8pm @ El Rey Theatre
  • Ziggy Marley 10:15pm, Quinto Sol 9pm, doors 8pm @ Club Nokia
  • Her Space Holiday, Silver Swans, City Light @ The Satellite
  • Cut Chemist (Funky Sole 11-Year Anniversary) @ The Echo
  • Yip Deceiver (Member from Of Montreal) @ The Echoplex
  • Aaron Neville @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex
  • Stevie Wonder’s 16th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert @ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
  • Tori Amos @ Orpheum Theatre
  • Young The Giant @ Galaxy Theatre
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  • The White Buffalo 11pm, Shelby Earl 10pm, Terraplane Sun 9pm @ Bootleg Bar
  • Jazz For The Holidays – Kamasi Washington Quintet, Don Littleton Organ Quartet, Scott Martin Latin Soul Band, Special Guest: Branice McKenzie, MC Horace Mansfield Jr @ The Troubadour
  • A Sophisticates United Christmas With RACS @ Detroit Bar
  • Mickey Avalon with Chanel West Coast / Speedball @ The Roxy

SUNDAY – Dec. 18, 2011

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