Here's a quick overview. I'll definitely be at the Bowl on Sunday. Muse was really good on Wednesday. As ridiculous as their new album is, they play their instruments well and rock.
Raconteurs / Kelley Stoltz @ Wiltern (Sold Out) – You already know that I was a little disappointed by the Raconteurs record but thought they were great live at the Fonda. Plus the Kelley Stoltz record is one of my favorite albums this year. I’ve seen him twice at the Echo and he seemed a bit put off by the experience both times.
Blake Sennet (of Rilo Kiley) / Jake Bellows (of Neva Dinova) @ Spaceland ($8)- Solo performances.
New York Dolls @ Tower Sunset 7:00 PM (Free) – I recently saw them at Spaceland. It was alright.
Blue Cheer / Goblin Cock @ Key Club ($17) – I’m listening to Blue Cheer right now. Only one original member, but if you like Wolfmother and don’t know anything about these guys you should study more rock history. Who the hell put Goblin Cock on this bill? It’s just not right. And how’d they convince Rob Crow to leave San Diego during Comic-Con? Maybe he can’t stand the competition for biggest nerd in San Diego (and I mean that in the best way)?
Imperial Teen @ Knitting Factory ($12 adv / $14 dos) - mid 1990's rockers
Dabrye @ Spaceland ($12) – For the underground rap fans.
Slick Rick @ Viper Room – For the old school hip hop fans.
Giant Village (Downtown) – Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, Deep Dish – this is not my scene.
Michael Hurley @ El Cid ($10) – A lot of music snobs seem to like him. He’s kind of a silly old hippie.
The Probe @ Mr. T’s – Straight up rock’n’roll
The Flaming Lips / Os Mutantes / Thievery Corporation @ Hollywood Bowl (Sold Out) – The new Flaming Lips is probably the most disappointing record of the year so far. They’re on the border of becoming an all-schtick band (hell they’re even doing a show in Dallas with Matisyahu). I still like their back catalogue (particularly Soft Bulletin). Os Mutantes is a great psychedelic Brazilian band (check out their catalogue too). Rita’s not on tour with them, so that’s a little disappointing, but I’m still looking forward to it. Not sure how Thievery Corporation fits into the mix? They’ve got a live band, but I always think of their boring downtempo mixes.
The Clean Prophets @ the Echo (Free) – I posted about them earlier this week. They’ll probably go on pretty late, so even if you’re going to the Bowl you can probably catch them. The Echo’s always happening on Sunday night. Alan McGhee will be there as the guest DJ.
Gnarls Barkley @ Avalon (Sold Out) – I got some remix discs of the album that I’m enjoying much more than the album (because they bring Gorillaz, Outkast and others into the mix).
Mr. Lif / Cage @ Knitting Factory 7:00 PM ($17) – For the underground hip-hop fans.
Oneida / 400 Blows @ Spaceland ($8) – For the heavy, experimental rock fans.