Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recent Concert Announcements (Buffalo Springfield!)

Buffalo Springfield Scheduled Two Shows at the Wiltern

The Wiltern
5/1/11: Ballet Folklorico (Friday at 10 AM)
6/4/11 – 6/5/11: Buffalo Springfield (Friday at 10 AM)
6/26/11: Sleep (Thursday at 4 PM)
7/8/11: Eddie Vedder / Glen Hansard (Friday at 10 AM)
7/13/11 – 7/14/11: Widespread Panic (Friday at 11 AM)

The Music Box
4/19/11: Paul Simon (Saturday at 10 AM)

El Rey
6/3/11: The Antlers / Little Scream (Saturday at 10 AM)
6/10/11: Front Line Assembly / Die Krupps (Saturday at 10 AM)
7/7/11: Foster the People (Saturday at 10 AM)
8/12/11: Eels (Saturday at 10 AM)
The Satellite [Ticketfly]
4/30/11: Oh Darling (now)
6/8/11: Correatown (now)
6/9/11: An Horse (now)
6/24/11: Andre Williams / Jail Weddings (now)

Echoplex [Ticketweb]
4/21/11: De/Vision / Mesh (now)
5/6/11: Dirty Vegas (now)
5/8/11: The Meteors / Henchmen (now)
6/2/11: Undertones (now)

The Echo [Ticketweb]
4/24/11: Nobunny / Audacity / Wounded Lion (now)
4/26/11: Carla Morrison (now)
4/28/11: Dirty Beaches / Bell Gardens / Neverever (now)
5/7/11: The 88 / Taylor Locke (now)
5/25/11: White Denim (now)

Staples Center
5/14/11: KIIS FM’s Wango Tango – Ke$ha / JLo / Selena Gomez / Lupe Fiasco / T-Pain / guest appearance from Britney Spears (Saturday at 10 AM)
8/21/11: Sade / John Legend (Monday at 10 AM)

Honda Center
8/31/11: Sade / John Legend (Monday at 10 AM)

Gibson Amphitheatre
7/23/11: Ramon Ayala (Friday at 1 PM)

Nokia Theatre LA Live
6/1/11: Earth Wind & Fire / Aaron Neville (Friday at 10 AM)

The Orpheum
6/10/11: John Prine / Loudon Wainwright III (presale now, password = BROKENHEARTS; Friday at 10 AM)

Fox Theater Pomona
6/15/11: Deftones / The Dillinger Escape Plan (presale now, password = DIAMOND; Friday at 10 AM)

Fairplex Pomona
7/1/11: Warped Tour (Friday at 10 AM)

Ventura County Fairground
7/3/11: Warped Tour (Friday at 10 AM)

Club Nokia
7/15/11: Boys II Men (Friday at 10 AM)
7/21/11: Owl City (presale now, password = ATBAB; Friday at Noon)

Greek Theatre
9/25/11: Amy Grant / Michael W. Smith (Friday at 10 AM)

Troubadour [Ticketfly]
5/16/11: Federico Aubele (Friday at 1 PM)
6/5/11: Stornoway / Sea of Bees (Thursday at 1 PM)

The Glass House [Ticketfly]
6/4/11: The Antlers / Little Scream (Friday at Noon)

Hollywood Forver [Ticketweb]
4/18/11: Broken Social Scene (now – must join fanclub)
6/12/11: Mark Lanegan / Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss (Friday at Noon)

Long Beach Terrace Theater
5/13/11: Gabriel Iglesias (Friday at 10 AM)
7/6/11: Eddie Vedder / Glen Hansard (Friday at 10 AM)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Live Music Options: 3/28/11 - 4/3/11

Sonny & the Sunsets Play the Echo on Friday

I caught Sharon Van Etten's sold out set at the Satellite on Friday. She sounded really good (as always) and has grown a lot as a live performer. Check her out if you get the chance. Kind of an underwhelming line up of shows this week (especially considering last week)...

Monday 3/28/11
[Pick of the Night] Frank Fairfield / Craig Ventresco @ Redwood
[Recommended] Living Things / Bishop v. Spy / Ravi Dhar and the Heartless / Chappo @ The Satellite (Free) – Seems like the draw for tonight is Chappo. Pitchfork has a song for download.
HoneyHoney / Milo Greene / Leftover Cuties @ Bootleg (Free)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ The Echoplex ($15) – Black Crowes fans take note. Chris Robinson on vocals/guitar, Neal Casal on guitar, George Sluppick on drums, Adam MacDougall on keys, Mark “Muddy” Dutton on bass.
Gary Clark Jr. / Bosco Delrey / Julie Feeney @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP) – DJ set by Fred Durst. Big post-SXSW article on Gary Clark Jr. in the WSJ.
Lady Gaga @ Staples Center (Sold Out)
Foot Village / Evangelist / Phelgethon / Corima @ Pehrpsace ($5)
Kenny Rogers @ Grammy Museum ($20)

Tuesday 3/29/11
[Pick of the Night] Incan Abraham / A House for Lions @ The Echo ($5) – One of Time Magazine’s favorite acts of SXSW. They’ve also got a free show coming up later this month at the Bootleg.
JJAMZ (Jason Boesel, James Valentine, Alex Greenwald, Michael Runion, Z Berg) / Nik Freitas / Catwalk @ The Satellite ($10) – Members of Rilo Kiley, Maroon 5, Phantom Planet and the Like.
Royksopp / Jon Hopkins @ The Wiltern ($35 - $45) – Veteran Norwegians.
The Sounds @ Avalon ($35)
Washington / Young Hunting / Annie Stela @ Bootleg ($10)
OMD / Mackintosh Braun @ The Music Box (Sold Out)
Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm @ Largo ($25)
Hi Ho Silver Oh / Escalator Hill / Sue Scrofa @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Sum 41 @ The Glass House ($18)

Wednesday 3/30/11
[Pick of the Night] Low End Theory: Jon Hopkins / Mike Gao / Mothership Collective @ Airliner ($10)
Ice Cube @ House of Blues Sunset ($50)
Kozmonaut / Kill the Academy / Truly Blessed / Bradley Riot & the Blackhands @ Troubadour ($5)
Travie McCoy / Donnis / Black Cards / XV and Bad Rabbits @ El Rey
Air Sex Championships @ The Satellite ($12) – Based out of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. Like air guitar, but simulated sex with an imaginary partner.
Dub Club Japan Benefit: Chris Murray Combo / Queen P and the Apologies @ Echoplex (Free before 10 PM, $5 after)
Wayne White @ Largo ($20)
Kem / Timothy Bloom @ Club Nokia ($20 - $75)
Goldenspell / The Colourist / Hello Echo / The Airlines / Port St. Willow @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) 

Thursday 3/31/11
[Pick of the Night] Crystal Antlers / Hanni El Khatib / Toddacity @ Alex’s Bar in Long Beach ($5)
[Recommended] Low End Theory Loves Japan Benefit @ Echoplex ($12) – All the residents and special guests.
The Entrance Band / Big Search / Matt Baldwin @ The Satellite ($10) – I heard there might have been some nudity at last week’s Entrance Band show.
The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon) @ the Echo ($15)
ZooBombs / Rough Kids / Million Kids @ Redwood
Galactic / Cyril Neville / Corey Henry / John Brown’s Body @ El Rey ($25) – A night of music from New Orleans.
Trashcan Sinatras @ Bootleg ($20)
Lustra / Accidents of Birth / Sons of the Lawless @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Donut / Air Surgeon / Ezra Buchla / Coup Pigeons @ The Smell ($5)
She Wants Revenge / The Californian @ The Glass House ($20)
R. Carlos Nakai @ Grammy Museum ($15)
Ringside / Dynamite Walls / Useless Keys @ The Roxy

Friday 4/1/11
[Pick of the Week] Sonny & the Sunsets / The Sandwitches / Oberhofer @ The Echo ($12) – You know you’re a talented songwriter if you can get Kelley Stoltz to join your band.
[Recommended] Southeast Engine / Whispering Pines / The Fantastic Harlan Jones Band @ The Satellite ($10) – Southeast Engine’s latest record is a concept album about a family in Ohio struggling through the Great Depression. You can stream the full record HERE.
[Recommended] Odd Future @ The Glass House (Sold Out) – One of the most talked about acts coming out of SXSW.
[Recommended] Robyn Hitchcock, Grant Lee Phillips and Jon Brion @ Largo (Sold Out)
[Recommended] Dead Meadow / Imaad Wasif / The Allah Las @ Bordello ($5)
The Pinker Tones / Ceci Bastida @ Natural History Museum ($14) – Spanish electro-pop.
Olafur Arnalds @ Bootleg ($15)
ZooBombs / Black Tibetans / The Volcanics / Dragnews @ Redwood
Ice Cube @ Grove of Anaheim ($44)
Gangi / Dreamtapes @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM
Bronto Skylift @ Five Star Bar - Noisy duo out of Glasgow that reminds me of bands I liked in college like June of 44 and Shellac.
Viza / Red Snow / Valleycircle / Oh So Wild / Wall of Lions @ Troubadour ($15)
Dierks Bentley / Josh Thompson / Miss Willie Brown @ Club Nokia ($35 - $45)
Uh Huh Her / Diamonds Under Fire @ El Rey ($25)
Love Grenades / Odd Modern @ Echoplex ($8)
Yellowthief / Upsilon Acrux / Zevious / Hiking @ The Smell ($5)
Royal Crown Revue @ The Mint ($18)

Saturday 4/2/11
Bill Frisell Trio takes on Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison @ Royce Hall ($33 - $49)
Candye Kane Band / Julie Christensen / City Fritter w/ Johnny Nation @ The Satellite ($15) - Benefit for Marty Nation. All Music calls her an updated version of Bessie Smith.
Celso Pina / La Santa Cecilia / Buyepongo / DJ Mexican Dubwiser @ Troubadour ($20)
Bronto Skylift @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM; Noisy duo out of Glasgow that reminds me of bands I liked in college like June of 44 and Shellac.
Prince Royce @ Club Nokia ($55 - $95)
Ben Ottewell / Bubble and Strife @ Bootleg ($15)
The Thrilling Adventure Hour @ Largo (Sold Out)
Steve Aoki / Tiga / Dada Life @ Hollywood Palladium ($75) – People will pay $75 to see Steve Aoki? Or is that for these other people?
Steel Tigers of Death @ Bootleg ($5)
Fitz and the Tantrums @ Detroit Bar ($15)
Ani DiFranco / Animal Prufrock @ House of Blues Anaheim ($37)
Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness: Jimmy Kimmel / Patton Oswalt / Ray Romano / Jim Jefferies / Bill Burr / Steve-O / Doug Benson / Axis of Awesome / Cleto and the Cletones @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($40 - $122)

Sunday 4/3/11
[Pick of the Night] Talib Kweli / David Banner / 9th Wonder / Fashawn @ Club Nokia ($30 - $35) – Super talented rapper.
Storytime Funland  / The Hollow Trees @ McCabe’s ($8) – Kids’ show at 11:00 AM
Bronto Skylift @ The Down & Out - Noisy duo out of Glasgow that reminds me of bands I liked in college like June of 44 and Shellac.
Miracle Parade / Soft Pipes @ The Satellite (Free)
Dan Bern / Common Rotation @ Bootleg ($15)
Black Elephant / Pangea / Heller Keller / Fatty Dearest @ The Smell ($5)
Love of Ivy / Barrio Tiger / Sugar Sugar Sugar @ Redwood
Dave Alvin / Chris Smither / Peter Case @ McCabe’s (Sold Out)
Haroula Rose @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM
Bill Frisell Trio takes on Buster Keaton @ Royce Hall ($33)

Friday, March 25, 2011

SXSW 2011 Recap

Thursday 3/17/11
After a painless, non-stop flight from LAX, we arrived at the Austin airport at 2:35 PM. We grabbed our rental car and dropped off our bags at our not-so luxurious hotel north of the city on I-35. Starving, we jumped back in the rental and pointed it south towards Guero’s.  My favorite thing about Guero’s has always been the Margaritas. They don’t screw around with off-the-shelf sickly, sweet margarita mix – it’s fresh-squeezed lime juice and Cointreau. At times, this can make for some pretty sour margaritas, but mixed with some delicious Tres Generaciones tequila and it’s alright with me.  And the chips and salsa at the Mexican restaurants in Texas are so good. They tend to lean towards those really thin chips.  The food itself at Guero’s has never blown me away, but it’s always good. Today I had one Al Pastor taco and one Chicken Al Carbon taco. My inner 15 year old was geeking out because Mike Mills from R.E.M. was sitting at the table next to us.
After eating lunch so late, dinner didn’t really creep into our thoughts until after 11:00 PM. You’d think that in a college town with such a great reputation for its nightlife, there would be a plethora of options, but there really isn’t. We walked into Casino El Camino for one of the best burgers in town, but it was just too packed. Since we’d originally planned on eating migas everyday, we decided to try Kerbey Lane next. We hopped in our car and drove to the location on South Lamar, only to discover that they were on an hour long wait. We had late night plans, so that wasn’t really in the cards. Somewhat reluctantly we pulled into the Taco Cabana parking lot (not that there’s anything wrong with Taco Cabana). The Taco Cabana on South Lamar was the site of the first meal I ever had as an Austin resident back in 1999, so there was even a little sentimental value to the meal (I distinctly remember watching a giant cockroach run across the salsa bar as if to say “you’re a Texas resident now my friend”). After downing my Super Tex Mex plate (cheese enchilada, crispy taco, bean and cheese chalupa and quacamole) I felt revived.
Friday 3/18/11
My first thought upon waking up was “shit my back hurts from this awful mattress” but my second thought was Magnolia for migas. After showering, I decided I’d rather go somewhere with a TV so we could watch some March Madness. As my hunger grew, I though comfort food. I pointed the Sebring south towards Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road. Usually when I go to Hoover’s I get the ½ BBQ Chicken. A lot of the barbecue chicken I’ve ordered at restaurants is super dry and gets stuck in my throat. But not at Hoover’s; Hoover Alexander makes some of the moistest, most flavorful chicken I’ve eaten anywhere. But today I was craving chicken fried chicken (probably because you rarely see it on a menu in Los Angeles).  Best decision ever. At most places chicken fried chicken is served with a steak knife, but not at Hoover’s. The chicken is so moist and tender, that your fork easily cuts through it.  The batter and creamy gravy are delicious too. SL ordered the gumbo and a side of mac ’n’ cheese. The gumbo had a really pretty, dark roux. It was honestly better than any of the gumbo we managed to get on our last trip to New Orleans. The mac ‘n’ cheese was just ok.
March Madness interfered with our dinner plans. I had plans to watch my Jayhawks with my old college roommate. Champions at 4th and Trinity is totally convenient to downtown/SXSW action. I ate some pretty good Wings with classic spicy sauce and the Jayhawks won. Success. 
Late night shenanigans led to late night hunger. I tried to convince SL to settle for the Burger King next to our hotel. She insisted on driving around until we found a Whataburger. After one taquito with bacon, egg and cheese, I passed out. Slight acid reflux ensued.
Saturday 3/19/11
On Saturday morning we had plans to meet some friends at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q  on South Capital of Texas Highway. When you factor in drive time, waiting in line and overall quality of food – Rudy’s is my favorite barbecue place to hit during SXSW. Some people knock it because it’s a “chain” (30 locations mostly in Texas) but those people obviously haven’t tried to find good barbecue in Los Angeles. My stomach was growling as I watched the TV displaying the “Cutter’s Cam” – a camera trained on the guy in the back slicing the brisket. SL and I ordered 3 pork ribs, ½ pound of moist brisket, ½ sausage link, 1 small potato salad, 1 small cole slaw and a small side of beans. The brisket was delicious -completely moist and flavorful. The ribs beat anything I can find in LA, but too fall-off-the-bone for me to really love them. I tend to like a little chew in my rib and I could literally pull these off the bone with my fingers. The sausage was very good and the sides were pretty good for a barbecue spot (but sides really aren’t the point). Overall, a very good experience (and all that food cost us under $25 with fountain drinks).
After fighting a few crowds, we decided we needed an afternoon snack. Since we were in the neighborhood, we stopped in at Perla’s on South Congress. SL overhead some women in the bathroom talking about their trust funds and shortly thereafter a woman approached her to ask about her nose “I’m shopping noses right now.” Weird. When in Rome…I ordered a sazerac and SL ordered a champagne cocktail – both were good. Some tuna tartare and a couple of oyster shooters later and we were revived. Total bill, before tip, was around $50 (ouch).
 After that monster feast at lunch, we didn’t start to get hunger pangs until around 9:30 PM. We briefly considered our downtown dining options before deciding to get in our car and drive to one of the restaurants I ate at the most when I lived in Austin (because I could walk there) – Trudy’s. When you’re a student at UT and don’t have any Friday classes, nothing beats heading to Trudy’s on Thursday afternoon after class for some margaritas. SL prefers Tex-Mex to the regional style Mexican cuisines, so I figured Trudy’s might satisfy that craving. One of the things Trudy’s is known for is their Mexican Martinis. The server brings out a regular sized cocktail shaker full of margarita and a martini glass with olives. They’ll only serve you two of them. Another great item on their menu is their queso; it’s almost impossible to get good queso in LA. Trudy’s queso is not too thick with lots of peppers in it. I had a combo plate with a chicken enchilada and beef taco. Nothing revelatory, but damn good.
Sunday 3/20/11
On Sunday morning we woke and went to Spider House for some coffee. There’s not a whole lot of Slacker-era Austin left, but Spider House (although it’s expanded quite a bit) is sort of close. With all those monstrous condo complexes and the gentrification of East Austin, sometimes I miss that old Slacker-era of Austin.
After the caffeine fix, we jumped in the Sebring for Lockhart. While Austin is the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” Lockhart is the self-proclaimed “Barbecue Capital of Texas.” Located about 30 miles southeast of Austin, Lockhart is home to three very famous barbecue joints: Smitty’s, Black’s and Kreuz. Since Kreuz is closed on Sundays, we decided to try our luck at Smitty’s (which is actually housed in Kreuz Market’s original space). The line at Smitty’s didn’t look too ridiculous, but damn did it move slowly. The first thing you notice when you finally get inside is that there’s a pile of burning wood on the floor. I’m not really sure what that’s for (I’m guessing smell/ambiance so that smell of wood stays with you until you change your clothes and shower)? SL went inside to the side/drink line and I ordered the meat: ½ pound of pork ribs, 1 pound of brisket and 1 hot ring (sausage). The total cost for the meat was around $18. The sausage was fantastic - probably the best I’ve ever had. The casing is a little thick, but the contents were delicious. I know I complained about the ribs at Rudy’s not having enough chew, but the ribs at Smitty’s probably had too much chew (it’s a very fine line). There was a nice smoke ring, but just a tiny bit too tough. I tend to remove the membrane when I make ribs, but at Smitty’s they leave it on. It’s all personal preference. The brisket however, was delicious. No complaints there. Great flavor. I was torn about whether or not to try the prime rib, and ultimately decided to skip it. Next time I’m going to try that prime rib. The sides were passable. SL actually really liked the watery beans. And contrary to what I’d read – they do have barbecue sauce at Smitty’s. I don’t recommend it at all (way too sweet), but if catch them on a bad day and your meat is super dry, it’s available.
Later in the afternoon March Madness was in full effect. Unable to find parking at the Tavern, we headed to Third Base to watch the Longhorns and then Jayhawks play. We got some queso (it was no Trudy’s, but still pretty good for a sports bar) and watched UT lose and KU win. Boo Texas.
 Once again, and after all that fatty food, we didn’t really get hungry for dinner until around 10:30. I did a quick internet search for “late night dining Austin” and the name Justine’s popped up.  We pointed the Sebring eastward and drove. Located in a house in (far) East, industrial Austin, Justine’s (a French brasserie) was packed at 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. The host said it might be 45 minutes so we went to the bar and got some wine. Those first glasses were not cheap ($13) but they were good. After about 30 minutes we were seated. I ended up ordering the fish special (can’t remember the details) and SL ordered a salad and French Onion Soup. My fish was delicious. SL’s food was really good too. Cool ambiance, attentive service and really good food. It was a pleasant surprise.
Monday 3/21/11
With most of the SXSW attendees gone, we finally made it to Magnolia for migas. They did not disappoint.
For our last meal in Austin, we opted for Salt Lick at the airport. SL ordered a brisket sandwich and I ordered a turkey sandwich. Both are just coated in their disgusting barbecue sauce. When I’ve eaten at the restaurant I’ve always skipped the sauce, but today I forgot. Missed opportunity…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Recent Live Music Announcements

My Morning Jacket Schedule a Local Show

Pantages Theatre
6/22/11: My Morning Jacket (presale Friday at 10 AM; public Saturday at 10 AM)

El Rey
4/29/11: Jet Life Tour – Curren$y / Trademark / Young Rodddy (Saturday at 10 AM)
5/25/11: Noah and the Whale / Apex Manor (Thursday at 10 AM)
5/26/11: Stiff Little Fingers / Sharks (Thursday at 10 AM)
6/7/11: Death Cab For Cutie / The Lonely Forest (Saturday at 10 AM)

The Echo
Mondays in May – Bixby Knolls
Mondays in June – Dante Vs. Zombies
Mondays in July – Hanni El Khatib

3/31/11: Low End Theory Benefit (now)

Fox Theater Pomona
6/2/11: Arctic Monkeys / The Vaccines (presale Thursday at 10 AM, password = PEDICURE; Friday at 10 AM)

The Music Box
6/11/11: Jenny and Johnny / La Sera (Friday at 10 AM)

Oak Canyon Ranch
7/2/11: Hootenanny – Dropkick Murphys / Reverend Horton Heat / Murder City Devils / Supersuckers / Swingin’ Utters / Royal Crown Revue / John Doe (Saturday at 10 AM)

LA Historic Park
8/6/11: HARD – First stage announced - DFA Tent [James Murphy and Pat Mahoney Disco DJ Set / Holy Ghost! / Shit Robot / Still Going] (now)

Verizon Wireless
5/25/11: System of a Down / Gogol Bordello (Saturday at 10 AM)

Gibson Amphitheatre
6/11/11: Expose / Lisa Lisa / Debbie Deb / Cover Girls / Stacy Q (Saturday at 10 AM)
9/7/11: Def Leppard / Heart (Friday at 10 AM)

Hollywood Palladium
5/14/11: Above & Beyond (Monday at 10 AM)

Greek Theatre [subscriptions HERE]
5/27/11: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (presale Thursday at 10 AM, password = BONZO; Friday at 10 AM)
5/28/11: War / Tower of Power (presale Thursday at 10 AM, password = WINE; Friday at 10 AM)
6/11/11: Jethro Tull (presale Thursday at 10 AM, password = AQUALUNG; Friday at 10 AM)
6/16/11: Youssou N’Dour / Angelique Kidjo / Vusi Mahlasela (presale Thursday at 10 AM, password = MBALAX; Friday at 10 AM)

5/24/11: Sam Roberts Band / Motopony (Friday at 1:00 PM)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Live Music Options: 3/21/11 - 3/27/11

Fresh & Onlys Play Tuesday at the Echo

This is posted from the past. Hopefully I see some of these bands while I'm in Austin...

Monday 3/21/11
[Pick of the Night] Frank Fairfield @ Redwood Bar
[Recommended] Living Things / Kids of 88 / Bloodgroup @ The Satellite (Free) – Kids of 88 are a self-proclaimed “slutty new wave/electro duo.” Bloodgroup are from Iceland.
[Recommended] Spirit Vine / Mi Gu / Wet & Reckless / Sister Crayon @ The Echo (Free)
Bowery Beasts / The Damn Sons / Traps PS / Slpwlkrs / The Black and Reds @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Girl Talk @ Palladium (Sold Out)
Teddy Thompson / DJ Elijah Wood @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP)

Tuesday 3/22/11
[Pick of the Week] Strange Boys / Fresh & Onlys / Natural Child @ The Echo ($10) – I’ve been dying to see the Fresh & Onlys.
[Recommended] Raphael Saadiq / Quadron @ The Music Box ($30) – Talented soul singer.
[Recommended] The Soundtrack of Our Lives / Nico Stai @ Echoplex ($15) – TSOOL put on a good live show.
[Recommended] Viva Voce / Damien Jurado / The Jezabels @ The Satellite ($14) – I’ve always been a Damien Jurado fan.
Ebsen and the Witch / Julianna Barwick / Native Fauna @ Bootleg ($12) – Ebsen & the Witch are an interesting new goth-y band.
Destroyer / The War on Drugs / Devon Williams @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – I’ve never been a big Destroyer fan, but I do recognize their appeal.
George Glass / Radars to the Sky / Les Blanks / Mama’s Joy @ LaBrie’s (Free) – I’ve always been a Les Blanks fan.
City and Colour / Gord Downlie / Dan Romano @ El Rey (Sold Out)
If By Yes with Nels Cline & Trevor Dunn @ Largo ($25)
Otis Heat / The Diamond Light / Terraplane Sun @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Moses Campbell / Chung Antique @ The Smell ($5)
Voxhaul Broadcast @ Amoeba (Free) – 7:00 PM
Best Supporting Actress / K’Tel 79 @ Lot 1 Café ($5)
Toro Y Moi / Cloud Nothings @ Detroit Bar ($12)

Wednesday 3/23/11
[Pick of the Night] Raphael Saadiq @ Grammy Museum (Sold Out)
Toro Y Moi / Braids / Cloud Nothings @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Acid Mothers Temple / Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers @ The Satellite ($12) - Japanese weirdos.
Liam Finn / The Luyas @ The Autry ($15)
O’Death / David Dondero / Franz Nicolay @ The Echo ($12)
The Watkins Family @ Largo ($25)
Ponderosa / Black Apples @ Bootleg ($8)
The Novocaines / Hot Panda / Cannoneers / Enfant Terrible @ Silverlake Lounge ($10)
Early Winters / The Jezabels @ Hotel Café
Low End Theory @ Airliner ($10)
Watch It Sparkle / Hello My Name is Red / The Bellhaunts / The Level Spirits @ The Redwood

Thursday 3/24/11
[Pick of the Night] Wye Oak / Callers @ The Echo ($10) – The new Wye Oak is their best yet. And they’re a good live band too.
[Recommended] Strange Boys / Natural Child / White Fence @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($10) – If you’re busy on Tuesday and can’t make the show at the Echo.
The Backbeats / Street Corner Symphony / On the Rocks @ Troubadour ($15) – Did you watch “The Sing-Off?” These are some of the competitors.
Wizards & Stars: A Literary and Musical Celebration with Paul Myers & Scott Miller @ Largo ($25)
The Hours / Army Navy @ Bootleg ($10)
Olentangy John / Driftwood Singers / Harlowe and the Great North Woods / Tommy Santee Klaws @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Ed Kowalczyk / Ha Ha Tonka @ Hotel Café
OMD @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM
King Tuff / Apache / The Audacity / Crazy Band / Cosmonauts @ Five Stars Bar ($10)
Ximena Sarinana @ Detroit Bar ($15)

Friday 3/25/11
[Pick of the Night] Sharon Van Etten / Little Scream / Ivan & Alyosha @ The Satellite ($12) – I caught her set at the Aquarium Drunkard’s Waved Out fest last Fall.
[Recommended] Say Hi / The Parson Red Heads / The Yellow Ostrich / Blair @ The Echo ($12) - I haven’t see The Parson Red Heads since they moved away.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($25) – Always an impressive show.  
Thee Oh Sees / DOM @ Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock ($12)
Rainbow Arabia / Spoek Mathambo / mathewdavid @ Echoplex ($12) – Spoek Mathambo’s supposed to be interesting.
Grouplove / Le Sands / Hanni El Khatib @ Troubadour ($12) – Hanni El Khatib’s getting a lot of positive buzz right now.  
OMD / Oh Land @ The Music Box (Sold Out)
Asking Alexandria @ Fox Theater Pomona ($21)
Kenny Loggins @ Grove of Anaheim ($45 - $75)
Black Love / Blacke Elephant / Black Jesus / Black Sand Desert @ The Smell ($5)
Radioactive Chicken Heads / Stab City / Jew Cocks / Unstoppable Death Machines @ The Mime ($5)
Tecumseh / Ezra Buchla / Rale / Pedestrian Deposit @ Pehrspace ($5)
Los Lonely Boys @ Grammy Museum ($20)
Har Mar Superstar / The Weekend Pilots / No More Kings @ Viper Room ($10)
Bone Thugs & Harmony @ Galaxy Theatre

Saturday 3/26/11
[Pick of the Night] DOM / Miniature Tigers / Heavy Hawaii @ The Satellite ($10) – Some of the DOM stuff I’ve heard is pretty cool. Pitchfork seems to really like them (but don’t hold that against them).
[Recommended] Patton Oswalt @ Largo (Sold Out) – Funny man.
[Recommended] Slick Rick @ Key Club ($22) – The Ruler
[Recommended] Sharon Van Etten / Little Scream @ Detroit Bar ($12) – If you live down South and miss the show at the Satellite.
MEN / Psychic Friend @ Echoplex ($12)
Lady Danville / Family of the Year / Voxhaul Broadcast / Live Oak Revue @ Troubadour ($12)
Seth MacFarlane @ Club Nokia ($30 - $150) – The creator of Family Guy performs with a 36 piece orchestra.
Melanie Fiona / Timothy Bloom @ El Rey ($25)
Aussie BBQ: Maniac / Andy Clockwise / Dan Brodie & the Grieving Widows / Grand Atlantic / Level Spirits / The Boat People / Wagons / Dash & Will / Novacaines / Hungry Kids of Hungary @ The Echo ($15) – Doors at Noon
Girl Talk @ Palladium ($36)
Habib Koite / Oliver Mtukudzi / Afel Bocoum @ Royce Hall ($43 - $68)
The 88 / Wakey!Wakey! @ Hotel Café
Good Charlotte @ House of Blues Sunset
Captain Ahab vs. Kevin Blechdom / Marklion / Opera Mort / Caldera Lakes @ The Smell ($5)
Bone Thugs & Harmony @ Galaxy Theatre

Sunday 3/27/11
Gold Panda / Dam Mantle @ Troubadour ($12)
Neil Hamburger @ The Satellite ($8)
Part Time Punks: Factory Records Night – Boy Division (Joy Division cover band) @ The Echo ($5)
Alvin Love @ Hotel Café

Thursday, March 17, 2011

You Set the Scene at SXSW

If you want to hear/read my thoughts on SXSW, follow me on Twitter. I probably won't post anything on here during the festival...

Twitter: @yousetthescene

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recent Concert Announcements

Itching To See Lauryn Hill But Shut Out of Coachella?

Greek Theatre [subscriptions HERE]
5/27/11: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
5/28/11: War / Tower of Power
6/4/11: REO Speedwagon / Rick Springfield
6/11/11: Jethro Tull
6/16/11: Youssou N’Dour / Angelique Kidjo / Vusi Mahlasela
6/23/11: Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
6/24/11: Deep Purple
7/8/11 – 7/9/11: Steely Dan
7/10/11: 70’s Soul Jam – The Stylistics / The Temptations Review / The Dramatics / Heatwave / The Delfonics
7/16/11: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork
7/25/11 – 7/26/11: Sugarland
7/29/11: Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos
7/30/11: Peter Frampton
7/31/11: George Thorogood / Kenny Wayne Shepherd
8/2/11: Yes / Styx
8/3/11: Lykke Li
8/4/11: Hippie Fest – Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Caveliere’s Rascals, Gary Wright
8/6/11: Funk Fest – Morris Day, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, One Way with Al Hudson, Dazz Band, Mary Jane Girls
8/12/11: The Decemberists
8/13/11 – 8/14/11: Gipsy Kings
8/17/11: Go Go’s
8/18/11 – 8/19/11: Death Cab For Cutie
8/26/11: Atmosphere
9/23/11: Cheap Trick’s Dream Police
9/25/11: Amy Grant / Michael W. Smith
10/5/11 – 10/6/11: Furthur
10/26/11: Celtic Thunder

El Rey
5/9/11: KT Tunstall / Charlie Mars and Miggs (Saturday at 10 AM)
6/13/11: Brendan Perry & Robin Guthrie (now)

Nokia Theatre LA Live
5/29/11: Joaquin Sabina (Thursday at 10 AM)
6/8/11: Video Games Live – Bonus Round (Friday at 10 AM)

Club Nokia
4/18/11: Lauryn Hill (Friday at 10 AM)
7/21/11: Owl City / Mat Kearney (presale 3/22; on sale 4/1/11)

John Anson Ford
4/29/11: The Airborne Toxic Event with The Calder Quartet (Saturday at 10 AM)

Fox Theater Pomona
6/3/11: Flogging Molly (Saturday at 10 AM)
7/23/11: Owl City / Mat Kearney (presale 3/22; on sale 4/1/11)

The Satellite [via Ticketfly]
3/29/11: JJAMZ [Jason Boesel, James Valentine, Alex Greenwald, Michael Runion, Z Berg] (now)
4/5/11: White Sea (now)
4/13/11: Duniven / Robotanists (now)

Echoplex [Ticketweb]
5/6/11: Dirty Vegas (now)
5/21/11: Houses (now)
7/5/11: Seefeel (now)

The Echo [Ticketweb]
5/3/11: Beach Fossils / Craft Spells (now)
5/18/11: Johnny Flynn (now)
5/31/11: Eternal Summers / The Beets (now)
6/5/11: 14 Iced Bears with Phil Wilson / Aberdeen (now)

The Wiltern
6/21/11: Panic at the Disco (Saturday at 10 AM)

Bootleg Theater [Ticketfly]
5/21/11: Rival Schools (now)
5/27/11: Joan as Police Woman (now)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Live Music Options: 3/14/11 - 3/20/11

As the music world descends upon Austin...there are still a few shows worth checking out around town.

Monday 3/14/11
[Pick of the Night] Bowery Beasts / Peg Leg Love / John Carpenter / Billie Jack @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – I dig that John Carpenter man.  
[Recommended] Frank Fairfield / Ari Shine @ Redwood
[Recommended] Spirit Vine / Dante vs. Zombies / Rumspringa @ The Echo (Free)
Tahiti 80 / Maniac @ Troubadour ($15) – French pop. I used to really like these guys, but haven’t heard them in a while.
Living Things @ The Satellite (Free) – Living Things continue their residency. The opening bands all had visa issues, so I’m not sure who else is on the bill.
We Are Scientists / Polock / Ron Sexsmith @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP)
HoneyHoney / The Wild Feathers / Milo Greene @ Bootleg (Free)
Tujunga / Injured Ninja / Forced Into Femininity @ Pehrspace ($5)
Datarock @ Detroit Bar ($15)
Computer Magic @ Origami (Free) – 7:00 PM

Tuesday 3/15/11
[Pick of the Night] The Smiths Indeed (a tribute from England) / The Remainers @ The Satellite ($10) – Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Queen Is Dead. Sometimes it’s nice to see a cover band.
Noah & the Whale / Luke Rathborne @ Troubadour (Sold Out)
Alpine Decline / Residual Echoes @ The Echo ($5)
Family Band / Papercranes / The Moor @ Bootleg ($10)
Tapes ‘n Tapes @ Detroit Bar ($14)
Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule @ Largo ($25)
Treason / Artilleri / Number 2 @ Silverlake Lounge ($5)
Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death / Crazy Band / Mikki and the Mauses @ The Smell ($5)
Poop / Duchess Desade @ Redwood

Wednesday 3/16/11
[Pick of the Night] Low End Theory: Dibiase / Mono Poly / Tricky T @ Airliner ($10) – Thom Yorke DJ’ed here last week.
[Recommended] Spain / Rats @ The Satellite ($8) – It’s been a while since Josh Haden’s put out a record, but She Haunts My Dreams is still a really good record.
Wilding / Polls / Space Waves @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Liz Phair / Cathy @ Troubadour ($25) – Her new stuff doesn’t really hold up to Exile in Guyville.  
Dub Club: Prezident Brown / Quinto Sol @ Echoplex ($10 - $15)
The Apple Sisters @ Largo ($25)
State Radio / The Tontons @ The Glass House ($20)

Thursday 3/17/11
[Pick of the Night] Le Switch / Sounds of Asteroth / Last Round Down @ The Echo (Free) – I’m still a big fan of Le Switch.
[Recommended] The Entrance Band / White Fence / Farmer Dave Scher @ The Satellite ($10) – I’m a fan of Farmer Dave.
State Radio / The Tontons @ Troubadour ($20)
Antenna the End / Big Black Delta / Old Codes @ Silverlake Lounge ($5)
The Dustbowl Revival / Paul Chesne Band / Hobo Jazz @ Redwood
Manic Hispanic @ The Roxy ($15)
KRS-One @ Detroit Bar ($15)

Friday 3/18/11
[Pick of the Night] George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($34 - $101) – He’s getting a bit older, but when I saw him years ago it was really good.
[Recommended] The 88 / Douglas Lee / Pan Am / Linda Draper @ Hotel Café
The Ex / Death Sentence: Panda @ The Satellite ($15) – Political Dutch veteran punks get compared to Crass. I’m honestly not too familiar with their tunes. They’ve worked with Sonic Youth and Steve Albini.  
The Dan Band @ The Music Box ($40)
Sarah Silverman @ Largo ($25)
Lava Band @ Bootleg ($15)
House of Pain / Big B / Dirtball / Sozay @ House of Blues Sunset ($26)
The Byron Berline Band @ McCabe’s ($20)
The Neighborhood / Haunted Tiger / Schoenberg Knife Fight Ensemble / Zaptra @ Lot 1 Café ($5)
Boats! / Underground Railroad to Candyland / Jus’ Folks / Bad Antics @ Redwood
Young Dubliners @ Key Club ($20 - $69)

Saturday 3/19/11
[Pick of the Week] Devo / The Octopus Project @ Club Nokia ($35 - $100) – It’s impossible to not have a good time at
Girl Talk / Max Tundra / Junk Culture @ Fox Theater Pomona ($27) – I saw Girl Talk at the Echo a few years back and I was the asshole in the back with my arms crossed.
Big Dick / Brendan Hines / LA Soul Project / The Chisels @ The Satellite ($8) – Big Dick is a female fronted Little Richard cover band featuring Darren from Airborne Toxic Event.
Sister Spit @ The Echo ($5) – Early show at 6:00 PM
Capital Cities / Alex Kemp / Audiafauna / Indigo Child / Ben Osipo @ Troubadour ($12)
Paul F. Tompkins 9th Anniversary @ Largo (Sold Out)
Wild Up / David Shane Smith @ Bootleg ($15)
Go Home – Ben Goldberg, Charlie Hunter, Ellery Eskelin, Scott Amendola @ McCabe’s ($22.50)
DJ Quik @ Key Club ($30 - $105)
House of Pain / Big B / Dirtball / Sozay @ House of Blues Anaheim ($26)

Sunday 3/20/11
[Pick of the Night] Soundtrack of Our Lives @ Detroit Bar ($20) – Really good Swedish band. I’ve seen them a couple of times.
Raul Malo @ Hotel Café ($20)
Part Time Punk – Depeche Mode and Cure Night @ Echoplex ($5)  
Selena Gomez / Jonas Brothers @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($34 - $171)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Recent Live Music Announcements

The Music Box
4/20/11: Ellie Goulding (now)
5/13/11: The Kills / Cold Cave (Saturday at 10 AM)
6/15/11: Matt & Kim / Autobot from Flosstradamus / The Thermals (now)

Troubadour [Ticketfly]
5/23/11: James Blake (Saturday at 1:00 PM)
6/2/11: Dennis Coffey and Friends / Breakestra (Friday at 1:00 PM)
6/19/11: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit / Maria Taylor (now)

The Glass House [Ticketfly]
4/1/11: Odd Future (now)
4/23/11: Daedelus / Tokimonsta / Shlohmo (now)
5/6/11: Corin Tucker (Friday at Noon)

The Satellite  [Ticketfly]
5/5/11: Corin Tucker (now)

Fox Theater Pomona
4/14/11: Duran Duran (Friday at 10 AM)

Nokia Theatre LA Live
4/19/11: Tina Fey – A Conversation with Steve Martin (Friday at 10 AM)

El Rey
4/19/11: Plan B (Friday at 10 AM)
4/21/11: Emmylou Harris (Saturday at 10 AM)
5/7/11: Ceu (Saturday at 10 AM)
5/14/11: Peter Bjorn and John / Bachelorette (Friday at 10 AM)

Gibson Amphitheater
4/29/11: Too $hort / Ja Rule / Xzibit / Digital Underground / Kurupt / Tha Alkaholiks (Saturday at 10 AM)

4/21/11: Lil Wayne / Nikki Minaj / Rick Ross / Travis Barker (Saturday at 10 AM)

Hollywood Palladium
4/18/11: Kid Cudi / Chip Tha Ripper (Friday at 10 AM)
6/3/11: Arctic Monkeys (Friday at 10 AM)

Hollywood Bowl
9/18/11: The National / Neko Case / Sharon Van Etten (series subscriptions now)

Natural History Museum
4/1/11: The Pinker Tones (now)
5/6/11: Cat’s Eyes (now)

The Echo [Ticketweb]
4/1/11: Sonny & the Sunsets / Sandwitches (now)
4/3/11: Die! Die! Die! (now)
6/3/11: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Friday at 10 AM)

4/9/11: The Naked and Famous (now)

Bootleg [Ticketfly]
Mondays in April: Rumspringa (Free)
4/6/11: Princeton (now)

Silverlake Lounge
Mondays in May: Taylor Locke & the Roughs (Free)

4/7/11: Anna Waronker & Friends (now)
4/23/11: Garfunkel and Oates (now)
5/4/11: John Waters (now)
5/10/11: XXX Nite with Oriana Small aka Ashley Blue and Friends (now)
5/17/11: Fiery Furnaces (now)
5/28/11: Patton Oswalt (now)

Hotel Café
4/13/11: Patrick Stump (now)
4/15/11: Exene Cervenka & Kevin Seconds (now)
5/5/11: Frank Turner (now)
5/10/11: Pegi Young (now)
6/24/11: Holly Golightly & the Broke-Offs (now)

4/9/11: Six Organs of Admittance

The Roxy
5/3/11 – 5/4/11: Dredg (Friday at 10 AM)

3/14/11: We Are Scientists / Polock / Toddlerone / Nightchilde (RSVP now)

Club Nokia
5/6/11: MusiCares Benefit – Jane’s Addiction / Paramore / Ozomatli / Dave Gahan with Victor Indrizzo / Vince Jones / Martyn LeNoble (Friday at 10 AM)

Broad Stage
5/19/11: Herb Albert & Lani Hall (Friday at Noon)

Wishire Ebell Theater
6/13/11: Krishna Das (Saturday at 10AM)

Verizon Wireless
7/23/11: Journey / Foreigner / Night Ranger (Saturday at 10 AM)

The Forum
5/24/11: System of a Down / Gogol Bordello (Saturday at 10 AM)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Live Music Options: 3/7/11 - 3/13/11

Lykke Li Plays a Few Local Shows

I almost had to move a cot into the Satellite last week. I saw Richard Swift and Everest on Monday (two artists I really like). The crowd could have been more respectful of Swfit (it was a loud, free Monday night show) but he impressed the patient patrons. Imaad Wasif impressed me on Tuesday. He recently added Seb (from Division Day) on bass and they shredded. Endless Boogie was fun after (I got too tired to stay for Arbouretum). Then on Thursday I saw an early candidate for show of the year, Mavis Staples. So damn good. I'm not really a religious person, but I'll listen to gospel all day long with her singing it. Then on Friday it was the Elephant 6 show (more on that via Twitter).

This week's kind of a pre-SXSW lull, but still some cool stuff...

Monday 3/7/11
[Pick of the Night] Balmorhea / Benoit Pioulard / Frank Fairfield @ The Echoplex ($12 seated / $10 standing) – Interesting lineup.
[Recommended] Drive-By Truckers @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Great, intimate venue for this show.
[Recommended] HoneyHoney / New Orleans Jazz Band @ Bootleg (Free) – HoneyHoney kicks off their residency with a traditional New Orleans Jazz Band.
[Recommended] Living Things / Useless Keys / Robotanists @ The Satellite (Free) – Living Things kick off their residency.
[Recommended] Broken Records / U.S. Royalty / Johnossi @ Bardot (Free w/ RSVP)
[Recommended] Lykke Li @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM show
Spirit Vine / Stone Darling / The Silent Comedy / Dirty Mac @ The Echo (Free)
Bowery Beasts / Dog Day / Zig Zags / Golden Ghosts / Indians @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
AM / Shawn Lee @ Hotel Café
Laco$te / E & E / Simo Soo / Stepfather @ Pehrspace ($5)

Tuesday 3/8/11
[Pick of the Night] Billy Harvey / Charlie Wadhams / Paper Tiger @ Lot 1 ($5) – Acoustic night curated by Buzz Bands. I like Charlie Wadhams, but don’t really know the other two artists.
[Recommended] Andy Clockwise / The Californian @ The Satellite ($10) – People always go to see Andy Clockwise to have a good time.
Moses Campbell / Iji / James Rabbit / Pangea @ The Smell ($5)
George Glass / Wires in the Walls / Ladycop / College Kids @ LaBrie’s (Free) – George Glass is doing a free residency this month at LaBrie’s.
Eric Clapton @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($106 - $376) – I’ve never been a fan of the solo stuff.
Brutus Gets the Girl @ Troubadour ($5)
J Irvin Dally / Vinnie Ferra / Big Tree / Robinson @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Vaud and the Villians @ Amoeba (Free) – 3:00 PM
Liz Pappademas and the Level @ The Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club ($5)

Wednesday 3/9/11
[Pick of the Week] Lykke Li / Johnossi @ El Rey (Sold Out) – Dark lyrics. Best new music from Pitchfork.
Asobi Seksu / Brahms / Cuckoo Chaos @ Troubadour ($15)
Seasons / Pageants / AV Club / Moses Campbell @ The Echo ($5)
Low End Theory @ Airliner ($10)
Incan Abraham / Heavy Water Experiments / Little Pistols @ The Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club ($5)
Stryper @ Club Nokia ($25 - $35) – To hell with the devil, mang
Kiev / The Outdoors / Cotillioniares / Fatty Dearest @ Bootleg ($8) – Benefit for LA chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Write r / Two Guns / Careful / The Bellows @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Exene Cervenka Record Release Party @ Redwood – For the X fans.
Eric Clapton @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($106 - $376)

Thursday 3/10/11
[Pick of the Night] The Entrance Band / Allah Las / The Afghan Hounds @ The Satellite ($10) – The Entrance Band continues its Monday night residency. They’re an intense live band.
[Recommended] Lykke Li @ Skybar at the Mondrian (Free w/ RSVP) – If you can brave the Skybar.
MarchFourth Marching Band / Mutaytor @ The Echoplex ($12) – Huge marching band. Could be really fun.
Kisses / The Lonely Forest / Summer Camp / The Tellers @ The Echo ($8) – Princeton side project.
The Dears / Eulogies / The Tender Box @ Troubadour ($15)
Dance Dance Gavin @ El Rey ($19)
The Mother Hips / Neal Casal @ Hotel Café
Asobi Seksu / Braids / Useless Keys @ Detroit Bar ($14)
Excision @ The Music Box ($20)
Meshell Ndegeocello covers Prince @ Largo (Sold Out)
Is Is / The Remainers / Kill the Dance Floor @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Silk Flowers / Earn / SFV Acid @ The Smell ($6)
The Concretes / Kiev / The New Division / Jetpacks and Laser Guns @ Glass House ($12)
North Mississippi All Stars @ The Roxy ($20)

Friday 3/11/11
[Pick of the Night] Mike Watt + The Missing Men / Le Butcherettes @ The Echo ($12) – Watt puts on an intense live show.
[Recommended] Castanets / Holy Sons / Dolorean @ The Satellite ($8) – Solid night of indie rock.
[Recommended] Patton Oswalt @ Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana ($25) – Funny man.
Motorhead / Clutch / Valient Thorr @ Club Nokia ($37 - $45) – Lemmy’s a madman.
The Stone Foxes / Old Californio / The Whispering Pines / Family Wagon @ the Mint ($13)
Datarock / Dirty Ghosts / Evan Voytas / Baertur @ Echoplex ($14)
Starfucker / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Skull Tape @ Troubadour ($15)
The Growlers / Crystal Antlers / Tijuana Panthers / Audacity / Hanni el Khatib / Death Hymn Nine @ Glass House ($12)
The Mother Hips / The 88 @ Hotel Café
Medeski Martin & Wood @ El Rey ($30)
Yann Tiersen / Breathe Owl Breathe @ The Music Box ($23)
Continues / The Present Moment / Primary Colors @ The Smell ($5)
Marshall Crenshaw @ McCabe’s (early show sold out, late show $22.50)
Wounded Lion / The Twerps / G. Green / Cold Showers @ Pehrspace

Saturday 3/12/11
[Pick of the Night] Cheap Time / Francis Harold and the Holograms / Idle Times / Dead Meat @ Five Stars Bar ($10)
Gonzales @ Skybar at the Mondrian (Free w/ RSVP)
Revolver / Hey Rosetta / Oh Darling @ The Satellite ($12) – Revolver are a Parisian trio who were nominated for the best album at the equivalent of the French Grammys.  
Miami Horror / Chapel Club / Superhumanoids / Geographer / Polock @ Echoplex ($15) – Starts at 6:00 PM; SXSW kickoff party.
Joey Cape / Steve Soto & the Twisted Hearts / Tod Adrian Wisenbaker @ The Echo ($10) – Early show starts at 6:00
Hard Weekend LA: Simian Mobile Disco / Fake Blood / Destructo / The Juan Maclean @ Club Nokia ($30 - $40)
Jim Jones Revue / Jail Weddings @ El Rey ($17)
DeVotchKa / Mariachi El Bronx / Hands @ The Music Box ($26)
The Pat Longo Hollywood Big Band @ Palladium ($48)
The Loneliest Monk / Whale Fall @ Bootleg ($10)
Datarock / Dirty Ghosts / Open Source Rebellion / Baertur @ Glass House ($15)
Starfucker / Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Detroit Bar ($12)
Skid Row @ Galaxy Theater ($25)

Sunday 3/13/11
[Pick of the Night] The Cave Singers / Lia Ices / Frank Fairfield @ The Autry ($15) – Early show at 7:00 PM
Red Fang / Weedeater / Danava / Lecherous Gaze / Zoroaster / Kvelertak @ Echoplex ($14) – Starts at 7:00 PM
Revolver @ Amoeba (Free) – 5:00 PM
Funeral Pyre / The Secret / Graf Orlock / Low Places / Seven Sisters of Sleep @ The Echo ($10) – Early show at 3:00 PM
Juanes @ Staples Center ($19 - $25)
Silk Flowers / Frank Alpine @ The Echo ($8)
Michelle Shocked @ McCabe’s ($24.50) – Anchored down in Anchorage
Candye Kane Exotiki / The Dick and Jane Family Orchestra @ Redwood Bar
Peter Murphy @ Galaxy Theatre ($25)
Love Revisited (Johnny Echols and Baby Lemonade) @ Alex’s Bar ($8)