CONCERT BLAST 07/06 – 07/12

If you had a chance to get out last week and see some of the amazing music that was in town – good for you.  Links and Stone Foxes – were both two acts I had not yet seen, but had heard a lot about.  To be blunt – they delivered. 


I also made a few new discoveries in the blogosphere and through personal connections – Keith Masters – a great hip-hop/club MC who is on the cusp of blowing up and Tic Tic Boom, a local catchy indie-pop LA band that spawned out of a boyfriend and girlfriend’s time together in their cozy apartment.  Tic Tic Boom is busy working on a new record; Keith’s song “I Love To Floss” is featured on SUPAFRESH VOLUME 2 and he has a few tracks available for download for free here –

This CONCERT BLAST takes you through this week, ending on Sunday July 12th and includes an updated ON THE RADAR section. If you are a new recipient of the CONCERT BLAST, typically once a week I send out an e-mail detailing who is playing where and when in and around Los Angeles.  I also post the CONCERT BLAST, as well as updates to it and other music related postings at 

Anyhow, you’ll find my recommendations for the week below – but I’ve included a nice long list of other acts. 

After the long weekend, tonight I am probably taking it easy.  If I do make it out, I will either be at Carbon for Funkmosphere or I will make my way east to echo for Japanese Motors – a band that’s been garnering more attention as of recently. 

Tuesday is going to be a great night for music on both the Sunset and Hollywood corridors.  On Sunset, The Roxy is hosting the album release party for the recently famous club party group LMFAO.  If you’re looking to play all night like LMFAO, but not with LMFAO, then I would suggest going to Cinespace for DIM MAK Tuesday’s.  This week DIM MAK is being hosted by Nelly Furtado!

Wednesday – my local favorites – The French Semester – bring their catchy, lyrically awesome immigrant-rock to On The Rox.  The Volunteers, a rising young pop-rock band from NYC will be playing too!  If you’re more of a hip-hop head – U-N-I at echo is not to be missed.

For Thursday’s, I’m quickly becoming a fan of El Cid’s Rootdown.  Located downtown, this nice little club/restaurant is an unsuspectingly dope place to have a funky dance party.  If you’re looking to shoegaze a little more, or want a little more guitar in your music, I might suggest You Me & Iowa at The Hotel Café.

Even if the weekend is not going to be quite the event this past one was – a few musicians will still be gracing LA with their presence.  Ray Lamontagne will be making an appearance on Conan O’Brien before playing The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.  The infamous Mix Master Mike will be spinning at The Viper Room on Friday.  DJ’s J-Boogie and Adam Freeland will also be making a few LA appearances (see below).  On Saturday, Orgone, Breakestra and The Lions all bring their dirty dirty funk to the Downtown Rumble.   Moving into Sunday and next week, Beyonce will be making stops in both Anaheim and LA.




Monday July 6th


Mark ‘The Cobrasnake’ Presents @ The Roxy

Andy Clockwise, The VLA, Globes on Remote, Miniature Tigers @ Spaceland

Telescope @ The Viper Room

Steelpanther @ Key Club (Free)

Jackie Tohn, Amie Miriello, Kim DiVine @ The Hotel Café

Karaoke @ Dakota Live Music Lounge

Jeremy Buck & The Bang @ Saint Rocke

Tommy Santee Klaws, Elisa Ferrari @ Echo Curio

Weasel Walter, Pigeon Religion, Adrien Barbobott @ The Smell

Kyler England, Jonny Taylor, parker Ainsworth @ Room 5

Tasha Taylor, Kevin Kanney Quintet, J-Logic @ The Mint (Free After 9:30)

High Castle, 60 Watt Kid @ Women (Moved From Pehrspace)

Brandon Rogers, David Hodges, Mitch Allan, Yvonne Reyes, Daniel Shaw @ Molly Malones

Juke Kartel, Moutful, We Should Be Dead, Telescope, Samantha Mollen @ Knitting Factory

LMFAO Listening Party @ The Viper Room Downstairs Lounge (FREE)

Death Cab For Cutie @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien

Last American Buffalo, Eastern Conference Champions, Globes @ Silverlake Lounge

Japanese Motors, Audacity, My Pet Saddle, Gestapokhazi @ The Echo (Free)

Jacob Luttrell, Damon Copper, Amani Starnes, Ryan Stone @ El Cid




Tuesday July 7th


Cubensis (Grateful Dead Tribute) @ Marlin Bar & Grill

The Hold Steady, El Bronx @ El Rey Theater (SOLD OUT)

Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Le Switch @ Echo

The Captains @ Silverlake Lounge

Can of Jam Mondays @ HOB – Sunset

Ron Tanski @ Saint Rocke

The Beta Tones, Kat Bailess, Jamie Meyer @ The Mint

Los Angeles Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service @ Staples Center

Ryan Hiller @ Molly Malones

Ded Pigeons, Bed Breakfast Man, Mode @ The Prospector

LMFAO @ The Roxy (Album Release Party)

Fishtank Ensemble, Ukulele Loki’s Gadabout Orchestra @ The Bordello

Bleu, Scott Simons, Drake Bell, Elisa Ferrari, Heather Waters @ The Hotel Café

The Captains, Birds Beware, Infrared Sunday @ Silverlake Lounge

Vieux Farka Toure, Luke Top @ The Troubadour

Yes, Asia @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Nevermind Eternity, What Hands Are For, Daybreak Ends, By All Means Necessary @ The Viper Room

Whisper in The Roar, Ryan Hill, Jake Coco @ Molly Malones

Tiff Jimber @ The Talking Stick

Mikal Blue and Friends @ Room 5

DIMMAK Tuesday Hosted by Nelly Furtado feat. Fritz Helder and The Phantoms, Dar Hardy Boyz, Them Jeans, Dan Oh @ Cinespace

Oolyakoo, Darryl Morris & Other Shady Characters @ Dakota Live Music Lounge




Wednesday July 8th


The French Semester, The Volunteers, Anderson @ On The Rox – The Roxy

New Faces, Sucker For Pumps, Go Mortikai Go, Dust & Bones @ Knitting Factory

Keith Varon, John Kappas, Jonny Taylor @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

The Hold Steady @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien

Old 97’s, Rhett Miller @ Henry Fonda Theatre

Sergio Mendes, Poncho Sanchez @ Hollywood Bowl

Bert Jansch, Sara Watkins @ Largo

Alicia Witt, Connie Lim, The Smart Brothers, Ryan Auffenberg @ The Mint

Scion House Party Presents: Kode 9, Martyn Joseph @ The Roxy

Dirty Projectors, What’s Up? @ The Troubadour

Riot Comedy @ El Cid

Rich Sheldon @ Baja Cantina (MDR)

Mika Miko, Charlie & The Moonhearts, Ty Seagall @ The Smell

Dionne Warwick @ The Grammy Museum

David Ryan Harris, Zachariah & The Lobos Riders, Danny Chaimson, Ernie Halter, Derek Evans @ The Hotel Café

Pico Vs. Island Trees @ The Viper Room

The Monthlies, Purple Melon, The Faraway Places @ Silverlake Lounge

Army Navy, White Arrows @ Spaceland

Watts Ensemble, Baby and Guy @ Bootleg Theater

Brandi Shearer, Anna Bowman, Adam Stern, Aya Iarkin, Lady Katherine @ Dakota Live Music Lounge

Kaile Goh, Alissa, Steven and Gary of Pan Am @ Molly Malones

Rootbeer, U-N-I, Boombox Ninjas @ The Echo

Dub Club @ Echoplex

Billy The Kid, Linny Kenney, Namoli Brennet @ Room 5

Hell Ya! w/ Surprise Guest, Love Grenades, Pico Vs. Island Trees, Avi Buffalo, Dave Smallen @ The Viper Room

Reigning Monarchs, Laramie Dean, Gantez Warrior @ Redwood Bar & Grill




Thursday July 9th


The Start, Bloodcat Love, The Presence, Useless Keys @ The Roxy

Natives of the New Dawn @ Lighthouse

Stereofidelics @ The Blue Café

True s 80s Birthday Bash @ HOB – Sunset

Curtains, Diz @ On The Rox

Grand Elegance, Indian Jewelry, Psychic Ills @ The Prospector

Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three, The Urinals @ Echo

Kevin Hearn (of Barenaked Ladies) w/ The Quiet @ The Mint

Joan Baez, Tify Merritt @ Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Red Cortez, Everest @ Hammer Museum

Cave Country, Sparrows Gate, Quiet Life @ Spaceland

Chris Botti @ Greek Theatre

Forever Plaid @ Club Nokia

Ace Enders & A Million Different People, Person L, The Gay Blades, The Dangerous Summer, Bleu @ The Knitting Factory

Battle for Los Angeles (Can of Jam Presents) @ Knitting Factory (Front)

Root Down @ El Cid

Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, These United States @ Echoplex

Lil Haydn @ Levitt Pavilion – MacArthur Park

Rachel Goodrich, You Me & Iowa, The Damselles, Oak and Gorski, Sara Roberts @ The Hotel Café

Wang Chung, ABC, Heaven 17, Berlin, Cutting Crew @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Taxi Doll @ The Cat Club

Red Letter Agent, The Daylights, The Ruse @ The Troubadour

Courtenay Green, His Orchestra, The Minor Canon @ Silverlake Lounge

Evan Brau, Rachel Platten, Erik Dinardo @ Dakota Live Music Lounge

Anita and the Yanks, Shurman @ Molly Malones

Tyrone Wells, Tamila & Elina @ Saint Rocke

Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts, Cowboy and Indian @ Alex’s Bar

Clash In, USA @ Key Club

Kay Hanley, The Dollyrots, Ingenue @ Key Club

Jake La Botz – “The Crow” Record Release @ Redwood Bar & Grill




Friday July 10th


Chelsea Girls, The Hammerheads @ The Roxy

Dirty Heads @ Saint Rocke

Iliana Rose @ Left Coast Wine Bar

J-Boogie @ The Continental Room

The Sounds of Philadelphia @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Tommy King @ Gibson Showroom

The Pharcyde @ The Grove of Anaheim

Space Island @ Echoplex

People, Leerone, Stripes and Lines, Stars Align, Watch UsBurn @ El Rey Theatre

The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Echo

Oleta Adams @ Catalina Jazz Club

Seaspin @ Spaceland

Fuzzy Math (Art Exhibition) @ Echo Curio

Ray LaMontagne @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien

Rocky Dawuni, MC Rai @ Grand Performances

Andrew Bird, Heartless Bastards, Ra Ra Riot @ Greek Theatre

DJ Oggy @ Mayan Theatre

Damion Suomi, The Idyllists, Hool, Aiden Hawken, Steelwells, Beth Jean  @ The Hotel Café

The Ringers w/ Mix Master Mike and The Beatards, The Yelling, Adam Bones, DJ Jamie Scrap @ The Viper Room

Special Late Night Event – MixTapeRiot feat. Mix Master Mike @ The Viper Room

Young B, C-Nice, AL The Crown Prince, Hot Butter @ Dakota Live Music Lounge

Scarub, Eligh @ The Knitting Factory

Boyce Avenue, Hana Pestle, Ari Shine @ Knitting Factory (Front)

The New Archaic, Locke in the Second Life, Color of Glass, Tin Soldier @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Sara Lov, Big Organ Trio, Two Sheds, DJ Velvet Touch @ The Mint

David Benoit @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

Bob Burns and The Breakups @ No Future Café

Michael Schenker, Doug Doppler @ briXton

Infected Mushroom @ Vertigos

Vice Squad, Lower Class Brats, The JunK, The Howlers @ Alex’s Bar

Los Angeles Philharmonic + Others @ Hollywood Bowl

Stereofidelics @ The Good Hurt

Van Stone @ Spikes Bar

The Widow Babies, NASA Space Universe, AUDACITY, The Amazements @ The Smell

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater @ El Cid (Cocktails Start at 7:30 pm)

Tainted Love (Hits of the 80s) @ Key Club

Tyrone Wells, Curtis Peoples @ The Troubadour

Rival Sons, Ghosthounds @ Saint Rocke

Chico Debarge @ HOB – Sunset

The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes, The Delfonics, Jerry Butler @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Shawn Pander, Kevin Michael Gray (record release), Former Future, Shannon Curtis @ Molly Malones

Demonika and the Darklings, The Bourbon Saints, The Lords of Altamont @ Redwood Bar & Grill




Saturday July 11th


Mateo, Krystle Wright, DJ Shiva, Nico @ The Roxy

Last Exit @ On The Rox

Orgone, The Lions, Breakestra @ Funk Rumble

Sila and The Afrofunk Experience @ Dakota Live Music Lounge

Motoko Honda @ Café Metropol

Make/Shift (Clothing Event) @ Echo Curio

The Screaming Cherry Blossoms, Let Go Of The Rail @ Echo Curio

Rancid, Rise Against, Billy Talent @ The Forum

16 Volt @ Bar Sinister

Saturdays Off The 405 w/ Mas Exitos, Domingo Siete @ The Getty Center

Dragstrip 66 @ Echoplex

Aubery Bouskill, The Midnight Blues Band @# The Mint

50 Cent Haircut @ Cinema Bar

Hey Champ (DJ Set) @ The Standard

Chip Taylor @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Beyonce, Rich Girl @ Honda Center (Anaheim)

Oleta Adams @ Catalina Jazz Club

Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs @ Greek Theatre

Los Angeles Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Franki Chan @ Shrine Auditorium

Copeland, Anchor & Braille, Sherwood @ The Hotel Café

The Dan Band @ Club Nokia

After, Fredrich’s Ataxia @ DragonFly

Nightmare Of You, Brian Bonz, Plushgun @ The Knitting Factory

Adam Freeland, Drop The Lime @ Vanguard

DJ Oggy @ Blue Moon

Valley Arena, Katie The Pest, Happy Hollows @ The Prospector

Dudley Saunders @ The Talking Stick

Royal Crown Revue @ Saint Rocke

Tortoise, Earthless @ The Troubadour

Vice Squad, Lower Class Brats, Channel 3, The Void s @ Key Club

Tijuana Knife Fight, The Adolescents, Stab City @ Alex’s Bar

Flexions, Bronze, Puppy Dog, kill kill kill @ The Smell

Gilby Clarke @ The Viper Room

Michele Vreeland, Malynda Hale, Matt Jones & Isaac Johnson @ Room 5

TV Rock, DJ Reza, K.I.D. @ Avalon

Kit, Foot Village, Lucky Dragons, Gowns, Softboiled Eggies @ The Smell

Club Soulside @ Fais Do Do

Vampure, Stretford End, Army of Kings, Sweet Eve, Those Guys @ The Viper Room

James and Al, Jeff Forte, Charles Greene and Giant Bird @ Molly Malones

Travesuras w/ La Cholita! @ Redwood Bar & Grill




Sunday July 12th


Knights of The Abyss, Broadcast The Nightmare, The Irish Front, The Analyst @ Cobalt Café

Oleta Adams @ Catalina Jazz Club

Gina Villalobos, Oneida, Stampead, Clipd Beaks @ Echo

Ray LaMontagne, Jenny Lewis, Blitzen Trapper @ Hollywood Bowl

Loch Lomond @ Spaceland

Sara Haze, Ruut, Emily Jaye @ The Mint

Dottie Grossman, Michael Vlatkovich, Emily Hay @ Echo Curio

J-Boogie @ Vanguard

Johnette Napolitano, Seth Roberts & The Lakes,  Aras Baskauskas, Flo Paris @ The Hotel Café

California Philharmonic @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

Instant Asshole, Kamikaze Red, Logan’s Heroes, Electric Blondes, Slipping Stitches, DJ High Voltage @ The Viper Room

Alejandro Escovedo @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop (Sold Out)

Nat & Alex Wolff @ HOB – Sunset

Sworn Enemy, Pro-Pain, Mantic Ritual @ Key Club

Buckfast Superbee, The Steps @ Cat Club

Jonathan Bremen @ Room 5

Mr. Mister Miyagi @ Alex’s Bar (Daytime – Free)

The Disgustingtons, The Crime, The Relics @ Alex’s Bar (Night – Free)

Paris Carney, Dennis Dodd Jr., Yvonne Reyes @ Molly Malones

Really Doe @ Saint Rocke (Greenpeace Fashion Swimsuit Show)

From Jupiter, Vanaprasta, We Are Lions, The Material, Letlive @ Knitting Factory

Wolves in the Throneroom, Minsk, Intronaut, It’s Casual @ Knitting Factory (Front)

Noise vs. Grind, The Dolemite Project, Actuary, Fetus Eaters, Progeria, Dog @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Pirate Burlesque @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Brunch Americana w/ Hobo Jazz @ Redwood Bar & Grill