CONCERT BLAST 08/17 – 08/23


This week is really exciting – there are several shows I’ve been waiting all month for (Atmosphere @ Palladium, The French Semester/Hockey @ Echo), a few more that are deviations from my typical concert going and, of course, Sunset Junction.

Tonight is going to be an exciting Monday for me. I’ll be busy meeting up with hip-hop producer Paul Cho and rising indie-electro soul artist Mark Foster, as well as potentially hanging with new supergood friends Saint Motel, who will be playing the Monday night residency at Spaceland in September. After a long day of meetings – I am hoping to swing by Echo and check out Thelonious Monster if possible (I just like the name, I actually haven’t heard the music yet) and then I will probably pop over to Echo Curio to catch a performance by the up and coming band The Cartographers before heading over to Spaceland to see Local Natives continue their August residency. I wonder if they will play their Talking Heads cover this week? If you’re into the bigger performance – I would check out The Flaming Lips and Ghostland Observatory at Greek Theatre. Ghostland was one of my favorite performances at Coachella this past spring and The Flaming Lips are certainly a spectacle to be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.

Tuesday night I will be back at echo for Marvelous Toy and Correatown – I just started listening to both again and I am digging the sounds. At some point, I am going to have to bounce over to Cinespace for my favorite mid-week dance party DIMMAK Tuesdays. This week, Does It Offend You, Yeah? is going to spin a set – and they are ALWAYS fun. If you want to check out a grizzled concert veteran who has evolved with the times, Elvis Costello will be playing at the Greek Theatre.

Wednesday I’m going to Atmosphere at the Palladium. I would basically be doing you a disservice by suggesting you go see anything else. Atmosphere is, unquestionably, one of the best performers around and the crowd is an absolute spectacle. I’ve seen him about 20 times, and in Los Angeles – he really brings out the community. I remember last year at The Wiltern when it felt like every member of the crowd was reciting each lyric. Slug just has exceptional stage presence and charisma, and an unassuming swagger that allows him to control the crowd like he has his finger on its pulse. Whether you’ve seen him before or not, I highly recommend it.

Thursday my family is coming to town – so I won’t be heading out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either. Rootdown is going on at El Cid, the Japanese guitar sensation Yuto Miyazawa is at The Knitting Factory, Carney is performing on KROQ Locals Only Night at The Roxy. If you want to switch it up, but do something fun – check out The Down & Derby Roller Disco at Echoplex.

Friday I’d be steering you the wrong way if I didn’t suggest you go to echo to see the rising immigrant-indie-rock LA sensation The French Semester and Hockey, a quartet of hipsters from Oregon. These two great bands are storming echo for a night of spectacular indie-rock that will leave you thirsting for more.

Saturday you’ve got a plethora of choices. Sunset Junction kicks off with a few top notch acts (I’m preferring Sunday’s line-up). You might want to check out The Matches at Troubadour as it is potentially their last performance in Los Angeles ever (tickets are going fast – so get them soon!). I am thinking of heading to Pehrspace for a CD Release extravaganza, including new releases and performances from Seasons, Odd Modern and Manhattan Murder Mystery.

Sunday is definitely the choice day for Sunset Junction in my opinion – with performances by local LA funk-stars Orgone, the not-discussed enough Love Grenades, the classic funky soul of Morris Day & The Time, and one of my childhood favorites, Arrested Development, as well as a handful of other great acts. If jazz for the older crowd is your thing, maybe you’ll swing by the Hollywood Bowl for some classic funk from Tower of Power and today’s version of edgy elevator jazz from Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz and Friends.

Be on the look out for more updates from SUPERGOODMUSIC mid-week and continuing enhancements of the website….


Monday August 17, 2009

The Growlers, Xu Xu Fang, Thelonious Monster @ Echo (Free)

The Flaming Lips, Ghostland Observatory, Stardeath and White Dwarfs @ Greek Theatre

Clipse, The Cool Kids, Dom Kennedy @ HOB – Sunset

The Cartographers, Lovers @ Echo Curio

Local Natives, Voxhaul Broadcast, Soko, The Lonely H @ Spaceland (Free)

Japan Night with Tshushimamire, Red Bacteria Vacuum, Omadaka, Lemon Drop Kick, A Juku Girls @ The Roxy

Papercut Massacre, Costa Nova, Oh Darling, Paper or Plastic, Katie Cole @ The Viper Room

Lower Heaven, Nic Jago, Miranda Lee Richards, Meeting Places @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)

Steel Panther, Jeremiah James, Lamour, Bold Action Thrill @ Key Club

Veil Era @ The Airliner Club

Depeche Mode, Peter Bjorn and John @ Hollywood Bowl

Lindsey Ray, Annie Bethancourt, Barrett Johnson, Paula Valstein @ The Hotel Café

The Mint Session w/ Kevin Kanner Quintet & J-Logic @ The Mint (Free after 9:30)

Blade, Jesse Cole, Marbella, Molly Marlette, Eddie Moffett @ El Cid

Charlie Green and The Giant Bird, Mitch Allan and Guests @ Molly Malones

Tuesday August 18, 2009

Correatown, Marvelous Toy, The Break Ups, Killsonic @ Echo

Elvis Costello and The Sugar Canes, Lucinda Williams @ Greek Theatre

Lovemakers, We Should Be Dead, People @ Silverlake Lounge

The Minor Canon, The Grownup Noise, Blank Blue, Justin Janer Quartet @ Spaceland

I Will Never Be The Same, The Disowned, Nations Afire, Links, Miss Willie Brown @ The Viper Room

Jackson and His Computer Band, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Steve Aoki, Them Jeans, Dan Oh @ Cinespace (DIMMAK Tuesdays)

TD Lind, Leftover Cuties @ The Roxy

Cubensis @ Grateful Dead Tribute

Tovey Conducts Bernstein w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Potluck (Private Event) @ Key Club

Jay Reatard @ Amoeba Music

Flaming Lips, Ghostland Observatory, Star Death & White Dwarfs @ Glass House

Jason Reeves, Jordan Lawhead @ The Hotel Café (10 pm)

Private Showcase @ The Hotel Café (7 pm) Finals w/ Spirit Animal @ HOB – Sunset

HHMA Showcase w/ Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue @ The Mint

Al Qaeda w/ Mike Watt, Droughter and Alien Soundtracks @ The Prospector

Department of Real Estate, Motoko Honda, Joe Berardi, DOS (Mike Watt & Kira Roessler) @ Echo Curio

Nathan Maxwell (of Flogging Molly), Bunny Gang @ Saint Rocke

The Moth, Story Slam @ El Cid

The Freedom Ledges, Ryan Hill, Jake Coco @ Molly Malones

Long Nguyen, Cameron Dye, Dante Brunetto @ Genghis Cohen

Wednesday August 19, 2009

Great Northern @ Pershing Square (FREE)

Dawes, Mississippi Man, The Romany Rye @ Echo

Dub Club (Tom Chasteen, Roy Corderoy, The Dungeonmaster, Boss Harmony) @ Echoplex

Atmosphere, Murs, Aesop Rock @ Hollywood Palladium

Max Tundra @ Spaceland

Big Metal Wednesday @ The Roxy

ASCAP Presents: Kenan Bell, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Futhamuckas, John Forte @ Troubadour

Primer 55 w/ Stepchild, Hydrovibe, Incite, Bound @ The Viper Room

Cosio, This Is The State, Samuel Stewart @ Silverlake Lounge

Yellowjackets, Mike Stern @ Catalina Jazz Club

Nico Vegas @ The Shore (Hermosa)

Patti Labelle @ Hollywood Bowl

Daughtry, David Hodges @ Henry Fonda Theatre (Sold Out)

Neverset @ Les Deux

Emiliana Torrini @ El Rey Theatre

Paleface, Kristina Train, Matt Hires @ The Hotel Café

The Actors @ Universal Bar

Kicking k8 @ Skinny’s Lounge

Agent Orange, Di, False Alliance, The Joysticks, The Masked Villains, Fester Youth @ Key Club

Air Sex Competition @ Key Club (Plush Lounge)

Tracy Chapman @ The Wiltern

Maxim Ludwig, Maggie Morris, Lex Land, Matt Hires, Kristina Train @ The Hotel Cafe

Harper Simon @ Largo

Mortified After School Orchestra @ King King

1921A, Clockwork, Betatones, The Royal Kicks @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

New City Lions, The Jealousy Game @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

The Mars Hall, Duke Daniels, David Kirton, Kaylah Marin @ The Mint

Old California & Friends @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Kid Infinity, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Florene, Melted Cassettes, Neon Navajo @ The Smell

Soundbox feat. Kirk Eli Fletcher @ Saint Rocke

Zachariah & The Lobos Riders, I See Hawks in L.A., The Psychedlic Cowboys, David Serby @ El Cid

Low End Theory feat. Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Giovvani Marks, Lexicon, Intuition & Verbs @ Airliner Club

Celest, Michael Jackson Tribute Night @ Molly Malones

Hippie Chick Thang Shebang, Danny Tieger @ Genghis Cohen

Thursday August 20, 2009

J Tillman (Fleet Foxes), Evan Way (Parson Redheads), Big Search @ Echo

Down & Derby Roller Disco @ Echoplex

Carney @ Roxy Theatre

Jedi Mind Tricks, Reef of the Lost Cauze, Esooteric, Bound By Honor @ El Rey

E-40 w/ J-Mo, Da Funk Yard, M.W.E., Big Co @ Key Club

The Atomic Tease (Art Exhibit w/ Burlesque Performance and Music by Thee Swank Bastards) @ Key Club (Plush Lounge)

JC Penney Front Row Presents: Hockey @ Troubadour

Christopher Hawley & Peter Goetz, Trevor Hall (Record Release Show), Amy Wallace, Eli Goldsmith @ The Hotel Café

Mothermother @ Spaceland

Michael Bernard Beckwith PBS Benefit @ Club Nokia

KROQ Locals Only Presents: Carney, Caitlin Crosby, End Roulette @ The Roxy

Nathan Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang, Charlie & The Valentine Killers, Kevin Earnest, A Bible & A Gun @ The Viper Room

KMG, Karma, James Kenney, Marcela Carmona, Blue Meridian @ The Viper Room (Downstairs)

Low Red Land, Appomattox, Firs @ Silverlake Lounge

Yellowjackets, Mike Stern @ Catalina Jazz Club

Thomas Hampson sings Mahler w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Derek Jordan @ Palms Bar

Chris Pierce @ Levitt Pavilion

Sylvain Sylvin (New York Dolls Legend), Angus Khan, United Snakes, Adam Bones (EP Release) @ Knitting Factory

True 129 Presents @ HOB – Sunset

Margaret Cho “Doing It” @ Largo

L’Effleur Des Sens @ King King

Fight Friendly and Friends @ Saint Rocke

Yuto Miyazawa @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Yortoise, Danny Allen’s High Diving Horses, Courtney Fairchild, Blueprints for Escape Plans @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Gilberto Santa Rosa @ Mayan Theatre

Trevor Menear, Jennifer Appelquist, Matt Duke @ The Mint

Beat Killers, The Glossiness, DJ Reuben @ The Prospector

Al Qaeda (feat. Mike Watt), Endometrium CxPx, Droughter, Ultraviolet Astronaut @ Echo Curio

Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Merchants of Moonshine, SugarWall @ briXton

Smogtown, Killing California, Superbuick, Bloodhook @ Alex’s Bar

Lonesome Heroes, 50 Cent Haircut @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Harsh Sunshine, The Amazements, Bad Assets @ The Smell

Venice, Lukas Nelson & The Promise @ Santa Monica Pier

Rootdown @ El Cid

Cary Judd, Elyse & The Aftermath, Jeff Forte @ Molly Malones

Patrick Dunn, Willie Ames, Savio Rego, Matt Jones @ Genghis Cohen

Friday August 21, 2009

Hockey, The French Semester @ Echo

The Sonics, Prima Donna, Japanese Motors @ Echoplex

Arrested Development @ briXton

Benji Hughes, B.R.A.M. @ Spaceland (Sunset Junction Pre-Party)

Tijuana Panthers, Paleface, Silver Darling, Ema and The Ghosts @ Pehrspace

Jon Brion @ Largo

Tea Leaf Green, Coffee Bean Brown @ Troubadour

Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Performing Aja and The Hits)

Ruido De Fondo, Sucker For Pumps, Gardenia, DJ Electra and Santi @ The Roxy

Lukas Rossi, Jury Pool. Last Exit, Into The Presence @ The Viper Room

International Tennis Champions @ Bootleg Theater

The Lost Cartographers @ Echo Curio

Star Off Machine @ Fitzgeralds

Iliana Rose @ Left Coast Wine Bar

D.I.M. @ Club 740

Yellowjackets, Mike Stern @ Catalina Jazz Club

Subject 2 Change, Jubala, Back Pocket Memory, The Green Party, City Likes Addiction, The Originates @ Key Club

Alpha Blondy @ Club Nokia (Cancelled)

Los Campensinos!, Girls, Ramona Falls @ El Rey

Diana Krall, LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Kid Theodore @ Molly Malone’s

Ricardo Arjona @ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Harmala @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Serel @ The Trip

Jedi Mind Tricks, Reef of the Lost Cauze, Esooteric @ Glass House

The 88 @ The Grove Apple Store

Justis Kao, Kid Theodore, Still Watters Run Deep @ Molly Malones

Krissi Moses, Lindsay Sinay, Across The Pacific, Gallows For A King @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

ZZ Top @ HOB – Sunset

Brian Travis Band, Scott Warren, Shane Alexander, Janet Robin, Chantal K @ The Hotel Cafe

Silky, Willy Electronarcosis, Kuru, Luis Miolaro @ King King (9:30 – 4 am; $5 off door w/ RSVP to

Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Merchants of Moonshine, Goodbye To Pretty @ The Mint

Shotgun Showdown, The Cartographers, Shatto @ Echo Curio

The Zeros, The Hangmen, The Hitchhikers, The Hitz @ Alex’s Bar

The Woolly Bandits, The Beat Killers, The Living Sickness @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Captain Ahab, Fleshtone, Sickboy/Droon, tik///tik, Guidance Counselor @ The Smell

Three Heads, Samantha Stollenwerck @ Saint Rocke

Paris Carney, Ryan McDermoot, Micah, John Cody, A Couple of Gypsys @ Genghis Cohen

Saturday August 22, 2009

Funky Sole @ Echo (Free)

Neon Noise @ Echoplex (Free with Sunset Junction Pass)

Harvey Danger @ Largo

Kings of Leon, The Whigs @ The Forum

The Matches (Final So Cal show), Neon Trees, Dizzy Balloon @ Troubadour

Panda (aka PXNDX) @ The Wiltern

Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Performing Gaucho and The Hits)

War Tapes, Fool’s Gold, Delta Spirit, The Submarines, Nico Vega, Sly & Robbie, Many More @ Sunset Junction Fair

Malbec, I Will Never Be The Same, Chasing Kings @ The Roxy

Benji Hughes, The Belle Brigade @ Spaceland (Sunset Junction After-Party – discount with SJ wristband)

Sean Healy Presents Dizzy Reed + Friends, Madame Trash Heap, The Hush, Hammerheads, Tack Rust @ The Viper Room

Los Angeles Salsa Music Festival feat. El Gran Combo, Willy Chirino and His Orchestra, Ismael Miranda, Junior Gonzalez & Veronica @ Greek Theatre

Ramana Vieira, Fabiano Do Nascimento & Trioganico @ Bootleg Theatre

Diana Krall, LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Scott Russo (of Unwritten Law), The Big Bang w/ Big B (of Suburban Noize) @ Saint Rocke

Seasons (CD Release), Odd Modern (CD Release), The Health Club, The Manhattan Murder Mystery (CD Release) @ Pehrspace

Bella Novela, Juanity and The Rabbit, Slippers, Los Mysteriosos @ Alex’s Bar

Yellowjackets, Mike Stern @ Catalina Jazz Club

DUBLUVA @ Good Hurt Night Club

The Cult, Year Long Disaster @ Club Nokia

Pete Hopkins @ Molly Malones

Richard Arjona @ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Janks @ Pershing Square

Stereo Blue, Anahita, Margate (Record Release Party) @ Molly Malones

Tony Lucca, Jay Nash, The Fresh, Horse Thieves, Terra Naomi, Shannon Curtis @ The Hotel Café

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe @ Cozy’s Bar & Grill

Wild Child @ Whisky A Go Go

Ramon Ayala @ HOB – Sunset

Los Campesinos!, Girls @ Glass House

A & R Connection @ Key Club (Rock Showcase, Urban Showcase)

Harvey Danger @ Largo

Lawnchair Generals, Joshua Heath @ King King

Kevin Sandbloom, MacDracula, Steve Ferrone (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) Malik Pointer @ The Mint

Eagle and Talon, Video, Super All-Star Cover Session @ Echo Curio

Lights & Caress of Steel @ briXton

Lamps, Drunkdriver, Bipolar Bear, Shoot It Up @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Former Ghosts, Casey and Brian, Christopher Cichocki, Puppy Dog @ The Smell

Freddy Moore and Dennis Peterse, Raymond Davis, Randy Kaplan @ Genghis Cohen

Sunday August 23, 2009

Part Time Punks – The Widow Babies (LP Release Party) @ Echo

Arrested Development, Orgone, Love Grenades, Morris Day & The Time, Cody Chesnutt, Local Natives, Built To Spill, Iliana Rose, Many More… @ Sunset Junction Fair

Dave Koz & Friends, Tower of Power, Brian Culbertson @ Hollywood Bowl

Tony Lucca, Jay Nash @ Saint Rocke

Yellowjackets, Mike Stern @ Catalina Jazz Club

International Farmers @ Sangria

The Heroes of Woodstock 40th Anniversary: Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Ten Years After, Tom Constanten, Country Joe McDonald @ Greek Theatre

Beres Hammond @ LA Sports Arena

California Philharmonic @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

The New Up, The Shakers, Run Run Run, Halos @ The Viper Room

Los Campesinos! @ Detroit Bar

Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheatre (performing The Royal Scam & the hits)

The Hereafter, Joey Ryan, Jason Whitton, Chris O’Brien @ The Hotel Café

Hollywood Shorts (Summer Screening) @ The Hotel Café (5-7 pm)

Eiotown (Art Show) @ Largo (Free)

Beatmo, Hollyboots, DJ Drrt Face, Black Party Politics @ King King

Plushgun, Venus Infers, Front Runner, Solarcade @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

387 Music Entertainment Presents Isaac Kidder, Jason Corcoran, Etc. @ The Mint

Ricardo Arjona @ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Kill Kill Kill, Waning, Chopstick @ Pehrspace

The Ringleaders @ Alex’s Bar (FREE)

Pharmakon, Rale, Pedestrian Deposit, Mirror to Mirror @ Echo Curio

George Lynch’s Soul of We, MX Machine, Brewtality @ briXton

Night Control, Phonecalls, Rapid Youth @ The Smell

Daisy of the Spanks, Strangefinger, The Trainwrecks, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band, The Late 70s @ Molly Malones