Hopefully that wicked power-outage weather is behind us. Otherwise, you might be like SUPERGOODMUSIC and get stuck with your car locked in a garage and fail to make it out to the show you were trying to go to.

Assuming we don’t find ourselves in that predicament again, here is what we were thinking about going to see….

Rakim, The Postman and Rhymefest will be performing at El Rey. Rakim just happens to be a fucking hip-hop legend and it would seem a disservice to not witness this emperor of hip-hop in your lifetime if you consider yourself a fan of the genre. I cannot vouch for his performing ability as the last time I saw him was almost a decade ago. Nonetheless, he did campaign with Erik B for President in the 80s and then reminded us that he was back (“Guess Who’s Back?”) in the mid 90′s. See what he is cooking up in 2009 if you’d like by checking him out tonight at El Rey. The supporting artists are also pretty famous in their own right – Rhymefest penned Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and later released an album featuring the underground hit “Brand New”; The Postman is some LA based hip-hop talent who I have yet to see.

If you want to brave the outdoors and see a fantastic concert, I’d suggest Regina Spektor at the Greek Theatre. I’ve only heard great things about her performance and her music is easy-listening. Jupiter Rising is supporting.

For the indier crowd, and for my tastes, I’m recommending Soulico from Tel Aviv at Spaceland. The worldly, eclectic soul and hip-hop influenced vibes will resonate well with the diverse melting pot crowd that the hipster region of Los Angeles provides. Plus, it would be a mitzvah to show some love for people who’ve travelled so far to bring their tasty tunes to the states.

For those Phish heads who came 2 days early – there is a Phish tribute band, One Night Only, at Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey.

If none of those recs tickle your fancy, than here is a full line-up of what is going on around town tonight, Wednesday October 28th….


Inner Circle, The Hold Up, Hooliganz @ The Roxy

Pelican, Black Cobra, Sweet Cobra @ Troubadour

Carnival Choreographer’s Ball @ Key Club

The Binges, Nations Afire, Badluck Bandits, Dash Rip Rock, Shut Up and Dance @ The Viper Rom

DJ Smiles Davis @ The Viper Room (Downstairs) – FREE

Pamela Means, Angie Evans, Pebaluna, Shurla Vision @ The Mint

Seven Saturdays, Superbas @ Bordello

Finn Riggins, Starving Daughters, The French Semester, Halloween Swim Team @ Silverlake Lounge

Uncle Kracker @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien

The Swell Season @ Amoeba Music Hollywood

Sony Holland @ Catalina Jazz Club

Le Loup, Nurses, Random Patterns @ Echo

Dub Club @ Echoplex

Regina Spektor, Jupiter One @ Greek Theatre

Flyleaf @ Jimmy Kimmel Live

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson

Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley @ Nokia L.A. Live Theatre

Soulico, Ceci Bastida @ Spaceland

Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

One Night Only (Phish Tribute) @ Brennans Pub

Joshua Radin and Emily Wells with Special Guests The Watson Twins (Doors open at 7 PM) @ Henry Fonda

Steve Martin Performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegradd & Banjo @ Hollywood Bowl – 8PM

Rakim with The Postman, Rhymefest, Ground Common (Doors @ 8PM) @ El Rey

Dan Miles (8PM), Yellow Light Go (9PM), Adam Heldring (10PM) @ Room 5

Paper Pills (8:30PM), Ufonik (9:30PM), LoFi Man (10:30PM) @ Molly Malones

West Coast Songwriters @ 7PM. Shere @ 9PM. Dylan Nichols @ 10PM @ Genghis Cohen

Echo Robot (8PM), Scentric (9:45PM) @ Whisky A Go Go

Bobby Long with Special Guests (7PM), Tony Lucca (9PM), Jason Diaz (10PM), Downdowndown (11PM) @ Hotel Cafe

Cinematic Titanic presents The Alien Factor @ Largo – 7:30PM

The Eye presents Apache Dropout, Mad Lovers, Horse Thieves @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Within Lounge (2AM) @ House of Blues – Sunset