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Rock Club and Concert Listings
AVENGED SEVENFOLDwith CKY, Bullets & Octane, The ConfessionMacho, grunting nu-metal with heavy slabs of generic Metallica-style riffery from the O.C.’s Avenged Sevenfold. GIBSON AMPHITHEATER, Universal City; Fri., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. (818) 622-4440.
THE DITTY BOPSThe old-timey duo moves beyond mere ragtime schmaltz with such precociously precious interludes as “Short Stacks” and “Breeze Black Night.” GETTY CENTER, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr., W.L.A.; Fri., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; (sold out, but call for possible standby tickets). (310) 440-7300.
GO DICK DALE, BOW WOW WOW with Three Bad Jacks, Barnyard Ballers, Anarchy in L.A., Gabba Gabba Heys, Dear LoverAfter the tribute bands and rockabilly revivalists, get a taste of the real thing, surf king Dick Dale — then see Bow Wow Wow’s ever-vivacious Annabella Lwin (joined by No Doubt drummer Adrian Young) and go ape crazy. Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. (323) 258-2800. See Music Pick.
SAINT ETIENNEwith DJ SashaBrit popsters Saint Etienne layer subdued tunes like “Milk Bottle Symphony” and “Slow Down at the Castle” with an ethereal, early-morning sheen over Sarah Cracknell’s fragile, softly confided vocals. Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232.
BEN HARPERThe easygoing, uncomplicated folk-pop singer leavens his “Brown Eyed Blues” with sunny traces of lite-funk. El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Sat.-Sun., Feb. 18-19, 8 p.m. (323) 936-6400.
GO RICK SPRINGFIELDTHE Wiltern LG, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. (213) 380-5005. See Music Pick.
SOCIAL DISTORTIONVentura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. (805) 653-0721.
TEENA MARIEGrove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Sun., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. (714) 712-2700.
GO LES SAVY FAVwith The Hold Steady, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Swearing at MotoristsAvalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Tues., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.
GO SUPERGRASSwith PilotdriftAvalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Wed., Feb. 22, 9 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.
GO AEROSMITHwith Lenny KravitzWhile Steven Tyler and Joe Perry weren’t entirely convincing as auxiliary members of Sly & the Family Stone at the recent Grammys, their other band, Aerosmith, has a typically rampaging new live album, Rockin’ the Joint, that’s highlighted by fierce takes on such concert rarities as “No More, No More” and (finally!) “Season of Wither,” with a minimum of factory-assembled power-ballad crap like “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” STAPLES CENTER, 11th & Figueroa sts., dwntwn.; Wed., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. (213) 480-3232.
GO NADA SURF with Rogue Wave, The King of FranceHenry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.
LOS LOBOSThe real wolf mothers. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. (805) 653-0721.
GO PHARRELLwith Bobby V., Teairra MariArrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim; Thurs., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.
Due to the erratic lives of musicians and the capricious personalities of promoters, all of the following bookings are subject to change for no apparent reason.
THE ANARCHY LIBRARY, 13250 Woodruff Ave., Downey. Scads of punk rock at the self-proclaimed “CBGB of SoCal.” Full bar. Over 21. (562) 803-9134.
Fri.—No Way Jose, Swagger, The Rainman Suite, The Inoculators.
Sat.—The Pristines, Gitch, Butt Trumpet, Dirty Red, Sick Three Days.
Sun.—Far From Finished, Born to Lose, Longway, Slab.
Mon.—Metal night with Condemned to Suffer, Summit Core, Obliterated,Enthraller,Putrid Faith.
Every Tues.—Louis & the Joey G. Bandhost an open-mike blues Jam.
Wed.—Placid, Half Broken, Arc Welders, Amy & Mike.
Thurs.—Misinterpret, Flowers For The Dead, Six by Silver, Tatonka.
BLUE CAFE, 210 The Promenade, Long Beach. Beachfront club with 13 full-size pool tables upstairs, patio seating and dancing; full dinner menu. Full bar. Over 21. (562) 983-7111 or www.thebluecafe.com.
Fri.—OO Soul, Delta Nove; get an early start with The Lost Grooves, 6-9 p.m.
Sat.—Blues guitarist Roy Rogers; first, Luke & the Locomotives, noon-5 p.m.
Sun.—Reggae from Jah Fellowship; the blues of Mama’s Boys, noon-5 p.m.
Mon.—Hectic kicks from The Supersuckers.
Tues.—My Own Private Hell; Alicia Westerman, 6-9 p.m.
Wed.— Plastic Parachute, Lemon Drop Kick; Billy Rose, 6-9 p.m.
Thurs.—Eighties night with The Comb Overs.
CANTER’S KIBITZ ROOM, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd. Matzo ball soup–adjacent, cozy room. No cover. Full bar and food. Over 21. (323) 651-2030.