By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
THE GIG, 7302 Melrose Ave., Hlywd. Low-lit, comfortable living-room-style ambiance. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 936-4440.
Sat.—Parade, Dive Bomber, Dig Jelly.
Sun.—K-Lee, Fighting Jacks, Echocast, Electric Uh-Oh.
Mon.— Marcus Singletary, Twig, Kenochamp, Jorge.
Tues.—Music Connection showcase with Kelda, Kingbaby, Mad Juana, Butane.
Wed.—Paul Salazar, Daga, Long Distance Call.
Thurs.—The Lovely, Rain Fur Rent The Silence, The Vooms.
HALLENBECK’S GENERAL STORE & CAFÉ, 5510 Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hlywd. An all-ages coffeehouse. (818) 985-5916.
Sat.—Call for late booking, 8 p.m.; $5.
Every Tues.—Open Mike Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; $6 sign-up fee.
HIGHLAND GROUNDS, 742 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd. Large coffee bar and an outdoor patio with a toasty fire pit. Cover varies. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-1507.
Sat.—Molly Bryant, Babymammals, Big Phony.
Mon.— Comedy night.
Tues.—Terk, Young Jonny Guitar, Futek God, Bitches Leave.
Wed.—The Beat Easy Lounge with Dr. Mad Vibe, plus DJ Richard Ray.
Every Thurs.—Michael McCarthy hosts the open mike; sign up at 7 p.m.
THE HOTEL CAFÉ, 16231⁄2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Inviting room for singer-songwriters to muse on their broken Hollywood dreams, half-baked romantic schemes and all that sort of stuff. Full bar. All ages. (323) 461-2040.
Sun.—Jesca Hoop, 10 p.m., plus, others.
Wed.—Dead Rock West, others.
HOUSE OF BLUES, 8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Age limit varies. (323) 848-5100.
Fri.—Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Jackie Greene; $25; over 18.
GO Sat.—Masterly soul and R&B from the veteran kingpin Isaac Hayes; $35; over 18.
Sun.—Social Distortion, I Hate Kate; $25; all ages.
GO Tues.—The unstoppable, never-less-than-magnificent Midwestern pop-rock heroes Cheap Trick reign supreme (and their most recent CD, Special One, is indeed a special album, one of their best yet); $33.50; over 18.
GO Wed.—Hip-hop to a higher level with Dilated Peoples, Little Brother, Defari; $20; over 18. See Music Pick.
Thurs.—Terri Clark; $40.
THE JOINT, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A. Pizza. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 275-2619.
Fri.-Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.—Call for info.
KEY CLUB, 9039 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. A deluxe two-level venue with California cuisine until 1 a.m. Dancing after shows Wed.-Sun. Full bar. Over 21 (unless noted). (310) 274-5800.
Fri.-Sat.—Kottonmouth Kings, with Hed (PE), Mower(on Fri.) and X Clan, Sub Noize Souljaz, One Session (on Sat.), 8 p.m.; $20.
Sun.—Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, 7 p.m.; $25.
GO Mon.—Hard-rock payasos Metal Skool; also special guest Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s, Delphines, Textones), others, 8:30 p.m.; $12. Wed.—The DMK Choreographers Ball, 9 p.m.; $20.
KING KING, 6555 Hollywood Blvd. Reincarnation of the late-’80s Hollywood hip-defining room, with all the requisite Far Eastern trimmings and first-rate local talent intact. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 960-9234.
Sat.—Balance features DJs JT Donaldson, Kemal.
Sun.—Urban Rootz, dance performance (choreographed by Christina Bullard), plus an art exhibit and DJs RD, Oscure, Petey, Bartek.
Tues.—Descarga con Timba with Willie McNeil’s Sono-Lux, DJ Saoco (dance lessons available, 9-10 p.m.).
Wed.—Tripp Rezac, Ryan Bingham,
Thurs.—Lady Sinatra, Play Pretty for Baby.
THE KNITTING FACTORY, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. Sister to the NYC club features two stages for headliners and the more intimate AlterKnit Lounge. Full bar. All ages. (323) 463-0204.
GO Fri.-Sun.—Murderfest is the most ambitious metal showcase in memory, featuring close to 80 bands — mostly unknown, though the established and fully recommendable crunchmasters include S.F.’s hard-edged, theatrical Watch Them Die (Sat.) and Colorado’s smoked-out yet inspired Cephalic Carnage (Sun.); 7 p.m.; $35-$20. In the bar: Perpetual Groove, 8 p.m.; $15 (on Fri. only). (Greg Burk)
Mon.—Smells like Kurt Cobain’s birthday: Penny Royal, Dirty Frank, Curmudgeon, 8 p.m.; $8. In the bar & lounge: music TBA.
GO Tues.—The Syn, featuring Yes men Chris Squire & Alan White, 7 p.m.; $35. In the bar: The Wylde Bunch, Nothing Special, The JV Allstars, 8 p.m.; $8. In the lounge: ska haven Bluebeat Lounge with music TBA, 9 p.m.; $5.
Wed.—Wheatus, Army of Freshmen, The Actual, Turn Me On Dead Man, 7:30 p.m.; $8. In the bar: JMPwith DJs Rocc, Melo D, Peanut Butter Wolf, 8 p.m.; $5; over 21. In the lounge: Call for info. Thurs.—Shudder to Think’s Craig Wedren; also, The Dead Science, Army Navy, Numchuck, 7:30 p.m.; $10. In the lounge: Call for info.
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