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For Feb 17 - 23

Thursday, Feb 16 2006
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GO RJD2, ACEYALONE with Busdriver, Wax Tailor El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Feb. 17, 9 p.m. (323) 936-6400. See Music Pick.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD with CKY, Bullets & Octane, The Confession Macho, 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.

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THE DITTY BOPS The 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 Lover After 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 ETIENNE with DJ Sasha Brit 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 HARPER The 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 SPRINGFIELD THE Wiltern LG, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. (213) 380-5005. See Music Pick.

CLARENCE CARTER & THE PHYLLIES INTRUDERS HOLLYWOOD PARK CASINO, 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood; Sat., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. (323) 632-1546.

SOCIAL DISTORTION Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. (805) 653-0721.

DONNY OSMOND He’s a little bit country, a very little bit rock & roll, and a whole lot of treacly, soulless pop. Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Sat., Feb. 18, 6 p.m. (714) 712-2700.

TEENA MARIE Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Sun., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. (714) 712-2700.

GO LES SAVY FAV with The Hold Steady, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Swearing at Motorists Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Tues., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.

GO SUPERGRASS with Pilotdrift Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Wed., Feb. 22, 9 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.

GO AEROSMITH with Lenny Kravitz While 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 France Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.

LOS LOBOS The real wolf mothers. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. (805) 653-0721.

GO PHARRELL with Bobby V., Teairra Mari Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim; Thurs., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.

–Falling JamesClubs

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. Band host 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.

Fri.—The Grievous Angels, Brian Rife, The Witnesses.

Every Sat.—Dan Giles’ singer-songwriter showcase featuring special guests TBA; at 11:30 p.m., it’s Scott Colomby & Ed Martin’s blues revue.

Every Sun.—Sean Howard hosts an open mike, 8 p.m.; later, it’s Matthew Thompson, Up All Night, followed by the late-night jam.

Mon.—Francine Robbins presents music TBA, 9 p.m.; at 11:30 p.m., it’s Bill Wiseman & the Wiseguys.

Every Tues.—Rasselmania, with four dueling guest DJs.

Every Wed.—Cabaret and jazz chanteuse Tina Stevens, followed by El Cochino’s Hump Day Fiesta; call for info.

Every Thurs.—Get scorched at El Diablo’s Funhouse, 9 p.m.

THE CANYON, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. A 2,000-pound gold Buddha greets you on entrance. Full dinner menu. Over 21. (818) 879-5016.

Fri.—Mini Driver, Boogie Knights, 9 p.m.; $10.

Sat.—The Fab Four, 9 p.m.; $26.50.

Wed.—Danny Seraphine & Marc Bonilla’s California Transit Authority, 9 p.m.; $10.

THE CAT CLUB, 8911 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom oversees this Sunset Strip saloon with an upstairs lounge, back patio and potential drop-in star power. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 657-0888.

Fri.—Club Fiend with music TBA.

Sat.—PSI, Selena Ryan, Shitting Glitter, Kingfinger, Junkload, Lustre.

Sun.—Happenin’ Harry & the Hap Tones All-Star Band, who are frequently joined by big-name metallisti.

Mon.—Voodoo Saints, Holly Gleason, Chris Fox, Prophecy, Olivia Reardon, Ron Buni.

Tues.—Los Defensores, Bobot Adrenaline, Van Randon, The Shannons, Still Life Homicide.

Wed.—108, Mercury Rose, Jaytea ASO, Sus Hijos, Wolfpack.

Thurs.—The Star Fuckers featuring Slim Jim Phantom, former Dee Dee Ramone sideman Stefan Adika, Gunners Dizzy Reid, Gilby Clarke, Snakepit man Eric Dover (and, usually, an abundance of name drop-ins); plus, Liars & Cheats, Trainwrecks, Ballentine, Genason.

COBALT CAFE, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. A whole lotta punk, hard rock, hip-hop and teenage rebellion at this all-ages coffeehouse. (818) 348-3789.

Fri.—Monumentous, Ruthven, Obliterated, Operation Downfall, Krisiun Classics, 6:15 p.m.; $7.

Sat.—Kerria,Dreams of Reality, A Heart Is Broken, Enblessin, Sound the Alarm, The Good Cheer, 7 p.m.; $10.

Sun.-Mon. & Wed.—Call for info.

Every Tues.—Rick Lupert hosts the spoken-word open reading, 9 p.m. (sign up at 8:30 p.m.; one-drink min.); preceded by an open mike at 8 p.m. This week’s guest is Los Feliz spoken-word artisan Keith Niles (Kiss the Bongwater).

Thurs.—Nothing Less, Disalto, Iris Code, Kidtoucher, Hindsight, 6:30 p.m.; $7.

THE DERBY, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz. This celebrity-friendly, spacious abode has curtained booths and a central bar for the thirsty. Dinner is served from Louise’s Trattoria. Over 21. (323) 663-8979.

Fri. & Thurs.—Call for info.

Every Sat.—The Den with guest DJs.

Sun.—Swing night features The Jonathan Stout Orchestra.

Mon.—Bella Beretta’s night of burlesque.

Tues.—The Breakups, others.

Wed.—The Absentee, Firebug, Grandville.

DRAGONFLY, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. Backroom and patio for passing out. Fri.-Sat. dance nights. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 466-6111.

Fri.—Miss Kitty’s Parlor, a tawdry fetish-themed affair.

Sat.—Fast Times at Dragonfly with music TBA, followed by DJ Ben Baller.

Every Sun.—The Spazmatics, DJ Morty.

Tues.-Wed.—Call for info.

Every Thurs.—Blazin’ Reggae, a dancehall-dub-night with guest DJs.

THE ECHO, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Full bar. Over 21 (some shows all ages). (213) 413-8200. See Dance Clubs for more info.

Fri.— The Aggrolites, Chow Nasty, Punky Reggae Party, 8:30 p.m.; $10; over 18.

Sat.— Aussie mood rockers The Drones; also, Kelly Stoltz, 6 p.m.; $8; all ages. At 10 p.m., Hang the DJs; $8; over 18.

Sun.— Some Girls, Upsilon Acrux, Bad Dudes, 6 p.m.; $8; all ages. At 10 p.m., Part Time Punks with Gogogo Airheart; no cover; over 18.

GO Mon.—An artfully varied no-cover bill with Lili de la Mora’s The Year Zero; pastoral dreaminess from True Classical combo Listing Ship (with members of Eels and W.A.C.O.); Cosmo Segurson (putting live scores to short films); elegantly layered prog-jazz rockisms via underrated musician-composer Michael Whitmore; plus, Minuteman Mike Watt and ex–Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler’s dueling bass duo, Dos; 8:30 p.m.; free.

Tues.—Latin reggae tribe Quinto Sol, with the deft, drastic dub master Scientist; Elijah Emmanuel & the Revelations, DJ Sloe Poke, 9 p.m.; $10.

Wed.—Dub Club with reggae DJs, 9 p.m.; $10.

Thurs.—Mice Parade, Tom Brousseau, Heavenly States, 8:30 p.m.; $8; over 18.

FAIS DO-DO, 5257 W. Adams Blvd. Beer & wine. Over 21 (unless otherwise indicated). (323) 954-8080.

14 BELOW, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 451-5040.

Fri.—Mike Watt’s Banyan; also, The Nervous Return, SNS; $10.

Sat.—San Francisco jam heads Tea Leaf Green; $15.

Every Sun.—Deadheads Cubensis.

Every Mon.—Ska from Meet Me at the Pub.

Tues.—Keith Wolf, Sam Mellon & the Skylarks, Mark Gothard.

Wed.—Die Young, Twig, Depkick, Joe Cardillo.

Thurs.—Skeleton Key, Tarantula A.D., Graves Brothers Deluxe.

GENGHIS COHEN, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd. Cozy but crucial A&R hang. Full bar. All ages. (323) 653-0640.

Fri.—Amanda Watkins, Jesse Friedman, Scott E. Moore, Beyond the Pale.

Sat.—Ryan Bisio, Melissa Maki, Coop, Cory Phillips.

Mon.—Ronee Martin, Albert Khasky.

Tues.—Joe Cardillo, Brandon Krandon, Ryker Jones.

Wed.—Edie Carey, Zach Brooke, Jason Roe.

Thurs.—Jennifer McClaren, Buck Johnson, Kevin Declure.

THE GIG, 7302 Melrose Ave., Hlywd. Low-lit, comfortable living-room-style ambiance. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 936-4440.

Fri.—Sloarace, Looks Like Rain, Sputnik Monroe; The Chills (not to be confused with the well-established New Zealand band of the same name).

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.

Fri.—Joal Ryan, Jennifer Hale, 8 p.m.; $5.

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.

Fri.—Pamela English, Trevor Davis, Kat Parsons.

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.

Fri.—Patrick Park, Pete Francis, Pedestrian, The Minor Canon, Anya Marina.

Sat.—King Straggler, Kelly Dalton, Kelly Fitzgerald, Melineh Kurdian, The Benevento/Russo Duo.

Sun.—Jesca Hoop, 10 p.m., plus, others.

Mon.—Justin King, Trevor Hall, Keith Varon.

Tues.—Zack Hexum & Charlie Paxson, Keaton Simons, Tyler Hilton, Matt Whipkey.

Wed.—Dead Rock West, others.

Thurs.—David Ryan Harris, Silver, Ernie Halter, Cary Judd, Ox.

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.

Mon.—Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp with Roger Daltrey, Mickey Hart, Dickey Betts, Neal Schon, others, 6:30 p.m.; $60; 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.

Every Mon.—Big Mondays with Waddy Wachtel, Rick Rosas,Phil Jones and frequent stellar drop-ins (Robert Plant, Keith Richards, George Clinton have visited), 9:30 p.m.; $10.

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.

Thurs.—Cecilia Noel & the Wild Clams, Lucas Revolution, The Make Believe, 7 p.m.; $10.

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.

Fri.—Basic with DJs Daniel Mnookin, Brian Far, Justin Gourley, John Do.

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: JMP with 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.

LARGO, 432 N. Fairfax Ave. A sit-down club with a strict no-chattering policy. Full bar. All ages. (323) 852-1073 or 852-1851.

GO Fri.-Sat.—Prolific keyboard king/producer Jon Brion, with guitarist Nels Cline (Sat. only).

Mon.—Comedy night has Louis CK, others.

Tues.—The Greg Proops Chat Show, with Margaret Cho.

Wed.—Kathleen Edwards, Sean Hayes.

Thurs.—One-man jazz-soul-rock phenom Chocolate Genius and friends .

LAVA LOUNGE, 1533 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd. Ultra-exotic tiki shrine to the lounge life. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 876-6612.

Fri.—The People, The Stereo Blasters, Ride the Blinds, Dhaene.

Sat.— El Olio Wolof, Whack Static, Withdrawal, Harpeth Trace.

Every Sun.—Kinky Karaoke with MC Todd, plus City Museum; no cover.

Mon.—Chris McFarland, Hillstomp, Glassell Park 3.

Tues.—The Golden Gods, Post-Stardom Depression.

Wed.—Crooked Cowboy, others.

Thurs.—Royal Houser, Ninefinger, Naughty Pet.

LIGHTHOUSE CAFE, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Cover $5 Fri.-Sun., free weeknights. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 372-6911.

Fri.—Music TBA, 4 p.m.; Have Another Monkey, 9 p.m.

Sat.—Neva, 11 a.m.; Wade Egan, 4 p.m.; Bad Kitty Project, 9 p.m.

Sun.—Patrice Quinn Jazz Quintet, 11 a.m.; reggae from Jahmark & the Soulshakers, 4 p.m., and Smoothie Jones & the Red-X, 9 p.m.

Tues.—Jeremy Buck.

Wed.—Infinity.

Thurs.—Gabriel’s Fallen, Outlet, Blind Cry,Bitter Start.

THE MALIBU INN, 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy. Reggae, hip-hop, rock and punk bands shake up diners at this venerable coastal spot. Full bar. Age limit varies. (310) 456-6060 or (310) 317-6146.

McCABE’S, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Wander through the gee-tars and other stringed things in this one-of-a-kind li’l shrine to live music. No alcohol; coffee, tea and sweets. All ages. (310) 828-4403 or 828-4497.

Fri.—Veteran singer-songwriter Cheryl Williams, 8 & 10 p.m.; $20.

Sat.-Sun.—The singular, countrified tales of Louisiana singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier; $17.50.

THE MINT, 6010 W. Pico Blvd. Back with new owners, an improved PA and a wide-open spectrum of musical acts. Music at 8:30 p.m. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 954-9400.

Fri.—Sin City Social Club features Rich McCulley, Tina Shlieske, Bob Woodruff, Buddy Zapata.

Sat.—Lissie & the Tramps, Secrets on Video, David Pack (“the voice of Ambrosia”); also, Karen Taytoyan, Taylor Vieger.

Sun.—Aaron Griffin, Coda Vesta, Remis Lupins, Ilonka.

Mon.—Hip-hop meets jazz event The Groove Pocket; first, a set from Mark Bransfield.

Tues.—The Orion Experience, Casey Black, Dreaming Ferns, Chris Cox, Kai Brown.

Wed.—Joe Greene, Paper Sun, Jesse Baylin, Justin Young, Ilonka.

Thurs.—Private event.

MR. T’S BOWL, 56211⁄2 N. Figueroa Ave., Highland Park. A charmingly ratty former bowling alley. Lunch and dinner daily. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 256-7561.

Fri.—Get on your bike for clattering punk rock missionaries The Mormons and friends; no cover.

Sat.—Unusual evening at the Bowl with live highlights from Thomas Kugler’s Lilith rock opera; a set from European swingers Ray Collins’ Hot Club; also, Masik; $5.

Sun.—Sinister Mob, others; no cover.

Every Mon.—Silent Rocker night; no cover.

Every Tues.—Open mike; sign up at 8:30 p.m.

Wed.—Diamond Struck Halo, Haivyn, others; no cover.

Thurs.—Criminal Belly and friends; no cover.

MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB, 575 S. Fairfax Ave. A neighborhood bar with friendly regulars, and Guinness stout and Harp lager on tap. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 935-1577 or (310) 578-5591, Ext. 2.

Fri.—Mikki Brisk, Randy Buth, Richie Kotzen, Grayson Hill.

Sat.—Bob Dhaene, Posterchild, Club Makeout.

Mon.—Sonus Quartet, Justin Clayton,Reeve Carney, plus an open mike; sign up at 8 p.m.

Tues.—In Memory,One Republic; Something Corporate’s William Tell.

Wed.—Mike Isenberg, Chris Valenti, The Darling Alarm.

Thurs.—Three Bad Jacks, others.

ROXY, 9009 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Local rock’s room of hope and glory, with one of the better PAs in town. Full bar. All ages (310) 276-2222.

GO Fri.—Mickey Avalon, Andre Legacy & Dirt Nasty, 2 Mex, Existereo, Blackbird, Shwayze, Cracked Out. See Music Pick. On the Rox: Buckets & Tap Shoes, The Jane Does, Beyondo, 9 p.m.

Sat.—The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. On the Rox: rollicking funk crew The Greasy Beats, DJ Mixmaster Wolf, 9 p.m.

GO Mon.—A major hard-rock meltdown with CKY (as in “Camp Kill Yourself”); plus, Sabbath-style visionaries Fireball Ministry; also, The Knives. On the Rox: Jack & Danielle, 9 p.m.

Tues.—The Petes, Trigger Faze. On the Rox: Glenn Michael, Table Twelve, Chris Paris, 9 p.m.

Wed.—The Supersuckers: Eddie Spaghetti and company gear up for another raunchy rock-roots breakdown; also, Rhino Bucket, Warner Drive. On the Rox: Steve Harris, The Year of the Dragon, 9 p.m.

GO Thurs.—The Derek Trucks Band gives the Allman Brothers drummer’s guitarist son a vehicle for jamming wildly on a whole planet’s worth of weird shit — quite enjoyably, too; also, Rev Payton's Big Damn Band. On the Rox: The Ventriloquists, 9 p.m. (Greg Burk)

RUSTY’S SURF RANCH, 256 Santa Monica Pier. The walls and ceiling are lined with one of the area’s largest collections of pre-1970s surfboards. Full bar. All ages. (310) 393-7386.

Fri.— Soundmind, The Current, Headpeace.

Sat.—Tom Nolan, Attic of Love.

Wed.—Number Six Dance, others.

THE SCENE, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale. A low-key, down-and-dirty roadhouse atmosphere, with plenty of indie and country-rock bands, and a regular crew of DJs to fill in any gaps. Full bar. Over 21. (818) 241-7029.

Fri.—Kill Radio, Controlling the Famous, Wintergreen, The Human Value; $7.

Sat.—Smut Peddlers, The Tramps, others; $8.

Sun.—The O.A.O.T’s, Guajiro, XUK, Rainman Suite; $5.

Mon.—Call for info.

Tues.—The Makeout Bandits, Black Comets, Pro Audio; $3.

Wed.—Master Slave, The Sundowners, Horace Weintraub; $5.

Thurs.—Thinking Aloud, Lampshade Serenade, Immune, Something of a Silhouette, Paper Planes; $7.

SILVERLAKE LOUNGE, 2906 Sunset Blvd. Cozy barfly atmosphere. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 666-2407.

Mon.—The Fold presents psych-dub thrillers Future Pigeon; plus, Mezklah, Blackbird, Pants Pants Pants; no cover.

Tues.—Aluminum Babe, Drugstore Cowgirls; $7.

Wed.—Eagle & Talon, Fairmona, Ing; $7.

Thurs.—Country-rock stylist Kathleen Edwards; Luke Doucet; $20.

THE SMELL, 247 S. Main St., dwntwn. An old storefront that doubles as a nightclub and art gallery. No booze. All ages okay. No phone.

Fri.—Shapes & Sizes, Kickball; Victoria, British Columbia, power-pop harmonizers The Immaculate Machine; Mt. Smaller, Thunder Sundress.

Sat.—Rock & Roll Is Noise Pollution fouls the ear with Militant Children’s Hour, Dom, Nosaj Thing, On & Off Superfast, Laco$te, Bizzart, Captain Ahab.

SPACELAND, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. Happening scene where people actually listen to the music. Full bar. Over 21 (323) 661-4380 or www.clubspaceland.com.

GO Fri.—Australian rock exciters The Drones rave through numbers from their CD Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By; plus others; $12.

Sat.—Brooklyn heavy rockers Early Man; Priestess, The Sword; $12.

Sun.—Loma Lynda, June in July, Eskimo Kisses, Rademacher; no cover.

GO Mon.—The Willowz, Heavenly States; no cover.

Tues.—Becky, The Slow Signal Fade, Elodie O; $5.

Thurs.—February residents Sabrosa Purr, conjuring songs from their recent EP, Music From the Violet Room; plus, Peter Walker; $5.

TAIX LOUNGE, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Escargot, too. Full bar. No cover. (213) 484-1265.

Fri.—The pop-rock wham of Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band; also, an acoustic set from The Waking Hours.

GO Sat.—Big-hearted country rockers Kingsizemaybe, with Shelli & Gary Eaton (ex–Continental Drifters), Robert Lloyd (John Wesley Harding), drummer Adam Maples (Legal Weapon) and ex-child-star-turned-guitar-whiz Robbie Rist.

Mon.—Vim; NYC Franco-pop chanteuse Elodie O.

GO Thurs.—A charming lineup with Gwendolyn, Michael Whitmore and Rubyfish’s Patria Jacobs.

TANGIER, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. This restaurant serving global cuisine features a plush Moroccan atmosphere, scarlet couches for lounging, and plenty of live music. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 666-8666.

Fri.-Sat.—DJs take over.

GO Sun.—The Fold presents the perpetually fabulous pop singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell, backed by upright bassist Ryan Feves, drummer Kevin Fitzgerald and banjo-saxist Jeff Turmes; $10.

Mon.—La Bella Ruse, Circle Course, Chase Frank; $5.

Tues.— Benji Hughes, Graham McRae, Colorforms; $7.

Wed.— Elodie O, Wisely, Erik Janson, Boo Ray; $8.

GO Thurs.— Dengue Fever, Bodies of Water, Impossible Shapes, DJ Saul Good; $10.

TEMPLE BAR, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. A candlelit lounge that fosters a community atmosphere. Full menu. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 393-6611.

Fri.—A benefit for a Kashmir-relief fund with Black Shakespeare, Jungli; $12.

Sat.—Daniel, Sy Smith; $10.

Sun.—Four the Hard Way, a spoken-word affair with A.K., Tony, D-Black, Paul Calderon, Michael Datcher; $5.

Mon.—Morning Theory, Mateo Denali; $5.

Tues.—Dave Portal, Beth Wimmer, Ryan Bisio; $7.

Wed.—Call for info.

Thurs.—A samba-fueled pre-Carnaval ball with Katia Moraes, Red Jerios; $10.

THE TROUBADOUR, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 276-6168.

Fri.—Moz clones Sweet & Tender Hooligans; Audio Karate.

GO Sat.—The Honorary Title, Limbeck, Koufax, Jeff Klein.

Sun.—Curtis Peoples, John Mark, Stripped Down Hollywood, Brady Sails.

Mon.—Attic of Love, Rue, Class of Zero, Six Ounce Gloves, Scifin; no cover ($3 if under 21). GO Tues.—Kyuss survivor Brant Bjork & the Bros; Indio’s finest, Fatso Jetson. See Music Pick.

Wed.—Jonah Matranga, Rocky Votolato, The Ferals, Curt Phillips.

Thurs.—With an ensnaring lo-fi sound and the high-flying vocals of Aja Volkman, Nico Vega definitely seems to be onto something (in other words, they don't suck). Also, The Plebz, The Bangkok 5, The Binges.

VIPER ROOM, 8852 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Streamlined art-deco moderne décor sets the tone for this celebrity-enthralled operation. Full bar. Over 21 (310) 358-1880.

Fri.—Valiant Thorr, plus some extremely unmentionable guest headliners.

Sat.—The Touch, Decal, 24E, Shaza.

Sun.—Red Hot Roxy, I Voted for Kodos, Kill Betty.

Mon.—Porterville, The Randies, Shapes of Race Cars, Last Amanda.

Tues.—Whitestarr, Paul Chesne, Poets & Pornstars, New Professionals, Ilonka.

Wed.—Facehumper, 2 Cent, The O.A.O.T’s, Guajira, The Minus 3.

Thurs.—Luna Halo, Kevin Max; also, at mid., Kingmixer.

WHISKY A GOGO, 8901 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. This historic joint remains a crucial spot for local aspirants and the occasional touring act. Two full bars. All ages. (310) 652-4202.

Fri.—Whiskey Circus, South Pacific Band, The Nihil, The Jeff Lane Band.

Sat.—Fringe, Fire on the Radio, Dream Sequence, XE03.

Sun.—Dez Hope, Dan Tedesco, Lauren Mayhew, Steel, Last Page Thief.

Mon.—Tessatura, Awakened by Dreams, Delilah.

Tues.—Jeepster, Run On Fragment, Everybody Else.

Wed.—Twig, Sonar, others.

Thurs.—Bleed the Sky, Warhead, Old Fashioned Beat Down, Eden Is Burning.

ZEN, 2609 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Long-established Japanese restaurant gone rock & roll features a full menu and sushi bar, and no less than three stages. Full bar. Cover varies. Over 21 (unless otherwise noted). (323) 665-2929.

Fri.—Red Lounge with indie/Latin-rock DJs.

Sat.—Bridges features hip-hop and reggae DJs.

Sun.—Tom Hamilton, Austin Williams, Fist Full of Nothing, Ashley Lennon Thomas. In the Red Room: The Old Ground, Carl & the Bushmills, Telephone & Telegraph; over 18; $5.

Mon.-Tues.—Call for info.

Wed.—The Jam Club’s open-mike night (sign up at 7 p.m.) has a set from Echoes Deluxe, 10 p.m.; over 18.

Thurs.—The Tattooed Millionaires, The Amplifiers, The White Demons, Grey Mourning. In the Red Room: Plastic Parachute, Emergency Rock Unit, Lemon Dropkick; over 18; $5.

Other Rock & Pop Events

GO The Fold presents offbeat guitar wizard Moris Tepper; the late Lowell’s daughter Inara George; also, “avant-pop & neo-lounge” from Tucson’s Marianne Dissard & Naïm Amor; at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri., Feb. 17; $10. (323) 668-0318. See Music Pick.

GO At Amoeba Music: hip-hoppers Aceyalone & RJD2, Fri., Feb. 17, 6 p.m.; Lil Rev’s ukulele shtick, Wed., Feb. 22, p.m.; NYC jazz-classical-warp pianist Uri Caine, Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 245-6400.

At The Pig ’n’ Whistle: Brett Martin, Weston Hudson, Daniel Miller, Landon Puff, Fri., Feb. 17; Jeremy Jones, Cey Jay, Zen Boogie, Sat., Feb. 18; 6714 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 463-0000.

At Room 5 Lounge: music TBA, Fri. & Tues., Feb. 17 & 21; Hayley Taylor, Bryan Master, Frankel, Petrocovich, Sat., Feb. 18; The Fallen Stars,Linda Geleris & Garrett Swayne, James Lee Stanley,Tony Lunn, Sun., Feb. 19; Jay Nash, Shane Alexander, Laura Jansen, Rob Giles, David Peters, Mon., Feb. 20; Red Letter Band, Caleb Kane, plus live comedy, Wed., Feb. 22; live comedy, Thurs., Feb. 23; on the Second Floor, 143 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd. (323) 938-2504.

At Little Temple: Giant Panda, Lightheaded, Fri., Feb. 17; music TBA, Sat., Feb. 18; 4515 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 660-4540.

At Alex’s Bar: Swingin’ Utters, Hit by a Semi, The Politicians, Fri., Feb. 17, $15; music TBA, Sat., Feb. 18; Post Stardom Depression, The Golden Gods, Thurs., Feb. 23, $5; 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach; over 21. (562) 434-8292.

At The Good Hurt: 6 Figures, Save Every Tear, Fifth One Down, Star Off Machine, Stereopast, Fri., Feb. 17; Corrupt Souls, Phear Origin, Circuit, Mesck, Sat., Feb. 18; 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; 21 & over. (310) 390-1076.

At The Riverbottom: CORE, Fri., Feb. 17; Hired Gunn, Joe Blues & the Backseat Drivers, Sat., Feb. 18; 4201 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. For info, call (818) 541-1522.

At Paladino’s: OU812, Mr. Scary, Rude Awakening, Fri., Feb. 17; Pump, Godz of Thunder, Rivet, Loose Change, Sat., Feb. 18; 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana; music at 8 p.m. (818) 342-1563.

GO Do not fail to dig this thoroughly insane, won’t-see-’em-anywhere-else garage-rock brawl, with the first local show in two years by S.F.’s The Flakes (with the Bobbyteens’ Russell Quon); Missouri marauders Thee Fine Lines; The Hexxers, The Okmoniks; the juiced-up twist frenzy of Sir Dance A Lot (featuring the Phantom Surfers’ Mike Lucas); plus the incredibly strange South Bay Surfers; and silver-tongued sicko MC James Beck; at The Stagger Inn, 9108 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower; Sat., Feb. 18, 9 p.m.; $10. (562) 866-9311.

At The Vault 350: Delinquent Habits, Street Platoon, Global City, Self Scientific, Fri., Feb. 17, $18; Tha Alkoholiks, Romeo & DJ, Thurs., Feb. 23; 350 Pine Ave., Long Beach; music at 9 p.m. (562) 590-5566.

At Il Corral: Thee Dung Mummy has plenty of strangeness from Fuxedos, The Master Musicians of Hop Frog, Conure, Naomi, Callbox (an improv project with members of Radio Vago), The Twittering Machine, plus The Hashashin Sound System, Sat., Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m., $6; Browinghasm, Biz Art, Hologram Fang, others, Mon., Feb. 20; 664 N. Heliotrope Dr., Silver Lake. (323) 663-0137.

Patsy Grind, Sarah Green, others at Di Piazza’s Restaurant & Lounge, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach; Sat., Feb. 18. (562) 498-2461.

At Boardner’s: Goth haven Bar Sinister has Miles Mosely, Marilyn, Sat., Feb. 18; Club London with music TBA, Sun., Feb. 19; 1652 N. Cherokee Ave., Hlywd. (323) 462-9621.

Joe Napolitano sets up at Sea Level Records, 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sun., Feb. 19, 3 p.m.; free; all ages. (213) 989-0146.

At fabled rock-star hang The Rainbow Bar & Grille: Jonathan Balas, Edwin Luis Martin, David Hallam, Randy Fowler, Tommy Mac, Sun., Feb. 19; open-mike night every Mon.; 9015 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 278-4232.

Keary Jon Botley, Michelle Repajic let fly at The Sisters of Bubik, 34 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; Thurs., Feb. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. (626) 744-9220.

There’s live music at The Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Blvd., Universal City; every Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. (818) 766-2114.

Say what? BeatlElvis Live, “featuring songs of good old days,” at Big China, 911 N. Broadway, dwntwn.; every Fri. & Mon., 7:30 p.m. (213) 617-6823.

At Maui Sugar Mill Saloon: Reed Walsh & Janis Massey, every Fri.; Bobbie Blue, every Wed.-Thurs.; 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; no cover, but two-drink min.; over 21. (818) 344-0034.

–Falling James & Jonny Whiteside

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