The annual Sunset Junction Street Festival in Silver Lake has expanded so much in recent years that it's grown far beyond its original roots as a neighborhood fair that booked primarily underground local bands. As the prices have risen sharply at this formerly donation-only event, the consolation prize has been that the promoters have sometimes landed big-name headliners such as the New York Dolls, the Cramps and Sleater-Kinney. This year's lineup doesn't boast such major surprises, and it didn't help that one of the original headliners, soul legend Isaac Hayes, recently died. But, hold on Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) is coming to save the day with a tribute to the late, great Black Moses. You also get: the primal, heavily ripping Akron blues-rock duo the Black Keys (pictured) the soulful indie-punk hammering and droning, choppy riff entanglements of Long Beach's ambitious town criers, Cold War Kids; Monterrey, Mexicos sleek dance-rock assassins Kinky; the maxi-beat-fortified funk and horny horns of Brooklyns Antibalas; reunited, hazily low-key country-rock stylists Beachwood Sparks; Broken Social Scene, the sprawling Toronto collective that's launched simpatico performers like Metric and Feist; and several SoCal bands with varying degrees of populist potential, including new-wavey Joshua Tree art-rockers Gram Rabbit, ecstatic harmonizers Bodies of Water and smart-pop rockers Oliver Future. 3700-4300 blocks of Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. Also Sunday.
Aug. 23-24, noon, 2008