There’s something wonderfully daft about Echo Park Rising. The four-day fest evokes the arty community spirit of the early Sunset Junction gatherings but, apart from a couple of outdoor stages, EPR is more of an indoors affair. Dozens of musicians perform in such traditional music venues as the Echoplex and Taix French Restaurant, but they also pop up along a stretch of Sunset Boulevard in intimate record stores and clothing shops. Everything’s free (although $20 and $35 VIP tickets are available), and the variety and level of musical quality exceed other SoCal neighborhood fests. Reunited ’80s Echo Park scene-setters Popdefect appear alongside modern indie-rock/pop-punk explorers Pipe Dreams, Miss Jupiter, Veronica Bianqui and Spare Parts for Broken Hearts. Authentic ’60s survivors The Sloths lead into such acolytes as The Creation Factory, juxtaposed with Miles Mosley, Haunted Summer and Egrets on Ergot. Also Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 19-20.