Can L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar rock a dancefloor? Will he take home a free set of headphones? Will anybody be able tell Proposition 15 from Questions 67 & 68 (sorry, bad classic rock reference) after DJ Jeremy Dawson's set tonight? Answers to these questions and more at the Echo, where California Common Cause mounts a benefit for the Yes on Proposition 15 campaign. [Background.] Didn't know there was a primary coming up? Get educated and dance -- Dawson spins; San Diego's White Apple Tree and Buddy Akai play live sets; Huizar gives a speech; and Ultimate Ears gives away 300-plus sets of headphones. Which isn't bad for a 10-buck ticket and having to hear a pep talk from a politician.
Elsewhere: Excellent lineup at the Hotel Cafe, where the Ruby Friedman Orchestra is joined by Wheelhouse (the new project from the Broken West's Brian Whelan) and Bob Forrest & Zander Schloss. ... Shane Alexander celebrates the release of his fourth album "Mono Solo" at the Mint. ... The Bullets toast the release of their debut "Sweet Misery" at the Troubadour. ... Jonny Lang jams at the Grammy Museum. ... And it's Beatmo at the House of Blues.
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Also: 3OH!3 and Cobra Starship at Club Nokia; the California's EP release show at Spaceland (HoneyHoney supports); Rocket and the Damn Sons play a free show at the Viper Room; First Aid Kit at the Bootleg Theater; Pacific Hurt (formerly Aushua) at the Silverlake Lounge; and Dark Tranquility at the Key Club.