The Culture Collide festival, which kicked off Thursday night at five venues in Silver Lake, Echo Park and downtown, is making for some wonderful daze in the neighborhood.
The brainchild of Filter music mag, the inaugural event has imported bands from more than a dozen nations, sprinkled them onto bills with U.S. and local acts and called it a festival -- and tonight's guitar-heavy lineup at the Echo and Echoplex and Sunday's street fair in Echo Park are evidence that somebody has their finger on the pulse.
Tonight's lineup, for instance, brings noisy Canadians the Besnard Lakes and Land of Talk together with noisy Brits Klaxons, the Boxer Rebellion and Amusement Parks on Fire. (Klaxons are playing a sold-out show at the Troubadour on Saturday too.) Not far away, at Spaceland, noisy (and fun) Spaniard El Guincho headlines.
Sunday's outdoors event goes off on Reservoir Street between Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park and it's headlined by local darlings Jenny & Johnny, with Tokyo Police Club, Phantogram, Fran Healy of Travis and White Lies all joining in the three-stage mayhem.
A bit dizzying? Check out the full schedule here.
Other weekend highlights:
-- Arcade Fire plays the second of its two-night stand tonight at the Shrine Auditorium.
-- Reformed U.K. shoegazers Chapterhouse -- with Ulrich Schnauss opening and playing keyboards in the band -- plays to a sold-out Troubadour.
-- Caribou plugs tonight in at the Music Box, with Nite Jewel opening.
-- Liz Phair gets all "Funstyle" tonight at the El Rey Theatre.
-- Jack Johnson plays a sold-out Hollywood Bowl tonight.
-- Husband-and-wife team the Weepies play the El Rey on Sunday behind their new album "Be My Thrill."
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-- And '80s faves Tom Tom Club get their genius back to do a night at the Echoplex.
Also tonight: Tokyo Police Club at the Glass House in Pomona; Les Shelleys at McCabe's; Kaskade at the Palladium; James Apollo at the Hotel Cafe; Brian Ray at the Roxy; the Urxed at the Smell; Big Sandy at the Redwood Bar; the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Mint; Richie Kotzen at the Viper Room; and Warner Drive at the Key Club.
Also Saturday: Montonix, Mariachi El Bronx and the Franks at Spaceland (Culture Collide festival); Cass McCombs and the Black Atlantic at 826LA (Culture Collide); White Lies and Voxhaul Broadcast at the Echoplex (Culture Collide); Klaxons at the Troubadour; Street Dogs at the El Rey; Jim Kweskin at McCabe's; the Fab Four at Club Nokia; Bassnectar at the Wiltern; a second night of Kaskade at the Palladium; Continues at the Smell; La Vie at the Hotel Cafe; Rocket and Paper Cranes at 3 Clubs; Berlin at Brixton South Bay; Super Diamond at the Key Club; the Mormon's at Casey's Bar downtown; Permanent Ability at the Viper Room; and the Gears at the Redwood Bar. Note: The Rascal Flatts concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre has been postponed due to illness and rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 17.
Also Sunday: Culture Collide street festival (on Reservoir Street between Alvarado and Sunset in Echo Park) featuring Jenny & Johnny, Tokyo Police Club, Phantogram, White Lies, Monotonix, the Boxer Rebellion, Cass McCombs, Amusement Parks on Fire, the Tender Box and others; the Marietta James at Spaceland; Palmdale at the Hotel Cafe; Trevor Hall at the Mint; the Spazmatics at the Key Club; 100 Monkeys at the Roxy; Kamikaze Red at the Viper Room; and Kenny White at McCabe's.