This weekend: Sunset Strip Music Festival, Boris, Cyndi Lauper, the Antlers, Morris Day, Cap'N Jazz, Something Corporate, Chemical Brothers
By now, we're sure you have your strategy mapped out for Saturday's street festival portion of the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
You're hitting the Sunset Strip early for Semi Precious Weapons; you're darting between outdoor stages for the likes of Travie McCoy, Neon Trees, Slash, Kid Cudi and Common; and, if you're a Smashing Pumpkins fan, you're dropping anchor at the West Stage to get a good spot the headliner, and maybe re-reading our wide-ranging interview with Billy Corgan.
Or maybe you don't. Maybe you're not the type to follow the herd and, despite the daunting list of set times, you're up for seeing a Next Big Thing. You need to hit the indoor venues for that, and we're here to help. Here's our shortlist for club-hoppers:
-- Vanaprasta (5:20 p.m. at the Key Club): The L.A. quintet's debut album Healthy Geometry (finished but not yet released) is a head rush of twining guitars, ripped rhythms and Steven Wilkin's big tenor. The Killers with doctoral degrees in guitar rock.
-- White Arrows (2:40 at the Cat Club): Dance-rockers whose August residency at Spaceland has been going off, this sextet exudes cool.
-- Casxio (7:35 at the Key Club): Another L.A. band whose debut album is about to hit. Hunky frontman/bassist/crooner Lucas Guerin and crew can funk it up with the best of them, but not in an obvious way. Their song "Seventeen" should have been a stone cold hit by now.
-- AWOLNATION (8:20 at the Key Club): The new project from Aaron Bruno (Under the Influence of Giants) brings bombastic synth-rock and a let's-party-in-outer-space vibe.
-- Wicker (7:30 at the Roxy): Doing their damnedest not to lost in the tsunami of vapid Sunset Strip party bands, they might just succeed.
-- Links (7 at the Cat Club): Young rock 'n' soul quartet, working on their full-length debut, gets better with every outing.
Also tonight: Boris and Red Sparowes at the El Rey; Cyndi Lauper at the Greek Theatre; the Fling and Deep Sea Diver at Spaceland; Flosstradamus at Vanguard; the Juliana Theory at the Glass House; the Little Ones at the Echo; Jon Brion at Largo; Pete Molinari and Patrick Park at the Redwood; the Jayhawks' Mark Olson at McCabe's; Kix at the House Blues; Delta Rose and Warner Drive at the Viper Room; the Expendables at the Roxy; Asia at Club Nokia; Unwritten Law and Nico Vega at the Key Club; Denim Family Band at the Hotel Cafe; Stoic Ideal at the Troubadour; Gamble House at Pehrspace; the Shants at Echo Curio; Shannon Curtis at the Bootleg Theater; Neverever at 3 Clubs; and Damion Romero at the Smell.
Also Saturday: The Antlers at Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Museum; Morris Day at the Greek Theatre; Joan Sebastian at the Gibson Amphitheatre; Cap'N Jazz, Abe Vigoda and the Black Apples at the Echoplex; Something Corporate at Club Nokia; the Juliana Theory at the El Rey Theatre; Former Ghosts at the Troubadour; Moenia at the House of Blues; Oneida and the Lights at Spaceland; Jaill and Woah Hunx at the 6th Street Warehouse; Jon Brion and Nels Cline at Largo; Matthew Sweet at McCabe's; Boris and Red Sparowes at the Glass House; Pete Molinari and Eleni Mandell at the Redwood Bar; Andre Theirry at the Mint; Useless Keys at Casey's downtown; Cobra Lilies at Pehrpsace; David Poe at the Hotel Cafe; Pete Swanson at the Smell; Cinder Cone at Echo Curio; and the Hold Steady and Rogue Wave at a RSVP-only, beer-sponsored event in Culver City.
Also Sunday: The Chemical Brothers, Chromeo and Yacht at the Hollywood Bowl; the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot at the Greek Theatre; West Indian Girl at the Hotel Cafe; Ron Emory at Spaceland; Batwings Catwings at the Echo; Magic Johnson at the Smell; Pete Molinari at the Redwood Bar and Pete Swanson at Echo Curio.
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