"L.A. proved too much for the man," sang Gladys Knight, "So he's leavin' the life he's come to know, He said he's goin' back to find [Ooh, said the Pips] what's left of his world, The world he left behind, Not so long ago." Well, "the man" was kind of a wuss, right? You don't have to take that midnight train to Georgia if you got the L.A. blues: the week is basically over (congrats, singletons: you survived Valentine's day!) so you should get out and enjoy the Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend.
This weekend there are some incredible shows--hip hop, garage, pop, and everything in between. Let's see what's up:
FRIDAY FEB. 18: THE REVIVAL SESSIONS w/ HANNI EL KHATIB + NICK WATERHOUSE + DJS JAMIE STRONG (STONE'S THROW) + JEREMY SOLE (KCRW)
All of these cats are amazing but Nick Waterhouse will pretty much blow your mind. He sounds like the best of early R&B with a heavy dose of Wild Records rockabilly. Hanni al Khatib is no slouch too, making garage rock with nothing but him, a guitar, and a drummer, and covering songs that range from jazz standards to Kelis. Seriously. And Stones Throw and KCRW DJs under the same roof? Go.
Where: Private Speakeasy at 52 Windward Ave
Info: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; $10 with RSVP; $20 for no RSVP
FRI FEB. 18 HAR MAR SUPERSTAR + P.O.S. (AND MIKE MICTLAN OF DOOMTREE)+ MARIJUANA DEATH SQUAD + SKOAL KODIAK
Sean Mathew Tillman (a.k.a Har Mar Superstar) looks suspiciously like a young Ron Jeremy, which would be kind of disturbing if he didn't make such catchy music, mixing electro, R&B, and pop with ease as he bounces around on stage in his Y-fronts. He's opened for the Strokes, Tenacious D, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and acted as a corporate spokesperson. Not bad for a guy who's main schtick is shaking a tailfeather to the beat of some extremely catchy tunes. There are so many good reasons to see him better catch him while you can!
Where: The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
When: every Friday in February
SATURDAY FEB. 19 DJ QUIK
Dj QUIK Born and Raised in Compton
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DJ Quik (née David Martin Blake) has been called a DJ, producer, MC, rapper, gangsta rapper, and West Coast legend. He got his start with a series of mixtapes that eventually landed him a record contract. Records like his debut album, Quik is the Name got him platinum sales; he's also produced such artists as 2Pac, Snoop, and Jay-Z, teamed up with West Coast legend Kurupt, and moved millions of units over the course of his fifteen-plus-years long career. You have a chance to see him in a pretty intimate venue--how often can one say that about a foundational figure in hip hop?
Where: the Key Club
Saturday Feb. 19: FAST FORWARD with KCRW DJ ANTHONY VALADEZ + PUFFS + DESTROYER
Anthony Valadez is a former marine who has been DJing for over 15 years. You can hear his show on the radio--it's called "Anthony Valadez", in fact--and is home to a broken beats, jazz keys, fuzz guitar, and a variety of eclectic sounds and rhythms. The Little Temple is one of our favorite places to be--come to what is sure to be a party as Anthony and guests spin hip hop, mashups, dancehall, and Latin. Hear Anthony Valadez' show here.
Where: the Little Temple
When: 9:00 pm
Info: 21+ /Free before 10pm; $8 after
SUNDAY FEB. 20: TED LEO + Q&A w/ KEITH MORRIS (BLACK FLAG/CIRCLE JERKS/OFF!)
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An event where you can learn, hear amazing rock music, and hear people say funny things, possibly? Win-win-win. Keith Morris of such legendary bands as the Circle Jerks, Off!, and Black Flag will be participating in a Q & A with Ted Leo, and Ted Leo will give a performance. Presented by FYF Fest so you know it's awesome!
Info: $10/all ages