Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.
"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 email@example.com; $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
Uploaded by oublierleracismeskyblog. - See the latest featured music videos.
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!)
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
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.