"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 (who works after a Thursday? Peasants!) so you should get out and enjoy the Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend.There is absolutely no excuse. None. We know it's cold, we know Valentine's day is coming up, we know! But these are some world-class acts, right here, for as little as $8:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4: HAR MAR SUPERSTAR+GIANT DRAG+MARIJUANA SUPERSTAR
Har Mar Superstar plays R&B influenced pop, dances around on stage in his underpants, and looks a lot like Ron Jeremy. If this isn't enticing to you (especially you ladies) we don't know what to say. Seriously, though--the music is good, the lyrics are witty, and the act is intense. For $8? Bargain.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4: MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON+GASLAMP KILLER+PEANUT BUTTER WOLF+ANNA WISE
All of this stuff rules, but our favorite is Brainfeeder DJ Gaslamp Killer. Blending samples and beats to make amazing Turkish psyche there never was (but definitely should have been), GLK has been one of our favorites long before he released his now-much coveted Deathgate EP. Also, the show is at the Natural History Museum, which in and of itself is awesome. And Peanut Butter Wolf rules too, duh.
When: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Where: the Natural History Museum
Info: Passes start at $15 and go up, depending on what you're there for. Go here for more info.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5: THE MUFFS + JOHN WICKS AND THE RECORDS
The Muffs are a pop punk trio that has been blowing minds since their formation in 1991. That's a long time! Their discography includes releases on Warner Brothers and Subpop, The lead singer and guitarist, Kim Shattuck, was also a member of the all-female rock'n'roll legend the Pandoras, so, yeah, she's pretty amazing. So is the rest of the band. See it.
When: 8:30 pm
Where: the Satellite
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4: TENNIS AT THE ECHO
Tennis is a husband and wife duo who make dreamy songs about sailing, adventure , and partying. Think Chantels meet Don Ho, with a little Primitives. It's cold outside, yes, but the music will warm you up and make you think of pleasant evenings drinking daquiris and looking at the ocean.
When: 8:30 pm
Where: the Echo
Info: $10 advance/$12 at door, 18+
SATURDAY FEBURARY 5: TIJUANA PANTHERS + AUDACITY
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Long Beach's TJ Panthers play lighthearted surf-inflected punk that's kind of like the Soft Pack or the Feelies but with a little more oomph. Origami vinyl is an amazing record store. It is a match made in heaven. And Audacity is not too shabby either--if you like the Adolescents or Red Cross, you'll dig them. This event is both a tribute to the Nerves and a record release party--win, win, and win.
When: 7 pm
Where: Origami Vinyl
Info: Free, all ages