Over the Weekend: Cage and Yak Ballz at El Rey, Also I Like to Rock, VIP Sneak Peek at Bigfoot Lodge West

This weekend was about one thing and one thing only: live music. While our sister papers Riverfront Times and Village Voice rocked out at Pitchfork Music Festival '09 and Siren Festival '09, respectively, the L.A. Weekly opted for more intimate club and theater fare. Dios, part of our current cover story "Buddyhead Redux," played a sold-out gig at the Troubadour on Saturday, while the same night Definitive Jux rappers Cage and Yak Ballz brought some New York flavor to the El Rey. Our weekend also included Foreign Born and Warpaint at the Hammer and a VIP sneak peek at the new bar Bigfoot Lodge West. Read on for more of what we did and who we saw...

Cardboard City West: Cage and Yak Ballz Live at the El Rey

Chauncey, F. Sean Martin and Cage on stage at the El Rey

Erin BroadleyChauncey, F. Sean Martin and Cage on stage at the El Rey

Definitive Jux rapper Chris "Cage" Palko brought his Depart From Me tour through Los Angeles to the El Rey on July 18, along with Cardboard City cohorts Chauncey CC, F. Sean Martin and Yak Ballz. Other CC luminaries at the gig included Definitive Jux label CEO and rapper El-P and "I Never Knew You" music video director and actor Shia LaBeouf. Read more in Alexia Tsotsis' live review, plus view beyond the stage photos in the "Cardboard City West: Cage and Yak Ballz @ El Rey" slideshow.

More Sasquatch, Please: Bigfoot Lodge West Sneak Peek
Bigfoot Lodge West

Timothy NorrisBigfoot Lodge West

Bigfoot Lodge West opened its doors on July 17 for locals and a few VIPs close to the project for a preview of the new Venice Boulevard location which will have its grand opening on July 22. How do the new digs hold up to the original eastside bar favorite? Check out the photos in Timothy Norris' Bigfoot Lodge West slideshow and let us know in the comments.

Also I Like to Rock: Foreign Born and Warpaint at the Hammer Museum
Also I Like to Rock

Timothy NorrisAlso I Like to Rock

Foreign Born and Warpaint rocked the "Also I Like to Rock" free concert series at the Hammer Museum on July 16. View more photos in Timothy Norris' slideshow and read Randall Roberts' live review.