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Over The Weekend

Over the Weekend: The Crystal Method Play Secret Show, Julian Casablancas Begins His Downtown Residency, Plus LMFAO and PMX

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Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Thought the LA nightlife would calm down after Halloween? You thought wrong. From secret shows to Asian pop culture conventions, we were out and about this weekend. Keep reading to find out what happened.

Julian Casablancas at Palace Theater

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  • Timothy Norris

Julian Casablancas marked his move to Los Angeles with a residency at downtown's Palace Theater. At Friday night's inaugural gig, friends like Fabrizio Moretti, Albert Hammond, Jr. and Devendra Banhart were in attendance to cheer on The Strokes' frontman. Check out Timothy Norris' photos in his "Julian Casablancas @ Palace Theater" slideshow and read Drew Tewksbury's live review.

The Crystal Method Secret Show at Echoplex

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  • Colin Young-Wolff

Techno stalwarts The Crystal Method returned to the stage on Saturday night with a secret Echoplex show. Read Dennis Romero's review and peruse Colin Young-Wolff's photo gallery.

LMFAO's Party Rock Tour at Hollywood Palladium

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  • Timothy Norris

LMFAO brought the party rock to Hollywood with a massive show featuring performances from Shwayze, Far East Movement, Paradiso Girls and Space Cowboy. The fans, in return, showed up sporting their biggest, geekiest pairs of glasses. Check out the scene in Timothy Norris' photo gallery.

Pacific Media Expo

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  • Shannon Cottrell

Shannon Cottrell and I spent this weekend at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport for Pacific Media Expo. The annual convention combines pop culture trends from across Asia for an event that mixes fashion, martial arts, music and, of course, anime. Check out Shannon's photo gallery and the first installment of our blog coverage.

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    OK GO performed to a sold out Troubadour on Tuesday night. Their fourth studio album, Hungry Ghosts, is out soon. DC Myles Hendrik opened the night. All photos by Timothy Norris.
  • Nico Vega's Album Release Party
    The Sunset Strip burned up the music scene as Nico Vega launched their Lead to Light record release bash Monday night at The Roxy. Dark Waves played an amazing debut performance, while Queen Caveat broke open the the jammed packed club. Nico Vegas frontwoman Aja Volkman danced in the crowd, brought the party on stage, and painted dots on fans foreheads. Good times as always on the Strip! All photos by Michele McManmon.
  • Air Guitar Championship Semifinals @ The Troubadour
    The Southwest Semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championship were held last Saturday at the historic Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. The event determined who would compete as regional representatives at the 2014 National Finals in Kansas City on August 9th. The colorful contestants (many of whom opted for elaborate codpieces) were judged by comedians Kristen Schaal and the Sklar Brothers. The top score was awarded to crowd-surfing guitarist Kingslayer, the mother of a teenage son who also competed wearing little more than an American flag bathing suit. All photos by Gustavo Turner.