You either have the compunction for Sunset Junction, or you don't.
Fact is, it's a busy weekend for live music in Los Angeles even without the the 30th installment of the annual street fair. So in the interests of spanning the globe that is L.A., here are some non-Junction functions:
Three big deals in the great out of doors:
-- The legendary Al Green hits the Greek on Saturday night (with the Pointer Sisters in tow).
-- And John Mayer holds forth at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday evening.
Three free deals in the great out of doors:
-- Cambodian psych-pop outfit Dengue Fever plays tonight at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena.
-- Saturday's Grand Performances bill at California Plaza downtown features "The Nortec Collective presents: Bostich & Fussible," along with Mr. Vallenato and Ceci Bastida.
-- And if you want to be close to Sunset Junction without $20 leaving your wallet, there are local bands such as Dante Vs. Zombies, White Arrows, Light FM, Useless Keys and Summer Darling playing a stage at Malo as part of Conjunction Junction.
Three club shows that might top a list on any other weekend:
-- Crowded House plays Club Nokia tonight behind its excellent new album "Intriguer."
-- John Legend & the Roots hold forth tonight at the Troubadour.
-- Local folkies Chief celebrate the release of their debut "Modern Rituals" on Domino with a show tonight at the Bootleg Theater.
You want more? Greedy ...
Also Friday: Matt Sorum and the Darling Stilettos at the Viper Room; electro songstress MNDR at the Echo; Hepcat at the Music Box; the Toledo Show at the Commerce Casino; Tijuana Panthers and the Franks at the Redwood Bar; Memphis Rascals, the Mother Truckers and Bryan Titus at the Mint; Ha Ha Tonka and Old Californio at Spaceland; the Warlocks and Summer Darling at Spaceland; Pictureplane at the Echoplex; Fly Me to Brazil at the Roxy; Scars on Broadway at the Avalon; Annie Stela & Lucas Field and Jay Buchanan at the Hotel Cafe; Yonder Mountain String Band at the House of Blues; Liz Pappademas at Pehrspace; Captain Ahab at the Smell; LA Guns at the Galaxy Theatre; and Night Horse's in-store at Vacation Vinyl.
Also Saturday: The Dave Mathews Band at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; the BellRays at Spaceland; the Bodeans at Pershing Square downtown; Cary Brothers at the Troubadour; Ben Sollee and Sara Lov at the Bootleg Theater; LA Guns at Brixton in Redondo Beach; Josh Rifkin at the Hotel Cafe; Le Switch and Spirit Animal playing at the Downtown Independent Theater after a screening of the movie "The Scenesters;" Useless Keys at Casey's downtown; the Cliks at the Roxy; LA Font at Echo Curio; Boy Hits Car at Saint Rocke; and Former Ghosts at the Smell.
Also Sunday: Agent Ribbons and the Sister Ruby Band at the Bootleg Theater; Rabbits Running, Parade of Lights and Radio Freq at Spaceland; Baths and Jeans Wilder at the Downtown Independent Theater after the screening of "The Scenesters;" Crooked Still at McCabe's; Nostalghia at the Hotel Cafe; and the So Cal Underground Band Slam at the Music Box with That Noise, Dead Man's Army, Fiction Nation and Whiskey Six, among others.