The fact that the Sunset Strip, mainly known for museum-piece metal bands, is relevant again is thanks almost entirely to the Roxy, where a new talent buyer has been on a roll. Since joining the Roxy in January, Goldenvoice's Chris Diaz regularly scoops Eastside competitors such as the Echo and the Satellite with a calendar that resembles an especially cool Coachella tent. In May alone, the club hosted Jenny Lewis, Lykke Li, Atmosphere and Against Me!, as well as newcomers Chet Faker and Parquet Courts. The Roxy has lured more established acts in part by booking them for multinight runs, allowing fans to see X, The Faint or Bob Mould in a more intimate setting. And it's been continuing to branch out adventurously into hip-hop and electronic music, with experimental artists Shabazz Palaces, Cage and Plaid. Credit Diaz and owner Nic Adler for honoring the Strip's past with a booking policy that looks to the future. —Andy Hermann
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