Rock & Pop


PENNYWISE with No Use for a Name, Suicide Machines, Love Equals Death.Hermosa Beach’s finest punk thugs, Pennywise, invade Hollywood with scabrously irreverent tunes such as “Fox TV” from their recent CD, The Fuse. Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. (213) 480-3232. And at Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; Sat., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. (805) 653-0721.

GUITAR CENTER DRUM-OFF: Grand Finals features Bad Religion, Travis Barker & Adrian Young, The Bronx. Journeymen punks Bad Religion headline, but don’t miss the opening pairing of duelling drummers with Transplants’ Travis Barker facing off against No Doubt/Bow Wow Wow’s agile skins-pounder Adrian Young. THE Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Sat., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. (213) 380-5005.

GO ROCK & ROE, a benefit to support the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, includes music from former Captain Beefheart guitarist Moris Tepper and rock parodists Tenacious D, plus comedy from Greg Proops, Louis CK and Laura Kightlinger. HENRY FONDA THEATER, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; $100-$45. (866) 468-3399. See Hoopla.

RON RHODE Despite his last name, the keyboardist prefers “the mighty Wurlitzer” to banging the 88’s on a Rhodes. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Sun., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. (310) 322-2592.

GO THE ISLEY BROTHERS From the primal, skeletal riffs of “Twist & Shout” to the funkdafied soul of “It’s Your Thing” (and beyond), the surviving Isleys remain a potent force of nature. Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlwyd.; Mon., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. (213) 480-3232. See Music Pick.

—Falling James


Due to the erratic lives of musicians and the capricious personalities of promoters, all of the following bookings are subject to change for no apparent reason.

THE ANARCHY LIBRARY, 13250 Woodruff Ave., Downey. Scads of punk rock at the self-proclaimed “CBGB of SoCal.” Full bar. Over 21. (562) 803-9134.

Fri.—Sloka, L-10 Project, House Divided,The Fratellis.

GO Sat.—Nardcore veterans Dr. Know; Smut Peddlers; original ’77 Hollywood punk Billy Bones fronts the still-­thriving Skulls; from France, it’s JetSex; plus, Hit by a Semi, 8:30 p.m.; $10.

Sun.-Mon.—Call for info.

Tues.—Louis & the Joey G. Band’s open mike blues jam.

Wed.—Gitch, Pillow Talk, The Pristines, Bondage Fairies, 8 p.m.

Thurs.—Drop Joy; Kansas City’s The Architects, 9 p.m.

ANASTASIA’S ASYLUM, 1028 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Board games, cushiony sofas and a full veggie menu. No cover. All ages. (310) 394-7113.

Fri.-Thurs.—Call for info.

BLUE CAFE, 210 The Promenade, Long Beach. Beachfront club with 13 full-size pool tables upstairs, patio seating and dancing; full dinner menu. Full bar. Over 21. (562) 983-7111 or

Fri.—LMNO; first, The Lost Grooves, 6 p.m.

Sat.—Blues exciter Coco Montoya; also Souled Blues; get an early start with Luke & the Locomotives, noon-5 p.m.

Sun.—Reggae from Jah Fellowship; the blues of Mama’s Boys, 1-6 p.m. In the Blue Room: Love Drunks.

Mon.-Tues.—Call for info.

Wed.—Bull Lee, Tail Dragger, Domestic Internationals.

Thurs.—Dead clones Cubensis.

CANTER’S KIBITZ ROOM, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd. Matzo ball soup–adjacent, cozy room. No cover. Full bar and food. Over 21. (323) 651-2030.

Fri.—Call for info.

Every Sat.—Dan Giles’ singer-songwriter showcase featuring special guests TBA; at 11:30 p.m., it’s Scott Colomby & Ed Martin’s blues revue.

Every Sun.—Sean Howard hosts an open mike, 8 p.m.; later, it’s special guests, followed by a late-night jam.

Mon.—Francine Robbins presents music TBA, 9 p.m.; at 11:30 p.m., it’s Bill Wiseman & the Wiseguys.

Every Tues.—Rasselmania, with four dueling DJs.

Every Wed.—Cabaret and jazz chanteuse Tina Stevens, followed by El Cochino’s Hump Day Fiesta; call for info.

Every Thurs.—Get scorched at El Diablo’s Funhouse, 9 p.m.

THE CANYON,28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. A 2,000-pound gold Buddha greets you on entrance. Full dinner menu. Over 21. (818) 879-5016.

GO Fri.-Sun.—The perpetually magnificent Devo, 9 p.m.; $62.50. See Music Pick.

THE CAT CLUB, 8911 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom oversees this Sunset Strip saloon with an upstairs lounge, back patio and potential drop-in star power. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 657-0888.

Fri.—Club Fiend with music TBA.

Sat.—Joe Cardillo, Elle Ven, Debrix, Triple Barrel Sunshine, The Rocketz.

Sun.—Happenin’ Harry & the Hap Tones All-Star Band, who are often joined by big-name metallisti.

Mon.—Jasmine, Chrissy Coughlin, Blackleaf, Temporary Housing.

Tues.—Zealousy, Ric Veda, Dropastone, Borne.

Wed.—Call for info.

GO Thurs.—The Star Fuckers featuring Slim Jim Phantom, former Dee Dee Ramone sideman Stefan Adika, Gunners Dizzy Reid, Gilby Clarke, Snakepit man Eric Dover (and, usually, an abundance of name drop-ins); plus, a chance to shake some serious rock & roll action with S.F’s Magic Christian, featuring ex-Flamin’ Groovies guitarist Cyril Jordan; plus, In Question, others.

COBALT CAFE, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. A whole lotta punk, hard rock, hip-hop and teenage rebellion at this all-ages coffeehouse. (818) 348-3789.

Fri.—Wish Ave., Far From Blessed, Scenic Attraction, Dreams of Reality, The Honour Recital, Sorrows of Night, The Good Cheer,6:15 p.m.; $8.

Sat.—Dahl-tastic fun from Vermicious Knids; The Fall of April, Frame, Free Rob G, Hey I’m Reuben, Scarlet 23, Chronic Remorse, 6 p.m.; $7.

Sun.—Blue Sound, Negative Influence, Pigeon Kick, Band Pax, Fight Back, 7 p.m.; $8.

Mon. & Wed.-Thurs.—Call for info.

Every Tues.—Rick Lupert hosts the spoken-word open reading, 9 p.m. (sign up at 8:30 p.m.; one-drink min.); preceded by an open mike at 8 p.m.

THE DERBY, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz. This celebrity-friendly, spacious abode has curtained booths and a central bar for the thirsty. Dinner is served from Louise’s Trattoria. Over 21. (323) 663-8979.

Fri., Sun. & Wed.-Thurs.—Call for info.

Every Sat.—The Den with guest DJs.

Mon.—Bella Beretta’s night of burlesque, with music from The Martini Kings.

Tues.—Goldspot, Forever Like Red.

DRAGONFLY, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. Backroom and patio for passing out. Fri.-Sat. dance nights. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 466-6111.

Fri.—Miss Kitty’s Parlor, a tawdry fetish-themed affair.

Sat.—Fast Times at Dragonfly with music TBA, followed by DJ Ben Baller.

Every Sun.—The Spazmatics, DJ Morty.

Tues.-Wed.—Call for info.

Every Thurs.—Blazin’ Reggae, a dancehall-dub night with guest DJs.

THE ECHO, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Full bar. Over 21 (some shows all ages). (213) 413-8200.

Fri.—Spindrift’s psych spaghetti-Western stylings; Crooked Cowboy & the Freshwater Indians, featuring Air’s Anni Rossi, Lisa Papineau; plus, Love Drunks, 8:30 p.m.; $7; over 18.

Sat.—Eighties indie-rock situation Stockholm with guest DJs, 10 p.m.; $8; over 18. In the Echoplex: the ever-faboo transgender dance affair Dragstrip 66, hosted by Mr. Dan & Paul V., 9 p.m.; $15.

Sun.—Shaggy singer-songwriter Greg Davis; also, Birdshow, Sebastian Roux, plus Dub Lab DJs, 6 p.m.; $8; all ages.

Mon.—Wiskey Biscuit, The Chapin Sisters, Gentlemen Callers, 8:30 p.m.; no cover.

Tues.—Prayers, 8:30 p.m.; no cover; over 18.

Wed.—Dub Club with DJs, 9 p.m.; $5.

Thurs.—Nintendo-fixated combo The Advantage; also, Sleeping People, Kissing Tigers, Holloy, 8 p.m.; $8; over 18.

FAIS DO-DO, 5257 W. Adams Blvd. Beer & wine. Over 21 (unless otherwise indicated). (323) 954-8080.

Fri.—Hot Buttered Rum String Band; $12.

Sat.—Call for info.

GO Sun.—Latin rock-punk-ska panic with Los Skabrones, Chalkline Kuhdavers, La Resistencia, Las 15 Letras, Viernes 13, Dub Coincidence, 8 p.m.; $12; all ages.

14 BELOW, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 451-5040.

Fri.—Call for info.

Sat.—The Henchmyn, Julie.

Every Sun.—Deadheads Cubensis.

Every Mon.—The ska of Meet Me at the Pub.

Tues.—King Mixers.

Wed.—Topanga Mountain Treeo, Dorian Cheah.

Thurs.—Moon Crickets, Avotet, Bonsai Tribe, Kanekoa.

GENGHIS COHEN, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd. Cozy but crucial A&R hang. Full bar. All ages. (323) 653-0640.

Fri.—Rossana, Ilsey Juber, Rose.

Sat.—Kaiulani,Korby Lenker,Rene Reyes, The Bectones.

Mon.—Laura LaBine, Cathy Carlson.

Tues.—Dustbowl Cavaliers, plus live comedy.

Wed.—Red Letter Band, Phil Dutra, Jason Roe.

Thurs.—Lindsay Mac & Jason Dean, Triple Helix, Cathy Carlson.

THE GIG, 7302 Melrose Ave., Hlywd. Low-lit, comfortable living-room-style ambiance. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 936-4440.

Fri.—Curtis Murphy, FL.

Sat.—The Faded, Electric Uh-Oh, 17 Crash.

Sun.— Loverlee, Mystery Hang-Ups, The Mother’s Anger, The Ethels.

Mon.—Call for late booking.

Tues.—Laura Valdya, Diverse Link, Anthony Powers.

Wed.—Unified Theory’s Chris Shinn; also, Libido.

Thurs.—Rob Balducci, Richie Kotzen, Randy Buth Diaries.

HALLENBECK’S GENERAL STORE & CAFÉ, 5510 Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hlywd. An all-ages coffeehouse. (818) 985-5916.

Fri.—Grupo Subscious, 8 p.m.; $5.

Sat.—Charlie King, Io Perry, Paulina Logan, 8 p.m.; $5.

Every Tues.—Open Mike Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; $5 sign-up fee.

HIGHLAND GROUNDS, 742 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd. Large coffee bar and an outdoor patio with a toasty fire pit. Cover varies. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-1507.

Fri.—Rose Holders, Champagne Velvet, Dead Horse.

Sat.—Michael Green, Blue Behind the Stars, David Drake.

Every Thurs.—Michael McCarthy hosts the open mike; sign up at 7 p.m.

THE HOTEL CAFÉ, 1623½ N. Cahuenga Blvd. Inviting room for singer-songwriters to muse on their broken Hollywood dreams, half-baked romantic schemes and all that sort of stuff. Beer only. All ages. (323) 461-2040.

Fri.—Anniversary party; call for lineup.

Sat.—Joe Purdy’s Late Night Juke Joint Jamboree; first, it’s Looks Like Rain, The Glass Plastiks, Angie Mattson.

Sun.—Matt Ellis, Joseph Tobin.

Mon.—Jessie Baylin, Geoff Pearlman, Matt Hopper, Paul Freeman.

Tues.—Quincy Coleman, Chris Joyner, Sally Jaye, Richard Julian, Dreaming Ferns.

GO Wed.—Gilly Leads, The Steve Carlson Band; the fiery pop thrush Terra Naomi; plus, Sonya Kitchell, Sean Pander.

Thurs.—Jim Bianco, Sam Winch, Charley Turner, Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies, Chris Allen.

HOUSE OF BLUES, 8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Full bar. Over 21 (unless noted). (323) 848-5100.

Fri.-Sat.—Slightly Stoopid, John Brown’s Body, 7:30 p.m.; $18; over 18.

Sun.—Call for info.

Mon.—Lifehouse, Mozella, 7:30 p.m.; $23; all ages.

Tues.-Wed.—Social Distortion’s brand of O.C. punk; with Tsar (on Tues.), Chelsea Smiles (on Wed.); call for ticket availability.

Thurs.—G Love & Special Sauce, 8 p.m.; $23; over 18.

THE JOINT, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A. Pizza. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 275-2619.

Fri.—Emergence Reaction, Jenn Greenhut, Subdevice, Stick Shift Limo.

Sat.—Keith Clark, Tori Tyson, Waking Ingrid, Floater, Floader, Plastic Nova.

Sun., Tues. & Thurs.—Call for info.

GO Every Mon.—Big Mondays with Rick Rosas,Phil Jones and frequent stellar drop-ins (Robert Plant, Keith Richards, George Clinton have visited), 9:30 p.m.; $10.

Wed.—Happenin’ Harry runs another all-star hard-rock shebang.

KEY CLUB, 9039 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. A deluxe two-level venue with California cuisine until 1 a.m. Dancing after shows Wed.-Sun. Full bar. Over 21 (unless noted). (310) 274-5800.

Fri.—Chakra, Ostrich Head, Cacawates, Down Rising, Vendera, 8 p.m.; $12.

Sat.—Springwood, Flatline, In This Moment, 33 Degree, Ankla, Down Factor, Bleed the Sky, 7:30 p.m.; $5.

Mon.—Hard-rock payasosMetal Skool; also Motochrist, The Numb Ones, The Golden Gods,8:30 p.m.; $12.

Tues.—Ruby offers no-cover sets from The Afterhours, My Power Animal, Nude, Kid Mo, Oh No Not Stereo, 8 p.m.

Wed.—Suburban Legends, Rock Kills Kid, 7 p.m.; $9.

GO Thurs.—The difference between Nile and Soilent Green is the difference between punishment that artfully unites and punishment that accelerates the fragmentation of already microscopic attention spans. RagingSpeedhorn is a meth ride to the trailer park. Most experienced on this bill (and maybe best): Sweden’s Hypocrisy, who waft ghostly whiffs of melody into their jigsaw stabbery; also, Decapitated, With Passion, 7 p.m.; $30. (Greg Burk)

KING KING, 6555 Hollywood Blvd. Reincarnation of the late-’80s Hollywood hip-defining room, with all the requisite Far Eastern trimmings and first-rate local talent intact. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 960-9234.

Fri.—EssentialRhythm & Sounds has DJs Dory, Joplin.

Sat.—Balance features DJs David Harness, Kemal.

Sun.-Mon.—Call for info.

Tues.—Descarga con Timba with Willie McNeil’s Sono-Lux, DJ Saoco (dance lessons available, 9-10 p.m.).

Wed.—The Mojo Filters, Love Like Heaven, DJs Soul Shaker, Dorian, Clifton. 9 p.m.; $5.

Thurs.—German groove collective JazzaNova, with DJ Alexander Barck, others.

THE KNITTING FACTORY, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. Sister to the NYC club features two stages for headliners and the more intimate AlterKnit Lounge. Full bar. All ages. (323) 463-0204.

Fri.—Psychobilly-punk mayhem from The Massacres, Plan 9, Mad Marge & the Stonecutters, Bamboula, Pal Joey, 7:30 p.m.; $13. In the bar: Melt, If Six Were Nine, Mr. Jonez, 8 p.m.; $10. In the lounge: Sleeping People, Goodbye Blue Monday, Japanese Sunday, Hialeah, 8 p.m.; $5.

Sat.—Ska bastion Bluebeat Lounge’s third-anniversary party with The Debonaires, Buck-O-Nine, The Chris Murray Combo, Satori, The Phenomenauts, Soul Captives, 6 p.m.; $15. In the lounge: Get Set Go, New Maximum Donkey, Midway, Underwater City People, The Electrolites, 8 p.m.; $7.

Sun.—Turn Up the Heat, a basketball pep rally with guest DJs, ballplayers, more; call for time & cover.

GO Mon.—Cypress Hill affiliates SX10; also, Pestilencia, Santino, Stoic Frame, LOE, The Gitanos, 7:30 p.m.; $12. In the bar: music TBA. In the lounge: Brighten, Blesk, Bradley Hathaway, The Secret Stolen, 8 p.m.; $7.

Tues.—Call for info. In the bar: Matt Haimovitz, 7:30 p.m.; $15. In the lounge: Bluebeat Lounge with music TBA, 9 p.m.; both $5.

Wed.—Call for info.

Thurs.— Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Matamoska, The Culprits, Captain Bringdown & the Buzzkillers, 6:30 p.m.; $7. In the bar: Larry Bagby, Caleb Kane, 6:30 p.m.; $7. In the lounge: Call for info.

LARGO, 432 N. Fairfax Ave. A sit-down club with a strict no-chattering policy. Full bar. All ages. (323) 852-1073 or 852-1851.

GO Every Fri.—Pop-rock guru Jon Brion.

Sat.—The Old 97s’ Rhett Miller.

Mon.—Comedy night has Zach Galifianakis and friends.

Tues.—The Section Quartet rosin up the bows for some idiosyncratic string action.

Wed.—Another home-style session with Nickel Creek side dish The Watkins Family Hour.

GO Thurs.—X bassist John Doe; the Plimsouls’ Peter Case; Anne McCue.

LAVA LOUNGE, 1533 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd. Ultra-exotic tiki shrine to the lounge life. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 876-6612.

Fri.—Hockey, Whack Static, Withdrawal, The Dalloways.

Sat.—Radius, Transfer, Del Toro.

Every Sun.—Kinky Karaoke with MC Todd; no cover.

Mon.—Call for info.

Tues.—Nancy Weisler, Jon Roninger, Will Crum, Nick Josephs, Rudy Treasure.

Wed.—Jonas Lyn, Satellite Class.

Thurs.—Nathan Payne’s Memorial Service, Morgan & the Hidden Hands, Chase Frank, The Fuxedos.

LIGHTHOUSE CAFE, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Cover $5 Fri.-Sun., free weeknights. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 372-6911.

Fri.—Jeremy Buck, 4 p.m.; No Dub, Band X, 9 p.m.

Sat.—Neva, 11 a.m.; Scott Goldman, 4 p.m.; Joe’s Band, 9 p.m.

GO Sun.—A must-see visit from venerable jazz titan Gerald Wiggins, 11 a.m.; reggae from Detour Posse, 4 p.m., and Jahmark & the Soulshakers, 9 p.m.

Tues.—Six, Blind Cry.

Wed.—No Duh, Infinity.

Thurs.—La Dolce Vida, Birds of Fire.

THE MALIBU INN, 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy. Reggae, hip-hop, rock and punk bands shake up diners at this venerable coastal spot. Full bar. Age limit varies. (310) 456-6060 or (310) 317-6146.

McCABE’S, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Wander through the gee-tars and other stringed things in this one-of-a-kind li’l shrine to live music. No alcohol; coffee, tea and sweets. All ages. (310) 828-4403 or 828-4497.

GO Fri.—Daft delights from The Ditty Bops, 8 p.m.; $16. See Music Pick.

Sat.—Folk-blues kingpin Geoff Muldaur, 8 p.m.; $18.50.

GO Sun.—Storied keyboardist-producer Al Kooper, 7 p.m.; $24.50.

THE MINT, 6010 W. Pico Blvd. Back with new owners, an improved PA and a wide-open spectrum of musical acts. Music at 8:30 p.m. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 954-9400.

Fri.—Sin City Social Club with performers TBA.

GO Sat.—Veteran rockabilly empress Wanda Jackson roars through some numbers from her new I Remember Elvis CD; also, the fine longtime Jackson cohort Rosie Flores; plus, Soda & His Million Piece Band, Eugene Edwards. See Music Pick.

Sun.—The Red West, Kate Earl, Tim Curran, Anna Bethancourt, Jessie Gloyd.

Mon.—The Groove Pocket, a no-cover jazz-funk situation; also Maylin.

Tues.-Wed.—Tropical reggae fusion from Kaneoka, with Vince Esquire & Kaulana Kanekoa; plus, Rob Giles, Laura Jansen (on Tues.) and Holland McRea, Free Dominguez, Sam James (on Wed.).

Thurs.—Barry Sparks, Papa’s Hat, The Neighborhood Bullys; bluesy, rootsy champ Stephen Bruton; plus, Foster Timms.

MR. T’S BOWL, 5621½ N. Figueroa Ave., Highland Park. A charmingly ratty former bowling alley. Lunch and dinner daily. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 256-7561.

Fri.—The Kris Special; CD-release set from The Harpeth Trace; Fresno’s Rademacher; also, the Idaho Falls’ Raymond Richards; no cover.

GO Sat.—The jazz-punk poetics audio of Saccharine Trust; an assault from Claw Hammer kingpin Jon Wahl’s The Amadans; jazz-funk adventurers Atomic Sherpas; $5. See Music Pick.

Sun.—Duo Night pairs off with Evangina, Unpopable, Matt & Dave.

Mon.—Silent Rocker night; no cover.

Tues.—Open mike; sign up at 8:30 p.m.

Wed.—Diamond Struck Halo; no cover.

Thurs.—The Paul Bailey Ensemble’s minimalist pop instrumentals; a dose of Tango Nuevo, and the “club-footed waltzes and gallows swing” of The Cat Hair Ensemble, 9:30 p.m.; no cover.

MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB, 575 S. Fairfax Ave. A neighborhood bar with friendly regulars, and Guinness stout and Harp lager on tap. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 935-1577 or (310) 578-5591, Ext. 2.

Fri.—Dona Oxford, Movie Star Kiss, Austin Hanks, Dress.

Sat.—Four Way Free, Olivea Watson, plus comedy.

Sun.—Millbrook, Ali Baba.

Mon.—Joshua Lopez, Justin Clayton,Reeve Carney, plus an open mike; sign up at 8 p.m.

Tues.—The Tiffy Show, Nikki Hong, Parade.

Wed.—Angel Correra, Royal, Bushwalla.

Thurs.—Red Hot Tofu Dogs, Redondo Bitch, Mindstruck.

ROXY, 9009 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Local rock’s room of hope and glory, with one of the better PAs in town. Full bar. All ages. (310) 276-2222.

Fri.—Freeway People, Vokee, Klume, 7:30 p.m.; $10. On the Rox: Bonsai Tribe, Noclist, 9:30 p.m.; $8.

Sat.—Deadman’s Party, The Curse, The Sweetest Perfection,7:30 p.m.; $14. On the Rox: Hot Like a Robot, Vagenius, Paul Chesne, 9 p.m.; $10.

Tues.—American Idol groaner Constantine Maroulis, Pray For the Soul of Betty; also, The Numb Ones, 7 p.m.; $20.

Wed.—By Any Means Necessary, Verbatym, Arlington View, 7:15 p.m.; $10.

Thurs.—Gabe Lopez, others, 7:15 p.m.; $10.

RUSTY’S SURF RANCH, 256 Santa Monica Pier. The walls and ceiling are lined with one of the area’s largest collections of pre-1970s surfboards. Full bar. All ages. (310) 393-7386.

Fri.—Soundmind, Kiltergrey, Cuttingway.

Sat.—Private event.

THE SCENE, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale. A low-key, down-and-dirty roadhouse atmosphere, with plenty of indie and country-rock bands, and a regular crew of DJs to fill in any gaps. Full bar. Over 21. (818) 241-7029.

Fri.—Archons, Black Cobras, Drink the Bleach; $5.

Sat.—Smiling Face Down, The Spinoffs; $6.

Sun.—The Secret Stolen, Black Cougar Shock Unit, Die Young, Drinker’s Purgatory; $5.

Mon.—Call for info.

Tues.—The Amateurs, Birds of Fire, La Vita Dolce; $5.

Wed.—Canada’s Banquet Hall, others; $5.

Thurs.—Disalto, Texan Hex, DJs Scotty, Frog; $5.

SILVERLAKE LOUNGE, 2906 Sunset Blvd. Cozy barfly atmosphere. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 666-2407.

Mon.—The Fold presents Meho Plaza, A Is for Attack, Nitris; no cover.


Wed.—Visitors Q, the Brokedown.

Thurs.—Agent Sparks, Whysall Lane, Duchess; $7.

THE SMELL, 247 S. Main St., dwntwn. An old storefront that doubles as a nightclub and art gallery. No booze. All ages okay. No phone.

Fri.—Under 21: Fuck You! A Showcase of Radical Youth, has juvenile delinquency from The Next Generation, Plague of Dandelions, Oxalis Mitya, Whitman,Horse Head.

Sat.—Weird Weeds, Mr. & Mrs. Tribute to Ugliness, Strip Mall Seizures, My Little Red Toe.

Thurs.—Screening of documentary Who Is Bozo Texino?; plus “rapping cowboy” Sandman.

SPACELAND, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. Happening scene where people actually listen to the music. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 661-4380.

GO Fri.—Frosty-cool, angular indie rock from The King of France, featuring journalist Michael Azerrad; also, The Helio Sequence; The Can’t See (with 764 Hero’s John Atkins); $12.

GO Sat.—When it comes to boiling vats of primordial gaga, few match New York’s White Out, the duo of multi-instrumentalists Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal. With our own Nels Cline guesting on doowhacky guitar, watch for tectonic fissures; also, Lavender Diamond; $10. (Greg Burk)

Sun.—Architects, The Craze; $5.

GO Mon.—Ecstatic dance-rock-trance collective Viva K; Editors; no cover.

GO Tues.—Dylan/Peter Gabriel producer and moody instrumental stylist Daniel Lanois, with Mother Superior; also, Peter Walker; $10.

Wed.—Living Things; $7.

Thurs.—Mellowdrone, Bodies of Water, Skyscraper Frontier; $5.

TAIX LOUNGE, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Escargot, too. Full bar. No cover. (213) 484-1265.

GO Fri.—California Navels; shoot the psych-curl with Insect Surfers.

Sat.—Dukes & Gannon, The Larks, 3 From None.

Mon.-Wed.—DJs take over.

Thurs.—Cabaret-lounge frolic with Juliet & the Torch Ensemble, Vermouth.

TANGIER, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. This restaurant serving global cuisine features a plush Moroccan atmosphere, scarlet couches for lounging, and plenty of live music. Full bar. Over 21. (323) 666-8666.

GO Fri.—The Fold presents indie empress Kristin Hersh (50-Foot Wave, Throwing Muses); plus, The Good Listeners; $20.

Sat.—Holly Brook; $10.

Sun.—Slings, Spider, Rusty Like, Annie Bethancourt; $8.

Mon.—Libbie Schrader, Jason Nesmith, 7:45 p.m.; $8.

GO Tues.—Open Mike Andrews, a freewheeling affair that’s attracted guests like Van Dyke Parks, Inara George; $5.

Thurs.—Thuja, Winter Flowers, Early Dolphin, Silver Sunshine; $8.

TEMPLE BAR, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. A candlelit lounge that fosters a community atmosphere. Full menu. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 393-6611.

Fri.—Latin-tinged reggae bands Humo Verde, Elijah Emmanuel & the Revelation; also, Ida, DJ Sloe Poke; $10.

Sat.—CD-release show for soul singer Jennifer Johns, DJ Anthony Valadez; $10.

Sun.—April King, Fresh City, Gina Loring.

GO Mon.—Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with Masauko, featuring the formidable rhythm boss Leon Mobley; also, Nailah, Damon Aaron; $10.

Tues.—Mr. Barnabus & the Cosmic Rebellion, The New Breed Orchestra, Headpeace; $5.

Wed.—Optimus, More Gooder, Now On; $5.

Thurs.—Hassan Hakmoun, Naked Rhythm.

(DOUG WESTON’S) TROUBADOUR, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. A hall-of-fame bar with a VIP loft for more than 40 years — a millennium in nightclub land. Kitchen, three full bars. All ages. (310) 276-6168.

GO Fri.—Artful, oddball delights from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Secret Chiefs 3. See Music Pick.

GO Sat.—Wall-to-wall punk from The Briefs, Dead to Me, Clit 45, The Ignorant. See Music Pick.

Sun.—Call for info.

Mon.—Well-regarded pop singer-songwriter Alana Davis, with like-minded strummers Evan Brau, Julian Coryell, Foster Timms.

GO Tues.—Tangy Tennessee punk-bang from Be Your Own Pet; O.C. rock hipsters The Willowz; plus, Golden State, Inberst. See Music Pick.

GO Wed.—Veteran country philosopher Rodney Crowell; also, Will Kimbrough, Jeff Hughes & the Alternate Roots. See Music Pick.

GO Thurs.—Rock scorchers High on Fire; plus, The Bronx, Big Business, Buried Inside. See Music Pick.

VIPER ROOM, 8852 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. Streamlined art-deco moderne décor sets the tone for this celebrity-enthralled operation. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 358-1880.

Fri.—Latham, The Amateurs.

Sat.—Atomic, Porcelain, Detroit Mutant Radio, 3 Mile Walk, NZUU.

Sun.—Kaleidosound with Keaton Simons, Burden of Proof, Slow Car Crash, others, 7 p.m.

GO Mon.—Indie 103.1 presents Oliver Future; the local debut of S.F’s Magic Christian, featuring the mighty guitarist Cyril Jordan, he of Flamin’ Groovies infamy; also, Architect.

GO Tues.—Whitestarr, Supernaut, Noclist; plus, at 8:30 p.m., Travesty Theory. See Music Pick.

Wed.—Magnetico, Ultramunx, ZO2, Rusty Anderson, Waz.

Thurs.—Prince affiliate Tamar, plus high potential for a very special guest.

WHISKY A GOGO, 8901 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. This historic joint remains a crucial spot for local aspirants and the occasional touring act. Two full bars. All ages. (310) 652-4202.

Fri.—Guilt by Association, Mistress of Reality, Needlemouth, Fueled by Fire, Merciless Death, Hexen, Dead Is Sin, Legion of Death.

Sat.—Chain Driven, Jparis, Children of Rock, Seven Arts Suicide, The Alchemist Element, February Is All We Had, Victim of Society.

Sun.—Advent, Serium, Scapethroat, Los Winos, Drakon, Diablo, IHAC.

Mon.—Curmudgeon, The Next Decade, Omerta.

Tues.—Call for info.

Wed.—Chasing Victory, Through Shaded Hollow, Black Nail.

Thurs.—Peppermint Creeps, HTTH, The Soy, Other Side of Nowhere.

ZEN, 2609 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Long-established Japanese restaurant gone rock & roll features a full menu and sushi bar, and no less than three stages. Full bar. Cover varies. Over 21 (unless otherwise noted). (323) 665-2929.

Fri.—Red Lounge with guest DJs.

Sat.—Club Quarantine; call for info.

Sun.—Communication has, like, guest DJs.

Mon.—Celebrate a metal Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Rigor Mortis.

Tues.—Call for info.

Wed.—Open-mike night.

Thurs.—One Night in Kyoto features a performance by The Bang Bang Girls, plus DJs Nowhere Girl, Ezentric, Fixion, Richie Dee, others.

Other Rock & Pop Events

Youthful pop sensations BlackBlack; also La Bella Ruse; at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri., Jan. 13. (323) 668-0318.

At CIA: Fright Night with screenings of The Tingler and “creepy cartoons,” plus Romack & the Space Pirates, Fri., Jan. 13; Music Madam’s Electric Mayhem with Chuck Dukowski Sextet, The Fallopians, DJ Don Bolles, Sat., Jan. 14; 11334 Burbank Blvd., N. Hlywd. (818) 506-6353.

At Room 5 Lounge: music TBA, Fri. & Tues.-Thurs., Jan. 13 & 17-19; jazz stylist Raya Yarbrough, also, Shotgun Honeymoon, Andrew Deerin, Sat., Jan. 14; The Lauren Adams Trio, James Hurley, Pete Hopkins, Tony Lunn, Sun., Jan. 15; Jay Nash and friends, plus, a set from Laura Jansen, Mon., Jan. 16; on the Second Floor, 143 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd. (323) 938-2504.

At Alex’s Bar: no-cover new-wave karaoke with Mr. Mister Miyagi, Fri., Jan. 13; music TBA, Sat., Jan. 14; Sexytime Explosion, Telomere Repair, Sun., Jan. 15, 7 p.m., $3; The Irish Brothers, Los Creepers, Thurs., Jan. 19, $3; 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach; over 21. (562) 434-8292.

GO At The Good Hurt: Stobo, Afixion, Fri., Jan. 13; the inimitably odd rhymes of Busdriver, also Phashara & the Yard, Tan Man & Mr. Daily, Thavius Beck, SVR, Ovatronics, Sat., Jan. 14; Red Cloud West,The North Atlantic, Say No to The Microchip, Sun., Jan. 15; 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; 21 & over. (310) 390-1076.

GO Soul-funk sizzlers War, plus Quinto Sol, at The Vault 350, 350 Pine Ave., Long Beach; Fri., Jan. 13, 9 p.m.; $29.50. (562) 590-5566.

At Paladino’s: former GN’R dude Steven rocks on with his Adler’s Appetite, plus, Aces High,Legs Diamond, Alan Morphew, Fri., Jan. 13; tribute bands Audio Dogs, Yesterday’s Child, The Chain, Victims of the Fury, Sat., Jan. 14; 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana; music at 8 p.m. (818) 342-1563.

At Unurban Coffeehouse: open-mike night, Fri., Jan. 13, sign up at 7:30 p.m.; Tyler Azelton, Steve Narahara, Dave Travis, Kina Grannis, Mike Bauer, Sat., Jan. 14; Mews Small & Her Fabulous Females, 5-7 p.m., also Brad Kay, 2 p.m., every Sun.; 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; free; all ages. (310) 315-0056.

Cover band Steel Rod plays rock and salsa hits at Barney’s Grill & Pub, 93 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; every Fri. in Jan. (626) 577-2739.

At Boardner’s: Goth haven Bar Sinister has Still Life Decay, Sat., Jan. 14; Club London with music TBA, Sun., Jan. 15; 1652 N. Cherokee Ave., Hlywd. (323) 462-9621.

Rock critic Michael Azerrad’s King of France deigns to appear at Sea Level Records, 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sat., Jan. 14, 3 p.m.; free; all ages. (213) 989-0146.

Worth Every Scar, A Scribe Amidst the Lions at The Cocaine, 366 E. Second St., dwntwn.; Sat., Jan. 14. No phone, but

At Amoeba Music: Abigail Washburn’s Chinese-influenced folk sound, Sat., Jan. 14, 2 p.m.; the gypsy jazz of Stephan Wrembel Trio, with special guest David Grisman, Thurs., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.; 6400 Sunset Blvd.; free. (323) 245-6400.

At The 3 Clubs: Shake a tail feather with groove monsters Trulio Disgracias, Sun., Jan. 15; music TBA, Wed., Jan. 18; Killola, The Binges, Paul Chesne, Thurs., Jan. 19; 1123 N. Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 462-6441.

GO Dimension Mix presents Anubuian Lights, Peanut Butter Wolf, others at Cinespace’s second level, 6356 Hollywood Blvd.; Wed., Jan. 18; (323) 817-3456.

Call for info on live music TBA at Little Temple, 4515 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 13-14. (323) 660-4540.

There’s live music at The Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Blvd., Universal City; every Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. (818) 766-2114.

Say what? BeatlElvis Live, “featuring songs of good old days,” at Big China, 911 N. Broadway, dwntwn.; every Fri. & Mon., 7:30 p.m. (213) 617-6823.

At Maui Sugar Mill Saloon: Reed Walsh & Janis Massey, every Fri.; Bobbie Blue, every Wed.-Thurs.; 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; no cover, but two-drink min.; over 21. (818) 344-0034.

Open-mike night at fabled rock-star hang The Rainbow Bar & Grille, 9015 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; every Mon. (310) 278-4232.

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